An evening celebrating Chivas Regal’s first blended malt Scotch whisky

It’s the brand that produced the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky of which Queen Victoria, Frank Sinatra and Hunter S. Thompson were counted as fans, but Chivas Regal, despite being steeped in history, refuses to rest on its laurels. As an ode to its storied past, and as the ultimate expression of its generational expertise, the marque has just released Ultis — its first blended malt Scotch whisky and an embodiment of the sophisticated style Chivas has become known for.

Celebrating the release of this very special drop at SKYCITY’s The Sugar Club last week, we were led on an immersive, culinary experience at the hands of Executive Chef, Josh Barlow, who seamlessly incorporated the whisky into a multi-course tasting menu. Before being led to our seats, we were introduced to the new whisky via a talk from Chivas’ (appropriately Scottish) brand ambassador, David Wallace, who explained how the unique composition of Chivas Regal Ultis — made by blending five signature single malts from five Speyside distilleries — was representative of the five generations of master blenders who had carefully moulded the taste of Chivas since its inception.

An interactive exploration of these five single malts awaited us next, where tables, individually laden with their various flavour components, invited us to compare each one to the glass of Chivas Regal Ultis we all had in hand. The Strathisla, Longmorn, Allt A’Bhainne (pronounced ‘olt-a-vanya’, which really threw a couple of us into a tailspin), Tormore and Braeval malts each displayed distinct characteristics — some with a taste of chocolate, some with hints of fruit, the occasional citrus zing, touches of sweet honey, and others with a spicy kick — layers that a layman wouldn’t normally notice in their neat glass of whisky.

Teasing the main event, Josh and his Sugar Club team were, throughout this time, tirelessly handing around plates full of delightfully original bites like oyster cream, pigs cheek and chicken custard to keep us satiated before finally signalling that it was time to take our seats. The meal that followed was nothing short of spectacular. Josh explained that his culinary approach was to just “have fun with it” explaining how he took a holistic approach to his dishes, where nothing on the plate was there without purpose. Producing an intricate and painstakingly considered menu, the courses comprised Auckland Island scampi with vintage caviar and sea herbs, pheasant with accompanying pheasant bone consommé made with a splash of Chivas Regal (a definite highlight), a uniquely deconstructed ‘Hot Toddy’ and chocolate malt parfait with confit kumquat and clove. Each was, of course, paired with Chivas Regal, either neat or in a cocktail.

Perhaps it’s Josh’s attitude that all he’s doing is “cooking for people” that imbues his food with such charm and authenticity. Everything was expertly balanced between hearty and delicate, which proved an apt reflection of the precise balances at play within the whisky we were all there for.

Chivas Regal Ultis is available now from discerning liquor retailers and on-premise venues. 

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Just like that, August is upon us, and with a line-up that’s set to blow things out of the water, no less. From Queen Celine to Lady Perry, the inimitable Bob Dylan and rock royalty, Queens of the Stone Age, things are about to heat up in the best kind of way. If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that August is a month where ‘which tickets you have’ are a conversational staple.

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Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Few singers have the clout of Celine Dion. As one of the most recognisable names in music (and more recently, fashion), not only has she sold in excess of 250 million albums over the course of her 30-year-long career, her live performance record boasts an astounding 2032 performances playing to more than 14,578,000 spectators. Luring in crowds the world over with her LIVE 2018 tour, attendees can expect a hefty song repertoire of classics and covers, delivered with Dion’s unrelenting passion.

11th-18th August, Spark Arena Purchase tickets here.

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

What is arguably the most famous stage show of all time, Chicago, is touching down in Auckland, bringing an ample dose of razzle-dazzle with it. The sizzling production is set to heat up your winter calendar.

From 25th August, purchase tickets here.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Most recently getting airtime as one-third of the American Idol Season 13 judging squad, Katy Perry’s 2018 Witness tour — a support to her newly released, eponymous album — will see the singer in Aotearoa for the first time since 2014. Fans can expect a performance to rival her eye-popping, high energy Prismatic world tour.

20th & 21st August, Spark Arena.
Purchase tickets here.

