Words by: Martyn Pepperell
If the late 2000s were about the rise of the food blogger, the early 2010s heralded the arrival of the food Instagrammer. It’s been under these conditions that Wellington-based food/culture lover and connector Barney Hodges – the man behind the popular @heresbarney Instagram and snapchat accounts – came into his own. Full article “Here’s Barney – Wellington food market guide.”
Lee from Camper Coffee, our previous hospitality profile, said he would like to suggest Yuki from Tanpopo as our next subject because, “He is a professional ramen maker and makes the best ramen in Auckland”. It’s a big call, so we tracked Yuki down to talk hospo life.
Full article “Yuki – Tanpopo”
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.
Full article “Ceremony”
“What is food for thought? Why does food for thought make you hungry? And hungrier, the more you eat? How is an idea translated into food? Are ideas something you can taste? I had endless questions about food, about cooking, about the science of cooking, about restaurants, about chefs. I had time to go in search of the answers. That’s where I’ve been. Here’s what I brought back from my journey…” Full article “Questlove”
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 to meet our needs, how it should be eaten, and what it should be eaten with. Full article “Petra Shawarma”
We asked our previous hospitality profile subject @Honebegood to nominate our next subject, and he sent us to theologian-turned-coffee-guru Lee Woo Hyung of @camper_coffee. Johnny suggested Lee “simply because I really like what he’s done with the place and he seems like a really nice guy. He’s a stylish dude who is quite obviously extremely passionate about the coffee!” Lee was the winner of this year’s New Zealand AeroPress awards and will rep us in Dublin this June. Go check out his Newmarket hole in the wall. Full article “Camper Coffee”
photography: Josh Griggs
I’m almost loath to talk about Eden Noodles. It’s truly one of the finest producers of Sichuan food in this city. It’s small, it’s handily located at the top end of Dominion Road and it always has queues forming outside at peak times. If you can’t handle chilli or heat to your food, this is not the place to come. Full article “Eden Noodle”
by Jeremy Taylor
Peculiarly, food courts, in their many shades and shapes, have been the location for much of the very best and worst of the substantial amount of eating I have done in my life.
Full article “Court of appeal”
by Leisha Jones
photography: Josh Griggs
Talking shit and drinking spritz with the man behind the beanie.
Full article “Auckland’s Mint”
I saw Johnny Hartnett (@honebegood) post a picture of that day’s work attire on Instagram and it gave me the idea that we should profile the personalities in New Zealand hospitality. So it seemed appropriate he was the first subject. Full article “Honebegood”
Salty, sweet, tangy, tart, crunchy and surprisingly light, the goat cheese croquettes with Kaimahi honey at Apero are the perfect start to any dinner. I’ve had them many times before because I have to say, unreservedly, that I love Apero. Full article “Why I Like Apero”
One of the great joys of travelling in countries with a strong food culture is the ability to find a cheap snack at any time via the street side vendors and stalls. For a local version, vegetarian diner Mumbai Chaat in Sandringham (1A Kitchener Rd, there is another branch in Blockhouse Bay Auckland only) may be as close as you can get. Full article “Mumbai Chaat”
Kelmarna Gardens and City Farm is an oasis within the city and a hidden gem, transporting you into another world beyond the busy hustle of Auckland.
Full article “Kelmarna ft. Orphan’s Kitchen Hangi”