Cauliflower Curry from Euro
Eggplant Parmagiana from Baduzzi
Fava Bean Garden from Beirut
Vegetarian Meatballs from Baduzzi
Beetroot starter from Cassia
Steamed Bun with Crispy Eggplant from The Blue Breeze Inn
Citrus Salad from Soul

Auckland’s 8 best vegetarian dishes of the moment

Whether you’re 100% plant-based, sometimes meat-free or just a run of the mill omnivore — after all, flexitarianism is in — it doesn’t matter because these vegetarian dishes are universally tasty. The kind of fare that doesn’t beg the question, ‘err, where’s the meat?’, henceforth we present Auckland’s top veggie eats.

1. Cauliflower Curry from Euro
The fact that curry is one of Exec Chef Gareth Stewart’s favourite things to eat may well have spawned this delish spicy variety. Roasted cauliflower and yellow lentil dal is balanced with cauliflower yoghurt. You can find this sensational dish on Euro’s dedicated vegetarian menu.

2. Steamed Bun with Crispy Eggplant from The Blue Breeze Inn
While the pork buns might be infamous and delicious, trust us when we tell you to give the eggplant iteration a go. Hitting all the right notes, the ‘steak’ is doused in black vinegar, chilli and coriander for a very yummy effect.

3. Eggplant Parmigiana from Baduzzi
Best enjoyed with a glass of red and your napkin tucked into your shirt, Baduzzi’s classic parmigiana — a beloved recipe derived from owner Michael Dearth’s mother — is not the only meat-free delight this Italian restaurant offers. With a fifth of the menu being vegetarian, there are plenty more options that include meat-free meatballs too. 

4. Beetroot starter from Cassia
Naturally, Indian cuisine is the perfect genre for lending itself to vegetable driven dishes. Lucky for diners at Cassia, those choosing to forego the meat can choose from three mains: smoked paneer and parsnip with Chettinad sauce, a seasonal vegetable curry and stir-fried potato with chickpeas and kadhai spices. However, it’s the beetroot starter with black garlic, spiced crème fraîche and chilli coriander relish that has captivated our attention.

5. Tomato Tostada from Azabu
Aromatic heirloom tomatoes perched gently atop a very crisp tostada with jalapeño mayo, mint, basil, crushed almonds and coriander? This remains one of our favourite items of the lot — so much so, we’re tempted to order it in multiples.

6. ‘Out of the Dark’ Mushroom Gnocchi from Ostro
One of the more indulgent dishes on this list, Ostro does a superb job with its rich gnocchi iteration that features ‘Out of the Dark’ mushrooms, truffle cream, pickled onion and potato crisps. Newly refined as part of the ‘classics’ menu, we’ll take this bad boy time and time again.

7. Citrus Salad from Soul
One of Exec Chef Gavin Doyle’s favourite meat-free dishes right now is the citrus salad. Bursting with flavour and texture with the inclusion of fennel, pear, celery and crispy rice (which gives a great crunch), it’s all cut fresh to order and exhibits the best of the season’s citrus offering.

8. ‘We Love Vegetarian’ degustation from The Grove
Reserved for those who are wanting to go all out, The Grove specialises in meat-free degustations. Offering a progressive series of five or nine plates, the mind-bogglingly varied and experimental fare will leave you inspired.

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Your Spring Handbag Update

It’s a given that springtime calls for a bit of an overhaul, especially with regards to our handbags. This season favours no particular colour or fabric. Instead, it’s all in the details. From the structured, cut-out and triangular shaped to the guitar strapped and circular hardware-adorned, this season, our trusty sidekicks are anything but boring.

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It’s all about structural aesthetics and these bags speak volumes — get to know your angles with the latest ultra-linear pieces.

