The Good Dog.

Good Dog Bad Dog has opened a new outpost, now serving its tasty hotdogs in Onehunga

Everyone’s favourite hot dog purveyor is extending its reach into Auckland, with Good Dog Bad Dog unveiling a brand new spot in Onehunga – the fourth outpost the ‘dog outfit has opened in since first landing in Commercial Bay two years ago.

Good Dog Bad Dog Onehunga.

Proving a solid contender in our 2022 Hospo Heroes Cheap & Cheerful category, Good Dog Bad Dog has built its reputation on serving the most indulgent dogs in town, and its popularity is only growing.

Chilli cheese dog, fried chicken hoagie.

With a menu that covers all the classics we have come to expect from Good Dog Bad Dog, including Chilli Cheese Dogs, Mac n’ Cheese Dogs and Chilli Cheese Dogs alongside a selection of tasty Hoagies (similar to a sub), with fillings like Fried Cheese, Chopped Cheese and Double Cheeseburger, classic sides and fried Oreos for dessert, this new Onehunga outpost is proving that no matter how you like your hot dogs, dirty is always best.

Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday, 11am until 8pm

Good Dog Bad Dog

178-182 Onehunga Mall,
Onehunga, Auckland

www.gooddogbaddog.co.nz

Gastronomy


Nespresso’s new limited-edition espresso is transporting us to Miami

Serving tasty Mexican fare, De Nada is Auckland’s newest taqueria

Three new dishes at Soul Bar & Bistro you need to be eating now

Internationally lauded interior designer Sandra Nunnerley on her career journey and key inspirations

As an internationally acclaimed and sought-after interior designer, Sandra Nunnerley lends her expert eye to all manner of projects for her elite clientele — from an Aspen ski house and a penthouse in Berlin, to a private club in Hong Kong. A Wellingtonian by birth and now a New Yorker through and through, Nunnerley’s Manhattan-based design firm is renowned for its elegant, restrained yet supremely liveable style.

Her background in art greatly informs her practise, often seeing her collaborate with curators to incorporate collections seamlessly into homes. Her book, Interiors, is a contemporary design bible and she has lent her expertise to several exclusive product collections for the likes of The Rug Company and New York gallery Maison Gerard.

Here, Nunnerley delves into her career trajectory and design philosophy, and reveals her number one source of inspiration.  

I grew up in Oriental Bay, Wellington, from a long line of New Zealand colonial women. My mother was the only woman in the newspaper room, as a journalist for the Dominion Post and Evening Post. Nobody had a mother like mine, at least that’s what I believed. I remember her getting me a subscription to Seventeen Magazine, from the US. We always had overseas fashion magazines (like Vogue) at home, which was unusual at the time.

I would pore over them, not just for the fashion but for the photographs, the exotic settings, the stylisation. I had a teacher called Mrs Van der Stern at Roseneath School — looking back she nurtured my creative side, playwriting, art and drawing. Having a teacher who recognises the creative side of oneself at a young age is a great gift. She was the first of my many mentors. 

Left: Private residence by Sandra Nunnerley. Right: The Celestial table collection, designed by Sandra Nunnerley for Maison Gerard

I had a bit of a different upbringing for a young New Zealand girl at the time. I was exposed to the creative world through my mother who took me to see reruns of 1930s Hollywood movies. Far from being bored, I was enthralled by the sleek glamour of the set designs. We would go to plays, ballets, and concerts and the touring companies that came from overseas to Wellington at the time. Being surrounded by the beauty of NZ was also a great influence, of course.

We lived in a creaky clapboard Victorian house, overlooking the beach at Oriental Bay. I used to run down the hill to catch the bus by the band rotunda, crouching down to look at the sea anemones in the rock pools. I still remember all the colours of the anemones, with the changing tides. One year a little blue penguin, the colour of slate and only a foot tall, swam up from the bay and somehow sauntered across the street and found the way to our door — I named him Bluey. 

