Dietary Requirements

A food podcast hosted by Sophie Gilmour with The Spinoff’s Alice Neville and Simon Day.

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31 August 2021

Live at Wellington On a Plate, on the future of hospitality

In part two of Dietary Requirements’ live special recorded at Parrotdog brewery as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate 2021, Simon Day and Sophie Gilmour are joined by Kelda Hains (Rita) and Dominique McMillan (Floriditas) for a discussion about the future of restaurants and the hospitality industry.

In part two of Dietary Requirements’ live special recorded at Parrotdog brewery as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate 2021, Simon Day and Sophie Gilmour are joined by Kelda Hains (Rita) and Dominique McMillan (Floriditas) for a discussion about the future of restaurants and the hospitality industry. Recorded Sunday… In part two of Dietary Requirements’ live special recorded at Parrotdog brewery as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate 2021, Simon Day and Sophie Gilmour are joined by Kelda Hains (Rita) and Dominique McMillan (Floriditas) for a discussion about the future of restaurants and the hospitality industry. Recorded Sunday August 15, 2021. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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24 August 2021

Live at Wellington On a Plate, with Parrotdog’s three Matts

Recorded live at Parrotdog in Lyall Bay as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate 2021, Dietary Requirements meets the brewery’s three founding Matts for a chat about their decade-long journey in the craft beer business.

Recorded live at Parrotdog in Lyall Bay as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate 2021, Dietary Requirements meets the brewery’s three founding Matts (Kristofski, Warner and Stevens) for a chat about their decade-long journey in the craft beer business. Read more: Alice Neville charts the journey of Parrotdog. Recorded… Recorded live at Parrotdog in Lyall Bay as part of Visa Wellington On a Plate 2021, Dietary Requirements meets the brewery’s three founding Matts (Kristofski, Warner and Stevens) for a chat about their decade-long journey in the craft beer business. Read more: Alice Neville charts the journey of Parrotdog. Recorded Sunday August 15, 2021. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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10 August 2021

Cooking a flounder with Kingi’s Tom Hishon

The pod breaks out of the studio for a field trip to Kingi at Auckland’s Hotel Britomart, and a very special cooking lesson from chef Tom Hishon.

The pod breaks out of the studio for a field trip to Kingi at Auckland’s Hotel Britomart, and a very special cooking lesson from chef Tom Hishon. He gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the seafood-focused restaurant and teaches us how to cook the delicious flounder of our dreams. Dietary… The pod breaks out of the studio for a field trip to Kingi at Auckland’s Hotel Britomart, and a very special cooking lesson from chef Tom Hishon. He gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the seafood-focused restaurant and teaches us how to cook the delicious flounder of our dreams. Dietary Requirements will also be making an official appearance at WOAP 2021, on August 15 at the Parrotdog brewery in Lyall Bay. Plan your 2021 experience at visawoap.com. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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27 July 2021

Filipino flavours with Bar Magda’s Carlo Buenaventura

Carlo Buenaventura is an evergreen Auckland hospitality personality who’s worked both in kitchens and front of house at a range of fantastic spots since moving to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2010.

Carlo Buenaventura is an evergreen Auckland hospitality personality who’s worked both in kitchens and front of house at a range of fantastic spots since moving to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2010. His latest venture is Bar Magda on Cross Street in the central city, where he’s back on… Carlo Buenaventura is an evergreen Auckland hospitality personality who’s worked both in kitchens and front of house at a range of fantastic spots since moving to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2010. His latest venture is Bar Magda on Cross Street in the central city, where he’s back on the tools in the kitchen. He joined Dietary Requirements to talk about why it’s so important to work on both sides of a restaurant, Bar Magda’s Filipino flavours and what he’s getting up to with Cinderella at this year’s Visa Wellington on a Plate. Dietary Requirements will also be making an official appearance at WOAP 2021, on August 15 at the Parrotdog brewery in Lyall Bay. Plan your 2021 experience at visawoap.com. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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13 July 2021

Our favourite food cities

In this episode we’re talking about food cities – what makes a great food city, and what are some of our personal favourites around the world?

