Food Archive

An illustrated guide to New Zealand’s loosest BYOs

Nothing goes better with cheap food than cheaper wine drunk quickly. Here are the 10 best BYO spots in New Zealand, as submitted by you. 

John Key’s personalised pinot noir, reviewed

Our correspondent came into a bottle of the (former) PM’s Pinot All Noir via a shady route of backdoor deals and dirty politics.

Do not fear the dark side – drink it

Fill the void of those long, lonely winter nights with a dark beer – there's one out there for you, we promise.

Vitamin supplements: how much should we believe the hype?

The road to health is long and winding but should it be paved with vitamin supplements?

BePure statement re Spinoff vitamin story

Natural health company BePure provided the following statement to the Spinoff for our story about vitamins

The three stages of my vegetarianism

A journey through toasted lizards, Indian feasts, plain spaghetti and service-station pies. 

Hops in the hútongs: China’s craft beer champions

From the alleyways of Běijīng to the Tibetan highlands, independent brewing is on the rise.

Why punch is illegal in New Zealand (kind of)

In the best drinking cities in the world, sharing a punch bowl with your mates at a bar makes for a splendid evening.

How terrible food is killing New Zealand’s poor

New research from the University of Auckland reveals startling disparities in the ways communities are targeted by junk food retailers. Don Rowe speaks to the study's author. 

Bāozi, báijiǔ and barbecue: Culinary adventures in China

The angst of a Wellington winter melts away amid the tongue-tingling tastes of the Middle Kingdom.

Frickin Dangerous Bro Review White People Things: kombucha

In the latest episode of The Spinoff TV series in which James Roque, Pax Assadi and Jamaine Ross try all the fancy shit white people seem to like: kombucha.

Tino reka! Fry bread, creamed pāua and boil-up for Matariki

Chef Luke Adams shares three delicious Māori dishes.

Welcome to Dietary Requirements: The Spinoff’s brand new food podcast

Dietary Requirements is our new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too.

Inside the empire of Auckland’s first couple of food

Taking over New Zealand’s most lauded restaurant is not a move for the faint-hearted, but risks tend to pay off for Sid and Chand Sahrawat.

Beans behind bars: Turning prisoners into baristas

A new addition to Wellington's cafe scene is giving former female prisoners the chance to hone their barista skills.

Good Bitches Baking and the sweet, sweet taste of kindness

Alex Casey talks to Nic Murray and Marie Fitzpatrick, co-founders of Good Bitches Baking about changing the world, one cupcake at a time.

Why is coffee in London so, so terrible?

A displaced Wellingtonian yearns for the coffee culture she once derided.

Fight back against the fake-meat traitors and live like me, a true NZ patriot

Air New Zealand has been lambasted for serving Business Class passengers a burger without meat in it, which is obviously an assault on the NZ economy. Here the Spinoff's leading New Zealander Madeleine Chapman recounts a day in the life of a true patriot

Smash the beer patriarchy! How women are putting brews before bros

Gather round, hop-loving harridans of Aotearoa, for now is our time.

Let me watch you eat: Rose Matafeo makes mukbang

Rose Matafeo is a superfan of mukbang, the South Korean video craze in which a host eats huge amounts of foods while interacting with their audience. So she decided to make her own.

The talented Mr Eaglesome: my four-course dinner with a conman

Simon Day has a meal with a criminal narcissist.

Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t exist: A love letter to Bologna

A quest for pasta perfection takes one carb enthusiast from Mt Eden, Auckland, to Bologna, Italy.

Raise your glasses to The Spinoff Food!

We’re jolly excited to announce the launch of The Spinoff’s newest section, dedicated to all things food and drink.

Karena and Kasey’s big dinner was incredible. But was it worth $320?

Alice Neville went along to The Creation Dinner, a pop-up restaurant by MasterChef winners Karena and Kasey Bird, and it was bloody good.