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Pho My Lan, a Vietnamese Restaurant in Honolulu - Pint Size Gourmets

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I stumbled upon Pho My Lan, a Vietnamese restaurant in Honolulu that was completely filled with at least 100 people having lunch. Peeking in, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to take the kids there for lunch, with the intention of introducing them to pho, a popular noodle soup dish of Vietnam.

Five Vietnamese Restaurants To Try in Chinatown This Weekend

Five Vietnamese Restaurants To Try in Chinatown This Weekend

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10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to 2018. We bet you're wondering why the hell you're sitting at your desk right now, as your other (some might say, smarter) colleagues took an extra week to lounge around eating the last of the leftovers, or to swan off overseas to top up their tan. We feel you. The real world has rolled back around—and it feels remarkably like work in 2017...

Instead of doing actual work, spend your precious brain space fantasising of the 10 places you wish you were instead at your desk RN. 

#1. Whitehaven Beach


If there’s anything that screams perfect daydream material, it’s sitting on 98% silica sand while the crystal clear ocean laps at your feet. The incredible Whitehaven Beach, located a short boat ride from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays Queensland, has all your tropical island dreams covered and then some with its mind-boggling beauty and location on the edge of the Great  Barrier Reef. There’s a reason this stunning natural wonder is plastered across every Australian tourism campaign and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Plus, you could totally combine your trip to Whitehaven with a stay at luxe accommodation on nearby Hamilton Island for the ultimate island escape. Throw in a palm leaf and we’re sold.

#2. Plitvice Lakes National Park


A hidden gem more than worthy of a shout out, Croatia’s Plitvice Lake National Park is a nature-lover’s dream come true. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park marks the point where 16 crystal-esque lakes flow into each through a series of waterfalls and cascades. An 18km wooden footbridge meanders through the water and butterflies do their thing all over the heavily-forested area. The water is so turquoise you’ll find yourself questioning whether they secretly dyed it and if you visit in winter, you might just find an ice-covered wonderland that would make for one sick ‘gram picture. Plitvice Lakes might also be as close as you’ll get to steeping onto the set of a real life Disney movie. Talk about magical AF.

#3. Gion


Located in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural hub and former capital, Gion is a must-see on any Japanese adventure. Referred to informally as the geisha district, Gion is a gorgeous slice of the Japan of ages past, nestled smack bang in the middle of a bustling, thriving city that effortlessly blends modern and traditional. Think wooden buildings, winding alleyways, traditional gift shops and the chance to spot a geisha or maiko (a geisha’s apprentice) making their way between appointments at the myriad teahouses dotting the district. Gion is also home to a number of sights, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple which offers to-die-for views over Kyoto, if you can’t get your fill just by wandering the stone pathways. BRB, looking up when the next flight leaves for Japan.

#4. The Alhambra


Topping many a “things you have to see before you die” list, the Alhambra is, well, actually something you have to see before you die. Let’s just say, it makes sitting at your desk sound pretty dang boring. Drawing heavily on its Arabic ancestry, the Alhambra is a fortress complex located in Granada that manages to blend historical significance with stunning architectural brilliance in all the right ways. To start with, the Alhambra offers killer views over the city of Granada and the surrounding meadows. It was built primarily in the 13th century when the first king of the Nasrid dynasty decided to make the fortress the royal residence. It’s from this period that much of the architectural elements –including wooden filigree archways and that iconic central fountain – that make the Alhambra so gorgeous are from. Oh and did we mention that the aim of the architects designing the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter how big or small said space was. Leave work early, head to the airport, fly to Spain, go to the Alhambra, thank us later.

#5. Edinburgh


Ah Scotland, we might just have a tiny crush on you after binge-watching Outlander on Netflix. Which is why we just had to put Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and voted the most walkable city in the U.K. (take that, London), on this list. Edinburgh is home to many a cultural monument, including the perfectly medieval Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Edinburgh - which just so happens to be located inside a 16th-century house. If you’re more the type to emerge after the sun has gone down, spend your time exploring the haunted alleyways of Mary King’s Close or hit up the local pub for the best whisky you’ll ever taste. Just don’t forget to head out of town and climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that also offers gorgeous views over the city below. Ugh, why can’t we be working in Scotland right now.

#6. Skaftafell National Park


And here we were thinking that the rock formations of Ireland’s Giants Causeway were impressive when Skaftafell National Park came onto the scene and blew us all away. Located in gorgeous Iceland, Skaftafell is the epicentre of the largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull National Park, and lies on the southern edge of the breathtaking Vatnajokull Glacier. The park is a land of contrasts, promising you the chance to see everything from active volcanoes to glaciers to flat, sandy plains to glacier rivers – all in the same place. Skaftafell is also home to the Kristinartindar Peaks, a dramatic rock formation from which a waterfall plummets one metre into the lush park below. And that’s all before we get to the variety of hiking trails that wind through the 5000 square kilometres of natural beauty that the park claims as its own. Psh, who needs a job anyway, if you need us we’ll be adventuring in Iceland.

#7. Old Havana


Okay, okay, so the pinnacle of chilly northern wandering isn’t really your thing. What about the colourful, bustling, tropical flair of Old Havana, in Cuba? Old Havana is the second most populated borough of modern Havana and is contained within the original Havana city walls. It is also the best placed to be completely immersed in the Havana of long ago. This is a Havana where rumba music floats through cobbled streets, where narrow lanes meander past Cuban-Baroque-meets-Art-Nouveau buildings and where the locals sip coffee and chat like they’ve been doing for many a-year. In other words, it’s pretty wanderlust inducing. Stay in a hotel that once played host to Winston Churchill, explore the brightly hued Plaza Vieja or spend the day exploring Havana’s revolutionary past at Museo de la Ciudad. Whatever you choose, it’s got to be better than staring gloomily out the window at all the not-Old Havana you’re surrounded by. Yes, you can thank us later.

#8. Banff National Park


Located in the iconic Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and is home to some breathtaking examples of that alpine beauty we all know and love about Canada. Lake Louise, a turquoise pool of pure postcard perfect beauty, serves as the park’s main jumping off point before you move on to the too-pretty-to-be-real Sunshine Meadows (the name, guys, the name) or the jagged peaks of the Icefields Parkway. To help with painting the picture of how freaking incredible Banff National Park is, imagine that scene in The Sound of Music when Maria is singing her heart out to the rolling green hills around her. Banff makes that scenery look like your attempt at Pictionary after a few too many drinks. So, what are you waiting for?

#9. Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai is a beacon when it comes to sought after travel destinations at the moment but the temple city of Thailand is attracting so much buzz for a very good reason. Serving as the hub of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to kick back and get some much needed R&R while remaining in close proximity to activities galore. Pick from one of the many temples peeking out from behind every corner, thanks to the city’s position as the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, or spend your time wandering the backstreets and sampling the many flavours of Thai cuisine. Did someone say authentic pad Thai and grilled pork in banana leaf? Drool. Uh yeah, you can totally get away with chucking a sickie for a whole week (or four). We’ll see you at the airport.

#10. Ggantija


An underappreciated hidden gem good for more than just filming locations for a bunch of hit TV shows (Game of Thrones, anyone?), Malta is well-worth an addition to any perpetual wander-lusting daydreams. Malta, an island located between Malta and the North African coast, is home to a number of historic sites that remain as evidence of its former rulers, including the Romans, Moors, French and British. The most famous of these has to be Ggantija, a temple complex on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo that is older than the pyramids of Egypt. They are also the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures, losing out only to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. You can actually wander through the ruins of the complex, marvelling at the ingenuity of construction from before society was really a thing. Getting to explore the almost-oldest structure in the world AND having the chance to live your best life on a Mediterranean island? Sign us the heck up!

Ready to pack your bags and get exploring? Make sure to check out our travel page for all the destinations worth knowing about.

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Guide to Healthy Eating Out: Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese

Guide to Healthy Eating Out: Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese


Check out the second in our series of 12WBT dining out guides and expert advice on how to enjoy Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese cuisine – the healthy way!

A day trip to Melaka, Malaysia

A day trip to Melaka, Malaysia

by easyfoodhacks @ Easy Food Hacks

Melaka (or Malacca) is a UNESCO heritage site situated an easy 2-hour drive south of Kuala Lumpur on the North-South Expressway. Since its founding in the 14th century by a Sumatran prince, Melaka became a very important port for centuries by the colonising Portuguese, Dutch and then the British. Port of Malacca and its sheltered … Continue reading A day trip to Melaka, Malaysia

10 Travel Destinations To Put On Your 2018 Bucket List

10 Travel Destinations To Put On Your 2018 Bucket List

by Sarah Joanna Pope @ The A List | The Urban List

Glaciers, thermal baths, island vibes, majestic mountains, exotic frankincense and kitschy K-pop—there are so many reasons to take to the skies and go exploring this year.

