An issue designed to encourage and ignite change, it’s in our freshly released spring magazine that you can expect to find some seriously inspirational content.
In our gastronomy section, we cut through the greenwashing and look at the most sustainable dishes being served in Auckland, alongside deep dive into the ways some of our hospitality entities, including SKYCITY and Viaduct Harbour are embracing the idea of sustainability in a very real, very tangible way.
Compelling profiles on some seriously game-changing New Zealander’s are featured to serve as an example of how to break the mould, including pieces on Lee Gibson, a Lead Footwear Designer at Nike, Dane Mitchell, whose work, Post Hoc, is currently showing at the Venice Biennale and Tom Gould, a talented photographer and filmmaker on the rise — alongside a raft of other people striving to effect change in their own ways, in their own industries.
Delve into our thought-provoking piece on Climate Change — which delivers a side of the argument that is rarely addressed — or our seven-page exploration of the landscape of philanthropy in New Zealand. This issue also highlights on conscious, ethical fashion and features an intriguing feature by Sophie Gilmour of Delicious Business, who speaks to the key things hospitality owner/operators should be considering when it comes to making their businesses successful.
And between the sleek photoshoot by Steven Chee and Jess Pecoraro, the new season trend pages in our fashion section and a deep dive into whether we’re paying too high a personal price for technological advancement, you can guarantee there is much to ruminate on.
So whether you’re looking to make some lifestyle changes in the lead up to summer, or are simply seeking a change of perspective, Denizen’s shiny new Spring Issue is what you should be reading right now.
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Earlier this year, following their annual buying trip to Paris, Eddie and Constance von Dadelszen jumped on a train to Epernay where they were exclusively invited to stay at the private and iconic Maison Belle Époque, the home of Perrier-Jouët Champagne. It was a journey to the source of a brand that, for Dadelszen, had long played a role in marking life’s most significant milestones.
Perrier-Jouët was served when Dadelszen launched almost three years ago. And at Eddie and Constance’s recent nuptials, Perrier-Jouët was the drink of choice. It’s a partnership that highlights the ideas of luxury, meticulous craftsmanship and unique savoir-faire that sit at the heart of both parties, and with Dadelszen’s latest in-store addition, is being taken to the next level.
A captivating bar setup, designed by Cheshire Architects, has been installed in Dadelszen’s beautiful Parnell showroom. Dedicated to Perrier-Jouët, the bar itself is concealed behind double doors that, once open, are tucked tidily into the structure itself. Soft LED lighting bathes the aged brass surfaces of the bar in a gentle light, emphasising the Belle Époque detailing engraved across the back. While behind its honed, Nordic Grey marble panels, sits dark, oil-stained oak shelving designed so that Champagne flutes are on-hand at all times.
Subtle and sophisticated, Dadelszen’s Perrier-Jouët bar is an apt reflection of the clothing by which it sits. Ensuring a bottle of the best is only a few strides away, Dadelszen has built on its penchant for luxury in a uniquely refined way and for us, that’s reason enough to raise a flute.
There comes a time in almost every brand’s existence, when it must sit back and take stock. For Deadly Ponies, that time came last year when Liam Bowden and Steve Boyd, looking at the success their brand had garnered since its inception in 2005 — flagship stores in Auckland and Wellington, a number of international stockists and a growing reputation overseas — decided to shake things up.
Over the last few years, Deadly Ponies has secured its position as an industry leader and wooed the antipodean markets with its bags made in line with an ethos of sustainable production and elegant design. And if we were to speak to a Deadly Ponies signature, it would be around the quality of timelessness that lies at the heart of every collection.
That said, it was in a spirit of taking the lessons they had learned from their Deadly Ponies journey and expanding on the stellar brand they had already built, that Bowden and Boyd decided to launch something entirely new. Something that would exist alongside Deadly Ponies while remaining completely separate from it. Something that would carry a clearer message to an international audience, a message of bold, unapologetic design that, for Bowden and Boyd, exemplified what consumers were increasingly searching for.
And so, D LY P was born. A brand with the same DNA as Deadly Ponies coursing through its metaphorical veins — conceived by the same founders and made by the same team of experts — but a brand that interprets that genetic material in a completely different way, D LY P is a new expression of Deadly Ponies’ central tenets.