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The Phoenix Foundation with NZSO

The iconic New Zealand band is joining forces with the NZSO for a concert that celebrates their 20th anniversary together. Drawing upon their immense catalogue of widely-adored tunes, attendees can expect awe-inspiring new arrangements brought to life by the live orchestra.

Friday 3rd August, Auckland Town Hall. 
Purchase tickets here

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent

A calling card for creatives, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, Semi Permanent is heading our way for yet another inspirational iteration. Big names touching down to share their insights include Ethan Eismann, product director at Airbnb, Sara Ortloff Khoury, Director at Google Cloud, Chris Wiggins, Vice President of Product Design at Spotify and, honestly, so many more.

9th-11th August, Aotea Centre. 
Get your tickets here.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

The keenly-awaited film adaptation of the cult 2013 book by Kevin Kwan is set to hit the big screen. Following the story of a Chinese-American woman, charmingly portrayed by Constance Wu, who travels back to Asia to meet her boyfriend’s ultra-rich family and friends, she experiences both reverse culture shock and universal relationship problems along the way.

In cinemas 30th August.
View the trailer here.

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Despite the sad death of founding member Alan Longmuir in June this year, the legacy of this sensational Scottish pop group well and truly lives on. The sell-out tour will take you on a twirl back into the *rollermania* of the 70s with plenty of nostalgic hits that go with it.

Saturday 4th August, The Powerstation.   
Purchase tickets here.

A Evening With Jane Fonda

A Evening With Jane Fonda

A Evening With Jane Fonda

A Evening With Jane Fonda

If you’re a Fonda fan, you can’t afford to miss this intimate evening with one of the most recognisable women of our generation. From Vogue cover girl of ’59 to symbol of senior power, Jane will share stories about her life growing up in Hollywood, her acting career, her interest in activism, and, her secrets to a life well lived.

Thursday 30th August, Aotea Centre.
Purchase tickets here.

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Legends in the rock world — albeit having garnered some bad press lately for having struck a photographer in the crowd of one of their recent concerts — Queens of the Stone Age are sure to bring their A-game to Auckland for a one night only performance for their Villains tour at Spark Arena. Hot tip: either leave your DSLR at home or stay out of frontman Josh Homme’s kicking range.

Thursday 23rd August, Spark Arena. 
Purchase tickets here

 

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Few people would dispute the fact that he’s one of the most influential artists of all time. With a six-decade-long career and songs that have articulated some of modern history’s most politically charged moments, to experience Bob Dylan at his current vintage of 77-years-old will be an experience to behold.

Sunday 26th August, Spark Arena. 
Purchase tickets here.

LBJ

LBJ

LBJ

LBJ

Woody Harrelson is US President Lyndon Baines Johnson in this Rob Reiner-directed biopic charting his life leading up to his days in office. Lyndon Johnson goes from being a powerful Senate majority leader to a powerless Vice President before he becomes the President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

In cinemas 9th August. 
Watch the trailer here.

Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

Blackkklansman

From producer Jordan Peele and veteran director Spike Lee, Blackkklansman is being heralded as ‘the movie of the year’ by some. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Here he manages to infiltrate the local KKK in a bid to prove himself to his doubtful contemporaries. Smart and funny, with promising reviews from Cannes, we can’t wait to see it.

In cinemas 16th August, watch the trailer here.

LATE #MeToo

LATE #MeToo

LATE #MeToo

LATE #MeToo

Moderated by Noelle McCarthy, the Auckland Museum’s upcoming edition of LATE continues the conversations around the Are We There Yet? exhibition. It looks at a movement that has inspired countless women to share their experiences with sexual assault or harassment through the internet. Panellists Donna Awatere, Zoë Lawton and Kirsty Johnston assess the repercussions and reactions that are redefining the sexual landscape and explain how society might change in the process.

Wednesday 15th August, more info here.

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

If you’re after some light-hearted entertainment, consider this your ticket. Formerly a professional cheerleader, Johnson skyrocketed to fame when her impersonation of a nail salon employee went viral. Now she’s a professional comedienne, set to bring her humour our way this month.

