Alice Neville

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

Food
Sep 20, 2019

Vegan Week update: In which we emerge stronger, faster, hotter, smarter, better

The Spinoff crew who took on climate change with a vegan diet for the week reflect on the highs, the lows, the pies and the fries.  

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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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Food
Apr 14, 2019

A few crusty councillors can't change the fact that Hamilton is cool now

Thanks to a rapidly increasing population and some savvy young returnees, these days the Tron oozes quiet self-confidence. 

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Cheese
Apr 9, 2019

Getting to know your food chain: traditional Italian cheeses made in Nelson

Alice Neville learns about what goes into making mozzarella, ricotta, gorgonzola and more.

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FWDCo
Apr 8, 2019

What the heck’s a Crowler? It’s the future of beer, that’s what

Fresh from the tap, sealed and delivered to your door – and you can drink some, reseal it and finish later. Welcome to the latest innovation in craft beer consumption.

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Food
Mar 27, 2019

How the summer drought brought a sheep dairy company to its knees

Despite being in its infancy, Thorvald could barely keep up with demand for its sheep's milk cheese and yoghurt. But Tasman's devastating drought has effectively put the company out of business.

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Food
Mar 25, 2019

When sharing food means so much more

Proceeds from the sales of a new cookbook that shares recipes and stories from people from refugee and migrant backgrounds will go towards funding a new scholarship.

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Food
Mar 9, 2019

Our prime minister is meeting your prime minister and we’d love you to do lunch

New Zealand's best-known chef has built quite a life for himself in London, but, now more than ever, he yearns for Aotearoa.

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FWDCo
Mar 6, 2019

Mastering the art of the at-home cocktail

You don’t need a cocktail shaker, 14 different obscure liqueurs or even any particular skill to create a killer mixed drink in your own kitchen.

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New World
Mar 4, 2019

Why is there still so much plastic in our supermarkets?

OK, so we've got rid of plastic bags. But what about all the other stuff? Phasing plastic packaging out is a mammoth task, but some of the industry's main players are working hard to promote change.

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Food
Feb 22, 2019

Our Stories on Plate: empowering migrant women by sharing food

Women from migrant and refugee backgrounds celebrate food and storytelling from their cultures at Renu Sikka's Auckland workshops.

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L'affare
Feb 10, 2019

Season’s eatings: the joy of summer’s provisions

Chef Luke Adam talks to Alice Neville about why cooking and eating with the seasons is so much more than a fad.

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FWDCo
Jan 31, 2019

Mixed blessings: How to up your G&T game this summer

The quest for the perfect gin and tonic is one many of us undertake come summertime, but remember: the quality of the tonic is as – or dare we say even more? – important than that of the gin.

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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

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.

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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