So stop travelling vicariously via an Instagrammer’s thigh gap and add these travel destinations to your 2018 bucket list.

Seoul, South Korea

In Seoul, the ancient coalesces with ultra modern design, high-speed Internet and catchy K-Pop to create something truly unique. Here, temples sit alongside high-rise buildings and neon, all under the watchful eye of its surrounding mountains. Hang at the Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit temples and shop yourself silly at the traditional Gwangjang markets or Myeongdong Shopping Street. Re-fuel after long days exploring with some stuffed chicken in broth at Tosokchon Samgyetang or with a session at one of the city’s tent bars. Steam and soak your hangover away in a jjimjil-bang (sauna and spa) and visit the fascinating Demilitarised zone, which splits North and South Korea.


Iceland is the Promised Land for bibliophiles, nature lovers and those who just love a good chunky knit. Spend time exploring the country’s devastatingly beautiful landscapes—glaciers that cut through mountains, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls, gushing geysers and impossibly green hills alongside dark volcanic sands. Settle into the 5 Million Star Hotel for front row seats to the electric skies of aurora borealis, soak in the steamy blue waters of the Blue Lagoon and behold the eerie Midnight Sun. And Iceland’s cultural life is just as rich in its offering—the city of Reykjavik is a hub for artists, authors, epicureans and musicians. Expect lots of live music, book festivals, art and crafts. Bliss.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungary’s capital city is a wondrous mash-up of history, natural beauty and grand architecture—from neoclassical to baroque to art nouveau. It’s pretty much the stunt double of Paris. Walk through this exciting city and see the reminders of it’s past at every turn, including Roman ruins and bullet holes from WW2. Visit Millennium Underground, the 100 year old train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk the cobbled streets of the charming Castle Hill, learn how to say ‘cheers’ in Hungarian (Egészségére) at ruin-style bar Szimpla Kert or unwind in one of the city’s many thermal baths and spas. And of course, no visit to the ‘Queen of the Danube’ would be complete without a sunset stroll along its namesake river.


Myanmar, formerly Burma, has tradition and culture in spades. This sacred land is a fresh breath of air for the soul, even for the world-weary traveller. Here there is a reverence for Buddhist history and tradition that can be seen at the city’s many temples and effigies. Hop on a steamer or luxury cruiser through the Bay of Bengal, kick back at the pristine Ngapali Beach, see the standing fisherman on Inle Lake, grab a snack at the colourful Nyaung U market, hike through the small villages in Shan Hills and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. And don’t forget to stop and meet some of the famously friendly locals, who are not yet weary of finding a traveller on their doorstep.

British Columbia, Canada

There are few places where you can feel like the only person on this earth but this slice of land between the Pacific Coast and the Rocky Mountains may well be one of them. Hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, canoeing, zip lining—BC offers ever kind of off-the-beaten path adventure. Just bring your bear spray.  Here, the green mountain ranges and ice fields are teeming with wildlife—orcas, moose, sea otters, humpbacks and grizzlies. Kayak with orcas on the frigid waters of Canada’s West Coast or explore the Great Bear Forest and mirror-like lakes. You could hop in a float plane and visit Lake Lovely Water, rent a cute lakeside cabin and finish off that novel or discover remote islands like a true explorer.

Havana, Cuba

Since the economic embargo was lifted, the doors to Cuba have swung wide open, and travellers have been enticed in by the promise of white sands, island rhythms, mojitos and hot, steamy nights. Take a trip back in time to Habana Vieja (Old Havana), where vintage cars rumble by colourful buildings, saunter down the El Malecón Boardwalk for spectacular ocean views or the buzzing Calle Obispo for live music and souvenirs. Of course, nighttime is when the city really comes to life. Get things started with a few Cuba Libres from art/live music bar Fabrica de Arte Cubano before dancing the night away at one of the city’s many salsa bars.

Lisbon, Portugal

The Mediterranean sun, bleached limestone buildings, cobbled streets and the haunting sounds of Fado music – Portugal is a juicy fruta that’s ripe for the picking. Here, tourists are welcomed to the city by the open arms of the Cristo-Rei Monument, where you and giant concrete statue Jesus can enjoy impressive views. Visit the Hieronymites Monastery in Belém and say to a passerby ‘you know, this is a great example of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style.’ Then hightail it to the water for a sunset cruise on the Tagus River.  Spend your nights being a little bit wild as you street-drink sangria down cobbled lanes, hopping in and out of tapas bars – or dance until dawn at the salacious cocktail bar Pensao Amor.

Oahu, Hawaii

Still, clear waters, tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, hippie shacks, watering holes and palm trees—it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a postcard in Oahu. There’s so much to do on land or in water in this tropical paradise.  Explore the turquoise waters of the islands many beaches or settle into the sand at North Shore to witness world famous surf. Get your thrills cliff jumping at Waimea Bay, swim with turtles in Hanauma Bay or snorkel in Sharks Cove (for free!). Sunset cruises and Pina Coladas in Waikiki are a good time too. Head for the hills and hike to Lulumahu Falls, passing through verdant rainforest and the King Kamehameha Summer Palace Ruins along the way.

New York, New York

They don’t call it the centre of the universe for nothin’. NYC still offers a plethora of big city delights, and there’s always something exciting happening on every corner of this concrete jungle. Stay high above the High Line at the iconic Standard Hotel, snag some tickets to see Book of Mormon on Broadway (they’ll be harder to lock down than your flights), line your stomach at Crif Dogs before entering the phone booth to undercover cocktail bar Please Don’t Tell (oops). Frequent local live-music venues like Rockwood Music Hall as well as museums and galleries. Shop in stylish Soho or cruise by Lady Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Head to Brooklyn to hang with the hipsters at McCarren Park or Let the good times roll at Skee ball bar Full Circle. Catch a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium or karaoke on St. Marks – GAH! There’s just so freaking much to do and not enough money time. Most importantly, walk around—because NYC is a living, breathing movie set.


Located just south of Dubai, Oman is by turns cosmopolitan and ancient. It’s a treasure trove of natural wonders—seas, mountains, natural springs, sinkholes, hot springs, coral reefs and stunning dessert landscapes. But the wild and diverse terrain is also part of a rich culture that can be explored within its ancient forts, colourful mosques and art. Take a camel ride through Wahiba Sands, kick back poolside at Luxury resorts like Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, explore the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, swim in the aquamarine waters of the Bimah sinkhole, dive into the coral reefs of Muscat and fall in love with this magical place.

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All You Can Eat

by sunriver @ SunRiver St. George

It’s crisp outside, so bundle up and join us in the Ballroom on Wednesday, January 10th at 5pm for a dinner that’s sure to keep you warm! Chow down on a delicious Thai Red Beef Curry with Steamed Rice and…

The Best 2018 Destinations for Extreme Travel

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

It’s that time of year when you get the ‘best’ lists giving you ‘new’ ideas of where to go next year.  But in an effort to not be like everyone else, I focused on my favorite type of travel – extreme travel.  Check out Lonely Planet, AFAR, and the New York Times for the typical […]

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10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

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Vietnamese food is very distinct, and can be the highlight of a visit. These are 10 essential Vietnamese foods everyone should try.

50 Life Hacks To Make 2018 The Best Year Ever

50 Life Hacks To Make 2018 The Best Year Ever

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

Now that the festivities are over (booo!), it’s time to throw ourselves into what will hopefully be an incomprehensibly epic 2018. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about tackling the next 300 days or so, do not fret. We’ve complied a list of handy life hacks to get you through. 

