Food for thought

A lengthy Independent feature examines Auckland’s burgeoning food scene – and NZ’s as a whole. While NZ has embraced café culture (“probably the best espresso experience outside Italy in about 13 years, skipping the Starbucks phase altogether”), the Kiwi meat and two veg dinner mindset has been a tougher nut to crack. “We are trying to educate our public by taking them on a taste journey, rather than offering them a stomach-filler,” says  Morgan. “We are getting there, slowly.” Eateries leading the charge towards gastronomic greatness include Citron (Wellington), The Spire (Queenstown), Dizengoff, SPQR, Dine by Peter Gordon, Soul and The French Café (all Auckland). Says the writer, “Personally, I came to scoff, but left converted.” 

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Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek Doing Things Differently

Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek Doing Things Differently

Some designers are doing things differently: rethinking the business model and coming up with better ways of doing things, like Kowtow founder, New Zealander Gosia Piatek, who The Guardian’s Alexandra Spring…