Dietary Requirements

The Spinoff presents a monthly food podcast discussing everything we’ve been eating and drinking, hosted by Sophie Gilmour, and The Spinoff’s Alice Neville and Simon Day.

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30 May 2020

Dietary Requirements: Politics, poutine and quarantine (plus an earthquake)

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by The Spinoff’s resident poutine authority (and politics editor) Justin Giovannetti for our second together-but-apart Zoom pod.On this month’s Dietary Requirements, we’re still physically apart but together in spirit, […]

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by The Spinoff's resident poutine authority (and politics editor) Justin Giovannetti for our second together-but-apart Zoom pod. On this month's Dietary Requirements, we're still… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by The Spinoff's resident poutine authority (and politics editor) Justin Giovannetti for our second together-but-apart Zoom pod. On this month's Dietary Requirements, we're still physically apart but together in spirit, buoyed by the level-two joy of being allowed out of the house to partake in our favourite activities: eating and drinking. Our guest is The Spinoff's fresh-from-quarantine (OK, managed isolation) politics editor, Justin Giovannetti, who takes a break from throwing curly questions at authority figures to beam in from parliament. Justin is not only a politics whiz but an expert on poutine, the culinary delight that ranks alongside maple syrup, Trivial Pursuit and, um, Justin Bieber as among Canada's greatest contributions to the world. Justin (Giovannetti, not Bieber) is writing a book about the glorious Québecois concoction that comprises French fries, cheese curds and gravy, though his magnum opus has been put on hold thanks to a pesky global pandemic and a move to the other side of the world. This episode also features a real-life account of what food is really like in quarantine (spoiler alert: many pancakes), plus we talk about what cooking in lockdown taught us, share highlights from our long-awaited returns to dining out – and are subjected to a terrifying LIVE ON-AIR earthquake. To listen, use this player or download this episode (right click and save). Make sure to subscribe via iTunes, or via your favourite podcast provider. And please share Dietary Requirements with your friends. Get in touch if you have any questions or requests: aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

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20 April 2020

Dietary Requirments: In which we eat our feelings

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re beaming in from our respective bubbles, joined by Al Keating of Coffee Supreme.Although we can’t be together in person, the Dietary Requirements team was not about to let a little […]

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're beaming in from our respective bubbles, joined by Al Keating of Coffee Supreme. Although we can't be together in person, the Dietary Requirements team was… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're beaming in from our respective bubbles, joined by Al Keating of Coffee Supreme. Although we can't be together in person, the Dietary Requirements team was not about to let a little nationwide lockdown get in the way of bringing you another episode, especially at a time when eating and drinking is basically all that's getting some of us through. We're joined on our Zoom pod by Al Keating, CEO of Coffee Supreme, to discuss the crippling effects of the Covid-19 crisis on the industry and whether cafes will be able to come back from it, plus Alice's obsessive longing for a flat white. We discuss our lockdown cooking go-tos, ponder why the hell we're so hungry all the time, and think about all the fine establishments we're going to hit up when lockdown's over. Plus, Alice introduces a new family member, and Simon raps some Hairy Maclary (as you do). Listen here or download this episode (right click and save). Make sure to subscribe via iTunes, or via your favourite podcast client. And please share Dietary Requirements with your friends. Get in touch if you have any questions or requests: aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz

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2 March 2020

Food podcast: We check in to Hyderabad Hotel for biryani and beer slushies

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by Jos Ruffell of Garage Project and Sammy Akuthota of Satya to talk about their exciting new venture.Hyderabad Hotel is a new pop-up venture by Garage Project and Satya, […]

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by Jos Ruffell of Garage Project and Sammy Akuthota of Satya to talk about their exciting new venture. Hyderabad Hotel is a new pop-up… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by Jos Ruffell of Garage Project and Sammy Akuthota of Satya to talk about their exciting new venture. Hyderabad Hotel is a new pop-up venture by Garage Project and Satya, which opened in Ponsonby last month. It's here for a good time, not a long time, and the Dietary Requirements team went along to talk to the two people who made it happen and try out the menu. Enjoy this podcast with a side of spiced beer slushie, and if you're in Auckland don't forget to head down to Hyderabad Hotel before it's gone.

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31 January 2020

Food podcasts: Summer eats, RTDs and a breast-milk taste test

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by food writer Ginny Grant and a whole lot of babies for our first podcast …

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by food writer Ginny Grant and a whole lot of babies for our first podcast of 2020. For information regarding your data privacy, visit… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by food writer Ginny Grant and a whole lot of babies for our first podcast of 2020. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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19 December 2019

The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2019

Join various hosts of The Spinoff podcasts Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Paper Cuts, The Offspin, and Dietary Requirements as we look back at the car crash that was 2019.