Freeze grapes, pop them into your wine glass and you’ll be treated to an ice-cold, undiluted vino. Put whisky in your hot chocolate so you can drink away your problems while still maintaining the allure of childhood innocence. Sprinkle sugar on your tongue when it gets burnt from being too impatient to let food cool down. Facebook has a ‘tag review’ option, which lets you approve tags before they’re posted to your wall. No more unflattering group shots for you. Put money in your winter coat pocket. It will be a welcome surprise the following winter when you’ve spent all your money on pizza. Chill your drink quicker by wrapping the bottle in wet paper towels and sticking it in the freezer for 10 mins. Don’t leave it in for any longer, beer explosion may ensue. If your dog makes a run for it at the park, roll over and play dead. They’ll wander back to make sure you’re okay…then you can pounce. Mwah ha ha ha. Keep track of your pet turtle by tying a helium balloon to it. A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story. At the end of the day, it’s all good. Keep that in mind. When you’re at the beach this summer, place your thongs/jandals facedown. Then when you’re ready to roll, your feet won’t get cooked. The ability to respond to a stupid question with sarcasm is an indictor of a healthy brain. Bring on the sarcasm. If you ever need a dose of fun in your life, gather your homies and play Cards Against Humanity. Thank us later. Don’t let your expectations kill your vibe. Still tired after a solid night’s sleep? You’re probably dehydrated. Guzzle some H20 and you’ll be good to go. When you and your boo argue, make it a rule that you have to wear clown noses. If you can’t continue without laughing then the row isn’t worth having. Starting today make a second Snapchat account. Every time you go somewhere or do something awesome, send a snap to that second account. At the end of 2018, look back at all the good times you had. Genius. If you keep forgetting to take the pill, set an alarm with the sound of a crying baby. You’ll never forget again. Don’t fill out the recipient address until you finish the email. This will save you from sending half-written yarns and “Whoops! Accidently clicked sent too early” follow up emails. Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people—The Breakfast Club. Try single tasking. It will put a stop to unfinished business and help you nail everything you do. BAM! While on vacay, send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are and write what you did that day on it. Bind them when you return to have a journal of your trip. Get out of the house, go for a walk, get a bagel. It’s never too early for ice cream. Or wine for that matter. Keep a box of office things in your car so if you get pulled over, you can tell the cop you’re having a bad day. There is no right way to do life. There’s only stuff that works and stuff that doesn’t. Whenever you’re curious about something, write it down. This way, whenever you’re bored out of your mind, you’ll have an entire list of things to learn about. If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value. Try your hand at origami, a de-stress technique set to booty bump colouring to the sidelines this year. It helps get rid of anxiety, and unlocks memories of childhood and simpler times.  When you find the perfect pair of jeans, buy two. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, clean. You’ll feel more accomplished for doing something productive than letting your thoughts take over. When you’re going through self-checkout at the supermarket, scan your avocado as a brown onion. Want more toilet paper? Pull the two-ply apart to get twice as much. Keep your hipster beard trimmings out of the sink by lining it with newspaper. Order two drinks at a time so both your hands are full and you can’t text boys you shouldn’t. The trick is to not let people know how weird you really are until it’s too late from them to back out. Awesome things will happen if you choose not to be a miserable cow. Think of five things you're grateful for every day. Put some time into building a network. A lot of the time it’s who you know, not what you know. When you need to get shit done, wear headphones. People will be less likely to approach or interrupt you. Write things down. Don’t rely on your memory to pull through, because a lot of the time, it won’t. If you’re missing someone, let them know. Unless, of course, it’s your now happily married, father-of-three ex-boyfriend from high school. Don’t be that person who Snapchats an entire concert. Disconnect and be in the moment. This applies for several life scenarios. Read more books. You owe it to that mind of yours. If someone cramps your style, brings you down, or smashes you with negativity on the reg, then they gotta go.   Visit your Gran. She misses you. It’s okay to say ‘no’ to Friday night drinks. Sometimes you need downtime. Talk less, listen more. We all tend to babble on about our problems more than we should. If you’re trying to save a bit of moolah, do it in small doses. By putting $3 into a savings account every day, you’ll end up with over $1000 at the end of the year, and you probably won’t even notice the automatic payment coming out. Get your booty moving. Whoever says they feel worse after a workout is lying. Without going ultimate cheeseball on things that make you happy, carpe the hell out of the diem, and keep your head up. 

Make your year even better by taking up one of these 18 hobbies!

Here’s Why Those New Years Resolutions Aren’t Working

by Caroline Attwood @ 12WBT

How are those New Years resolutions shaping up? We’re guessing that for a lot of you, it’s a struggle to keep motivated on a daily basis. Work, family, having the kids back at school – it’s not easy sticking to those guns with so many distractions and temptations. However it could be you who’s sabotaging your own success, without even realising it. Also read: 8 Everyday Habits That Lead to Weight Gain Do any of these sound familiar? 1. I ate too much and now I’ve blown my diet! What this says: You’re stuck in an ‘all or nothing’ way of thinking, […]

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WIN Tickets To An Exclusive Screening Of I, Tonya  

WIN Tickets To An Exclusive Screening Of I, Tonya  

by Natasha Van Der Laan @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re calling it now. "I, Tonya" is the hottest movie this summer and you’d be craaazy to miss it.

Starring the oh-so talented, Golden Globe nominee Margot Robbie (who also co-produced the film, is there anything she can't do?!), the must-see movie tells the story of Tonya Harding and her rise to Olympic stardom. And trust us when we say, there’s a whooole lot of scandal involved.

Joining your favourite Margot on screen is another Golden Globe-winning actress, Allison Janney.

Sounds like something you'd fancy? We thought so! To ensure you don’t miss out on the highly anticipated flick, The Urban List will be hosting an exclusive premiere on Wednesday, January 24.

Yep, we’ve got 70 (yes, 70!) double passes to give away. Just think… us, you, Margot Robbie and mouth-watering refreshments.

Want to come? Simply fill in the form below and you’re in the draw!



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The winners will receive a double pass to The Urban List’s exclusive premiere of I, Tonya on Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm. The event will be held at EVENT Cinemas Queen Street. Entries close at midnight on Friday, January 19. The winners will be notified by email on Monday, January 22. By entering this competition, you will also be added to The Urban List’s email database.

Dîner En Blanc Is Back for 2018!

Dîner En Blanc Is Back for 2018!

by Urban List Writers @ The A List | The Urban List

Dust off your champagne flutes and get the dry cleaner on call because the highly anticipated dining phenomenon Dîner en Blanc is back again this summer! Returning to Auckland in March 2018, it’s set to be in one of the most beautiful and unexpected locations yet, bringing together Auckland’s most glamorous in one unforgettable night of French flair.

Launched in Paris 30 years ago, the world’s poshest picnic invites hundreds of guests to wine and dine at a top-secret location. And, you’ll only find out where on the night.

Revelers don their finest white threads and BYO tables, chairs and silverware to this fabulous feast—no paper plates allowed here! The soiree begins after the traditional waving of the cloth napkin and from then on it’s time to pop the champers, light the sparklers and party on to live music under the stars. 

If you were senseless enough to miss out in previous years, it’s time to send your whites to the laundromat and secure your ticket now or it’s au revoir to one of the most magical events on next year’s calendar. Psst: this year is said to throw the others out of the bag, marking the fifth anniversary of Dîner en Blanc in Auckland. 

The Deets: 

What: Dîner en Blanc.  When: March 24, 2018.  How: Tickets are strictly limited. Unless previously attended, sign up on the waiting list via the official website here. 

Dark Bars In Auckland To Escape The Heat

Dark Bars In Auckland To Escape The Heat

by Nina Franklin @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer in Auckland brings not only sweltering heatwaves but the tendency to want to throw back a cocktail or two. Now that the sun is out, you’d think that us JAFA’s have nothing more to complain about…wrong! We went from willing the chill of winter to end to complaining that “it’s toooo hot!” So, this time we’ve put together a list of bars to hide away in so that there’s no more melting make-up and squinty sun-in-our-eyes expressions. These are the bars that are cool, calm and collected and just what we need to escape the heat this summer.



There’s a reason why this New York-style cocktail bar has a place on our list for dark bars to escape the heat this summer. Caretaker is hidden away in Britomart—you’ll find it down a dimly-lit staircase and through what looks like a janitor’s door. Here, you will find plenty of dark corners to hide away from the sun and the cocktail list is pretty damn impressive, too! Or, if there’s nothing on the list that quite tickles your fancy then you’re in luck, because custom-made cocktails are their specialty. Just pull up a seat at the bar and let the mixologists whip you up something special. It’s a win-win sitch, really.

Whammy And Wine Cellar

K’ Road

Whammy and Wine Cellar are probably the King and Queen of dark bars. K’ Rd is where you’ll find this double “whammy” duo, who are home to an eclectic mix of people and live music almost every night of the week. With a grunge-chić, dive-bar feel, Whammy and Wine Cellar are the perfect places to meet some interesting folk and rock out to some super cool music. With an ever-changing roster of Kiwi and international bands, you might just discover your new fave and cool down at the same time!

The Jefferson


Taking it downtown to Fort Lane is where you’ll find The Jefferson—Auckland’s premium whiskey bar. This 1920’s-styled bar is visually pleasing with bright cobalt blue couches and an edgy, industrial feel. Not only is The Jefferson a fantastic retreat from the sun, it also has more than 500 types of whiskey on offer. Now how bout’ that!? Sticky ribs are another specialty of this dark bar and so with whiskey, ribs AND an escape from the sun… what more could you want?

