If you read The Urban List you know how obsessed we are with finding great new openings, new menus, new products as well as chatting to chefs and discovering events that we know you’ll love.
And so, with this in mind, we’ve decided to pop it all into one easy article for you each week so you’ll never miss a thing!
This week, there are some new openings, some interesting ways brands are joining forces AND news that La Cigale is opening a second home.
Your Five O’clock Woes Sorted
It’s that time of year again—the afternoons are getting warmer and the urge to leave work on time and soak in the rays. But, how about something a little more special? Introducing ‘Thank Krug It’s 5 o’clock’. Yep, that’s the fancy pants champers we’re talking about. Usually only available from the bottle, throughout November and December, you get to drink this treasure by the glass. In Auckland, enjoy a drop at The Grove, Ostro and Seafarers. TUL went along to The Grove earlier this week and you can rest assured that Ben Bayly has done his finest work, creating three entrée dishes based around eggs…think caviar and an elaborate dish served in a kina shell. They’re also dishing up last year’s highlight—Krug Fries.
Discover Auckland’s New Hidden Bar
There’s nothing we like more than to put our feelers out around Auckland town to discover the best new openings and boy did we get excited when we found a bar hidden behind and deceptively simple door down a flight of stairs. Introducing Caretaker—get all your details here.
La Cigale Gets A Second Home
We rate La Cigale markets as something everyone in Auckland should have been to at least once. And, so when we heard that it’s opening a second venue we whooped in delight! Yep, that’s right, as of tomorrow it’s getting another home—get the deets here.
Coffee Meets PJ’s
There are few people that don’t covet Peter Alexander’s designs, and now they’re set to make your coffee even more beautiful with a collaboration with Moccona coffee. Using signature bold prints and patterns, there are now four new, limited edition 200g jars. And…let’s just say that we’re a little obsessed with them here—their shelf life is set to last long after the jar is empty! Upcycling, recycling lovers, here’s your moment!
Who doesn't love to have their fortune read? And...what if we told you that opening a fortune cookie could see you win some prizes? Yep, it's all part of the upcoming Taste of Auckland. Dine at ARTWOK, Depot, Euro, Farina, FISH, Ima Cuisine, Miss Clawdy, Paris Butter, The Culpeper and Tok Tok—mention ‘Taste of Auckland’ and the mystery Fortune Cookies will be delivered to your table.
Celebrate With A Pop
Party season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a pop? Central Otago’s Akarua wines have released a limited edition gift box for their sparkling wines—Brut NV, Rose Brut NV, and the Vintage Brut 2011. Great for gifting the hostess or host with the most. Let the bubbles flow….
A New Joint To Cater To Your Burger Needs
The Empire is pretty much an Auckland icon, and it recently opened something we couldn’t be happier about…a new burger joint! Right next door to the Empire, Black Dog Burger is dishing up delish burgers. Find out more info here.
Japan Meets New Zealand
New Zealand is certainly having a crush for all things Japanese at the moment, and the recent release from Steinlager shows that this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing. Pulling together the best of two cultures, their new drop combines New Zealand’s ingredients with Japan’s brewing mastery, creating a clear, crisp and dry taste that you’ll enjoy all summer long.
Forget Blood Red—This Season, It’s Blood Orange
Fave liqueur Cointreau has branched out this season and created Cointreau Blood Orange. Made from intense aromatic blood oranges from the Mediterranean island of Corsica, but the portion details are top secret. Note: this is an expression, not a flavour. Expect an intense taste filled with vitality.
Make The Ordinary Extraordinary
They’ve been around for pretty much forever (ok, 80 years) but NZ brand Ernest Adams is still going strong. And, keeping up with the times, they’ve just revamped their slices, loaves and biscuits with contemporary recipes and BIGGER sizes. We couldn’t get enough of the new Rocky Road Slice and the Triple Choc Cookie—you can’t stop at one. You’ve been warned.
Fashionable Ice Cream
It seems to be the season of teaming up! Superette has joined forces with Magnum to celebrate the launch of Magnum Doubles. Superette has designed a limited edition range of Boyfriend Pocket Shirts, each links to an animal: tiger, leopard and panther. And, as for the Magnum? Let’s just say that each bite is like an Easter morning celebration, with chocolate for days. Chocoholics, you won’t be disappointed.
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Image credit: Supplied | The Grove