In this special end of year podcast hosted by …

Join various hosts of The Spinoff podcasts Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Paper Cuts, The Offspin, and Dietary Requirements as we look back at the car crash that was 2019. In this special end of year podcast hosted by Leonie Hayden, we dissect the country's response to national… Join various hosts of The Spinoff podcasts Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Paper Cuts, The Offspin, and Dietary Requirements as we look back at the car crash that was 2019. In this special end of year podcast hosted by Leonie Hayden, we dissect the country's response to national disasters, the highs and lows of MAFS, international literary scandals, the madness and tragedy of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Mad Chapman's Pulitzer Prize-winning chip ranking and more, plus we add our entries to the official The Spinoff 2019 Honours and Dishonours board. Pour yourself a Baileys and settle in. Check out more of our podcasts here including the pop up pod The Spinoff Book Out Loud (The Spinoff Book is available in stores now). If you want to continue to support the work we do, behind the mic or on the site, check out The Spinoff Members, where you can support independent media for as a little as a dollar a week! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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13 December 2019

Food podcast: It’s our ham-crazed, Negroni-fuelled Christmas special

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by Hilary Pearson, general manager of Freedom Farms, for our Christmas epis…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by Hilary Pearson, general manager of Freedom Farms, for our Christmas episode. To listen, use the player below or download this episode (right click and save). Make sure… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by Hilary Pearson, general manager of Freedom Farms, for our Christmas episode. To listen, use the player below or download this episode (right click and save). Make sure to subscribe via iTunes, or via your favourite podcast client. And please share Dietary Requirements with your friends. Get in touch if you have any questions or requests: aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz Our beloved cohost Sophie Gilmour is MIA this month, but she has a pretty good excuse – just a few days before we recorded, Sophie gave birth to little Odette, her first baby with husband David. Sending big aroha their way! Rest assured Odette will be joining us on the podcast in the not-too-distant future (and Soph will probably tag along too). Stepping capably into Sophie's shoes this episode is Hilary Pearson, general manager of Freedom Farms, which has sponsored this podcast and The Spinoff food section since inception some 18 months ago – if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't exist! Tis the season for ham and what Hilary doesn't know about that most festive of meats isn't worth knowing, so we interrogate her for tips, tricks and tales from Christmases past, and she talks us through these three out-of-the-ordinary glaze recipes. We also ponder pavlova – specifically why it's so bloody hard to nail it in a humid Auckland summer – and discuss some delicious alternatives. Speaking of ham, do you want to win one? We're giving away two Freedom Farms half champagne hams, each of which comfortably feeds 12 with Boxing Day leftovers to boot. Only catch is you have to pick it up in Auckland, either from Freedom Farms' office in Parnell, or The Spinoff HQ in Morningside. Email aliceneville@thespinoff.co.nz with ham giveaway in the subject line to enter. Meri Kirihimete, and see you next year! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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22 November 2019

Feeding bellies not bins with Nick from Everybody Eats

This month we’re joined by Nick Loosley of pay-as-you-feel dining concept Everybody Eats.
A third of the food the world produces doesn’t end up in our stomachs. It’s a mind-boggling statistic, especially when you consider that at the same time, food po…

This month we’re joined by Nick Loosley of pay-as-you-feel dining concept Everybody Eats. A third of the food the world produces doesn’t end up in our stomachs. It’s a mind-boggling statistic, especially when you consider that at the same time, food poverty is a very real problem for many communities… This month we’re joined by Nick Loosley of pay-as-you-feel dining concept Everybody Eats. A third of the food the world produces doesn’t end up in our stomachs. It’s a mind-boggling statistic, especially when you consider that at the same time, food poverty is a very real problem for many communities – including here in New Zealand. Nick Loosley has just opened the first permanent home for his pay-as-you-feel dining concept Everybody Eats, where food that would otherwise be wasted becomes a three-course meal prepared by chefs, served in a restaurant setting. Everyone is welcome, and you can pay as little or as much as you like. As well as tackling food waste and food poverty, it’s about social cohesion – encouraging people from all walks of life to come along, share a table and a yarn with someone with whom they might otherwise never cross paths. Nick joins us in the studio this month to talk about why he’s doing what he’s doing, and how he became a pro at feeding 300 people. Over leftovers from Everybody Eats’ new Onehunga restaurant and booze-free Lindauer, we share waste-reducing tips and agree best-before dates are bullshit. Plus, we’re giving away a Freedom Farms Christmas ham! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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31 October 2019

Food podcast: Smashing peanut slab pies with the man behind Eat Lit Food

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month we’re joined by controversial food ‘grammer Albert Cho of Eat Lit Food.

