At Denizen, we are all about giving things a go. So for the first episode of our new series Driving Miss Duncan, we sent Rachelle Duncan out to put the sleek Jaguar E-PACE through its paces on the mean streets of Herne Bay. And despite her thorough review, it’s always better to experience things first hand… this is how you can take one for a spin yourself.
Almost immediately after it opened, Daily Bread — a bakery project from the team behind Orphans Kitchen — became something of an institution. Thanks to its wholesome baked goods, many of which are gluten-free friendly, and with a healthy, holistic bent, it has become the place to go for people from all over Auckland, who now flock to Point Chev to procure their daily (/weekly) bread.
The great news is that they now have a new Parnell location where said goods — loaves of bread, pastries and croissants — can be obtained from a slick yet simple shop front on Faraday Street. Located cheek-by-jowl with architecture firm Fearon Hay, this new (and we hope permanent — although it hasn’t been confirmed) Daily Bread is where filter coffee awaits, alongside a spate of treats, for morning punters who can also pick up a loaf of their signature bread for later.
If you, like many, can’t get enough of what Daily Bread has to offer, we suggest you profit from this stellar new setup.
Open 7 days, from 8am-2pm
Daily Bread Parnell
15 Faraday Street
It’s that time of the month again. July has come in thick and fast and as we enter the last week of this notoriously chilly month we thought it the perfect time to undertake the third instalment of our Denizen-In-The-Kitchen with Fisher & Paykel series. This time myself and one of our designers, Clara, recreated a family classic — the roast chicken.
Despite many complex recipes being thrown around in the lead-up, we both eventually had to admit to ourselves that we really weren’t as competent in the kitchen as we thought. So, we discarded the 50-step, three-course Michelin-worthy meal plan we had originally dreamed up, and instead opted for something more simple. Foolproof, if you will. And considering our Fisher & Paykel in-built oven came equipped with a ‘roast’ function, a hearty lunch of chicken and crispy veggies felt altogether appropriate. Despite the fact that neither of us had actually made a roast chicken on our own before, it was with a bit of common sense, a splash of perseverance and whole lot of help from the appliances we had at our disposal that we ended up with a wholesome, filling, delicious lunch to share with the rest of the Denizen office.
Now, we know you probably have your own tried and true roast chicken formula already, but this one turned out pretty damn well (if we do say so ourselves). So here’s how to recreate it at home.
2 Bostock’s organic and free-range whole chickens
1 brown onion
5 sprigs of rosemary
2 heads of garlic — you need a lot of cloves
1 bag of Agria potatoes
1 bag of Kumara
1 red onion
2 packets of green beans
Plain, all-purpose flour
First, prep the chickens. Place the two chickens side-by-side in a roasting tray. Get all up in their grill by pricking the lemons with a fork and popping one inside each chicken along with a few cloves of garlic, some salt and pepper and fresh thyme. To the outside of the chickens, generously pour olive oil all over and rub with salt and pepper until covered. Cut one brown onion into chunks and place in the tray around the chickens. Place a few cloves of garlic in the tray as well as some fresh thyme and sprigs of rosemary.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius. The next step all depends on timing. The chicken will probably need to be in the oven for about 90 minutes so time accordingly. We decided to put the chicken in for 45 minutes by itself first, before adding in the vegetables on the oven’s upper rung for a further 45 minutes.
To prepare the vegetables, thoroughly wash the Agria potatoes, kumara, carrots and beans. Chop the potatoes into chunks before parboiling them, waiting for them to cool off on their own and adding them to a baking tray. Cut the kumara into similar size pieces as the potato, section up the carrots, and cut the red onion into quarters before separating and adding all to the tray. Once everything is assembled, pour over some olive oil, a dash of maple syrup and generous sprinklings of salt and pepper. Toss to mix and place into the oven around 30 minutes after the chicken has gone in. Set the green beans aside on another board.
Once the chicken is in the oven, check it occasionally and scoop up some of the liquid in the tray with a large spoon to pour back over the meat. This keeps the chicken juicy. Do this with chicken stock every so often as well.
Occasionally toss the vegetables around to ensure they all cook evenly, and once the chicken only has about 15 minutes to go, put the green beans in the tray with the two chickens. Cover with the juices and leave to cook for the last stretch.
In a pan on the stove-top, prepare the gravy by melting butter over medium to low heat before whisking in flour for a few minutes until the mixture turns a light brown. Gradually add in broth and salt and pepper and continue stirring until the desired consistency is reached. The amount of stock and flour you use will depend on how many people you are cooking for. When the gravy is close to done, keep it warm on a low heat and stir in some of the liquid from the bottom of the chicken tray before serving.
When the chickens are done, pull them out and place in a large dish. Do the same with the vegetables. Season and sauce to taste before serving with a freshly buttered ciabatta roll.
A city can never have too many good Chinese restaurants. Well, at least that’s what we believe here at Denizen. Captivated, after stumbling upon an Instagram video of a man hand-pulling noodles, we endeavoured to find out more about a fairly new inner-city restaurant called Chamate.
