Street Kai on Takutai is bringing a street food extravaganza to Britomart

The food trucks have been a worldwide phenomenon for a good few years now, yet, in Auckland, a moveable feast (on wheels) is something we still find ourselves excited by. While we make it our mission to hit up each and every one — all in the name of food journalism, of course — it can be hard to lure them to the inner city, making lunchtime pitstops out of the question. In a bid to solve our problem, Britomart and the Auckland Food Truck Collective have joined forces, rounding up Auckland’s best food trucks and bringing them to Takutai Square — for just one day only.

The event will herd together all the favourites, including the likes of The Rolling Pin, whose dumpling delights are often longed for in the Denizen office, and Double Dutch Fries, the team who do magical things to the humble potato, not to mention Peach’s Hot Chicken — the newbies on the scene who are changing the way we look at fried chicken. The food extravaganza will also be amped up by a medley of Britomart’s nearby eateries, including Ebisu and Mexico, who will be serving their traditional fare in a street-food style.

In a bid to turn the food festivities up a notch, Mexico will also be setting up a bar with outdoor seating (including bean bags) while British vocalist Lee Gray will be serenading the crowds — for there’s nothing that pairs with street food better than an ice cold beer and some quality music. Heating up Takutai Square from 11am – 9pm on Thursday 4th October, this street food spectacular will serve as a delicious lunchtime pitstop and after-work hotspot. You’ll be able to find us there from 6pm onwards, starting our weekend early…

For more information on what food trucks will be available, click here.

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How to: bid at an art auction

Art auctions — they sound so glamorous, but despite their lofty reputation, they’re far from exclusive. Catering to all manner of tastes and budgets, there is almost always something for everyone on offer. As a great way of getting your creative juices flowing and to find out what sort of art really floats your boat, we’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to auction-attending to see you through your first few rodeos.

Do your homework 
Don’t go in guns blazing without having leafed through a pamphlet to ascertain which pieces you’re interested in beforehand. The prices listed are the price at which the bidding will begin.

Be on time
You will likely need to register before the auction starts, and by turning up early you’ll have a chance to peruse what’s on offer and decide how much you really like it.

Set a price limit
It’s easy to get carried away in the moment. If you set yourself an overall spending limit, you can avoid walking away with that sinking feeling that you’ve spent beyond your means.

Take cash 
If you end up making a purchase, paying with cold hard $$$ might allow you to forego niggly transaction fees.

Go with measurements
If you’re looking to fill a particular space in your home, ALWAYS know your measurements. Take a tape measure along if you need to — we promise you won’t be the only one.

Be patient
There’s often a lot to get through (pun intended) and most of the good stuff is almost always at the end.

Watch your manners
Pointing at something during an auction may well see you owning something you didn’t foresee owning.

Don’t just walk out
Be wary of the procedures after you’ve actually purchased a piece. I.e. you may need to take it with you when you leave.

Manage your expectations
No matter how certain you are that an auction will reap great rewards, rest assured that they can truly be hit and miss so it pays to be prepared for as much.

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Fried chicken never looked so good thanks to this enticing new offering

There’s little that gets us amped up quite like talk of a new chicken joint, for our love affair with the flightless bird could almost be described as over the top. We have a particular soft spot for that of the fried variety and, in our eyes, any iteration is good enough, because fried chicken is fried chicken. It’s delicious, yes, but also simple and reliable. At least, that’s what we thought until we stumbled upon The Coop (opening next Monday) and its unprecedented take on the traditional — not just chicken shook up once, but eight different times.

Now, don’t be fooled. We’re not talking about chook merely smothered in eight separate sauces. Owner Danny Simpson describes each flavour as being a dish within itself, garnished and individually crafted to a unique degree — the only similarity being that they all use free-range, corn-fed chicken cooked in a gluten-free jerk style. So whether it’s the pesto-laden Chimchurri or a Frank’s hot sauce that tickles your fancy, you can guarantee there’s something here to suit all.