Loewe Flamenco bag

Loewe Flamenco bag

Loewe Flamenco bag

Loewe Flamenco bag

Available from Moda Operandi

Cult Gaia Ark bag

Cult Gaia Ark bag

Cult Gaia Ark bag

Cult Gaia Ark bag

Available from Moda Operandi

Balenciaga Triangle Duffle bag

Balenciaga Triangle Duffle bag

Balenciaga Triangle Duffle bag

Balenciaga Triangle Duffle bag

Available from Bergdorf Goodman

Carolina Santo Domingo Amphora bag

Carolina Santo Domingo Amphora bag

Carolina Santo Domingo Amphora bag

Carolina Santo Domingo Amphora bag

Available from Moda Operandi

A sleek yet simple way to add some stage presence to your trusty tote, guitar straps are hitting all the right notes this season.

Christian Dior Dior Addict flap bag

Christian Dior Dior Addict flap bag

Christian Dior Dior Addict flap bag

Christian Dior Dior Addict flap bag

Available from Dior

Gucci Dionysus top handle bag

Gucci Dionysus top handle bag

Gucci Dionysus top handle bag

Gucci Dionysus top handle bag

Available from Gucci

Christian Dior J'adior flap bag

Christian Dior J'adior flap bag

Christian Dior J'adior flap bag

Christian Dior J'adior flap bag

Available from Dior

Gucci Queen Margaret top handle bag

Gucci Queen Margaret top handle bag

Gucci Queen Margaret top handle bag

Gucci Queen Margaret top handle bag

Available from Gucci

Alexander Wang Riot convertible clutch

Alexander Wang Riot convertible clutch

Alexander Wang Riot convertible clutch

Alexander Wang Riot convertible clutch

Available from Workshop

Marc Jacobs Camera bag

Marc Jacobs Camera bag

Marc Jacobs Camera bag

Marc Jacobs Camera bag

Available from Workshop

Off-White bag

Off-White bag

Off-White bag

Off-White bag

Available from Net-a-porter

Bum bag, belt bag, fanny pack — whatever you call you it, it’s marking an unlikely style revival.

Prada velvet belt bag

Prada velvet belt bag

Prada velvet belt bag

Prada velvet belt bag

Available from Prada

Gucci Marmont belt bag

Gucci Marmont belt bag

Gucci Marmont belt bag

Gucci Marmont belt bag

Available from Gucci

From Chloé’s Hana bag to Louis Vuitton’s Saint Cloud, circular hardware is destined to become your new Spring obsession.

See By Chloé Hana bag

See By Chloé Hana bag

See By Chloé Hana bag

See By Chloé Hana bag

Available from Workshop

Louis Vuitton Saint Cloud bag

Louis Vuitton Saint Cloud bag

Louis Vuitton Saint Cloud bag

Louis Vuitton Saint Cloud bag

Available from Louis Vuitton

Little Liffner Tiny Box D bag

Little Liffner Tiny Box D bag

Little Liffner Tiny Box D bag

Little Liffner Tiny Box D bag

Available from Superette

Deadly Ponies Mr Stitcher

Deadly Ponies Mr Stitcher

Deadly Ponies Mr Stitcher

Deadly Ponies Mr Stitcher

Available from Deadly Ponies

A boisterous Asian bar and eatery, SEVEN, opens on Auckland’s most coveted rooftop

A visit to this noisy new eatery will have you staying later than you imagined.

We’ve long depended on Seafarers to cater to our hospitality whims. Reason being, they do it so well. Amidst fanciful popups and memorable parties, the adroit Savor Group knows how to deliver on what Auckland wants in terms of entertainment and gastronomy.

Now they’re giving us even more with a permanent new restaurant-bar-club located on the rooftop, SEVEN. Named, we’re assuming, after the level it’s located on, the newly appointed destination will be open to the public and have Ebisu Head Chef Fred Wong at the helm, preparing all manner of Asiatic delicacies, some with an entirely new spin. A shredded five spice duck and lychee salad, beef short ribs and the classic ‘duck and bao’ are just some of the tantalising menu items.

Duck and Bao

But the food, while delicious, comprises only a part of what will lure discerning denizens up to the rooftop. With lip-smacking cocktails crafted with the utmost attention to detail (salted coconut espresso martinis and grilled pineapple mojitos, anyone?) and an environment that they’re describing as ‘boisterous’, there’s no denying that a visit to this noisy new eatery will have you staying later than you imagined.

