Gratia - Sweets
The Giapo mission: to make New Zealand famous for ice cream
One handbag, a notepad and my right shoe were happily sacrificed at Giapo last week. They all smell like sticky, rich chocolate gelato now; that's what happens when you get so caught up in the beauty of an object that you forget that it melts, and is actually produced to be eaten. A metaphor for life, perhaps? Certainly a recipe for the most gorgeous and extravagant ice creams in the country.
Because cupcakes are the antithesis of cruelty
Chocolates, desserts, and the most top-secret hot chocolate in Auckland
When Barbara opened a pop-up version of The Chocolate Boutique thirty years ago, it was a tiny space selling only hot drinks and chocolates. It is now a spacious cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, a menu with every sweet treat you might hope to eat, and the perfect place to start the afternoon or end the evening. It has become the local establishment in Parnell for desserts, waffles, a dozen kinds of hot chocolate, and, of course, handmade boutique chocolates.
The new toast-based cafe that's changing the way we think about bread
After going gluten-free, The Midnight Baker owner Yeshe sought a way to continue her love of toast. She realised that the supermarket brands are hugely processed (as well as not hugely tasty), so she started to bake her own bread. After six months of experimenting with recipes, baking way past midnight, she created a bread that she loves, named the Freedom Loaf. It's free of wheat, dairy, eggs, refined sugar, yeast, nuts - and her buckwheat loaf is completely celiac-safe. This is a filling and delicious new take on bread, and the foundation for her month-old cafe, The Midnight Baker.
Deliciousness Every Thursday, 3PM to 6PM
After eating rye sourdough from The People’s Bread and beautiful gingerbread biscuits from Pembroke Patisserie for the past month, I thought it was about time to write a blog about their source – Wanaka Farmers Market. Every Thursday afternoon, year-round, a group of talented bakers, artists, grocers, brewers and one masseur gather to put on Wanaka Farmers Market. Here they sell their handmade, home grown, and generally wonderfully local products on Ardmore Street, directly across from the lake - in rain, shine, snow, or anything in between.
Whoopi cake and ice cream shop on Nuffield Street, Auckland, creates cakes with the sort of artistry which makes you question whether it is really okay to eat them. Luckily I was able to push past this feeling, because yes, it is not only okay to eat them but also a delicious experience for any sweet tooth.