Delicacies so good they shouldn't be street legal...
It has come to our attention that a certain Faraday Street establishment, Barulho, is producing what might just be the best tapas offering in town. Ever since it opened in May, we’ve known the brainchild of Sarah Ginella and Nico Mendez to be nailing their version of a Euro-Latino neighbourhood bar — so our realisation should come as no surprise.
Available for lunch, dinner and the in-between times (they’re open from 11am till late) the authentic, Spanish and South-American inspired nibbles are on constant rotation. On any given day, you might be able to choose from melt-in-your-mouth empañadas with smoked mushroom and beef, sticky barbecue pork skewers with crackling and pickles or leek and taleggio croquettes — delicacies so good they shouldn’t be street legal.
While locals may well be already aware of this worthwhile afternoon practice, those in search of some quality fodder come cocktail hour will find it at Barulho.
Thankfully, it’s becoming more acceptable to wear activewear during the day. Let’s face it, it’s a lot comfier than our standard garb, and, given the inundation of über cool gear as of late, it helps us to seamlessly blend our everyday clothes — blazers, leather jackets and the likes — with activewear for the ultimate ‘sport-luxe’ ensemble. From Adidas, Nike and Lululemon Athletica, each item happens to work well when used for its actual purpose — working out. So, because summer is coming (not to mention the Auckland Marathon), we saw fit to round-up some of the best tights, sports bras and trainers in town. You are most welcome.
Hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid is a manifestation of Jaime Hayon’s full creative force. The revered designer and artist was essentially given a carte blanche for the Barceló Hotel group’s Madrid outpost and the resulting interior is a visual journey through Spain’s history.
Housed in the eponymous building, a 1950s concrete construction, located in the central city, the hotel is a collision course of mid-century glamour and Hayon’s decidedly contemporary quirks. Guests are greeted by a huge black and white, zebra-striped bear sculpture as soon as they reach the lobby — a playful nod to the city’s coat of arms as well as an imposing entrance that sets the tone throughout.
Decked out with Fritz Hansen’s Fri chairs (available from Cult), &tradition’s Catch chairs (available locally from Dawson & Co.), and Gubi’s Beetle stools in jewel and berry shades, Hayon has employed his shrewd taste in fine European furniture and lighting to create the rich and lustrous spaces, accented by gold details and sweeping curves. Below is a chair from Hayon’s Gardenias indoor range alongside his Réaction Poétique side table for Cassina’s(both available locally from Matisse).
The designer explains of the project, “I was fully dedicated to the creation of a very special and unique space that would represent a new vision of Spain, a vision far from the traditional aesthetic, aside from being my hometown, for me Madrid represents Spain’s diversity and richness.” Hence, he draws upon his homeland’s Roman, Arabic and Moorish forbears through the use of arched entryways and the riches of North Africa for the finishings. These historic influences are matched by an elegance that unites the building’s historic grandeur with a modern and enlivening approach.
Artfully illuminated using lighting from Hayon’s many fruitful collaborations, the visionary has succeeded in creating a magical space not just for the visitors staying there, but for the people of Madrid too. The foyer’s glamorous Garra bar features what might just be the tallest drinks cabinet in the city — a luminous, mirrored beacon of hospitality. This is a hotel that sits perfectly in a city that is home to the magnificent Prado (Spain’s formidable national art institution) thanks to its museum- level quality of materials and stylistic pieces that have been combined with Hayon’s clever and thoughtful design.
The designer’s joyful energy and sophisticated execution can be felt in each of Hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid’s 350 rooms, particularly via the custom-made sculptures, masks, and variously imagined characters that are dotted throughout the public spaces and hallways. Below a Monkey side table adorns one of the suites.
This is, indelibly, a Jaime Hayon hotel, with each artfully placed detail lending an intimate, boutique ambiance to the space. Sprawled over nine grand floors, there’s no denying the nobility of this true conquest in Spanish design.