The moment that set me on my career trajectory was when, after studying architecture at The University of Sydney, I worked for Kym Bonython whose Bonython Gallery was in Paddington, Sydney. He opened not only to the art world but also to the world of jazz, both of which became foundations of my creative inspiration. I left Australia on the Antipodean Grand Tour, and travelled through Europe, with stops in London and Paris to study art history. Then I went to New York believing it was only for six months, where I worked as a trainee for Holly Solomon, in her gallery.

This is where I became exposed to the world of interior design and architecture, bringing together everything that I loved; art, interior design, and interior architecture. Holly Solomon was a great soul and the most stylish woman in the art world. She and Kym Bonython, along with another legendary art dealer Leo Castelli (who discovered Andy Warhol), became my mentors and shaped my aesthetic sensibilities. They also taught me that I, too, could create.

Interior design exposes me to so many different disciplines. Every project is a new challenge, and you don’t know where it is going to lead. So when I have a really good idea it really stays on my mind. Some ideas dissipate, some stay in my mind until the time comes to develop the idea. 

The most surreal moment in my life as a designer was when my mother allowed me to have the living room painted red with white trim, when I was ten years old!

Each place I am working on has to have a relationship to its context, be it a private club in Hong Kong, a chalet in Aspen or a penthouse in the Mitte district of Berlin. I am always striving to create harmony and order as well as a sense of retreat, a private world for the people I am designing for. It is about how people live, use and move through spaces. 

Something people would be surprised to know about me is that I don’t drive ­— too busy looking at everything around me! 

Mountain Chalet by Sandra Nunnerley

I am most proud of being named in the prestigious AD 100 (Architectural Digest) list in the US and for being on AD France’s top 100. The studio has also been featured in many international publications including the World of Interiors and Financial Times, for bringing to life individual spaces that are both beautiful to look at and that people actually use. To me, that’s design at its best! 

I would very much like to have a project or commission in my home country of New Zealand. I would like to bring my work back home. 

I like humble materials, linens and cottons, paired with cashmeres, mohairs and silks. I also like to commission designers to make special pieces for projects, and am fascinated by the cross-section between art and design.

Interior architecture has always been my starting point, but I had no idea that the spirit of my style has something to do with jazz. Jazz is all about improvisation and the ability to react spontaneously, to invent and explore. I would like to say that I have applied that same feeling to design. I draw my inspiration from far and wide, and free-associate between all things beautiful from different places and periods.

I love working with clients that understand how carefully the site is considered. This enables me to deliver a perfectly tailored space that brings substance to the client’s wishes, making interiors harmonious and cosmopolitan, yet never ignoring the need for comfort and wellbeing.

I love the work of French designer Jean-Michel Frank, who was known for sumptuous furniture made of luxury materials. Other favourites are French designer Andrée Putman, Tadao Ando, (a Japanese architect who was the winner of the 1995 Pritzker Prize), and French interior designer François Catroux, who had a specific style that was not too fussy, rich or overwhelming. Also, the late Eileen Gray, who in 1929 wrote: “exterior architecture seems to have interested avant-garde architects at the expense of the interior, as though the house ought to be conceived more for the pleasure of the eyes than for the comfort of its inhabitants”. 

If the proportions, the bare bones, are right then I leave it alone, but if they are wrong, I look for a cure. You have to get the bones right first; if you don’t, you’re going nowhere, no matter how hard you try.

Left: A Townhouse Aerie by Sandra Nunnerley. Right: A custom bronze staircase in a private residence by Sandra Nunnerley.

I would never part with my mere Māori clubs, one crafted in greenstone and the other in whalebone, which I had mounted as works of art. As contemporary today as when they were made. 

I’m so inspired by the design of the Sydney Opera House — from the first time I stepped foot in Australia from New Zealand, it still inspires me to this day.

One book all people passionate about design should read is A History of Interior Design, the updated 4th edition covers 6,000 years of domestic and public spaces with images.

