Turning Up the Heat with Picnicka

The food at Picnicka, in Downtown Tauranga’s Thirty Eight Elizabeth, is simple, nourishing, and meant to be shared.  The menu plays with the contrast between raw, smoked and grilled dishes featuring distinct worldwide flavours. Head chef Ryan Allen shared with us his Pickled Chillies recipe – the perfect solution to your abundant chilli harvest this […]

Spaghetti Vongole

Recipe Bar Centrale, Images Brydie Thompson A glass of Soave and spaghetti vongole on a beautiful summer’s day is a match made in heaven.   150–200g spaghetti kosher salt 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided 1 garlic clove, sliced ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes ¼ cup white wine approx. 1kg cockles, tua tua […]

Value Added Shopping at the Farmers Market

Words Liz French, Images Brydie Thompson Eating is a pleasure and shopping for food should be too. When rising prices and supermarket monopolies dim your enthusiasm, the Tauranga Farmers Market can inspire you again. Spring is the most prolific season at the farmers market. As Trixie, the market manager, points out, “Growth starts four weeks […]

What’s New Downtown

A flurry of great new eateries in Downtown Tauranga continue to add to the city centre’s vibrancy. Tauranga Food Co-Op On a mission to make healthy food accessible without loads of plastic, the Tauranga Food Co-Op recently opened a store in Piccadilly Arcade. A not-for-profit organisation, the Tauranga Food Co-Op is mostly run by passionate […]

Matariki Dish Challenge Winners

The culinary stars shone this winter with the Rotorua and BOP Matariki Dish Challenges. The challenge, which ran for five weeks, allowed locals and visitors alike to taste their way around some of the district’s best eateries. And boy, were they spoilt for choice! From decadent desserts created by But First Desserts and Lantern to […]

Rediscover Your City Centre

The city centre is changing and evolving. Yes, there’s still disruptions as major redevelopments take place and store occupancies begin to return to normal, but in amongst all this is an array of incredible eateries, boutique shops and businesses, passionate business owners and operators and great experiences for all. There’s some exciting new restaurants and […]

Sticky Date Coffee Pudding

Recipes Carrie Evans, Images Brydie Thompson There is a saying, ‘coffee is always a good idea’. So, with the help of Carrie and the Excelso team, we thought we’d take that message beyond your morning cup and serve it up for dessert. This twist on the ever popular sticky date pudding is great, with a […]

Digging Up the Best in the Bay

Words Vicki Ravlich-Horan Like those enjoying a dip in the ocean, as the weather cools the number of visitors to the BOP dwindles to a hardy few. But could our region offer a treasure just waiting to be unearthed? Truffles, not the chocolate variety, but the prized fungi that makes chefs and gourmands swoon, are […]

A Journey of Learning and Leavening

Words Kate Underwood, @relishthememory, Images Brydie Thompson For the dynamic mother and son duo behind Mount Sourdough Co, a retired teacher and trained engineer, baking bread was never part of the plan. With Margaret the hands-on baker and Sam the guiding force behind the business, over the last four years they have transformed their passion […]

Good Buzz

The Good Buzz kombucha story began modestly in Kaikohe, in 1974. There was a bold new chapter in Wainuiomata in 2014, and it gathered pace a few years later in Tauranga. Today it is perfectly poised for major plot developments. Ryan Christensen, chief executive of Good Buzz Beverage Co, traces the history in the spacious […]