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Tiffany & Co. turned to the heavens — and the stars — for the debut of its 2024 Blue Book collection in Los Angeles

Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book collections are the brand’s highest evolution of jewellery — limited edition or one-of-a-kind pieces that encapsulate every element of the 187 year old maison’s prowess; that of gemstone sourcing from around the globe, a design language that has been in development for nearly two centuries, and a level of craftsmanship that rivals that of the greatest ateliers of Place Vendôme in Paris. (The fact that the collection is named for the original catalogue from the company — the first ‘mail order catalogue’ in the world, first sent out in 1845, is lost on most customers these days.)

Reese Witherspoon and her daughter Ava Philippe

This year, the first of three phases of 2024’s Blue Book collection, ‘Tiffany Celéste’, was launched in Los Angeles at the Beverly Estate, an extraordinary 1930s party palace that was once inhabited by actress Marion Davies and her partner William Randolph Hearst. With its sweeping gardens and cascading pools, the peachy hued property was transformed into Tiffany & Co.’s own home for the evening, with a sparkling guest list that included Reese Witherspoon and her daughter Ava Philippe, Elsa Hosk, Emily Blunt and Suki Waterhouse.

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Suki Waterhouse
Elsa Hosk
Emily Blunt

The first phase, like the two that will follow, is inspired by the great Tiffany & Co. designer Jean Schlumberger’s interpretations of all things celestial — from the moon and stars to distant galaxies. Given the vast archives on Schlumberger’s work at the house, including countless sketches and unrealised designs, Nathalie Verdeille, the company’s Chief Artistic Officer of Jewellery and High Jewellery – had plenty to work with. 

In the ‘Wings’ chapter, Schlumberger’s beloved wing motif and the winged horse Pegasus of Greek mythology who lives on as a constellation inspire feather and wing-shaped patterns that at times sweep or swirl around larger central stones, with warm, yellow gold accents to highlight all those white diamonds set in white gold, and the occasional deep blue sapphire.

The Iconic Star necklace from the Blue Book 2024: Tiffany Celéste Collection

In the ‘Constellation’ chapter, rare star sapphires — cabochon-cut stones with an ‘asterism’ that gives them a unique reflection — are mixed with traditional sapphires and diamonds in a pair of earrings that could map the night sky, while in ‘Apollo’, the original Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. ‘Apollo’ brooch, pavé-set diamond motifs are all but caged within yellow gold claws across bangles, earrings, necklaces and rings, giving them a retro-futuristic feel only enhanced by the astute placement of gleaming yellow diamonds.

The Apollo earrings, necklace and ring from the Blue Book 2024: Tiffany Celéste Collection

Elsewhere, extraordinary ‘freeform’ aquamarines – stones that haven’t been traditionally cut and faceted but instead tumbled and polished to create mesmerizing limpid, organic forms — combine with sapphires, zircons, mother of pearl and diamonds in extra-terrestrial looking pieces fit for an intergalactic queen, while vibrant red spinel, in luscious raspberry tones, is the hero gem in the ‘Ray of Light Chapter’, which culminates in one extraordinary necklace that transforms into a tiara.


Tiffany necklace that transforms into a tiara from the Blue Book 2024: Tiffany Celéste Collection

Such was Schlumberger’s output and genius during his time at Tiffany & Co., there’s no threat of his work ever ceasing to inspire the contemporary creations — and thank god for that — we earthlings are in awe.

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Rosie's Ceviche

Rosie’s Red-Hot Cantina is Auckland’s newest Cali-Mexi eatery in Viaduct Harbour

Loud in atmosphere and huge in personality, Rosie’s Red-Hot Cantina is Auckland’s newest Cali-Mexican eatery, showcasing the best of California’s vibrant coast and LA’s street scene in a lively locale in Viaduct Harbour.

Left: Guacamole with salsa roja and corn chips. Right: Rosie’s slushy margs

Inspired by the fictional character of Rosie — a traveller who landed on the West Coast and couldn’t bring herself to leave, Red-Hot is a cantina that buzzes with energy from lunchtime to late. Taking up residence in the iconic Viaduct corner location formerly home to Coops Corner Pub, the eatery boasts bold décor, indoor and outdoor seating with sweeping waterfront views, and a private function room for party people — complete with its own bar.

With a menu that spans burgers to tacos (Birra included), chicken wings to ceviche, beers to frozen margaritas — the laid-back new eatery (which also has an outpost on Wellington’s waterfront) is an ideal spot to grab a bite and beverage with friends, leaving suitably satisfied every time.

Back to front: Rosie’s Best-in-Town Chicken Wings and Chilli Con Queso with a slushy marg

On the food front, the white corn tortilla tacos are and essential order, with pork belly, baja fish, lamb, cauliflower, and cheeto chicken all on offer (the latter are a must-try for adventerous gastronomes, pairing schmaltz-dipped habanero tender with shredded cabbage, Calexican mayo, pickled daikon and, you guessed it — Flamin’ Hot Cheetos). On the sharing plates menu, you’ll find Rosie’s signature guacamole, the ‘best in town’ chicken wings — served with Calexican buffalo sauce, sesame, radish, and Xiannaise, and chilli con queso — a tasty melted cheese and chilli pepper dip.

Chocolate Lava Cake

While, on the drinks menu you’ll find many an ice cold beer, a few tap cocktails (and a few shaken classics, too) and a comprehensive wine list, but the real pièce de résistance (and reason alone for a visit) is the eatery’s frozen slushy margaritas. With an ever-changing rota of flavours, these convivial cocktails are sure to satisfy — particularly across the warmer months and are a must-try, pairing perfectly with the fresh and filling food on offer. Or, if it’s a more traditional riff you’re craving, you’ll find three margaritas available on the rocks too. There’s also sangria and troves of tequila — available as is, by the bottle, or as a tasting flight.

Ultimately Rosie’s Red-Hot Cantina offers a lively and laid-back centre-city eatery in which friends or family can come together over great food and drinks, guaranteeing a good time.

