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Holly Lindsey

VT STATION: Authentic Indian in Newmarket

Mumbai, the metropolitan city of India. A city that celebrates and welcomes a diverse range of cultures, brought in from communities across the country. The meeting point of north and south. At the heart of this incredible city is Victoria Terminus (aka VT), the main railway station, a World Heritage site, and the gateway to this colourful city.  When Areeb, Harry, and Angela began planning their newest venture, a street styled Indian restaurant, the famous station was their inspiration. They wanted to break away from the notion that Indian food was a $10 Butter Chicken, rather whisking their guests away on a culinary journey from the streets of Newmarket to the streets of Mumbai. With the menu as their ticket, guests travel through the regions of India, north to south, experiencing authentic Indian food, as

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Holly Lindsey

Baduzzi: ‘The Food of the People” on North Wharf

There is no better way to experience a foreign culture than to immerse yourself in its cuisine. Why? Because food brings people together and it’s in these moments of togetherness that we are exposed to culture in its purest form. It‘s in the expression on people’s faces; the smile in their eyes when they greet each other. You hear the tone in their voice while they share their stories, morals, and beliefs with each other. You witness the celebration of traditions, music, and individual style. Sitting around a table together, it’s easy to experience a natural, unedited culture other than your own. I was once invited to stay with a local family in Tuscany. Although they didn‘t speak English, it had little impact on what was one of the most memorable nights of my life.

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Holly Lindsey

Olas: Latin American in the Heart of Ponsonby Central

The food truck culture is one that continues to grow an avid following of local foodies, eager for new culinary experiences, and those looking to learn more about the different cultures and cuisines that make up our diverse city. Having challenged the perception that quality and flavours need to come from commercial kitchens, the food truck culture has brought to the surface a new wave of chefs. Those who may not have the same qualifications or years of experience as those in established restaurants, but could arguably be churning out some of the best food, due to their pure joy and passion for cooking, coupled with the traditional practices and recipes passed down from mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Without the barriers of large start up costs and logistics, food trucks allow some of the most

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Holly Lindsey

The Grove: The Great Sunday Roast

The great Sunday roast is so much more than just meat and three veg. It’s a childhood memory; the continuation of tradition; a commitment to come together as a family; an occasion that keeps us actively involved in each other’s lives. As children, we would arrive downstairs in our Sunday best, ready to contribute in our own way. I would set the table with mum’s starched white serviettes and silverware, my dad would sharpen the knife and begin to carve the meat, while my brothers hovered around him, fighting over who would get the shank. Once the argument was settled, and what remained of the shank had found its place on the winner’s plate, the boys would start a human train of golden roasted carrots, crunchy potatoes, buttered beans, and mum’s homemade mint sauce to

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Holly Lindsey

The Brit: What makes a great Gastro Pub

Having a successful pub in the middle of a bustling city is no easy task. A great pub needs to create a comfortable, ‘homely’ atmosphere and a relaxed familiarity as you walk through the door. Setting up shop in busy, metropolitan Auckland is an interesting challenge; yet one the team behind The Brit have taken on well. Housed within one of Britomart’s iconic heritage buildings, the high stud and walls of arched windows mean that even when at capacity, there is a sense of space. With size on their side, the owners have built in seating areas for people seeking the cozy, the business, the date, the sport, the quiet, or the celebratory experience. First and foremost, this is a great spot for a working lunch – whether it be outside on a Friday arvo

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