Playing more confidently with creative experimentation, its first collection has offered up some particularly distinctive shapes and finishes that have set a fearless tone from the outset. Pleated leather, multi-coloured python and tones like bright yellow, periwinkle blue and emerald green materialise on bags that range from mini to massive. Naturally soft leathers are married with solid, sculptural construction to see the pieces become attention-grabbing without being overt, and sophisticated without feeling untouchable.
It seems the D LY P customer is someone with an appreciation for craft, unafraid to be a little daring, and someone who, like the bags themselves, embodies a kind of effortless, ‘cool.’ The brand has already been picked up by major overseas retailers including Shopbop, Bergdorf Goodman, Beams Tokyo and Selfridges London and will also be stocked in Deadly Ponies stores.
D LY P marks a promising new chapter in the Deadly Ponies story and feels an appropriate step forward for a brand we have known and loved for a very long time.
Browse the full D LY P collection online now, and selected styles will be available in Deadly Ponies’ Ponsonby, Britomart and Wellington stores from this Thursday, 29th August.
The katsu sando, a Japanese convenience store staple has finally made its way to New Zealand. With its mouthwatering combination of contrasting soft white bread and deep-fried, succulent cutlet (chicken or pork), the varied iterations of the sandwich found in Auckland eateries are cementing the status of the katsu sando as an undeniable ‘it’ food — and for good reason. Without further, here are three places serving the katsu sando in their own special way.
Hello Beasty Viaduct Harbour’s Asian fusion restaurant, Hello Beasty is renowned for adding a modern spin to traditional dishes and its katsu sando is no exception. Instead of soft bread, the folks at Hello Beasty have used a toasted milk bun to elevate the crispiness of the deep-fried pork loin. Accompanied by a tangy tonkatsu sauce which is similar to a barbeque sauce and a hefty drizzle of Japanese mayo, this sammie ticks all the boxes from presentation to flavour.
Mizu Bread Not long ago, Kazuya Restaurant opened a pop-up bakery stall, Mizu Bread to operate out of its kitchens during the daytime and it has become the go-to spot for anyone seeking delicious baked good. Mizu’s rendition of the katsu sando is the most accurate reflection of what you’d find in the streets of Tokyo — soft slices of white bread, pork or chicken cutlets that are soaked in Bulldog sauce and a thin layer of slaw for an extra crunch.
The Candy Shop Newmarket’s bustling eatery, The Candy Shop might have one of the most indulgent katsu sandos in town. The thickness of the fried pork cutlet goes beyond any of the ones mentioned above and is unbelievably tender. The slices of bread have been slightly toasted for a subtle crisp and are slathered with tangy BBQ sauce and a slaw that has been doused in mayo. Served with a side of gravy, this katsu sando is made for those who are after a decadent meal.
When wet weather strikes, ditch the sofa and Friends reruns and instead, duck for cover inside one of these cosy hideaways.
Boutique bookstores Rain is falling. It’s hitting the windows in a rhythmic, hypnotizing fashion, conjuring whale-song-esque relaxation feels. You’re curled up in an armchair with a great book in one hand and a soul-warming cup of tea in the other. Idyllic, no? In a day and age blighted by social media addiction, it can be hard to remember the last time we took a breather and immersed ourselves in a good old-fashioned book. From the Jervois Road drop-in Novel, to the comprehensive selection at The Women’s Bookshop to Mount Eden gem Time Out, there are a number of places to go to find your next page-turner perfect for a day like today.
Auckland Art Gallery Auckland Art Gallery is home to a panoply of significant New Zealand art, making it the ideal place to take cover. Plunge into the contemporary, historic and modern works that are a mainstay, or immerse yourself in one of Auckland Art Gallery’s brilliantly thought-provoking exhibitions (currently it’s the incredible Frances Hodgkins European Journeys — on until 1st September). Open seven days a week, Auckland Art Gallery is a no-brainer for downcast weather days. Wellesley Street East, CBD
Go to the cinema The Capitol Cinema, to be exact. This Dominion Road gem offers the classic, old-school cinematic experience and is always showing a range of interesting, current and blockbusting movies. And, if the rain has subsided when you emerge from the movies, head to one of Dominion Road’s many delicious dining destinations for a feed unlike any other you’d find in Auckland. But be sure to consult our definitive dining guide to Dominion Road first, here. 610 Dominion Road
Eat your way through the rain Whether it’s to get some work done, to catch up with a friend or to simply sit for a few hours with a book and some delicious food, Auckland’s hospitality offering is comprehensive. From Ozone’s all-day menu and perfectly-brewed coffees to Andiamo’s cosy ambience and delicious, Italian food, if you feel overwhelmed with the vast and varied array, see our round-up of the best new openings of 2019 so far.
