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Trending – New Zealand's Foodie News 26th November

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

Spend A Fabulous New Year's Eve At Onslow

Farewell the year that has been with Onslow's tasty bites & charming atmosphere.

Newly opened (but already adored) Onslow is inviting you to spend New Year's Eve 2020 with them! Announcing two sessions for December 31st, you'll be treated for a 4/5-course meal and bubbles to ring in the new year in Auckland City.

The later session will provide you with front row seats for the Sky Tower fireworks display, as you enjoy decadent pieces from Onslow's remarkable menu. There's no better spot in the city to celebrate lavishly than Onslow's elegant four walls. To read more about their New Year's sessions click here – and to book in before the end of the year click here!

The Nando's Menu Gets A New (Plant-Based) Rejig

The Nando's Great Pretender. (Source: Nando's NZ)

Longtime chicken-lovers will know Nando's is the OG for... well, chicken. But, vegans rejoice! Nando's has now stepped into the plant-based arena and have done quite a fantastic job with their new burger – The Great Pretender. From now on, you'll be able to swap any wrap, burger, salad, paella, or pita meat option for the high protein, plant-based patty while still getting the peri-peri hit you're craving.

Making it even sweeter, Nando's has added kumara chips to their menu, as well as peri-peri grilled broccolini, and the option to add bacon to any dish for just $3. To check out all the new additions to the menu, check out their NZ site here – or just head along to your nearest Nando's to experience it for yourself.

Lewis Road Creamery Brings Back A Summer Favourite

Lewis Road Creamery's Sour Cream.

As we head into the warmer months, there's no denying a platter per evening is on the cards. Lewis Road Creamery are well aware of just how much Kiwis love a good chip and dip scenario, which is exactly why they've brought back their summer staple – Lewis Road Creamery's Sour Cream.

Made the natural way with no additives and only two ingredients, Lewis Road's Sour Cream is the only sour cream on the market that is vegetarian-friendly and gelatine-free. Pick up a tub to create your own natural homemade dips exactly to your liking – or even better, follow their one of their easy as recipes for a refreshing summer dip here. Available in your supermarket now.

Cheesecake Shop Introduces Their Vegan Range

The Cheesecake Shop range now includes Vegan Cheesecakes. (Source: The Cheesecake Shop NZ)

Jumping on the vegan train, The Cheesecake Shop have created a few flavours that are vegan-friendly, exclusive to NZ stores. Dive into their Vegan Choc Berry Cheesecake with lashings of dairy-free cream cheese topped with natural strawberry pulp and fresh fruit, and the Vegan Passionfruit Cheesecake with natural passionfruit pulp and seasonal fruit.

They also carry a Vegan Chocolate Cake and Vegan Strawberry Chocolate Cake for your next big event (or just when you're craving cake!). Check them out here.

Time To Finally Settle The Old MILO Debate

Pick your side in the MILO Hot or Cold debate.

MILO have decided enough is enough – it's time to settle this once and for all. Is MILO better hot and creamy or cold and crunchy? It's no secret MILO is beloved by Kiwis up and down the country, often settling as a favourite hot drink since childhood (school camp is never complete without a hot MILO before bed), but it's how Kiwis enjoy their drink that we're interested in. Cast your vote on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter anytime between now and December 11th and be part of the decider.

For what it's worth, Dish Cult is Team #HotMILO (even if our CEO disagrees).

ELMO'S Launches Their Bottomless Brunch

ELMO's is now open for bottomless brunch every Sunday.

Ponsonby hot spot, ELMO'S, has provided us with the good news we've all been waiting for – they're officially open for brunch! Italian brunch that is. Think fresh, crunchy bruschetta, wood-fired pizzas, and brunch pasta! Yes, the creative team at ELMO'S have constructed first Eggs Benedict Ravioli that we've ever seen, complete with hollandaise sauce, charred asparagus, pancetta crumb.

The brunch is, of course, bottomless with your choice of Italian cocktails such as Breakfast Martinis, Aperol Spritz, and their very own DIY Bloody Mary station. Brunch is available every Sunday in summer for 2-hour sessions, so hop to booking your table now!

The Bavarian Refreshes Their Summer Menu

The Bavarian's December schnitzel of the month.

It's almost the end of another month, which could only mean one thing... The Bavarian has a new exciting menu for December!

Coming to the menu this summer are a range of shandies (with a modern Bavarian twist of course), as well as their new schnitzel of the month (a golden crumbed chicken breast topped with butterflied, grilled king prawns in garlic and herb butter, served with green salad and fries), a fabulous Christmas feast option, and a family-feast option too – making for an easy decision to please the whole table for less than $50 pp.

Head along for an afterwork drink, Sunday afternoon meal, or simply just when you feel like hearty, no nonsense evening out.

Margi Gras Hits The Waterfront This Weekend

Coops hosts their very first Margi Gras Festival.

There's a new festival hitting town this week and you're going to want to hear about it. Coops Corner Pub, situated in the Viaduct, will be hosting the very first Frozen Margarita Festival on their turf this Saturday, 28th November. Complete with a candy buffet to decorate your frozen margs, live DJs to keep you entertained, a flight of 8 frozen margarita testers on arrival, and a tequila ice cream bar.

We could not imagine a food festival this great. Tickets are still available, with all the details you're looking for here.

Starbucks Unveils Their Xmas Blends For Home

Starbucks launch their Christmas flavours in capsule form for at-home enjoyment.

This year has been a tumultuous one, but there's one thing we can all agree on – Christmas is here to save 2020. With the amount of exciting new products and events popping up for the silly season, this may be one of the best so far. Starbucks' Christmas blends can now be enjoyed in the comfort of our own homes, with the launch of their Toffee Nut Latte and Holiday Blend coffee capsules. The two blends can be popped into your Nespresso or Dulce Gusto machines at home for a piping hot cup of the real deal.

The capsules retail at less than $10, meaning you'll get plenty of bang for your buck with a Toffee Nut Latte every morning (and afternoon). Find them on the shelves at New World, PAK’nSAVE, Countdown, The Warehouse, and online. PS. Keep your eyes on Dish Cult for an exciting pop-up coming to Auckland, where you can try them for yourself!

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