This impossibly tender lamb dish is set to become a standout dish of spring

Switching things up with the seasons should not only be constrained to skincare regimes and wardrobe choices, your culinary choosings are also worthy of a little adjustment too. Doing this in fine form is L’affare Melrose with a brand new all-day menu. Further to the classic breakfast options we have come to know and love like the black rice porridge, Eggs Benedict, and mince on toast, there’s the recent insertion of something more suited to spring; the impossibly tender confit lamb shoulder served with pea farro risotto and crispy wild mushroom. The lamb, clichéd as it may sound, literally melts in your mouth whilst the crunch of the peas is like a burst of green spring… I could go on, but it is probably more fitting that you make a beeline for the Newmarket eatery and decide for yourself.

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday, 7.30am to 3.30pm
Saturday, 8am to 3pm
Sunday, 9am to 3pm

L'affare Melrose

22 Melrose Street
Newmarket

(09) 378 9416

www.laffare.co.nz

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Georgia Alice and Meadowlark have just released a jewellery collab you need to see

There are few things in fashion that capture our attention quite like the words ‘limited’, ‘luxury’ and ‘collaboration’. Like moths to a particularly alluring flame, we simply can’t resist. So, when we got word that Georgia Alice had cosied up with Meadowlark to create two signature pairs of hoop earrings for its first-ever jewellery release, our curiosity was (understandably) piqued.

Launching today, the earrings are the embodiment of the GA girl — contemporary and restrained, yet with that complete ‘get the hell out of my way, I have to have them’ quality. Destined to up the style ante on your everyday wear, they come in two styles: a timeless gold-plated sterling silver or a more ornamental pave hoop which has been completely encrusted in cubic zirconia. A faultless blending of brands, the collection is available on the Georgia Alice website now, but with just a small number available, we suggest you visit quicksmart. It’s like we said… moth/flame.

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Christchurch Update: The most recent openings to catch our eye

Seven years into the rebuild, Christchurch continues to prove its resilience and creativity with a constant slew of new openings. Encompassing it all with bagel-based eateries, food collectives, vinyl-only cafes and the rest, we take a look at a few of the latest and greatest from the Garden City.

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Sister Kong

Sister Kong

Sister Kong

Sister Kong

Dishing up tasty bao buns for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sister Bao has to be just about the best quick fix in town. A seriously delicious and hearty offering, the dessert bao is something of a triumph. See more over on our Denizen Navigator, here.

Little High Eatery

Little High Eatery

Little High Eatery

Little High Eatery

The future of the food court has arrived. Housing eight separate restaurants that offer everything from burgers to burritos, dumplings to sushi, this is the perfect place to go when you can’t decide on a restaurant. See more, here.

Gatherings Restaurant and Living Wine Bar

Gatherings Restaurant and Living Wine Bar

Gatherings Restaurant and Living Wine Bar

Gatherings Restaurant and Living Wine Bar

Highlighting the connection between what we eat and the planet we live on through inventive and produce-driven menus, this modern bistro has sustainability at the forefront of everything it does. Discover more, here.

Staff Only

Staff Only

Staff Only

Staff Only

Whether you like your bagels sweet or savoury, this city bagel house has you covered. Gussying up the classics with elegant tweaks, the ‘PB & J’ is served with seasonal jam and house-made peanut butter, while the BRAT smuggles piping hot bacon, rocket, avo smash and tomato between the doughy slices. More, here.

Grain Coffee + Eatery

Grain Coffee + Eatery

Grain Coffee + Eatery

Grain Coffee + Eatery

This place is, in a word, cool. A lofty, industrial space that dishes up some of the finest brunch dishes in town (how does a bacon buttie with mustard mayo on buttered sourdough sound?), the inner-city stop-in is well worth a visit. See more on our Denizen Navigator, here.

Spooky Boogie

Spooky Boogie

Spooky Boogie

Spooky Boogie

Excellent coffee, snacks and music have made this unique Lyttleton hang-out a bit of a local favourite. With an eclectic assortment of artworks, records, comic book figurines and general knick-knacks for sale, it’s a relaxed, cool (read: super trendy) place to grab a flat white. More, here.

Inati

Inati

Inati

Inati

This striking new eatery is centred around beautifully crafted tasting plates that celebrate local and seasonal produce. Best enjoyed over an evening out, we recommend trying to secure a seat at the chef’s pass so you can see the culinary masters at work. Discover more over on Denizen Navigator.

The Anchorage

The Anchorage

The Anchorage

The Anchorage

With its own ‘Sailor’s Son’ roastery out back, The Anchorage is all the proof you need that Cantabrians know good coffee. Pairing its heady brews with food that has been sourced from some of the city’s best suppliers, it’s a great stop in for a quick flat white or lunch.

