If you read 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 love. And, to keep you in the know, just in case you missed it, here's the foodie news you need to know about this week.
Mexico Launches Its Summer Menu
Just in time for Christmas, Mexico has launched its summer menu, inspired by executive chef Peter Jackson’s experiences on a trip to Mexico in July this year. Over three weeks he ate his way through Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca and Mazunte and, taking its inspiration from street food stalls, markets and restaurants he’s designed a flavoursome menu. As well as the classics like fried chicken, fried cauliflower florets, chimichangas and churros, he’s added tamale, chicken plancha in mole amarillo and mouth-watering empanadas.
Giapo Releases Christmas Collection
Always pushing creative boundaries, Giapo has done it again this Christmas with the release of a festive hand bell and mince pie ice cream. An upside down white chocolate cup is the bell, with a waffle cone its handle. After it is filled with your choice of ice cream it is decorated with white chocolate, decorated with a layer of puffed amaranth and freeze-dried raspberry, which adds both a wonderful popping sensation and a suitably celebratory look. It’s not complete until a bow is tied around the handle, complete with an actual, ringing bell, meaning you really can ring in the season in style.
As for the pie, the base is cut in a ring then the cone and pie casing are filled with your choice of ice cream and topped with Giapo’s fruit mince. Finally, the lid of the mince pie goes on to finish the affair; with its cut-out star and dusting of icing sugar, it’s got festive season written all over it.
SOHO Wines Releases A Trio Of Wines With Heart
One of New Zealand’s most awarded boutique wine companies, SOHO Wines has launched their Pink Sheep Collection; all of which give back to the community. For every bottle sold, they’ll donate 50c to three different charities that support mental health, children and pets.
Spice Up Your Summer With A Prosecco Spritz
Summer is the season for orange and this year you can’t go past a Prosecco Spritz from Brown Brothers. Made in Australia, it has an orange flavour with aromatic bitters. Easy to drink, it’s a twist on Prosecco. Serve in a wine glass with ice and add a slice of orange for a summer delight.
Minced Is Your Newest Alternative To Meat
Vegan business Funky Fields has released a vegan option which will be found in the meat aisle at Countdown supermarkets nationwide. It has the same protein content when cooked and is perfect for lasagne or spag bol.
Up Your Gift Giving With Glazed
Perfect for your sweet-tooth friend, Glazed delivers delicious boxes filled with doughnuts, chocolates, pretzels and lollies. Carefully wrapped and delivered to their door, they are sure to please.
Drink Coffee With A Conscience
Aucklanders and coffee is a match made in heaven, but now you can do good while enjoying your morning brew. Introducing Generosity Coffee who are committed to giving 20 per cent of any coffee blend purchased on its website to a charity of your choosing. The range includes regular or decaf with the option of whole beans or ground coffee as well as Nespresso compatible pods.
New Technology Creates A New Zealand Wine First
Ever wonder what goes into making your vino? Central Otago’s Providore Wines is using AR technology to take its customers on a behind the scenes journey. To access it, download the app, hold it over the illustration on the label and step inside the world of Providore; you’ll discover stunning landscapes and have the chance to meet the people behind the brand.
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