When I was little, my parents were pretty adamant that when it came to meal times, I was not to play with my food. Chiding me for my mashed potato sculptures and my Rothko-inspired ketchup creations, my culinary creativity was firmly quashed. Hazel Zakariya must not have had any such restrictions. Because her incredible smoothie bowl art proves exactly what there is to be gained from getting stuck in and mucking about with your meals.
A series that looks good, tastes good and has the added bonus of actually being good for you, the magnificent masterpieces have already captured attention across the globe. A rather specific talent, she makes them by first whipping up a delicious smoothie base and then ‘painting’ on the artworks using just a few common kitchen tools (we hear wooden skewers come in rather handy). Completely edible using all-natural ingredients like fresh fruit, vegetables, coconut milk, matcha, turmeric, charcoal and the like, they are remarkably clever concoctions. Taking inspiration from all avenues, her Instagram account is crowded with tributes to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, La La Land, nature and an exceptional portrait of Breaking Bad’s Walter White. A delicious way to indulge the creative side, you can check them all out, here.
Unless you had seen the original dwelling at this Sydney, Rose Bay address, you would never expect that this contemporary home was built on the bones of a 1970s house.
A strikingly modern build that seamlessly incorporates sharp lines with flowing curves, ‘The New Twin Peaks’ house is an eye-catching piece of design, yet one that doesn’t forget its original purpose — to serve as a family home.
With generous bedrooms for the adults and kids alike, plenty of light-filled and open spaces, an inviting kitchen and well-considered outdoors, the home, by Luigi Rosselli Architects is bold, but practical, in the most beautiful way.
We can't imagine there being a better excuse to rally your friends for a truly memorable night.
As advocates for all those organisations and individuals that make a difference in our society, it has come to our attention that the Starship Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Ball is fast approaching. Heralding what might just be the charity event of the year, the black-tie affair is a one-off event promising to be an evening to remember.
Fancifully themed after Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ novel and unfolding onon Friday 27th Octoberat Spark Arena, the gala will recap on some of the foundation’s extraordinary achievements of the past quarter-century in true celebratory style. Guests can anticipate performances from a multi-faceted line-up including Tiki Taane, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, our favourite Sweet Mix Kids and Richard O’Brien of Rocky Horror Show fame, while guiding you through the night will be MCs Mike Puru and Antonia Prebble.
With the time of year fast approaching when our consciousness kicks into overdrive, reminding us of how much (or how little) we do for others, we can’t imagine there being a better excuse to rally your friends for a truly memorable night that will not only have a few surprises in store, but which will also provide vital support for Starship, our national children’s hospital.
This event is sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson, and proudly supported by ASB and DLA Piper. Tickets are available for $350 per person, or $3,500 per table. To purchase, click here.
Careful to craft a menu that is not overwhelming in heft but rather subtly satisfying...
Dining out involves a panoply of considerations; will your chosen destination be begrudging of overactive children? How long will it take before you can inhale the first delicacy? Have the staff at your favourite restaurant already seen you three times this week? If the answer is yes to all of the above then we’re calling for a change — a shake-up in your eating-out repertoire as it stands.
Enter degustation dining, an elevated culinary occasion that is a much more quotidian affair than you might believe it to be. Often perceived as an art form of sorts, it turns out that Auckland has a plethora of restaurants offering a swift and accessible chance to indulge in a multi-course affair, one of them being the lauded Sidart. Of course, most know the almost eponymous restaurant to be the atelier of local wunderchef Sid Sarhawat, but from his perch above Ponsonby’s Three Lamps, his clientele comprises more than just special occasion makers.
Being the professionals they are, visitors are often the subjects of a two-hour turnaround — just enough time to bask in each mouthful without it consuming one’s whole evening (although naturally, you can do that too). Another signature of Sahrawat’s acclaimed fare is its unsuspecting lightness. Careful to craft a menu that is not overwhelming in heft — as is often the preconception with degustations — but rather subtly satisfying, guests don’t walk out feeling as though they have to pop a top button.