This unique cabinet is the standout furnishing you’ve been waiting for

There are pieces of furniture that can sit in a home and seamlessly blend with those around it, and there are those that are anything but inconspicuous. The Longing Cabinet somehow does both. Designed by Nika Zupanc and created by Italian metalworking atelier De Castelli, it’s an iconic piece that pays homage to the old world, where each compartment holds something different — candles, biscuits and trinkets hidden away from curious children — with a key for each.

Traditionally the type of cabinet you would find in a deep, aged wood, this modern reimagining introduces a copper finish which, over time, naturally changes colour, adding texture and light to the design. De Castelli is renowned for creating unexpected interpretations of furniture, all meticulously crafted, resulting in more than just interior homewares and much like objects of art. The Longing Cabinet can be sought out locally at David Shaw.

David Shaw

17 Earle St
Parnell
Auckland

(09) 368 5829

www.davidshaw.co.nz

Design


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This brutally frank recipe book is simple, delicious food at its finest

There is a section, in Sarah Tuck’s new cookbook, called ‘Sad Arse Dinners For One’. A collection of easy meals for the solo diner which were designed for those days ‘when you can’t even be bothered to chew’, it’s a damn tasty looking line-up and a decent indication of what this new book is all about: good food that’s easy to make — regardless of whether you’re cooking for one or 10.

Coming Unstuck has been a labour of love for Tuck, a freelance food writer, blogger, stylist and photographer, which came about after she found herself suddenly very alone after her two sons left home, followed shortly after by their father. Completely unravelled by the shock, Tuck explains that it was her passion for food along with family, friends, yoga and a “bloody good psychologist” that got her through it. A productive way to confront such a tough time, the results, are nothing short of delicious.

It’s uncomplicated and unpretentious meals that you want to make. Covering it all from breakfast to cocktails, it ranges from the wholesome (tropical bircher muesli) to the hearty (slow-cooked beef cheeks with cauliflower purée) and hedonistic (stuff-this-shit chocolate mousse). Easy to follow and made using supermarket-stocked ingredients — no laborious trips to speciality shops needed here — Coming Unstuck is a kitchen staple.

Coming Unstuck is available now from Tuck’s website and all major bookshops nationwide.

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If Wes Anderson were to make S’mores, it might look like this

Combining a career in food with a passion for film, ‘foodie-for-hire’ David Ma has created a series of short films that imagine how some of modern cinema’s most iconic directors would capture a recipe tutorial. Imitating the colours, editing, soundtracks and styles of directors like Quentin Tarantino, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron and Wes Anderson, the clips pay an impressive homage. From a haemorrhaging tomato in the Tarantino-inspired spaghetti and meatballs, to the exploding bowls of flour in ‘What if Michael Bay made Waffles?’ take a look at all of the #foodfilms below.

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This suitcase holds the secret to wrinkle-free carry-on luggage

As any seasoned business traveller will know, there’s an art to packing for a work trip. Luggage must be able to neatly house a suit, shirts, shoes and laptop in one robust and compact carry on — wheels are of course a non-negotiable. The Vocier C38 sophisticatedly addresses all of these requirements. A sleek piece of luggage made with Italian leather and reinforced plastic, the lightweight suitcase’s finest feature is its ability to transport two suits to and from your destination, essentially wrinkle-free.

With a separate inner compartment for all your shirts, shoes and other bits, the impressive portmanteau allows you to get in and grab a fresh pair of socks without unpacking the whole thing. Likewise, a unique wash bag pocket saves you from the travel nightmare that is shampoo spillage. Managing to offer all of this and still stay within the international carry-on restrictions, the Vocier C38 is in a (business) class of its own.

The Vocier C38 is available locally at Crane Brothers.

Crane Brothers

2-4 High Street
Auckland

(09) 377 5333

www.crane-brothers.com

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Online enlightenment: 3 YouTube personalities you should be following

Take some unconventional lifestyle cues from any or all of these prominent YouTube personalities.

1. @AwakenWithJP
He’s the redheaded sasspot with a strong point of view on everything from spiritual enlightenment to passive aggressive relationships. Watch as he demonstrates how to become gluten intolerant — explaining, “Being gluten free used to be a luxury only reserved for those who are intolerant to gluten. With [my] cutting edge gluten educational video, you can become gluten intolerant too” — the best way to use essential oils, and many more imperative life lessons.

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2. @MackaB
A ‘lyrical reggae chef’ who ‘cooks up some [irresistible] lyrics for ya’, Macka B is the caring Jamaican father you never had. Rapping about the benefits of various fruit and veg (he’s a big proponent of five plus a day), he tells us things we never knew about the humble cucumber, or as they call it in Jamaica, ‘Coocoombah’, and how important it is to stay active. Forget Goop, this guy is teaching us all the secrets to a healthy and happy life.

