The Friday Feed: Breadfacing

Just a little something for you before the week is out: the texture of fresh bread against one’s bare face is the sensation laid out on Instagram account @breadfaceblog and it’s worth a look in if you’re in need of some Friday afternoon entertainment. Leaving us feeling more than just a little uncomfortable, it would seem the art of ‘bread-facing’ is a gratifying one. Be it thawed pizza dough, crispy pretzel croissants, hamburger buns or a french stick, if you’re a bread fiend, this is the one account you ought to bury yourself in this weekend. Thank you and good night.

 

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Maggie Marilyn: The designer you need to know

Securing one of the world’s largest luxury online retail giants with her debut collection, it’s clear we have another exciting sartorial prodigy in our midst.

With the spate of undeniably talented and brave young local designers blossoming before our eyes of late, it was only a matter of time before we infiltrated the prestigious global fashion bubble. Brands like Sean Kelly, Georgia Alice, Wynn Hamlyn and Paris Georgia Basics have all been making us immensely proud with their efforts to place New Zealand firmly on the global fashion scene. And so it is with much excitement that yet another promising young talent has emerged in our midst, offering a fresh directional style. A feminist, a dreamer and someone with an unparalleled entrepreneurial ambition that has brought her overnight success, may we introduce Maggie Hewitt and her label, Maggie Marilyn.

Setting the scene for her future success, Hewitt is fresh from winning over the buyers at the prestigious online retailer Net-A-Porter. Her debut collection, Resort 17, single-handedly won the hearts of the revered luxury online fashion retail giant, making her the first New Zealander ever to do so. And in the face of their infamously tough stance on picking up fresh blood, let alone debut collections, this is an achievement not to be taken lightly.

Officially launching in New Zealand at The Shelter this September, Maggie Marilyn’s strong, sensual tailoring with just the right amount of whimsical elegance is crafted from beautiful fabrics that are finished with an attention-grabbing edge — a prerequisite for a look that’s confident, sophisticated and modern.

Echoing the severity of Australian labels Ellery and Dion Lee, Hewitt’s designs also embody the playfulness of European designers Acne and Erdem, as well as the sophisticated flair typical of American labels Proenza Schouler and The Row. Combine that with Maggie Marilyn’s trans-seasonal approach to dressing — a prolific trend seizing the industry whereby wearability plays a crucial part in the design and creative process — as well as ethical practices that hold their own, it’s easy to see why Hewitt is at the very forefront of a new generation of designers. Her stance is clear, she lives to create “clothing that enriches the lives of the customer as well as the lives of the people involved in the textile and garment production.”

Romantic ruffles are complemented by fraying and imperfect edges, tailored silk shirts, mid-length linen skirts, and sheer-sleeved blouses feature an abundance of ruching at the neck and collars, reminiscent of rose-accented floral arrangements. And in a nod to the 70s, billowing sleeves and off the shoulder looks expose just the right amount of décolléte. A neutral palette of white, nude, camel, cream, blush and splashes of denim complete the collection, while every piece is designed to be layered and worn in numerous ways where creativity and practicality exist in perfect harmony.

Having only graduated in 2015, it is clear that the brave Bay of Islands-born designer has entrepreneurial blood running through her veins. With a global ambition that cites Net-A- Porter as just the beginning — her dream is to be stocked in every major department store universally alongside a plethora of stand-alone Maggie Marilyn stores — Hewitt’s inaugural collection shows maturity beyond her years, leaving us greatly anticipating what she has up her billowing sleeves next.

Maggie Marilyn will be available exclusively from The Shelter from September 2016.

The Shelter

78 Mackelvie Street
Ponsonby
Auckland

www.theshelter.co.nz

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10 spots for a cheese & wine session

We’re fairly sure the general consensus about red wine is that it’s good for us. And cheese? Well cheese has all that calcium that’s good for our bones and teeth which basically means that partaking in the practice of a glass of wine over some excellent fromage at the end of your day — all in good company, of course — is as good for us as getting out there and going for a run. Well maybe not, but it’s certainly better than doing nothing at all (if you don’t believe us, then you should probably enlighten yourself on the theorising behind the French Paradox). So make haste people as the weather picks up and head along to the following destinations that will look after your cheese-eating, wine-imbibing needs in a manner fit for royalty.

