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Trending – New Zealand's Foodie News 18th November

By Grace Noles
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All the latest products, new openings, and exciting announcements in Aotearoa!


Homeland is the place for sunset drinks, family meals, business lunches, and brunch with your dog.

One of possibly the greatest new openings of the year is opening its doors tomorrow. Welcome Homeland to Westhaven, a community space to dine, cook, learn, swap & share. The visionaries behind the immaculate space are renowned Kiwi Chef, Peter Gordon, and his partner, Alastair Carruthers, who both carry years of culinary and business experience. Homeland was born out of heartache across Aotearoa after the devastations of Covid-19; particularly the effects on local growers, producers, and suppliers. Gordon and Carruthers have created a space to not only support local via the Dining Room, but to reconnect Kiwis back to their roots through food, and create a safe and welcome space to allow communities to gather and swap and share recipes with one another. Additionally, Homeland is a space to take masterclasses in cooking, so you can share your newfound wisdom with your whānau at home. Masterclasses and private events will be available to book in January 2021, but the Dining Room will be opening on Thursday 19th November. Book in now to experience highlighted local producers from across the country and the Pacific, as well as some of Peter Gordon's signature dishes including his famous Turkish Eggs with Aleppo chilli butter and Paua & Cheddar Toasted Sandwiches. To find out more about Homeland, click here.

Mr Morris Will See You Now

Michael Meredith of Mr Morris.

Michael Meredith has returned to Auckland’s restaurant scene with his brand new restaurant, Mr Morris, set to open this Thursday evening. Situated in the old Cafe Hanoi venue in Britomart, Michael has transformed the space into a warm, welcoming opening – with almost everything in the room made from Oak, creating a raw yet soft aesthetic. The beautiful decor shines bright while still leaving room to spotlight the menu, which champions hero ingredients and focuses more on flavour this time round. Expect to find everything from snacks and small plates to long Sunday lunches and seasonal tasting menus. An open-fire grill in the open kitchen ties everything together, while also infusing each dish with intense flavour. To top it off, Mr Morris features a private dining space (named Mrs Morris), a world-class wine list with 160 New Zealand wines, and an array of different seating options from wide booths to cushioned sofas to intimate tables hidden amongst the plants. Mr Morris adds to Michael's impressive repertoire of culinary successes, making it not one to miss – book your table for the opening week here.

Gordon's New Sicilian Lemon Gin

Gordon's Sicilian Lemon Gin & Soda.

We love nothing more than a new refreshing drink going into the long summer months – and Gordon's latest concoction is no exception. Transport yourself to the beaches and rooftops of Sicily with Gordon's new Sicilian Lemon Distilled Gin, layered with flavour to pack a zesty punch. The Mediterranean-inspired Gin separates itself from the rest with tasting notes of citrus and juniper to create a unique flavour, even before mixing it. The Sicily range includes their signature 700ml distilled gin bottles, as well as ready to drink 250ml gin & soda mixes. To try the thirst-quenching summer drink for yourself, head to your nearest liquor store now.

Healtheries Zero Sugar Summer Recipes

Healtheries' Blood Orange & Blueberry Ice Blocks.

Healtheries wants to help you make the most out of their new Zero Sugar Teas by creating three summer recipes for you to whip up in your own kitchen. They've transformed their Coconut and Pineapple tea bags into a refreshing Pineapple & Coconut Mocktail with honey and fresh mint, as well as a Coconut & Pineapple Panna Cotta with ingredients you'll already have in your pantry to recreate the light but oh so decadent dessert. Lastly, they've taken their Blood Orange Zero Sugar tea bags and created Blood Orange & Blueberry Ice Blocks, ready to cool you down over the next few months. The Zero Sugar Tea Bags (and recipes!) provide a lighter option for Kiwis, with plenty of fruity flavours and tasting notes making them the perfect box to pick up for summer. All the recipes can be found here!

The Last Few Days Of Pickle Week

Burger Burger's Deep Fried Pickles.

The end of Pickle Week is nigh and as sad as we are, at least we still have a couple of days remaining to indulge in all the fantastic pickle items infiltrating Auckland eateries. From now until November 21st, you still have the chance to taste Burger Burger's Pickle Soda with Six Barrel Soda, as well as their Potato and Pickle Skins and Beer Battered Deep Fried Pickles with Chipotle Mayo. Other items not to be missed include Culprit's Pickle Cocktail, Saxon + Paroles Bloody Mary & Pickle Station, Dr Rudi's Pickle Pizza, and Churly's Crispy Breaded Pickle Chips. To see the full list, check out our guide to Pickle Week here.

The Auckland Food Show Starts This Thursday

The Auckland Food Show.

The Auckland Food Show is finally commencing this week, after a rough stint of reorganising thanks to Covid. ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane will be transformed into an arena of food stalls, live workshops, chef talks, demonstrations, and taste-testers for four whole days. Meet renowned Kiwi chefs including Josh Emett, Nadia Lim, Jax Hamilton, and Annabelle White (to name a few) as you eat your way around some of Aotearoa's best local produce. Tickets are still available for all four Thursday - Sunday shows (with an added Adults Only late night on Friday). Click here for more details!

Tip Top & Cookie Time Collab

Two iconic Kiwi brands are teaming up to bring us the snack of summer. Ice Cream connoisseurs Tip Top, have enlisted cookie experts Cookie Time, to create their brand new Cookie Caramel Crush Crave tub. The creamy ice cream flavour weaves pieces of Cookie Time cookies throughout it, with a caramel ripple to top it off. Making for the perfect tub to reach for after the evening BBQ or while snuggling up to watch a Christmas film, the Cookie Caramel Crush is a winner in our books. Check it out in the Crave collection here.

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