Alice Neville

Alice Neville is The Spinoff's food editor. Email her on aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

Food
Sep 18, 2019

Vegan Week update: In which scrolls save our souls

A midweek update from the Spinoffers who have ditched dairy (and eggs, and meat, and fish...) for the week.  

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Food
Sep 16, 2019

Plant power: The Spinoff food section goes vegan (for a week)

Why we're saying adios to animal products (just for a little while). 

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Ātea
Sep 16, 2019

Blank stares and brain explosions: My day speaking only te reo

For the first day of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Alice Neville banned herself from speaking English. Here's how it went down.

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Food
Sep 15, 2019

Future of Kiwi onion dip hangs in the balance as Nestlé factory closes

For some, it symbolises the very backbone of New Zealand's food culture. But can Kiwi onion dip survive after the factory that makes reduced cream is shut down?

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BurgerFuel
Sep 3, 2019

Hemp, pūhā and not a patty in sight: welcome to the future of burgers

A pair of innovative Kiwi startups have partnered with a Kiwi burger behemoth to bring two delicious, nutritious and under-appreciated local ingredients to the people.

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Food
Sep 3, 2019

‘Not a level playing field’: NZ restaurants speak out on Uber Eats

Small businesses have told The Spinoff that hefty commission fees from the global delivery giant are pushing them to the brink, and are asking why global fast food chains get a discount.

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WOAP 2019
Sep 1, 2019

Inside Wellington’s obsessive and hyper-competitive cheese scone scene

Alice Neville dives into Wellington's doughy underbelly to uncover the eye-opening truth about the capital's passion for this humble baked item.

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Society
Aug 27, 2019

Selling out or just shrewd? Conservation groups go head to head on Māui dolphins

WWF-NZ has crossed enemy lines to team up with two large fishing companies on a proposal to mitigate the threat to Māui dolphins... and other environment groups aren't buying it.

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WOAP 2019
Aug 21, 2019

Stalks, pests and beer gone bad: Tricks of the trade from a no-waste dinner

Inspired by the ethos of food-rescue organisation Kaibosh, chef Kelda Hains looked to the past to champion unloved ingredients and showcase clever waste-minimising techniques at her All Taste, No Waste dinner. 

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Food
Aug 19, 2019

Natural progression: A Wellington craft beer crew open their first wine bar

The new joint from the team behind one of Wellington's favourite craft beer bars is dedicated to minimal-intervention, organic wine.

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Food
Aug 18, 2019

Cheat sheet: The trouble with tarakihi

We love it battered and served with chips, but tarakihi stocks aren't doing well and another big cut to commercial catch limits is in the works. 

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Food
Aug 13, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #91: Currizza, the capital’s curry-pizza hybrid

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Alice Neville critiques a curious culinary union. 

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Food
Aug 4, 2019

The beloved Auckland eatery that quietly opened an UberEats ‘ghost restaurant’

The staunchly independent and popular Auckland eatery Coco's Cantina has launched a ghost restaurant on UberEats, and it 'shows that our industry is not in a healthy place', says the restaurant's owner.

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Food
Aug 1, 2019

When all the world’s a stage and all the stage’s a kitchen

In Mrs Krishnan's Party, Kalyani Nagarajan plays the lead role and cooks the audience dinner to boot. What could possibly go wrong?

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Food
Jul 25, 2019

Sharp relief: One of New York’s best bartenders on the rise of bitter drinks

Why are bitter cocktails so hot right now? It could have a little something to do with Sother Teague. 

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Society
Jul 22, 2019

Here’s a thought: let’s not blame millennials for Sephora’s ‘waste dumping’

Sephora store employees may have swept some confetti down Auckland city's drains on Saturday, and people got angry... at an entire generation. 

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Food
Jul 21, 2019

Auckland bar owner left Canada under cloud

Cave à Vin founder Zane Kelsall says he has been in 'intense therapy' following sexual misconduct claims in Halifax.

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Food
Jun 26, 2019

A tale of two city farms

About as far as you can get from Aotearoa's rural heartland, a new breed of farmers are rethinking the way we grow. 

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Food
Jun 14, 2019

Pets or steak? The inside story of a bovine brouhaha in the ‘burbs

An urban farm in Auckland has been raising cows for meat for years. This time, they decided to involve the community in the process – but the backlash was so intense, the plan was canned.

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Food
Jun 8, 2019

Fishing for the future

A new generation of commercial fishermen is pushing for change, and chefs are helping to tell their story. 

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Food
May 27, 2019

NZ chefs on Jamie Oliver and the trouble with having your name above the door

In the wake of the demise of the famous UK chef's restaurant group, Al Brown and Martin Bosley reflect on how in the hospitality business, being a "name" comes with its own baggage.

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Food
May 18, 2019

In high spirits: Three cocktails from the Highball booze fest

Alice Neville drank a lot of cocktails at New Zealand's first dedicated cocktail festival in Wellington last weekend... here are a few standouts.

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Food
May 15, 2019

How to host a Game of Thrones finale party worthy of Westeros

All men must die, and all true Game of Thrones fans must dress up as their favourite character, sup from a goblet and recite quotes from the show without context at some point in their lives. It's the rules. 

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Food
May 10, 2019

Calm down, people: avogeddon is not upon us

Do you lose your shit when you can't get cherries in July? No. So why is everyone grumbling about the so-called avocado shortage?

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Food
May 7, 2019

Taking on single-use culture, one takeaway coffee at a time

Wellington-based startup Again Again has big plans for the way you do takeaways.

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Food
May 2, 2019

Everything you ever wanted to know about slushies but were afraid to ask

Ah, the slushy – it's the semi-frozen sugary beverage that has the nation talking. But what even is a slushy, and what's Simon Bridges' beef with them?

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