Autumn means cosy evenings, warm soul food, piping hot drinks and of course chocolate overloading during Easter weekend. For all the foodies out there it’s a pretty good time to be going out, dining in or just treating yourself all round with the crazy good line-up of dreamy food happenings around Auckland. New season menus are out, favourite brands are releasing fresh new products and there is chocolate on chocolate with Easter-inspired treats left, right and centre.
Here’s a roundup of all the foodie news you need to know.
Josh Emett's New Cookbook Is A Must For Every Foodie
Internationally acclaimed chef Josh Emett has brought together a beautifully crafted selection of iconic dishes and recipes from the past fifty years into his latest book. Filled with more than 300 recipes from the world’s finest chefs including Rick Stein, Gordan Ramsay, Peter Gordon, Colin Fassnidge and so many more, there are the most beloved creations ready for your kitchen. With stunning photography and simple breakdowns of technique and processes, you will be cooking up some seriously tasty meals every night of the week.
Fix and Fogg's New Butter Is Totally Delicious
Fix and Fogg are consistently creating moreish nut butters that jazz up any piece of toast. From the pack-a-punch Smoke and Fire to the sweet and perfectly spiced Fruit Toast, the range of flavours and combinations are always different and always delicious. The newest jar on the block is the Everything Butter. With a peanut and almond base, it is packed full of nourishing hemp, chia, sesame, sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds. The name doesn’t lie, they really did think of everything when creating this masterpiece.
Guess Pringles Mystery Flavour And Win
It’s time to put your taste buds to the ultimate test. Pringles have brought us the greatest and tastiest mystery of all. The newest and completely top-secret mystery flavour from Pringles has the nation bent over backwards trying to figure it out. And with the epic prizes on the line, there is a good reason, it is well worth cracking the code. If you think your tastebuds have what it takes to crack it, get yourself a tube and get tasting. You’ve got until the 31st of May to submit your guess online. May the best buds win.
Breville Releases A Super Q Blender
Your smoothie bowls are about to get taken to a whole new level. The blender experts at Breville have created their most impressive blender yet, the Breville Super Q. The extremely powerful motor and noise suppression technology means you won’t be waking the whole house up with those early morning smoothies but will be blending smoothly, quickly and evenly every time. Even better, the personal blender attachment lets you whiz up smoothies to take on the go in the easy portable cup. Also, note, there is an ‘easy clean’ feature which makes washing up too simple. Absolutely sold.
Forty Thieves Has A New Flavour
The classic scorched almond is a favourite Kiwi treat that everyone knows and loves. The team at Forty Thieves had the brilliant idea to take that iconic flavour of almonds and chocolate and put it in a little jar in the form of creamy nut butter. Like we said, brilliant. Keeping the ingredients simple and natural, there is only a handful of elements that go into creating this delightful little spread. The perfect sweet topping for your Sunday morning toast (or straight off the spoon), this decadent spread is bound to become a new pantry favourite.
Ostro’s Has A New Autumn Menu
Embracing the change of season is a favourite Auckland spot, bringing some brand new heart-warming dishes that will blow your taste-buds away. Ostro Head Chef Josh Shields and Executive Chef Josh Emett have created new seasonal dishes that celebrate local produce and bold flavours. Amongst the new menu is crispy pork belly, creamed brussels sprouts, black pudding, sherry caramel and sage–perfect for a chilly evening. The braised lamb loin shoulder, roman gnocchi kokihi, parsnip puree and chartreuse jus is also a new menu item, be sure to head along and give them a try.
Moo-phoria Is The New Range From Ben & Jerry's
Everyone’s favourite ice-cream makers and creators are bringing us the newest and greatest creation of all. Same delicious taste, with less fat and sugar, the Moo-phoria range is light ice-cream which is significantly lower in calories. No less delicious, the three new flavours, Chocolate Cookie Affair, Caramel Cookie Fic and P.B Dough keep the Ben and Jerry's iconic chunky, swirly, creamy goodness intact. Available in supermarkets and Ben and Jerry stores now, get amongst this light, guilt-free version of ice-cream dreams.
The Caker Goes Next Level For Easter
The Caker are renowned for their beautiful and seriously indulgent cakes and cake mixes and are bringing out some extra special creations this Easter. The Easter Egg Hunt Cake is a raspberry and caramelised white chocolate cake, topped with lightly infused matcha cream cheese icing, garnished with cookie soil, dried edible flower petals, micro-greens and House of Chocolate eggs. The Hot Cross Bun Cake is full of all of the familiar spices, dark chocolate chunks, currants and candied orange of a classic Easter bun. Topped with a cinnamon-laced cream cheese icing and decorated with a ganache cross, chopped hazelnuts, Valrhona chocolate pearls, freeze dried blackcurrants and a House of Chocolate bunny filled with cinnamon ganache. Get your orders in whilst they are still around.
Han’s Announces New Menu
The much-loved modern Korean restaurant is launching a new menu that is definitely worth getting excited about. Han’s traditional Korean flavours have a contemporary spin that makes each dish unique and fun, and always delicious. New dishes on the lunch menu include the Karbonara—a Korean take on the classic Italian dish, with taro stems, smoked pork belly, Hawke’s Bay walnuts and crispy free-range chicken served with a creamy sauce. The dinner menu also has indulgent new dishes such as the Pork ssam—traditional DIY Korean wrap with spicy free-range pork belly, perilla leaves, lettuce, daikon kimchi and Korean miso.
Bird On A Wire Opens In Tauranga
Auckland’s greatest free-range chicken eatery is spreading its wings and expanding into Tauranga. Bird on a Wire will be opening its first store outside of Auckland, in Tauranga’s newest shopping centre, Tauranga Crossing. Serving up the same dishes we know and love, the signature rotisserie chicken, fresh salads, burgers and baguettes will all be on offer. The wholesome yet seriously tasty food makes for the perfect quick and easy lunch, that is good for you too. If you are passing through or are a Tauranga local be sure to pop in and check it out.
Hotel DeBrett’s Is Where You Want To Be This Easter
Partnering with Wellington’s Bohemein Fresh Chocolates for the month of April, Hotel DeBrett invites you along to their Bohemein Easter. With special, chocolatey additions to their menus, there is every opportunity to indulge. For breakfast, there are fluffy bohemian crepes with dark chocolate, berries, crème Chantilly and milk chocolate cremeux. For dessert, there is the dark chocolate pavlova with chocolate crumb, mandarin, meringue, raspberry sorbet and white chocolate foam. Amongst these delightful dishes is the high tea which will also have a Bohemein Easter twist, and daily in the DeBretts Lounge are Bohemein hot cross buns and hot chocolate drinks, as well as ‘choc’tails for something with a kick.
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