Sunday 12th August, SKYCITY. 
Purchase tickets here

Stella Brennan

Stella Brennan

Stella Brennan

Stella Brennan

This immersive exhibition plays on Brennan’s ability to navigate the void between space and time. Taking us somewhere otherworldly with her video installations, Object Permanence will be worth the visit for its boundary-pushing and transcendental content.

5th August to 8th September at Trish Clark Gallery

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This ultra hydrating sheet mask is perfect for the woman on the go

Along with the hour-long bubble bath novelty and the weekly manicure miracle, taking a spot of downtime to relax with a sheet mask on is often nothing but a distant dream. Hectic work schedules combined with buzzing social lives mean that finding that much coveted ‘me time’ is as likely as a hog taking to the air. Luckily, La Mer’s new product allows us to sheet-up while we clean the house, bust out some work and heck, even go for a brisk walk if we want to. (Although, for fear of terrifying innocent bystanders, we recommend limiting this to the confines of your own home.)

With Japanese skin-hugging technology at its helm, La Mer’s fresh sheet mask actively penetrates the deeply hydrating formula into the skin while you are free to stay active, rendering the notion of women being able to multitask truer than ever before. Each individual mask is infused with a full ounce of La Mer’s foolproof The Treatment Lotion, a formula which blends soothing sea kelp with hyaluronic acid, a replenishing fusion of algae and sea minerals and a bevvy of nutrients and minerals, to deliver a concentrated surge of hydration in mere minutes.

Combine its plumping, awakening and revitalising qualities with its innovative practicality and we’re left with a serious multifaceted mask that we’re wishing we had in our lives sooner. Whether used pre-makeup as the ultimate primer, post-flight for a rejuvenating pick-me-up, mid-day for a glowing boost between work and after-work drinks or as an evening relaxation treatment, this game-changing skin treatment is on its way to becoming our number one choice anywhere, anyhow.

La Mer’s Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask is available at Smith & Caughey’s and in-store at David Jones, Wellington.

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Here’s how Auckland’s favourite platform for artists is celebrating its 5th birthday

Given the breadth of talent Allpress Studio has served us over the years, it’s hard to comprehend the Drake Street space is only five years old. Yet here we are, on the cusp of the half-decade birthday, hotly anticipating the multi-faceted celebrations that will mark this notable milestone.

The legendary coffee brand originally opened the studio next to its Freemans Bay roastery in 2013 as a place where creatives could share their work directly with their audience. From 1st August to 14th September, the gallery will play host to an exhibition titled ‘100 Artists’, to celebrate and acknowledge the artists and artisans who have shared their work in the space since its inception. There will also be a range of community events, talks, and a limited-edition Allpress coffee ‘100 Artists Blend’ to enjoy.

Featuring work from the likes of Cruz Jimenez, Monmouth Glass Studio, Lisa Reihana and Jake Feast — all of which will be priced between $250 and $2500 — not only are there sure to be frissons about the work on display, but local business aficionados will likely want to get along to ‘The Art of Building A Successful Brand’, a Q&A style panel event featuring Michael Allpress, Steve Dunstan (founder, Huffer), Katie Lockhart (founder of Everyday Needs) and Ava Nakagawa (owner/operator of Little Poms café, Christchurch).

With more events on the go, including an artists talk with Lisa Reihana and ‘how to make your own’ 100 Artists coffee blend session, we can’t wait for the festivities to get underway this Wednesday, 1st August, from 6pm onwards.

Find out more here.

Allpress Studio

8 Drake St
Freemans Bay
Auckland

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Good feng shui and 4 other reasons your interior needs these circular lights

Lighting is, without a doubt, one of the most important components of any house. Strategically placed fixtures that cast a warm glow make a space sing — which is where these Circus lights (floor light, 250, 750 and 500) by Resident Studio come in. Eye-catching and undeniably unique, while their futuristic forms might not be conventional, they have an elegant presence that offers a refined touch for interiors. If you need convincing (we didn’t) these are the reasons why these lights should be your next design investment.