Having opened in April, it’s fair to say the team has since found its stride. The glass-fronted space purports to be an eatery focussed on modern Chinese cuisine with an extensive menu compartmentalised into ‘starters’, ‘noodles’, ‘dim-sum’ (dumplings), ‘Four Seasons’, ‘Chamate Signatures’ and à la carte dishes. Representing cuisines of many different Chinese regions, connoisseurs can expect to find hand-pulled beef noodle soups from Lanzhou, the spicy flavours of Sichuan, Cantonese dim-sums and more delicacies from Xinjiang and Shanghai.
Our subsequent ordering resulted in the sampling of a beef noodle soup, deep fried prawns wrapped in crispy (and yes, hand-pulled) noodles, water boiled fish with sizzling (chilli-laced) oil, and sweet and sour chicken — and we can confirm that it’s utterly delicious. This might have something to do with the fact that their multi-award winning head chef has over 20 years experience and the majority of their dim-sum and noodle chefs have been doing what they do best for 30 years and counting.
The perfect spot for a session of day-after indulgence, if not a casual lunch or gratifying dinner, it would seem Chamate is ready to slot right into our inner-city dining repertoire. If you’re a fan of steaming hot dumplings and tasty noodle soup, consider this your new mecca.
Chamate is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
17 Swanson St
(09) 302 7728
If you’ve been one of the lucky few to jet off to somewhere warm this winter, the thought of flowy dresses, summery tops and leg-baring shorts won’t feel like such a culture shock. But for the ones left behind, our turtlenecks and jeans have become a veritable second skin. Reminding us that summer is, in fact, a real thing and that it’s virtually around the corner, Workshop has just added a new label to its luxury line-up, and it’s giving us beachside feels like nothing has in a while.
Star Mela, originally from London, was started by two friends who were inspired by their global travels. Creating collections full of breezy, easy-to-wear summertime pieces like floor-length dresses, floral prints and backless tops, the brand embodies the ethos of laid-back luxury that informs the majority of our summertime style.
With a selection of Star Mela SS18 landing in Workshop’s Auckland stores only (Ponsonby and Newmarket) and online from tomorrow (Thursday 26th July), this label is ideal for anyone yet to embark on a midwinter escape, or those wanting to get ahead of the game on their warm-weather wardrobe.
74 Mackelvie Street
09 361 3727
Over here at Denizen, we’re strong believers in the old adage that good things come to those who wait, and if this fresh product is anything to go by, it would seem we were right. Following five years of intensive and vigorous research, French brand Sothys has finally unveiled its secret to more youthful, revitalised looking skin, raising the bar with their uber luxurious, one-of-a-kind face cream, La Crème 128.
La Crème 128 is an opulent emulsion enriched with a trio of potently anti-ageing ingredients, combining the likes of porcelain flower oil, peach leaf extract and stem cells from the specially cultured Sothys rose to regenerate skin and restore its glowing vitality. Divinely aromatic with floral and fruity notes and silky to the touch, the velvety moisturiser is a feast for all senses.
Simultaneously embodying a glorious aesthetic, the elegant packaging is just as decadent as the cream that awaits inside. Sothys has joined forces with French brand Bernardaud, the fine porcelain makers, to create bespoke porcelain jars that have each been handcrafted and individually numbered. The jar’s smooth, undulating curves and finely chiselled intricacies create a uniquely lavish pot that serves as a piece of art in itself — a fine addition to your skincare routine and dressing table alike.
Unsurprisingly, the crème de la crème of skin care doesn’t come cheap, with each unique pot priced over $600. Luckily, Sothys has made the bespoke treatment available to everybody with the Soin Excellence treatment, combining La Crème 128 with other equally divine products for a truly unforgettable experience.
If ever there was a moment to pause and reflect on the state of gender equality, it would be 2018. Marking 125 years since women gained the right to vote in New Zealand, a new exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum entitled Are We There Yet? is proving to assess not only how far we’ve come in that time, but also ask the question of how far we have to go.
In an era that’s being defined by Trump, The Pussyhat Project, Weinsteinery, #TimesUp and so much more, the fight to close the gap and to change ingrained societal codes is being talked about in any and every forum. Terms such as ‘feminism’ and ’empowerment’ are on everyone’s lips, with plenty of online fodder and real-life circumstances examining what they really mean. In this exhibition, however, the past is juxtaposed against the present in a way that brilliantly illustrates the successes and speed-bumps of the fight for equality so far.
Covering off equal pay, reproductive rights, gendered violence, online trolling, legal rights and body image, there’s nothing that’s not up for discussion, or rather interrogation. Rarely shown photographs and content depicting Women’s Suffrage legends — from Kate Sheppard to Meri Te Tai Mangakahia — will be displayed alongside footage from ground-breaking marches, posters and publications from the museum’s archives. There will also be a short-film made especially for the exhibition by renowned filmmaker Gaylene Preston.