Travel provides me with the most inspiration. I have hiked Machu Picchu in Peru and floated down the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. After spending time in India, I nearly filled my home with cushions instead of chairs. Sweden led me to incorporate colours that reflect the wonderful quality of the northern lights of Scandinavian summers. After Burma, I wanted to paint everything red. These are some of the voyages of discovery that I have made and, although I never know what I am going to get out of them, they’re crucial to my inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere.

I would love to collect works by the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci — not only a painter but a draftsman, engineer, scientist, sculptor and architect. 

Founding and leading my own design studio has been a privilege. To create worlds that reflect the way people live is passionate and creative work. Also, I feel privileged that clients have allowed me to share my vision. I always say that good design never happens without inspiration and imagination, but great design also celebrates reality.

Image credit: Stephen Kent Johnson & Richard Powers

Design


We’ve got our eyes on these pieces by Thomas Bina — a pioneer of sustainable design

Keep any space luminous with these chic portable table lamps

Everything you need to know about the sofa of the moment

Prepare your wardrobe for winter with the new season looks we’re coveting from Faradays

With winter fast approaching, the Denizen team is eager to embrace the cold with the latest lust-worthy arrivals from Faradays. From Alexandre Vauthier’s classic oversized trench to Givenchy’s slick belted blazer, these styles are certain to leave you longing for a cold snap. Curious to know what’s on the top of our wish lists? Read on to find out…

Clockwise from top left: Alexandre Vauthier Trenchcoat, Givenchy G Chain Buckle Belt, Alexandre Vauthier Wrap Shirt, Alexandre Vauthier Wide-Leg Trousers, Givenchy Dune Mules, Loewe Hammock Nugget Bag, Dadelszen Rebecca Roll Neck.

Coveted


Having just opened its first NZ store, we celebrate Van Cleef & Arpels in our new cover shoot

Our new Winter Issue is here, celebrating our Hospo Heroes winners and the best of the season ahead

Runway report: We round up the Fall/Winter ’22 trends to know
The Bridgman's market fish crudo.

Taking up residence in a historic building, The Bridgman is the new gastropub wooing Mt. Eden locals

Those seeking a local watering hole in Mt Eden needn’t look further than a new Dominion Road address. The latest addition to the iconic strip comes in the form of a welcoming gastropub, taking over a venue that holds a rich history.

Many of you will be familiar with The Dominion. It was a classic pub, often a pit stop for those eagerly heading to (or heading home from) Eden Park. After The Dominion closed its doors for good, Sean Lee found himself driving past the empty place for months, eventually deciding to (with business partner Andy Barnett) breathe new life into the iconic site. 

Right: Lamb ribs with allium paste and coriander.

Reimagined, this space is striking, and just what Dominion Road needs. Offering an elevated bar and bistro experience, this feels like a first for Mount Eden, in what is set to surely be a popular spot for locals.

Lee set his sights on offering a curated take on food and drink, alongside a cocktail menu that covers all the bases. Joined by Head Chef Ezra Wisaksono (ex Amano), the dining experience is comforting but inspired. We think the take on carbonara is worth raving about, but there’s also a prime rib dirty burger if you’re feeling that way inclined. Like much of The Bridgman, this menu is a new take on the traditional pub, and it’s one that has been welcomed with open arms.

From left: Dirty Burger, Black Cherry Sour and Pineapple express cocktails.

“Our style is a much fresher take on the traditional gastropub,” Lee tells me. “It was our intention to elevate it somewhat — bringing familiar flavours and dishes with a new twist.”

Where the menu doesn’t limit itself is the liquor, of course. After all, there’s little to be desired in a bar without booze. Showcasing some of our favourite tap beers — hello Peroni — and bottles to boot, punters should find something to quench their thirst. Those craving something a little more sophisticated can lean into the cocktails, with the margarita being a personal favourite.