Opening hours:
Monday — Sunday, 11.30am until late

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Rosie's Red-Hot Cantina

204 Quay Street
Viaduct Harbour
Auckland CBD

09 377 1200

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There’s a new food festival kicking off this spring, and trust us when we say this is one event you don’t want to miss

There is a gastronomic experience that should be on your radar this spring, with 70 exceptional events taking place across 60 days — at 18 of the city’s best venues. We’re talking about The Savor Food Festival — set to dominate our culinary calendars in the coming months, offering fanatical foodies a full slate of unmissable events, brought to you by the hospitality maestros at Savor Group.

Epic lunch and dinner deals are sure to inspire indulgence — with something for every taste, proclivity and occasion. From day to night, casual to well-heeled, quiet bites to uproarious celebrations. You can expect guest chefs and star mixologists to be on top form, winemakers and artists ready to captivate, and a number of Auckland’s favourite dining destinations ready to pull out all of the stops.

To give you a taste of what’s to come, renowned Australian guest chefs Frank Camorra and Big Sam Young are flying in for the occasion, along with a number of exceptional winemakers, designers and a few novelists set to make an appearance. From wagyu tastings at Ebisu, to unlimited pinchos at MoVida to the chance to win a diamond at Bivacco’s Ladies Lunch, and with over 70 events to choose from, there’s no shortage of opportunities for indulgence, and with $35 lunches, $55 dinners, and $15 cocktails available across the entirety of spring, there’s no excuse for staying home.

Savor’s Spring Food Festival promises to surprise, delight and captivate this spring, and throughout the festival, consider Denizen your go-to resource for what’s on and when. Below is a snapshot of what’s to come, including a few unmissable events we suggest securing your tickets to, stat, before they sell out.

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Dinner with John Kirwan at Amano

An Evening with Sir John Kirwan 

When & Where: Monday the 19th of August at Amano
Tickets: book here

Indulge in a delectable dinner with Sir John Kirwan at Amano, where an exclusive dining experience will see guests enjoy a family-style, four-course dinner featuring Sir John Kirwan’s JK.14 wines paired with exceptional local produce by Amano’s Executive Chef Andrew Hanson.

Bottomless Long Lunch 

When & Where: Weekly, from the 17th of August — 29th of September at Non Solo Pizza
Tickets: book here

NSP’s famed Long Lunch has gone bottomless. The lively eatery’s infamous Italian Long Lunch is a more than perfect way to spend a leisurely weekend afternoon, and during the Spring Festival, you can amp the convivial affair up with the addition of $49 bottomless prosecco. Here, enjoy a 3-course meal for $55 per person, alongside bottomless deals for prosecco, and a selection of Spring Spritzes. Sublime.

Bivacco Sunday Feast

The Sunday Feast with Jazz

When & Where: Weekly, from the 18th of August — 6th of October at Bivacco
Tickets: book here

Make for Bivacco on Sundays to enjoy generous stations loaded with your favourite dishes and unlimited plates, plus live jazz from a local trio. Take advantage of drink specials, including champagne deals and $15 cocktails, as you end the week in satiating style, relishing the eatery’s perfect blend of great food, refreshing drinks, and live music.

Diamond Ladies Lunch

When & Where: Weekly, Monday — Saturday, from the 12th of August at Bivacco
Tickets: book here

While the festival is running across eight glorious weeks, diamonds are forever, so don’t miss your chance to win a striking sparkler from Partridge Jewellers. Running Monday through Saturday from 11am — 3pm, Bivacco’s Diamond Ladies Lunch offers a relaxed lunch for a modest $45, which includes a glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus and an entry into weekly prize draws.

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Unmissable Deals
MoVida

$35 Lunches & $55 Dinners 

When: Available at select Savor venues from August 12th
Where: Bivacco, Non Solo Pizza, MoVida, Ebisu, Ortolana, Azabu Ponsonby & Azabu Mission Bay

Celebrate the Savor Food Festival with a selection of familiar favourites and inventive new dishes at Bivacco, NSP, MoVida, Ebisu, Ortolana, Azabu Ponsonby, Azabu Mission Bay. 

Steak & Sushi Saturdays

When: Sundays from 18th August — 29th September
Where: Azabu Mission Bay

Sundays are sorted for the next 60 days at Azabu’s Mission Bay outpost, where you’ll find an exclusive platter to share featuring locally sourced meats from the robata grill, signature sushi, sashimi, and Azabu ceviche. Pair your meal with the lively eatery’s cocktail, wine, and beer specials from 11am — 3pm, and end the week in satiating style.

Ebius’s OKI NO Sushi Saturdays

OKI NO Sushi Saturdays

When: Saturdays from 31st August — 21st September
Where: Ebisu

This is fresh at its best. Make for Ebisu, where, every Saturday a Japanese-style buffet with unlimited fresh sushi, sashimi, and crispy salads awaits. Enjoy champagne deals and $15 cocktails to complement your meal, as, from 12pm — 4pm, you indulge in the ultimate sushi feast.

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Drinks & Dining Specials
$10 Peroni’s at Amano, Non Solo Pizza, Bar Non Solo & Bivacco

Peroni for $10

When: From August 12th
Where: Amano, Non Solo Pizza, Bar Non Solo & Bivacco

Across the festival’s entirety, sip on ice-cold Peroni at Amano, Non Solo Pizza, Bar Non Solo, and Bivacco, for a modest $10 a pop. The ultimate in spring satiation.  

Asahi for $10

When: From August 12th
Where: Ebisu, Azabu Ponsonby & Azabu Mission Bay

Or, if Asahi’s super dry rice lager is your go-to libation, at Ebisu and Azabu’s Ponsonby and Mission Bay outposts, you’ll find $10 Asahi across August and September.