Wintergardens It may be raining outside but fear not; inside the Winter Gardens awaits a light-filled paradise. Saturated blooms blossoming from lush green palms adorn the glass walls and vast gardens, while still waters shimmer under the glare of the overhead lamps. Visiting the Auckland Domain Wintergardens is like stepping out of rainy Auckland and immersing yourself in a lush, tropical nirvana, complete with an on-site cafe for a relaxed afternoon pick-me-up. The best part? Admission is free. Wintergarden Road, Parnell
Meditation Auckland As if you need an excuse, Meditation Auckland is offering free ‘Learn Meditation’ courses. With the daily grudges of city life combined with the dampening effects of miserable weather, a meditation session might be just what your strained mind, body and soul are pining after. A typical course involves two guided meditations focusing on breathing and concentration techniques, lead by class givers who have studied under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy, (an Indian spiritual leader who totally knows his stuff). Class locations in various places around Auckland, for the full list, check here.
Go to the ballet The RNZB’s Bold Moves is on at the moment and is offering the ultimate temporary escape from this blustery weather. Featuring works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Andrea Schermoly, this compilation of incredible pieces moves through definitive danceworks from different decades and is a captivating exploration of how dance has captured the zeitgeist over the years. On until 15th September, buy tickets here.
With New Zealand Fashion Week 2019 around the corner, we thought it would be interesting to talk to some of the top designers taking part in this year’s line-up. But instead of fashion, we discussed food and asked them about their favourite dishes to eat around Auckland — and many of their answers (especially one in particular), is not what you’d expect.
Paris Mitchell Temple & Georgia Cherrie — Paris Georgia Announced as this year’s Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer, Paris Georgia, started by Paris Mitchell Temple and Georgia Cherrie is definitely one-to-watch this season. Mitchell Temple named K’Road’s Apero as her favourite restaurant and tells me, “it’s simplicity at its finest. The beautifully curated wine list goes hand in hand with the house-made terrine (my favourite on the menu) the specials are always super impressive and never disappoint.” While Cherrie also chose a K’Road establishment as one of her favourites — Gemmayze St. “The hummus is unbelievably smooth, I swear that it’s creamier than a moisturiser and the space is such a lively vibe.” She follows this up with another favourite — this time an unexpected one, “I get KFC once a week, I have a serious problem but I’m not sorry about it.”
Benjamin Alexander Following his grand victory in Project Runway NZ, all eyes are on the young and talented designer, Benjamin Alexander. Presenting at his first Fashion Week this year Alexander tells me that when he has time to spare, his favourite restaurant in Auckland is “probably Coco’s Cantina on K’ Road. Mainly because of the people and the atmosphere. I love how simple and homely it is.” At this Italian restaurant, he tells me that he will “always order the ravioli and, of course, a decent amount of prosecco.”
Wynn Crawshaw — Wynn Hamlyn Renowned for his elegant, beautifully simple designs, Wynn Crawshaw of womenswear label Wynn Hamlyn, applies a similar philosophy to food as he does to fashion. With Wellington burger joint, Five Boroughs recently popping up around Auckland, Crawshaw tells me that the double cheeseburger is his favourite, simply because “I love burgers and I think this one is the best.” Having tasted this for ourselves, we can confirm that it really does tick all the boxes from its soft, toasted bun, to its juicy beef patties with plenty of sauce, melted cheese and zingy pickles.
Jessie Wong — Yu Mei The Founder and Director of handbag brand, Yu Mei, Jessie Wong is a self-proclaimed, passionate foodie. The boss lady’s favourite place to eat when she’s in Auckland is Odettes Eatery. She tells me, “the menu always changes but they always have a sweet and savoury crepe on there and either one is good depending on what mood you’re in.” She explains that the laid-back yet classy ambience makes it a great place to have meetings with clients but when she’s with close friends and family, she tells me “yum cha at Grand Harbour for lunch and then Negronis at Annabel’s Wine Bar at night.”
Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston — Zambesi Celebrating their 40th birthday this year, Zambesi is one of this season’s most hotly-anticipated shows. Co-Founder and Designer Elisabeth Findlay’s favourite thing to eat in Auckland is Non-Solo Pizza’s gnocchi al Ragù di Vitello — fluffy potato gnocchi, braised veal, creamy mushrooms, pecorino and thyme. This is ideally paired with a Makers Anonymous prosecco and followed by a classic affogato. Zambesi’s Menswear Designer, Dayne Johnston, on the other hand, selected Madame George as his restaurant of choice. Having recently designed the team’s aprons, a touch of Zambesi is always seen at the K’Road bar, where Johnston tells me he particularly loves the potato puffs and attentive hospitality.
Last week our Advertising Manager, Fliss, came into the office with a new look on her nails. As someone who takes pride in her paws — we’ve recruited her on numerous occasions to be our in-house hand model (her best work here) — her nails are almost always done and when it comes to manicures of the moment, she’s generally in the know. But her recent proclivity for a particular style has me saying two words I didn’t think I would ever use post-2010 — “French. Tip.”
When I was younger, my mum would take me with her when she was getting her nails done and I’d insist the kind ladies in the spa give my mini hands the ‘French tip’ treatment. It was 2005, I loved The Simple Life and I was OBSESSED with having fingers that each ended in a little white line. Off I would trot, proud as punch of my glossy digits, waving them about and slinging them through the belt-loops of my low-slung Urban Angel jeans. Me and almost everyone else from that strange, bedazzled decade.
Eventually, the French tip fell out of favour (as these things usually do), after tragic, reality-TV-types started giving their ‘tips’ far too much real estate on their nails. The overly square, more-tip-than-nail look spoke to the tackiness that seeped its way into the zeitgeist of the early noughties. And perhaps it was because it became so synonymous with bad taste that I was certain it would never emerge again.
But I was wrong. There we were on a crisp Monday morning and Fliss’ nails were adorned in a style I had long sworn off — and they looked good. Granted, the French tip of today has evolved from its first outing. Fliss, for example, had hers done with a fine, burgundy line. Others I have seen on the likes of Instagram are definitely more subtle and refined than the styles of old. But it seems this is just another in a string of noughties comebacks, harking the return of a decade that I truly didn’t think had the sartorial merit to warrant a second coming.
That said, here are some of the unexpected noughties styles set to make a bold return — and like it or not, we’re getting on board.
Left to right: Halter necks, flip flops, low-rise jeans, zebra print, cargo pants.
From sophisticated sconces to lighting that leaps out, these unique wall adornments are reminding us to think outside the box when it comes to finishing touches. Resident’s V Wall Light and Bert Frank’s Rift Wall Light, for example, both harness brass to create sophisticated and refined lighting additions, the former sees the brass drop lighting suspended in place via by two, adjustable wires, while the latter sets an opal glass globe against a solid brass backplate. Spherical lighting is clearly having a moment, with The Aballs Wall Light by Parachilna, the Series 28-S by Bocci, the Compact 02 Wall Light by Douglas & Bec and the Cerine Sconce by Trueing all boasting the unique, alluring design, but for those who really want to make an impression, sometimes opting for something truly one-of-a-kind is key. The Horsehair Sconce from Apparatus, combining horsehair, brass and etched glass, is a fine option for a quirky and memorable home addition.
Mark your calendars for next Friday as you won’t want to miss out on this one-time-only collaboration between two highly-acclaimed chefs, Samir Allen from Gemmayze St and Tom Hishon from Orphans Kitchen. Together, they are hosting a special breakfast at Orphans’ Ponsonby space that will feature two courses of Lebanese-inspired dishes. Judging by the food we’ve tasted at both eateries, we can guarantee that this will be well worth the 7am start.
Allen and Hishon will be pairing their dishes with refreshing juices and freshly brewed coffees to kick the day off on a good note and anyone who has had the OJ from Orphans will know that this is definitely something to look forward to.
Tickets are essential and are $45 per person with 10% of all proceeds going towards the pay-as-you-feel restaurant Everybody Eats.