And the options don’t stop there, no sir. Choose to mix and match your chicken combinations or have them in a toasted sandwich with swiss cheese and apple slaw, pair them with salads or fries, sweetcorn hushpuppies or asparagus, but whatever you do, don’t leave the premises without trying one of their Tip Top milkshakes — they’re just as drool-inducing as the main event.

While the place is predominantly a takeaway pitstop, with a focus on fast delivered food as opposed to fine dining, it does provide a spot of seating (large groups of 10-15 can be catered for in advance) alongside an ambience that will surely lure you in to linger longer. The music, for example, is a specially curated playlist that serves as far more than background noise, while the exciting interior is adorned with captivating graffiti-style art. The vintage arcade machine, sporting Street Fighter, is enough in itself to draw a crowd and will remain our port of call until we’re called to the dinner table.

Open officially from next Monday, 1st October, we suggest you pop into kick-start your week off the right way — the fried-chicken way.

Open seven days a week, 11am till late. 

The Coop

90 Hurstmere Road
Takapuna
Auckland

www.the-coop.co.nz

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This refined Lisbon apartment pays homage to 70s sensibilities

Inspired by the loungey photos of Slim Aarons and the kaleidoscopic prints of David Hicks, acclaimed interior designer Cristina Jorge de Carvalho sought to capture the textural busyness of 70s interiors in this urban apartment. Where the 70s got it wrong in sickly colours and exaggerated silhouettes, however, de Carvalho injects a distinctly modern edge, so as to create a space where retro elements are given a cool, contemporary treatment. The resulting home is a study in blended styles.

The blue Arflex Elettra armchair and Knoll Platner table sit alongside custom pieces designed by Carvarlho

Fluffy fabrics, velvet touches and prolific patterns fill the elegant living areas, where simple wood and travertine provide a neutral backdrop for the carefully considered furnishings. Brushes of blue and green connect each space, from the patterned rug, and an opulent feature chair, to the artwork chosen for the walls in the dining room and entranceway.

The beauty of this apartment lies in its ability to give the illusion of spaces that are independent of one another while remaining connected. Two understated, contemporary sofas take pride of place in the sitting room, while a pair of low-slung, mid-century-inspired leather armchairs are set in front of the fireplace nearby. This strategic use of furniture creates separate moments within the open-plan communal space, showing how effective it can be to experiment with opposing aesthetic ideas.

The sumptuous bedroom features an upholstered inset bed and retro-inspired floral curtains

Ensuring the interiors felt eminently luxurious, de Carvalho employed rich materials throughout, covering one of the bathrooms entirely in marble and using the veiny stone for coffee and side tables. Leaving no surface undecorated, ornamental vases, bowls and sculptures act as sophisticated adornments for the apartment’s many shelves and tables, as iridescent accents of brushed gold work with darker tones of black and brown offer superb finishing touches.

An impeccable example of balanced design and composed luxury, this apartment simultaneously embodies old-school opulence and modern minimalism, walking the line between the two with sure-footed finesse.

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Scarpa walks us through the five biggest footwear trends from Milan

Scarpa, owned by Pip Larner and Liz Savage, was born from a love of well-made, European footwear. Now operating three stores in Auckland, and stocking a number of renowned brands including Stuart Weitzman, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler, the duo recently made their annual pilgrimage over to Milan for fashion week to soak up all that the continent has to offer, including its vast and varied selection of high-end footwear. Underlining to me that their buying trips like this afford them intimate insight into upcoming trends, it ensures their new season line-up in store ticks all the boxes for fashion-savvy New Zealanders. And it’s just an added bonus if they manage to sneak in a few delicious meals and some people watching in between appointments.

After wrapping up their fashion week experience, Larner and Savage gave us the inside scoop on some of the biggest footwear trends they noticed for SS19, both on the street and in the designers’ upcoming collections. This is what they had to say…

1. Sneakers with everything
“We know that sneakers might feel like old news, but this season we noticed that this casual shoe was a favourite of the fashion set, who seemed to prefer it over any other style. Sneakers were paired with dresses, suiting, jeans and everything in between.”