Grilled Pineapple Mojito

Friday and Saturday nights will see SEVEN transition into something of a party destination with partners on board to help create a casual and friendly vibe. A DJ schedule that starts during dinner service alongside light installations by Angus Muir will see the metamorphosis of restaurant to club via a late night programme.

With the rooftop retaining its status as a party place too, the ‘first-in, best-dressed’ rule of thumb will no doubt apply. 

SEVEN will officially open to the public this Thursday, 24th August, at 12 noon. Walk-ins only for opening week, for groups over six people, email here.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 12noon-late
Saturday: 5.30pm-late 

SEVEN

Level 7, Seafarers Building
52 Tyler Street
Britomart

www.seafarers.co.nz

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An authentic Californian poké bar brings its delicious offering to Ponsonby

This is poké how it ought to be.

While poké’s origins may be deeply seated in Hawaii, one can only credit the Californians for commercialising the abundant food trend. With quality poké bars almost a dime a dozen on America’s sunny West Coast, it was music to our ears to hear that one of the most prolific outlets, Poké Bar, was the one to take up residence on little old Ponsonby Road.

It turns out that the fast and healthy pit stop, located on the strip next to AdamArnold, is the franchise’s first international outlet. Lucky us. With over 40 Poke Bars already operating in the States, namely California, the company’s CEOs, Yoon Ju and Jason Park, explain that New Zealand is the perfect market to test the waters before (hopefully) launching in Australia.

Executing the raw fish salads in an exceptionally delicious manner, this is poké how it ought to be. The process of picking up a bowl involves selecting your desired fish — there’s über fresh salmon, tuna, spicy tuna, Trevally, even tofu and chicken — before a staff member douses it in sesame oil and soy sauce, white and spring onions, and proceeds to mix it up in front of you. It is then dished up with a side of white or brown rice and plenty of crispy salad additives. The sauce situation is not something to be taken lightly either. You’ll find the cult Sriracha bottle within hands reach through the fresh new premises, but we’re advised that the house sauces — one is described as a Sriracha aioli — are what make Poké Bar’s speciality really pop.

Poké Bar… from Hollywood

With a slogan that simply reads ‘…from Hollywood’, you can trust in the fact that these guys know what they’re up to. (We’ve also decided that if it’s good enough to put in David Beckham’s temple of a body, then it’s good enough for us.) With a fresh, healthy and sustainable ethos driving the whole operation — we’ve been told Ponsonby is just the beginning — what’s arguably the most exciting aspect of the newly minted Poké Bar is that it’s open late, serving as a very swift and very satisfying dinner pickup too.

Opening hours:
Sunday to Wednesday: 11am-8pm
Thursday to Saturday: 11am-11pm

Poke Bar

171a Ponsonby Road
Ponsonby
Auckland

www.ilovepokebar.com

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Denizen’s ultimate guide to culture in September

‘What’s on in September?’ you ask. The answer: a lot. With a panoply of events from the biggest names rap, to art exhibitions and stand-up comedy gigs that are strictly not to be missed, browse your way through our ultimate culture guide to September.

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Duke Dumont 

Duke Dumont 

Duke Dumont 

Duke Dumont 

Best prepare yourself for the Friday night party of the year. British multi-hyphenate (DJ-producer-songwriter) Duke Dumont is set to hit the Auckland Town Hall on Friday, 22nd September (and support act Jai Wolf). The dynamic, deep house mastermind permeated mainstream consciousness in 2013 with singles like ‘Need U (100%)’, ‘I Got U’ and ‘Ocean Drive’. After checking every big festival off his list — Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and Splendour in the Grass to name a few — the Duke will play his first headline show in Auckland. Purchase tickets here

 

The Corsini Collection

The Corsini Collection

The Corsini Collection

The Corsini Collection

From the private collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, comes this stellar exhibition which includes masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, del Sarto, Caravaggio and Pontormo. The show will also tell personal histories, such as that of the precious assembly being saved from the German army during WWII and of the eponymous family’s determination to overcome Mother Nature when Florence was inundated by the flood of 1966. Opens 2nd September at the Auckland Art Gallery.

