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Gin is back in baby!
"Already sold out, New Zealand's first gin festival has cemented the trend that gin is back in.The inaugural GinDulgence Festival will be held in Christchurch this month, showcasing local and international craft gins for 800 gin enthusiasts. The first 600 tickets for the event sold out within four weeks, and an additional 150 tickets sold out within five hours". Read more - Stuff, 15 March 2018

Food industry favourites and the women who inspire them
Viva asks some of their favourite people in the food business about the women who have led them to where they are today. Read more - Viva, 8 March 2018

Early season Bluff oyster prices driven by "insatiable" demand
"A Southland business had a queue of up to 70 hungry customers waiting in line to get their hands on this season's Bluff oysters.With oyster sellers reporting universally strong demand across the country, prices have surged in some areas, with other venues treating their clientele to a range of special offers as competition hots up." Read more - NZ Herald, 6 March 2018

Krispy Kreme is opening first NZ store, with hundreds set to show up
The Krispy Kreme store will open at 8am on Wednesday. Security is tight and the barricades are up ahead of the 8 am opening. I know where I am going later today. Yum! Read more - NZ Herald, 27 Februrary 2018

Guess who just Joined The Long List Of Celebrities Investing In Alcohol Companies?
"What do George Clooney, Drake, Jay-Z, and Ryan Reynolds have in common? In addition to the more obvious answer that they're famous, the four celebs all also own alcohol brands. Reynolds is the latest celebrity to invest in booze, a trend that seems to be on the rise after Clooney's tequila company, Casamigos, reportedly sold for up to $1 Billion last June." Full article here - Zoe Baine, Refinery29, 23 Februrary 2018

Meet Clooney's New Head Chef - Nobu Lee
Nobu, who has worked at L’Atelier de Joe Robuchon Taipei, and as a head chef at Australia’s Marque and Vue de Monde, was actually offered the job of head chef two years ago and says it feels like the right time to return to the country where he began learning to cook 18 years ago. He sees this as the perfect opportunity to learn the ins and outs of running a business and believes it’s time to give something back to the food scene in New Zealand. Full article here - 17 Februrary 2018

Feeding the Olympians
The Winter Games are in full throtle, I have to say Pyeongchang, Korea knows how to put on a show! Having a good diet is crucial to being a world class athlete. Soo Kang takes a look at Pyeongchang's heartwarming cuisine. Full article here - 17 Februrary 2018

Food for lovers and Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is back for another year! The best part...the food of course. New Year celebrations will last 23 days, so lots of time to take part in the festivities. Start by checking out these delcious recipies to get you in the mood! Full article here - 12 Februrary 2018

Critics' Choice Awards
The inaugural Restaurant Hub’s Critics’ Choice Awards have been revealed! Critic Jesse Mulligan of Viva and Kim Knight of Canvas gives us their top 5 restaurants of 2017. View the Critics' Choice Awards here - 7 Februrary 2018

Save time in the kitchen with these 10 hacks

Common kitchen tasks can be tedious right?! Save time and ease the mind with these time-saving hacks. Full article Here -, 21 January 2018

Want to be a vegan? Here's how to do it, safely

"Plant based diets and specifically vegan diets are all the rage right now. In fact, vegan foods were one of the fastest growing supermarket categories of the last few years." Full article Here - New Zealand Herald, 17 January 2018

Top Restaurant Reviewer takes his Last Stand

"After 30 years of finding fault for a living, Herald reviewer Peter Calder is retiring to eat, read, and watch movies as a civilian". Check out the full article Here - New Zealand Herald, 24 December, Illustration: Rod Emmerson

2018 Chef Hats Announced

It is that time of year and the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide are back to announce the Chef Hat award winners for 2018. A whopping 408 restaurants have been awarded Chef Hats around Australia this year! View the full award article Here – Australian Good Food Guide, December 2017 

The Perfect Bagel: How hard is it really?

With my morning coffee, I've always loved a crunchy, toasty bagel which is absolutely covered in cream cheese.  Brian Chen of San Fransisco talks about his efforts in making the 'perfect bagel'.  Full article and recipe here  –  New York Times, Brian Chen, 22 August, Photography: Jason Henry

Top Food Trends of 2017

Viva gives us the low down on the top trending foods of 2017.  From the Pie-fee, a sweet pie crust coated with chocolate and coffee by the Tasteful Bakehouse & Cafe, to the Hawaiian-style poké bowls which are popping up on menus everywhere.  Delve into the article here –  VIVA, 19 December 2017

Gin & Lemon Cheese is actually a thing

Imagine the gin pizza's and burger's, or even a hot plate of nachos with this mouthwatering creation melted all over it. It is taking the UK by storm, brought to us by the Cheshire Cheese Company.  Read the full article hereThe Urban List, 15 December 2017,

Salty, Smoky & Sweet.  The Perfect Edible Gift!