Albert Cho…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month we're joined by controversial food 'grammer Albert Cho of Eat Lit Food. Albert Cho, the 22-year-old Aucklander who's garnered a huge following for the forthright, often… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month we're joined by controversial food 'grammer Albert Cho of Eat Lit Food. Albert Cho, the 22-year-old Aucklander who's garnered a huge following for the forthright, often foul-mouthed reviews he posts to his Instagram account Eat Lit Food, joins us in the studio this month. As we have a hoon on a couple of Cooney Hooneys (the unholy pie/peanut slab mash-up that Albert brought into the public consciousness), he takes us through his meteoric rise in the social media sphere (he's now got more than 39,000 Instagram followers) and we discuss the changing face of food media, pissing people off, racism and food obsession. And what's our verdict on the Cooney Hooney? Tune in to find out... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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20 September 2019

Food podcast: In which we snack on creepy-crawlies to save the planet

Covering Climate Now: Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we go crazy for crickets in a climate week special.

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Covering Climate Now: Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we go crazy for crickets in a climate week special. The Spinoff’s participation in Covering Climate Now is made possible thanks to Spinoff… Covering Climate Now: Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we go crazy for crickets in a climate week special. The Spinoff’s participation in Covering Climate Now is made possible thanks to Spinoff Members. Join us here! September's Dietary Requirements is all about how what we eat and drink affects the world around us – yep, it's a climate crisis special. We're joined in the studio by Wairarapa cricket farmer John Hart and his partner in crime Chris Petersen of Rebel Bakehouse (both of whom are pictured in the work of art above) to talk the ins and outs of farming insects for food. As we snack on some buzzy buggy snacks, we don't shy away from hard-hitting questions like "do the crickets have personalities and do you give them names?", and discuss the place of farming in a climate-crisis world. As it's vegan week in The Spinoff office (well, for some of us), we share some plant-based cooking tips and restaurant recommendations while sampling Alice's rather tasty vegan cookies, and of course we drink some deliciously sustainable beer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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6 September 2019

Dietary Requirements: Big-ups to the beer, biscuits and badass hospo scene of Wellington

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by one of Wellington’s finest sons, musician and food writer Samuel Fl…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by one of Wellington's finest sons, musician and food writer Samuel Flynn Scott.  In our Wellington special, capital culinary evangelist Samuel Flynn Scott joins… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by one of Wellington's finest sons, musician and food writer Samuel Flynn Scott.  In our Wellington special, capital culinary evangelist Samuel Flynn Scott joins fellow displaced Wellingtonian Alice (plus a couple of Aucklanders) to chat about Visa Wellington On a Plate and the ins and outs of the little city's big food and drink scene. Alice and Simon reminisce about the culinary highlights of their recent visits to the capital while we sup on the city's finest craft beer and chew salted caramel cookies from Leeds St Bakery. As we virtually traipse the streets of Te Aro, we talk cafes and bars, roti chenai and toast, Moore Wilson's and Golding's Free Dive, and discuss to what extent the city has embraced VWOAP. Meanwhile, there's a disturbing revelation about coconut water, Sam desperately defends Wellington's weather and we blow our own trumpets re our recent victory in the NZ Food Media Awards. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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31 July 2019

Dietary Requirements podcast: A cross-cultural culinary journey from scones to tahdig

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by comedian Pax Assadi to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of white peo…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by comedian Pax Assadi to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of white people food. Growing up in Auckland with an Iranian dad and… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by comedian Pax Assadi to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of white people food. Growing up in Auckland with an Iranian dad and a Pakistani mum, Pax Assadi enjoyed a diverse culinary upbringing – from biryani to tahdig, cheese toasties to mashed potato with Kaitaia Fire (for breakfast), he developed a taste for it all. Well, not all of it... as Pax tells us, he reckons most white people food is rubbish. Will Alice's freshly baked cheese scones convince him otherwise? (Spoiler alert: yeah nah.) The other hosts boldly attempt to impress our guest with Persian and Pakistani dishes, with Simon even giving tahdig, the notoriously tricky crispy bottom that Iranians live for, a hoon. Will it pass muster with Pax? You'll have to listen to find out... Meanwhile, we discuss constipation, Alice #humblebrags about her recent European travels, Sophie talks about her trip to, er, Sandringham, Tina takes the mic and Simon drops a two-for-the-price-of-one bombshell. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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21 June 2019

