Alice Neville

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

Barkers 1972
Jan 21, 2019

Why you should consider a life less meaty

Why do we act like the idea of reducing our meat consumption is an assault on the very backbone of the nation?

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Food
Jan 17, 2019

The Spinoff’s unofficial ‘bad tourist’ eating tour of New Zealand

With this detailed guided tour, it's easy to follow in the footsteps of the unruly visitors whose shocking antics have gripped the nation.

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Food
Jan 9, 2019

Dutch courage: The little Kiwi cheese taking on the world

Since 1981, a pioneering Dutch immigrant has been developing a distinctive New Zealand style of cheese, and now the world is starting to sit up and take notice.

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Food
Jan 4, 2019

Summer reissue: Meet Monique Fiso, New Zealand’s most exciting chef

No-nonsense 31-year-old Māori/Samoan woman Monique Fiso is behind one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in years. Get ready, Wellington.

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Beverage
Dec 26, 2018

Summer reissue: Meet the Ukrainian nuclear engineer making spirits in Puhoi

In an unassuming spot just outside of our biggest city, exacting standards and secret methods are producing some of the smoothest spirits you’ll ever try.

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Beverage
Dec 18, 2018

Pét-nat, what the heck’s that?

This lightly sparkling natural wine has been popping up on drinks lists all over the show, and it's not going away any time soon.

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Food
Dec 17, 2018

Common ground: Behind the scenes of the hāngī

In the latest in the Frame documentary series produced for The Spinoff by Wrestler and funded by NZ on Air, we follow chef Luke Adams as he prepares a hāngī for his children's school fundraiser. 

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Society
Dec 11, 2018

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 11

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Alice Neville on why you should tell your kids that Santa isn’t real.

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Food
Dec 10, 2018

Revealed: New Zealand’s most dangerous fruit and veg

Inspired by the recently publicised onion-related peril of sausage sizzles, The Spinoff goes deep into the produce aisle and finds that getting your 5+ a day can be a risky business.

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Beverage
Nov 29, 2018

He kapu tī māu? Championing te reo through tea

Two Auckland friends have combined their love of tea with their passion for te reo Māori – and turned it into a business.

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Beverage
Nov 22, 2018

Ageing like a fine wine: The family business that came back from the brink

Just like the New Zealand wine industry it champions, Fine Wine Delivery Co has been through quite a journey over the past two decades. 

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Food
Oct 29, 2018

Is this New Zealand’s most exciting chef?

No-nonsense 31-year-old Māori/Samoan woman Monique Fiso is behind one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in years. Get ready, Wellington.

Read on.

Brewers Association
Oct 20, 2018

Change is brewing: Meet the women blazing trails in the beer industry

Five women talk about challenging stereotypes in New Zealand’s ever-evolving beer scene.

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Food
Oct 16, 2018

The flour and the glory: The Great Spinoff Bake Off

We lured an official judge from The Great Kiwi Bake Off into the offices to critique our cakes, and it was an emotional rollercoaster. 

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Food
Oct 12, 2018

What’s eating Christchurch?

Seven-and-a-half years since the quake, food is playing a critical role in how Christchurch rebuilds, according to the people behind a festival that celebrates the city's regeneration.

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Food
Oct 9, 2018

What do doughnuts and fried chicken have to do with art?

Tonight in the Auckland CBD you might stumble across a tequila-soaked glamour queen and a T-Rex with no head — but don’t worry, you won’t go hungry.

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Food
Oct 7, 2018

New Zealand faces up to its plastic problem

Tonnes upon tonnes of plastic waste with nowhere to go — there’s no easy solution, but for one group of Kiwi businesses, simply doing nothing was not an option.

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Beverage
Sep 18, 2018

Grape(fruit) expectations: Announcing the hoppy arrival of a very special beer

Six weeks ago, through a haze of blood, sweat, tears and citrus, a grapefruit IPA was born. This week, it’s finally time to introduce Juicy Tart to the beer-loving public.

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Beverage
Sep 11, 2018

In our hour of mead: The happy return of an ancient beverage

By rejuvenating the world's oldest alcoholic drink, the founder of Lone Bee Mead hopes to breathe new life into our regions.

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Food
Sep 8, 2018

My day of meat: A vegetarian goes to butcher bootcamp

Our usually meat-eschewing food editor attempts to prove she's got the chops for job by getting acquainted with some dead animals. 

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Food
Sep 7, 2018

A ringside seat at NZ’s ‘most important cooking competition’

The country's most promising chefs of the future battled it out in the grand final of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Championship this week.

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Beverage
Aug 31, 2018

Still life: Meet the Ukrainian nuclear engineer making spirits in Puhoi

In an unassuming spot just outside of our biggest city, exacting standards and secret methods are producing some of the smoothest spirits you’ll ever try.

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Music
Aug 27, 2018

In love with those times: Preserving Flying Nun’s legacy

Flying Nun's rightful place in New Zealand history has been secured with the acquisition of the legendary label's master tapes by the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Beverage
Aug 26, 2018

Beyond sushi: why you should be drinking sake with pizza

Auckland sake sommelier Wayne Shennen is on a mission to spread the gospel of the oft-misunderstood Japanese tipple.

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Beer
Aug 21, 2018

Out of the wild brew yonder: Why weird beers are the new normal

Did you know that all kinds of weird and wonderful shit floats about in the night sky, and you can make beer with it? If you’re into wine, you’ll probably be …

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Food
Aug 16, 2018

Remembering Anthony Bourdain: Hope springs from tragedy for Auckland hospo

For many in the restaurant industry, Anthony Bourdain's death hit close to home, so a group of hospo friends decided to build something positive out of the sadness.

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