$99 bottles of Moet et Chandon

$99 Bottles of Champagne

When: From August 12th
Where: Amano, Non Solo Pizza, Bar Non Solo, Bivacco, Ebisu, Azabu Ponsonby, Azabu Mission Bay, MoVida & Ortolana

Throughout the festival, those partial to a crisp glass of Moet et Chandon will find $17 flutes and $99 bottles at all participating venues (except Azabu Misson Bay, who will be pouring Mumm at the same price).

Cocktails for $15

When: From August 12th
Where: Amano, Non Solo Pizza, Bar Non Solo, Bivacco, Ebisu, Azabu Ponsonby, Azabu Mission Bay, MoVida & Ortolana

Across many of the exceptional venues participating in the festival (a full list can be found here), revellers are invited to enjoy a selection of $15 cocktails all day, every day.

New weekly $20 lunch time pasta’s at Bar Non Solo

Bangers and Classics

When: Weekly from 17th of August — 29th September
Where: Bar Non Solo

At Bar Non Solo — the city’s unofficial (but undisputed) home of pizza and pasta, you’ll find a rotating edit of new pasta dishes across the festival, with a new flavour joining the fold weekly, available for a modest $20 come lunchtime. Bellissimo.

Amano Bakery’s serving up new creations every week

Bespoke Bakes

When: Weekly from 17th of August — 29th September
Where: Amano Bakery

Amano, is serving up a new creation from the bakery every week for eight weeks, kicking off on August 17th. Indulge in eight exquisite new creations — four sweet and four savoury, unveiled weekly on Mondays via Instagram, and available exclusively at Amano Bakery.

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*Festival offers are subject to availability and some conditions may apply, see Savor’s website for full details.

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Down South? Don’t miss these exceptional events at Ayrburn

There’s never a shortage of reasons to visit Ayrburn, from the stunning grounds to the exceptional hospitality to the ever-lively vibe, and this winter, the precinct has a full rota of exciting goings-on to make a trip all the more alluring.

With the spectacular mid-winter Christmas spectacle still taking over the grounds (and our social calendars), this month sees a number of events that are sure to inspire indulgence.

Christmas High Tea in the Woolshed

Christmas High Tea in The Woolshed

When: July 27th, 10am — 12pm, The Woolshed
Bookings: book tickets here

An elevated affair to remember, Ayrburn have teamed up with local fashion designer Caitlin Crisp for a magical morning filled with festive cheer at the Christmas High Tea in The Woolshed. Here, guests are invited to indulge in seasonal treats, from traditional mince pies to luxurious sandwiches, paired perfectly with a selection of beverages, with all of those in attendance in to win a luxurious Caitlin Crisp winter cashmere bundle.

The Barrel Room Concert Nights

When: July 24th & 31st, The Barrel Room
Bookings: book tickets here

Relax in the underground mystic charm of The Barrel Room while enjoying intimate and enchanting live music. From the dulcet tunes of native New Yorker Margaret O’Hanlon who, on July 24th, will bring the Big Apple to life in a wintery tour of New York’s most iconic names (Frank Sinatra, Alicia Keys, and Billy Joel, to name a few), to Charlotte Graf’s ‘Blue Christmas’ show, where rock and roll meets Tinseltown on July 31st, Ayrburn presents two alluring reasons to emerge from winter hibernation.

Après-ski at Ayrburn’s Manure Room

Après-ski at Ayrburn

When: Now until September 22nd, The Manure Room at Ayrburn
Bookings: book here

With rousing DJ sets, winter specials, and delicious food, Ayrburn has become the home of Après, inviting slope-goers to round off the day well with daily drink deals from 4pm, food specials to refuel post-exertion, and, come Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, DJs taking to the decks to get the party started.

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As our Creative Director discovers, Van Cleef & Arpels’ enrapturing Melbourne exhibition is a journey through the poetry of time

Bringing the whimsy and wonder of Van Cleef & Arpel’s captivating timepieces to life, the maison’s Poetry of Time Exhibition — on now until the end of the month in Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping centre — delves into the storied jeweller’s history, exploring its most emblematic sources of inspiration via a dazzling display of 40 exquisite timepieces.

Here, horologists and novices alike will discover a poetic universe, encompassing three unique worlds the maison holds dear: Love Stories, Enchanting Nature, and Poetic Astronomy. Each theme is enlivened by the bespoke timepieces, with time taking on new meaning as it’s depicted by not dials dictating hours and minutes, but the enchanting, graceful movements of nature, feminine figures, and love stories.

Fairies and ballerinas tick away the hours, while the rhythm of nature meets the cadence of the cosmos, as each timepiece relates a tale of grace and enchantment. At the crossroads of inventiveness and fantasy, VCA’s creations interpret the measurement of time as an invitation to imagine, dream and rejoice.

Beyond gazing at the watches, which is reason enough to visit, the exhibition also presents an opportunity to craft a love story of your own, with the option to write and post a heartfelt letter to a loved one whilst there, with a bespoke Van Cleef & Arpels’ postcard inspired by the striking Parisians cityscape timepiece.

This incredible watch, in fact, is perhaps the exhibition’s most striking feature, and truly a sight to behold. A watchmaking signature of Van Cleef & Arpels since 2010, the Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux features a tender reunion, depicting two lovers as they move towards each other throughout the day to share a kiss at noon and midnight, set against a backdrop that recalls Parisian streets. The timepiece is revealed in different tableaux, depicting the kiss in daytime, nighttime and seasonal variations, offering an always changing and ever-alluring piece.

Ultimately, what sets Van Cleef & Arpels apart is the maison’s unique and captivating blend of inventiveness and fantasy. A VCA timepiece is not only a work of art in its own right, but a journey through the poetry of time; this exhibition a continuation of that vision.

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Heading to Synthony Pride this August? We have everywhere to eat, drink and celebrate around the event

With Auckland’s winter cultural calendar already in full swing, there are a number of exciting happenings inspiring us to step outside of the comfort of our homes and immerse ourselves in the intoxicating nature of live events. And sitting at the top of our list is Synthony Pride — a music event like no other and a world-first new show, reimagining the world’s biggest dance and pop anthems with the power of the Auckland Philharmonia, along with instrumentalists, guest vocalists, dancers, drag queens and kings, and some of the country’s most celebrated musicians.

