Bestie

K Road welcomes a brand new café that's playing it cool on the coffee scene.

With a flurry of activity currently underway at Karangahape Road’s Saint Kevins Arcade, we were relatively unsurprised to find out that the ashes of the 20-year-old establishment Alleluya Bar & Cafe have duly risen in the form of a new café called Bestie.

What was formerly a modest coffee cart occupying the aft of the lofty glass atrium, has now assumed its rightful place as the occupant of the glass-fronted space in the arcade’s far left-hand-side. Reminding us of what our arguably more edgy, coffee-loving cosmopolitan counterparts (yes, we’re talking about you Melbourne and Wellington) usually boast on their respective café scenes, Bestie is definitely of the ultra-cool ilk. This could be something to do with the fact that one half of the entrepreneurial team, Tane Williams, indeed hails from the capital while the other 50%, Emma Lyell, offers hearty ‘Good Mornings’ typical of someone from the provinces (Whangarei) as she furiously turns out Eighthirty coffees.

Yet to be open a week, each day has seen a steadily increasing patronage as word gets out about this promising newcomer. Those who firstly became acquainted with their stellar coffee are now falling for the delicious dishes steadily streaming out of the kitchen and onto the tables, the likes of which include to-die-for fresh ricotta doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with a side of white chocolate whip, and a dairy-free vanilla and cinnamon muesli featuring fresh seasonal fruit and whipped coconut cream. We especially loved the crushed, spiced lentils with perfectly soft, chopped boiled eggs, labneh, a side of flat bread and a sprinkling of fresh herbs — a satisfying and wholesome start to the day.

The paired back menu is neither fussy nor overly long which will suit the melange of inner-city folk who have already made this their local workday haunt. And we can imagine this is an easy habit to start with Bestie serving up their unique style of delicious offerings in an easy manner that seasoned experience brings and an overall disposition that makes you want to go back again.

Opening hours: 
Monday to Friday – 7.30am till 3.30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 8.3oam till 3. 30pm

Bestie

St Kevins Arcade
183 Karangahape Rd
Auckland CBD

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The Paperboy
Deathgasm
That Sugar Film

Rialto Channel: March 16 Film Round-Up

Francesca Rudkin gives you three good reasons why Rialto Channel should be on your must-watch list in March.

Ant Timpson returns to Rialto Channel this March, curating another collection of Incredible Strange films you won’t see screened anywhere else. Don’t miss the controversial The ABC’s of Death 2 or romantic horror Spring – yes there is such a genre. There’s a stunning collection of dramas premiering on Saturday’s Rialto Selection, and thought provoking documentaries make for fascinating viewing on Rialto Documentary.

The Paperboy
Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Premiering: Saturday 26th March, 8.30pm
At its world premiere in Cannes, the critics got themselves into quite a state over Lee Daniels’ (Precious) film The Paperboy. Filled with sex, swamps and soul music, this crime thriller turned sleazy character-driven melodrama features a top-notch cast trying to out-act each other. Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and even Zac Efron go places you might have not seen them go before on screen, and their powerful performances distract us from the fact that Daniels’ narrative dwindles away as his characters pursue their self destructive desires.

Deathgasm
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Directed by: Jason Lei Howden
Premiering: Wednesday 30
th March, 8.30pm
Deathgasm was the winner of Make My Horror Movie, a New Zealand competition whereby filmmakers submitted a synopsis and poster to compete for $200,00 to make their film a reality. First time feature director Jason Lei Howden won with his film about a couple of metalhead teenagers who summon an ancient evil entity that threatens to tear apart existence itself. This entertaining splatter flick premiered at the 2015 South By South West Festival, and is fast becoming a cult classic.

That Sugar Film
Starring: Damon Gameau, Hugh Jackman, Richard Davies
Directed by: Damon Gameau
Premiering: Thursday 31
st March, 8.30pm
Over the past couple of years, sugar has become public enemy number one. We all know it’s not good for us to eat it in large amounts, but do we really know how much of it we’re really eating? That’s the question Aussie actor and filmmaker Damon Gameau asks in his highly entertaining and informative documentary That Sugar Film. Gameau puts his own body on the line in an experiment to explore the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. Before you think – Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) – here’s the twist. Gameau only eats foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. This is a must see.

For more information on all the films screening on Rialto Channel 39, The Storyteller, check out www.rialtochannel.co.nz.