They’re versatile…
The distinct shapes of these circus lights don’t limit their applications. With thin circumferences in soft, matte gold and a nature that is both sculptural and subtle they remain inherently understated. Whether you choose to have them as a floor lamp, give them pride of place as a contemporary chandelier or hang them quietly in the corner, the beauty of these lights is that they offer a wide range of configurations that really allow the user to make them their own.

They speak to your design prowess…
Nothing like a thoughtful light fixture to tell people (without actually saying it) that you know design. It’s a laid-back statement of thinking outside the box — so to speak — that tells guests you aren’t afraid to step away from convention, in the most unpretentious way possible.

They’re a conversation starter…
Speaking of guests, if you are entertaining people and conversation starts to feel forced, a desperate gaze up will almost certainly incite discussion about your new Circus 500 pendant — at least until you think of something else to talk about.

They’re made in New Zealand…
This is important. Supporting local artisans and creative industries is crucial to their continuation in this country. It’s just as important from the perspective of helping people to keep their jobs (whether those be in design or manufacturing) as it is for our reputation as a nation that produces some of the most cutting-edge, intriguing design in the world.

They’ll bring you wealth…
According to ancient feng shui principles, having the circle shape in the home promotes wealth, as well as providing mental clarity and an attitude of preciseness. It all, apparently, comes down to the flow of energy and how the circle creates movement as opposed to harsh, rectangular shapes that, when used too prolifically, result in a more static, stifling energy.

Resident Studio’s Circus Lights are available locally from Simon James Design.

Simon James Design

61 Upper Queen Street
Newton
Auckland

09 377 5556

www.simonjamesdesign.com

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With the constant onslaught of fresh wellness techniques and the influx of health fads, staying up to date with the things that really have your best interests at heart isn’t the easiest thing to do. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the unexpected people you didn’t know you needed in your life for the ultimate wellbeing, you heard it here first.

A Handstand Coach
Once reserved for circus performers and prepubescent girls, handstands have since risen as a bona fide method of exercise. Attempting to keep the body upright without falling over stabilises the muscles and in turn, strengthens everything from your abs to your hamstrings. It subsequently tightens the core and banishes the hellish plank for good. (Can I get an amen?) Dan Hardie, a personal trainer at Les Mills, incorporates handstand training alongside other unorthodox methods into his sessions to add a playful twist to workout regimes.

An Astrologist
As we delve into a new age of uncertainty, we’re increasingly turning to spirituality and mysticism for guidance rather than light entertainment, and Astrology, despite being around for centuries, is garnering a whole new following. Megan White, a specialist in both tarot reading and astrology, offers a full natal horoscope — an astrological chart which reconciles the date and whereabouts of your birth with the planets’ alignment — so as to get a better understanding of a person’s character traits, behaviour and life path.

A Breathing Coach
Always assumed that you could manage breathing perfectly well on your own? That might not be the case. Globally, around one in 10 people experience some form of breathing pattern disorder —from asthma to chronic snoring — at some point throughout their lives. The Buteyko Breathing Clinic in Ponsonby practises The Buteyko Method — a health education programme which incorporates breathing exercises and lifestyle guidelines to relieve everything from snoring and allergies to insomnia and asthma — providing therapy for clients throughout Auckland and online via Skype.

A Crystal Consultant
Whether housing a citrine to encourage creativity or piling up the shungite to improve sleep, decorating our homes with glorious natural crystals reaps just as many rewards for our health as it does our aesthetic. Consultant Zora Bell Boyd incorporates beautiful, natural crystals into the home in order to improve everything from a person’s balance to their mental purification.

A Horticultural Specialist
It’s no secret that we all need a little more green in our lives. Scientifically, plants help reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air, while aesthetically, the visuals of lush greenery can evoke an overall sense of calm — pulling our minds away from stress and instead conjuring a sense of peace. While we all like to think our eye for detail is on point, putting your trust in a horticultural professional isn’t always a bad idea. Greenery specialists Alex and Rachel Schanzer from Concept Botanica incorporate botanical styling into clients’ homes and workspaces in order to create a healthy, plant-filled space.