In our minds, this carefully curated look down memory lane couldn’t be more pertinent. Heralding the historic plight of women from all walks of life, you’ll no doubt leave reflecting on life as you know it, pondering about the current state of gender affairs in our very our own backyard. With room to share your thoughts afterwards, we suggest you woke-up and head along to it.
Are We There Yet? is showing at the Auckland War Memorial Museum until 31st October.
We admit you might not be ‘expanding your horizons’ by indulging in the following four (unintentionally female-centric) series, but we have it on good authority — namely, that of the Denizen office — that each will keep you suitably occupied while the rain continues to fall and evenings are spent tucked up at home. Whether for their debaucherous content or dangerous antics, these shows are highly addictive and likely to be consumed in several-episodes stints. Consider yourself warned.
How to Get Away With Murder
This is one of those programmes, much like Suits, that will make you wish you had pursued that sexy law degree after all. Annalise Keating, played by the fierce Viola Davis, is a lawyer and respected lecturer whose eponymous legal course is the stuff of legendary status. Every year, Keating propositions five students to work with her, and in doing so, they find out just how much the law can be bent. There are plenty of raunchy scenes used to demonstrate as much, so make sure the kids have gone to bed before pressing play.
Queen of The South
After a very narrow escape from ‘death by cartel’, Sinaloa native Teresa finds herself on the other side of the American border with no choice but to work for someone arguably more dangerous than those she fled. Fiercely spirited and with a guardian angel of sorts guiding her through, the protagonist thrives as she learns the ropes of the Texas drug trade, evolving to become one of the ring’s MVPs. The odds are piled up against her and dangerous situations await at every turn — but the dance between ‘Teresita’ and her adversaries plays out like David and Goliath, all while serving as a highly personal tale of Mexico-USA’s seedy drug codependence.
Having just released their second season, GLOW hasn’t got thus far without some glow-ing reviews… After taking a few episodes to warm up, you’ll find yourself deep in the bizarre circumstances of America’s first televised women’s wrestling competition. The title stands for Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling whereby a rag-tag group of women are thrown together with against a superb 80s backdrop — think leotards, scrunch socks and plenty of hairspray — with the impeccably annoying Ruth Wilder (Alison Bree) at their centre. Wilder, whose prevailing dream is to be a classical actor, finds herself sufficiently distracted by this razzle-dazzle showbiz.
When three mother’s close to their wit’s end plot to rob a grocery store, and end up doing so in spectacular style, it’s just the beginning of a tumultuous journey that goes from satisfyingly vengeful to heart-breakingly emotional. Christina Hendricks stars as the ringleader of the renegade domestic trio whose sass, familial dedication and straight-up funnies make this ripe for the bingeing. See the trailer below.
It feels like something that was made for this time of year, when the only antidote to the chilly evenings is curling up on the sofa with a good book or show. Reimagining the classically rectangular shape, King Living has created a rounded sofa designed for ultimate comfort. Its wide, solid base is available with either storage or swivel functions, while the back cushion gently fans out to offer an enveloping effect. Playing on the perfect balance of functionality and form, this inviting piece makes a statement as much as it offers a practical option for those wanting something a little different.
Where the sharp corners and structural frame of a traditional sofa can fall short in a space, the Delta III Circle Sofa is a softer option. Injecting timeless sophistication and minimalist luxury into the living room, this renowned furniture brand reinforces the ethos that puts subtlety at the heart of lasting design.
The Delta III Circle Sofa is available from King Living
535 Parnell Road
09 309 3766
Diamonds might be forever but it seems there is a groundswell of precious jewel buyers for whom the clear stone doesn’t hold as much fascination as its colourful cousins. Deep green emeralds, eye-catching aquamarines, still blue sapphires, flushed rubellites, faceted spinels and sparkling tourmalines are all returning to the jewellery boxes of today, seen to adorn the hands of influential women the world over (including that of the Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day). It’s a trend that can be put down to the growing customer desire for individualism. No longer is it enough to simply sport a ‘pretty’ ring, now, those investing in beautiful gems want something different, diverse and reflective of their own, distinct tastes.
For a long time, Sutcliffe Jewellery has been meeting this burgeoning need by creating incredible, original pieces from coloured gemstones as well as its more traditional work with diamonds. Intricate cocktail rings spotlighting vivid stones set among detailed strings of diamonds sit alongside a number of earrings and pendants that are also crafted with strategically placed pops of colour. So while simplicity still has its place, sometimes it’s good to embrace high saturation, especially when it comes to the most special pieces in our collections. ‘Bold and bright’ is the new mantra, and Sutcliffe is making it impossible to ignore.
Clockwise from top left:
Emerald Treasure ring, Natures Wonder pendant, Whimsy Wonder earrings, Rose In Bloom ring, Briolette The Beautiful earrings, Oceans Bounty ring, Pacific Perfection ring, Arabian Nights ring
203 Parnell Road
09 309 0127