Is your mouth watering yet? Check out these homemade salty Caramels with a smoky twist. The best gifts always come from the heart and what a better way to the heart than through the stomach. You can find the full article and recipe here. – Food52, Katie Macdonald, 12 December 2017, Photography: Julia Gartland

GIAPO's festive treat! 

The iconic Auckland Sky Tower has had a gelato makeover. Complete your dining experience at one of these nearby restaurants with your Christmas creation from Giapo. Book to dine near Giapo or read the full article. - Heart of the City, December 2017 Photography: Instagram/giapokitchen

Creating the Ultimate Christmas Treat
Want to keep the kids entertained?  Create a yummy gingerbread house from scratch.  Exciting, fun and delicious! Take a look at this article, get yourself in the Christmas spirit, and have a blast! - New York Times, Julia Moskin, December 2017

Introducing Rudolph the reindeer gelato

Perfect for the hot weather, you could say this chocolatey creation is (almost) too cute to eat.
Watch the video or get your own from Miann Britomart after you've had some lunch or dinner at one of these nearby restaurants. - Heart of the City, December 2017 Photography: Facebook / Minn Britomart

Mix up the traditional Christmas meals

Be inspired by these restaurants creations; XXXmas burgers, XXXmas pudding, a breakfast big enough for Santa and more festive fare. - Hot Dinners, Gavin Hanly, 26 November 2017 Photography: Hot Dinners / Dinner by Heston?

What's the hole in the middle of your Doughnut for?

Coffee of course! Check out how this Melbourne bakery is sweetening the morning caffeine hit with coffee in your doughnut, well in a Nutella lined hollow. YUM! Read the full article or find a doughnut fix here.  - Urban List, Claire Plush, 1 December 2017 Photography: Urban List / April Elizabeth

Inti in Auckland takes on the trend of insects in cuisine
NZ Herald Focus talked to Auckland restaurant Inti about their unique use of creepy crawlies.  Book a table at Inti or see the video here.  - NZ Herald Focus, 29 November 2017

What do chefs really eat?
The "go to" comfort foods for chef's may surprise you. Is your guilty pleasure on the list too? Find your comfort food or read the full article. - Great Britsh Food Magazine

Meet the love bugs serving up delectable insects
Serving up deep-fried scorpions, tarantulas, and other bugs Lek and Baitoey have a restaurant cart which is now becoming a popular tourist attraction in Bangkok, Thailand. - Great Big Story, 13 November 2017

Sausage roll takes centre stage in a Christmas nativity scene 

Can you replace baby Jesus with a sausage roll?  Read the full article. - NZ Herald, 17 November 2017 Photography: Twitter

Peanut Butter Fondue is now a thing! 
Nut butter lovers it's now socially acceptable to indulge in nut butter by the spoonful, just make sure it's been transformed into a fondue first. Which NZ Restaurants feature peanut butter on their menu? - HuffPost, Rachel Moss, 7 November 2017 Photography: Whole Earth

White Elf (Abalone) Mushrooms

Top chef Analiese Gregory shares her excitement for this critically endangered mushroom. - Instagram, Analiese Gregory, 4 November 2017 Photography: Analiese Gregory

Lewis Road has done it again!
Available now, Lewis Road Orchard Premium Apple Cider. Which of your favourite cider serving restaurants and bars will be the first to stock Lewis Road cider? - Denizen, Clara Jane, 14 November 2017 Photography: Denizen

Celebrity Cakes

Not seen your favourite pop star as a delicious cake...Top pastry chefs show their talents...See the cakes here. - Daily Mail Australia, Imogen Blake 4 November 2017. Photography: Graham Stone / Shutterstock

The world's 50 best bars

From New York to London, Melbourne to Mexico and everything in between, which country has the best drinking den? Daily Mail reveals the list here. - Dailymail, Sadie Whitelocks, October 2017

Europe’s first restaurant under the sea
With a dining area just above the seabed, and a menu centred around locally sourced seafood "Under" will no doubt be an underwater world wonder.  Enjoy seafood in NZ or read the full article here. - Lonely Planet, Annemarie McCarthy, 27 October 2017. 