1. La Forchette
A favourite local Saint Heliers haunt, this is proper beautiful French cuisine so of course you can count on their cheeseboard being a bona fide Gallic version.

2. Meadow 
The market cheese board is just the order at this Meadowbank haunt and is available in two different sizes depending on how much or how little you’d like to indulge.

3. The Grove
With a formidable line-up of wines alongside an evolving selection of local and French cheeses, if you’re not devouring this at the end of your degustation, you might like to sit out on the terrace and order a cheese plate of your liking.

4. Cable Bay
We couldn’t orchestrate a more perfect environment if we tried. The ‘fine cheese board’ is what you want to order to sufficiently while away a sunny afternoon at The Verandah.

5. Apero
They’ve developed an excellent reputation for their grazing style of hospitality with the simple things such as great wine and some excellent cheeses being pivotal to this.

6. Osteria 
With a dedicated Mozzarella Bar, we wouldn’t think we need to provide much more of an incentive to install yourself at this new(ish) Italian Parnell resident.

7. Archive
This Waiheke newcomer is making a name for itself for the shared plates we’re partial to when taking the beloved trip offshore.

8. Paris Butter
A perfect place for capturing the light of the finer afternoons in Herne Bay, Paris Butter usually offers the classic Brie de Meaux options alongside one or two others with bread.

9. Andiamo
This long-standing Herne Bay eatery is one place we can count on for all-day hospitality such as a plate of Castelbello and Gorgonzola served with orange marmalade and crackers.

10. The Glass House at Brick Bay
They’re renowned for their shared plates post sculpture trail but The Glass House offerings are seriously next level. An afternoon spent here is well worth the day trip.

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Take a tour of Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan home

For many of us, the closest we’ll ever come to visiting a celebrity home is on the top of a double-decker, star map in hand, with a failed actor turned tour guide pointing out a 12-foot fence that he’s ‘positive’ Jennifer Love Hewitt resides behind. However, when said stars decide it’s time to sell their homes, a fortuitous role reversal takes place and for a brief moment, their doors are opened and our eyes allowed.

Sitting in Manhattan’s desirable Greenwich Village, Cameron Diaz’s two bed, two bath home is a luxe retreat. Designed by America’s preeminent interior maven Kelly Wearstler, the New York apartment embraces the designer’s typically romantic style with rich materials and metallics accentuated by bold splashes of colour. Blending old with new, custom furnishings sit alongside antique pieces, working together to form an indulgent yet private escape. Diaz’s main base for over seven years before she popped it on the market, take a stroll through for a taste of what a real star tour looks like.

For a taste of Greenwich living a little closer to home, Kelly Wearstler’s luxury lifestyle brand can be explored at Cavit & Co.

Image credit: Architectural Digest

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The birthday cake book revival

For all the kids and the 'big kids' who like to celebrate birthdays the old school way.

Many of you will remember the days of fawning over the coveted designs of the Australian Woman’s Weekly Kids Birthday Cake Book many moons before the big day. The heavily earmarked volume still resides in many cookbook collections, passed down to the next generation since its original publication in 1980. But now there’s a new tome on the block — a freshly devised, modernised volume of 80 “memory-making cakes” entitled The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book.

Incorporating the perfect amount of kitsch into the various cakes within, the talented Jazmine Nixon has been charged with the task of designing and decorating every celebratory creation with the responsibility of creating them left up to acclaimed baker and patissier, Dean Brettschneider. Meanwhile, the task of naming the cakes was given to the enthusiastic children from Room 10 at Churchill Park School, who came up with such gems as ‘Swan Lake & The Dancing Tutus’ and ‘Spike the Sprinkly Kiwi’.