This unmissable culinary event will take place next Friday, 30th August from 7am until 10:30am. To book your ticket, make a reservation at Orphan’s Kitchen, here.
Finding Mexican food is no easy task in Auckland. Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever really tasted authentic Mexican food. According to my friends who have travelled around Mexico, crispy hard-shell taco (like the ones we make for dinner) are not as common as you might think and the copious amounts of cheese, sour cream and classic sauces are not, in fact, the real deal. But apparently, Cielito Lindo — an understated Mexican eatery in Henderson, is. Touted as serving the best Mexican food in Auckland, Cielito Lindo was recommended to me by a number of friends, and after a hefty Instagram stalk of the place, I was intrigued — deciding finally to make the journey out to The Concourse earlier this week.
This was a chance to expand my horizons and become a better food writer, which made paying a visit during office hours completely justified (in my opinion). I asked Clara (the Digital Editor and Photographer here at Denizen), to come along and take a few snaps. We pulled up and my Shore Boy instincts took over as I thoughtlessly exclaimed “woah.” Sure, the restaurant itself is a bit run down but there’s nothing wrong with it and if you can’t see past the facade, well that’s your loss. It’s rugged but charming and sported an exterior painted in a pastel pink shade that honestly, I loved. And while the inside was small, it was a cosy space that captured a lot of sunlight and was perfect for a winter’s day like this one.
Cielito Lindo’s menu was short and succinct, featuring tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, sopes, burritos and chips and dips — all available with a range of meats. So, in order to gain a true and accurate understanding of Mexican cuisine and whether Cielito Lindo really was serving some of the best in town, Clara and I went above and beyond on the ordering — choosing everything that jumped out at us.
What we ordered: Chips + guac + salsa Sopes with beans Borrego taco Fish taco Nopales taco Tinga nachos (added guac) Bistek quesadilla
We started with the chips, guacamole and salsa and judging by the crispiness and heat coming from the chips, they seemed like they had been freshly fried to order and seasoned with a generous amount of salt. The guacamole was simply smashed avocado and diced tomatoes with no presence of anything else really, apart from a light sprinkle of onions. But the avocado and tomatoes did taste incredibly fresh. The handmade sopes with beans were completely new to me. They were like a hybrid of a soft taco and tostada and the beans had a creaminess to them which was quite comforting. At first, I was quite underwhelmed until I drizzled some salsa over the top, taking the sope all the way to one hundred — simple yet flavourful.
The tacos were served on corn tortillas (not flour) so they were quite soft and a little more delicate than what I was used to. The little morsels were topped with lamb, fish and the most interesting one — nopales which apparently is a type of cactus. The lamb was succulent and juicy but flavour-wise, it was incredibly clean-tasting and was a great canvas for the side of salsa. The fish taco was a nostalgic fried fish finger and the nopales tasted like jalapeños without the spice and surprisingly had the most flavour out of the three. The tinga (chicken) nachos were closer to my interpretation of Mexican cuisine, cheesy and gloriously greasy.
My personal favourite, however, was the bistek quesadilla. The two flour tortilla wraps sandwiched large chunks of steak, some fresh salsa, melted cheese and a drizzle of sour cream. The steak strips were incredibly juicy and it was a pleasant change to have a quesadilla that was properly filled, unlike many fast-food Mexican joints that can’t seem to get the ratios right.
After demolishing enough food to feed a village, it was time for us to go back to the office. I would usually need to have a lie-down/carb coma, but here I am, writing this piece as if I didn’t just eat my body weight in guacamole. As a passionate lover of cheese and fried, beige foods, I was taken by surprise with the lack of grease in Cielito Lindo’s food, but that’s the whole point.
Cielito Lindo is simply delicious, fresh, pure and clean-tasting. Owned by Eliseo Delgado Munoz, who is also the chef (and originally from Mexico), this place seems to be the closest interpretation of authentic Mexican cuisine in Auckland. The menu reflects the kinds of food Delgado Munoz ate growing up in Morales and we can tell you now, fried chicken with chipotle and jalapeño mayo (no matter how tasty that might be), was certainly not one of them.
Opening hours: Monday — Thursday, 7am until 4pm Friday, 7am until 6pm, Saturday, 10am until 6pm Sunday, 11am until 5pm