1885 Basement


Another dark bar to add to our list is the 1885 Basement bar, another gem amongst the Britomart district. Hidden away downstairs from the main bar of 1885 is the basement bar. Here, you will find plush leather sofas and an aesthetic reminiscent of your rich, grandmother’s house from the ‘70s. Think crystal glassware and a retro tiled bar, with the best of the best bartenders, serving up equally luxurious cocktails. 1885 basement bar is the perfect excuse to hide away from the heat and indulge in a cocktail or three.



Think exposed concrete and brick walls, wood and leather furnishings and a charming, rustic vibe and you’ve got Racket Bar, another on our list of dark bars to escape the heat. This oasis from the sun is hidden away down an alleyway in Britomart. Rum, cocktails and cigars are this bar’s specialty and, if you love live music, then this is the place to be. They’ve got live bands and DJ’s playing six nights a week. So, for an epic night of dancing and drinks, look no further than Racket, the self-proclaimed ‘most expensive fire hazard in Auckland.



Bringing the vibe of Vegas to Ponsonby, Win-Win offers a sanctuary from the bright summer days. Step inside its doors and you’ll find murals by local legend Ross Lewis and portraits of the odd and uncelebrated. Here, cocktails are where it’s at. With mixologist mastermind Bence Harangozo working his magic behind the bar, you’ll find some of the best cocktails in our fair city!

The Gin Room


For all things luxurious and gin tasting, head to The Gin Room to escape the heat this summer. Situated on the first floor of one of Auckland’s oldest buildings—The Queens Ferry Hotel, The Gin Room is where you want to be for a gin cocktail list that could put any other bar to shame. This 1920’s-style cocktail lounge is adorned with red velvet curtains, dark wooden furnishings and dimly-lit tables made for sharing an intimate drink or two. So, if you’re wanting to indulge in the finer things in life and be transported to another century, we suggest you give this little wonder a visit.

Pineapple On Parnell


Hidden away behind a single brass pineapple doorknocker, is Pineapple on Parnell— Auckland’s exclusive, ‘80s-inspired cocktail lounge. It’s the definition of sophistication! Pineapple on Parnell is another top pick of ours for bars to escape the heat this summer. Not only do they have a cocktail list fit for royalty but if you pop on down on the right night, you might just find the pianist throwing down some tunes on the ivory keys.



If you find yourself on K’ Road one day and you need to get away from the sweltering heat, then head on down to the K’ Road Food Workshop and out the back you’ll find Lovebucket, a perfect little oasis away from the sun. Lovebucket is renowned for their gin cocktails on tap and a pretty epic back bar, filled with pretty much every spirit imaginable… well, all the good one’s anyway. It’s dimly lit and has a cool 70’s vibe and did we mention it has gin cocktails on tap? Yup, that’s a thing and they’re pretty damn awesome!

Grand Central


Our final pick for dark bars to escape the heat is Grand Central, Ponsonby Road’s most unpretentious live music bar! Named after the iconic Grand Central Station in New York, this is the place to go for live music EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT! If you’re in the mood to bust out the chops, they’ve got an open night mic on Monday or, if you’re just down for some chill vibes and a bit of a boogie, then pop on down any other day and hide away from the sun.

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18 Hobbies To Start In 2018

18 Hobbies To Start In 2018

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

Well, well, well. 2017, has ditched us. Where did the year go?! As 2018 graces us with its presence, we’ve got a whopping 365 days to fill with whatever we choose (apart from the compulsory job, study, family, friend and general life commitments, of course) and what better way to get started than with sussing out a new hobby or two.

Hobbies can often get a bad rap. We get it. Sometimes there’s an underlying pressure to excel at your chosen hobby rather than have it purely for enjoyment, which makes the whole concept of picking up a hobby from scratch kinda intimidating.

Let us remind you, dear readers; having a ‘hobby’ basically means doing something for yourself because you find it really frickin’ fun. Kapeesh?

Without further ado—and without pressure to take any of these on board if they don’t tickle your fancy—here are 18 hobbies to start in 2018.

Start a wine tasting group. Once in awhile, gather some fellow vino-lovin’ friends and partake in a spot of wine tasting. Everyone has to bring a bottle but keep it in a paper bag. You’ll taste all the wines, make individual notes and then all will be revealed. It’s basically a learn-as-you-go wine tasting course and a solid excuse to get on the grape with your mates. More of a beer person? Start home brewing like you said you would in 2017. Get your camp on. If the only time you’ve slept in a tent is at a music festy, you’re really missing out. Our pretty country is home to some of the world’s best camping spots. Bring the marshmallows and get amongst. Keep track of your finances. We can almost see the eye rolls. If budgeting is your worst nightmare, it’s time to trick your brain into thinking that it’s somewhat enjoyable. Avoid those ghastly spreadsheets and download a nifty app. Trust us, you’ll end up having more moolah for the things you actually want to do. Start selling your shit and/or stop buying shit. You probably don’t need half the stuff you own, y’know? Learn how to not kill an indoor plant. Read up on our guide. Good luck. Make quilts. Quilts are just the best. They keep you warm, look great on a bed or couch and make for an excellent gift. Yep, they’ve made a comeback—type ‘hipster quilts’ into Google and you’ll get the idea. Give bullet journalling a crack. Yeah, yeah, we know no one really has time to jot down all their thoughts/feelings/shit they need to do, but most people have also never tried bullet journalling. It’s as if a to-do list, weekly planner and personal diary had a baby. Read all about it here. Try cooking for fun. If you’re one of these people who reluctantly whips up half-arsed meals during the week, we’re going to let you in on a secret. The more you cook, the better the meals will become. The end result? You’ll begin enjoying cooking because you’ll know that the end product will be epic instead of passably edible. Truth. Pick up a couple of disposable film cameras and go silly. Because of the limited number of shots, you’ll really have to think about what moments you capture. 36 selfie retakes ain’t going to cut the mustard. Become a wedding celebrant. Marriage is as trendy as ever so you’ll be in high hobby demand. Learn how to DJ. There’s an 82-year-old Japanese lady who rips up the decks in some of Tokyo’s best nightclubs proving to all of us that you’re never too old to pick up a new passion. Try your hand at pottery...literally. There’s something about pottery that looks so damn therapeutic. Watch these vids and tell us that you don’t want to give it a go. Become a fiercely competitive Scrabble player. You won’t regret it. Become a food mash-up inventor. Cronuts, sushi burgers and pizza cones are, like, ancient now. Just think of the endless food baby possibilities… Take up woodworking. It’s pretty badass and could lead to some awesome pieces of DIY furniture. Get really freakin’ good at stone skipping. Perfect the art of doing nothing. This might just be the best hobby ever.

Want to hang out with your friends while taking on your new hobby? We reveal Who Should Be Your BFF Based On Your Star Sign

The Best Health Food Trends Of 2018

The Best Health Food Trends Of 2018

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

Last year featured a delicious array of health food trends, but it’s time to say goodbye to 2017...and with it the poke bowls, activated charcoal lattes, smashed avo toast, blue smoothies and fermented everything.

It's 2018 now, and we're making way for a whole new range of health fads. Bring on the mushroom lattes!


With the fast-paced lives we all seem to lead, most of us need a little stress relief from time to time. And that’s why we're predicting adaptogenic herbs like ginseng, holy basil, ashwagandha and licorice root are going to be on-trend in 2018. Adaptogens work to lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone) and recharge your adrenals. Yes please!


If you’re not yet on the collagen buzz, you probably will be soon—it feels like collagen powders are becoming more and more popular every week. Simply pop a spoonful into your morning smoothie and see thicker hair, stronger nails, better skin and even improved immunity.

Functional Mushrooms

It’s time to say goodbye to your turmeric/charcoal/beetroot latte and say hello to 2018’s new trend: the mushroom latte. Functional mushrooms such as Chaga, Lion’s Mane and Reishi are known to have an abundance of benefits—warding off a common cold, promoting thick shiny hair, increased concentration and high energy levels. Get on it. 

Plant-Based Diets

It’s no secret that going vegan has become a huge trend in the last few years, with the number of vegans raised by 360% in the last decade. And that number is only going up. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that we're going to see a major plant-based food trend in 2018. Think pulled jackfruit and other plant-based meat replacements hitting the shelves.

Intermittent Fasting

Yup, the intermittent fasting trend is here to stay, and it’s all about when you eat, not what you eat. Basically, you go without food for around 16 hours and then have a period of eight hours where you eat your entire day’s worth of food in order to lose body fat. We are going to sit this one out and stick to our 16 hour eating period...and 8 hour fasting period.

Middle Eastern

We've definitely loved the Hawaiian poke bowls that went off in 2017, but we're super excited about 2018's Middle Eastern food trend. I mean, who can resist halloumi, falafel, hummus, dates and pomegranates?


