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You can forgo your architectural plans to build a pizza oven in your garden thanks to the specialty baking stone accessory by Gaggenau. As stone ovens traditionally have a heat source firing things up from beneath, Gaggenau have harnessed the same principle to create sizzle conditions in the home kitchen. Offering a specially designed ceramic stone available in three widths to suit Gaggenau’s 60cm, 76cm and 90cm ovens, the genius device slides in much like a tray and can be specified with its own element to reach too-hot-to-handle temperatures of 300C. In other words, for the crispiest of pizza bases to Danish pastries and bubbling cheesy breads, all you’ll need is this heavyweight in your corner to take your culinary game to the next level.

Gaggenau is available at Kitchen Things Newmarket, Tauranga, Nelson, Moorhouse (Christchurch) and Dunedin. 

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Seaside residence by Sally Caroline

Filled with personality, this partially renovated home in Mount Martha Victoria is a sight to behold. With a goal to emphasise the charming heritage of the home and with a young family in mind, designer Sally Caroline opened up the living spaces, allowing activity areas to merge and light to flood in, employing neutral and warm hues throughout.

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The stream dream

With the concept of being able to listen to any one artist using a single platform a thing of the past, we break it down to see who’s winning the streaming war.

Spotify
Number of Paying Users: 30 million
Number of Songs Available: 30 million+
Most Popular Artists: Drake, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna

Based in Stockholm, the great thing about Spotify is that they really are trying to champion better access to music from the user’s perspective. The company’s CEO, Daniel Ek, in response to Taylor Swift’s blog post that griped about how Spotify doesn’t pay artists enough, explained how the breakthrough streaming service has basically paved the way for music that was otherwise being pirated. Now artists are being paid between 5-10 cents per stream. It’s music for the people; a platform designed to ‘help fans find music and help artists connect with fans through a platform that protects them from piracy and pays them for their amazing work’. Aside from missing a few crucial artists from their catalogue due to Swift-like stand- offs, and arguably being a little difficult to navigate, we’re generally pretty satisfied with Spotify.

Apple Music
Number of Paying Users: 10 million
Number of Songs Available: 30 million
Most Popular Artists:Taylor Swift, Adele

Originally offering a generous free three month premium trial, the streaming service all but flew under the radar after its launch last year, apart from when Miss Swift was once again at the centre of a bout of hard-hitting penmanship that brought Apple Music to its knees and prompted a complete one-eighty. Now there’s no free tier — a turn away from their initial stance which was to not compensate artists at all during the free trial period. Aside from their ability to appease artists, we’re fans of Apple Music’s clean format — not that we would expect anything less from the minimalist tech giant. Their catalogue is also hot on the heels of Spotify, making it a fair rival.

Tidal
Number of Paying Users: 3 million
Number of Songs Available: 40 million
Most Popular Artists: Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Calvin Harris

The company got off to a rocky start under Jay Z’s direction with dismal subscription levels and Bloomberg Business calling it a “complete disaster”. But when you have the world’s leading female artist as your spouse and a bevy of friends who count themselves as music royalty promising to offer exclusives, the #TidalforAll bandwagon doesn’t look so bad after all. Kanye West’s latest album The Life of Pablo catapulted Tidal into the ranks of the ‘most downloaded’ in the App Store, and along with its favourable reputation for paying the highest royalties to artists, there seems to be hope for the service. However, with its hefty US$20 monthly subscription fee, as well as numerous reported download issues, we’re inclined to think that perhaps Tidal has become one of Jay’s 99 problems.

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The S house

Endeavouring to do anything but bow down to its spacious surrounds, the S House by Pitsou Kedem Architects is the epitome of human creativity using the sky as its canvas. With a dining room, living room, garden, kitchen and decorative pool that effortlessly blur the boundaries between indoors and out, the wooden shutter-wall entry way prioritises privacy while prepping visitors for their entry into this modern day ‘space vessel’.

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Gypsy Caravan

A new pop-up is serving a tantalising melange of Middle Eastern, North African and Mediterranean cuisines.

There’s no denying that the street food movement has played a stupendous part in the present day manifestation of Auckland’s dining disposition and until now, the Petri dish for pop-up food trucks has been Lot 3’s The Street Food Collective. News of the collective’s temporary repose, therefore, brings about mixed feelings; no longer are we subject to an accessible sampling of up-and-coming food purveyors but in its place is a promising new pop-up restaurant going by the guise of Gypsy Caravan.

The space, though still recognisable with its bar truck parked up in the courtyard, has been redressed to fit the gypsy theme. Pink paper lanterns, hanging bouquets, beaded curtains and flower adorned Moroccan rugs set the scene for a restaurant that draws inspiration from the exotic fare of food trucks that have formerly occupied the space. Greek, Turkish and North African flavours herein collide in a series of mouth-watering dishes brought to life by an impressive team of Odettes alumni — head chef Reginaldo Richard and sous chef Ryan Clapham.

The menu is an amalgamation of both casual and formal fare. The ‘street’ offerings comprise the adored Greek Gyros in various options of pulled beef brisket, braised vegetable and soft shell crab. Meanwhile, the mushrooms baked in vine leaves with truffle, kumara and chia as well as the gypsy spiced root vegetable both make handsome meat-free alternatives, as do the chickpea masabacha (akin to hummus), the pan-fried Jerusalem artichoke and spiced cauliflower with steamed Persian feta. Waiting in the wings to swoop in and tip you over the edge is the hearty lamb tagine, the pork belly with hazelnut and fenugreek and, of course, the pièce de résistance, halloumi set alight by the addition of ouzo, lemon seeds and honey. Trust us, it’s to die for.