London Grammar

London Grammar

London Grammar

London Grammar

This Brit trio has hit the big time, graduating from Coldplay’s support act to selling out arenas on their own accord. Bring their ethereal anthems like ‘Strong’ and ‘Rooting for You’ to Auckland’s Spark Arena, we can only anticipate the electrifying nature of their first New Zealand performance.
30th September, Spark Arena. Purchase tickets here

Mac Miller

Mac Miller

Mac Miller

Mac Miller

Currently attached to Ariana Grande, who is also making her way down under earlier in the month, American rapper Mac Miller has found excellence in a number of collaborative tracks alongside the likes of feel-good wordsmith Anderson.Paak (‘Dang!’) and the reigning King of Rap Kendrick Lamar (‘Fight the Feeling’). 21st September, Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland. Purchase tickets here

Battle of The Sexes

Battle of The Sexes

Battle of The Sexes

Battle of The Sexes

From the makers of Little Miss Sunshine comes this story about Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), the 1973 World Number 1 tennis player who fought for gender-equal tournament winnings. The electrifying match between King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ and became one of the most-watched sports events of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.
In cinemas 28th September. See the trailer here

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Sydney Contemporary

Whetting our appetite for what’s to come (Auckland Art Week and Art Fair are both on the horizon), the Sydney Contemporary art fair will be lighting up the art scene from across the Tasman during 7th- 10th September. Luring New Zealand’s foremost galleries, as well as those from around the world, the celebrated event will see the Carriageworks precinct transformed into a wonderland of art and installation displays.
Learn more here

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

She’s a woman to be reckoned with and arguably the closest thing this generation has to a Celine Dion (now that the Candian queen herself has gone off designing handbags). Coming at us with her Dangerous Woman tour, we can’t wait for her power house vocal chords to touch down in Auckland’s Spark Arena on 2nd September.
Purchase tickets here

Tory Lanez 

Tory Lanez 

Tory Lanez 

Tory Lanez 

This will be Lanez’ debut New Zealand show. After much anticipation, breakout star Tory Lanez is coming to New Zealand for the very first time. The trip follows a number of headlining festival gigs worldwide including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Wireless Festival and Reading & Leeds, as well as tour support on Future’s Nobody Safe‘, alongside Migos, Young Thug, Kodak Black and A$AP Ferg.
6th September at Auckland Town Hall. Purchase tickets here.

A Street Car Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire

Set against the grueling contemporary landscape that is Trump’s America, the devastating masterpiece that changed theatre forever is back for Silo Theatre’s 20th milestone year. Decades after its first controversial staging in 1947, this Pulitzer award winning play continues to be both relevant and shocking.
24th August to 16th September at Q Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Cabaret Season

Cabaret Season

Cabaret Season

Cabaret Season

Nothing administers a dose of razzmatazz more than a line-up of daring divas and saucy disco queens. The 18-night extravaganza that is the Auckland Live Cabaret Season returns with an evocative lineup of attention-grabbing performers from our shores and across the globe. Best dust off your sequins.
14th September to 1st October at Q Theatre. See more here

Jack Trolove

Jack Trolove

Jack Trolove

Jack Trolove

Auckland-based painter Jack Trolove first garnered our attention a few years back for his heavy-handed, acrylic portraits on canvas. This year, he’s situated set up shop in Wellington, working from a studio on the water’s edge in Shelly Bay. With plans to grace Auckland for a showing of his new works, we’ll look forward to seeing the windy city’s impression.
From 26th September at Whitespace Contemporary Art.