Dietary Requirements podcast: We get hungry for hāngī in this Matariki special

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by hāngī master Rewi Spraggon and his co-owner in The Māori Kitchen, Ganesh…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by hāngī master Rewi Spraggon and his co-owner in The Māori Kitchen, Ganesh Raj, to have a yarn about Matariki, the Māori new year. … Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we're joined by hāngī master Rewi Spraggon and his co-owner in The Māori Kitchen, Ganesh Raj, to have a yarn about Matariki, the Māori new year.  Every winter, the nine stars of Matariki reappear in the dawn sky to signal the start of the Māori New Year. In te ao Māori this is a time to celebrate new life, to remember our tūpuna, and look forward to our future. It’s about friends and family, and is a very good excuse to come together for kai. This year Matariki is 25-28 June and events to mark it are happening all over the country. Hāngī master, chef, artist, musician, TV presenter and all round cool guy Rewi Spraggon has been advocating for giving Matariki the respect it deserves long before it was cool, and next week he'll be putting down a hāngī at Takutai Square in Britomart for Matariki. If you're in Tāmaki Makaurau, go check it out and get yourself some kai: more details here. Spraggon knows a thing or two about bringing hāngī to downtown Auckland already: he and business partner Ganesh Raj opened The Māori Kitchen at Queens Wharf in March, which serves up traditionally cooked hāngī in sandwiches, wraps and pies. Spraggon and Raj joined the Dietary Requirements crew to talk Matariki (and Puanga!) and tell us why we should all be getting our hāngī on a lot more. For more on Matariki, read this great explainer in The Spinoff Ātea. And check out this cool behind the scenes of a hāngī mini documentary. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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31 May 2019

Dietary Requirements: In which we are driven to drink (wine, mezcal, sake and …..Milo)

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by booze enthusiast Meg Abbott-Walker for a special episode celebrating drinks….

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by booze enthusiast Meg Abbott-Walker for a special episode celebrating drinks.  For the first time in our 11-episode history, we don’t eat a single… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by booze enthusiast Meg Abbott-Walker for a special episode celebrating drinks.  For the first time in our 11-episode history, we don’t eat a single skerrick of food on air. But fear not, we more than make up for it by indulging in no fewer than five different drinks! Sommelier Meg Abbott-Walker joins us in the studio for a very scientific tasting of the old (new) Milo versus the new (old) Milo, plus schools us in the joys of sake, mezcal and natural wine. Meanwhile, Simon talks omelettes, Alice axxfadfa and Sophie makes a very special announcement. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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30 April 2019

Dietary Requirements: Deeply hungover, we delve into the politics of restaurant awards

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

This month, old mate Henry Oliver – former Spinoffer and current editor of Metro magazine – joins us in…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, old mate Henry Oliver – former Spinoffer and current editor of Metro magazine – joins us in the studio for a post-mortem of Monday night's Metro… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, old mate Henry Oliver – former Spinoffer and current editor of Metro magazine – joins us in the studio for a post-mortem of Monday night's Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards. Feeling a touch jaded after celebrating Auckland's best restaurants perhaps a little too enthusiastically at the Negroni-laden town hall, we talk ins and outs, highs and lows, winners and losers and angry emailers over our favourite hangover cures – pimped instant noodles, cold pizza, and bloody Marys, the recipe for which was kindly shared by Melissa Morrow of Ponsonby Road Bistro, which won best drinks list at the awards. Plus, Sophie tries her very first ever Cheezel live on air. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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12 April 2019

Dietary Requirements podcast: In which we go to Duck Island and eat a lot of ice cream

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

The Dietary Requirements crew had been anticipating the arrival of Duck Island’s first non-Hamilto…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. The Dietary Requirements crew had been anticipating the arrival of Duck Island's first non-Hamilton shop for months, so when the dreamy ice cream parlour finally opened its doors… Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. The Dietary Requirements crew had been anticipating the arrival of Duck Island's first non-Hamilton shop for months, so when the dreamy ice cream parlour finally opened its doors in Ponsonby, we thought what better way to celebrate than by recording a bloody podcast there. Amidst sky-high towers of ice cream, traffic noise and bottles of wine hidden in brown paper bags, we discussed NZ's ridiculously high per-capita ice-cream consumption, learnt the origin story of the best thing to come out of Hamilton since Daniel Vettori, and were unexpectedly graced by the presence of Mr Eat Lit Food himself, Albert Cho. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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8 March 2019