While we’re not necessarily suggesting you make this ever approachable degustation part of your weekly routine — if only date nights happened so frequently — we do suggest you mix up your options with a little refinement and exquisite food care of this Ponsonby gem. It might not be one for the kids, but it is sure to meet the criteria for something relatively speedy and utterly delicious.
A company with roots steeped in tradition and heritage, it is no wonder each collection from Tiffany & Co. is an ode to times gone by. In keeping with that established practice, Reed Krakoff (the recently appointed Chief Artistic Officer) has combined a touch of modern day cool with the history of the esteemed jewellery marque via a new campaign entitled ‘There’s Only One’.
Reflecting the personal style and influence of the men and women who have worn Tiffany throughout history, Krakoff was able to personify the jewellery and celebrate self-expression using six unique personalities — Janelle Monáe, Elle Fanning, Zoë Kravitz, Annie Clark, Cameron Russell and David Hallberg — all from diverse disciplines.
Each individual, captured by the inimitable fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh, wears a piece of Tiffany in a new and contemporary fashion; actress Elle Fanning elevates the decorative brooch by wearing a group of them elegantly throughout her hair, whereas singer Janelle Monae makes ring-stacking look effortlessly cool with the HardWear collection adorning every finger.
The new, au courant direction for the brand is one we envisage resonating with everyday people. It’s fresh, it’s compelling, and, of course, it’s delivered in a little blue box.
All our favourite Asian delights align at this tasty new address.
While Mix might have caught the brunt of the ‘not another Asian fusion restaurant’ movement a little while back, we can’t deny that our fervour for tongue-tantalisingly good Oriental fare remains unabated. Hence, we’ve taken a moment to enshrine what might just be Kingsland’s best-kept secret.
With a name alluding to its pan-Asian menu, lovers of dumplings, bao, bang bang chicken, wok fried delicacies and much more ought to fill their boots at this accessible, month-old establishment. Owner Raymond Shan is behind the scenes cooking up the goods while his daughter, Nancie is in charge of the serene dining room situated a few doors down from Thai stalwart, Mekong Neua.
If asked her advice, Nancie will tell you that the Malaysian-inspired noodles fried in laksa sauce with roasted pork, chives and bean sprouts are a popular vote, as is the char-siu bbq pork with its addictively good secret sauce. Smaller orders comprise classic pork baos alongside a tofu variety that comes with a healthy slathering of curry sauce.
Dumplings, made fresh each day and heated up to order, will no doubt satiate connoisseurs — especially those who are partial to a bit of soup (à la Din Tai Fung) at the interior. After sampling a healthy segment of what Mix’s menu had to offer, our personal recommendation would have to be the cumin lamb. Served with cutesy handmade buns, scooping up the meat and devouring is the perfect dinner pastime.
Tasty cabinet food and decent coffee are the order of the day at this Mount Eden pitstop.
Down the far end of Mount Eden Road (we’re talking past Balmoral Road on the way to Three Kings), food options have always been a little slim. So, when new cafe Ivy & Bean moved in, the locals were quick to visit, and stopping in at the sweet wee spot for ourselves, it’s not hard to see why.
With its bright white walls, wooden floors, high ceiling and window seating, the new eatery is just what the area has been missing. An inviting stop-in whether for lunch or simply an Atomic coffee and cake, it boasts one of the most encompassing cabinet food selections we’ve come across in quite some time. For the sweet tooth, a daily line-up of muffins, cakes, brioche, scones, slices, loaves and cupcakes are sure to satisfy, while the savoury are not left short of options either. Pies, quiches, fritters, wraps, salads and loaded sandwiches are on-hand to keep hunger at bay, with everything made fresh in-house and served to-go.
What we would describe as a refined and delicious new-age take on the tea room, if you’re in the area and after a lunch on-the-run, pull over at Ivy & Bean.