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Scotch Whisky 101

By Ash Parmar Known as the Water of Life, whisky is a drink steeped in tradition. It starts with just two simple ingredients (original malted barley and water) run through copper stills then aged in oak barrels before being bottled and sold around the world to be enjoyed. Be that neat, with ice, water, in…

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Waikato Hospitality Awards 2019

Celebrating Hospitality Excellence The vibrancy and variety of the Waikato Hospitality scene was never more evident than at the Waikato Hospitality Awards held in August. Wintec’s Atrium was full of glitz and glitter as those who normally deliver the best food and service in our region got to sit down and enjoy a superb dinner…

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SERVING UP A TASTE OF WAIKATO

Words Kate Monahan-Riddell Set in the lush green farmland of the Waikato’s Hinuera Valley, the Red Barn offers a slice of rural New Zealand. With views of rolling green pastures, nearby mountains and Lake Karapiro, it has become a popular destination for weddings, private parties and corporate events since its launch over 10 years ago.…

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Been Pickling for Over a Year

Words Denise Irvine, Images Ashlee DeCaires Friday night at Mr Pickles and a couple of us are in for the duck ramen special, made by sous chef Harriet Boucher. The bowls are brimming with aromatic broth, tender duck meat, noodles, fresh chilli, sprouts and chopped spring onions. It is deeply rich, delicious and comforting, sharpened…

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Home Kitchen

Words and Images by Amber Bremner Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing. – Rumi   A small but industrious team of former refugees is working hard to make its mark on Hamilton’s hospitality scene, but not in the way you might expect. The team at Home Kitchen is turning…

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Henry & Ted Turn Five

words Denise Irvine, Images Brydie Thompson It takes George Gibson a little while to get a word in edgeways about his cafe Henry & Ted. George is being interviewed by Nourish on the highlights of the first five years of his Papamoa East eatery but customer Gus is the one doing the talking at the…

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BOP Hospitality Awards

Celebrating Hospitality Excellence The vibrancy and variety of the Bay of Plenty’s Hospitality scene were never more evident than at the BOP Hospitality Awards held in August. Mills Reef’s barrel room was full of glitz and glitter as the people who deliver the cream of the Bay’s hospitality were served a superb dinner while they…

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Oscar & Otto

words Liz French, images Brydie Thompson You don’t have to choose between Oscar and Otto, two hot new additions to Tauranga’s Strand. Otto can be your day time go to while Oscar comes into its own in the evening. The ‘naughty twins’ are the brain children of Catherine MacLoughlin and Hamish Carter, local foodies with…

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