If you have plans to head along (or now feel inspired to secure tickets), we’ve compiled a discerning list of where to stay, eat, drink and celebrate around the event, encouraging you not just to make a night of it, but an entire weekend.

Where To Celebrate
Pre-Show
SkyCity’s Drag Queen bingo pre-party with Kita Mean

SkyCity Synthony Pride Pre-Party

To get you well and truly in the spirit of the evening, SkyCity is hosting a Drag Queen bingo pre-party with Kita Mean. Look to the skies as the Sky Tower dresses in a fabulous dynamic rainbow light display, and start your night right with SkyCity at the official Synthony Pre-party where revellers are invited to make the most of the glam squad station (replete with false lashes, face gems and glitter galore), before partaking in an uproarious round of drag bingo — sure to set the tone for all that follows. There’s also free transportation for attendees, with complimentary buses running to and from Spark Arena for the first 200 people at Flare Bar.

Seasonal Arancini, Whipped Ricotta & Selection of Cured Meats and Cheeses from Bar Non Solo’s Pre-Show Menu

Bar Non Solo

Bar Non Solo not only promises an ever-lively ambience, but also offers a bespoke Pre-Show Menu — perfect for those on their way to an event at Spark Arena. Available between 4pm and 7pm, for a mere $30 guests can dine on a selection of plates that includes marinated olives, whipped ricotta, seasonal arancini, cured meats and cheeses, and two delicious pizzas. It’s the perfect way to ensure you are satiated for an exciting night. Bookings for this experience are essential to ensure you arrive at Spark with plenty of time to spare.

Get things moving and grooving with Cafe Hanoi’s espresso martini

Cafe Hanoi

Cafe Hanoi (only a quick walk from Spark Arena) is open on Saturdays from 12 ’til late, meaning that parking up for an afternoon drink and bite (or convivial long lunch) is not only possible but encouraged. The eatery’s extensive and always delicious menu is filled with fare that will suitably line your stomach for an evening of moving and grooving, while the cocktails — including a bespoke espresso martini with Vietnamese coffee and gingerbread syrup, are sure to get the party started.

Pre-show bites at Ortolana

Ortolana

This iconic restaurant is small but mighty. Offering a curated and concise menu, and an intimate, calm setting, Ortolana is one spot to which we always find ourselves returning to in the Britomart precinct. With a delicious edit of sharing plates (and some incredibly tasty pasta options, too), a thoughtfully crafted drinks menu, and service that is always swift (if needed), a pre-event stopover at this stalwart eatery is always a treat.

Enjoy a delicious selection of contemporary delights at Cassia

Cassia

Cassia at SkyCity takes modern Indian to new heights, with a delicious selection of contemporary delights perfect for sharing with a group pre-event. In the most central of locations, with a dimly-lit, vibrant dining space, as well as a number of set menus to choose from for those looking to turn lunch or a pre-event bite into a gastronomic delight.

Where To Celebrate
Post-Show
Join Kita Mean alongside Tess Tickle & Rita Menu at SkyCity’s Afterparty

Synthony Pride Afterparty at SkyCity

Continue the fun post-event and catch the Queens of SkyCity at the precinct’s uproarious afterparty. A resident DJ will keep the party going long into the evening, while the delightfully sinful ‘Queens of SkyCity’ midnight show will feature comedy master of ceremony Kita Mean alongside Tess Tickle and Rita Menu. They’ll be sure to bring their fabulous costumes, dance numbers and cheeky humour, inspiring revellers to finish the night off in style.

Keep the party going at Little Culprit

Culprit & Little Culprit

While Culprit’s innovative culinary concept is perfect for a pre- or post-show bite, with an ever-changing menu comprising trolleys of snacks to share, the eatery’s ‘mischievous younger brother’, Little Culprit, is a fantastic spot to keep the party going. Quaint and chic, this cocktail bar and wine lounge boats an elevated yet relaxed atmosphere, and is perfect for those seeking a nightcap.

Queen Street’s underground spot, The Nightcar

The Nightcar

Set in an atmospheric, underground spot on Queen Street, The Nightcar evokes after-dark sophistication with a film noir edge — with an impeccably crafted drinks list and late-night contemporary Chinese bites plus a number of tasty desserts. Open until 3am, this subterranean sanctuary is an ideal spot to make a night of it.

Take in the incredible views at Queens Rooftop

Queens Rooftop

Recently opening on a rooftop within the Commercial Bay precinct, Queens Rooftop boats 270-degree views of the Waitematā Harbour, delicious food, and one of the best drinks lists in town. Open from 11am ’til late seven days a week, here, you can grab lunch, a pre-event bite and glass of wine, or a post-event cocktail (or two) — taking in the incredible views from the comfort of the well-heated and always-lively rooftop terrace.

The perfect nightcap spot, on Palmer’s sweeping terrace

Palmer Bar

Taking cocktail hour to new heights, Palmer Bar is the central city bar and eatery with a positively elevated outlook. Whether you’re seeking a low-key daytime drink or a convivial post-event nightcap, Palmer’s inviting ambience and exceptional drinks menu always inspire another round. With a chic interior and sweeping terrace that provides the perfect alfresco spot to revel in a beautiful afternoon, and a roaring fire which takes centre-stage as the sun goes down, no matter the hour you visit, this is one spot guaranteed to deliver.

Where To Stay
Pre & Post-Show
The Horizon Suite at SkyCity’s new Horizon Hotel

SkyCity

Gastronomic bliss and refined relaxation abound at SkyCity, where a more-than-perfect place to rest your head awaits. From a luxurious, five-star stay at The Grand by SkyCity, to a perfect platform for staying and playing in the city — SkyCity Hotel, to the city’s newest benchmark in luxury accommodation — Horizon Hotel, opening only two days before the event itself, here, there’s something for every kind of getaway.