Move over, ‘nose-to-tail’, root-to-stem is here to join the plant-based party! We're looking forward to seeing this trend take off, with inventive ways to eat your potato skins, broccoli stalks, carrot tops and everything you usually chuck out when preparing your veggies.

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Free Pho Sate Add-on! A bolder take on pho

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

Introducing Pho Sate (Fuh SAH-tay) We are now serving Pho Sate. It’s a free add-on that transforms the flavors in your bowl of beef or chicken pho! We add our Vietnamese-Style sate chile sauce which is made from spicy sesame oil and a punch of umami spices and aromas to give you a bold pho experience! [...]

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Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant

Golden Deli Vietnamese Restaurant

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This no frills Vietnamese noodle shop serves up traditional broths and other specialties such as fried spring rolls—taquito-like appetizers--that have taken San Gabriel by storm. Noodle combinations make up the bulk of the long menu that locals rave about.

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s a new year, and that means a clean slate. This year could be anything, guys. We know you’re already strategically planning where and when to travel, but before you make any destination decisions, let’s see what the stars have to say. Crack open your diary and make room for one of these epic trips in 2018. Because, obviously, if a city is compatible with your zodiac, you have to go there. 

Here’s where you should travel in 2018, based on your zodiac sign. Bon voyage!


Queenstown, New Zealand

If anyone is going to bungee jump off in Queenstown or go zorbing down the hills of Rotorua, it’s you, Aries. You’re pretty freaking fearless and we can totally see you renting a kombi and road-trippin' your way through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You don’t need much—just some comfortable clothes, your confidence and an optimistic attitude. Oh, and make sure you come back alive.  


Utah, USA  

Taurus, fly on over the American Southwest and explore the beautiful and underrated state of Utah. You’ll appreciate that it’s pretty easy to travel through—especially if you visit during April-July for glorious weather and Bucket List adventure out the wazoo. Be sure to check out the mind-boggling beauty of Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon and Arches National Park. Pro tip: One of the world’s most epic slip ‘n slides opens on an Olympic ski slope during the (American) summer months. If you don’t do it, we will. 


Djibouti, Africa

Oh Gemini, we know that you get bored easily. You can’t be bothered seeing another city with the same old H&M’s and Ralph Laurens. So you need somewhere unexplored. You need to go somewhere like Djibouti, a tiny corner of the world in East Africa. Lonely Planet reckons this is the #4 country to visit in 2018. We know you’re intrigued. And good news, there’s plenty to do in Djibouti. Whale shark diving or hike extinct volcanoes? Visit the salt lakes or the canyons?! You’re curious, like George. Go out and explore.


Tokyo, Japan

Take your highly imaginative personality onto a plane, then take that plane straight to Japan. You need to let your creativity soar in a country that’s booming with color. Tokyo moves quick, but you can handle it. You, of all people, lurrrrv food, and Japan is the perfect place to stuff your face with all sorts of goodness. So slurp on ramen and nom on REAL sushi. You haven’t had a modern restaurant experience until your meal slips out of a machine #onlyinjapan.


Cape Town, South Africa  

Leo, you might not like taking holidays, but if you muster up a speck of wanderlust you're going to go somewhere that’s worth your time. And in 2018, it’s South Africa. (And no, not just ‘cause your star sign is a lion). You’re energetic, fearless and up for anything. Shark cage dive with Great Whites, visit the duck army winery and go on a safari. Simba wants to meet you.  


Toronto, Canada

Virgo, step away from the office and onto a plane to Canada. You need a break! Toronto is calling your name. It’s a clean and artsy city, and Drake is from there—so, like, yeah. Go to the top of the CN Tower and splurge on a meal at the revolving restaurant. The city is thriving with music and art, so why don’t you exercise the right side of your analytical brain and let loose. Pro tip: if you can, catch a Raptor game in Jurassic Park (just Google it). 


Cinque Terre, Italy

Libra, you of all people know that balance equals a lot of walking plus heaps of pizza. That’s why you should go to the Cinque Terre in 2018. Being around friendly and freakishly attractive Italians meshes well with your gracious and social attitude. You like sharing and bringing balance to your surroundings, so gather some peeps and enjoy delicious antipasto and vino, plus a few clifftop hikes. 


Lahaul, India

ALLLL the way in the tip-top corner of India is the remote region of Lahaul and Spiti. If you haven’t heard of this place, look it up. Bet you didn’t think it would look like that! Small villages, large mountains, medieval monasteries and brilliant blue lake water is practically untouched by mass tourism, according to Lonely Planet. Use your resourcefulness to your advantage and navigate your way through this part of the world in 2018. There will be language barriers, exotic food and vibrant culture. Good thing you're up for a challenge, right? 


Santiago, Chile  

Gear up for an adventure, Sag! You need to visit Lonely Planet’s number one destination of 2018: Chile! This is the year to do it, because the country is celebrating its 200th anniversary of independence, so there will be plenty of festivities to go around, especially in its capital, Santiago. Seriously, this country will keep you on your toes. You can explore one of the driest deserts on earth or freeze your butt off navigating your way through the glacial fields. Raise a glass of pisco sour and let’s go!


Mykonos, Greece

Turn off your emails and give your never-ending to-do list a break. It’s time to let loose in Greece, Capricorn! This country provides a great combination of history, relaxing on the beach and partying till the sun comes up (especially on Mykonos—AMIRIGHT?). Take a load off and come back to the office with an envious Mediterranean tan. You deserve it.  


San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aquarius, you’re a humanitarian, and San Juan needs your help. It got hit hard by Hurricane Maria and tourism will only help the country move forward. Go to San Juan in 2018 and explore this beautiful, Caribbean island. Hang out with the locals, eat your weight in Arroz con dulce and dance the night away in one of the crazy-good nightclubs. Heck, we’ll come with you. 


Seville, Spain

Get out of bed and put on your dancing shoes, Pisces, it’s time to do the flamenco around Seville. Good thing you're go-with-the-flow (like most Spaniards) because it will be easy for you to make friends here. At home, you like your alone time, so why not challenge yourself and make this a solo trip. Meet people (maybe the love of our life), dance, eat good food and admire Seville's beautiful architecture. Let loose, Pisces, you gentle thing.

Now that you know where to go in 2018, the stars will tell you which dog to get.

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17 Things That Will Probably, Definitely Happen While Jacinda Ardern Is Pregnant

17 Things That Will Probably, Definitely Happen While Jacinda Ardern Is Pregnant

by Natasha Van Der Laan @ The A List | The Urban List

Two is about to become three in the Ardern-Gayford household (congratulations, guys!) and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate, we’ve done what we do best… compiled a list! Here are 17 things that will probably, definitely happen while Jacinda Ardern is pregnant.

The world will keep spinning. Mark Richardson’s head will explode. Max Key will become a distant memory. RIP. George and Charlotte will also become a distant memory. We’re getting a royal baby of our own! People will actually tune in to Parliament TV to watch the growing bump. #primeminister and #baby will trend on Twitter from now until June. The dry landscape of political memes will flourish again. The nation will hold its breath as Winston takes the reigns. Grandparents everywhere will sigh and exclaim, “Poor child… Arriving into the limelight like that.” There will be workplace bets nationwide about gender and name (our money’s on girl!). Parents-to-be will want to name their child after Baby Ardern. The trolls will be in full force across comments sections nationwide.   … And a whole lot of people will throw their toys out of the cot. There will be talk about the New Zealand Dollar (although we’re not quite sure why exactly??). Clarke Gayford will find himself as the face of stay-at-home dads. Businesses will become more baby-friendly. Jacinda will prove the haterz wrong and show them a woman CAN be a mother and have a career at the same time. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches. 

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Big Fish Eatery, Penrose, Auckland

Big Fish Eatery, Penrose, Auckland

by easyfoodhacks @ Easy Food Hacks

Penrose is hardly a destination location for good food. But within this industrial enclave, you will find the Big Fish Eatery serving up the freshest sashimi and sushi. Big Fish Eatery calls its cuisine pan-Asian, and yes, there are nods to Vietnamese, Korean Thai and Malaysian flavours, but the star here are the clever Japanese … Continue reading Big Fish Eatery, Penrose, Auckland

8 Everyday Habits That Lead to Weight Gain

by Caroline Attwood @ 12WBT

When it comes to weight gain, it’s the little things that matter most. Small, seemingly harmless everyday habits can have a significant impact on your body over time. Think about it: when you’re losing weight, consistency is king. Exercise and healthy eating only works long-term when you stick at it for 80 to 90 per cent of the time, over a considerable period of time. It’s the same for weight gain. Also read: 7 Snacks You Need to Give Up Right Now So, aside from the obvious (portion control and regular exercise), what everyday habits are the biggest culprits when […]

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It Snowed In The Sahara Desert This Week

It Snowed In The Sahara Desert This Week

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Australian cities have copped their fair share of big ol’ storms in the past couple of months, from the dumping of rain in Victoria in late November, Auckland's massive tropical storm, or the superstorm that Sydney didn’t actually cop this week—weather just keeps getting crazier and crazier.