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The 10 worst offences committed by cell phone users

Once upon a time, in an epoch long, long ago, sociologists claim that human interaction was conducted void of cellular devices. Recently discovered hieroglyphs tell the story of the folk who lived during this pre-historic era, people who contacted each other by an artifactual ‘land line’ — a puzzling apparatus that comprised a detachable receiver, a unit on which to prop said receiver, and a ‘telephone cord’ attached to a ‘jack’. These devices were not portable. Instead they were usually affixed to a point that became the designated ‘communications hub’ of the home/office. They also never ran out of battery.

While looking back on these primitive times certainly makes the mind boggle, one can pinpoint a certain sanctity for social practices that coincided with this period. Dinner tables were free from the illumination that indicated the arrival of a snapchat, aesthetically pleasing food was left to be devoured by eyes rather that the lens, and people passed the time regaling quaint stories about what happened during their day rather than dissecting whichever meme an overweight semite had posted on Instagram that day. And while sometimes there’s nothing wrong with fervently embracing technology, we decided to pay homage to the good old days by identifying 10 of the worst habit humans have picked up in conjunction with their smartphone dependency.

1. Taking a call at the dinner table.
If you’re at the point where you’re answering your phone at the table, there’s little hope for your decorum to ever be fully restored. Receiving a call in the company of others, without explanation, is plain ludicrous — it’s not difficult to disclose the fact that you’re expecting an urgent call before sitting down.

2. Then pretending like nothing happened.
It’s fine, I just read the menu eight times and upon the seventh iteration, discovered that the restaurant’s organic peaches are procured from a friend’s neighbour’s farm in Hawkes Bay.

3. Then glancing down at it every minute for the duration.
Would it be more convenient for you if I just strapped it to my forehead?

4. Staying on a call while ordering at the counter.
There’s no more blatant way of letting the cashier know that their presence means little more to you than that of a large rock. (Second only to offence number one, whereby aforementioned inanimate object is supposedly someone you know and even, perhaps, like.)

5. Taking a person’s phone from their grasp when they show you a photo.
And for the love of god, do not start swiping.

6. Not switching your phone onto flight mode during take-off. 
It’s one thing to show such blithe disregard for your own life, but jeopardising everyone else’s is just plain arrogant.

7. Playing music off your phone in a social setting. 
Bluetooth speakers are a fairly accessible commodity these days.

8. Texting during a movie.
Arguably the single most infuriating thing a movie-companion could do. You might as well turn the lights on and publicly announce that you are very bored.

9. Texting on the toilet.
Just because we’re all guilty of it doesn’t make it any more acceptable, nor any less filthy.

10. Going ‘hands-free’.
But not actually going ‘hands-free’ because you’ve actually just pressed the ‘speaker’ function. We see what you’re doing.

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Recipe: Herbed goat cheese

Evidently cheese is life as seen by our desire to elevate our curd game and ensure that cheese crimes are exiled forever, so in preparation for the habitual weekend endeavour of snacking, we thought it wise to share a recipe destined to transform these creamy balls of goodness a punchy smattering of our favourite herbs. And, whether you intend on enjoying it in solitude or allow a chosen few to feast upon it alongside other cheese board favourites, start on it today and these mighty morsels will be ready for Sunday; that is if you can stop yourself from dabbling in before that.

Ingredients:
2 large logs of goat cheese
Fresh parsley, chopped
Fresh dill, chopped
Fresh chives, finely chopped
Fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Toasted crostini

Directions:
Cut the logs of goat cheese into 8 pieces each. Roll them into balls and place into a medium baking dish. Sprinkle the fresh herbs and red pepper flakes on top of the cheese and add the olive oil until it covers about ½ of the goat cheese. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Rotate the cheese balls before serving so they are fully coated with the olive oil herb mixture. Serve with crostini, pita, crudite etc.

Via What’s Gaby Cooking.

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Pintu is arguably Ponsonby’s best spot for breakfast on the go.

We've discovered a new Ponsonby eatery serving a slew of delicious daytime offerings.

For those familiar with Ponsonby’s Lot Three — a gastro hub where smoky BBQ meat connoisseurs Miss Moonshine’s reside — we’re pleased to reveal that another food resident has recently opened its doors there. Long in search of an eatery where we can acquire personalised, fast, healthy and delicious food in an environment that doesn’t feel like a chain operation, Pintu is set to change the game.

