We’re stepping up our after-dinner mint game with Lewis Road Creamery‘s newest offering — Mint Chocolate Milk. Advised that it goes exceptionally well with the brand’s heady Chocolate Cream Liqueur, it was a no-brainer to try the recipe for ourselves. After shaking up the incredibly easy, two-step cocktail, we can confirm that this pleasantly sweet and subtly refreshing libation is worth trying at home.
Ingredients: Cup of ice
45ml Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Cream Liqueur
60ml Lewis Road Creamery Mint Chocolate Milk
Fresh mint to garnish
Method: Place ice, liqueur & Mint Chocolate milk in a shaker, shake well, pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a leaf of fresh mint.
Shining a light on intriguing textures and confident colours, Georgia Alice is coming into her own with a new collection — aptly named ‘Debutante’ — that heralds welcome turning point in the acclaimed designer’s aesthetic.
A versatile but glamorous ode to the working girl, the Spring/Summer 2018 pieces are proving that cultivating a day-to-day look doesn’t require compromise on courageous choices. Positing feminine shapes and sheer detailing (hello Debutante Dress) as the staples our wardrobes need, Georgia Alice is still the poster girl for unique takes on the classics; but in this collection, she seems to be speaking a little louder — and we’re all ears.
While the styles are relatively simple, it’s her considered use of fabric that shines through this collection. Classic checks, neutral suiting and crisp white shirts sit alongside sumptuously scrunched-up black and white pieces and a delicately pleated, almost luminescent green fabric that lends sophistication to the silhouettes. Throw into the mix touches of soft blue and an eye-catching, fluorescent hue (the oversized knit is a sure favourite) and what you are left with, is a collection that marries glossy up-all-night glamour with office-worthy chic.
As the lines between day and evening wear become increasingly blurred, ‘Debutante’ is a collection for the modern woman and marks a confident move forward for one of our favourite, New Zealand brands.
With a menu that can only be described as a carnivore’s culinary dream, The Grill by Sean Connolly has cemented its reputation as one of Auckland’s foremost authorities on all things meat. Offering a steak library comprehensive enough to send the most practised meat-eater into a tailspin, and fresh kai moana for those after a lighter bite, the SKYCITY restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere and hearty, honest fare — locally sourced, where possible — have made it a coveted, central Auckland dinner spot.
Looking to be more than just an evening destination, however, The Grill is about to burst onto the weekend lunch scene by opening its doors from 12pm – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The same all-encompassing menu will be available — we highly recommend the steak tartare, made table-side — accompanied by their encyclopedic wine list.
Reminding us to treat ourselves to good food and even better company on our days off, this is the ideal spot to head with family in tow, or to enjoy a one-on-one catch-up with someone close.
The Grill by Sean Connolly
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
90 Federal Street
On the Saturday of the stunning Auckland weekend just been, Denizen teamed up with Perrier-Jouët to host a summery, flower-flooded marquee at the Heineken Urban Polo — what has arguably become the most exciting sporting event of the season. From under the incredible flower creation forged by the masters at Wonder Florals, Perrier-Jouët champagne flowed freely and good company was kept while guests topped up with Sothys’ sun protection and observed the thundering action nearby.
Words Madeline Saxton-Beer | PHOTOS Jono Parker | 26 Feb 2018
If you haven’t already received the memo, allow us to enlighten you: the country’s biggest on-water sporting event, the Volvo Ocean Race, has arrived to Auckland on its antipodean leg, and with it, a whole lot of festivities at our city’s fair waterfront precinct.
Amidst it all is The House of Peroni, standing head and shoulders above the rest on the Viaduct Harbour’s Te Wero island. The commanding, two-level structure by Angus Muir Design serves as the perfect place to soak up all the action. Its chic maritime aesthetic, punctuated by a giant ‘Peroni’ signs in lights, gives way to friendly Italian hospitality to match.
A full menu including Italian style aperitivo, mains and platters by SKYCITY is available from the bar and deck area downstairs while the upstairs viewing platform is one of the better temporary vantage points we’ve seen (it can be booked for private functions).
Having kicked off with a one-night Cinema Peroni screening (photos above), the space is now open for the public to enjoy.
The House of Peroni is open daily till 18th March from 12pm – 10pm.
Fresh off the course from Hong Kong, the Volvo Ocean fleet is swiftly making its way to our shores, and with it, a flurry of activities and events set to ignite Viaduct Harbour. Herein we outline how to make the best out of all the waterfront has to offer:
Fuelling Up Kick things off with a spot of brunch and a hit of caffeine. Those hankering for a brekkie fit for a king will revel in Oyster & Chop‘s complete Power Breakfast, but if you’re after something a little lighter, eateries Giraffe and The Fox serve up an enticing selection of fruit salads andsmoothie bowls. Gastro bar Degree offers some divine goats cheese and mushroom toast and up at Dr. Rudi’s, you’ll find a steady stream of delicious Atomic Coffee.