Alexander McQueen Gishiki sneaker from Scarpa
Stella McCartney Eclypse rainbow sneaker from Scarpa

2.Biker boots
“A modern, cool version of the chunky biker boot was another style we noticed gaining traction. The trending biker boot is favoured for the masculine edge it’s set to offer any outfit, and an easy way to recreate the look is by opting for solid, black, statement-making boots and pairing them with softer colours and shapes.”

Alexander McQueen Bess boots from Scarpa

3. Cowboy influenced boots with Cuban heels
“This one might come as a slight surprise but the cowboy boot seems to be experiencing a resurgence. This new-age cowboy boot often sports a Cuban heel, elongated toe and was most often worn with full skirts and feminine dresses.”

Alexander McQueen Solstice boot from Scarpa

4. Pointed pump kitten heels
“It would seem the lady-like look is back. Spying a number of pointed-toe pumps with low heels, we were treated to a parade of elegant, understated looks that felt dainty while remaining inherently ‘cool.'”

Mira mules from Scarpa
Stuart Weitzman Hayday pumps from Scarpa

5. Embellished platform sandals
“What would summer shoe style be without a good sandal? Next season it’s the more chunky, strappy version of this popular style that seems to be leading the pack. Bonus points if the shoes in question offer some kind of embellishment.”

Kitson sandals from Scarpa
Margot sandals from Scarpa

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Euro’s new paua menu includes one of the best pasta carbonaras you’ll ever try

Growing up in New Zealand, I’ve had a few experiences with paua (eating it that is). But it wasn’t until sitting down with Euro’s Executive Chef, Gareth Stewart, to talk through his new paua-centric menu that I fully grasped the scope of this shellfish’s culinary potential.

Stewart has created a special menu for Euro for the month of October, where, for $29.95 diners can pop into the waterfront restaurant for a three-course lunch of dishes that have been created specifically to showcase paua. Also known as abalone, this meaty shellfish is considered a delicacy both here and overseas. It can only be acquired by free diving, and as Gareth pointed out, in the South Island you have to fight off a few great whites to get to it.

Despite the fact that we’ve all probably chewed our way through some particularly tough iterations of this protein before, Gareth’s own bad experiences with this species weren’t going to get in the way of his aim to showcase paua as something delicate and flavoursome. “It was always going to be a bit of a challenge,” he said, “but when you’re scared of something, you’ve got to tackle it head-on.” And thank god he did.

With a menu that includes paua sesame toast with smoked mussels and miso butter, wild-caught paua paired with Taupo beef and potato terrine and a paua agnolotti with bonito broth, Euro is offering a variety of ways to experience the delicacy. Having sampled three of the dishes — a paua carbonara, an impossibly soft 63-degree egg with creamed leeks and paua soup and a delicious umami chawanmushi dish made from a bonito and kombu (type of seaweed) stock which is set with egg, soy and mirin and topped with spring onion and paua — I was blown away by the subtle way the seafood tied into each dish. “We’ve tried to keep it simple and true to the products” Gareth explained, going on to talk about how this particular species lends itself naturally to more garlic and umami flavours.

In telling me about the first person who introduced him to the classic Kiwi creamed paua, Gareth explained how he had taken the “throw it in with some onions and wine and cream” recipe and refined it. The paua used at Euro is sustainably farmed and sourced from Ruakaka and instead of being treated to a bashing (as is often thought to be the best method of tenderising the meat). Gareth explored lightly shucking the paua out of the shell and cooking it sous vide — a two-hour, 75-degree slow cook in a bag with garlic butter — to result in a texture that is soft, not chewy.

This paua extravaganza will last only for the month of October with the prix-fixe lunch menu available between 12pm and 4pm, seven days a week. So as the days get longer and the hope of more sun on the horizon, what better excuse to head to this waterfront stalwart for a lunchtime escape? Bookings are recommended. To book a table, click here.

