These are the types of water you should be drinking for optimum health

We all know the rule, eight glasses a day keeps the doctor away. Water is essential for optimum overall health, it maintains the balance of bodily fluids — all of which make up 60 percent of the human body — while delivering a deluge of additional benefits. Its appearance-improving qualities are well known; water helps aid weight loss and contributes to clearer skin, but its internal effects are vastly beneficial too, topping up on aqua can defeat fatigue, cure headaches, cleanse the body, improve the immune system and aid digestion.

Our need for sustained water intake is fundamental and widely understood, figuring out what type of H20 we should be drinking, however, can lead to treading murky waters. Ionized, alkaline, acidity and PH — the jargon minefield and sheer diversity of choice is enough to send any non-expert into a headspin. Should we all be drinking alkaline water, or is it a health fad? Is tap water safe? And what really is reverse osmosis, anyway? Here we’ve listed some of the main types of water and why you should be drinking them, all of which are easy to make at home or are readily available from organic grocer Huckleberry

Drink Hydrogen water when you’re feeling tired
Before you reach for the neon Gatorade or begin brewing up another caffeine laden coffee, it pays to revamp your H20 instead. Hydrogen water is — much like it sounds — water that contains hydrogen gas, which, upon ingestion, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and an energy booster. The Japanese have been reaping the glowing benefits for years, chugging bottles of the stuff, dosing up on supplements and even bathing in hydrogen-infused bath salts. Hydrogen water can be made at home upon purchase of hydrogen water sticks — magnesium sticks that, once added to water, produce the energising chemical.

Drink Alkaline water post-workout
You don’t need us to tell you that water and exercise should go hand in hand, yet the type of water you should be drinking post-exercise is not so widely known. Alkaline water rectifies the body’s pH levels which become more acidic during extreme physical exertion (think of the lactic acid that forms during a high-intensity workout). But that’s not the only good news, the multi-faceted alkaline water is also reported to slow the ageing process and help with fertility issues. 

Drink distilled to detoxify
While swigging glasses of tap water throughout the day may make you feel as though you’re on the road to purity, the stuff flowing from your faucet can harbour a variety of harmful contaminants. Distilling this water alleviates the risk of illness as impurities, environmental chemicals and viruses are stripped during the process. A note to remember though, distilled water is purified so vigorously that it loses its naturally occurring minerals, so we recommend using it as a temporary cleanse, rather than a full-time alternative. Distilled water is usually sold in supermarkets or pharmacies, although the best way is to distil it yourself via an at-home water distiller.

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Sneaky Snacky is the delicious new pop-up spotlighting 80s nostalgia

Forever keeping us on our toes with their rotation of delicious pop-ups, Sneaky Snacky, Ostro’s latest installation on The Deck, is a tribute to 80s fanfare and is set to be our new go-to for liquid lunch and late night libations.

With Chef Kang at the helm, a number of Korean-inspired bar snacks and naughty treats adorn the menu, including K.F.C (Korean Fried Chicken) where the chicken has been marinated overnight in buttermilk, ginger and garlic before being deep-fried and served alongside smoked gochujang sauce; a Donut Burger, where housemade, fresh doughnuts frame a Wagyu pattie, cheddar cheese, sriracha mayo and kimchi fritters; and grilled octopus that has been marinated overnight and cooked on the grill, served with accompanying seaweed spring rolls.

Add to this delicious line-up a nostalgic playlist of 80s bangers to help you turn back time, and you have the makings of a night to remember.

Sneaky Snacky opens tonight and will be open from Tuesdays — Saturdays, 12pm until 3pm and then 5pm until late for the next month. 

Ostro Brasserie and Bar

52 Tyler Street
Auckland CBD

09 302 9888

www.seafarers.co.nz

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Spec Specific: A man’s guide to framing it right

Let’s face facts — perfect symmetry isn’t afforded to everyone. There are only a few out there who can get away with wearing any style of specs that catch their eye. For the rest of us, finding the frames to suit our various face shapes is no mean feat. With a few pointers, however, the quest to find the perfect pair of glasses is made much more simple.