Check out the Vessels As the monohulls and their valiant sailors take a hard-earned repose during the stopover, attention turns instead to the competition’s M32 catamarans. The sleek and speedy watercrafts will be berthed in the Viaduct Harbour marina at Market Square (between HeadQuarters and Oyster & Chop) where curious onlookers can have good a good look. At around 510kg each and 32-feet in length, it’s worth getting up-close and personal with these masterpieces of engineering. 10th-17th March
Keep Your Cool The perfect treat for a balmy day on the waterfront, keep an eye out for Lalele Organic Gelato‘s vintage caravan in Market Square where you can satiate your cravings with one of their fresh and unpredictable flavours. 28th February – 13th March
Doin’ It For The Kids Between the Ocean Race furore is plenty of family-friendly entertainment to keep the little ones content, including a top balloonist duo, that will be performing around the Lalele Gelato cart, fabricating all manner of blown-up creations. Pop-up hot spot The Nightingale will also be offering substantial meals in kid-friendly portions, including steak and market fish while Frida Cocina showcases more exotic fare for adventurous bambinos, with a miniature taste of Mexican cuisine. Balloonists will be on site on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March, from 2-4pm.
Maison Mumm’s high-energy race-day fanfare is about to descend on Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day.
There’s no denying that Champagne Mumm has become synonymous with race-day fanfare. This year, the avant-garde Champagne House will be bringing its high-energy ‘yacht club’ concept to the pinnacle of the racing calendar with a boat themed marquee at Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day.
The Mumm Yacht Club is the only place you’ll want to be as the festivities are set to escalate to a whole new level. The concept is a nod to the prestigious Flemington extravaganza that took place at the 2017 Melbourne Cup and will be gracing New Zealand with a party you would sooner expect to find on the Côte d’Azur.
In situ for the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day (10th March), invite-only VIP guests will be privy to the very best of The Mumm Yacht Club hospitality: top-notch concierges, a boat crew serving fresh gourmet treats and a range of vibrant entertainment.
Champagne Mumm ambassador Mathilde Laborde will be overseeing the celebrations which will centre around Mumm’s innovative new Mumm Grand Cordon bottle. Attendees can enjoy an array of critically acclaimed guest DJs, including sets from esteemed Kiwi duo Sweet Mix Kids and Melbourne’s Strut & Fret (the same performers who got the party started in Flemington).
What’s more, the premium Champagne brand will also be offering a flurry of archetypal ‘Mumm Moments’ set to take the luxurious feel of The Mumm Yacht Club across Ellerslie, including confetti canons, their famous sabrage, the coveted “Mumm Rosé Box”, rosé cocktails and top-ups from the giant Methuselah bottle. Come Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day, we suggest you watch this space.
After charming the pants off Hollywood with his unflappable, antipodean disposition when directing Thor Ragnarok, Taika Waititi is setting his sights closer to home with his collaborative comical feature The Breaker Upperers. The auteur has teamed up with local producers and the acclaimed comedic talents of Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek. Together, the pair run a questionable business of breaking up with people for money (see trailer below). With its world premiere set to unfold at the prestigious SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in two week’s time, there’s no denying The Breaker Upperers is pegged to be the Kiwi comedy of the year.
The Breaker Upperers will be in cinemas on 3rd May.
She was in the running to become the first female president of the United States and although that didn’t end up being the case, Hillary Clinton made history. Everything we knew about the election we heard from various news sources (fake or otherwise) and now, the former Democratic presidential candidate is coming to Auckland’s Spark Arena on 7th May to give her side of the story.
The intimate talk on an election “marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows”, will also touch on women in politics, with Clinton sharing stories from her best-selling book ‘What Happened’. Having recently proven her chops at entertaining a live audience via an appearance on TheGraham Norton Show, no matter what side you stand on, it is sure to be an eye-opening evening.
The Gucci-mania surrounding Alessandro Michele’s superbly avant-garde vision is in full swing. With half the world scrambling to tout everything ‘G’ emblazoned, our own appetites have become more voracious with every passing collection — even a 3 am wake-up call won’t stop us from getting our Gucci fix.
In light of such, we cordially invite you to watch the Gucci Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show with us, live from Milan. Set to kick off at 3 am tomorrow morning, open this article in your web browser to see the antics unfold as they happen.