In this episode we're talking about food cities – what makes a great food city, and what are some of our personal favourites around the world? Is Simon right to put Wellington up there among the best international food cities, and how does Auckland rank? Dietary Requirements will also be… In this episode we're talking about food cities – what makes a great food city, and what are some of our personal favourites around the world? Is Simon right to put Wellington up there among the best international food cities, and how does Auckland rank? Dietary Requirements will also be making an official appearance at Wellington On a Plate 2021 on August 15 at the Parrotdog brewery in Lyall Bay. Plan your 2021 experience at visawoap.com Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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2 July 2021

Serving up Wellington On a Plate

Next month, Visa Wellington On a Plate is taking over the capital’s hospitality industry with a vast menu of events, burgers and cocktails. In this episode, WOAP programme director Beth Brash joins the Dietary Requirements team to talk about what’s in store.

Next month, Visa Wellington On a Plate is taking over the capital's hospitality industry with a vast menu of events, burgers and cocktails. In this episode, WOAP programme director Beth Brash joins the Dietary Requirements team to talk about how the festival adapted to Covid-19, the amazing events on this… Next month, Visa Wellington On a Plate is taking over the capital's hospitality industry with a vast menu of events, burgers and cocktails. In this episode, WOAP programme director Beth Brash joins the Dietary Requirements team to talk about how the festival adapted to Covid-19, the amazing events on this year's programme, and her new life trapped in Tasmania. Dietary Requirements will also be making an official appearance at WOAP 2021 on August 15 at the Parrotdog brewery in Lyall Bay. Plan your 2021 experience at visawoap.com. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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15 June 2021

NZ’s hospitality staffing crisis

Chand Sahrawat runs three of Auckland’s most highly-rated restaurants – Sidart, Cassia and The French Cafe by Sid – and has first-hand experience of the kind of pressures hospitality owners and their staff are under. 

Last week the Restaurant Association launched a campaign to draw attention to the major skills and labour shortage the hospitality sector is experiencing as a result of Covid-19 and the subsequent border closure. This episode’s guest Chand Sahrawat runs three of Auckland’s most highly-rated restaurants – Sidart, Cassia and The… Last week the Restaurant Association launched a campaign to draw attention to the major skills and labour shortage the hospitality sector is experiencing as a result of Covid-19 and the subsequent border closure. This episode’s guest Chand Sahrawat runs three of Auckland’s most highly-rated restaurants – Sidart, Cassia and The French Cafe by Sid – and has first-hand experience of the kind of pressures hospitality owners and their staff are under. This episode of Dietary Requirements is brought to you by Visa Wellington on a Plate. Plan your 2021 experience at visawoap.com Read Chand’s open letter to Jacinda Ardern: https://thespinoff.co.nz/food/19-05-2021/youre-cutting-off-our-lifeblood-an-open-letter-to-jacinda-ardern-from-an-immigrant-restaurant-owner/ Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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18 May 2021

The joy of cooking at home

Polly Markus (@miss_pollys_kitchen) joins Dietary Requirements to talk about the joys of home cooking, kitchen disasters and whether or not she’s ever had gout.

Polly Markus started posting her home cooking adventures on the Instagram account @miss_pollys_kitchen during lockdown last year, and has now amassed over 18,000 hungry followers. She joins Simon and Alice in the studio (and Sophie on the phone on her way back from the Foodstuffs Expo in Hamilton) to talk… Polly Markus started posting her home cooking adventures on the Instagram account @miss_pollys_kitchen during lockdown last year, and has now amassed over 18,000 hungry followers. She joins Simon and Alice in the studio (and Sophie on the phone on her way back from the Foodstuffs Expo in Hamilton) to talk about the joys of home cooking, kitchen disasters and whether or not she’s ever had gout. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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4 May 2021

Brain food

Angus Brown is the founder of Ārepa, and in this episode he joins us to explain what nootropics are and how his company uses them to make a drink that’s good for your brain.

Angus Brown is the founder of Ārepa, and in this episode he joins us to explain what nootropics are and how his company uses them to make a drink that’s good for your brain. Alice and Simon give it a try to see if it helps them remember stuff. Angus… Angus Brown is the founder of Ārepa, and in this episode he joins us to explain what nootropics are and how his company uses them to make a drink that’s good for your brain. Alice and Simon give it a try to see if it helps them remember stuff. Angus is also a member of Future Food Aotearoa, a 10-person collective of emerging food tech leaders (including Dietary Requirements’ own Sophie), and they talk about how they're joining forces to help New Zealand become the Silicon Valley of the food scene. Follow Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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20 April 2021

Advanced Australian fare

Crack open a carton of Oak flavoured milk, rip into a pack of BBQ Shapes and join Simon, Alice and Sophie for a special Australia themed episode of Dietary Requirements.