Stay in one of The Hotel Britomart’s Landing Suites

The Hotel Britomart

Nestled in the heart of Britomart, this chic hotel offers exquisitely designed rooms (plus five suites) designed to provide a calm respite from the bustle of the city. With warm, modern interiors and located within close walking distance to Spark Arena, not to mention the option of ordering room service from none other than Kingi, this centrally-located spot is a delightful place to rest your head.

The Classic Room at Auckland’s InterContinental

InterContinental

Globally renowned hotel group InterContinental recently opened an Auckland outpost, occupying a coveted site on Auckland’s waterfront overlooking the harbour and offering guests direct and easy access to some of the best restaurants, bars and retail the city has to offer. But, given the hotel’s utterly luxurious rooms and in-house hospitality with Advieh, there will be little need to leave at all.

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Modern Marvels: Shark’s 3-in-1 HydroVac is the innovative appliance changing how we maintain our homes, and we have one to giveaway

The Shark HydroVac Pro XL Cordless 3-in-1 Cleaner (say that fast three times) is the new, multi-purpose home appliance changing the face of home maintenance — and we’ve got one up for grabs. An essential chore, yet one we all sigh at the thought of, cleaning the floors has long been a laborious task, and one that requires multiple appliances and some serious elbow grease. Add the fact that, in Auckland at least, a large portion of the homes within which we dwell are villas — most of us have a whole lot of flooring to maintain.

That’s where the Shark Hydrovac comes in — offering multi-surface cleaning, tackling both hardwood floors and rugs with a powerful suction vacuum and hydro-mopping at the same time. The clever, cordless tool boasts powerful suction capabilities, swiftly clearing debris and dust, while the antimicrobial brush roll deep cleans, removing hard-to-lift marks — across both solid surfaces (wooden flooring and tiles) and soft flooring (to spot-clean carpet or area rugs).

Adding further still to its impressive capabilities, the HydroVac’s odour neutraliser technology keeps your home smelling fresh, while the handy self-cleaning mode ensures the unit stays fresh for every use. Win, win.

Given the increasingly busy lives we all lead, between demanding work schedules, kids, and social engagements, a clean and tidy home is often the first thing that is sacrificed — often to the detriment of our sanity. But that needn’t be the case (tidy home = calm mind, after all). Shark’s innovative new all-in-one HydroVac cuts cleaning time in half — its impressive efficacy also reduces the frequency of cleans, meaning more time to spend on the things that count.

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Embrace the season with our edit of all of the compellingly great reasons to head out this winter

Baby it sure is cold outside. But that’s no reason to stay at home and let the world forget your impeccable existence. Don’t be the Debbie Downer this winter, instead embrace the hostility of the cool air and throw caution to the wind, rain and snow and head on out to support your local hospitality operators. Keep your mind active and your belly reactive, because there’s only so many reruns of Seinfeld you can watch before it’s actually not funny anymore. Aren’t there?

Dine Out This Winter
Breakfast of champions
Amano

Celebrated for the bakery and the impeccable all-day and into-the-night Italian dining experience, one should not forget Amano for a hearty sit-down breakfast or brunch. Open seven days a week, forget the coffee on the run, and take the time to eat in and enjoy a menu that includes a plethora of well-balanced, nutritionally acceptable options like granola with blueberry, cultured custard and thyme, avocado on sourdough with a poached egg and almonds. Or throw caution to the wind and embrace the nduja, tomato, ciabatta and scrambled eggs — a riff on Amano’s popular pasta dish.

Dine Out This Winter
Take a bite out of the Big Apple
Federal Delicatessen at SkyCity

Sure, you could just go to New York, and head straight to Katz’s Delicatessen, but we are serious believers in the equally authentic Federal Delicatessen at SkyCity. Here you can lose yourself in a menu of all things Noo Yawk, from authentic bagels, to the infamous ‘street dog’ or pastrami sandwiches and tuna melts, polished off with bottomless drip coffee and New York cheesecake. Oh my Gwad! 

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Turn date night into a spicy late-night
Bar Magda

Chef and co-owner of Bar Magda, Carlo Buenaventura’s inventive, new-wave Filipino flavours are enough to warm even the coldest of hearts. Conveniently open every evening from 5pm (except Tuesday), and discreetly tucked into its inviting subterranean locale, here you can ignite the night with a tasty menu of unique dishes such as spicy tuna on toast served with mayo and flying fish caviar or the eternally popular lamb ribs ‘pyanggang’ served with soft herbs and green sambal.

And when you’re done with eating, the team behind the bar have more imaginative tricks up their sleeve that are sure to keep the night alive. We suggest the ‘Dragonfruit Sour’ which sees a melding of dragon fruit with Peddlers Shanghai gin, cherry pip cordial, maraschino liqueur and lemon to create a beautifully tart, subtly sweet, and entirely delicious libation.

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Take a gastronomic tour of Middle Eastern cuisine
Advieh

While the concept of engaging in a ‘trust the chef’ dining experience should come with a warning to also ‘know the chef’ first, in the case of Gareth Stewart, his impressive 30-year career (and the fact that here at Denizen, we’ve been long-standing members of Mr Stewart’s fan club) renders this null and void. We have no doubt that Stewart is playing his finest tune yet at the helm of Advieh. Honouring the flavour-filled nuances of Middle Eastern cuisine, and enhancing them further by employing locally sourced seasonal ingredients, we wholly agree with Stewart when he recently told us; “I’m confident there is nothing like Advieh in Auckland.”

To truly experience Stewart’s expertise we recommend jumping head first into the Banquet menu and simply just ‘trust the chef’— because he’s not going to let you down. Designed to showcase a deliciously diverse insight into Stewart’s meticulously crafted dishes, the curated three-course menu, plus side dishes, act as an exploration of far-flung flavour profiles via a selection of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Think delicately crafted chicken liver baklava filo with pistachio, pickled persimmon, and manuka honey, to smoked pumpkin hummus served with fried sujuk and pumpkin seed oil, or coastal lamb neck, pickles, sheep’s milk labneh, and green harissa. The Banquet menu is the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy a delicious new dining experience. Available for a minimum of two guests and priced at $95 per person, the offer is available for
dinner service. 