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4 books that are better than that TV series you’re watching

What is winter for if not hiding under the covers with a good page-turner? Here we divulge a few of our favourite new reads, available from a good bookstore near you.

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
Providing ample inspiration in the form of a life well lived, the third edition in Crosley’s collection of personal essays is making waves on the literary scene for its smart balance of laugh-out-loud scenarios and introspective reprieves. Whether searching for her legendary pornstar of the 70s ‘uncle’ or grappling with a man holding her internet domain name hostage, the writer’s wit is abounding. Our favourite dissertation? That would have to be the one that explores her psychic connection to Tracy Emin’s artwork ‘Everyone I Have Ever Slept With’, which, like so many others, leaves you ruminating long after reading.

Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
The immigrant experience is excellently articulated in this memoir by the Serbian author. From her awkward birth, through to the unabating feeling of being an adult fish out of water in her adoptive home of Australia, Stefanovic’s life has always been awkward. Especially the bit about her taking part in a beauty contest between immigrants and refugees from different sides of a conflict for her film class. The contrast between the unruly streets of Belgrade, to the ‘fair dinkum’ backyard of Whyalla, South Australia, makes for a story that is as wacky as it is profound.

Census by Jesse Ball
Another account driven by personal circumstance, the heartfelt nature with which Ball tells the story of his relationship with his father and the life of his brother, who had Down’s Syndrome and dies at age 24, is almost harrowing in its humanism. Not just an anecdote, Ball transforms his experience into a modern-day fable. When the father receives news that he hasn’t long to live, he decides to become a census taker — an occupation that sees them traversing the country together on a bonding Odyssey. There are a few apocalyptic points of fiction in an otherwise entirely realist novel, but the theme that belies Census is that of enduring, familial love.

A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey
Touted as the double Booker Prize-winner’s ‘best book in decades’, herein Carey delves into what it means to be a white Australian by way of the remote counties that are the landscape of his childhood. The story is partially told from the vantage point of a light-skinned Aboriginal who has been brought up to associate as a white person, while a parallel narrative comes from a fair-haired son of a Protestant preacher. The latter embarks on a 16,000-km, 17-day car race around the country which brings to light the horrific treatment of Australia’s indigenous people.

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10 insanely delicious things you should be eating right now

At this time of year, filling up on nothing but the best food and drink is one of the only things we’ve got to look forward to — unless you are one of those lucky sods who gets to grace to Italian Riviera. In our quest to fuel ourselves, and you, my friends, with only the best cuisine, here are some out-of-control-delicious eats we’re turning to for culinary comfort.

Matcha Lime Croissants from Daily Bread
It’s the trend that won’t seem to go away. But in lieu of the milky lattes and shakes, we’re opting to ingest the green stuff via Daily Bread’s GAME-CHANGING croissants. Not only are they garnished with a verdant sprinkle, but after one bite/tear/scoff, you’ll find yourself head-on with more delicious matcha custard cream than you can handle… so good!

Snapper Pie at Mission Bay Pavilion
A potato topped pie that just keeps on pleasing, there’s nothing not to love about the piping hot dish that comprises chowder velouté and an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of kumara crisps on top. It’s a little bit *flash* but oh-so-gratifying.

(Left) Daily Bread’s matcha croissants (Right) Mission Bay Pavilion’s snapper pie

Spaghetti alla Chitarra at Soul Bar & Bistro
Any bona fide Italian fan will know of the famous cacio e pepe dish, a type of pasta that is pleasingly chewy and garnished with cheese and pepper (hence, the name). Well, Soul has just added it to their menu via this supreme serving where they also add soft herbs and fresh truffle. Don’t hold back.

King Crab Leg at Masu
The thought of eating crab often conjures the idea of wrestling the tough-crustation to merely be rewarded with the measliest amount of meat. Refreshingly, this Masu dish necessitates nothing of the sort. The soft, sweet crab meat is known to simply fall out of the gargantuan leg, ready to be dipped into the smoked wasabi lime butter. Delicious.