Crack open a carton of Oak flavoured milk, rip into a pack of BBQ Shapes and join Simon, Alice and Sophie for a special Australia themed episode of Dietary Requirements. We’re talking classic Aussie dining experiences, perennially disputed Australian / New Zealand foods, raving about Adelaide as a food city,… Crack open a carton of Oak flavoured milk, rip into a pack of BBQ Shapes and join Simon, Alice and Sophie for a special Australia themed episode of Dietary Requirements. We’re talking classic Aussie dining experiences, perennially disputed Australian / New Zealand foods, raving about Adelaide as a food city, remembering the time Simon got fired from an Australian-themed restaurant in Copenhagen – and taste-testing some kangaroo meat seared on the office sandwich press. Subscribe and listen to Dietary Requirements on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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6 April 2021

The case against hot cross buns

Special guest Leonie Hayden joins Sophie and Simon to debate whether or not hot cross buns are in fact bad, taste test some New Zealand-grown wasabi and discuss how hospitality will handle the rise in minimum wage.

Special guest Leonie Hayden joins Sophie and Simon to debate whether or not hot cross buns are in fact bad, taste test some New Zealand-grown wasabi and discuss how hospitality will handle the rise in minimum wage. Read the wasabi story here. Subscribe and listen to Dietary Requirements via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or… Special guest Leonie Hayden joins Sophie and Simon to debate whether or not hot cross buns are in fact bad, taste test some New Zealand-grown wasabi and discuss how hospitality will handle the rise in minimum wage. Read the wasabi story here. Subscribe and listen to Dietary Requirements via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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15 March 2021

Spinning the Lazy Susan with Anna King Shahab

Food writer Anna King Shahab joins Dietary Requirements to talk about Lazy Susan, the Facebook group she co-founded where Aucklanders are sharing all their best food recommendations.

Food writer Anna King Shahab joins Dietary Requirements to talk about Lazy Susan, the Facebook group she co-founded where Aucklanders are sharing all their best food recommendations, and Auckland Eats, a new book celebrating some of the people who make the city's food scene so special. Subscribe and listen to… Food writer Anna King Shahab joins Dietary Requirements to talk about Lazy Susan, the Facebook group she co-founded where Aucklanders are sharing all their best food recommendations, and Auckland Eats, a new book celebrating some of the people who make the city's food scene so special. Subscribe and listen to Dietary Requirements via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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12 February 2021

Galentine’s Day on the oysters

The full food pod squad assembles to talk about fine dining, Valentine’s Day dining and summer dining, including the location of the alleged best fish and chip shop in Aotearoa. 

The full food pod squad assembles to talk about fine dining, Valentine’s Day dining and summer dining, including the location of the alleged best fish and chip shop in Aotearoa.  Join Sophie, Simon and Alice as they reminisce about Antoine’s (02:00), the recently closed Auckland fine dining institution where only… The full food pod squad assembles to talk about fine dining, Valentine’s Day dining and summer dining, including the location of the alleged best fish and chip shop in Aotearoa.  Join Sophie, Simon and Alice as they reminisce about Antoine’s (02:00), the recently closed Auckland fine dining institution where only one of them ever actually ate. Seems like it would have been a good place to celebrate Valentine’s Day (09:55) – or is that day better spent hooning oysters with the gals? Simon reckons he’s found the best fish and chips in New Zealand (19:43), Sophie met a sourdough guy with the perfect sourdough guy name (32:14) and much more. Plus, find out how to get a free homemade mince and cheese pie from Simon. Subscribe and listen to Dietary Requirements via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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27 January 2021

What makes the perfect pub?

Sophie Gilmour and Simon Day are joined by special guest Hugo Baird, co-owner of Grey Lynn’s Honey Bones and Lilian, to talk about opening new pub Hotel Ponsonby.