'Godfather of Italian cooking' dies suddenly

"Celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio has died aged 80. The restaurateur, dubbed the Godfather of Italian Gastronomy, died after falling at his home, his agent has said." - NZ Herald, 9 November 2017. Look online and book for an Italian food fix or read the full article here. Photography: Jamie Oliver/Instagram. 

All about the cheese
The great debate of where the cheese in your burger should be placed. Some of New Zealand's favourite burger joints weigh in on their vote.  Book a restaurant for a burger now or read the full article here. - Stuff, Thomas Heaton, 7 November 2017 Photography: Warner

Solo dining is on the increase

Have no qualms in saying “table for one” more often as bookings for single tables have risen by 38% since 2014.  Awkwardness has no place at the solo dinner table of the future. If you haven't solo dined before see the top tips for solo dining here. Book a table or read the full article here. - Viva, Jamie Hall, 7 November 2017 Photography/ Getty Images

Stylish Sips in Auckland

Quench your thirst with a sip-worthy cocktail concoction, wine or rainbow latte at these bars and restaurants. Book a table or read the full review here. - Viva, Debroah Raj

16 Mexican Street Foods you should try

Go beyond the known Mexican dish staples of taco's, tortas, and tamales.  Take a look at this mouthwatering list here. Book a table at your local Mexican restaurant or read the full article here.  - FodorsTravel, November 2017

Harry Potter Supper Club was a huge hit in London
At the Library in St Martins Lane London, the Harry Potter Supper club was nothing less than you would expect from a the video here. - Londonist, Robert Greene, August 2017

Chocolate or wine? How about both?
Red Wine Hot Chocolate now exists! Rubis from the UK have now released this true dessert wine.  The rich cherry and dark chocolate flavours are perfect for cocktails and desserts too. Read the full article here. - Refinery29, Elizabeth Buxton, 27 October 2017. Photography: Instagram / rubischocolatewine

Do you know what's on Disneyland's Secret Menu?
Insiders have revealed what dishes are on the top-secret menu at Disneyland (Anaheim) From 'Alien Style' burgers to 'Ice Cream Nachos' see what other dishes they have created with the existing ingredients and read the full article here. - Popsugar, Erin Cullum, 28 October 2017.  Photography: POPSUGAR / Anna Monette Roberts

there were Butterbeer doughnuts, now there are Butterbeer Marshmallows
No broomstick or 'owl mail' required. Check out this new gourmet treat from XO Marshmallow and read the full article here. - Popsugar, Erin Cullum, 28 October 2017.  Photography: XO Marshmallow 

The scariest wedding cake ever!

Yes, this is a cake.  Want to see more? Read the full article here. - Break.  Photography: Sarah Linginfelter

Guess what Prince Harry has never eaten? 
A group of UK teens was baffled when they found out that Prince Harry had missed out on this childhood fav. Read the full article here.  - HuffPost, Suzy Strutner, 24 October 2017.  Photography: Pool New / Reuters

Halloween (for adults) just got sweeter!
Use this 'scary-good' guide to pair your favourite wine and candy. Read the full article here. - Vivino

The Mushroom that tastes like chicken
And its called  'Chicken of the Woods" grows on the trunks of trees. Heres how to cook this amazing mushroom and please the full article here.  - Chowhound, 7 October 2017

Halloween's haunting hollows and perfect pumpkins 

Create maximum impact and utilise the extraordinary humble pumpkin this October. For 'spook-a-licious' creations read the full article here. - Australian Good Food & Travel Guide, 23 October 2017. 

Next level dessert preparation
This restaurant in Belgium takes dining entertainment to another level of with the amazing use of technology and 3D projection. Read the full article here. - HipToro, 5 October 2017

The OTT entrances to some of London's most beautiful dining rooms
Have a voyeuristic look and see the full article here. - Londonist, 2017 Photography: Bobbobricard

What's Leonardo DiCaprio having for dinner?
Find out what the Hollywood Star and eco-activist has on his shopping list/menu and read the full article here. - MindBodyGreen, 18 October 2017 Photo: Jemal Countess

Nitro Cow opens a permanent Gelato parlour in Auckland
The gelato place to get to this summer is Nitro Cow. Read the full article here. - Denizen, 18 October 2017

Harry Potter's 'golden snitch' has found a nesting place in the centre of butterbeer doughnuts. 
Check it out here. - The Hook, 11 October 2017