Masu’s king crab leg

Mince on Toast at Amano
There just isn’t a more appropriate breakfast dish to be turning to right now. Combining bolognese with toasted sourdough and parmesan with a perfectly cooked fried egg, there’s nothing unrefined about this hearty brekkie.

Popcorn Shrimp at SEVEN
Like popcorn chicken but only a million times better, these crunchy fried prawns are the ultimate nibble before dinner. Served with sriracha mayo, mixed in with fried basil and chives, and made to sing with a squeeze of fresh lime, the saying ‘once you pop, you can’t stop’ has never rung so true.

Seven’s popcorn shrimp

Wild Rice Bowl at Williams Eatery
If you must be healthy (shudder), we can vouch for this exotic little specimen being offered by the cool kids down at Wynyard Quarter. She’s a rather sensational melange of buckwheat, lentils, beetroot, poached egg, miso dressing and the added option of mirin salmon. You can thank us later.

Croque Madame at Teddy’s
PSA: the good Gallic lady is having a comeback, appearing most notably on Teddy’s new brunch menu. Superbly creamy and with the added bonus of a soft-fried egg on top — as if the bottomless Mimosas weren’t enough of an excuse, this heaven-sent is just another excuse to visit the new Ponsonby Road restaurant.

Croque Madame from Teddy’s

Duck on Toast at Euro
If you didn’t know, now you know, that toast is having a comeback (more on that later) and Euro’s duck version is giving us what we need. Topped with duck leg roulette, rich parfait, cherry and pistachio, it’s a savoury-sweet dish that’s just kind of perfect.

Duck on Toast from Euro

Chicken Wings at Lowbrow
It ain’t no thang but a chicken wing, but it sure as heeeeeck is delicious. At Jordan MacDonald and Kyle Street’s new venture, they’re treating the tender, meaty, organic Bostock wings to some kind of magic, siding them with a tangy spicy sauce that will send you into a spin (a good one).

Bostock organic chicken wings at Lowbrow

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8 new reasons to choose Los Angeles as your next getaway

Los Angeles is so much more than its Hollywood reputation. The sprawling metropolis houses some of the most experimental restaurants, unique bar concepts, best shopping and cutting-edge exhibitions in the world — and there’s always something new. Considering it’s only one flight from home if you’re planning your next getaway, this exciting city should be high up on your list (and not just as a stopover on the way to Europe).

Here are some of the new openings and ground-breaking attractions drawing us to the City of Angels right now…

Somni
Nestled inside The Bazaar at Beverly Hills’ SLS Hotel sits Somni, an ambitious dining concept from acclaimed chef José Andrés. Offering an ever-changing tasting menu of around 20 courses, the cuisine sees a mix of modernist culinary technique, Spanish influence and multi-sensory components. With a name that translates to ‘dream’ in Catalan, and a hefty price point of $235 per person, this intimate, 10-person-only experience is a once in a lifetime. Proving to be one of the hottest tickets in town, on the first Monday of every month at 10 am, tickets for the next month go on sale… but you need to be quick.
SLS Beverly Hills, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Lost Spirits Distillery
Allow us to let you in on this secretive little spot in LA’s Arts District, touted as the ‘Disneyland of liquor’ and the ‘Willy Wonka booze factory.’ Lost Spirits Distillery offers award-winning whisky and rum, but it’s the tour of its premises that is truly compelling. Offering an unparalleled experience that sees a mixture of science, intrigue and mystery, tour-goers are taken on a journey of awe-inducing surprise where each space of the distillery has been designed to reflect the liquor being tasted. ‘Whisky Island,’ for example, is a library room visitors have to take a literal boat to. It’s no wonder this place won Best Distillery Tour In The World earlier this year.
1235 East 6th Street, Los Angeles

Ai Weiwei takes over LA
The renowned artist is set to stage something of a takeover, with three exhibitions heading to LA in late September/early October. His first show launches at Marciano Art Foundation on September 28th and will comprise a series of large-scale installations dealing with issues around the refugee crisis as well as seeing representations of the Chinese zodiac in Lego and traditional kite-making textiles. The day after that, he launches the inaugural exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch’s new Hollywood gallery, which will showcase a wider range of his work including an installation he originally showed in Berlin in 2014 made from 6,000 salvaged wooden stools. Finally, on October 4th, the artist sets up yet another installation, this time in collaboration with United Talent Agency for its new gallery in Beverly Hills. Having helped the agency create their permanent artist space Ai Wei Wei will showcase a number of his marble sculptures there for this third exhibition.