Euro Bar and Restaurant

Shed 22
Princes Wharf
Auckland

09 309 9866

www.eurobar.co.nz

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7 excellent things you should consider doing with the kids these school holidays

It’s that time of the year again when excitable young minds need to be entertained for a fortnight on end. Thankfully, there’s plenty on. From the Auckland Pet Expo to Dr Seuss on stage, here are a few of your better options:

Allow Lemony Snicket to take you and the children on a symphonic murder mystery by attending the APO’s The Composer is Dead. Mr Inspector will proceed to interrogate each section of the orchestra, asking questions about their whereabouts on the night of the murder. This is a musical adventure strictly for the brave-hearted. (Saturday 6th October, Bruce Mason Centre)

While likely to open the door to that tricky ‘Why can’t we get a dog/cat/guinea pig/pony?’ conversation, the annual Auckland Pet Expo is guaranteed to be a hit. Along with plenty of products, talks and demos, there will be a puppy and kitten cuddle corner, pony rides, a petting zoo and even a troop of dancing dogs. (13th & 14 October, ASB Showgrounds)

Direct from New York and the creative team from Cirque du Soleil, Air Play is a circus-style showcase with the very air we breathe at its centre. Adults and children alike are guaranteed to be awed and delighted as balloons dance in the wind, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk goes flying overhead. This mind-blowing extravaganza, merges circus and theatre with sculptural artistry.

In celebration of their 21st birthday, La Cigale French Markets will be hosting a reunion market that the kids are bound to love. Taking place this weekend only (29th & 30th September), the Parnell stalwart is paying homage to past and present market stalls with entertainment, prizes and games throughout the weekend. Joining the lineup will be Pic’s Peanut Butter, Bluebell’s Cakery, Aotea Made and Cook and Nelson.

With no better excuse to leave the hard work to someone else, Ostro’s Sunday roast is the perfect indulgence when the school holidays arrive. With an array of different options available, from the extraordinary beef Wellington to the classic rump, bookings are recommended. For more great ideas on where to dine out with the kids, click here.

Dr Seuss is making a stage revival with a one-day-only performance of his famous The Cat in The Hat story. The words “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny” may never ring truer for your fun-seeking little ones. (Saturday 29th September, Bruce Mason Centre.)

Employing the talents of some of New Zealand’s best skateboarders, Young Guns Skate School is, again, a great option for teaching kids the essentials of skating in a fun, safe environment. Encouraging ideals of respect and perseverance in mini Tony Hawks of all levels, classes are suitable for children aged 4 to 15, with programmes that run during the term, and not just for the school holidays.

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Revolver is Auckland’s delicious new Sri Lankan pitstop

Sri Lankan cuisine is something we’re yet to become well acquainted with in Auckland. In fact, when visiting St Kevins Arcade’s newest resident, Revolver, I had trouble thinking of where else one goes to taste the uplifting flavours of the island nation south of India. Sure there are crossovers at various eateries around Auckland. Satya offers an authentic dosa which is akin to the hoppers served at this modest yet somewhat game-changing eatery, but more on that later.

Oli Bradford is the man behind this new venture, assuming the tenancy of what was formerly Fort Greene’s original premises (they’ve moved here instead). No newcomer to Saint Kevins Arcade, however, Oli, who is originally from Wellington, has spent the past three years working between the arcade’s foremost cafe resident Bestie and Lebanese eatery Gemmayze Street. In explaining the concept for his Sri Lankan-inspired pitstop, he respectfully explains, “I wanted to deliver something that wouldn’t conflict with everyone else in the arcade.” We can confirm that he has achieved as much.

For us, the hoppers — a common street food snack/pancake bowl, normally served with either eggs in the morning or curries in the evening — were a completely novel experience. They come in various forms, including one with a fried egg, tamarind yoghurt, chilli ketchup and crispy shallot which was a truly glorious mid-morning snack. The thing we loved most was arguably its size; not too big and not too small, it’s a pleasingly textured masterpiece that will leave you just satisfied enough to still manage a substantial lunch.

Aside from these pancake-esque delights, Oli has put his spin on a series of other traditional street food items, all of them vegetarian, including the ‘chana vadai’. The pseudo meatball dish is made from a chickpea-based mixture similar to falafel, doused with spinach sauce and accompanied by coconut sambol, tamarind yoghurt and a sweet and spicy Indonesian pickle — yet another winning combination for our relatively ignorant palates.