 Hokkaido Cheese Soft Serve
Hokkaido Cheese Soft Serve is coming to New Zealand

The sweet and salty Hokkadido baked cheese tart filling has now been transformed and turned into a unique soft serve ice cream, perfect for the warmer weather. Keep up to date with the launch details from Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart here

Rice never looked so good!
Check out "rice paddy art" in Inakadate made with 7 different coloured rice plants.  Read the full article here - Great Big Story

Coffee delivery gets some wings
Say hello to the 'Coffee-Copter'.  The drone delivery technology is being trialled by sun lounging beachgoers in Dubai. Read the full article here. - Lonely Planet, Andrea Smith, 29 September 2017
Photo: Costa

NYC Rapper 'Action Bronson' also happens to be a seriously great cook.
Having just released his book "F**k that's delicious",  here are five of his tastiest recipes...
Read the full article here. - NME, Larry Bartleet, 29 September 2017

What you didn't know about "America's baking icon", Betty Crocker...
Full details here. - Great Big Story, 25 January 2017. 

"Popping Pimple Cake"
What do you think of cake 'Evelyn' and would you be shocked to see this at your next party? Read the full article here. - NZ Herald. Photo / Instagram, The Cakescape

Hepburn Brownies
Add a bit of Hollywood Glamour to your baking...
Get the New York Times full recipe here and bake like a star. View the brownie baking video here

From 'Cake Life Bake Shop'.

The Queen Bee certainly likes a good cake...
Check out the post here. @cakelifebakeshop

"Salad Bar Robots"

Instead of grabbing lunch from a cafe down the road, would you eat a salad from the vending machine-like 'Sally' the robot? Read the full article here. - The New York Times, Claire Martin, 6 October 2017. 

"Black Lemonade"
Into the dark side, with Activated Charcoal.  This is the drink everyone is talking about to turn their tongue black this Halloween. Read the full article here. - BuzzFeed, Alicia Barney, 25 November 2015. 

'Millionaire's Bacon'

Thicker slices of bacon slowly baked to candied perfection in a combination of spices is changing brunch menu's and the standard weekend breaky 'fry up'.  Read the full article here. - The Independent, 1 October 2017

Food Blogger:

Lucy Corry combines her love for food and journalism at The Kitchen Maid.  You may have read some of her pieces in publications such as Cuisine Magazine or your local paper.  

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte

In time for Halloween and Thanks Giving festivities the USA has launched a new take on the latte, say hello to the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Read the full article here. - Hellow Giggles, Olivia Harvey, 27 September 2017. 

Food Blogger:

We are loving @monsflavours posts, the use of fresh colourful foods and eatable flowers are a true welcome to spring and warmer weather.  

Cheese Tea
Yes, Cheese Tea is a thing

Could the latest hipster drink trend be a threat to the teatime tradition in the UK?  "Cheese tea: an iced beverage topped with lashings of frothy, whipped cheese". Read the full article here. - Independent, Olivia Petter, 16 September 2017 

S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Pacific Winner Announced.  
New Zealand helped shape John Rivera's "Kiwi-Filipino" food vision where he was the Pacific region finalist at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition.  Read the full article here. - Viva, Janetta Mackay, 18 September 2017

Instagram is changing how we eat




Is Instagram changing the food industry and how we eat?  
See the video from Quartz, 3 September 2017?

Food Blogger:

Who said men can't bake?@bakergatherer shows the world that 'manly foods' such as beer and bacon can be ingredients for brownies. 



Millennial pink is the colour on your plate
Have you found yourself drawn to rose, berry breakfast Acai and smoothie bowls or beetroot dishes and pink sweet treats? Not 'Barbie' hot pink either, we're talking the Millennial pink food trend. Read the full article here. - Viva, Maura Judkis, 3 September 2017

Food Blogger:

Helen Jackson from Food Lovers, shares food tips from overseas travel, recipes and industry news. 

Chinese Tuxedo

Opening a Chinese restaurant in the middle of Chinatown (New York) is a bold move
"Melburnian Eddy Buckingham and restaurant consultant Jeff Lam opened Chinese Tuxedo in (New York)  December last year, they were on a mission to change the way New Yorkers thought about eating out at Chinese restaurants." Read the full article here. - Broadsheet, Imogen Dewey, 15 September 2017?

Food Blogger:

Haaaangry for payday?  Cheap Eats hunts down where $20 (or less) will get you the best food in Auckland.