Guerilla Geill
Rolling Pin
Temaki Truck
Puha & Pakeha
Very Good Dumplings
Very Good Dumplings
Rawe
Ben & Jerry's

2016’s best food trucks worth chasing down

Guerrilla Grill

Cheese toasties with a gourmet edge, served off the back of an old-school Land Rover? Oh yes please.

The Rolling Pin
Traditional dumplings served classic, gluten free or vegan, these delicious little parcels come in sets of eight for only $10. Teamed with a fresh Asian salad for an element of crunch, it’s pre-packed perfection.

Temaki Truck
Though food trends will come and go, sushi is one of our forever favourites. Putting a spin on our beloved raw fish dish, the sushi cones from the Temaki Truck are a delectable adaptation.

Puha and Pakeha
Maori kai with a modern twist, if you haven’t tried this culinary caravan’s hangi-cooked pulled pork, mate, you haven’t lived.

Very Good Dumplings
To be honest, everything you need to know about this rolling restaurant is there in the title. They do dumplings, and they’re very good. What more reason do you need to feed?

Rawe
If your diet is more healthy than hedonistic, these mobile smoothie makers are the ones for you. Blitzing up vitamin-filled concoctions alongside raw treats, Rawe’s menu is 100% plant-based, organic and dairy-, gluten- and refined sugar-free.

Ben & Jerry’s
Hot beach days at Takapuna beach just got a whole lot sweeter with Ben & Jerry’s customised Airstream parking up at the Channel View Road car park, for the length of summer. The Scoop Truck will be serving up their world-famous chunky icecream’s from 11am – 9pm every day.

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The Kimchi Project has one of the best courtyards in town

Approachable Korean cuisine is now on offer in a stunning city courtyard.

From the street, The Kimchi Project looks like a nice place. With its homely French doors, well-lit modern interior and sleek, minimal fit-out, if you were wandering down Lorne Street looking for a lunch spot, we bet you’d stop. It’s nice. But head inside and out the back of the new Korean-inspired eatery and what you’ll find is that it’s not just nice — it’s bloody brilliant.

Because what lies back there is one of the finest courtyards the City of Sails has ever seen. A light-flooded deck, sheltered by a clear ceiling and flanked by a garden of falling vines, towering palms and Griselinia, the unexpected outdoor area, created by The Fit Out Company, is a stunner and sure to become the inner-city worker’s lunch and drinking spot du jour. Needless to say, we were rather taken by the city eatery, before even trying a bite.

But the food is good too. Leaning heavily on sesame, garlic, chilli, pepper flakes, ginger and soy sauce, the Korean-tinted flavours are spicy, sweet and savoury at once. Not too daunting for the newcomer to Korean cuisine, with dishes like Galbi — a marinated beef short rib that comes on a heaped pile of creamy mash (reminiscent of a Kiwi roast) — and the Ssam, which sees barbecued meat tucked into fresh lettuce cups with a sweet and salty sauce, when paired with a frosted glass of Asahi Black, it’s the perfect gateway into this relatively untapped Asian cuisine.

Opening hours:
7am-10pm, Monday-Thursday & Sunday
7am-12am, Friday-Saturday

The Kimchi Project

20 Lorne Street
Auckland CBD

www.facebook.com/pg/thekimchiprojectnz

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Damien Hirst's Gone But Not Forgotten
Hans Op de Beeck's The Collector's House
Jeff Koons' Seated Ballerina
Chambre à Part: Life is Beautiful

The most notable installations you missed at Art Basel 2016

Following our round-up of Design Miami last week, we thought it pertinent to similarly note the most outlandish art pieces and installations to have graced the pseudo-Caribbean capital for its famous annual design festival.

A select group of people were invited to view two of Jeff Koons’ new pieces
To inaugurate two of the artist’s glaring multi-million dollar sculptures, ‘Seated Ballerina’ and ‘Pluto and Proserpina’, the visionary behind Miami’s elite residential project, Oceana Bal Harbour, Eduardo Costantini invited select guests to celebrate the pieces with none other than Koons himself. The pieces will permanently live in the building if you’re planning on visiting anytime soon.

‘The Collector’s House’ was easily the best immersive installation
Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck brought in the crowds all over again with his large-scale immersive installation ‘The Collector’s House’Represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Galleria Continua in Italy and Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, his stunning recreation of a neoclassical private room in black and white was a highlight of the week.

