The Friday Feed: Shavaunna

The stuff that childhood night terrors are made of, @shavaunna, the purple haired, body-less barbie is the Instagram account drawing our intrigue this Friday. We don’t know what it is about this decapitated doll that initially captured our attention, but we simply can’t look away. The gal gets around, hanging out with Snoop at the wax museum one day, checking out the gun show the next. Seriously, if Shazza had a whole body rather than just a pair of hands spurting out of the hole where her neck should sit, the girl would dominate.

Possibly a social commentary on the unrealistic expectations placed on women’s bodies by the modern world or maybe just a toy some kid attacked with scissors, Shavaunna is a star with over 10,000 followers watching her every move. This disembodied babe is our one to watch this week.

 

Lexis and Kenya ate the melon meat and filled the cavity with water so I could swim in it

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As the leading man in many a moronic comedy, we didn’t know what to expect from Will Ferrell’s downtown Manhattan loft, but it certainly wasn’t this. Set in what was once a Victorian-era printing factory, the 2800-foot apartment is a calm, open home with not a whoopie cushion in sight. Littered with mid-century design classics and contemporary art, the modern interiors by New York’s Shawn Henderson are distinctly grown up, with a palette of greys and white offset by bright flashes of coloured furniture. Generous in its use of space, the industrial home which Ferrell shares with his actress/auctioneer wife Viveca Paulin and their three sons is perhaps not what we expected… But it is what we like.

 

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Taco Party at your place

Hold on to your sombreros, amigos, because the party is coming to you!

There are few things that get us talking (and our mouths watering) faster than the prospect of a convivial gathering over a beautiful, slow cooked meal without us lifting so much as a finger to point in excitement. Well, hold on to your sombreros, amigos, because we’ve discovered a party that’s coming to you!

Around about this time last year, the founding fathers/mothers of Honeytrap — the Jones sisters and chef George McNaughton — decided it was time for the sun to set on their beloved sandwich bar in St Kevin’s Arcade. And from the proverbial ashes rose a phoenix by the name of Honeytrap Catering that is now responsible for a delicious delivery — a taco/nacho/sandwich/chilli party to tantalise taste buds wherever they may reside; all that stands between you and this dreamy situation is a minimum of 15 people (or a minimum spend of $300) and 48 hours notice.

As part of the taco option, you’ll receive a soul-warming crock pot full of slow cooked filling of either shredded mole beef, chipotle chicken and peppers or mushroom and bean chilli. Arriving hot and staying that way until you and your guests are ready, the delightful offerings come complete with everything your heart could possibly desire to build your own tacos, including tortillas, avocado cream, salsa fresca, pickles and slaw.

Fancy a nacho party instead? The Honeytrap girls will hook you up with slow cooked beef and bean chilli, corn chips, cheese sauce and all the typical trimmings. Maybe you’re in the mood for a Beef and Bean Chilli Party? Say no more. Your steamy cauldron of goodness will come served with herb and lime rice, chilli cheese cornbread and to-die-for chipotle butter. And last but certainly not least, if a surefire Sandwich Party is what you’re after, you’re in for a treat, taking the form of slow-cooked meat of your choice, burger buns, slaw and pickles like their BBQ beef brisket with red cabbage slaw and zucchini pickles. And in case you were wondering, desserts are totally doable too, with options like the banana and pineapple cake with lime frosting making a very compelling argument.

To host your own family-style taco/nacho/chilli/sandwich party, get in touch via the website below.

Honeytrap Catering

www.honeytrapcatering.com

Image credit: Malcolm Campbell

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Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Auckland's favourite milk and cookie cafe returns with some unique new bakes.

When Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar announced it was closing the doors to its Wellesley Street flagship earlier this year, over 700 people took to Facebook to express their woe. “This is a tragedy!” wrote one fan, “My heart is breaking” said another, while colourful expletives and depressed emojis ran rife. It was a travesty on the sweet food scene felt by many, so now that the local cookie experts have returned to a new city space, we don’t doubt celebration will ensue.

A genuine milk and cookie joint serving fresh baked biscuits morning till night, the Moustache flagship is now open in K Road’s soon to be completed dining hub: Food Workshop. Staying true to what they know (and what we want) the cookie connoisseurs are serving up all their classics along with an ever-revolving ‘cookie of the week’, milks, shakes and coffee. They’ve also introduced a handy takeaway window out front of the shop for those on the run, allowing even the time-pressed the chance to grab, gobble and go.

