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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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On Fire in the Mount

Images Brydie Thompson, Words Denise Irvine Mt Maunganui’s side-by-side restaurants, Fire and No.8, are a bright main street beacon at night. Our family is drawn into the glow on a recent Friday, and it suits us perfectly. We’re at the smart-casual Fire, and next door is its sister restaurant No.8, which offers a fresh and…

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The Business Of Waste

Businesses have traditionally accepted waste disposal as part of their overheads. But if you look at waste as a resource and act creatively to reduce it, you can save money, add value while improving your public perception and customer satisfaction. We talked to a few local businesses to see what they are doing to reduce…

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Clarence Bistro & Hotel

Words Denise Irvine, Images Brydie Thompson Lunch today is on the terrace of Clarence Bistro Hotel, in Tauranga. Clarence is in the heart of the city, shielded by cool greenery from the streets below, its elevated position catching the breeze on a sunny afternoon. There are fresh flavours on the table in front of us:…

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What a Waste

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan  Images Ashlee DeCaires Every year the average Kiwi household sends 89kgs of edible food to landfill. This figure does not include food scraps that can’t be eaten, like egg shells and banana peels. It also doesn’t include food wasted at the source or through our supply chain i.e. what producers, distributors, supermarkets…

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Discover Your Bliss at Earth Energies Sanctuary

Words: Kate Underwood | Photography: Felicity Witters [Retreat – Relax – Rebalance] As you close the gate on the chaos of SH2, from the moment you enter this idyllic estate, the relaxation process begins. Meander up the gravel drive, through 200 acres of fertile, sustainably developed farmland and you’ll discover Earth Energies Sanctuary. A health…

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Starting Out

Words: Josie Evans | Photography: Brydie Thompson In this our regular series, where Josie from Excelso interviews a local doing great things, we meet Rachel Miles, a past Excelso team member who has taken the plunge and gone into business for herself with Willow Espresso, a coffee bar in The Cottage on Second Ave in…

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Tauranga Farmers’ Market

Words: Denise Irvine | Photography: Alex Spodyneiko In the summer of 2005, someone told me about the fledgling Tauranga Farmers’ Market. It was described as a handful of produce stalls on Arundel Street and my informant was a bit dismissive. She said there really wasn’t a lot to choose from. The market—which had started two…

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Elizabeth’s Reign Secure

Words: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Brydie Thompson Tauranga, you can now get Henry & Ted’s famous scones without having to drive to Papamoa East. George Gibson and Connie Richards recently took over the reins of Elizabeth Cafe & Larder, adding to their successful and growing empire of cafes. “It was just too good an opportunity…

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Filla Bowl – Filling a Gap

Words: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Brydie Thompson Tucked away on bustling Te Rapa Straight, amongst the growing number of fast food conglomerates, is Filla Bowl. Offering a delicious new concept with fresh salads tailored to your tastes and diet, Filla Bowl is the answer to those flagging New Year resolutions. As I stand talking to Matt Gatchell, chef,…

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