Another week in the super city, another week of lighter mornings and longer evenings and another week of delectable foodie news to ponder. Take a look at the stacked line-up, it's indulgent to say the least.
- Kiwis love their coffee, there is no doubt about it. Haagen-Dazs have good news for all with the launch of the new Barista Collection, including Brownie Macchiato, Chocolate Frappe and Caramel Chai Latte. The creamy ice-cream is the ultimate indulgent after-dinner treat.
- A whiskey collaboration between two legends is coming to New Zealand shores. Legent is the first-of-its-kind bourbon, starting with a Kentucky Straight Bourbon that is aged in wine and sherry casks before being blended with more Kentucky Straight. The combination creates a perfectly balanced yet complex and layered experience.
- Whittaker’s are backing black this Rugby World Cup and in celebration launching two limited-edition blocks, ‘Home’ and ‘Away’. The Home block combines smooth white chocolate with locally source Coffee Supreme, in honour of the flat white. The Away block combines Japanese matcha with caramelised pistachios in white chocolate, in honour of the host country.
- Jumping Goat is the kiwi-made brand of coffee-infused alcohol elixirs (that make a great espresso martini) who have just launched an agreement with NGO Farm Africa. We love that now 10% of Jumping Goat’s annual gross profits will be donated to a women-led goat rearing programme, to empower women in rural communities in Ethiopia.
- With the Rugby World Cup nearing, it can be a sad time for those that aren’t exactly die-hards like the majority of the nation. Café Hanoi, Saan and Xuxu Dumpling Bar have something special in mind to keep everyone satisfied on game nights. Every evening there is a cup game on, nab a bottle of Andrea Clouet Grande Reserve Champagne for $65, perfect for the squad to enjoy and talk about anything but rugby.
- Get your hands on the premium Japanese craft gin, Roku, expertly created by the House of Suntory in Osaka, Japan. Each bottle contains six special botanicals—Sansho pepper, Sencha tea, Yuzu peel, Sakura leaf, Gyokuro tea and Sakura flower. The botanicals give the gin a freshness and unique flavour, perfectly enjoyed with tonic, ice and a slice of ginger.
- Auckland favourite Ostro is launching a fresh new menu featuring some incredibly tasty seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Josh Emmet and Head Chef Josh Shields have created the menu, the new selection includes Storm Clam Linguine, Mushroom Hotpot and Crayfish Toasted Sandwich.
- Jed’s Coffee has just launched a brand-new range that packs a serious flavour punch. The X Range uses coffee beans that are roasted for longer and at hotter temperatures which unlocks intense smoky cocoa flavours, which creates the perfect, strong, full-bodied cuppa without the bitterness.
- In celebration and support of the All Blacks heading to the Rugby World Cup, Steinlager are bringing back their iconic white cans. The limited edition can was originally available between 1981 and 1992, and many raised one in celebration when the All Blacks became champions in 1987. It has become tradition that every four years the white cans return, and it is that time again.
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