As the modern-day Willy Wonkas, the new digs also serves as Moustache’s ‘innovation lab’ where the team will conduct gastronomic experiments that push the parameters of what a cookie can be. Already on the horizon is a range of savoury snacks, with the mouse trap, eggs benedict, smashed avo and nacho cookies set to hit the cabinet any day now. Though if we’re honest, it’s still the sweet treats that have us calling.

White chocolate macadamia, Oreo marshmallow, black forest and peanut butter; the buttery sweet creations tempt with a whole host of flavours. And though we couldn’t quite agree on a favourite after testing a small mountain of the delectable morsels, what we can say is that it seems Moustache is indeed back — just as good as ever.

Opening hours:
Sunday to Tuesday: 10.30am-6pm
Wednesday to Saturday: 10.30am-9pm

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

309 Karangahape Road
Auckland

www.moustache.co.nz

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Morepork BBQ

If you were looking for a truly American BBQ experience, this is it.

Circa two years ago, it seemed that the lid blew on the old low ‘n’ slow meat movement. Now, there’s a new kid in on the Ponsonby block, reigniting our slow-burning desire for a bona fide American BBQ experience. Morepork, it’s called, and it’s opening its doors on Jervois Road today, only to offer a casual and carnivorous experience — just as its name might suggest.

Having worked in kitchens all over the world, chef Clint Davies finally found his calling amongst the BBQ smoke pits of the United States after which he was compelled to bring his ‘gift’ back home. We won’t lie, an American experience it truly is, complete with tater tots, hush puppies and deviled eggs topped with bacon jam. When it comes to the smokey, pull-apart meat, however, Davies is said to be an expert, combining homemade rubs and sauces with hand-picked premium cuts, smoking them low and slow over his custom built smoker.

Here, all the meat is 100% wood fired which means it must be checked at least every 20 minutes. Given that all the meats are cooked between 4-14 hours, sleepless nights are therefore a regular occurrence. The resulting slow-cooked fare, is displayed on a hanging chalkboard menu. A selection of smoked meat plates are mixed in with chopped brisket sandwiches, smoked sausage hot dogs with kimchi relish and spicy mayo, and smoked chicken cheesesteaks stacked with house-made American cheese and housemade onions. Lest we forget, the ribs. Sides include cornbread, coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, smoked ham hock and collard greens — just in case you had forgotten, we’re Stateside now people.

So if you’re after a messy, finger-licking, smoky, carnivorous, Southern American BBQ fix, to sit-in or takeaway, Morepork is your ticket. It might not be glamorous, but it definitely has its place.

Open from 11:30am till 9pm daily.

Morepork BBQ

5/1 Jervois Road
Ponsonby

(09) 303 0477

www.moreporkbbq.com

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7 helpful phrases to use when looking at art

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1. Use juxtaposition to describe seemingly contrary elements.
E.g. “I love the juxtaposition between the detailed figure and stark background.”

2. Tension is great. Use similarly to juxtaposition.
E.g. “I love the tension between the detailed figure and stark background.

3. Make vague statements about being drawn to something.
E.g. “I can’t explain why, but I am simply drawn to this.”

4. Use intimacy as a synonym for small.
E.g. “This portrait is so intimate.”

5. Much like new-age business models and free-range chicken breast, organic is a handy term for alluding to shape and form.
E.g. “Have you ever seen a curvature quite so organic?”

6. If you’re confused by it, it’s definitely interrogating.
E.g. “It’s very... interrogating, isn’t it?”

7. Use a gastronomic wildcard to mix things up.
E.g. “Its flavours combined are too overpowering for me”

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Sip Kitchen Newmarket

Having earned itself a legion of nutrition savvy fans across the bridge, Sip Kitchen is now set to take on the city.

When whole food fanatics, Sip Kitchen opened on the Shore in early 2014, the clean eating movement was only just becoming a ‘big deal’. Kale was gaining momentum and rice subbed for quinoa left and right, but it was the Apollo Drive eatery that really came out swinging, showing Mairangi Bay locals just what a chia seed could do. 

A couple of years and few thousand raw cheesecakes later, the inventive cafe has gone from strength to superfood-powered strength and is now bringing its culinary wizardry this side of the bridge in a fresh Newmarket cafe. Set up inside Martha’s Fabrics, the Sip Kitchen’s new outpost is dishing up a colourful collection of salads, open sandwiches, soups, raw treats and snacks to have in or take away. Complementing the nutritious bites, there’s an extensive range of smoothies, juices, teas and spitzers on offer too, including winter’s biggest Instagram stars: the turmeric, matcha and beetroot lattes.

With all of the common food niggles (gluten and dairy we’re looking at you) taken care of, the Sip Kitchen Newmarket is a people and palate pleaser, open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.

