30 years of sweetness: Original Foods Baking Co

Practice makes perfect, and 30 years is certainly plenty of practice!     What started as a small Christchurch business is now one of the most trusted and loved bakeries in New Zealand. Original Foods Baking Co. has been baking delicious, sweet treats since 1991, celebrating 30 laps around the sun this year. The proudly […]

Super soups

  Warming, refreshing, delicious and simple to make, soups are a true one-pot wonder, and just as we embrace the cooler weatherof winter, it’s time to embrace creativitywith your winter soup repertoire. Here is Metropol’s round up for some easy soup-spiration for the cooler months ahead.     GREEN GOODNESS Eating your greens is an […]

Divine dining at gin gin

  Six months into their New Regent Street home and gin gin’s offering is more refined than ever, as its understated, approachable, and seasonal menus deliver a complete experience for diners.     Whether it’s long lunching with friends, a cosy date night or a more dressed up affair, gin gin’s relaxed and inviting setting […]

Make mine a mocktail

  July is one month when many take up the ‘Dry July’ cause to raise funds for cancer sufferers, turning from cocktails to mocktails.     Cancer affects one in three New Zealanders in one form or another, which is a good reason to support Dry July, yet there are plenty of other times when […]

Summer of 42

  “Here’s to alcohol, the rose-coloured glasses of life.” – Scott Fitzgerald Fast forward and we are living an age where non-alcoholic drinks might be considered by many to be the glasses of life. In a nod to drinking in moderation, Black Pineapple has teamed up with the leading alcohol-free spirit company, Seedlip, for a […]

Authentic Moroccan cuisine: Mosaic By Simo

  The tagine is at the heart of authentic Moroccan food. Dishes that are similar to stews cooked in distinctive earthenware pots, using unique spice combinations that encapsulate centuries of Berber culture.     You can experience a taste of the real deal at Mosaic by Simo, the Addington restaurant and takeaway that’s now an […]

Authentic cuisine for two decades: The China Kitchen

  Neither earthquakes nor fire have been able to break the indomitable spirit of the team at The China Kitchen restaurant. Now in the third location of its 20-year history, this family – owned restaurant continues to produce the same fresh authentic Chinese food that has delighted its customers for many years.     “We […]

Decades of deliciousness: Pasta Vera

  For decades Pasta Vera has filled homes with a little taste of Italy. Their delicious, mouth-watering range of pasta is made using locally sourced ingredients and a whole lot of love and passion.     For 20 years, the 100 percent New Zealand owned and operated business, has used locally sourced ingredients to produce […]

Favourite foodie ‘grams

When it comes to meal inspiration, one place you can always count on finding something new is the internet. And in particular, Instagram is establishing itself as a hub not only for recipe sharing, but for bringing food lovers together to indulge in all things edible. ALEX’S KITCHEN STORY @Alexskitchenstory Kiwi-in-London Alex Haslop has built […]

Spicy Sprout & Mushroom Noodles with Five-Spice

INGREDIENTS 300g brussels sprouts and their sprout tops, the sprouts halved or quartered, the sprout tops shredded 1 tbsp oil or ghee 400g mushrooms, any type, roughly chopped 3cm piece of ginger, finely chopped or grated 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated 1 fresh red chilli, seeds too, finely chopped 3/4 tsp five-spice 2 […]