City dwellers rejoice — introducing your new morning pit-stop

Taking the place of what was once Little & Friday on Durham Lane, Moin Moin is a very cute little coffee stop serving as a prime address for central city commuters to get their morning fix. The newly opened spot is run by a super-friendly German-expat Julia Tolladay who arrived in New Zealand only four years ago. The barista’s quest to do something coffee-related has manifested in the German-influenced Moin Moin, where traditional German pastries are supplied from Little Cake Kitchen flanked by a series of divine Mactisserie macarons, designed to devour together. And if you manage to stop by, be sure to sample the German bonbons that line the back wall.

Moin Moin

16 Durham Lane
Auckland CBD

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This French designer’s easy-to-wear collection exudes bohemian chic

Inspired by the effortless Parisian “Bourgeois Boheme” spirit, fashion designer Magali Pascal’s creations are a demure dream. Fusing her fearlessly feminine French flair with a vintage aesthetic in a palette of earthy hues, her penchant for luxurious silks, laces, organic fabrics with beautifully beaded embellishments is nothing short of inspired. Worthy of carving a space in an already-discerning wardrobe, the Paris-born style maven’s easy-to-wear creations are now available thanks to the fashionable visionary’s at Superette.

To peruse the pieces before they’re snapped up, click here

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ETNZ launches its killer new boat design with the help of Nespresso

A game of technology that arguably draws more man power and IT expertise than any other sport in the world, it’s hard to believe nearly four years have passed since the fateful 34th America’s Cup drew our nation to its knees. So yesterday, a tangible sense of tenacity hung in the air as we witnessed Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton, surrounded by his 90-strong crew along with supporters and sponsors including Nespresso, speak about the “extra 100 metres” being the symbolic winning edge that will carry our beloved boat across the line to victory in Bermuda this year.

Referring to the heart breakingly-close loss in San Francisco in 2013, and clearly spurred on by the familiar feeling of being the competition’s underdog in what is otherwise known as a billionaire’s race, it was an emotional moment with the blessings of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, the auspicious smashing of the magnum on the hull, and the well wishes of the crowd that we witnessed the incredible new 15 metre (50ft) catamaran – our most advanced design yet – being launched on our Waitemata harbour.

The 2017 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs commence on May 27th. The winner will go on to challenge defenders Oracle Team USA from June 18th to 19th, and June 25th to 28th.

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Chocolate cocktails are officially a thing — here’s where to get your fix

We’ve long worshipped at the altar famed for bringing us chocolate milk like we’ve never had, dreamy decadence that has easily elevated all our dessert endeavours and fresh double cream custard that we’ll gladly devour by the spoonful. But, when Lewis Road Creamery unleashed their Chocolate Cream Liqueur, we were ever so slightly apprehensive. Could anyone really do a better job than the Irish? After rigorous taste tests at Denizen HQ, our conclusion is… heck, yeah.

Perfectly amalgamating the powers of fresh New Zealand cream and the finest Belgian chocolate with a triple-distilled premium spirits, this is adult indulgence at its best. Whether you opt to savour it simply over ice, swirling it around as you ponder upon the day’s events or allow it to elevate cocktails, coffee or ice cream, the notes of fresh hazelnut, white pepper, creamy cashew and cacao make a damn fine addition. Alternatively, we’ve done the hard yards to bring you five formidable concoctions, perfect for savouring at the esteemed establishments that created them:

1. ‘A Night With Jerry Lewis’ at MR TOMS
Pure sippable magic, this tantalising tipple combines our latest Lewis Road obsession with Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum and blood orange liqueur — delish.

2. ‘Gene Wilder’ at Caretaker
Featuring the finesse of Gosling’s rum, porter, yolk and nutmeg all shook up with the quintessential slug of Lewis Road Chocolate Liqueur, one sip and you’ll be smitten for good.

3. ‘Daisy Moo’s Revival’ at Golden Dawn
The next-level concoction here is an inspired one. Pairing the creamy potion with Jameson, amaretto liqueur, a splash of raspberry and a decent dash of Pernod, the spiced nightcap is a sweet dream indeed.

