Yelp Auckland – you did good. Thievery studio is an understated, urban, artist’s ‘dream space’ for photographers (namely Garth Badger), filmmakers, event producers, fashion designers and anyone wanting a creative hideaway on the infamous Karangahape Road. Attending ‘So Fresh & So Clean’ last night was an outstanding event showcasing ‘Honey Trap’ (Hummingbird Cake & Mini chicken club sandwiches), ‘Cocoloco’ (Pure coconut water & Spiced Stolen Rum with coconut water) – truely orgasmic. ‘Room by Room’ (affordable & accessible) interior design consultation, who gave away gorgeous cacti wrapped in recycled brown paper. ‘Invivo’ sampling delicious red wine, ‘Garage Project’ with their array of craft beer from Te Aro, ‘Antipodes’ sparkling & flat water that I can never drink enough of. ‘Bird on a Wire’ with paleo-style fare. The dip was heaven. ‘Little Eats’ was sampling a deconstructed creme brûlée-like sweet & a bite size spicy pastrami treats, ‘Bluebells Cakery’ offered ginger crunch, chocolate brownie, mini jammy donuts & more gastronomy! I drunk the Clasico & Rose Cava and nibbled on most of the above. The highlight was the Spiced Stolen Rum Cocoloco, the carefully positioned life-size zebra mounted on the wall, ‘Honey Trap’ clubs and Yelp for always exceeding my expectations – Yelp me!
After attending an Elite Yelp event last night at ‘The Cellar Door’ in Ponsonby, I was (truly) enlightened by the charismatic John Belsham (Founder & Winemaker) from Foxes Island Wine. He spoke passionately about his Marlborough vineyard, “crafting wines that are quintessentially New Zealand, regionally and varietally expressive and exquisitely made.”
Well he was not wrong.
I sampled the Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and my all time favourite, Pinot Noir. These exceptionally crafted wines are not available in the Supermarket, only selected restaurants and specialised food stores, like Nosh.
Antipodes Water was also on hand, to cleanse the palate and educate the yelpers about the incredible story of ‘Antipodes’.
“Antipodes was the first premium water in the world to be carbon neutral, to the dining table anywhere in the world – a pure water untouched from the source 327 metres below the surface!”
Aren’t you proud that both these products are sustainable and made in New Zealand?
Lastly, Bread & Butter Bakery spoiled us with rustic, gourmet breads, soft cheeses and green olives, to boot.