• Leisha Jones

    Leisha Jones is a writer who cares only to write about food. She finds peace putzing around the kitchen, and believes cooking and sharing a meal is the greatest expression of love. Instagram - @leishajones_

  • Articles by Leisha Jones:

    • Say it with pasta

      I’m not quite sure where my dad acquired his love of all things Italian. It could be because he grew up in a small town in Toronto where there was a large Italian immigrant population; or it could just be that he liked the idea of siestas, shared family meals and drinking wine with lunch […]

    • Use your head

      Leisha Jones comes face to face with a favourite dish from her childhood I have been fed spicy food since I was the size of a bird’s eye chilli in the womb. My mother was living in Singapore when she was pregnant with me and throughout my childhood we went there almost once a year […]

    • Born to be Wyld

      Rugged, resilient and free to do as they please, Roger Beattie’s wild Pitt Island Sheep are just as nature intended.

    • Thirsty work

      You can just picture little Samrudh “Sammy” Akuthota running around his parents’ restaurant as a nine-year-old boy – garnishing his mum’s curries at the pass, helping prep entrees after school and delivering dishes to the diners with his signature pearly grin

    • Chef’s treat

      Chefs don’t always eat well, especially after a long shift in a sticky kitchen. I know a fine-dining chef – who I’m sure would rather remain nameless – who dreams of putting his stinky feet up and ordering a trashy chicken pizza from Domino’s after service.

    • Feeding bellies, not bins.

      Every Monday night in Auckland’s St. Kevins Arcade a small crowd gathers at the top of the stairs as the clock inches closer to 6pm. Most people seem to know each other one way or another – from the government housing on Grey’s Ave, from sleeping on the streets, or from the surrounding offices, restaurants […]

    • Searching for soul

      Bourbon Street in New Orleans is the kind of place you have to see at least once in your life, but once is probably enough. The long, wide street is lined with bars all trying to out-sell each other with offers of huge beers, free refill drinks, and three-for-one shots.

    • Back of the fridge hangover soup

      Serves 2-4 This is my version of a Korean hangover soup. I find myself making it not only for a hangover, but on those frosty nights when there is seemingly no food in the fridge and I’m just too plain lazy to go to the shop.

    • Inspiring creams

      The team at Hamilton’s Duck Island ice cream parlour spend their days constantly tweaking, testing and perfecting their well-crafted and unique flavour combinations – resulting in the dreamiest ice cream that is worthy of a road trip just to get a scoop.

    • Ceremony

      Whether it’s the pillowy bread, the perfect execution of that egg, or the sunny disposition of the friendly faces that run the place…There’s something about Ceremony that just makes you feel good.

    • Winner Winner Kina Dinner

      by Leisha Jones My first taste of kina was as a doe-eyed Daddy’s girl, fishing off the rocks with my father. I looked up at him as if he were Jacques Cousteau, as he pulled his diving knife out of its holster and picked up a kina off the rocks. He crudely ripped the top […]

    • Petra Shawarma

      by Leisha Jones Photography: Aaron McLean Maryam Omar and her sister Dalal Omar take great pride in showing off the flavours of Jordan to Kingsland locals. At the family-run Petra Shawarma, questions about the menu are answered in great detail – how the dish would be eaten back home, how it has been slightly altered […]

    • Auckland’s Mint

      by Leisha Jones photography: Josh Griggs Talking shit and drinking spritz with the man behind the beanie.