Well, this week, to make things even a bit more wild. It snowed in the bloody Sahara Desert. Yep, a desert.

In case you’re not familiar with where the Sahara Desert actually is, you’ll find it right at the top of Africa and covers a whopping 9,200,000 square kilometres. To put that into perspective it’s a comparable area to both China and the U.S.A.

This isn’t the first time snow has fallen in the desert; it’s actually the third time that it’s happened in the past 40 years.

Check out some of the amazing photos captured of the event below.

15 inches of SNOW blankets the Sahara,the hottest desert in the world, for the second time in 40years

— MURTALA (@MurtalaIbin) January 9, 2018

A foot of snow in the Sahara desert...breathtaking contrast between sand and snow.

— Jonathan Arnott MEP (@JonathanArnott) January 9, 2018

Rare icy weather has brought snow to the Sahara Desert in Algeria.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 9, 2018

Start of 2018 marked by extreme weather - searing heat and unusual warmth, bitter cold, winter storms, heavy precipitation and snow (incl in the Sahara!. Updated roundup

— WMO | OMM (@WMO) January 9, 2018

Image credit: World Meteorological Organisation

8 Aussie True Crime Novels To Binge Read This Summer

8 Aussie True Crime Novels To Binge Read This Summer

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Put down that damn Jodi Picoult novel because we’ve dug up the best Aussie true crime books on the market just in time for Christmas, and Jodi’s latest heartbreaking courtroom drama is going to have to wait. Hours of bookshop research have told us that Australia is home to some pretty insane, real-life murder mysteries, and paired with a hot cup of tea and a few choccie bikkies, they make for a delicious night in this festive season.

Here are the best Aussie true crime novels to binge read these holidays.

1.   Tall Man: The Death Of Doomadgee

This little number is based on the suspicious death of an imprisoned indigenous man in 2004. Set in the deep north of Australia, on Palm Island, middle-aged man Cameron Doomadgee is arrested for being a potty mouth in front of a white police officer. Less than an hour later, he turns up dead in the jailhouse as a result of ‘tripping over’, except according to the autopsy - that makes no sense. Commissioned by the pro bono lawyer who represented Doomadgee’s family, this is an unforgettable read about power struggles, revenge and justice.

2. Huckstepp: A Dangerous Life

This Australian story is a true crime classic and a must-read for anyone interested in real-life Aussie murder mysteries. In it, Huckstepp investigates the murder of a sprightly young lady who caught the country’s attention from the first moment she appeared on television, accusing New South Wales detectives of murdering her boyfriend. This is a fantastically written true story of a gutsy gal who paid the ultimate price on her quest for justice. Bum-bum-boooooow.

3. Joe Cinque’s Consolation

The description of this page-turning puzzler makes about as much sense as pineapple on pizza, but for that reason it’ll take you only half an afternoon to demolish. In 1997, a young ANU law student apparently makes a plan to slaughter her beloved boyfriend upon the conclusion of a dinner party she’s hosting at her house. Disturbingly, several of the dinner guests are aware of it, however none of them thought to warn old mate Joe who dies in his own bed of a massive dose of Rohypnol and heroin. I dare you NOT to go and buy this book now.

4. Snowtown: The Bodies In Barrels Murders

Some call the Snowtown murders Australia’s most notorious criminal case, and for good reason. In 1999, bodies were discovered in barrels inside at bank vault in the South Australian destination of Snowtown. One of the first reporters on the scene was former police reporter, Jeremy Pudney, who pieces all the bits of the puzzle together in order to get to the bottom of the Snowtown murders. The book covers not only the lives of the victims, but of those convicted and the strange circumstances that led them to get away with such violent crimes for so long. It’s tantalisingly spooky and equally horrifying.

5. Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery

The Somerton Man case remains one of Australia’s most well-known mysteries. In 1948, a body is discovered on a beach in Adelaide, well-dressed and unscathed, and with only a half-smoked cigarette by his side. Due to the fact that he had no identification with him, we still don’t know who he was or how he died these six decades later, what we do know is it was turned into a bloody good book that explores the ins and outs of how the mystery man could have turned up dead on the beach, and why the crime was never solved.

6. The Killing Of Caroline Byrne: A Journey To Justice

One night, during the mid-nineties, stunning Sydney model Caroline Byrne dies after she lands head-first into a crevice at the bottom of The Gap in the Sydney Harbour entrance (fecking ouch!). Was it suicide? Was it murder? All we know is it’s the story of Tony Byrne’s determination to find out the truth of his daughter’s death that hooks us in and leaves us wanting more. More well written crime fic, not unjust murder that is.

7. Gun Alley

Gun Alley is an enthralling story of how botched police work, trial by media and lynch-law hysteria led to the conviction and subsequent hanging of an innocent Australian man. The pages in this cracking book delve into the reasons why this confronting conspiracy was targeted towards an innocent person, and reveals vital and never-before-seen clues that, after eighty years, point to the real killer. Phwoar.

8. Searching For The Beaumont Children

Probably don’t pick this one up if you’re a parent yourself because the Beaumont Children mystery is one of the saddest and devastating of its kind in Australia. On January 26 1966, three siblings left their Adelaide home and set off for the beach. By the end of the day, none of the children had returned home and the ‘Beaumont Children Case’ remains Australia’s most famous (and gut-wrenching) unsolved mysteries. This book will have you burrowing down conspiracy rabbit holes all over the internet for days.

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Image: Snowtown culprits 

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Walk the Camino de Santiago Solo

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I laced up my shoes, put on my pack and let the weight sink into my hips.  Am I ready? Am I up for this? I asked the man at the front desk which direction to get to the Camino de Santiago trail in Pamplona. He got out a map and showed me how to […]

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Top 10 HIIT Training Myths Busted

by Louise McDonald @ 12WBT

HIIT training is an intense and super-effective type of training, but as with any popular fitness trend, there are heaps of misconceptions as to how effective it is. Here are 10 common myths debunked: 1. It’s just cardio The purpose of HIIT is to have you working at a high percentage of your maximum heart rate for a short period, then to follow on with a stint of low intensity, and repeat in intervals. This can be applied to many different types of exercise, including weight training and sports. 2. More is better You will need sufficient rest between your workouts for […]

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2018 Has Gifted Us With Gin And Tonic Teabags

2018 Has Gifted Us With Gin And Tonic Teabags

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

Starting your day with a G&T used to be the sign of a troubled drama queen living beyond her means, but now it means exactly the same thing except after she’s run out of ice cubes. London's famed Fortnum & Mason, a spendthrift’s haven of tchotchkes, picnic baskets and artisanal chocolates, have released their own range of gin and tonic teabags for the man or woman who has (quite literally) everything.

Startlingly, this fancy tisane contains absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. ‘What’s the point?’ I hear you cry and to that I say pipe the goddamn hell down because some of us drove here. With a lack of alcoholic compounds, the brew crew at F&M got crafty; taking juniper and coriander and fennel and all the other herbaceous flavours that go into making gin, then mixed them into a base of top quality green tea. The infusion is then finished off with a wee bit of lemon balm and some dried cucumber and lime for a refreshing finish. Does your morning cuppa have a garnish? Didn’t think so.

As for packaging, do you think they come in the same old porous paper bags as your ordinary breakroom tea? Heavens no! Just when this luxurious brew couldn’t get any fancier Fortnum & Mason have decided to tuck the individual portions into the tea cabinet’s equivalent of a silken negligee.

Choice Fortnum & Mason products can be found at DJ's, but if they’re fresh out of gin and tonic you can pick up a box of 15 via Fortnum and Mason.

Image credit: Fortnum & Mason

A Hawaii Mom’s Thoughts on the Threat of Nuclear Attack

by Pint Size Gourmets @ Pintsize Gourmets – Kid-Friendly Food – Family Travel Blog

It was 7:58am and I just put the kettle on to make myself a cup of tea.  My husband was already on the balcony, listening to Fairuz as he normally does every morning when he drinks his coffee. I was just about to join him when my 8-year-old son walked outside and handed me the phone. […]

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How to Experience Cabot Cliffs Golf Course When You Don’t Golf

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

“What is a links course anyway?” I asked as we pulled into the swanky Cabot Links Lodge in the little town of Inverness in Cape Breton. I’m not a golfer, so I don’t follow golf, I know nothing about golf terms, and I never really understood the ‘draw’ to what motivates people to be excited […]

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Dining Out: Vietnamese menu is familiar, but friendly staff makes Pho 1 stand out

Dining Out: Vietnamese menu is familiar, but friendly staff makes Pho 1 stand out

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Server Jack Huynh (from left), owners Paul and Ellen Tran, and server Han Nguyen make diners feel welcome at Pho 1 Grill.