Majordomo

From the culinary powerhouse, David Chang, behind New York’s Momofuku comes Majordomo — a new restaurant with a dense, ever-changing menu to reflect the city it’s in. Rather than recreating his New York outposts, here Chang offers dishes like stuffed peppers with Benton’s sack sausage and buttermilk, and innovative noodle dishes like Tapioca Lo Mein with ong choy, garlic and krill that sit alongside Grilled Prime Rib Steak with pickled onion rings, Thao’s greens and chilli jam. Refusing to be categorised into Korean, Japanese, European etc. Chang’s newest venture is a wide-reaching, unique foodie experience, and one to book before you fly.
1725 Naud Street, Los Angeles

Chateau Hanare
Acclaimed restauranteur Reika Alexander, of New York’s En Brasserie, opens Chateau Hanare as a new arm of the iconic Chateau Marmont. Set in a previously unused bungalow of the Hollywood hotel, this restaurant sees a kaiseki-style menu of fresh, precise Japanese fare served in its intimate but approachable set-up.
8097 Selma Avenue, Los Angeles

The Native Malibu
This cute, mid-century modern hotel has popped up in picturesque Malibu and offers visitors a series of interconnected bungalow accommodation in the unspoiled woodlands of the Malibu Hills. Capturing mid-century charm with a contemporary twist, think pastel pops, tactile touches, copper accents and distinctly ‘cool’ graphics, this simple hotel is promising a laid-back, relaxed LA experience where you can switch off a little from modern life.
28920 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Jim Henson Exhibition
The man behind the muppets, Jim Henson has a dedicated, travelling exhibition and it has landed at LA’s Skirball Cultural Centre. The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited offers a portrait of a man who was, in many ways, a visionary and traces four decades of his career. It includes an iconic Kermit The Frog among 25 other historic puppets as well as sketches, behind-the-scenes materials and interactive elements.
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

Barbette
Located in LA’s West Hollywood neighbourhood, this sumptuous French dining room is offering full-scale European charm to diners and drinkers alike. Effortlessly combining elements of old-world glamour with modern sensibilities, this new hotspot serves elegant, French fare and features a beautifully finished marble bar, opulent velvet booths, mirrored walls and artistic interjections, all illuminated by the after-dark glow of a series of contemporary light fixtures.
7511 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

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Here’s where to get your bite of the chicken waffles trend

Having been spotted everywhere from the incredibly well received fried chicken festival to an array of street food vendors and acclaimed restaurants, it’s without a doubt that chicken topped waffles are the food trend of the moment. A mouth-watering combination of tender fried chicken alongside the breakfast staple, this taste of Americana sees our favourite bird given the ultimate culinary treatment.

Newmarket cafe L’affare Melrose is serving up a variation so damn delectable that it has us dedicating a whole post to the much-coveted plate. Juicy, succulent chook deep fried and seasoned before being laid on a bed of hearty waffles, drizzled in almighty bourbon syrup and topped off with a tantalising whip of sour cream, it comes as no surprise that this sweet and savoury mash-up has us returning time and time again. Currently on its all-day menu for less than $20, this classic favourite can be devoured for breakfast, lunch or dinner, (or all three, if you’re that way inclined) and while L’affare has hit the nail on the head with this winning formula, we suggest adding an extra dose of crispy bacon for a meal that you’ll be reminiscing about for weeks to come.

Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday, 7:30am-2pm
Saturday, 8am-2:30pm 
Sunday, 9am-2:30pm

L'affare Melrose

22 Melrose Street
Newmarket
Auckland

www.laffare.co.nz

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