The Butcher’s Son is a surprising new eatery, reimagining what it means to eat vegan

‘Chicken burger’ is not something one typically pictures when imagining a vegan dish. But The Butcher’s Son, a new eatery in Herne Bay is set to change everything you thought you knew about vegan eating, including the fact that a ‘chicken’ burger, can be plant-based without compromising the flavours we know and love.

A concept conceived by couple James and Louise Logan with business partner Chris Kinnell who, after living in Bali and feeling inspired by the popularity and ease of plant-based eating over there, returned to Auckland to do something about the city’s comparatively smaller selection of vegan offerings. The whole idea centres around delivering deliciously wholesome, familiar comfort food that is just as tasty as its non-vegan counterparts and a whole lot better for you.

The interior space sits up to 100 and encapsulates the eatery’s underlying philosophy through its use of organic, woody textures, deep green tones and touches of leafy foliage. With an open frontage to entice passers-by, the inviting dining area makes for a cosy place to sit for breakfast or lunch. And with their license imminent, lunchtime catch ups over some classic cocktails (the Bloody Mary is said to be bloody good) will surely be on the cards.

The Greenroom

Out the back, ‘The Greenroom’ is a separate space that lends itself perfectly to private groups and functions and can be booked upon request.

Head Chef Angus McLean was trained at London’s prestigious Leiths Cookery School and has worked alongside the likes of Peter Gordon and Yottam Ottolenghi (both Chef’s renowned for their revolutionary vegetarian dishes), while Senior Sous Chef, Amy Lynn is a qualified naturopath and nutritional-chef. Their combined expertise has resulted in a menu that subverts the entrenched idea of veganism by offering meat-centric dishes sans meat– fit to fool a seasoned carnivore. Options such as nachos and burgers (the chicken burger is with Sunfed ‘chicken’ fillets– which are made from pea protein and pumpkin) are offset by more classic, vegan offerings like smoothie bowls and salads and the front cabinet is kept freshly stocked with delightful treats (both sweet and savoury). With a comprehensive kids menu for the little diners, and substitutes available for those with further dietary requirements, the inclusive menu truly has something for everyone.

Avo Good Day – avocado, edamame with house-made beetroot sauerkraut & organic sprouts on caraway rye

As for the name? It turns out, in a happily ironic turn of events, that James’ father is actually an importer of meat– but ‘The Meat Importer’s Son’ doesn’t really have quite the same ring to it. So whether you count yourself an avid meat eater or proponent of the plant-based diet, this is unjudgemental, non-denominational eating at it’s finest. It’s ‘meat’ without the detrimental side effects and veganism without any preachy platitudes. A win for all!

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 7 am — 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday, 8 am — 4 pm

The Butcher's Son

204 Jervois Road
Herne Bay
Auckland

0800 5483 9355

www.thebutchersson.co.nz

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Ecoya collaborates with Australasia’s best florists for a limited edition collection

Part of the reason why candles are so special is their transformative nature. They have the ability to inject a dull space with a lively scent or to take us back to times we played in family gardens or by the beach. They stimulate a harmonious mix of blissful nostalgia and sensory relaxation. Basically, they’re damn good for the soul. Which is why, when Ecoya said they had collaborated with some renowned, Australasian florists to create three, new, limited edition scents, we knew we had to get our hands (and noses) on them quick-smart.

In the iconic candle brand’s first ever collaborative collection, they have teamed up with Sean Cook of Mr. Cook (Sydney), Kelly Karam of Blush Flowers (Auckland) and Jardine Hansen of Jardine Botanic (Tasmania), to create candles that reflect the perfect bouquet, according to each florist. A true embodiment of Ecoya’s characteristically thorough approach and altogether luxurious presence, the candles stand as a testament to the individuality of each collaborator.

Ecoya x Mr. Cook is scented with pomelo, mint and vanda orchid providing an uplifting, refreshing fragrance, that sits in beautiful contrast to the Ecoya x Blush scent– a sultry and uber-feminine blend of fig and tuberose. For the Ecoya x Jardine Botanic candle, the aroma is one of exciting, fresh green leaves with grounding, earthy tones of oud and patchouli.

With packaging to reflect the florists’ signature colours, sporting elegant sketches that speak to each scent, this collection looks as incredible as it smells. Available in store now.