Damien Hirst’s ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ moved to the new Faena Hotel
Hirst’s eye-catching work has recently been relocated to the newly-established Faena Forum.”The mammoth comes from a time and place that we cannot ever fully understand,” he explains. “Despite its scientific reality, it has attained an almost mythical status and I wanted to play with these ideas of legend, history and science by gilding the skeleton and placing it within a monolithic gold tank.” The 2014 piece was originally auctioned to raise money for AIDS and is currently on display in the garden of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

‘Chambre à Part: Life is Beautiful’ was the most boundary-pushing installation
This boundary blurring installation was curated by Laurence Dreyfus who “has the skill to take a private space to combine art and design in a way that introduces younger artists and makers,” according to José Carlo Diaz (Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum). The critic lauded works by Miami artists Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Jillian Mayer, noting that “Rodriguez blurs the boundaries of art and design, which brings up the question: What are the rules for art and design to coexist in the same space?”

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This Māori food truck with a modern twist is well worth queueing for

This cute caravan is bringing modern Māori fare to the masses.

With no shortage of drool-inducing food trucks doing the laps these days, a weekend visit to the local market for a quick bite can wind up being a rather stressful occasion. With so many delicious offerings to choose from, decision-making can be tough, and a drama that we really don’t need in our life at 9am on a Sunday morning. Thankfully, our recent discovery of Puha & Pakeha is making our next market sojourn that much simpler, as the Māori Fusion foodies are dishing up something completely fresh to the roaming feast scene.

It’s all about approachable kai, taking elements of old school Māori food and adding modern flavours — think traditional with a twist. Like the Piri Piri chicken salad that uses New Zealand’s native Horopito pepper for spice, the Aotearoa Reuben sandwich that sees hāngi-cooked pastrami, braised cabbage and slabs of cheese loaded between thick slices of grilled rēwena bread, and an abundance of manuka, kumara, kawakawa and artisan smoked fish.

Bringing the best of New Zealand to the forefront, the roaming restaurant can be found at markets across the city, with details easily found on its Facebook page. A delectably modern way to enjoy some of our country’s finest flavours and fare, don’t get caught in the all-too-common market food freakout that often ends with a disappointing bowl of greasy grey noodles, give Puha & Pakeha a whirl, it’s ka pai.

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Woah! Studios is definitely the most family-friendly opening of the year

Whoa! Studios is providing some serious grounds for fun over the summer holidays and beyond.

If someone was to draw a Venn diagram to illustrate the common ground of ‘fine-dining’ and ‘family dining’, the overlapping area certainly wouldn’t be huge. With the exception of a few Auckland eateries that embrace the little ones when it comes to eating out, having the tots in tow can often be a deal-breaker to feeling comfortable at those more lofty establishments. Bridging this gap, however, is an incredible development set to open this Saturday 17th of December in Henderson.

‘Whoa! Studios’ is turning that child-fearing sentiment on its head. In fact, the whole place is geared towards creating a place where kids (and their respective imaginations) can run wild while parents are equally satiated by gorgeous environs and top-notch food offerings. The project, spearheaded by entrepreneur David Sutherland, is essentially comprised of three parts — a film studio and theatre with live pantomime-style shows; a stunning, open-plan, family fine-dining eatery; and an epic playground that has been devised by movie set-builders and acclaimed artists.

Celebrated chef Benjamin Bayly (The Grove, Baduzzi, TV2’s My Kitchen Rules) is behind the gastronomic side of things, bringing into play his finesse with the season’s best produce to create dishes that will please both young and old. Think hand-crafted pasta, mouthwatering scampi rolls, homemade chicken saveloys, slow-cooked Szechuan lamb with pancakes, cucumber and crispy onion. Furthermore, there will be gelato, ice creams, soft serve sundaes and cold-pressed juices made from scratch to (salubriously) keep energy levels at an all-time high.

What kids will really want to come for, however, is the playground of truly epic proportions. A huge crocheted web designed by Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is suspended under an elevated rotunda; they can crawl into it, swing from it, bounce on it by the hour. With a pirate ship, a turreted castle, built-in trampolines and the theatre inside with some fantastic on-stage entertainment at the ready, this is the only place you’ll want to be over the holidays.

The Grounds

Whoa! Studios
8-14 Henderson Valley Rd
Henderson

www.whoastudios.co.nz

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4 wines you need to buy by the case this summer

With so many BBQs, parties, gatherings and get-togethers over the next few months, there’s always need to bring a bottle. Saving you from having to stop at the bottle shop every few days we asked the ever well informed Michael Dearth (proprietor of The Grove and Baduzzi) to share four of his favourite organic and biodynamic wines for the summer. Four versatile drops that are the perfect pick no matter the occasion, herewith we present the wines you should be buying in bulk.

Seresin Moana
An impressive wine that over delivers, this delicate white should be your holiday Champagne alternative. With a subtle, savoury character, reminiscent of soft brioche and warm buttered toast, the methode traditionnelle has delicate citrus notes and an aroma of fresh orchard blossoms. Buy here.