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Dine under Soul’s floral festooned garden
Soul Bar & Bistro

While Gavin Doyle’s food and Liv Carter and her team’s magical service never ever disappoint, there is also another fantastic reason to head to Soul Bar & Bistro this winter. Take a seat on the terrace (don’t fret, it is heated) cast your eyes above and marvel at the constantly evolving foliage. The hanging gardens at Soul are a delightful year-round work of art, that have been putting on their glorious display for more than 14 years. In our opinion they are deserving of a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award for this already highly acclaimed eatery. 

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Don’t be shy of Dry July
Ahi

With an increasing desire for delicious alcohol-free drinks in bars and restaurants, more and more venues are upping the ante on their drinks lists, and Commercial Bay’s Ahi is one such establishment — introducing an incredible selection of probiotic wild sodas, naturally fermented with ingredients from the Ahi garden.

Bar Manager Egor Petrov is behind the new drinks, carefully selecting herbs, fruit, and flowers from the Ahi garden, and pairing these incredible ingredients with raw honey and water to brew gut-loving, healthy tonics. Going further than the standard kombuchas you’ll find on many drinks menus when dining out, these sodas are unique in that typical ferments are made with a ready culture (like a scoby), but Petrov relies solely on the probiotic bacteria that live on the plants in Ahi’s garden. The first of their kind in New Zealand, seasonal ingredients available in the garden will dictate the ever-changing flavours of the wild sodas. 

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Have a Spanish love affair
MoVida’s Executive Chef, Frank Camora

Hot off the heels of Melbourne-based executive chef, Frank Camora’s recent stint back in MoVida Auckland’s kitchen, the inspiring new menu has everyone feeling grande amore all over again. Camora sure knows how to tantalise the taste buds, with his inventive Spanish fare.

Having introduced Australia to his native home’s cuisine of Spanish tapas and raciones back in Melbourne in 2002, Camora has gone on to win global acclaim. Movida’s delicious menu embraces traditional Spanish cooking techniques through the lens of modern New Zealand cuisine, and it’s a sure fire way to spice up any winter night.

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Tackle the trolleys at Yum Cha
Grand Harbour

If there was ever a time that was suited to the Chinese tradition of yum cha, it’s winter. There’s something resolutely soul warming about a bustling dining room with steaming carts carrying goodness in tiny parcels, dodging patrons and each other in an extraordinarily chaotic dance around the restaurant. For classic yum cha, you cannot go past Grand Harbour, a stalwart of the yum cha game in Auckland, and for very good reason.

In addition to the endless supply of dumplings and steam buns doing the rounds, may we suggest ordering the spicy crab. Not for those who don’t like to get messy, nor those on a first date, but trust us, it’s worth the effort. For those looking for a more elevated, traditional experience, SkyCity’s Huami has become a firm favourite, largely due to their magnificent Peking Duck. With an entire drying room dedicated to the lengthy ageing process required to achieve perfection, the traditional duck service is, in our opinion, the best in town.  

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Indulge in a fancy feast
Left: The Living Room at Park Hyatt. Right: SkyBar

A great tradition long enjoyed by royalty and the aristocratic elite, afternoon tea has, over the years, become a veritable culinary art form. From small pastries to savoury treats to moreish sweet indulgences, afternoon tea is the perfect way to bridge lunch and dinner (without ruining your appetite for either) and is a decidedly elegant way to celebrate a special occasion, or to simply while away a few hours in elegant fashion.

When High Tea becomes Sky Tea. Take in an afternoon of delectable treats from the highest vantage point at SkyCity’s SkyBar. Here, each service includes an impeccable curation of ten delectable bites, five savoury and five sweet, all paired with either tea, coffee or champagne. 

For those who like to keep their feet closer to the ground, head to Esther in the QT Hotel for chef Sean Connolly’s take on the traditional experience. Park Hyatt Auckland’s Afternoon Tea is an elevated affair, where deliciously savoury bites like parsnip gratin with truffle potato cream, blue cheese brûlée with wild mushroom and bacon crumb and confit duck with slaw in a rosemary bun sit alongside sweet delights like petit gateaux with yuzu curd, bergamot and white chocolate, dark chocolate Jerusalem artichoke and caramel tart and brioche doughnut with lime curd custard — this is afternoon tea service for the true gourmand. 

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Experience a traditional Toana’i 
Metita

A longstanding tradition on Sundays in Samoan culture, some of chef Michael Meredith’s most cherished memories are centred on Sunday toana’i and seeing his aiga connect, reflect and come together. At SkyCity’s Metita, fresh and seasonal ingredients are cooked to perfection and are on offer at toana’i.

The Sunday long lunch is an invitation to join in a Pacific tradition that’s celebrated all over the world, with a menu made to be shared, and new dishes regularly introduced. Current favourites include a fried crispy skin pork hock, seared tuna and the must-try panipopo dessert, where decadent coconut buns are served with spiced rum caramel and a banana sorbet.

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Sharing a comforting feast 
Jervois Steak House

Much like traditional steak houses that date back centuries, Jervois Steak House represents the ultimate in comfort and refinement. A cold night calls for a dinner date that includes Jervois Steak House’s well endowed ‘Chef’s Board’ which features three of their favourite cuts available on the day.

Trust us when we say that no board or, meal for that matter, is complete without a prerequisite order of sides including (and never excluding), onion rings, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, JSH’s signature creamed spinach and duck fat roasted rosemary potatoes. Pair with a great Central Otago Pinot, and you have all the makings of an incredibly pleasant winter evening… out of the house!