“We wanted to make a nice neighbourhood spot where everyone could come for a drink,” shares Lee. “We like to think we offer a bit of everything. It’s a great place where people can come for a really good cocktail, a drink and a really nice meal.”

Left: Spaghetti with pork hock butter and stracciatella.

The space itself is inviting. Designed with care but not pretentiously so; with elements that play on the building’s rich history (like the oversized chandeliers) and those that offer a more modern take (like fairy lights adorning the outdoor terrace). Lee calls it ‘art deco grunge’, and we have to agree.

It’s not every day that Mount Eden is treated to a new venue worth discovering, and we’re predicting this one will eventually reach stalwart status.

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm until late
Closed Monday & Tuesday

The Bridgman

234 Dominion Road,
Mount Eden, Auckland

www.thebridgman.co.nz

Gastronomy


Nespresso’s new limited-edition espresso is transporting us to Miami

Serving tasty Mexican fare, De Nada is Auckland’s newest taqueria

Three new dishes at Soul Bar & Bistro you need to be eating now
Lord Howe Island

These must-visit Australian destinations rival far-flung natural wonders

They say change is as good as a holiday, but with travel to far-flung corners of the world still a little precarious, we’ve set our sights on Australia, where these stunning destinations promise to satiate our appetite for travel further afield.

Swap the Galápagos Islands for Lord Howe Island
A surprising fact is that Lord Howe Island is a 7-million-year-old volcano. When you think that the oldest island in Galápagos is 3.5 million years old, the ancient archipelago closer to home seems all the more intriguing. It’s beautiful by boat and exploring the main island is like finding another world — with wildlife flourishing around the majestic Mount Gower.

Where to stay: This is a World Heritage-listed island, and the Capella Lodge is a world-class resort with spectacular views. If you’re looking for your own spot, The Bowker Beach House by the lagoon is luxury.

Swap Mexico’s Las Coloradas for Lake Hillier
While the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico is famous for its La Coloradas pink lakes, what many don’t know is that Southern Australia is home to some of the most spectacular blush waters we’ve ever laid eyes on. From Lake Hillier on Middle Island off the south-west coast, to Lake MacDonnell on the Eyre Peninsula, Lake Bumbunga, Lake Hart and Lake Eyre, these iconic natural wonders are otherworldly and unforgettable. Lake Hillier and Lake MacDonnell are arguably the best-known; while it’s not possible to land on Middle Island, regular scenic flight services will ensure you have the most spectacular aerial views of Lake Hillier, and Lake MacDonnell can be visited on the mainland.

Where to stay: If you’ve based yourself in Adelaide and are up for a nine-hour drive to Lake MacDonnell, Sequoia Lodge is a luxurious getaway in the Adelaide Hills. Otherwise, Camel Beach House is a private, standalone hideaway two-hours drive away. For Lake Hillier, base yourself in Esperance, where you’ll find pared-back yet comfortable accommodation at Esperance Chalet Village.

Swap Tulum’s Cenotes for Mount Gambier’s Sunken Gardens
Mexico’s ancient cenotes were formed with the collapse of limestone, and were often frequented by the Maya peoples who used them as a groundwater supply. On South Australia’s limestone coast, you will find the Umpherston Sinkhole at Mount Gambier. Also known as The Sunken Garden, it is a lush spot for a picnic. For avid divers, the Kilsby Sinkhole and Hell’s Hole offer unique diving in their deep blue water.

Where to stay: The sites are a four-or-so-hour drive from Adelaide or Melbourne. If staying overnight, we suggest a nearby winery, such as the Villa among the vines at Highbank.

Swap Africa’s Victoria Falls for the Horizontal Waterfalls
The work of some of the world’s largest tidal movements, the Horizontal Waterfalls in the Kimberley region are as beautiful as they are invigorating. Found at both Talbot Bay and in the Buccaneer Archipelago, you can view the falls on a scenic flight or thrilling boat ride, which depart from Broome. Described by David Attenborough as “Australia’s most unusual natural wonder”, they’re something you must see to believe.