How To Start Your Work Year Like A Boss

How To Start Your Work Year Like A Boss

by Tennille Ziegler @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahh, it's 2018. Another new year, another new you, riiiiiight? Sure, we’ve heard that one before. Chances are you made a New Year’s resolution promising yourself that 2018 will be the year your career takes off. But let’s be honest—it can be pretty tough keeping that easy breezy mentality, especially the first week back. 

Don’t let your confidence to be knocked. Throw back those shoulders, stand tall and read on for some pro tips to help you start your work year like a boss.

Create The Perfect Workspace

Take things up a notch and create a new workspace. If you're anything like us, an organised life results in an organised mind. Add a little nature to your space with a cute indoor plant or two from Monstera, and why not get inspired with a little mood board. Surround your desk with images that inspire you—and if that inspiration be Justin Beebs, so be it. 

Take Breaks Throughout The Day

They say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and this is especially true for people who think that being glued to a chair in front of a computer means you’re working hard. It turns out that taking five minutes of ‘me’ time throughout the day helps clear your head and actually makes you more productive. Ever been sitting at your desk and stuck on something? Go for a quick walk and get some fresh air outside. We promise you’ll be better for it.

Learn To Work Smarter, Not Longer

Did you spend your working days pulling long hours and slogging away at your desk last year? If so, it’s time to embrace a new philosophy: work smarter, not longer. Instead of wasting away your day frantically answering emails and sipping coffee after coffee after coffee, use your time wisely. Plan your day before you start work, and be realistic about how much you can get done in your set hours.

Write A To-Do List The Night Before

This leads to our next point: write a to-do list the night before. Ever spent the evening in bed trying to sleep while going over everything you have to do when you get back to work? Instead, try writing your to-do list the night before so you can put it aside until you’re ready to tackle the tasks in the morning. It’ll also allow you to hit the ground running as soon as you arrive at the office.

Start The Day With Your Most Dreaded Task

Have you heard the saying ‘eat the frog first’? While you don’t have to literally eat a frog, make it a priority to do the task you’ve been putting off the most first. Once it’s done you can move onto the fun stuff—scratch that—slightly less awful stuff...

Log Off At Home

Ok, so we know it’s not possible to log off in the evenings every day of the week, but how about just once? Leave your laptop at work and try to stay away from checking your phone as well. You’ll have a much better sleep and will be so much more productive the next day.

Start Your Day With Gratitude

It may sound a bit corny, but studies show that starting your day with gratitude will set you up right for the rest of your day. Wake up and be thankful for at least one thing that will relate to the day ahead. Try it and see how your mindset changes. Chances are you'll be feeling like Gandhi in no time. 

Embrace Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is all about how you take it—some people thrive, while others…well let’s just say they feel like crawling into a hole and crying. No judgement either way, but you CAN start your work year with a different mindset. Look at it as a learning experience, because we’re all about learning right? You paid a trillion dollars at uni to learn, and now someone's paying you to do it.

Sort Your Summer Work Wardrobe

There’s nothing we dread more in the new year, when it’s the peak of summer, than trying to figure out what the f*** to wear in the sweltering heat. Getting flustered over trying to find an outfit can be a huge time waster, and won’t help you roll into work like a boss. So, plan your outfits in advance to avoid the post-traumatic stress of not having anything to wear.

Sit Down With The Team And Brainstorm

There’s nothing like getting the creative juices flowing by having a brainstorm meeting with all the ideas you’ve stewed up. Creative ideas can come when you’re doing the most random things…or nothing at all. You were probably pushing your luck and draining all your creative energy at the end of 2017, so now's the time to sit down with your team and have a brainstorm session on how to make 2018 the best year yet.

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Smile Dessert, Somerville, Auckland

Smile Dessert, Somerville, Auckland

by easyfoodhacks @ Easy Food Hacks

Smile Dessert is a dessert restaurant chain from China which has recently arrived in Auckland. The Somerville branch opened in December 2015, and we were informed by the manager that the Dominion Road branch is expected to open soon. There has been a flurry of Asian dessert restaurants opening in Auckland in the last year, from global chains to … Continue reading Smile Dessert, Somerville, Auckland

Not A Drill! We’ve Found Bottomless Mimosas In Auckland

Not A Drill! We’ve Found Bottomless Mimosas In Auckland

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Oh brunch, how we love you. The best of both breakfast and lunch, it’s hard to imagine it getting any better….until now. 

Say hello to the bottomless mimosa, already an internationally recognised icon of brunches world-wide, these bad boys have finally landed in Auckland. And we couldn't be more psyched. Mostly because it's not just the mimosas that are without bottom...

Yep, you read that right. You can now also sip away on bottomless Bloody Mary's, Prosecco, Pineapple mocktails (!!) and citrus boost soda, all on your next gram-worthy adventure! Where, you ask? It's all thanks to The Lula Inn. Every weekend will see the inner-city slice of paradise host the bottomless brunch sessions we didn’t know we needed.

Alongside endless happiness, the deal also includes your pick of scrumptious brekky. Think potato hash, corn fritter, dreamy scrambled eggs, hearty bacon and egg burger or seeded almond granola. Sounds like a bargain to us.

The Deets

What: Lula’s Bottomless Brunch Where: The Lula Inn When: 9 am - 1 pm every weekend Why: Two words - bottomless. mimosas. 

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Pho Broth: The Soul of Vietnamese Pho -

Pho Broth: The Soul of Vietnamese Pho -

How to make pho broth is the most important element in making Vietnamese pho. Pho broth is the soul of the dish. It is what makes the dish Vietnamese pho.

5 new restaurants usher in next era for Vietnamese cuisine in New Orleans

5 new restaurants usher in next era for Vietnamese cuisine in New Orleans

Spate of new restaurants openings have altered the face of Vietnamese cuisine in New Orleans.

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

We hate to break it to you guys. But a selfie is no longer enough to guarantee that double tap. Why? Because 360-degree photography is officially a thing and everything you thought you knew about your feed has changed. Enter: the GoPro 360-degree Fusion camera.

So why is this latest camera so great? Let us tell you. Fusion will capture everything, we’re talking 360-spherical content, that your single-lens cam simply can’t.

It’s also nice and easy to edit with Mobile OverCapture editing for iOS so that even your mum can now make epic travel vids. You can even re-frame and save old school-style videos from the 360-degree vid, we know. It’s (almost) too much.

GoPro Fusion has dropped a limited release and support for Android devices will be coming soon.

Go on. Your followers deserve this.

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The Bodhi Tree, Ilam, Christchurch

The Bodhi Tree, Ilam, Christchurch

by easyfoodhacks @ Easy Food Hacks

The Bodhi Tree is a rare gem. It is a brilliant Burmese restaurant in Christchurch. That in itself is unusual. The only place you can find Burmese restaurants in New Zealand is in Christchurch. In general, Christchurch doesn’t do very well with ethnic eateries (I lived there for 7 years and visit at least once … Continue reading The Bodhi Tree, Ilam, Christchurch

Winter 4×4 Jamboree

by sunriver @ SunRiver St. George

Come experience Southern Utah’s 4th annual Winter 4×4 Jamboree! For all off-roading enthusiasts, this yearly event is the perfect opportunity to explore the maze of twisting red trails outside Hurricane, Utah.  READ MORE HERE

5 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Week

5 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Week

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

January is in full swing and that means a new year is upon us. Rather than get glum about the fact that Christmas is over, we suggest you seize the opportunities provided by a fresh start. This year we are choosing to stick to our resolutions (eeep!), continue to embrace challenges and of course, have a whole lotta good times.

There’s plenty of awesome ways for you to kick off the new year, so keep your party pants on and hop to it! Here are five marvellous things to do this week.

Monday 8


As you’ve probably heard, the ASB Classic has returned to Auckland and we could not be more excited. The event will be runs  from the 1st – 13th of January and is a highlight on Aucklander’s calendars for a reason. Think world-class tennis, scrumptious food and drink, live entertainment and groovy tunes. It sounds like a bit of us, and it’s one that should not be missed. Tennis action, being served up the finest eats and drinks and enjoying the loving touch of the New Zealand sun. Sounds heavenly to us.​

Tuesday 9


Auckland’s arts are coming to life this week, so get ready! Indie-folk group, the Fleet Foxes, are taking over the Powerstation to give us lucky Aucklanders another epic performance. Showcasing their acclaimed third album, Crack-Up, the concert is the first time the group has been in New Zealand in six years. Be sure to check them out when they’re around!


