From political gelato in Christchurch to new openings in Auckland and Wellington’s favourite food month, Alexia Santamaria has the lastest foodie news.

A Rollickin Good Time

Rollickin is a dessert café that has become Christchurch institution, after being founded by then 16-year-old Jed. Everything they produce is organic and we love their monthly changing gelato flavours. In the build-up to the election, they have given each of the main parties their own flavour (pictured). There’s Cookie Crusher Collins (cookies & cream), Jacinda Fever (Red Velvet & cheesecake), Naughty Ol Winston (liquorice & chocolate), David S’More (chocolate & marshmallow) and A Shaw High (pistachio & hemp brownie).


A Capital Dish

In a year that has been very stop-start, the Wellington on a Plate team are so excited that the much-anticipated annual event has gone ahead this month. Running until 31 October – 31 days and five weekends of foodie bliss with amazing culinary experiences from the Kāpiti Coast to Wellington City, through the Hutt Valley, over to the Wairarapa, and everywhere in between. Lucky that stretchy pants have become socially acceptable attire in 2020!

New openings

Given the devastating effects of Covid on the hospitality industry, it’s exciting to see new places still popping up around town. Recently we’ve particularly enjoyed the new Cinta Malaysian restaurant in the NorthWest Mall (those Sambal Prawns!) and newish Korean joint Ochkee on Ponsonby (don’t miss the Bossam and of course, Korean Fried chicken, it even comes with gloves for the chilli factor). Both places were packed the nights we went and it was lovely to see groups of people out sharing a meal together again.