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Holly Lindsey

The New York Brunch

Ahhh brunch; the beautiful spot where breakfast and lunch mingle. The perfect occasion for the late risers, the Saturday night ‘dusties’ or the family gathering at that relaxed time that seems to suit all generations. An occasion perfected by New Yorkers, and introduced to the rest of the world by the likes of Sex and the City, the weekend brunch is undefined by reason or time, panning from mid-morning through to late lunch with the help of a few ongoing Bloody Marys.   As we like to do, New Zealand has thrown its own spin on brunch over the years, adapting it to Kiwi preferences so it was about time we had a team of New York-style brunch experts show us how it’s truly done. If you haven’t heard of AvroKO Hospitality Group, definitely give them

Editorial
Magda Drummond

Andiamo both demands your attention and deserves it

In Italian, the word Andiamo grab’s attention by encouraging you to get moving or to put it not so lightly, to hurry up! This Auckland eatery both demands your attention and deserves it. Boasting a fresh, Italian style menu, Andiamo sits proudly in the neighbourhood of Herne Bay and has been serving the decadence of Italy for more than three decades. Though for a short period this much loved space briefly became The Halcyon, after a swift acquisiton by Nourish Group in 2018, Andiamo was reinstated to its former glory (to many cheers from the community who had missed it!). Both a local eatery and neighbourhood watering hole, Andiamo caters to the busy clientele of Jervois Road but its reputation also calls to those from all over Auckland, drawing them in with classic dishes, homemade

Editorial
Magda Drummond

Ginger Remuera: Traditional Thai in a Modern Setting

Quietly nestled on Remuera road, Ginger is a light-filled, modern and elegant restaurant that proudly offers ‘traditional thai’ and nothing less. Amongst a surge of asian-fusion eateries in Auckland, Ginger boldly states that when you step inside its inviting doors you won’t be met with a collision of cuisines but with pure and authentic Thai food. As an intimate space with backlit mood lighting, delicate accents and a pastel palette of pinks and blues, Ginger is the perfect spot for a cosy date night, dinner with clients or a catch-up with friends. The menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and head chef Lhin and is prepared each and every night by her team of award-winning Thai chefs. Many of the recipes on the menu have been passed down through Lynn’s family and are fittingly

Editorial
Holly Lindsey

The Modern-Day Ladies Lunch

I’m sure the term ‘Ladies Lunch’ really has more to do with the literary technique of alliteration than the meaning or image attached to it. Still, it’s a fun expression to say and I love using it as an excuse to get my friends together over great food and a few wines! A Ladies Lunch should be a non-negotiable date in the calendar of women of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles. Whether it be a simple picnic in the park or a three-course lunch in a glamorous terrace setting, it’s about making time for those who support and motivate you and most importantly, who keep you in check. So, when I was offered a table for a long lunch in the iconic Non Solo Pizza courtyard, I had the girls on speed dial. Having spent

Cheap Eats
Magda Drummond

Grab & Go lunch, but make it delicious

Tired of staring through the smudged glass of your local cafe cabinet waiting for the options to miraculously improve? If you’re anything like me, and your lunch break begins with a 10 minute office-wide brainstorm, before finally retreating to your desk with the same cabinet food delicacy you’ve shamefully settled for every day this week, then it might just be time to mix things up. The working week is tough at the best of times, so why make it harder on ourselves by reserving the ‘good food’ for the weekends?  Gone are the days of submitting to tired salads and stale sandwiches, with an array of delicious, yet hassle free meals available to Grab & Go all over the city.  Sumthin Dumplin The humble dumpling can sometimes get a bad rap, with the greasy Dominion

Editorial
Holly Lindsey

Soho’s Secret – Modern Thai fusion with a cosmopolitan Twist

The Goodside is a bustling hub of boutique food and beverage artisans, nestled amongst a leafy indoor-outdoor setting in Takapuna. It’s a trusted hotspot for North Shore locals and has since become a destination for city-side foodies who are excited to make the quick trip over the bridge.  It is also home to Soho, a modern Thai eatery and passion project of Poom and Jenny who have taken the dynamic flair from the heart of Manhattan’s Soho district and wrapped it around authentic yet experimental Thai fusion cuisine. When you think Thai you don’t necessarily think of ceviche, lamb ribs or fried squid, but when dosed in local Thai herbs and spices, and prepared with traditional cooking methods, you won’t be able to think about anything else!  Soho’s secret? Local Thai ingredients and lots of

Best of Auckland
Magda Drummond

The Happy Hour Hunt

Though they can often feel like a best-kept secret or a rumour in the wind, Happy Hour really is the best way to scratch that midweek itch to catch up with a friend, try a new restaurant or just to fill that awkward gap before dinner. In the middle of a long and stressful work week, sometimes some social connection is all you need to start that downhill slide towards the weekend. But catching up with friends or venting to your coworkers doesn’t have to be an expensive affair, just join the Happy Hour Hunt and grab yourself a deal.  If cocktails aren’t your thing, plenty of Happy Hours offer beer and wine specials to wet your whistle. But if like me, you’re pulled in by the allure of a magical mixed beverage, you might

Editorial
Holly Lindsey

Paris Butter: A French Inspired Bistro on the Jervois Strip

Paris Butter has been nestled on the Jervois strip for a little over four years now. Having lived in Herne Bay for the past six, I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. It deserves to be heard. It first opened as a traditional French bistro, serving 150 tables a night.  Slowly evolving its food and style, it is today, a sophisticated fine-dining French-inspired restaurant with an intimate 50 table service.  The French influence is current and authentic, taken from Le Petit Leon, its sister restaurant located in a relaxed summer garden setting in the south of France. Owner and chef Nick Honeyman spends the European summer season there, bringing back fresh inspiration to create the new summer menu for Paris Butter. Paris Butter weaves French cooking techniques with unique New Zealand produce. The

Editorial
Holly Lindsey

A Foodie Staycation in the City

Editorial Partnership // AD Holidaying in 2020. The year that the mid winter Fiji escapes splashed all over Instagram were replaced with picturesque hikes up a crisp Mt Cook, exploring new coastlines and visiting the little character towns pocketed around our country. While it’s exciting to finally be able to ‘vacate’, a holiday can also mean simply taking the time to pause, relax in the quiet company of friends and …. ‘staycate’. The concept of a staycation is not new, but the concept of a foodie staycation is, and it’s offered right here in one of Auckland’s oldest establishments – The Cordis Hotel (previously known as The Langham).  Here’s why you need a Foodie Staycation at The Cordis: We have spent the good part of the last 6 months with no restaurants, no take out,

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