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 […]

Life with Lexus  

Words Liz French, Images Brydie Thompson The Lexus EV, be it as a hybrid or fully electric, is rapidly gathering fans. Owners find that doing their bit for the environment and saving on fuel is almost secondary to the pure pleasure they get from driving the Lexus.  Quietly Classy Larraine chose her Lexus UX250H Hybrid […]

Solera – The Perfect Blend

  When hospitality couple Nick Potts and Chloe Ashman relocated from Australia to Tauranga they settled in quickly but they missed the casual wine bars they’d known and loved in Melbourne – the intimate little places with great atmosphere and cracking food and wine. They did something about it, and at Easter last year they […]

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 […]

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 […]


Words Denise Irvine, Images Brydie Thompson Attention to detail is everything at Picnicka. From the food to the fit-out, Tauranga’s super-relaxed new bar and grill has the sure touch of local hospitality operators Noel Cimadom and Kim Smythe. Picnicka is in the heart of the city’s CBD, the work of the husband-and-wife team that developed […]

Smoked Kahawai Croquettes

Recipes by Oscar and Otto, Images Alex Spodyneiko Smoked Kahawai Croquettes Nothing says Spanish tapa as much as the little deep-fried croquettes. Offered in a wide range of flavours, a good croquette will hide an explosion of flavour beyond its crunchy exterior. These smoked kahawai croquettes are always a hit at Oscar.   600g smoked […]

Summertime Gazpacho with Basil Oil     

Recipes Ian harrison, Sugo. Images Brydie Thompson Summertime Gazpacho with Basil Oil                        The trick to making this the best is using the best produce you can get. The farmers market must be the best place for these treats. You don’t want a strong olive oil for the basil oil because it will steal from […]

Olive, Anchovy & Pepper Banderillas

Recipes Oscar and Otto, Images by Alex Spodyneiko Olive, Anchovy & Pepper Banderillas Peppers are a staple in Spanish cuisine and are perfect for tapas. They make a neat little packet to stuff with all sorts of delicious ingredients, for wrapping delicious morsels or on skewers. Filling options are endless. This recipe can be easily […]