So if you’re in and around the Ponsonby vicinity and find yourself wanting for a dinner with a difference, we strongly suggest you get along and give Gypsy Caravan a try as soon as it opens its doors this Thursday. If we can guarantee anything, it’s that the food is well worth it.

Gypsy Caravan

Lot 3
130 Ponsonby Rd
Grey Lynn

www.gypsycaravan.co.nz

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The bold & the beautiful

This ode to opulence is a 'handy' magic carpet ride to the Middle East.

Did you know that cocktail rings were originally worn during the prohibition era as an attention-demanding, sparkle-making way to ensure everyone noticed the illicit beverage in one’s hand as well as the stylish badass drinking it? And while the ban has well and truly been lifted, nothing quite compares to the glistening companion to a glass of effervescence, especially when it’s a handcrafted showstopper by jewellery visionary Brent Sutcliffe.

Known for allowing inspiration to hit from any angle — as seen by our forever favourite underwater wearable masterpiece — this exquisite specimen, aptly named Arabian Nights, is an imaginative embodiment of superior craftsmanship and fashionable flair. Conjuring up vistas of vast marble palaces in exotic lands, the jewel in the crown is the 7.58-carat cushion cut rubellite. Then, in the name of creating an 18-carat white and rose gold throne fit for the royal stone, a bevy of white diamonds and pink sapphires gather around to effortlessly dazzle like a starlit sky in the desert.

Evidently fit for an Arabian princess or Auckland’s socialite equivalent, this statement-making treasure is available for viewing at the Parnell showroom.

Sutcliffe Jewellery

203 Parnell Road
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 309 0127

www.sutcliffejewellery.com

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Morning fix: Atomic Shortland Street

In a perpetual ode to great coffee in the CBD, our attention has been turned to an inner city stalwart, Atomic Shortland Street, whose dependability to fuel us in all the right ways has earnt it a place in our repertoire of town’s best coffee stops. Tucked neatly underneath the Kenneth Meyers Centre, the Atomic Coffee outpost is nestled in just the right spot to capture passers-by in need of caffeination. With a rotation of execptionally friendly staff who know how to make a flat white that will put all others to shame, its hard to past this modest yet satiating little nook. Combine that with their seriously good cabinet line-up and you can understand why this Shortland Street pitstop is the fuel station of choice for inner city suits.

Atomic Shortland Street

70 Shortland Street
Auckland CBD

(09) 377 4909

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The Cherry Bomb Fringe

Reminiscent of naked branches of cherry blossom trees laden with winter icicles and early spring blooms, this elegant lighting system by American designer Lindsey Adelman is a network of slender brass angular tubing that creeps up the wall and along the ceiling, punctuated with gold-leaf handblown glass globes and hundreds of sparkling brass chains.

Lindsey Adelman’s Cherry Bomb Fringe chandelier is available via Nilufar Gallery.

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Longshot

If you didn't think Ponsonby Road needed a stylish new all-day eatery, think again.

Ponsonby certainly has no shortage of all-class eateries. However, once past the ever popular gastro hub Ponsonby Central, heading towards K Road, the ‘cool cafe’ quotient is subject to a very noticeable drop-off. Born out of the realisation that this particular segment of the strip was in dire need of a decent cafe, a new all-day eatery called Longshot has opened its doors next to nightlife stalwart, Longroom.

The Paul-Izzard designed cafe is a great example of the fact that ‘good things come in small packages’. Brimming with marble and golden accents, it’s a refreshing and modern addition to this end of Ponsonby. As for the menu, it’s worth getting excited, for here we were privy to one of the best breakfasts we’ve devoured in a while. With subtle Spanish, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, we couldn’t go past sampling the savoury ham and cheese waffles with poached eggs, spinach and chipotle hollandaise. The bruschetta with mixed wild mushrooms, whipped goats cheese and dukkah was also sublime, much like the scotch egg with potatoes, peas, cocktail onions and cornichons.

The lunch menu consists of club favourites — a Wagyu beef burger, steak-frites and a delicious panko crumbed snapper — while there are also plenty of options for those who would rather smaller/shared plates. Delicious offerings like the saffron and mozzarella arancini, pulled beef brisket sliders, mini paella with chorizo, squid and Cloudy Bay clams, and crispy pork belly with sweet miso are sure to please those looking to graze. Naturally, in the not too distant future, Longshot will also cater to those after an after work tipple and a bite to eat from Thursday to Saturday.

So what might at first appear to be a small hole in the wall coffee stop is, in fact, a very promising new daytime eatery. For those who appreciate a good ambience, diversity in offerings and great coffee, a visit to this new Ponsonby resident is definitely in order.

Longshot

114 Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby

(09) 378 8431

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Parisian Loft by Yvan Mispelaere

Designed by the New York-based fashion designer Yvan Mispelaere for his personal use, a man who has worked for lauded houses including Valentino, Prada and Chloe, this Parisian loft is a sight to behold. The chic and lively apartment is a amalgamation of quirky design features (the sterile first aid-kit themed bathrooms) loud hues, exuberant furniture and glistening brass accents.

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