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Bite Club | Foodie News You Need To Know

By Georgia Summerton - 07 May 2019

Bite Club | Foodie News You Need To Know

If there is one thing Aucklanders love it is all things food and drink, and lucky for us there is a constant stream of new products, openings and menus to sink our teeth into. There is plenty of beverage excitement on the line-up this week with new coffee ranges, beer collaborations and natural energy drinks hitting the shelves. Among that there are new autumn menus and wholefoods stores opening, definitely no shortage of excitement for all of the foodies out there. 

Here is a round-up of all the foodie news you need to know. 

All Natural Energy Drinks Are A Thing

Introducing the latest and greatest energy drink to hit our stores, Phoric. The clean energy drink created for the next generation, by the next generation. The brainchild of Holly Sutich and Bradley Hagan, who witnessed first-hand the thousands of university students consuming countless energy drinks, the pair decided to do something about it.  Phoric delivers the same energy kick of mainstream energy drinks, minus the negative ingredients and effects. The completely natural drink has no added sugar and uses the Amazonian caffeinated super leaf guayusa instead of artificial caffeine sources. This revolutionary energy drink is a game changer and is in supermarkets now. 

Nespresso's Launches Barista Creations Range

It is no secret Kiwis are obsessed with a good flat white and are coffee snobs when it comes to their daily cup of joe. Nespresso understands this love and passion for coffee better than anyone and has spent the last six years intensively researching (and taste-testing around 20,000 cappuccinos) to create their latest range of coffee blends that are designed to be paired with milk. It is now possible to make the perfect milky coffee at home with the new barista creations range. Chiaro, Scuro and Corto are each inspired by a different region. Chiaro is inspired by Brooklyn baristas and makes the perfect cappuccino. Scuro is inspired by Melbourne baristas and makes an intense flat white, and Corto is inspired by Spanish baristas and is perfect for a traditional Spanish cortado. The range is out now. 

Speight’s Is On An Environmental Mission

It is always encouraging to see big brands doing their part to help the environment and use their platform to make a difference. Speight’s is doing exactly that. With strong roots in the Otago region, it is important to them that they look after the area and give back to the resources that they rely on. After all, you need great water to make great beer. Speight’s is donating some $120,000 over the next three years to help the  Million Metres Project, which aims to plant a million native trees and plants alongside rivers, lakes and streams. And, they're also doing some crowdfunding—so for every dollar you donate, they'll match it. 

West Auckland Has A New Wholefoods Store 

West Auckland has welcomed the brand-new wholefoods store Refill Nations to stock up on groceries and household items—without the excess plastic waste. Stocking products in bulk, customers are encouraged to bring their own containers, bags and jars to fill up which are then weighed before purchasing. There is an amazing range of organic and non-organic staples from baking needs, to nuts and grains, to eco-cleaning products and pet foods. 

New Zealand Launches Its First Champagne Subscription

 From magazines subscriptions to skincare subscriptions, New Zealand has it all. But what about a Champagne subscription? Sign us up immediately. Champagne Mumm has announced the launch of New Zealand’s first champagne subscription, Mumm Rosé Fridays. For a limited time only, the service will deliver four bespoke kits across an eight-week period, each one highlighting a different rose champagne occasion that can be celebrated throughout the year. These include Celebrate, Picnic, Night-in and Party. Each luxurious kit includes a chilled bottle of Mumm Rosé along with a selection of items to fit with each occasion such as a Mark Antonia candle, a lush bouquet of flowers from La Femme Fleur and Amy’s Secret Kitchens’ champagne rosé-inspired cupcakes. Each kit will be delivered every second Friday from May 17th so be sure to subscribe now. 
 

The Garlickiest Aioli Ever Has Launched

The favourite condiment of many households to have with fries, burgers, roast veggies, ham sammies and almost anything else is the humble aioli. And now Best Foods has launched its own aioli but with a garlicky warning—each bottle contains five times more garlic than usual aioli’s found in the supermarket. You can expect the truly rich and creamy taste that you want from an aioli, but with a serious punch of garlic. 

Lads Who Lunch Is Back 

Following last year’s very successful sell-out launch event, Lads Who Lunch is back for the second time. Hosted at the esteemed MASU in Federal Street, the lunch is all about meeting new people, networking and having some fun over a delicious lunch. The ticket includes a drink on arrival, a beautiful two-course meal and a table gift. Guests are encouraged to come on their own as this social event is all about mixing and mingling with everyone. 

The Perfect Catch (And Match)

Stella Artois brings an exciting new pairing to your tastebuds that is as simple and delightful as can be—a cold beer alongside Te Kouma Bay oysters. You can now order a dozen Stella Artois and a dozen fresh Te Kouma Bay oysters that will be conveniently delivered to your door by Freshcatch. The refreshing brew has a malty middle and crisp finish and the pleasantly bitter flavour is what perfectly enhances the creamy, sweet but salty flavour of the fresh Coromandel oysters. Served with a simple squeeze of fresh lemon, the offer is limited time only so hop online and get yours now.

Williams Eatery Pasta and Wine Special

Moving into autumn and winter means comfort food, and comfort food means pasta. The team at Williams Eatery is speaking our language with the launch of their cooler weather pasta and wine deal. From 4pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the beautiful handmade pasta and a glass of New Zealand wine for $23. Currently on the pasta menu are two special dishes, the winter buttercup squash agnolotti with garlic labneh, roasted walnuts and dates and the  12-hour Oxtail tagliatelle with tomato ragu, crispy pangritata and parmesan. There are also gluten-free, vegan and non-pasta options available too. Date night is officially sorted. 

Saan Is Going Green 

The Eat Drink Ponsonby Festival is coming up and Saan is going green with a delicious vegetarian set menu. The three-course menu won’t break the bank or the planet and is designed to be shared. At $40 per person, the experience is amazing value. Celebrating authentic Thai food and fresh vegetables, Saan are experts with punchy flavours and creating the kind of food that you want to lick the plate clean. The menu includes entrée options of roasted eggplant, chilli and mushroom dip with crispy tofu curd and fresh cucumber. For mains there is crispy tofu red curry with snake beans, straw mushrooms, green peppercorns and Thai basil and dessert includes a delectable wild sticky rice pudding. Make a note to book in to get a taste of the goodness throughout the festival.

Create Your Own Roll At Sushi Sushi

It is no secret Kiwi’s love their sushi and so the addition of Sushi Sushi in Botany is exciting. Offering an easy, accessible and delicious lunch with ‘grab and go’ fridges, hand roll cabinets, they even have New Zealand’s first ‘create your own hand roll station’. A dream for picky eaters, you can now take your meal into your own hands by choosing from more than 20 fresh ingredients including pink beetroot rice, hot crispy chicken and salt and pepper squid. The experts will make your roll for you right in front of you and you will happily be on your way. 

Ruby KitKat Hits New Zealand

Ruby chocolate is the only new chocolate variety to be discovered in 80 years. The fourth type of chocolate, after milk, dark and white, ruby chocolate, it's made from the Ruby cocoa bean. The unique pink colour comes from an innovative production process which unlocks the distinctive flavour and natural colour tones. KitKat's Ruby features a beautiful, all-natural pink hue, an intense berry flavour and a lusciously smooth texture, all combined with the iconic and always delicious KitKat wafer finger. Available for a limited time, it's a must try. 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga at Masu

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