Solving our daytime food woes, this new, cool marble and copper accented eatery, designed by none other than the team at Paul Izzard Design, serves breakfast, lunch and soon, dinner. Their menu across all three meals is simple; for breakfast, expect staples that are executed with finesse like the cacao muesli with spiced poached pear, fresh fruit, almonds, and coconut milk, or the ricotta hotcakes with berry coulis, lemon curd, pistachios and coconut yoghurt. You’ll also find your caffeine needs swiftly taken care of with a highly proficient barista serving thick and fast brews of steaming hot Mojo coffee.

But perhaps the most enticing aspect of this establishment is the striking salad bar with ceramic bowls filled with fresh, elevated ingredients that you don’t normally see at your everyday salad pit-stop, all of which are regularly refilled to ensure utmost freshness. Here you can either order a pre-designed salad from their menu like the popular halloumi, watermelon, baby spinach, mint and pistachio with house dressing, or, customise your own with a specialised menu where you choose everything from your leaf, protein and array of toppings.

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, we’re certain you’ll be impressed with their supreme selection of sandwiches — we simply couldn’t go past the mouthwateringly good Angus beef, spinach, tomato, caramelised onion, provolone cheese and dijon mustard variety with a light slathering of aioli. There’s also a fridge brimming with fresh cold-pressed juices (our favourite was the honeydew and pineapple), fresh fruit salads and coconut chia puddings for those in need of breakfast on-the-run.

It’s obvious we’re excited about this new eatery in Ponsonby, and we have an inkling that you will be too as soon as you sample their simple, wholesome and delicious fare.

Pintu

80 Mackelvie St
Ponsonby
Auckland

(09) 378 0698

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Little Jimmy Bar & Eatery

Greenwoods Corner welcomes a laid-back local that is as casually charming as it is cause-driven.

While one doesn’t normally associate the suburb of Epsom with the same proclivity for gastronomic gems as say Ponsonby or Parnell, we dare say times… they are a-changing. Leading us to draw that clichéd but proof-backed conclusion is none other than day and night-time newcomer, Little Jimmy.

Making a substantial contribution to the social scene at Greenwoods Corner, this little brother to the wine-and-dine-ready One Tree Grill restaurant is a reverse of its elder sibling, choosing instead to facilitate a more laid-back approach to eating, drinking and being merry. But, one feature that most certainly sets it apart from most is its healthy obsession with the ‘little guy’.

Championing the cause of small growers and suppliers, here you’ll only be served ingredients and products sourced from our fair shores. Endeavouring to support smaller Kiwi business’ working their behinds bare to make their mark, the dominant market players aren’t welcomed here, instead, the menu has been crafted to highlight those deserving of the attention. Take for example the brunch Holy Grail of jalapeño cornbread, southern baked beans and burnt ends topped with the almighty poached egg. The health-obsessed will love the smoothie offerings – the Hulk Smash has our hearts with just the right blend of greens, avocado, kiwifruit, banana, vanilla, pea protein and almond milk.

Shifting into more substantial territory, the lunch offerings span boards that are sure to satisfy 2-4 appetites (we favour the one with Wakanui beef rump, salsa verde, pulled pork, apple slaw, gin-cured salmon, Clevedon buffalo mozzarella and pickled vegetables – who wouldn’t?!) but the sourdough pizza selection is pretty hard to beat too. You heard it here first, we foresee the rendition that comes topped with Otello’s artisanal wild boar salami, olives, chilli, parmesan, and oregano becoming a fast favourite among mice and men.

Alas for those who consider dinner the worthy meal of the day to dine out for, your options aren’t too shabby either. Start with a trio of Mibrasa Wakanui beef sliders with bacon and Gibbston Gruyere before diving into a ‘larger plate’ of veal schnitzel, horopito, cauliflower, tumeric and capers OR the carnivore’s dream – the curried Angus beef short rib with brown butter yoghurt accompanied by a refreshing herb salad.

Evidently there are a plethora of delectables eagerly awaiting your arrival at this new suburban destination, all we’ll say is that the force is strong with this one. So pack a light snack for your journey but by no means fill up as veracious appetites are always welcomed and greatly rewarded here.

Opening hours:
7 days, 7am – late 

Little Jimmy

Cnr Manukau and Empire Rd
Epsom
Auckland

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