So whether you are a parent or just a big kid at heart, we can guarantee you’ll get great pleasure out of pouring over the cakes within. At least we did when we had the chance to preview it. With two laminated A1 template sheets tucked into the back cover that will help the owner by providing the perfect template, and a bookmark reading ‘This one please, Mum!’ (or Dad, for that matter), we’re quite sure this almost released cookbook will be one to treasure for years to come.

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Burger Geek

This newcomer to the Auckland burger scene is already drawing the crowds.

When launching a new restaurant, there are always going to be a few bumps and hurdles to navigate as you find your feet. Running out of food on two separate occasions during your first week because you’re too popular, however, is not usually one of them. For husband and wife restaurateurs Peter and Pene Barton, that’s exactly what happened when they opened the doors to their new Symonds Street takeaway joint, Burger Geek. Serving up handmade burgers, wings, sides and soda, we visited the newest member of the unauthorised Auckland burger collective to see what the fuss and the lengthy queues were all about.

Though it’s fast food, there’s nothing hasty about Burger Geek’s prep, with all ingredients (sans buns and ketchup) being prepared by hand, on site. The beef patties for instance, are a house blend of Wagyu and Angus that are ground fresh each day then ‘smash grilled’ (an American-inspired technique that sees them smooshed firmly onto the hot plate) to, as Pene tells us, “give more caramelisation and more flavour”. The bacon is shown similar culinary love, with Peter curing it for a week before it’s smoked with applewood then slipped into the middle of one of the Geeky creations.

With four unique beef burgers, a couple of buttermilk fried chicken numbers and two substantial meat-free options on the menu, deciding on a main is tough — but one thing we have to stress is that you must leave room for sides. Managing to exercise some form of control, we held back from simply ordering one of everything and settled on the honey Sriracha hot wings, taco egg rolls (a sort of Mexican spring roll) and rosemary shoestring fries — all of which we can certainly recommend. Similarly, the onion strings were light, crispy and seasoned just as we liked, making us feel genuinely sorry for the next fried onion that even attempts to measure up.

Open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner all week long, we’re already eyeing up the mac ‘n’ cheese balls and Mustang burger for our next visit. If the inaugural week has been anything to go by, we just have to remember to get there early.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30-9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 5.30-9pm

175 Symonds Street
Eden Terrace
Auckland

www.burgergeek.co.nz

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Set in concrete

On point in more ways than one, this L-shaped single-family residence in Denmark features a sharp, geometric exterior that also works as a privacy-maximising shield for the home from the front drive. Balancing out the use of concrete with large glass panels and skylights that allow plenty of natural light and warmth in, the changes in levels (four split levels to be exact) work to differentiate the spaces and add a dynamic spaciousness.

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Kopio: Parnell’s best spot for casual Malaysian food

Diehard Parnell fans will delight in the news of this institution's return.

Now, we must admit; this isn’t our average gastronomy story. But sometimes a worthy eating establishment transcends a jazzy fit out to make way for operators who are doing it for the love of their most devoted customers, steadfastly delivering them a warm welcome and good food. The newly reopened Kopio restaurant in Parnell is one such example.

When we say this isn’t owners Arthur and Mei Wong’s first rodeo, we mean that they have literally been to the exact same metaphorical rodeo several years prior. It was the year 2012 when the original Kopio closed down in Parnell after the Wongs decided to sell up and retire. Up until then, they’d earnt themselves a loyal patronage amongst the suburb’s residents — ones who could recognise decent Malaysian cuisine and that heart-warming style of local hospitality when they met it.

The Malaysian couple quickly decided that the life of leisure wasn’t for them and hoped to resume their business. Due to trading restrictions that wouldn’t allow them to re-open within a three-mile radius for three years, however, they had to search elsewhere for an alternative location. Drawing parallels between their Parnell patrons and the Takapuna demographic, they opened on the ground floor of the Sentinel Building. Though for the duration of their tenure, the majority of diners were diehard fans they’d left behind. “We’d look around the restaurant on some evenings and the place was full of people from Parnell,” Arthur explained. Obviously, they had to go back.