Millton Te Arai Chenin Blanc
One of the unsung heroes of the New Zealand wine world, who needs sauv when you can have chenin blanc? The perfect bottle to bring when you have no idea what’s for dinner, this one’s taut and vibrant with lovely aromas of fresh lime zest and fragrant gardenias. Buy here.

Hans Herzog Arneis
Light and lively, this versatile vino dances on the palate. Full of fresh white peach and pink grapefruit with notes of pear and lemon verbena, perhaps our favourite feature of this Marlborough drop is that when you shop online, the more you buy, the more you save. Buy here.

Hans Herzog Zweigelt
An Austrian wine variety that Dearth describes as “super fun and fascinating”, this red would be a hit at any backyard barbie. A veritable spice box with aromas of violets, punchy raspberry and cinnamon, the complex drop is a crowdpleaser. Buy here.

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Denizen inaugurates Ponsonby’s hottest new drinks spot

With the holidays approaching hard and fast, we could all do with a new go-to drinking spot in our repertoire. Hence, our enthusiasm when we were offered the chance to christen Azabu’s new outdoor area — the Roji Bar deck. In our fervour and with the help of a few friends, pints of chilled Asahi Black flowed from the tap, bottles of Perrier-Jouët were popped and magnums of NZ Rosé Co were proffered as we basked in the sunshine last Friday afternoon.

Accessed via Maidstone Street, the modest new deck is the perfect, tucked-away spot for a casual rendezvous with friends, if not a private gathering. Its west-facing outlook soaks up the last of the light, giving way to an equally enticing evening set-up. With Azabu’s incredible food and cocktail menu at the ready, we have our sights firmly set on this epic new situation for as long as social tendencies have the better of us.

Roji Bar

Azabu
26 Ponsonby Rd
Grey Lynn

www.azabuponsonby.co.nz

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This is easily the most picturesque morning coffee stop in the city

For many of us, grabbing a coffee before work is a practice engineered out of desperation and location. There is, however, something to be said for turning said practice into an awe-inspiring ritual. A facet of the newly-opened Dr Rudi’s is doing just that thanks to its sensational view and an endless stream of Atomic Coffee from 7-11am in the morning, Monday to Friday. To gain access to this truly spectacular spot, all you need to do is ascend the escalators on the corner of Quay & Hobson Streets before basking in all the morning glory of the stunning viaduct harbour.

Dr. Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co.

Level 3,
Cnr Quay & Hobson Streets
Auckland Viaduct

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Inside Louis Vuitton’s bigger and better Queen street boutique

After a short stint of covered windows and secrecy, Louis Vuitton has reopened the doors to its revitalised Queen Street store and is welcoming us into the enticing new space.

A sophisticated two-storied vision lined with an extensive selection of the fashion house’s finest luxury goods, the downtown boutique embodies every bit the lofty, international standard you might expect. Dominated by a warm, wood-dominated fit out and sprawled over two ample levels, every detail has been considered down to the hand-stitched leather that protects the stairwell’s railing.

Though the preeminent label has long graced our shores — New Zealand’s first LV boutique opened more than 20 years ago — the refresh of the CBD store has seen the brand expand in both area and offering. With a covetable line-up of fine jewellery and luggage lining the light-filled space, the reopening also marks the arrival of Louis Vuitton men’s and womenswear to New Zealand, as well as fragrance for the very first time. A long time coming for the revered maison’s loyal local following, the inaugural drop launches with the handsome 2017 Cruise collections.

With an exclusive release of the much-adored Christopher backpack in crocodile to also celebrate the reopening, you’ll have to excuse the cliché here, but the Louis Vuitton Queen Street is simply bigger and better than ever. Well deserving of its spot in Auckland’s world-class downtown shopping precinct, the refreshed Louis Vuitton Queen Street is well worth a visit.

Louis Vuitton

56 Queen Street
Auckland CBD

0800 586 966

www.louisvuitton.com

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The Friday Feed: Taste of Streep

If ever there was a cult actress we’d allow you to maintain an obsession with, it’s Meryl Streep. The saucy temptress is considered one of the most successful actors of all time with a record number of Oscar nominations and wins to boot. And if there’s one person who can enshrine her in the eccentric manner she deserves, it’s the individual behind Instagram account @tasteofstreep, Stephanie Raye. There’s no telling what instigated Raye’s food-based collages, but her photoshopped images of Streep merged in various food products is nothing short of miraculous. We especially love the leading lady saucily sprawled over a serving of French fries and stuffed into a cream-filled cannoli. Click here to browse the smorgasbord of Meryl-centric delicacies.

 

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