4. ‘Sunset Road’ at Bedford Soda & Liquor
While there are four formidable limited edition creations to sample the famed chocolate liqueur in all its glory here, this one — that brilliantly blends it with dark rum, orgeat, lime, basil and tiki bitters — is well worth erecting a totem in honour of. Served in a tiki mug over crushed ice.

Now available at Glengarry’s and selected Liquorlands, for the full list of chocolate concoctions sweeping our nation’s best bars and restaurants as we type this, click here

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The geometric earrings you’ll be wearing all summer

Here at Denizen, we suffer acutely from The Magpie Effect. A dangerous affliction that sees us drawn to all things shiny and shimmery, it particularly comes to a head when faced with a truly unique piece.

The Cerith earrings are just that. An incandescent mother of pearl disc, trapped within a delicate silver or gold-plated casing, these geometric statement earrings from Dyrberg Kern’s new collection are handcrafted with astute attention to detail. Limited, with just six pairs of the luxe accoutrements available in the country, these modern pieces from the Danish jewellery house are perfect for adding an elegant touch to a classic denim ensemble, or for bringing simple glamour to an LBD. 

Not officially released until this Friday 17th February, we have your inside track to these Scandinavian stunners which have quietly arrived at the new Ponsonby flagship store… or you can snap them up online here

DYRBERG/KERN

65 Mackelvie Street
Ponsonby
Auckland

09 376 9989

www.dyrbergkern.co.nz

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This exhilarating dance show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen

Don't be surprised when floors spurt water and walls collapse.

Not often do we see a live music gig cum art gallery cum theatre, dance and film. But new production Rushes, presented by Auckland Live, is set to change all that. Recalibrating our expectations for dance theatre, the enthralling experience, directed by ex-art director and choreographer of the World of Wearable Art Awards Malia Johnston in collaboration with visual artist Rowan Pierce, allows the audience to be involved in various different ways.

Attendees are encouraged to walk through 11 rooms which will have over 25 dancers and musicians pass through them. With some amazing visual effects and live music from Eden Mulholland, don’t be surprised when floors spurt water, walls collapse, and a single performer consumes a whole room with her red dress.

Not wanting to give it all away, at Rushes you can be a voyeur by standing and watching, or, choose to really immerse yourself in the seriously engaging affair. If you loved Nederlands Dans Theater, you’re bound to love this.

Check out the rehearsal video below.

Rushes is on from 21st-25th February at the Aotea Centre. Purchase your tickets here

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Pastrami & Rye is serving up the most drool-worthy sandwiches in town

One thing’s for sure: if you make a damn good sandwich, the punters will come. Providing a fine example of this edible adage is the new deli setting the suburban grapevines abuzz since its arrival on the sandwich scene. And with a name like Pastrami & Rye, you know the classics between sliced bread will be well-represented here.

Like most of the world’s best offerings, the small but mighty spot was born out of a lack… specifically a sombre lack of salubrious sandwiches. Unwilling to accept the status quo, the brains behind the operation, Dave began pickling their own pickles — your mouth will water at the sight of the wall brimming with jars of the juicy gems; they sourced lovely loaves from La Voie Francoise and they tenderly tended to the chooks doing the rounds in the rotisserie. The rest, as they say, is history… tasty, tasty history.

Having already established a bit of a cult following since it opened last week (and why wouldn’t it when there are made-to-order morsels such as the pastrami on rye, the ruben, the cuban and the ‘better be quick before they sell out’ porchetta bun and lobster roll streaming out the door?!), come dinnertime, things change up a little to cater to the hungry hoards. With the option to take home either a whole or half succulent chicken (only eight emerge from the roaster each time so timing is everything), a pack of sliders and a salad or two, if it’s a delightful dinner that’s good and good for you that you’re after, look no further.

Offering the perfect excuse to hit the hot sandwiches all day erry day, Ellerslie’s newest addition has well and truly rekindled our love affair with all things between sliced bread.

Open 7 days from 7am – 7pm. 

