Roost

Roost is set to feed our habit for great coffee & bagels.

Set to be a hip new Ponsonby precinct, the upcoming Vinegar Lane is now home to Roost — a convenient daytime pit stop that is set to feed our habit for great coffee and bagels.

Spear-heading the operation are Wayne Schuler, Shaun Marlo and Ruben Maurice, the latter of whom you will likely know from the popular hole-in-the-wall purveyor of the East Coast delicacy, Vulcan Lane Bagels. On the outside, Roost is slick, minimalist and industrial and that from within serves deliciously brewed Atomic Coffee as well as a concise selection of bagels to fuel you on the go.

Opt for a classic spread such as Marmite, Nutella, or Vegemite, or, we recommend sampling a “schmear” — either the smashed avocado or the smoked salmon. Moreover, if you’ve got no time to waste, grab a bite from their cabinet which is brimming with delights sourced from none other than Scratch Bakers including their sweet and savoury brioches and muffins, to creme brûlée tarts. There’s sure to be something that will satisfy daytime cravings.

Open from 7-2pm Monday – Friday.

Vinegar Lane Bagels

1 Vinegar Lane
Auckland

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When reflecting back on the year that was 2015, the subject of the gender binary was a hot one — largely brought about by none other than a certain reality TV patriarch who shall remain nameless. The timing is therefore pertinent for the release of The Danish Girl, a film whereby artist Einar Wegener, played by Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne, prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations in history.

Featuring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Wegener’s wife, Lilli Elbe, together the two soul mates navigate the unknown territory of transgenderism in Copenhagen 1926, all the while trying to keep their marriage in tact. Here, Redmayne — who last year won his Academy Award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything — once again undertakes a full physical and emotional metamorphosis to play the part of the Danish painter.

Based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, and directed by Tom Hooper (of The King’s Speech and Les Misérables), its no wonder The Danish Girl has been nominated for four Academy Awards and five BAFTAs thus far. The course of this ground-breaking journey and pioneering love story will surely rouse emotions as it plays out on the silver screen.

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Little & Friday Newmarket

The Newmarket outpost, much like its Ponsonby counterpart, is set to impress.

After observing what started out as a quaint North Shore bakery that would open exclusively on Fridays to serve Kim Evans’ delightful baked goods, and has grown into a cult-like Auckland eatery, our excitement doesn’t cease as Little & Friday’s entrepreneurial expansion continues.

Those accustomed to frequenting the celebrated bakery’s Newmarket outpost will know it by default as the modest space adjoining Martha’s fabrics that would forever be crammed with a flurry of individuals desperate to get their hands on the unbeatable line-up of quiches and to-die-for-jam doughnuts. Now, just around the corner on McColl street, patrons will be less inclined to elbow their competition out of the way in vying for the last lemon coconut cake due to the sheer scope of the new premises.

The light-filled, minimalist space is in keeping with Little & Friday’s new Douglas Street digs that opened in the latter half of last year. Allowing for a vast number more patrons than before, many will be happy to hear that our full day menu will now be available here as well as at their Belmont and Ponsonby stores. Not only will you be able to stop by and devour a Banoffee tart and coffee, but you’ll also be able to partake in sit-down servings such as the toasted organic oat, millet and buckwheat muesli with coconut yoghurt, panna cotta and wood-roasted seasonal stone fruit from 8am onwards. Yum.

11 McColl St
Newmarket

09-947 6138

www.littleandfriday.com

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1. Show you haven’t completely lost touch with being sun smart by accessorising with a hat and sunglasses.

2. Avoid any and all eye contact with those who have yet to join the buff brigade.

3. Shaking and shimmying are strictly forbidden.

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5. A light pat on the shoulder is acceptable, a bear hug is not.

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As expected, each condiment pays homage to deep-rooted barbecue traditions dictated by specific regions of the South. The Carolina Gold’s mustard base calls to mind the region’s German heritage – its peppery bite is the perfect pairing for pork. The Ivory is a sweet and tangy Alabama original that doubles as a coleslaw dressing and a rich topping for chicken. While the Smoky, a sweet, mild Memphis-style simmered sauce, is a must for slow-cooked ribs or for a true Southern treat, add a little to homemade mac ‘n cheese.

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www.cookandnelson.com

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Via Architectural Digest

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