If you have a…

Heart Face
Something wider at the bottom of the frame will balance out a heart-shaped face. Soft colours and materials will help to keep proportion. Avoid reflecting the shape of your face in a frame.
Try: Lewis Fredericks lf02 foster blond opticals from Workshop

Diamond Face
You are lucky enough to have a rare face shape with high cheekbones but need to draw attention to those eyes. Choose frames that are top heavy, rimless or oval. We see your cheekbones already so avoid narrow frames.
Try: Tom Ford half-rim optical frame from Parker & Co.

Square Face
For those with a strong chin and prominent forehead, maintain 20/20 vision with round or oval frames. These will draw people to your eyes and not your jawline. Colour is not your friend.
Try: Moscot Zev TT SE in gold from Parker & Co.

If you have an…

Oval Face
Considered a lucky face shape among glasses wearers, there’s really no limit on style and shape. The only consideration is choosing a colour to match or complement your complexion.
Try: Gucci glasses in black and gold from Parker & Co.

Rectangular Face
The wider the better to play with proportion. Draw upon the wealth of experience of your optometrist to choose frames with the depth and design to add width to your face.
Try: LF25 glasses from Crane Brothers

Round Face
Rectangular frames are best to soften the jaw and brow. Try something with colour or distinctive arms. Avoid anything too large as this will only accentuate your face shape.
Try: Deep Freeze Crazy Tort glasses from Karen Walker

 

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These toxic-free products are the best way to clean up your beauty routine

Despite being advertised as beneficial to our overall wellbeing, it turns out the everyday items essential for our personal hygiene upkeep can be most detrimental to our health, often containing hormone, endocrine and reproductive system disruptors.

Conventional antiperspirants and deodorants have been linked to everything from Alzheimer’s to the Big C, whereas Triclosan — an antibacterial chemical that has been linked to various cancers, precocious puberty in girls and the weakening of immune systems — is still being used in our toothpastes. While common shampoos and conditioners are laden with sulfates, preservatives and fragrances that not only strip hair of its natural oils but can also cause everything from cancer and liver damage to skin rashes, eye injury and even depression.

Despite all this don’t let your relationship with beauty product shopping become tempestuous. While the threats of harmful, chemical-laden products may seem overwhelming, there are plenty of toxic-free saviours on the market. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best alternatives.

Deodorant
The Biologika roll-on deodorant is a natural antibacterial formula which uses only organic and natural ingredients — such as avocado oil and chamomile extract — instead of parabens and aluminium to truly diminish odour causing bacteria. 

Mouthwash and Toothpaste
Combining naturally derived ingredients like magnolia bark and kanuka oil with menthol, clover-leaf and spearmint flavouring, Ecostore’s new mouthwash and toothpaste help to reduce plaque, fight cavities and prevent tartar build up without any of the detrimental ingredients found in conventional oral care.

Shampoo and Conditioner
For a winning formula that’s free from parabens, synthetic perfumes, synthetic dyes and sulphates, look no further than Ecostore’s bergamot and orange shampoo, while A’Kin’s avocado and calendula conditioner mean that your hair can get the full nourishing treatment toxic-free.

Soap and Body-Wash
A creamy, nourishing soap and a natural exfoliant rolled into one, Ecostore’s coconut variation ticks all the right boxes and still leaves out all the nasties. For those that prefer a silky body wash, Only Good offers multiple variations that are free from petrochemicals and leave the skin thoroughly cleansed and smoother to the touch.   

Feminine Care
Unlike many other tampon brands, whose applicator tubes are usually made from plastic, Natracare’s Organic tampons are created from 100% cotton. Additionally, they are chlorine-free, contain no rayon, plastics or dyes, and are fully biodegradable and compostable. 

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Louis Vuitton has a fresh attitude and some bold new bags to match

Longstanding purveyors of the classic sac du jour, Louis Vuitton has just introduced a new style to the fold — aptly named ‘New Wave.’ Reflecting the significant changes the Maison has been undergoing of late (we’re looking at you Abloh), changes that have been ushering in a new era for the brand, these bags stand as a testament to Vuitton’s vibrant new lease on life.

Aesthetically calling on motifs from the colourful 80s, the collection — comprising a medium, shoulder bag, larger tote bag and small clutch — plays with fluidity and movement with subtle, quilted designs reminiscent of a wave. Unique detailing is added with the rainbow, silkscreen ‘Vuitton’ on the shoulder bags’ removable handles, and functional, multi-wear chains ensure the bags can be worn a variety of ways. Inherently versatile, these bags have been designed as perfect, everyday companions.