Sophie Gilmour and Simon Day are joined by special guest Hugo Baird, co-owner of Grey Lynn’s Honey Bones and Lilian, to talk about opening new pub Hotel Ponsonby. Auckland is a city of many bars but few really good pubs – the kind of places you’d be just as comfortable… Sophie Gilmour and Simon Day are joined by special guest Hugo Baird, co-owner of Grey Lynn’s Honey Bones and Lilian, to talk about opening new pub Hotel Ponsonby. Auckland is a city of many bars but few really good pubs – the kind of places you’d be just as comfortable going with your parents as you would with your mates, on a Saturday night or for a Sunday lunch. The kind of place you can call your local. Hugo Baird set out to change that when he opened Hotel Ponsonby in the Ponsonby Post Office building late in 2020. The man behind some of Simon’s favourite spots, Hugo opened his first cafe Crumb when he was just 24, and now runs and owns Honey Bones cafe and neighbouring Lilian osteria and wine bar in Grey Lynn with his business partners Willy Gresson and chef Otis Gardner Schapiro. He joined Sophie and Simon for the first Dietary Requirements of 2021 for a chat about what makes a good pub, opening one of his own, cursed hospo spots and the chaotic year that’s been. Subscribe and listen to Dietary Requirements via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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23 December 2020

Wrapping up the year in food

The pod squad gathers for the last time to commiserate and celebrate the best food and drink of 2020.

The pod squad gathers for the last time this year to commiserate and celebrate the best food and drink of 2020. In the final episode of the year Sophie, Alice and Simon share their culinary highlights and lowlights from a year that had nearly everything. It started with Simon and… The pod squad gathers for the last time this year to commiserate and celebrate the best food and drink of 2020. In the final episode of the year Sophie, Alice and Simon share their culinary highlights and lowlights from a year that had nearly everything. It started with Simon and Sophie adding children to their lives – and a breast milk taste test – and it ended with the hospitality industry hanging by a thread. Through it all we saw exciting innovation from restaurants, cafes and bars, as they tried to stay afloat through Covid-19. We desperately missed our cafe coffee and watched sourdough baking take off through lockdown. When we escaped from our homes we rediscovered our old favourites and new places around the country making delicious food. Finally, to end the year we have a book to give away: Beyond the Vines: The Changing Landscape of Wine in Aotearoa New Zealand by Cult Wine director Jules van Costello. Beyond the Vines tells the stories of 65 of the country’s most exciting and innovative producers, and looks at the history and future of the wine regions as well as the 50+ grape varieties New Zealand grows. Send us a photo of you having a glass of wine in the most summery spot possible and go into win one of two copies. Instagram: @dietaryrequirementspodcast Download this episode, and subscribe via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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22 December 2020

The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2020

Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod round up of the year that was.

Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod round up of the year that was. Representing Gone By Lunchtime, Dietary Requirements, The Real Pod, Papercuts, The Fold and On The Rag our hosts dive into the key events, issues, heroes and… Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod round up of the year that was. Representing Gone By Lunchtime, Dietary Requirements, The Real Pod, Papercuts, The Fold and On The Rag our hosts dive into the key events, issues, heroes and villains of 2020. From National’s botched election campaign to Ben Thomas’ take on TikTok, via the collapse of Bauer, the rise of oat milk, with a detour through controversial frozen grapes and Simon’s Sausage Spot, there’s something for everyone in this year’s Superpod. Featuring special guests producer T and Covid-19.

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14 December 2020

What makes a good sandwich?

Two of Auckland’s best sandwich makers join sandwich aficionados Simon Day and Stewart Sowman-Lund to talk about their craft.

Two of Auckland’s best sandwich makers join sandwich aficionados Simon Day and Stewart Sowman-Lund to talk about their craft. Why are sandwiches so good? It’s a question anybody who’s ever eaten a sandwich has probably wondered at some point in their lives. And who better to ask than this week’s… Two of Auckland’s best sandwich makers join sandwich aficionados Simon Day and Stewart Sowman-Lund to talk about their craft. Why are sandwiches so good? It’s a question anybody who’s ever eaten a sandwich has probably wondered at some point in their lives. And who better to ask than this week’s Dietary Requirements guests, Aletheia Elder of Hare and the Turtle and Huri Neill of Hero Sandwich House. The pair are sandwich artisans at the crest of a new wave of Auckland sandwich culture, and two of their biggest customers are Simon Day and Stewart Sowman-Lund. With regular Dietary Requirements co-hosts Alice and Sophie out of action, the sandwich-loving lads step in to ask all the important questions. What elevates a sandwich from good to great? What’s the optimal number of components? What’s New Zealand’s best sandwich (spoiler / not spoiler: it’s the chicken salad sandwich at The Fed). And if you could go anywhere in the world for any culture’s version of the sandwich this weekend, where would you go? Download this episode, and subscribe via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider.

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23 November 2020

What is seltzer and why is it suddenly everywhere?