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3. @CaseyNeistat
Soon to launch his own news media brand alongside CNN, this 35-year-old vlogger to the stars is ever upbeat as he skates around his hometown of Manhattan, NYC. Covering off aspects of his daily life, watching is believing the hype of this infectious go-getter. An adventurer at heart, he’s also partial to a bit of cliff jumping in St Barths and, when conditions allow, spreading some cheer by snowboarding down the streets of the Big Apple.

NYC vlogger extraordinaire Casey Niestat

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Eat my Lunch is taking on the night with the new, Eat My Dinner

We all know how Eat My Lunch works: for every lunch you buy, a local kid in need gets one too. It’s a brilliant and affordable service that has rightfully garnered acclaim and attention and this year, the team is set to step up its philanthropic efforts with the new, Eat My Dinner.

Applying the same principles to the evening meal, the concept is simple — for every meal bought, another lunch is given away. With a menu designed by Merediths’ Head Chef Michael Meredith (one of the original EML members), the delicious heat and eat meals are available for just $14 (classic) or $17 (hungry), with kid-friendly options available too. A great and healthy takeaway alternative, the menu will constantly be changing and delivered pre-cooked, so diners merely need to heat and eat.

Available Monday through Friday, the evening service launches this Monday 18th September, and you can place a pre-order now on the Eat My Lunch website. A tasty way to skip cooking on a busy night, or delicious means to up your charitable deeds for the year, Eat My Dinner is here.

Eat My Dinner

www.eatmylunch.nz

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6 things to do if you’re feeling charitable

It’s in our nature as socially conscious individuals to want to give back to the community. But the challenge of doing something charitable can quickly become over-burdening. There are, however, a number of organisations that offer the chance to contribute — in an impactful way — once a month, once every few months, or perhaps just once a year. The key is to associate yourself with one project (as opposed to many different ones) and go from there.

Pet Therapy
If you are the proud owner of an affectionate pet, you can share the love by taking your four-legged friend to visit patients in designated rest homes and hospitals near you. With isolation being a huge factor for elderly people, anecdotal evidence shows that people are energised, comforted and entertained by dog visitors. If participating in the Canine Friends experience is something that interests you, fill in the application form online. Following this, you and your pup will be interviewed, and, if suitable, asked to visit a place that is convenient to you on a semi-regular basis, generally committing several hours per month. Let’s face it — you always knew Fido had special powers.
www.caninefriends.org.nz

Bush Restoration
One for those with the environment in mind, on the second Sunday of each month, you can catch the ferry to Waiheke Island and spend the morning with the Newton Reserve conservation group planting natives in the winter and ridding the reserve of weeds in the summer. You need to have a good level of physical fitness to get involved but you’ll reap all the benefits from spending a morning outdoors with the aim of restoring and enhancing the original fauna and flora of Newton Reserve. After buying your own ferry ticket, you’ll meet the coordinator at the ferry building. Contact Volunteering Auckland below for more information.
www.volunteeringauckland.org.nz

Bellyful
Aiming to help families in need — particularly mothers with newborn babies — by providing them with hearty, home-cooked meals made by local members of their community, Bellyful delivers either lasagne, spaghetti bolognese or macaroni and cheese to families without ample support. Volunteers can partake on a casual basis whereby they’ll become responsible for making and delivering the frozen meals to those needing their ‘bellies filled’. Sign up with a local branch online to find out when the next cook-a-thon is. Here you can help prep the food, child mind or organise transportation for a few hours on a weekend.
www.bellyful.org.nz

Coastal Cleanups
If you’re passionate about the environment and keeping our shoreline pristine, partaking in a coastal clean-up is a one-off commitment that you can sign up for on almost any date that takes your fancy. They’re happening all the time and multi-award winning New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines is just one of the not-for-profit organisations behind it. Visit the website to either participate in a clean-up that’s already scheduled (you can allocate your available dates) or to organise your own. The group even have reusable sacks and gloves at the ready — you’ll certainly walk away from this job feeling satisfied.
www.sustainablecoastlines.org

Senior Services Programme
A study has shown that inadequate social relationships could be as bad for one’s health as smoking, The Salvation Army runs this programme whereby volunteers are matched with an elderly individual and are asked to spend 1-2 hours with them each week for an ongoing period. Although this is a prolonged commitment, potential volunteers will be handsomely rewarded by what they get back from the experience. Building a friendship and reducing someone’s loneliness and social isolation is a profoundly impactful thing to be able to do.
To get involved, call Lisa Fe’Ao on (09) 478 7567.

Hospice Help
There are many things you can do by getting in touch with a hospice. If you’re prepared to volunteer one day per month (which ends up being closer to 10 times a year) the Mercy Hospice is always in need of help in its internal shop — although it may not feel like much, it is immensely helpful. Otherwise, you can get in touch with event organiser Kahu Burns by emailing [email protected] who is responsible for one-off events including Heroic Gardens whereby Aucklanders open their gardens to the public in February each year, as well as various projects that crop up around Christmas time.

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