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The Feed | The NZ Food News You Need To Know

By Kathryn Steane
14th Jul 2021

Juicy wings at Smokin Cole BBQ

Let's face it, there's nothing better than discovering (and tasting) everything that's new in the world of food so we've done the hard yards for you. Sink your teeth into these tasty tidbits from around the country. You're welcome.

  • Oh, how we love us a new opening and there's some real goodies this edition! For mac 'n' cheese dogs, fried chicken hoagies and other outrageously good eats, you can't go past Good Dog Bad Dog's new spot in Ormiston, while Cross Street's hot new underground bar and bistro, Bar Magda, should be a top priority on your next night out.

  • Speaking of Good Dog Bad Dog, you can catch them slinging breakfast hoagies as part of the Good Days mini market taking place this Saturday (31st July) from 9am at Allpress Espresso's flagship. Percy's Vintage and Goodlids will also be there, with all proceeds from coffee going to the Auckland City Mission.

  • We're loving Decent Coffee, the hip New York-inspired coffee shop that's popped up at 605 Morningside Drinkery. Head along between 7am-1:30pm, Monday-Saturday for a brew made from locally-roasted High Noon Coffee beans and some seriously sweet milks (Oatly and Happy Soy Boy included), as well as baked goods and vegan toasties.

  • Te Atatu is the place to be this Thursday night (29th July), because they're hosting an epic Mid Winter Night Market complete with plenty of tasty street food goodness (P.S. They have indoor seating, should the chilly weather get the better of you).

  • Remember Va Bene, the new venture from chef and ex-Bachelorette contestant Paul Patterson? Well, Paul and the crew have started serving takeaway smoked ribs out of the restaurant's back window, so if meat's your thing—we highly recommend dropping by.

  • Head on down to The Cloud on Queens Wharf if you fancy your Olympic Games with a side of street food. That's because, as well as multiple viewing areas streaming 12 channels of the world's most epic sporting event, the Food Truck Collective will be on deck every weekend with a line-up of food trucks.

  • If schnitzel and schnapps sounds like your dream duo (yup!), then get on in to The Bavarian where you can currently pair their signature golden schnittys with 11 incredible flavours of schnapps including Peppermint, Butter Toffee, and Pink Sweet Apple.

  • We all know Dr Rudi's is a great summetime spot, but did you know they've bought in private igloos for the winter? That's right, you can now snuggle up in your very own makeshift den by the water, complete with nibbles and drinks. Obvs, bookings for this one are essential.

  • Or if you're in Wellington, escape to your own private glasshouse with the help of Concrete Bar's Glenlivet Concrete Jungle, where you'll enjoy tasty treats and of course, plenty of Glenlivet whisky. Again, bookings essential.

  • All-you-can-eat fried chicken is on the menu at Juke Joint and we are beyonddd excited. Get your fix every Tuesday at any one of their sites, for the very appetising price of $16.

  • When people talk about eating raw treats, surely that includes cookie dough? Head on over to Farro for a tub or two of said deliciousness, which has just arrived instore thanks to our friends at the Cookie Dough Collective. Choose from Classic Choc Chip and Cookies & Cream flavours.

  • If you're wondering where to find the country's best vegan saussie roll, look no further than your local Z service station, as well as selected cafés, lunchbars and dairies—all stockists of Gooditme's version (made from pea protein, herbs, spices and flaky pastry), which took out the award for Best Sausage Roll at this year's Vegan Sausage Awards.

  • Winter calls for comfort food, and Silver Fern Farms' mouthwatering new Grass-fed Slow Cook Venison Dice is just the thing to make it with. In fact, they have a selection of rather delicious recipes ready and waiting for you on their website (hellooo, venison ragu with zesty gremolata).

  • The best way to celebrate International Pinot Noir Day (yes, it's a thing) on Wednesday 18th August? A five course degustation matched with the best Central Otago pinot noir at Hotel St Moritz's Lombardi Restaurant in Queenstown, duh. $180 per person, bookings essential.

  • Everyone knows brekkie is the most important meal of the day, so with that in mind why not treat yourself to a subscription from new kid on the block, Craft Smoothie. The brainchild of former professional rugby player, Riki Hoeata, think pre-portioned, plant-based superfood blends delivered to your door fresh each week, anywhere in NZ. They also do breakfast pouches—find out more here.

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Image credit: SMOKIN COLE BBQ

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