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SPIRITUAL DESIRE

THE MOST EXTREME spirit I ever tried was a lobster-infused vodka, designed for the high-end Asian market.

THE ‘S’ WORD

SUSTAINABILITY – it’s a loaded term that has most of us feeling either smug or vaguely guilty.

TAXI!

Please read carefully, because the information you are about to consume should be tucked away in your memory, or somewhere on your cloud storage solution of choice, as your ultimate food experience bucket list.

GUT REACTION

“Without fermentation we would die,” says Connal Finlay. Gosh, I never knew. That’s exactly why Connal wanted to stage Ferment!

THE ANGELS’ SHARE

As recent events in Christchurch have taught us, the world can be cruel. Tragedy can strike leaving us forever changed. However, among the injustices we must look for the good, as when we do it is found all around us.

NEW YORK STORIES

As we surge towards our Cuisine Good Food Awards for 2019 and the allocation of our hats for the very best of the best dining experiences in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to visit New York, and I made a beeline for the four restaurants that made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2018.

IN MEMORIAM – KARRYN BISH

On 6 December 2018 the light in the wine community dimmed when wine broker, cheesemaker, forager, oak lover, woman-in-wine and beloved wife and mother Karryn Bish tragically passed away.

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

Much respected Auckland restaurateur Tony Stewart is a dedicated long-term player at the high end of the NZ dining scene. Yet back in October 2017, Tony shocked the New Zealand hospitality community when he announced that he was closing his beloved Clooney restaurant and was finished with fine dining.

TRAVEL

MANE ATTRACTION

I was sipping a coffee in a café called Paddock on a sunny Sunday morning and eavesdropping on a conversation about farriers and mane maintenance – there’s your first clue.

Top 3 Bars Singapore

ACCLAIMED AS ONE of the top three bars in the world, Manhattan has become a drinking destination in itself and celebrates the glamorous era of old New York in a magnificent space set within the Regent Singapore.

PURELY DELTA

DEEP DOWN SOUTH, in a lush corner of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the treasures of Trà Vinh go mostly unannounced.

Asia’s Best Restaurant

FOR MOST OF YOUR Singapore trip you should, of course, be hitting the incredible array of food on offer from hawkers and on the streets.

SPACE ODYSSEY

“DISNEYLAND,” someone snorted when I mentioned I was off to Singapore and staying at the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

THE NEW YORK HOTEL WE LOVE

Imagine my delight as my New York cab pulled up just after midnight at my hotel on Broadway (ON-BROADWAY!) and I looked across the road to see a market that was still open!

TAXI!

Please read carefully, because the information you are about to consume should be tucked away in your memory, or somewhere on your cloud storage solution of choice, as your ultimate food experience bucket list.

COLOMBO

One cannot talk about Sri Lanka without acknowledging the civil war which ripped apart this island nation for over 25 years.

Creating Delicious Journeys

Throughout the year, in all corners of the globe, Relais & Châteaux properties present exceptional events which marry fine food and wine with diverse cultural and educational experiences. We present a selection of the upcoming series from our New Zealand lodges.

VIEWFINDER

As an Isthmus, Tāmaki Makaurau is surrounded by water, but there aren’t actually too many spots blessed with both a view of the sparkling blue as well as fabulous food. Here is a roundup of several eateries that do it right.

‘TIS THE BEST OF DAYS…

You never really need an excuse to visit glorious Marlborough, but for four days in May the region gears up for the Feast Marlborough festival, celebrating all that is fresh, local and good.

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