 

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Bernie’s is the new neighbourhood eatery charming the pants off Birkdale

Those who know Birkdale will know a place called Verrans Corner. Situated at a roundabout where almost all of the suburb’s arterial routes meet, it is here that a new neighborhood eatery, Bernie’s, has cropped up much to the delight of local residents.

The place is run by an experienced young couple, Liz Gray and Dominic Hare. Local residents themselves, the timing was right to take up tenancy in the address that was formerly Verrans Bar & Bistro, and before that, fine dining institution, Whites. The duo has plowed ahead with great consideration to the community around them, with the aim of creating something that was foremost friendly and approachable with some delicious fare to boot.

Having spent time in both San Sebastián, Spain, and the East Coast of the USA, the pair has combined their aptitude for European hospitality with gratifying American-inspired food. The menu, which ranges from brekkie and lunch (on Mondays and Tuesdays) right through to dinner for the rest of the week, features a selection of hoagies with the essential accompaniment of potato crisps and a gherkin. Retro servings of rotisserie chicken, french fries and gravy are in the mix as well as classic salads and club sandwich inspired platters.

Those visiting for breakfast can dig into healthy bowls of the gluten- and dairy-free ‘Coco Loco’ with puffed amaranth, coconut yoghurt and stewed seasonal fruit, or the satisfying ‘Goodness Gracious’ — poached eggs on roast carrots, avocado, beetroot kraut and silverbeet. There’s Wellington’s Peoples Coffee streaming out of the espresso machine and when the clock ticks over to midday (or, if necessary, before then) Dr. Rudi’s beer from the tap and a tantalising line-up of cocktails: ‘black and white’ espresso martinis, margaritas, black raspberry Amaretto sours.

The multi-faceted space, which appears to be only a pared-back yet inviting cafe from the street front, boasts an incredible tiled dining room with beautiful arched iron windows out back. The unique interior backs onto an al fresco bar area which is shared by the neighbouring businesses and is already being used for monthly American BBQs held by Gray, Hare and co.

With a sense of community at the core of the Bernie’s ethos, we can understand why this eatery, having only been open a week, is already going down a treat.

Visit their Instagram account here.

Bernie's Bar & Eatery

6/8 Birkdale Road
Birkdale
Auckland

(09) 217 3458

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Parker & Co. want to help you find the best frames for your face

Lynne Parker knows her way around a face. Having worked with glasses (and faces) for many years, she has an uncanny ability to find the perfect pair of frames for those struggling to meet their match. Her penchant for high-quality eyewear and an exasperation with anything else has seen her establish Parker & Co. on Nuffield Street, Newmarket, as the Mecca for all things glasses related in Auckland. And while it may not sound like something you have ever considered, arranging a styling session for your next pair of glasses could be just the thing you need to finally find your signature look.

Lynne explains that styling the face is a vital part of finding a frame that both fits with your overall aesthetic and enhances your natural features. A consultation with the experts will see them take into account your bone structure, wardrobe preferences and lifestyle, resulting in a pair of frames that will either encapsulate your essence or be a conduit for change if you want to switch up your look. Styling the face should be just as considered as styling the body, and yet it’s too often left to thoughtless choices and outdated shapes as people generally err on the conservative side where they could afford something a little more adventurous. Offering bold brands such as Gucci and Chloé alongside the more classic look of Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Thom Browne frames, Parker & Co.’s wide selection ensures a style to suit every taste.

Parker & Co.

26 Nuffield Street
Newmarket
Auckland

(09) 524 8828

www.parkerandco.nz

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The Ultimate NZ Polo Open Experience with Land Rover

Rub shoulders with some of the world's best players, fellow polo enthusiasts, and champagne-swilling city folk.

Forever etched into our summer calendars, the pinnacle of the Polo Season is almost upon us. Marked by this year’s 41st Land Rover NZ Polo Open on Sunday 18th February, the family-friendly event is the Southern Hemisphere’s most prestigious polo championship.

Held in the idyllic rural surrounds of the Auckland Polo Club in Clevedon, here you’ll be able to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best players, fellow polo enthusiasts, and champagne-swilling city folk. It’ll be an action-packed day when at half-time, Land Rover famously showcases its polo-steeped roots during the ‘horsepower race’ between a Land Rover and a polo pony which is always a highlight for the thousands watching.