Pastrami & Rye

112 Main Highway,
Ellerslie
Auckland

021 270 7637

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The infamous Grey Gardens is up for sale

The 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, was a morose portrait of mother and daughter, ‘Big’ and ‘Little’ Edie Beale, and their reclusive life in a towering East Hampton mansion. A haunting film that tracked the once upper-class duo’s saddening slide into squalor. Both, at one time considered great high society beauties, the Edies (who were direct relatives of Jackie Kennedy), were an enigmatic pair that turned to isolation, and the film immortalised them forever.

Now, some 40 years on, their home, Grey Gardens, is up for sale. Gone are the racoons, cats, fleas and heaving piles of garbage that covered the floors in their day, replaced long ago by all the Hampton-appropriate additions. Seven bedrooms, an enormous swimming pool and sprawling garden, all tucked just off the beach; the grand mansion, listed at US$19.95 million is so far removed from the Edies’ abode that the only thing reminiscent of their lives there is perhaps the address.

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5 things that cultured people will be talking about this weekend

1. Michael Parekowhai’s ‘The Lighthouse’ gets lit up 
Saturday will see the inauguration of the NZ artist’s waterfront masterpiece. Having already garnered controversy for its political nuances, the state house replica is poised to overlook the harbour on Queens Wharf, and is described as a ‘small house that holds the cosmos’. The work, commissioned by Barfoot & Thompson, marks a movement in the private funding of more public art around Auckland.

2. The new ASB theatre opens its best opera yet, Mikado
If you haven’t been to Wynyard Quater’s new ASB theatre yet, this is the perfect excuse. And before you tell us that you’re not into opera, let us tell you that this particular comedic show is unlike any other. It’s funny, and charming, and it’s undoubtedly Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous show. Get yourself (or that someone special) tickets and don’t forget to bask in world-acclaimed lighting genius Leo Villareal’s installation that perennially lights up the building’s facade.

Auckland Pride Festival has just kicked off
Encompassing a seriously diverse array of events around the city, the Pride Festival launches today and will run until 26th February. Entertainment will include the ‘flotilla of feminity’ that is the Wet Hot Beauties, a.k.a. Auckland’s very favourite mermaids, who will be performing their aquatic ‘splashtacular’ Sea Change at the Parnell Baths next week. There’s also Russ Flatt’s latest exhibition Take Me to The River, opening tonight, amidst a litany of other goings on.

4. The Book of Mormon is in full swing across the ditch
The sellout stage show brought to us by the minds behind satirical cartoon South Park, The Book of Mormon, has begun its season at The Princess Theatre in Melbourne. There’s already limited availability so if you’re keen to witness this riot of a production, we suggest you plan your trip sooner rather than later so that you can chime in on the dialogue about this outrageous, Mormon-mocking affair.

5. Netflix releases Abstract: The Art of Design
Premiering on Netflix today, Abstract: The Art of Design, is an original docuseries comprising eight episodes that hand the mic over to the world’s most innovative designers. The enthralling series, which recently debuted at Sundance, explores the inspiration and work of individuals who shape the world around us featuring the likes of architect Bjarke Ingels, illustrator Christoph Niemann, graphic designer Paula Scher and photographer Platon. Watch the trailer below.

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The dramatic trend you should have adopted by now

The thing we like most about the bell sleeve, is that it’s pretty darn dramatic. Making hand gestures suddenly glamorous, tying your shoelaces a ‘moment’ and sipping from a glass of champagne an Instagram-worthy action, the trumpeting tops are an easy outfit updater. Granted, they are an item that needs to be worn with care — especially when eating as to avoid any sleeve-dipped disasters — thanks to the abundance of billowing beauties available these days, it’s a trend we’re hitting hard. Drama queens that we are.

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Rosetta Getty Fil coupé chiffon top from Net-a-Porter
Roksanda Truffaut cotton-poplin top from Net-a-Porter
Ellery Immortal sweatshirt from Matches

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Dali jacket from Karen Walker
Crescent top from Georgia Alice

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Camilla and Marc Parnell top from Superette
Derek Lam shirt from Muse
Taylor Facade shirt from The Shelter

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