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BIG DEAL

Memories are powerful things. Throughout our lives significant moments are etched in our brain: in an instant we can recall where we were, who we were with and what we were doing when something truly life-changing happened.

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

JUST HANGIN’

As we went to print we were unable to travel, but there’s no reason why we can’t plan for when we come out the other side.

Neither Here Nor There

Everyone has a favourite fish and chips spot. I discovered mine about six months ago in Kawhia. It sits across from the wharf, not far from the pohutukawa that marks the landing of the Tainui waka.

PURE GOLD

Some people eat to live, some people live to eat and I eat for a living, so it’s fair to say I view the world through a highly focussed food lens because food spills into every aspect of my life.

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.

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