When asked where his knowledge and love of the food comes from, Oli explains that his mother, who is from Colombo, would habitually prepare similar snacks at home when they were young. Delivering said snacks to the masses has been a longtime goal of his. Suffice to say, he already has a captive local audience. Having opened only 10 days ago, business has been getting busier ever since.

Speaking of what is yet to come, Oli mentions he is still awaiting a cabinet which will house a daily offering of fresh wraps, raw salads, bliss balls and plenty of original sweet treats. Once licenced, he’ll look to lure in an after-work crowd with offerings like masala spiced hot chips and hunger-busting toasties alongside a beer and wine. For now, the flavour packed breakfast bowls and hoppers will have to do the trick.

Importantly, Oli wants Revolver to maintain a Wellingtonian vibe in the way that you can get whatever you desire at any time of the day — “on Cuba Street, you can always find somewhere to get a coffee at 10pm” he promises. Embarking on his pursuit with integrity and the passion of someone who has long awaited their own hospitality venture, Revolver is a worthy addition to Saint Kevins Arcade’s notable lineup.

Opening hours, currently 7 days 7am – 5pm.

Revolver

Saint Kevins Arcade
183 Karangahape Road
Auckland Central

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Ostro’s ‘Dinner and a Show’ Sunday sessions have returned

Following the sold-out success of seasons past, we are thrilled to be welcoming back Ostro’s beloved Sunday series, Dinner and a Show. With a line-up of celebrated local musicians set to perform over the coming months, Aucklanders are invited to wine, dine and dance their way into summer, kicking off with the soulful tones of the talented Hollie Smith on Sunday, 7th October. 

For $150 per person, the infectiously good live music will be accompanied by a superbly timed, four-course dinner menu, curated by Ostro Executive Chef Josh Emett and Cobus Klopper. Served in line with the performance, guests can opt to elevate their meal with a wine-match that will draw upon Mt Difficulty’s award-winning drops.

Following Hollie Smith, Boh Runga is scheduled for 28th October, followed by the distinctive sounds of Julia Deans on 25th November and finally, Jason Kerrison on 16th December. Tickets are strictly limited so if you know what’s good for you, we suggest getting in quick to enjoy what has become one of our favourite excuses to gather the friends on a Sunday. In celebration of the return of Dinner and a Show, we are giving away two tickets to the first session on the 7th October. To enter, click here.

Tickets for all other sessions can be purchased, here.

This competition has now closed.

Ostro

52 Tyler St
Britomart
Auckland

(09) 302 8870

www.seafarers.co.nz/ostro

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Upgrade your at-home entertaining with these six impressive bar trolleys

Cultivating and maintaining a stylish, well-stocked bar trolley at home is nothing less than essential for when it comes time to host. Offering a place to store spirits, cocktail paraphernalia and the best bottles of wine until it’s time to wheel them out for entertaining, the bar cart is the secret weapon for anyone who loves having guests around. Accordingly, we have rounded up a few of our current favourites, to inspire you to start your own.


Left to right:
For the purist: stoic and luxurious, this trolley harks back to the hedonistic days of old, where a dirty martini was the only way to end a day.
The Lindon trolley

For the fuss-free: straightforward, easy to access and suitable for any space, this trolley allows its contents to shine.
The Townhouse trolley

For the cool minimalist: making a statement with its unique structure, this avant-guard trolley will be a point of conversation.
The Beverly Hills trolley


Left to right:
For the perfectionist: symmetrical, simple and gracefully glossy, this trolley is making a compelling case for ‘less-is-more.’
The Arezzo trolley

For the practical: complete with individual bottle compartments, and an appealingly angular appearance, this structured trolley will keep things organised.
The Le Pomerol trolley

For the Pińa Colada fan: anyone that loves a fun and fruity cocktail, this earthy trolley is guaranteed to be laden with party-starting tipples and a tequila or two.
The Bahamas trolley

All trolleys are available locally from Trenzseater

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