Where to stay: Broome boasts several resorts, but if you are after something more at-one with nature, the nearby Eco Beach Resort offers idyllic villas and glamping spots.

Travel


Finally taking a trip to Melbourne? Here’s the new hotels and eateries you need to try

Escaping to Sydney? Here are the new and noteworthy places to stay and to eat

Fancy chartering a superyacht in Europe? This company takes the process to a luxurious new level
Azabu's Artichoke Dumplings.

Denizen’s definitive guide to the best dumplings in town

Juicy, moreish and impossible to resist — nothing beats a steaming plate of dumplings. These savoury parcels are high on our dining hit list with winter fast approaching, tempting us with variations that range from cheap and cheerful to just a little bit fancy. Whether gyoza or har gao, traditional favourites or contemporary twists, these recommendations are sure to satisfy. Our only advice? Proceed with an appetite.

Azabu
Enclosed within soft and silky films of dough, the dumplings from Azabu are a luxurious treat like no other. The spicy pork gyoza come with Sichuan pepper and aji amarillo (a yellow, fruity South American pepper), while the artichoke dumplings with mushroom puree, chilli and almond make for a delightful vegetarian bite.

Eden Noodles
Eden Noodles’ silky soft dumplings in addictive spicy sauce are the stuff of legends — with queues often snaking out the door as eager punters wait to sample its Sichuan-inspired dishes. Pork and chive dumplings are a popular choice, but we often can’t go past the vegetarian iteration, which feels somewhat virtuous even if you skip straight to the largest serving. Dumplings are also available to buy frozen, so you can keep the good tastes rolling at home.

Huami, The Blue Breeze Inn.

Huami
Prepare yourself for a blissful dumpling experience — Huami’s refined and exceptionally crafted specimens are a revelation. With combinations like prawn and truffle, fried pork and leek or siew mai with xo, shrimp and chicken begging to be sampled, the only thing to do is order up large.

Wang Wang Spring Pancake
This place is one of Dominion Road’s hidden gems (for more on those, check out our guide to eating and drinking Auckland’s most delicious strip). Wang Wang Pancake specialises in pancake wraps, similar to the ones used for Peking duck, however the pork and pickled cabbage dumplings are a must-order. We highly recommend ordering the shredded potato salad on the side, which offers the perfect vinegary accompaniment to the savoury dumplings.

The Blue Breeze Inn
The dumplings from The Blue Breeze Inn are deliciousness personified — with tasty variations good enough to turn anyone into a bona fide dumpling fanatic. Experienced punters will know no trip to Blue Breeze Inn is complete without a side of black tiger prawn dumplings, while those feeling a little more experimental should tuck into the fried spicy chicken dumplings and the scallop, prawn and paua dumplings.

Grand Harbour, The Gyoza Bar.

Grand Harbour Chinese & Seafood Restaurant
If you have a craving for Sunday morning dumplings, look no further than Grand Harbour Chinese & Seafood Restaurant. This place is an institution, renowned for its super fresh dim sum that are wheeled enticingly past your table during yum cha service.  We can’t recommend just one dish from its extensive offering, everything is truly top notch.

The Gyoza Bar
Bringing an authentic gyoza experience to Auckland, these half-moon structured versions are soft and crunchy in equal measure thanks to being fried on the bottom and steam-cooked on the top. The thin casing makes them a touch lighter than traditional dumplings, while still encompassing the carby goodness we know and love.

Jolin Shanghai Restaurant
There are dumplings and then there are soup dumplings, otherwise referred to as xiao long bao. A delicacy that requires a high level of skill to make, these dumplings are filled with rich meat soup, usually made from pork. The little xiao long bao pockets from Jolin Shanghai are freshly made to order and boast thicker skins than traditional soup dumplings, imbuing them with a chewier texture.

Sumthin Dumpling, Basu Lounge.