To celebrate its advent, the namesake, luxury British automotive marque — long associated with the Sport of Kings — is giving one lucky Denizen reader the chance to win a two-part prize of all prizes. We have two tickets for you to attend the coveted Land Rover marquee where you will be treated to a day of lavish hospitality.

Alongside this, the winner will receive a lesson for two people at Ainsley Polo. Founded by world-renowned players and horse breeders Kel and Ross Ainsley, who, as it happens, are also three- to five-goal professional, there isn’t a significant polo tournament anywhere in the world that hasn’t seen an Ainsley polo pony take part.

Located 40 minutes south of Auckland in Pukekohe, each year the team flies in a professional from the prestigious Hurlingham Polo Association, the pre-eminent UK-based headquarters that is followed by the polo community worldwide. This year it’s the ultra-experienced John Martin who will guide the lucky winner and a friend through the basics of getting on a horse and putting ball to mallet (we’ve done it ourselves and it’s really not that scary). To sweeten the deal, the winner will have a beautiful Land Rover at their disposal for the trip out there.*

Entrants must be over 25 years of age. The prize can be redeemed subject to availability from both Land Rover and Ainsley Polo and will not be available for the weekend of 17th & 18th February. None of the parties involved are liable for any physical injury during the lesson. 

*Transport to and from the NZ Polo Open must be organised by the winner.

This competition has closed. 

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Health Nut Kitchen is the new eatery nailing guilt-free lunch on the go

Identifying a need for healthy food options in Auckland and aiming to provide those options in the most convenient way possible, Health Nut Kitchen is delivering delicious, wholesome fare to those who don’t want to compromise on time or quality.

The eggshell-blue exterior, standing out from the dense shopfronts and parked cars of Chancery Street, is a breath of fresh air in the midst of the inner-city bustle. It’s calm interior, offering air-conditioned respite from Auckland’s humidity, is an intimate, modern space with soft blue touches comprising the overarching colour scheme. Owners Brogan and Luke (with backgrounds in nutrition and personal training respectively) wanted to create an interior that connected people to the food, deciding to aim for ultimate transparency by keeping all the meal preparation in plain sight. With help from the team at Wonder Group, the result is an eatery that embodies and reflects its simple but visually arresting food.

The entirely vegetarian menu is a well-balanced mix of both indulgent options such as the wholemeal chocolate waffles with homemade cashew cream, fresh fruit and a drizzle of pure maple syrup, as well as classically healthy, nutrient-dense veggie bowls. We would recommend the smoothies if you’re short on time, which can also be made into bowls with added toppings including sprinkled buckwheat and crunchy popcorn, perfect for those who want to sit and savour

With Peoples Coffee providing punters with delightfully fair-trade caffeine, and vegan alternatives for those who want to take it one step further, Health Nut Kitchen is providing guilt-free breakfast and lunch for health enthusiasts and wholefood laymen alike. 

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 7am—3pm
Saturday and Sunday, closed

Health Nut Kitchen

19/37 Chancery Street
Auckland

www.healthnut.co.nz

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The listening phenomenon: the future of podcasts in 2018

The new-age listening medium is here to stay.

When podcasts first became ‘a bit of a thing’ back in 2013 — granted, they’ve been around for a decade — we were sceptical. Sceptical because they were hard to access and came on a hit-and-miss spectrum that lay between the amateurish and the abysmal. Now, technology is a lot friendlier, the pull of podcasts is such that it is drawing in some incredible talent, and businesses are finally figuring out how to now convert professionally produced series into certifiable dollar signs. Experts are saying that media entities are (or at least they should be) investing in the medium similarly to the way to the way they did when blogging blew up.

The Guardian recently published an article stating that “in the US, podcasting is more popular than ever before. Listener figures have doubled from 2013 to 2017, according to Edison Research, and the audience is younger, more educated and wealthier than the American population as a whole.” People who regularly listen to podcasts often listen for more than five hours a week — a figure that is now beating the average time spent watching household TV. This revelationary statistic is evidence to support the new-age listening medium is here to stay.

At the core of this growth, is the talent behind it. Podcasts such as Serial and The Joe Rogan Experience have drawn much-needed attention to the potential popular culture appeal that podcasts can have. They are equally as addictive as The Crown or Stranger Things which might be why 2018 will see more listening series such as Homecoming (starring Julia Roberts) adapted for the small screen.