Dietary Requirements: The Gilmour girls on hospo life, hot cross buns and 80s excess

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.We back! It was a real family affair on the latest Dietary Requirements, with Sophie’s most excellent mum and …

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.We back! It was a real family affair on the latest Dietary Requirements, with Sophie's most excellent mum and sister, Emerald and Mimi Gilmour, joining us in the studio.…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

We back! It was a real family affair on the latest Dietary Requirements, with Sophie's most excellent mum and sister, Emerald and Mimi Gilmour, joining us in the studio. The Gilmours are a hospo dynasty of sorts: Emerald kickstarted Tāmaki Makaurau's eating and drinking scene back in the 70s and 80s with Clichy and Club Mirage (aka the Studio 54 of Auckland); while Mimi started the Mexico chain of restaurants and is now co-owner of Burger Burger. Sophie, of course, co-founded Bird on a Wire and now runs hospitality consultancy Delicious Business. Bunch o' legends, amirite?

Over a bottle of bubbly and some hot cross buns, we prod Emerald for all the juicy details from the heady days of the 80s Auckland club scene, and the sisters reminisce on an upbringing steeped in food and drink.

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19 February 2019

Dietary Requirements : Fritters, cocktails and the resurrection of Al Brown

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.Back in January, we had Al Brown round for a barbecue and recorded a podcast while we were at it. A grand time was …

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.Back in January, we had Al Brown round for a barbecue and recorded a podcast while we were at it. A grand time was had by all, but as…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

Back in January, we had Al Brown round for a barbecue and recorded a podcast while we were at it. A grand time was had by all, but as Simon Day poignantly relaid here, disaster struck. The recording was lost.

We went through all the stages of grief but eventually regained enough composure to ask Al to join us again, this time in the studio, where there was less chance of technology fucking us over again. There was no barbecue, but there were several different kinds of fritters (sorry again about setting off the fire alarm, Duncan), plus Simon's delightful watermelon cocktail (see recipe below) and, as always,  banter galore.

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18 December 2018

Dietary Requirements Christmas special

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.In this very special – and very, er, extended – festive edition of Dietary Requirements, …

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.In this very special – and very, er, extended – festive edition of Dietary Requirements, the gang escapes the confines of the studio for a wholesome…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

In this very special – and very, er, extended – festive edition of Dietary Requirements, the gang escapes the confines of the studio for a wholesome jaunt to the countryside.

From the blissful surroundings of the Lawn Bar at The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, we talk grape vs grain with Hunting Lodge winemaker Pete Turner and Liberty Brewing’s Joe Wood, all the while enjoying some of executive chef Des Harris’ delicious lunch offerings and a healthy amount of our guests’ liquid refreshments.

As the drinks flow and surprise guests pop in and out, things get a little less wholesome…

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26 November 2018

Dietary Requirements: The great bay leaf conspiracy, Kiwi onion dip and a UNIVERSE EXCLUSIVE VIP guest

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.This month on Dietary Requirements, we are joined in the studio by an extremely special g…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.This month on Dietary Requirements, we are joined in the studio by an extremely special guest: Rosemary Mount (nee Dempsey), the legend who invented Kiwi onion…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

This month on Dietary Requirements, we are joined in the studio by an extremely special guest: Rosemary Mount (nee Dempsey), the legend who invented Kiwi onion dip. She shares some technical tips for nailing this national delicacy every time you make it, answers fans' questions and weighs in on a conundrum for the ages: are bay leaves bullshit? Meanwhile, the pod is gatecrashed by a surprise not-so-VIP guest with a connection to Rosemary's story, we chow down on Simon's cassoulet and, of course, Kiwi onion dip, made under the tutelage of its creator.

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1 November 2018

Dietary Requirements: Viva l’Italia!

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.This month on Dietary Requirements, we throw caution to the wind and cook up an Apero…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.This month on Dietary Requirements, we throw caution to the wind and cook up an Aperol Spritz-fuelled pasta storm as we discuss the joys of…

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s new monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms and Fine Wine Delivery Co.

This month on Dietary Requirements, we throw caution to the wind and cook up an Aperol Spritz-fuelled pasta storm as we discuss the joys of Italian food and drink. We debut Cooks' Corner, where we share our favourite tried-and-true kitchen tips, and All-Black-turned-mental-health-advocate-turned-Italian-wine-enthusiast John Kirwan joins Simon in the studio to continue the Italian amore fest.

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