Sumthin Dumplin
The perfect place for a lunchtime drop-in or late-night bite, Sumthin Dumplin’s 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 premium beef offers a dumpling incarnation of our beloved meat and cheese pie, as premium beef, onion, mozzarella and parmesan are combined in a surprising blend.

Basu Lounge
While the North Shore’s Basu Lounge is known for taking dan dan noodles to new heights, dumplings are also a speciality. The freshness is evident in each and every made-to-order morsel — our perfect order is a dan dan noodles and dumplings, to share.

Mr. Zhou’s Dumplings
If you’re after a dumpling fix but want to dodge the usual Dominion Road crowds, go to Mr. Zhou’s. Owned by Bin Zhou, the original mastermind behind Dominion Road dumpling hangout New Flavour, Mr. Zhou’s dumplings are made fresh in-house daily. The menu boasts a variety of vegetable, seafood and meaty options to choose from. The pork and chive dumplings are well worth topping your order, closely followed by servings of bok choy with mashed garlic and the stir-fried shredded potato with hot chilli.

Hello Beasty, The Rolling Pin.

Hello Beasty
Drawing inspiration from Korean, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, Hello Beasty is where you go when you want your tastebuds to be taken on a journey. Each dish offers a complex medley of flavours that are influenced from all across Asia, with the savoy cabbage, water chestnut and tofu dumplings with crispy garlic and soy red chilli dressing no exception. 

Tianze Dumpling House
It’s love at first bite once you get a taste of Tianze, a very low-key spot in Sandringham. Nearly everything on the menu is worth coming for, including the mapo tofu, which is some of the best in town. Talking dumplings, we recommend the cabbage, black fungus and tofu variety, fried. Black fungus might not sound that appetising but just trust us — plus, they’re vegan-friendly.

The Rolling Pin
What started as a food truck, The Rolling Pin has now grown to a dumpling empire with three brick-and-mortar locations Auckland-wide — thanks to its inventive creations. Case in point, the Tsingtao spicy pulled pork dumplings. The slow-cooked pork has been infused in Tsingtao beer to lend a more savoury flavour and is marinated in a spicy Sichuan broad bean chilli paste for an extra kick. The slaw on top adds a welcome freshness and crunch.


Gastronomy


Nespresso’s new limited-edition espresso is transporting us to Miami

Serving tasty Mexican fare, De Nada is Auckland’s newest taqueria

Three new dishes at Soul Bar & Bistro you need to be eating now
Bordeaux and Chalk Stripe.

Spark more joy in your home with natural rug atelier Nodi’s chic new style

Natural rug atelier Nodi evokes a unique energy with its latest release, rendered in a contrasting palette of vibrant and earthy hues. Expressive yet minimalist, the Bamboo Silk Blend in Stripe is available now and builds on the enduringly favoured Bamboo Silk Blend range. 

With each of the four available renditions featuring a contrasting border that runs along the edge, the new designs reflect an uptick in popularity for pops of mood-enhancing colour in the home, says Nodi founder Olivia Moon. 

“We’re seeing a lot more people looking to bring joy into their homes through bursts of colour. It’s more than a decorative decision, it’s a way to enhance emotions and lift the spirit.”

Pewter and Marigold Stripe; Moss and Fog Grey Stripe.

Handwoven on traditional wooden looms, Bamboo Silk and New Zealand Wool are cleverly combined to create a subtle contrast between the two fibres. The texture adds interest and the unique blend results in a luxuriously soft feeling underfoot.

The new Stripe styles are available in colour combinations of Moss and Fog Grey Stripe, Marigold and Fog Grey Stripe, Bordeaux and Chalk Stripe, and Pewter and Marigold Stripe.

Even if the rest of your home furnishings are naturally neutral, a richly-hued floor covering will ground the space beautifully, making just enough of a statement while seamlessly harmonising with even the most minimal aesthetic.