Odesza

Odesza

Odesza

Odesza

The much-hyped Seattle production duo Odesza will see Harrison Mills (aka Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches) bring their dreamy, eclectic instrumental hip-hop to town, performing their mixture of sun-soaked melodies, glitched out vocals, crunchy drums and sweeping bass lines.
Thursday, 14th September at Auckland Town Hall. Purchase tickets here

 

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

It’s the love story to trump all love stories, and Royal New Zealand Ballet is presenting its first interpretation of the Shakespearean drama since 2003. From the immaculate Verona-esque costuming to Sergei Prokofiev’s famous score and enlightening choreography, this emotionally-charged affair is all hot blooded passion and fateful emotion.
16th August to 24th September, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre. Purchase tickets here

Daniel von Sturmer

Daniel von Sturmer

Daniel von Sturmer

Daniel von Sturmer

NZ-born, Melbourne-based artist Daniel von Sturmer’s practice is a multifaceted one. Calling upon video, photography, installation and architectural interventions, his works have their basis in traditional media such as paint and sculpture, often referencing abstraction, still life, modernism, and minimalism with a new collection on show.
1st-30th September at Starkwhite.

 

Ciruque du Soleil

Ciruque du Soleil

Ciruque du Soleil

Ciruque du Soleil

Based on the land where the James Cameron film Avatar took place, the latest Season of Cirque du Soleil, Toruk – The First Flight, will play out on the planet of Pandora, 3,000 years before the blockbuster’s events took place. With ‘a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals’ and soaring acrobatics unfolding at Spark Arena, those who haven’t experienced this cinematic circus would be wise to seize this chance.
15th-24th September.
Purchase tickets here.

Future 

Future 

Future 

Future 

Named simply because he is ‘the future’, this Atlanta-hailing rapper is easily the hottest name in hip hop right now and he’ll be lighting up Auckland’s Spark Arena on 22nd September. Find out what all the fuss is about via his Nobody Safe tour.
Purchase tickets here

The Black Seeds

The Black Seeds

The Black Seeds

The Black Seeds

As part of their latest album, Fabric‘s release tour, the kings of Kiwi reggae will be performing at the Powerstation in Auckland on Friday 22nd September. The band’s sixth studio album has arrived just shy of their 2oth anniversary and this is an excellent excuse to witness the veteran band perform in full force, at home in Aotearoa.
Purchase tickets here

Joel McHale

Joel McHale

Joel McHale

Joel McHale

While most audiences will likely know him from E! channel’s ever-mocking culture and current events programme The Soup (of which he has just finished his 12th and final season), McHale is also celebrated for his starring role in the hit comedy series Community. Bringing his in-demand stand-up to New Zealand for the first time on 22nd September at the Bruce Mason Centre, we dig this chance for some bona fide funnies from the land of milk and honey.
Purchase tickets here

Pharoah Monch

Pharoah Monch

Pharoah Monch

Pharoah Monch

Widely regarded as one of the best lyrical MCs in the game and praised by Eminem for always being ahead of the pack, the Pharoah will be descending on The Studio on September 15th for a one-night-only show. Direct from NYC, bringing inimitable tracks like ‘Simon Says’ and ‘Got You’ with him, there’s a reason this guy has been in the game for 20 odd years.
Purchase tickets here

A Festival of Russian Ballet

A Festival of Russian Ballet

A Festival of Russian Ballet

A Festival of Russian Ballet

No one does ballet quite like the Russians. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company has seen fit to bring its ever graceful three-hour, three act performance to New Zealand. The eclectic trio will range from ‘the magnificent Don Quixote and the dramatic Bolero’. Ballet connoisseurs will delight in the ‘en pointe’ extravaganza.
Purchase tickets here.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth or Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth or Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth or Power

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth or Power

If there’s anything that instigates a new documentary on climate change, it’s the fact that Donald Trump – The Great Denier – in now in office. And so, a decade after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore is back in this follow-up documentary, directed by Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk.
In cinemas 24th August.
Read more here.

The Michael Illingworth Estate Collection

The Michael Illingworth Estate Collection

The Michael Illingworth Estate Collection

The Michael Illingworth Estate Collection

As one of the most hotly anticipated auction events of recent times, ART+OBJECT will be selling off the estate of the legendary painter Michael Illingworth. Featuring70 lots of drawings, works on paper, sculpture and paintings, the exhibition will open on Thursday 7th September.
Thursday 14th September at ART+OBJECT.