Available in store now, the chain tote and chain bag come in five colourways — the classics: black and scarlet, and the seasonals: smoothie pink, Malibu green and snow.

Louis Vuitton

56 Queen Street
Auckland

0800 586 966

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White Bean and Fennel Soup
Carrot Top Pesto
Beetroot and radish chutney

This is why you need to start embracing the root-to-stem movement

Living in an age where we want to know everything about the food on our plates — where it comes from, what effect it has on our bodies and what effect it has on the environment — has exposed some eye-opening research about food waste. Each year we collectively discard 1.3 billion tonnes of food, i.e. one-third of all food produced globally. So it should come as no surprise that an extension of the nose-to-tail movement, root-to-stem, is the latest trend in our quest for sustainability.

It turns out we’ve been hacking off and throwing out some of the most delicious and densely nutritious parts of the vegetable, instead of considering new and insightful ways of using them. With organic fruit and vegetables pivotal to the zero-waste initiative, so as not to be introducing harmful chemicals to our meals, we’ve honed in on three commonly used types of seasonal produce — all readily available from organic grocers Huckleberry — to illustrate how we should be using every square millimetre of our food.

Fennel
Despite being a little neglected, often outshone by its more commonly used counterpart leek, fennel is a flavoursome vegetable that can lend its anise, liquorice-laced taste to a multitude of meals. Rather than letting the stems miserably decompose in the compost bin, slice the leafy fronds and use them raw in a crunchy salad. Meanwhile, the roots can be blitzed into a hearty, winter soup (like the white bean and fennel soup pictured above) or diced and roasted alongside other root veggies.

Baby Carrots
Cutting a carrot is pretty simple, chop off the top, the bottom, peel it, and use the remaining orange vegetable. But before you discard the decapitated greens, put them to one side for they can be used in a variety of soul-warming dishes. Carrot tops can be whizzed into a delectable pesto with pumpkin seeds or soaked in a stock. They can be eaten raw in a salad or blended into a smoothie — plus, the feather-like leaves make a delightfully elegant garnish.

Beetroot
While the main part of the vegetable can be steamed, roasted, pickled, eaten raw, baked into chips or even added into desserts — the roots and greens are often overlooked, despite being just as versatile. Beetroot stems can be stewed into a delightful jam or pickled into a preserve, such as a beetroot and radish chutney. The sautéed greens create a wholesome side dish and a skins-left-on approach to roasting keeps them delectably crisp.

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The enticing food at this award-winning winery is luring us out of the city for lunch

Utter the words ‘Villa Maria’ and the mouth waters at the thought of bottles of hearty red, glasses of fruity rosé, and the refreshing flavours of a crisp white. Look beyond the extensive wine menu, however, and it would seem there’s more to this rustic hotspot than just the grapes. Amongst the rolling landscapes and the fruit-filled trees lies an utterly delectable array of warming, winter meals that are making this Vineyard Café our new lunchtime retreat.

While a winery’s ability to platter is wholeheartedly expected — a delicious medley of cured meats and flavoursome cheeses goes hand in hand with a glass of vino —  the likelihood of scoring a wholesome lunchtime meal isn’t always a definite. Yet Villa Maria presents a winter lunch game so enticing that even teetotalers will find themselves flocking over for a bite of the action. From the hearty pumpkin ravioli — served with root vegetable crisps and a hint of truffle — to the Confit leg and seared breast duo of duck, you can rest assured that this delectable selection of dishes will warm you to the bone.

Combine this all-encompassing menu with an award-winning wine list and a satiating array of delicious sweet treats, think creamy Tiramisu and oozing chocolate fondant, and you’ve got yourself a Jack of all trades lunchtime getaway that will lure you away from the city without a second thought.

Villa Maria‘s Vineyard Café is open seven days a week, from 11:30am until 3pm. To book, click here.

Villa Maria Vineyard Café

118 Montgomerie Road
Mangere
Auckland

09 255 0660

www.villamaria.co.nz

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A secret cinema pops up in Viaduct Harbour for Matariki

We’re in the midst of the Matariki, the Māori New Year, and celebrations are in full swing. With everything from food festivals to music events, these mid-winter festivities have brought a number of exciting events to Auckland, and it’s only fitting that they draw to a close in style. Cue this one of a kind, secret cinema experience that’s set to lure us down to Viaduct Harbour.