Design


We’ve got our eyes on these pieces by Thomas Bina — a pioneer of sustainable design

Keep any space luminous with these chic portable table lamps

Everything you need to know about the sofa of the moment
Brian Cox

Unwind and expand your mind with the best new audiobooks to listen to now

If you struggle to find the time to sit down and read, or your brain is more receptive to information via narration, then audiobooks are a great way to plough through some virtual pages. From engrossing autobiographies to informative cultural explorations, these are the best new audiobooks to open your ears to.

Putting the Rabbit in the Hat by Brian Cox
While nowadays he’s instantly recognisable as Logan Roy in Succession, Brian Cox has had a career stuffed with memorable appearances, from Braveheart to Rushmore to The Bourne Identity. Originally from Dundee, the actor’s highly-anticipated memoir is a shining example of his prowess as a storyteller and is an emotive account of his challenging upbringing, plus excellent tales from throughout his career. It’s especially engrossing when read by Cox himself in his gentle Scottish lilt.

The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
From the best-selling author and cultural critic comes a comprehensive examination of a decade that we can’t stop referencing, whether we’re aware of it or not. A great listen for the contemporary history buff.

Metaverse Investing: The New Beginners Guide to NFTs, Crypto Art, Digital Assets and Blockchain Gaming by James Wallace
We’re all about the metaverse — well, learning about it anyway, and this helpful book explains all you need to know for a foundation in all-things meta. As the title suggests, it covers buzzy yet sometimes hard to decipher concepts like NFTs, Cryptocurrencies, virtual reality and more, all narrated by ‘Helpful Matthew’ who has narrated a lot of other guide-type audiobooks on Audible and makes for a digestible listen.

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Young Doctor by Adam Kay
A two-and-a-half-million-copy international bestseller, This Is Going to Hurt was published in 2019 but the audiobook is brand new this year — and it’s well worth a listen, narrated by the author himself as he takes us through “97-hour weeks, life-and-death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, earning less than the hospital parking meter”… and so much more.

Dilla Time by Dan Charnas
While he never had a pop hit himself, the late James DeWitt Yancey — a.k.a J Dilla — was hugely influential for musicians like Michael Jackson. This immersive audiobook (complete with musical interludes) is equal parts “biography, musicology and cultural history”, compiling the legacy of an underrated genius.

Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie
Written and narrated by musician Bobby Gillespie, of Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain fame, this is a colourful and nostalgic account of a legendary time in British music history, and in rock ‘n’ roll.

Culture


We’re giving away five double passes to the French Film Festival — opening next week

Newly-released shows and movies to watch this weekend

From market days to delicious pop-ups, this is our weekend dining agenda
Deli Di Bossi's Pizza fritta.
Deli Di Bossi.
Deli Di Bossi.

Serving up an authentic taste of Italy, DELI di BOSSI is the new downtown drop-in we’re loving

Good news for gourmands, Downtown Auckland has added yet another dining destination to its rich culinary landscape with the recent opening of DELI di BOSSI — a delicious Italian deli and the precursor to its soon-to-be-open sibling restaurant, Bossi.

Right: MORTADELLA.

Located in The Pacifica laneway, DELI di BOSSI is delivering an authentic taste of Italy to punters in the CBD, offering a selection of fine sliced meats and cheeses, freshly-made pasta and breads, aromatic coffee and specialised Italian street food.

For owner Jenna Carter, this opening is the culmination of months of hard work, and is a love letter to her heritage. “I grew up cooking in the kitchen with my Nonna,” she says, explaining how the ‘Bossi’ concept had been entirely inspired by the most important people, places and memories from her life. Alongside the deli, the Bossi brand will comprise a fine-dining Italian restaurant as well as a bar and private function space — set to open in October this year.

Deli Di Bossi.

Taking the reins in DELI di BOSSI’s kitchen is Executive Chef Shaun Dowling, who brings his culinary expertise (particularly focused on Italian cuisine) to put a modern twist on generational recipes. Think prosciutto pizza fritta and calzone stuffed with passatta, mozzarella and basil; sandwiches with mortadella or salami di Milano; indulgent ricotta-filled cannoli with chocolate or pistachio; fresh caprese and panzanella salads and a selection of salumi boards.