The Others Way Festival

The Others Way Festival

The Others Way Festival

The Others Way Festival

Celebrating the best in alternative music from across the country (and a few from around the globe) The Others Way Festival is a one-night only event that features over 30 acts across eight K’ Road venues. It’s the perfect event to sample the waters of what Kiwi music has to offer.
Friday, 1st September.
Purchase tickets here

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Florette is the authentic French cafe adding a point of difference to Dominion Road

It's buttery, it's French, and it's entirely delicious.

Ask any Aucklander and they’ll know that at the heart of Dominion Road is a couple of thousand dumplings and some noodles. So something a little unique is always a welcome addition. Freddy Brignone and Julia Willis recently became that point of difference with their new cafe, Florette.

The pair recently moved up from Tauranga where Brignone ran two successful eateries with his wife. In need of a little more of the hustle and bustle — Brignone was beginning to miss the history, the culture, the beautiful historic buildings of his homeland, France — Auckland was the next best thing. As a tribute to both his heritage and his 96-year-old grandmother (who still resides in France), he and Willis opened Florette.

The duo chose a building with character, close to the Valley Road intersection. It needed to be inspiring rather than banausic, and with a few of their own little tweaks — a bit of paint, some French artwork by his great grandfather Edmond Lahaye, vintage furniture — it has become a labour of love. With a flurry of people traipsing into the small space every day, they soon aim to have a cosy lounge out the back to cater to those who aren’t in a rush to go anywhere.

Every morning, Willis wakes up early to prepare the freshly baked goods. The glass cabinet is brimming with pain au chocolats, croissants, mini apple beignets, slices and croque monsieurs. If you’re taking it away, they take care in mentioning that, of course, it all tastes better if you can heat it up. Otherwise, it’ll be served warmed, cheese all gooey, chocolate all melted. They also have freshly baked baguettes, crêpes, omelettes and ‘breakfast in bread’; a hollowed out cob stuffed with bacon, mushroom, egg and cheese. And to complete the experience? As well as a signature Gothic charcoal latte, they offer creamy Atomic coffees, smoothies and juices.

A trip to Florette will give you the same sensory impact as sitting outside on a busy cobbled street in Paris, coffee in hand, reading a book. It’s buttery, it’s French, it’s delicious, and we think grandma would be very pleased indeed.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 7.30am – 4pm

Saturday to Sunday: 8.30am – 3pm

Florette

297 Dominion Road
Eden Terrace
Auckland

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The kids concept store bringing Scandinavian childrenswear to Ponsonby

Kid's got attitude? They'll love this new concept store.

Childrenswear is Jackie Kulak’s thing. As a former Londoner, she worked in the European capital as a stylist before launching her brand, Cute Graffiti, which exhibited in markets there and in Paris. Several years later, Kulak and her family made the move to New Zealand where, with the help of her husband Marcin, she realised her dream of opening a childrenswear store, Grey + Wild.

Many parents of well-dressed little tykes will already know of the boutique by way of its original outpost located in Takapuna. Grey + Wild has carved out a name for itself for offering a unique selection of both Scandinavian and local marques for tots aged 0-13. The former category gives way to Swedish brand Mini Rodini, whose ultra-graphic prints are known to sell out and subsequently reach ‘collectable’ status. Then there’s BangBang Copenhagen where each piece of clothing is like a miniature work of sartorial art. With bits and bobs from local makers alike, there’s something for all occasions and it’s all got attitude.

“I wanted to bring something different to the market here. We’re all about independently produced labels,” Kulak explains. With a belief that the principle of avoiding fast fashion should apply to childrenswear too, almost everything stocked at Grey + Wild is organic if not of the best possible quality. With this world of possibilities now available at the new store on Ponsonby’s Mackelvie Street, we suggest parents (and young ones) drop by to see what the fuss is about.

