All the latest products, new openings, and exciting announcements in Aotearoa!
Dry July Kicks Off This Week
New Zealand's annual month of collective sobriety is upon us as we enter July. Dry July is back one again, raising money for Kiwis affected by cancer by asking the country to go alcohol-free for the duration of July. It's not too late to register, allowing for your social circle to donate and support you during Dry July. This years' major beneficiaries include the Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ, Bowel Cancer NZ, Look Good Feel Better, and PINC & STEEL, with more than $6 million raised since 2012, Dry July is all about getting the word out there without having to give up your social calendar. Register yourself here, and keep an eye on Dish Cult as we'll be bringing you the best places to enjoy a mocktail over the month.
TeeVee Snacks Have Reached Our Shores
After inevitable jealousy of Australia's access to teeVee Snacks, iconic biscuit brand, Arnott's, have listened to our pleas. Teaming up with Krispy Kreme, the mini donut-shaped biscuits come in five flavours, all as delicious as the next – Original Glaze, Kookies & Kreme, Caramel Delight, Choc Iced, and Strawberry Sprinkles. With an identical flavour profile to a fresh KK donut, these will be flying off the shelves, perfect for an afternoon cuppa. You can expect to find these ultra-cute packets in supermarkets at the end of June.
Morell's Cray New Deal
Remuera's friendly local bistro has introduced a cra(z)y new deal for the month of July. Morell has launched their Crayfish special, offering half portions for $49 and whole for $89, with a glass of Black Barn Chardonnay included. Open Tuesday to Saturday, you can get your shellfish fix in Morell's stunning chic interior, alongside delicious side and sharing plates of truffle mash, skinny fries, broccolini, and burrata. Bookings essential, secure your table now!
Rosanna's Perfect Winter Warmer Experience
Rug up warm and head over to Kingsland's Rosanna's Garden Bar for the ultimate winter warmer experience. Their brand new fondue dish takes a fine and tangy Swiss cheese, melted down to perfection for a flawless cheese-dipping experience. Served with crispy, crunchy French bread and pickled and fresh vegetables, this will be the main star of the table. Available for $69 for two, and $20 for each additional guest. Pro-Tip: Order a round of Rosanna's spiced mulled wine to complete the winter feast the right way!
KitKat Flies In 3 New Flavours
Three new KitKat flavours have made their way down under this week. Dark Tasmanian Mint, Dark Southern Australian Orange, and the delicious Cookie Collision are the latest lineup to join KitKat's unbeatable round up of flavours. Offering two new flavours for dark chocolate lovers, the decadently rich Tasmanian Mint and Southern Australia Orange lean more to the bitter side of chocolate, while Cookie Collision is no doubt going to be a favourite amongst those with a strong sweet tooth. All three flavours are available in supermarkets now.
NZ's Best Toasties Have Been Decided
The New Zealand Toastie Takeover has been running for the past month, and we've finally found the top 3 finalists for the best toasties in New Zealand. This year's top three spots are all Auckland-based; Starting with Churley's in Mount Eden with their Southern Swine consisting of Smoked ham hock rillette, house made pimento cheese, McClure's Sweet & Spicy Pickles, garlic aioli, zesty ranch dressing and served with house made BBQ crisps. Next up, The Occidental in Auckland's CBD with their very unique "BRT" Beef Rendang Toastie made up of Indonesian style rendang, Emmental cheese, McClure's Sweet & Spicy Pickles, served on toasted brioche with prawn crackers. Lastly, we're over in Pukekohe at The Daily Goods for their The Smoky Loaf with Bacon wrapped meatloaf, shaved and toasted with McClure’s pickles, three cheeses and smoked garlic mayo on sourdough.
You can try all three toasties before the ultimate winner is announced on July 30th, taking home the title of Best Toasted Sandwich In NZ 2021.
Mulled Margaritas Are The Official Drink Of Winter
Say goodbye to mulled wine, and hello to mulled margs! Coops, our favourite Viaduct corner bar, has broadened our horizons with the introduction of their brand new steaming hot bevvy. Taking all the essentials that go into a margarita and warming them up in the hotpot with a few sweet spices, you're left with a hot glass of margarita. At $10 a pop, you really can't go wrong. Mulled Margs will only be around for the colder months, so head down to grab a round or two.