Sip Kitchen

12 Melrose Street
Newmarket
Auckland

www.facebook.com/SipKitchen/

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Film: This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy

Once upon a time not so long ago, in a galaxy far far away...

For anyone who’s ever considered using ‘the force’…This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy is for you. Winning accolades such as Best Independent Film at the UK Starburst Film Festival and dubbed as “the biggest surprise at this year’s Boston Sci-Festival” — not a remark to be taken lightly as we all know sci-fi fans are rarely dumbfounded by anything — this epic sci-fi action comedy might just be the funniest thing you’ll witness this year.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine that you and two of your friends have somehow landed yourselves in the low-budget realm of a B-grade 1960s space flick. It doesn’t take long for you to deduce that there’s more to the peculiar universe than meets the eye. The latex monsters and evil space villains are the least of your worries. But unless you and your buddies want to be lost in space forever, you’re going to have to fight tooth and nail if you ever want to see home again. Let the absurd hilarity of this ominous occurrence ensue.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that debut filmmaker Christian Nicolson and co-writer Andrew Beszant drew from their childhood fixation with the genre. Taking inspiration from classic space odysseys like  Blake’s 7Lost in Space, Dr Who and Star Trek, Boulder (as it is affectionately shortened for ease) is infused with the signature look and feel of these cult sci-fi flicks to aid it in embarking on its journey to becoming an icon in its own right. In fact, as the runner-up in the inaugural ‘Makemymovie’ competition, without a blockbuster budget, the production team exercised their ingenuity while Nicolson — who, when he isn’t writing, producing, directing and starring in his own movie, makes a living as a painter and sculptor — used every skill in his arsenal. With a massive sale of his artworks he began the 5-year long journey to self-funding this movie into being.

Said to be a unholy union (in the best possible way) between Galaxy Quest and Monty Python, coming to you hot off its overseas success, this September 22, This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy will screen at Rialto Cinema in Newmarket after kicking off with an introduction straight from the horse’s mouth — a film talk with director Christian Nicolson. Following its Auckland release, the film will go on tour throughout the country with screening dates and Q&A sessions in place for Rotorua, New Plymouth, Opunake, Levin, Hastings, Motueka, Takaka, Westport, Hokitika, Greymouth, Wanaka, Alexandra, Gore, Dunedin, Christchurch, Kaikoura with more to be added.

To find out more, click here.

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Miramonti Boutique Hotel

Latched onto a sunny plateau in the Dolomites mountain range in Northeastern Italy is the boutique Miramonti hotel by White Line Hotels. Sitting amidst the hillside forest overlooking Merano with spectacular bird’s eye views of the captivating Alto Adige — this is South Tyrol from the top down, as seen from this supremely stylish spa and hotel. Although this classical alpine retreat has been cleverly spliced with modernity, the roots of the region are sensed through vintage pieces dotted throughout adding a nostalgic charm to the mountainous culture of the place.

Housed within an aged chocolate box exterior of pure Alpine pedigree, the light, breezy interiors draw upon a contemporary and fittingly elegant aesthetic of honest materials. As if created and engineered by nature itself, the Spa of the Miramonti Hotel boasts clever architecture that mimics the surroundings — the pool is wrapped in ancient volcanic slaps and Pfitschner silver quartz adds a magical cave-like grotto effect. Another ingenious taming of nature is the steps-away new Forest Sauna backed by the dense woodlands. The designer pod rests on stilts with floor-to-ceiling glass frontage dressed inside simply with bold black Hemlock adding a moody sense of visual drama. Outside is a courtyard Jacuzzi.

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SLIDE THREE

Welcoming back the one shoulder

Truthfully, when we heard that one shoulder tops were having a resurgence earlier this year, our initial thought was, “Ahh, why?” Bringing back some oh-so glamorous memories of skin tight solo armed numbers worn with capris and crimped hair (cheers for that SJP) we were, well, dubious to say the least.

But looking at the new generation of single sleeved styles, we can say, unclothed hand to heart, that we’re converted. Picking up from where the cold shoulder top left off last summer, the new/old style is more sophisticated this time around and easily worn in top, dress or jumpsuit form. And with these stellar examples already tempting us, there’s no doubt that come the warmer weather, we’ll be welcoming the no-longer-90s look back with open, one sleeved arms.

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Johanna Oritz Anastasia top from Net-A-Porter
Isabel Marant Newton top from Net-A-Porter
Mia pantsuit from Workshop

Slide Three
Theory Damarill top from Net-A-Porter
Jacquemus top from Net-A-Porter
One Shoulder Balloon top from Georgia Alice

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