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When all you want is comfort and privacy 
Sìso’s Private Dining Room

Guaranteed to entice anyone out of the house on even the coldest of winter nights, the Remuera local’s favourite, Sìso, provides warm, comfortable refuge from the world outside. The intimate private dining room — affectionately known as The Sauna, thanks to its dark wood panelled walls and sheepskin-covered chairs, seats up to 10 guests.

So why not make this your reason to escape hibernation. Gather your closest for an inviting evening of great Mediterranean-inspired food and fantastic hospitality.

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Reinstate the ‘business time’ lunch 
Ebisu

Step away from the desk, pretend like it’s the 90s, invite the gatekeeper of the company credit card, and clear the afternoon for a long ‘business’ lunch at Britomart institution Ebisu. An enticing new addition added to the weekday lunch menu presents a very good reason to ditch the soggy sandwich. The Shokado Bento Boxes are inspired by traditional kaiseki seasonal cuisine.

The Shokado Bento Boxes feature eight delicious dishes — with four rotating monthly to showcase fresh seasonal flavours. From Tuna sashimi, karaage chicken Nanbanzuke, beef tartare Gunkan and temari sushi, there is something for everyone, with guests able to choose from seafood, meat or vegetarian options. With so many dishes to get through, you have very good reason to overindulge and to ignore the impending workload. You know you deserve it.

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Visit the country’s finest wine regions
Somm Cellar Door

With more than 100 sought after New Zealand (and a few international) wines on offer by the glass or by the bottle, there is no reason to put the summer pursuit of vineyard tours on hold. Somm Cellar Door offers a huge selection of impeccable, hard to procure wines in tasting flights, either by region (Waiheke, Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Marlborough and Central Otago are all well represented) or by variety.

Each flight includes four 75ml glasses of each expertly considered selection, leaving you with a new appreciation and understanding of some of our great wine producers. And just as the wine list is a celebration of New Zealand’s flavours, Gavin Doyle’s menu of sharing plates and snacks showcase the best produce from around the country. Gather a group together for a celebration of New Zealand’s finest, no dodgy van transportation required. 

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Dive into Andiamo’s new tiramisu martini
Tiramisu martini from Andiamo

The ‘Tuscan Trifle’ has been reimagined for the locals of Herne Bay, rather fittingly as a deliciously indulgent dessert cocktail. So while the rest of Herne Bay’s residents are drowning in the real thing in the stifling heat of Tuscany, warm yourself by Andiamo’s fire with a glass or two of this soul warming sweetener, acknowledging that we’re not out of the dark economic woods yet, and you’ve made very good choices by staying in New Zealand this winter.

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Turn Cheat Day into Treat Day
Bivacco’s Sunday Feast

Do you run a restrictive eating plan during the week? Turn ‘cheat day’ into an utterly indulgent ‘treat day’ at Bivacco’s Sunday Feast. This end-of-the-week dining experience fulfils all of your dining whims in one artfully presented array of dozens of dishes. Kicking off at 11am through until 4pm, and guaranteed to suit any dining proclivity.

Fresh seafood dishes like fresh tuna tartare, juicy prawns, succulent South Island salmon and shellfish are prepared to perfection. A curated selection of meats from irresistible whole-roasted porchetta to flame-grilled rib eye steak, every flavourful bite is a testament to the expert skill at play in the kitchen. A series of locally sourced, slow-roasted vegetable dishes and crisped to perfection roast potatoes are on offer alongside an array of fresh and flavoursome seasonal salads for those seeking something a little lighter. Particular highlights include Brussels sprouts with chilli honey, chargrilled broccolini with baby carrot, parsley and raisin, and a tasty endive salad with gorgonzola, grape, pear and walnuts.

And what feast would be complete without an unforgettable finale? The dessert station at Bivacco’s Sunday Feast is a haven for anyone harbouring a sweet tooth. Immerse yourself in the exquisite line-up of satiating baked goods and indulgent delights, including a family-style tiramisu, Basque cheesecake, lemon tart, carrot cake, chocolate chip cookies, macaroons and so much more.

If that’s not enough, there is also an exclusive Bloody Mary station alongside cocktail specials, spritzes and espresso martinis. Head home knowing that you’ve successfully fulfilled your weekly wellbeing goals by rewarding yourself with the best spread in town.

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The Alderman is the laid-back and light-filled new eatery in Henderson you need to know

Drawn to the building’s history and charm, and seeing “so much unrealised potential,” Donna Hutchins and business partner Shaun Margan jumped at the opportunity to take over a striking heritage building in the heart of Henderson, transforming it into The Alderman — a charming neighbourhood café surrounded by native bush.

Hutchins and Margan both come to the new venture with 25 years’ experience in the industry, and, in seeking something new, were instantly inspired by the building The Alderman now occupies and it’s striking surrounds. “Our building was built in 1873, and was the first hotel in Henderson, so it has always been entrenched in the hospitality culture of the west,” says Hutchins, “As the current custodians of The Falls Hotel building, we want to keep the hospitality legacy going.” And so far, so good, with The Alderman already becoming a fixture in the local dining scene, with locals embracing the newcomer wholeheartedly. “The weekend vibe has been all about local families and dogs so far!” says Hutchins, “We have a lovely north-facing outlook to Falls Park, where the kids can explore nature too, and locals have been using the beautiful walkway and bike path to get to the eatery.”

Drawing inspiration from laid-back, relaxed daytime eateries in Melbourne and Sydney, the pair have kept the space simple — letting the building’s historic interiors and surrounds become the focal point, and leaning into the light and airy space. “The space gets all-day sun (when it’s shining), and the building is nestled next to a patch of native bush, giving it a lush, green outlook,” Hutchins tells me, saying that the pair called on friends for support in realising their vision, “Our friend Ryan Strawbridge from Our Projects was amazing, bringing our loose plans, drawn on a paper napkin, to life.”