Now they’ve settled right back into their old stomping ground only to serve up a continuation of their award-winning cuisine — award-winning to the tune of ‘Auckland’s Best Beef Rendang’, the ‘Best Malay Seafood Curry’ in town, ‘People’s Choice Award’ etcetera, etcetera. So when we sampled ours, it wasn’t without great anticipation. Neither Arthur nor Mei are chefs by trade (they are, in fact, both architects) but it’s evident Mei takes pride in her kitchen, careful to use only a modicum of sugar where necessary, making the curry paste from scratch and endeavouring to find only the freshest ingredients available to her.

The enduring result is bona fide Malaysian fare that offers just the right amount of flakiness to their authentic roti, a bang-on consistency to their famed dry red beef curry dish, and the perfect tang to their Malay seafood curry. But there’s also an intangible allure to dining at Kopio; visit once or twice and they’ll know you by name, visit more than that and they’ll consider you part of the family. With a licenced drinks list and spate of inexpensive dishes, it’s the type of casual arrangement we often need. If you haven’t already, we suggest you get acquainted with the institution that is Kopio.

Opening hours:
Lunch: Monday to Friday — 12pm till 2pm
Dinner: 7 days — 5pm till 10pm

Kopio

131 Parnell Road
Parnell

(09) 377 8488

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They see me rollin’

In all honesty, there are few things more sophisticated than a two-tier bar trolley. Parked up in the corner of your living or dining room, stocked with an array of international liquors, cut crystal vessels and a glistening cocktail shaker. The portable party cart is every at-home bartender’s best friend. A stylish space filler with the ability to inject a little vintage-inspired glamour — we’re welcoming the four-wheeled wonder back with open arms and empty glasses via some of the finest examples out there.

1. David Rockwell for Stellar Works valet bar cart from Backhouse
2. Vintage glass and brass trolleys, both from European Antiques & Furnishings Ltd.
3. Matégot Trolley from Cult Design
4. Gold bar cart from The Cool Hunter

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Queen’s Rise

We’ve long waxed lyrical about the gentrification of Auckland’s lower Queen Street, with a plethora of highly recognisable luxury brands opening their doors in recent times. One missing piece of the puzzle until now, however, has been an upmarket collective of eateries on par with the area’s retail offerings. All that is due to change this December with the impending launch of Queen’s Rise, an elevated foodie destination located at the historic address of 125 Queen Street. From behind the iconic facade that will soon be treated to a three storey high LED billboard, bringing the excitement of New York’s Times Square to Auckland’s most famous street. The laneway-style development will be home to a select yet diverse group of all day to late-night licensed eateries accessed from both Queen and Swanson Streets.

Carefully planned and designed to reference the best eating precincts overseas such as Sydney’s flagship inner city Pitt Street Mall or Hong Kong’s fashionable PMQ, the impeccably finished interior will feature mid-century style detailing such as terrazzo and marble flooring with mosaic detailing, exposed and coffered ceilings, timber joinery and brass accents throughout. Setting the tone for what could be mistaken as a scene from a larger international city, the area will be curated to offer a variety of gastronomic choices to bustling patrons inevitably including the 1700 inhabitants from the newly completed office floors above. Catering to the inner city crowd’s appetite for exciting dining options, the site’s New Zealand-based developers have been cautious to ensure their location has the right mix of independent operators with sights on creating an unparalleled hospitality offering that will become a drawcard for the area.

Comprising just nine hospitality tenancies in total and over half already secured, applications for the few remaining sites are being considered on the merit of what they will bring to the proverbial table for sophisticated inner city patrons. With all eyes glued to this instrumental evolution in the CBD’s urban landscape, we look forward to celebrating the new offerings that it will bring in with a standing ovation.

Are you a rising restaurateur looking to be considered for the remaining Queen’s Rise hospitality sites? For more information, contact Chloe or Nilesh at Colliers on 09 358 1888. 

Queen's Rise

125 Queen Street
Auckland CBD

www.queensrise.co.nz

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