Grey + Wild

130 Mackelvie St
Ponsonby

www.greyandwild.com

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A home designed with family in mind — explore this spectacular Melbourne residence

Showcasing seamless living and entertaining areas, The Wolseley Residence is a spectacular example of a stylish and modern family home.

Open plan living allows for direct sunlight throughout the day.

The residence was designed and built by Mckimm architects who were briefed to focus on establishing well-considered areas for a family of five, while still ensuring there were ample areas for entertaining.

The indoor-outdoor flow allows for movement, while at the same time connecting each space seamlessly together.

The architects achieved both mandates through clever zoning, offering pockets of welcoming social areas, whilst maintaining a family-friendly environment.

The American oak timber is balanced by the steel black custom-made fireplace.

The simple L shaped structure has a northwest orientation, allowing for sublime sun exposure and stunning views from all outlooks.

Cosy living space, ideal for a family.

The distinct contemporary aesthetic is achieved through the choice of interior elements, which embraces concrete as the prevailing material.

The white washed brick counter adds a touch of New York loft living.

This creates a textured environment while incorporating warmth through American oak cladding on the walls and ceilings, which successfully counteract the coolness of stone, steel and glass.

The gold island counter seamlessly blends with its sleek surroundings and unique collection of art.

The changes in materiality and ceiling heights correspond to the living area, allowing for more intimate areas to form.

The steel-framed spinning glass window is a sleek addition to this bathroom.

Intricate details are instilled by artistic finishes including the eye-catching mural by Melbourne artist Lucas Grogan, that challenges the precise and unadorned lines that this home boasts.

Togo sofa and Pebble coffee low table from Domo. Le Bambole ’07 armchair from Matisse.

By using pops of colour and cosy lived-in-looking design pieces, which is balanced against the concrete throughout, the home is sleek, yet perfect for a family.

The beauty of this home is only heightened come evening.

This inner city residence provides an oasis of calm and respite for a large family of five.

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'Endless Highway' by Bob Dylan

8 famous people who are actually incredibly talented artists

Just because they weren’t already talented enough… We cover off some our favourite non-artist celebrities who are, in fact, great artists.

Bob Dylan 
He’s been compared to David Hockney for the fact that his paintings take on the same poetic simplicity (also seen in his songs). Showcasing America through his dreamlike vision, his work featured in an exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery last year. Whilst travelling on tour between 1989 and 1992, Dylan created a collection of drawings that were published in a book entitled Drawn Blank.

Val Kilmer
Hints of his underlying artist began on Kilmer’s Twitter account a couple of years ago. It then emerged that he had returned to the pastime of painting when recently recovering from cancer treatment. With his first art show ‘Valholla’ taking place in New York earlier this year, it would seem that the beloved Top Gun actor will be sharing his time between the two disciplines from now on.

‘Time with My Son’ by Val Kilmer

Viggo Mortensen
It would seem Aragorn is talented beyond simply swinging a sword. A photographer and a mixed-media artist, Mortensen once showcased at City Gallery Wellington when working on the famous LOTR trilogy stating that “any type of artistic expression is for me at heart a way to see and ask, a way to react and answer”.

James Franco
Of course, James Franco does ‘art’ in his spare time. Known to sculpt, write and fill his time with conceptualising gallery installations (namely performance art) when he’s not making or starring in films, he even joined forces with acclaimed Serbian artist Marina Abramovič for an installation at the MoMA in 2014.

James Franco does ‘art’ in his spare time.

George W Bush
Turns out, you can’t put this president in the illegal war-mongering box you might want to. As well as ‘Iraq’ and walking out of office having lit the fire that was the 2008 GFC, George Bush is also known for his paintings. With motifs including dogs and world leaders, his work has been described as having ‘a considerable amount of feeling, even charm’, despite being childlike in composition.

Lucy Liu
Known for turning on all the charm on in Charlie’s Angels and all the sass in Ally McBeal, ‘actress-artist-advocate’ Lucy Liu’s has studied art at New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture between 2004 and 2006 and has exhibited various solo shows as well as a group show at Art Basel Miami in 2008. Working with various mediums such as silkscreen, sculpture and many more, you can browse her pieces here.