Pork fennel sausage, swiss cheese & fried egg muffin

The menu offers an approachable take on modern classics, from granola with warm vanilla custard and poached fruit to chilli scramble on sourdough on the breakfast menu, to chicken schnitzel with savoy and fennel slaw and 12-hour lamb shoulder flatbread on offer come lunch. The Alderman Big Breakfast and a tasty avocado cornbread feature on a concise menu that’s available to order all day. Hutchins’ favourites? The wagyu steak on sourdough with peppercorn sauce, and the Dusty Apron English muffin with pork and fennel sausage with Al Brown’s kasundi relish.

As for the drinks, you’ll find expertly prepared eighthirty coffee, alongside craft beers and a concise wine list — something the pair have plans to expand on as the weather warms and they begin to make the most of their covered outside area.

Ultimately, in The Alderman, Hutchins and Margan have created a laid-back spot where locals and those coming from further afield can enjoy a long lunch with friends or family, leaving feeling satisfied and relaxed.

Opening hours:
Tuesday — Sunday, 8am — 3pm
Closed Monday

aldermanhenderson.co.nz

The Alderman

22 Alderman Drive
Henderson
Auckland

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Heading to Paris soon? Consult our guide to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat in the City of Light

It was Audrey Hepburn who famously said “Paris is always a good idea”, a sentiment we wholeheartedly agree with, particularly in light of the upcoming Paris Olympics. So if you’re headed to the City of Light soon, these are the places we suggest you seek out.

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Cultural Must-Dos


Paris has no shortage of iconic landmarks, the Musée du Louvre, La Tour Eiffel, and a glimpse at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris being some of the most renowned and well-frequented. Yet it is those less-obvious, like Jardin des Tuileries’ Musée de l’Orangerie which famously holds Monet’s Water Lilies, and Fondation Louis Vuitton that exists as a museum for this esteemed brand, housing Bernard Arnault’s private art collection, that are worthy of visiting. Both Palais Garnier and Palais Royale should be regarded essential stops for anyone with a penchant for the architecture of the City, and Atelier Brancusi is an intimate gallery space that is an ode to the famed wood-sculptor. If all else falls short, the views from atop the Arc de Triomphe are second to none.

Where To Shop


With such a formative lens on the world of fashion, from the legends of Haute Couture to emerging designers and quaint boutiques, shopping in Paris is an essential activity. If this is your first trip back to Paris in some time, Dior’s 30 Montaigne flagship is a must — offering two floors of shopping, a gallery, patisserie, restaurant, and even a guest suite designed to host the brand’s most loyal devotees. Those seeking a one-stop shop should call into La Samaritaine or Printemps, two of the largest luxury department stores in Paris, as well as Le Bon Marché, a historic shopping temple that needs little introduction. For a more bespoke, boutique experience, The Broken Arm and Leclaireur offer a curated selection of exceptional designers, Kiliwatch is a treasure trove of vintage designer wares, and Dary’s and Karry’o are both a must for exquisite vintage jewellery. You’ll be amazed by what you can find at Chez Sarah Vintage and Good Jo. Buly 1803 is an impressive, historic beauty emporium, Marin Montagut is the famed artist’s flagship for homewares, Castor Fleuriste offers divine florals in Le Marais, should you need them, and literary folk would do well to pay a visit to Shakespeare & Company, a historic beacon of excellence.

Where To Stay


More than just somewhere to rest a weary head, these Parisian hotels, both iconic and new, are earmarked for offering the kind of stay that one would expect in the City. Grand old dames like Le Bristol Paris, Ritz Paris, and Hôtel Lutetia stand tall alongside new guard operators, such as the sleek and chic Bulgari Hôtel Paris, an 8th arrondissement darling on the corner of Avenue George V and Rue Pierre Charron and Saint James Paris with its smart new interiors from Laura Gonzalez and idyllic locale next to Bois de Boulogne that makes the stay so enviable. For a convivial stay in a lively hotspot, look no further than Le Grand Mazarin, where you’ll find a vibrant bar and secret cabaret in a camp and impossibly chic locale. Regardless of where you find yourself, you’ll find the old world charm in destinations like Cheval Blanc and Hôtel De Crillon, and a new outlook at Cour des Vosges who’s polished, pared-back interiors stride away from Parisian classicism in the coolest way. While, set in an illustrious palace overlooking the Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon is a celebration of Paris and the French spirit of art de vivre — timeless, legendary and unabashedly elegant.

Where To Eat


No trip to France is worth it without indulging in some Parisian delicacies. From restaurants that offer picturesque views to some of the most delicious and chic under-the-radar spots (that are just as delicious), Paris has something for everyone. Girafe, alongside it’s fine seafood-focussed fare, offers one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, whereas Jean-François Piège’s La Poule Au Pot serves typical French cuisine like foie gras and escargot in an unassuming little spot opposite Colonne Médicis. If it’s joie de vivre you seek, Lapérouse has been a proud host of it in the 6th arrondissement since 1766. Elsewhere, Loulou Restaurant and Le Voltaire both offer truly exceptional European cuisine, the former famed for its stunning outdoor setting within the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the latter with views of the Louvre from its terrace. For something more casual and fun, Clown Bar can always be relied upon with an elevated bistro menu and a bar that keeps one aptly libated, while BB Blanche is a beautifully decorated art noveau restaurant perfect for a leisurely lunch.

Where To Drink


From the cute cafés that promise to wet the whistle, to the hotel bars that offer something distinctly more glamorous, to the intimate bars that serve drinks late into the night, Paris has no shortage of places to imbibe. Consider Pavillon Puebla, with its lush garden surroundings in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont when the languid afternoon is calling or Les Ambassadeurs, tucked away in Hôtel De Crillon for a necessary pre-dinner drink. Bisou’s outlook is decidedly Parisian, with tables that flow out onto the footpath and a self-proclaimed ethos of ‘sexy’, and Le Très Particulier brings the outdoors in with it’s stunning greenery-filled atrium and trendy Montmartre postcode. Just steps from Les Marais is Candelaria, an intimate and effortless Mexican restaurant and bar, and from here, head to Dirty Lemon, a little cocktail bar where you can easily while away an evening.

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