The Viaduct has collaborated with filmmaker and renowned storyteller Pita Turei to screen a selection of Turei’s own inspiring documentaries, all chosen due to their nautical, Auckland waterfront themes. Hotu Painu, for example, encompasses the bombing of Greenpeace vessel The Rainbow Warrior while Kupe — Voyaging by the Stars, follows Northland building contractor Hekenukumai ‘Hector’ Busby, as he leads the construction of a double-hulled canoe back to Rarotonga.

Lalele Organic Gelato and  Good Karma Coffee will be on site serving their delicious wares, including a special Kawakawa flavour conceived by Lalele, especially for the event. Fancy something a little more robust? A delicious medley of juicy burgers and cinema snacks will be delivered right to your very own in-cinema bean bag, courtesy of the culinary creatives at Fokker Bros. A free event for all ages, this feast for the senses experience is serving up the best excuse for a midweek night out. For more information and to RSVP, email or click here.

The documentaries will be showing each night at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm this Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July. Complimentary gelatos or hot drinks will be offered to the first ten RSVP emails (two drinks or two gelatos per email).

Matariki Secret Cinema

Viaduct Harbour
95 Customs Street West
Auckland CBD

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New inner-city local, Sumthin Dumplin is serving up deliciously simple, authentic bites

There’s just something about new O’Connell Street hole-in-the-wall Sumthin Dumplin. From its simple, monochromatic frontage and the fact that you can stand on the street and watch the experts at work in the kitchen, to the traditionally made but contemporary flavoured Shanghainese dumplings, this distinctly cool spot is set to be our new go-to.

After combining Shane Liu’s and Berdina Stuart’s lifelong desire to open their own place with the cooking know-how and vast knowledge of Shanghai dumpling recipes from Shane’s mum, Lan Ni,  the husband and wife duo are now creating the fresh, flavoursome packages and serving them up in half-dozen or 10-piece trays to the masses.

The menu is a happy fusion of traditional tastes with a modern twist. On one hand, ‘The OG’ sees the classic combination of pork and cabbage served in an original wrap (which is a soft, fluffy casing similar to the consistency of bread); whereas the Beef & Cheese offers a dumpling incarnation of our beloved meat and cheese pie, as premium beef, onion, mozzarella and parmesan are combined in a surprising blend. Vegetarian and vegan options are, of course, also available, with ‘The Monk’ dumplings — comprising tofu, shitake mushroom and bok choy ensconced in a spinach wrap — and side options of ‘Sum Chilli Fries’ or ‘Sum Tofu Salad.’

Alongside the food, sits a selection of soy shakes (original, chocolate and strawberry) and house-made fizzy drinks.

The perfect place for a lunchtime drop-in or late-night bite, Sumthin Dumplin is offering casual, easy eats in a light-filled, contemporary space.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday, 11am – 9pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Closed Sunday

Sumthin Dumplin

12 O'Connell Street
Auckland Central
Auckland

021 071 9934

www.sumthindumplin.co.nz

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This food truck serving organic, French-style rotisserie chicken is worth seeking out

French sommelier at Maison Vauron by day, rotisserie chicken truck owner by night, Bertrand Soalhat is a man of many culinary interests. Alongside his partner, Amandine, the pair has translated their love for hospitality into Gaston Rotisserie, a delightful little Citroen H van — imported from Corsica — that serves delicious Bostock’s Organic Free Range chicken on the go.

Described as having “authentic, French market flair” the chook is cooked on a traditional, vertical, six-spit rotisserie which renders it beautifully even and crispy without risking it drying out at all. On the menu, succulent whole or half roast chickens with garlic potatoes take centre stage and offer meals perfect for this mid-winter weather; while hot chicken sandwiches and sliders occasionally feature in the line-up as well.

Bertrand and Amandine have taken a relatively uncomplicated idea and focused on quality, to create something utterly mouthwatering. Not much compares to the perfectly done combo of roast chicken and potatoes, proving that sometimes, it’s the simplest things that make the biggest impact.

Located in front of Maison Vauron, 2 McColl Street, Newmarket every Saturday from 9:30 until 2pm, Gaston Rotisserie can also be found at Takapuna market on a Sunday from 7am until 12pm. For more information click here.

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