The Dietary Requirements team drag Lucy and Matt out of the office and into the studio to discuss some of The Spinoff’s most controversial food topics from the past week.

The Dietary Requirements team drag Lucy and Matt out of the office and into the studio to discuss some of The Spinoff’s most controversial food topics from the past week. Exciting news – Dietary Requirements is moving from monthly to fortnightly episodes! We’ll still have a special guest from the… The Dietary Requirements team drag Lucy and Matt out of the office and into the studio to discuss some of The Spinoff’s most controversial food topics from the past week. Exciting news – Dietary Requirements is moving from monthly to fortnightly episodes! We’ll still have a special guest from the food world once a month, while the other episode will usually involve roping in some friends from the office for a food yarn. This is one of the latter. With regular co-host Sophie Gilmour away, Simon Day and Alice Neville have grabbed office manager MVP Lucy Reymer and partnerships manager Matt McAuley to discuss some of the topics dividing the office this week. Why are New Zealand fridges suddenly heaving with seltzers? What even is seltzer? Is the new Whittaker’s x Supreme flat white chocolate good or bad – or both? What about fennel? Is a layer of butter necessary on peanut butter toast? And how did Simon manage to revive a Nando’s burger that had been in the office fridge all weekend for his lunch on Monday? All this and more on this fortnight’s Dietary Requirements. Subscribe via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider. Please share Dietary Requirements with your friends and get in touch if you have any questions or requests: aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

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3 November 2020

Kai Māori with Monique Fiso

This month on Dietary Requirements, chef Monique Fiso joins us for a chat about Hiakai – her acclaimed Wellington restaurant, and the title of her stunning new book.

This month on Dietary Requirements, chef Monique Fiso joins us for a chat about Hiakai – her acclaimed Wellington restaurant, and the title of her stunning new book. Calling Monique Fiso’s new book a cookbook doesn’t really do it justice – there's so much more to it, tracing her personal… This month on Dietary Requirements, chef Monique Fiso joins us for a chat about Hiakai – her acclaimed Wellington restaurant, and the title of her stunning new book. Calling Monique Fiso’s new book a cookbook doesn’t really do it justice – there's so much more to it, tracing her personal journey and charting the history of kai Māori as well as guiding readers on how to incorporate indigenous ingredients and techniques into their own cooking. The book is titled Hiakai, also the name of Fiso’s Wellington restaurant which was last year included in a Time magazine list of The World’s 100 Greatest Places, among many other honours. Before opening Hiakai in 2018, she worked at some of New York’s best restaurants, and recently appeared on shows like Netflix’s The Final Table and National Geographic’s Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. Since opening Hiakai, Fiso has been at the forefront of the revitalisation and celebration of kai Māori, and writing and researching the book allowed her to delve further into the techniques and ingredients of our indigenous culture. She joined Simon Day, Alice Neville and Sophie Gilmour on this week’s Dietary Requirements for a chat about it. Subscribe via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider. Please share Dietary Requirements with your friends and get in touch if you have any questions or requests: aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

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2 October 2020

How to celebrate Chuseok 추석, or Korean Thanksgiving

In this episode of Dietary Requirements, Sophie Gilmour, Alice Neville and Simon Day are joined by chef Yutak Son for a crash course in festive Korean cuisine.

In this episode of Dietary Requirements, Sophie Gilmour, Alice Neville and Simon Day are joined by chef Yutak Son for a crash course in festive Korean cuisine. This week is Chuseok 추석, or Korean Thanksgiving. To celebrate, chef Yutak Son has teamed up with Satellites and the Korean consulate to… In this episode of Dietary Requirements, Sophie Gilmour, Alice Neville and Simon Day are joined by chef Yutak Son for a crash course in festive Korean cuisine. This week is Chuseok 추석, or Korean Thanksgiving. To celebrate, chef Yutak Son has teamed up with Satellites and the Korean consulate to put together a meal kit for the occasion, and the Dietary Requirements team were lucky enough to get their greedy hands on one. Yutak works as the head chef at The Shed at Te Motu Vineyard on Waiheke Island, but made the voyage across Tīkapa Moana earlier this week to join the DR crew in the studio and talk them through the most important eating event on the Korean calendar. Have a listen to find out how to celebrate Chuseok 추석, what’s traditionally on the menu and hear Yutak’s picks for the best Korean food in town. Subscribe via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast provider. Please share Dietary Requirements with your friends and get in touch if you have any questions or requests: aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

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