From left: PANZANELLA INSALATA, PANE E STRACCIATELLA.

From its sleek, contemporary fit-out to its flavoursome menu, DELI di BOSSI is the place to pop-into for a perfectly-brewed cup of coffee or a tasty bite to eat, and is bringing some European elegance to Downtown Auckland. If this is just the beginning for Bossi, we’re very much looking forward to what’s next. Watch this space.

Opening hours
Monday – Sunday, 7am until 5pm

Bossi

The Pacifica Laneway
10 Commerce Street
Auckland CBD

www.bossi.co.nz

Gastronomy


Nespresso’s new limited-edition espresso is transporting us to Miami

Serving tasty Mexican fare, De Nada is Auckland’s newest taqueria

Three new dishes at Soul Bar & Bistro you need to be eating now

Fine wine is the star of the show at Onemata’s upcoming dinner series

Really, no meal is complete without a perfectly paired wine. Not often considered carefully enough, a fine wine can work to highlight a dish like nothing else — bringing forth flavours and accentuating the food’s finer points. It’s something we all need to be more aware of.  

Taking this idea and building on it is Park Hyatt’s restaurant Onemata — home to an impressive collection of limited-edition wines (one of the most extensive lists in the country, in fact). Wanting to hero these delicious drops, the restaurant will play host to a series of wine dinners that put fine wine first, with Onemata’s expert sommelier Suraj GC showcasing the intricacies of different wines alongside the clever producers who make them. From renowned Champagne to brand new wine, these three, exclusive ticked events are each on for one night only, and offer the perfect opportunity for those passionate about food and wine to meet the experts, taste new and rare varieties and enjoy the finest hospitality Onemata has to offer.

Special accommodation packages will also be available for these events, providing the ultimate Park Hyatt Auckland experience — whether that is respite for out-of-town gourmands, or simply a luxurious winter staycation.

A Long Lunch with Billecart-Salmon and Chatham Island Food Co
New Zealand is a country that prides itself on fine seafood, and the delights found in the outermost reaches of the Chatham Islands are nothing short of divine. This five-course dining experience has been designed around Chatham Island Food Co’s locally-caught seafood, which is expertly paired with the most coveted Champagnes from Billecart-Salmon.

A Long Lunch with Billecart-Salmon and Chatham Island Food Co will take place on Saturday, May 14. Tickets for the lunch are $250 per person.

A Celebration of Craftsmanship with Hans Herzog
Marlborough’s Hans Herzog Winery sits at the pinnacle of creativity and innovation in wines, while still paying homage to the traditional craft. To celebrate the introduction of the new noble grape variety to New Zealand, Onemata has partnered with the winery in this exclusive and sure-to-sell-out event. What makes the variety so coveted (besides an appealing flavour) is the rare blue colouring. Diners will start the evening with a welcome drink at Waka, Park Hyatt’s rooftop bar, before indulging in a four-course dinner at Onemata.

A Celebration of Craftsmanship with Hans Herzog will take place on Thursday, June 16. Tickets for the exclusive event are $300 per person.

Battle of the Vines: A French Takeover at Onemata
It is often thought that the best results come from collision, collaboration and competition. In a competitive night of compare and contrast between Clos Henry Winery Marlborough and Domaine Thompson Winery Central Otago, guests will enjoy both New Zealand and French varietals alongside a four-course meal prepared by Onemata head chef Rob Hope-Ede.

Battle of the Vines will take place on Thursday, July 7, and tickets are available for $175 per person.

Tickets can be purchased for these three dinners through Onemata directly. More details are available here.

Gastronomy


Nespresso’s new limited-edition espresso is transporting us to Miami

Serving tasty Mexican fare, De Nada is Auckland’s newest taqueria

Three new dishes at Soul Bar & Bistro you need to be eating now