While it’s taken a while for people to catch on, the growth in podcasting is taking an exponential turn, largely thanks to the smartphone uptake and thus internet connectivity. Once people have experienced their first podcast, discovered how easy it is, they see the advantages; podcasts are much more conversation-friendly than listening to music and much more mobile than watching the box. It is the ultimate medium by which to keep you entertained, well informed and ready to give an opinion on the political and social climate of today.

Need some podcast inspiration? See here for some of our favourites. 

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From the creators of Winona Forever comes new eatery Major Tom

Major Tom is the team's first endeavour on the North Shore, and it’s already shaking up the cafe scene.

Commencing countdown, engines on… there’s a new eatery in town and it’s set to fire up your appetites and get those senses salivating. The creative geniuses behind Winona Forever, Hello Friends + Allies and Little Sister bring their fourth instalment to their quirky cafe compilation; Major Tom.

Hanging its hat in a blossoming Albany corner, Major Tom is the team’s first endeavour on the North Shore, and it’s already shaking up the café scene. A vibrant addition to a line of successors, we’re betting it won’t be long before this eatery really makes the grade. The 90s icon references aren’t the only running themes between these sibling eateries. Fans of Winona Forever’s delectable, brimming food cabinet will be able to fill their boots on this side of the city with a new trove of daily, freshly baked goods displayed in-house.

A revolutionised menu takes special care for the vegetarians and vegans amongst us, whilst still turning heads of the more meat inclined. Intriguing additions include the creamy, captivating, caramel-esque Dulce De Leche French Toast or the Soft Shell Crab Benedict for an exotic twist on a failsafe classic.

Opening its doors today (Friday 26th January) this appetising new eatery has arrived just in time for a long, sun-drenched weekend. Major Tom, the striking new café that feels strangely familiar, is soon to become your favourite Sunday morning pick-me-up.

Major Tom

87 Apollo Drive
Albany
Auckland

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Where to browse the shelves: Auckland’s 5 best boutique bookstores

For those looking for a break from scrolling the daily smartphone feed, perhaps now is the time to pick up a paperback and immerse yourself in words on a page. Luckily, Auckland boasts some delightfully boutique bookstores, in which to find those rare gems you can spend a few days truly lost in. So whether it’s an avant-guard new release or a dog-eared classic you’re after, these are all worth a visit.

1. Novel — 202 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
The perfect place to go for compelling novels and beautifully realised coffee-table books, owner Andrew Mabel will help you find the book you didn’t know you needed or a thoughtful present for that hard-to-buy-for friend.

2. The Women’s Bookshop — 105 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Not (as many think by its name) an outlet selling books exclusively by or about women, The Women’s Bookshop has an intelligently curated selection covering a wide variety of genres. If you’re unsure about what you want– the staff are notoriously knowledgeable and happy to help.

3. Time Out Bookstore — 432 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden
A veritable haven for bookworms, this cosy, dog-friendly store is a neighbourhood favourite and superb place to peruse some new titles. They also offer a subscription service, where you can have a new book delivered to your door monthly or bimonthly.

4. Rare Books — 6 High Street, Auckland Central
With an entrance tucked away and off the street, this hidden gem cultivates an air of mystery, not only attributed to its selection of exceedingly rare, precious or hard-to-find books. If you want something extra-special, this is the place.

5. Unity Bookstore — 19 High Street, Auckland Central
Also on High Street, the folks at this renowned bookstore pride themselves on their uncanny ability to track down and import odd and mysterious titles at your request. They also have an extensive catalogue in store

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There is only one of these exclusive coffee machines in the country (and it could be yours)

Caffeine fiends rejoice! There’s a new coffee machine in town, and it’s a doozy.

In celebration of the 100th Giro d’Italia cycle race, Rocket Espresso has released the Il Centesimo Giro d’Italia — a very exclusive machine. Touted as producing some of the best espressos you will ever taste and with only 100 produced globally, this sleek silver appliance will undoubtedly add some finesse to your kitchen bench, not to mention the bragging rights of being the only person in New Zealand to own one.

Individually numbered and with all the names of the previous 100 winners of the Giro d’Italia hand engraved on the side, this is surely something to get coffee-lovers out of bed in the morning.

For more information and to inquire about purchasing, email L’affare here.

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