Silkscreen work by Lucy Liu

Jane Seymour
The Medicine Woman turned Matisse wannabe is something of a homemaker extraordinaire these days and under that umbrella comes her passion, art. We’re not sure if they’re exactly our cup of tea but then again, the point of this article isn’t to critique, merely to inform.

Jim Carey
The extent of Jim Carey’s creativity has only just become evident. A couple of weeks ago, the video below, entitled ‘I Needed Color’ went viral, offering a little insight into the tormented comedian’s extraordinarily mind. He explains, “When I really started painting a lot, I had become so obsessed that there was nowhere to move in my home. Paintings were everywhere, they were becoming part of the furniture, I was eating on them.” It was his way of healing a broken heart.

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Bowl & Arrow (Orakei Bay Village)

Brekkie in a hurry? Here are Auckland’s best spots for starting your day on-the-run

Apparently, it’s the most important meal of the day. And with this succinct round-up of local destinations adept at serving a time-efficient breakfast, there’s no excuse for skipping it.

Pintu
Tucked away in the lane running between Richmond Road and McKelvie Street, Pintu is the healthy breakfast hero we can’t get enough of. Our favourite brekkie to-go has to be the cinnamon porridge — a hearty, healthy and satisfying start to the day with the addition of red plum, coconut chips, bruléed bananas and walnuts. So yum! Call ahead to order. (80 Mackelvie St, Ponsonby)

Bowl & Arrow
The OG breakfast bowl stop in Auckland is an inspiring place to start your day. With bowls entitled ‘Six Pack’ and ‘Summer Bod’, you’ll be chomping your way to a svelte figure with this cult breakfast offering. (Orakei Bay Village, Orakei)

The Rocket Store
There’s little that beats a Best Ugly Bagel. Served how a bona fide rendition of the Polish delicacy should be — slightly sweet, dense, chewy and unmatched in terms of integrity and flavour, The Rocket Store on Ponsonby Road has a new bagel bar that’s serving up the goods. (208 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby)

Amano
With a heady array of freshly baked goods, you’ll be struggling to concentrate as you grapple between the buttery, straight-out-of-the-oven croissants and open sandwiches if not steaming hot bowls of porridge. The silky smooth buffalo milk coffees go down a treat too. (66-68 Tyler St, Britomart)

Misters
With all their delicious gluten and dairy free portions packaged up to take away, the understated ‘baked beans’ are a supremely satisfying start to the day – butter beans served with hot and sweet peppers, roasted tomato sauce and gremolata and your choice of either chorizo, a poached egg and salsa verde or avocado on sunflower cream. (12 Wyndham St, CBD)

Greedy Guts
Ain’t no better way to start your day than with the Morning Greed; an open sandwich with smashed mint peas, ricotta and a generous serving of smoked salmon served on sourdough, garnished with lime and dill. (44 Wellesley St West, CBD)

Greedy Guts

Together
Catering extraordinaires and best friends, Emily Read and Phoebe Carr, are behind this pit stop on the shore. Bliss balls, freshly made sourdough sandwiches, incredible smoothies, breakfast bowls, salads and epic raw slices make will call your name time and time again. (585 Beach Road, Rothesay Bay)

Bird on a Wire
Now located in Ponsonby Central, Orakei Bay Village and Takapuna, the chook specialists’ Early Bird Breakfast menu plays to our tendencies for simple and satisfying deliciousness. There are free range eggs on your favourite toast with portobello mushrooms and greens, chicken wraps and even mince on toast.

Goodness Gracious
Bagels are the bread and butter of this new Parnell hot spot. From ‘The B.L.A.T’ to ‘The Kransky’, our preferred choice might have to be ‘The Sampler’ which includes a choice of three mini bagels almost too cute to eat. They’re always ready to whip one up quickly.

Gastronomy


Skip the stress this festive season with the city’s most enticing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining events

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Win: Have you been to Bar Magda yet? Now’s your chance as we’re giving away a delicious meal for six

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