Performed by Buckingham Company, the Pop-up Globe presents Shakespeare’s classic, The Merchant of Venice. The plot tells the tale of a man named Bassiano, who is drowning in debt to his best friend and as the story unfolds he learns that he is gambling with his own life. Kicking off this Tuesday and running across the next few months, the performance will take the audience on a journey of drama and excitement. Get yourself down there ASAP, you won’t regret it.

Wednesday 10


Speaking of pop-up globes, another favourite is back! Auckland’s summer staple, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be around for another stellar season and you’re guaranteed a good time at this one. Known as Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, the performance enchants its viewers by combining a talented cast, a witty script and comedy and romance captured in the beautiful way that only Shakespeare could portray. It’s gonna be a cracker!

Thursday 11


Back for their first show in New Zealand in eight years, The XX is performing at The Trust Arena this January! They have also partnered with PLUS1, so that $1 from every ticket purchased will go towards local LGBT+ programs in each city of the tour. Seeing one of the music industry’s most in-demand bands sounds like a pretty good way to spend a Thursday night to us. It’ll be a night to remember!

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Restaurant culture in Vietnam

Restaurant culture in Vietnam

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Hawker foods to eat in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Hawker foods to eat in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

by easyfoodhacks @ Easy Food Hacks

Petaling Jaya (PJ) is part of Greater Kuala Lumpur, but is really its own city. KL sits within Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territory) and is governed directly by the federal government whereas PJ is under state government. It’s all very confusing to an outsider like myself. Though I flew into KL International Airport, which technically isn’t even in … Continue reading Hawker foods to eat in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Try It Out Vietnamese Restaurant, Otahuhu & East Tamaki, Auckland

Try It Out Vietnamese Restaurant, Otahuhu & East Tamaki, Auckland

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I had been desolate about my seemingly futile hunt for the perfect soothing bowl of phở, and nuanced Vietnamese food in Auckland. In a stroke of luck, within a fortnight, I’ve managed to stumble my…

This One Trick Will Halve Your To-Do List

by Caroline Attwood @ 12WBT

Even in the digital age, writing a to-do list is one of the most common quirks of being human. Most of us, at some point, have written a to-do list, either scribbled on multiple post-it notes or neatly typed out on Notepad. Whether or not it gets done is irrelevant. Sometimes, simply articulating everything we need to do feels like an achievement. However, there’s nothing worse than the paralysis you feel when the list gets inhumanly long. So, with this in mind, here’s one trick that will literally cut it in half. …and here it is: delete the list. Yep, you read […]

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13 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

13 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Heads up, guys. There’s so much to see and do in Auckland this weekend, the hardest part will be deciding where to begin. Get ready to plan wicked times with your best friends/family/SO/dog etc, eating delish food, watching some epic theatre and getting some Shakespeare.

Here's 14 awesome things to do this weekend in Auckland.  

All Weekend

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, and this weekend they're rocking The Merchant of Venice. Full of wit, drama and disguise, it's a Shakespearean classic, and it's performed in a replica of the 1614 Globe Theatre. It'll be performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians from around the world.

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie When: Friday 19 January—Thursday 29 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Sawmill, Snacks and Sounds Takapuna

Burger Burger’s bringing all of the live tunes, refreshing beers and deliciousness to Taka all summer long, and you’re all invited. Joined by the good people at Sawmill Brewery, you’ll be treated to their thirst-quenching pilsners, Crystal Lager, XPA and Hoppy Hibiscus Gose. There'll be live music all weekend long, too. Bring it on. 

Where: Forteith and Hurstmere, Takapuna When: Every weekend until January 28 For more info, click here

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores. Their new show, Send in the Clowns, is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance. This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family.

Where: Stella Maris Catholic School, Silverdale When: Monday 1 January—Sunday 31 January For more info, click here

Friday 19 January

I Am Not Your Negro—Friday Films

Head to Silo Park for a perfect way to bring in the weekend. Round up the troops for a night of food trucks galore, drinks flowing from the Silo Bar, and a great movie! They’re bringing you one of the most loved and acclaimed films from 2017’s NZIFF, I Am Not Your Negro. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary takes inspiration from James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript and recounts the lives of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evans. The delish food trucks include Fritz’s Wieners, House of Dumplings, Philppe’s Poutine. Niiiice. 

Where: Silo Park, Auckland CBD When: Friday 19 January, 4:30pm—11:30pm For more info, click here.

Classical Weekend: Auckland Live Summer in the Square

This is the perfect symphony for a chill Friday hang, with a range of musical talent and classical experiences for some orchestral bliss! Be serenaded by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Achievers, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band and New Zealand Opera. You can even sneak a peek inside the Auckland Town Hall Organ. 

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD When: Friday 19 January—Saturday 20 January, 12:30pm—4:30pm For more info, click here

Movies in Parks: La La Land

Did you miss one of the biggest movies of 2017? Not to worry—watch this all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy back on the big screen and under the stars! Following a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, La La Land swooped up six Academy Award wins in 2017. Get to Mairangi Bay Park early to snag a fab viewing spot. The event kicks off at 7pm. 

Where: Mairangi Bay Park, Mairangi When: Friday 19 January, 5pm—10pm For more info, click here

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults-only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves, plus live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs. It's bound to delight even the harshest bug critic. 

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs When: Friday 19 January, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here.

Saturday 20 January

Moveable Feast Matakana

Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, this scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village. There’s an unreal line-up too—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Where: Matakana Valley, Matakana When: Saturday 20 January, 5pm—9pm For more info, click here

Fat Freddy’s Drop

This is one of the first times you’ll see these Kiwi legends since they officially sold out their largest headlining show in 2017! You’ll have a chance to see Fat Freddy’s Drop live in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Maria Estate, where you’ll experience brand new songs off the upcoming album, as well as our fave summer classics we can’t get enough of. Special guests include Ladi6 and Salmonella Dub!

Where: Villa Maria Estate, Mangere When: Saturday 20 January, 5pm For more info, click here

House of Vans

It’s been just announced that House of Vans is hitting our shores! This is one of the biggest skating events, making its home in Shed 10 for a day packed full of skate-based events. This day-long community event, spread over two sessions, is absolutely FREE—you’ll find skating by the Vans team, a skate-inspired marketplace, live grip tape application, DJs after hours and even tattooing (if you’re feeling adventurous). After 4pm the event transforms into an epic R18 party with some sick international bands.

Where: Shed 10, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 20 January, 10am—10pm For more info, click here.

Auckland Live Summer in the Square: Grand Opening

The Barbarians, celebrated freedom-fighters from Wellington’s theatre scene, have got hold of the keys to one of Auckland’s most beloved venues—The Civic. This is a tour-de-force celebration of the world of performing arts, featuring a host of local collaborators. It's gonna be one hell of an immersive and interactive show where you’ll be walking through the theatre and getting up to no good.

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 20 January—Sunday 21 January For more info, click here.

Sunday 21 January

Absolut Summer

Sunday sessions done right! Experience the Absolut Summer Pop-Up at Regatta, featuring Rob Martyn with Kareem LIVE, in a lush resort-style beach bar full of palm trees and greenery! Come in off the beach, sip on some Absolut cocktails and catch the last rays of the weekend. There’s premium Absolut cocktails, the Dinghy bar, VIP Platinum and Gold Cabana experiences to take that drinking sesh to the next level.

Where: Regatta Bar and Eatery, Takapuna When: Sunday 21 January, 2pm—7pm For more info, click here

Vegan Street Food Fair

Calling all vegan food lovers! One of our fave health hubs, Wise Cicada, is transforming into the ultimate vegan foodie experience this weekend. The menu stars delish dishes like Indonesian Mee Goreng, Persian Gormeh Sabzi, Indian puffed rice, Mexican chimichangas and even an organic vegan smoothie bowl bar! There’s live music from midday too. 

Where: Wise Cicada, Newmarket When: Sunday 21 January, 11am—3pm For more info, click here.

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Auckland’s Best Beach Day Trips

Auckland’s Best Beach Day Trips

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

There’s no shortage of stunning beaches for dips after work in Auckland. But it’s summer, and summer calls for road trips. So we’ve located the best beach day jaunts for picnics, frolicking, sunshine and swimming, not too far from our fair city. 

After all, what better way to embrace the hot, hot weather than with sand between your toes?

Locate the hamper, slap on the sunscreen and prepare yourself for a hoon out to some of the best day trip beaches from Auckland. 

Bethells Beach 

This wild, rugged beach is an Auckland favourite—a little piece of untouched beauty less 50-minutes drive from the city. Bethells is a great activities beach, whether it's surfing, fishing, strolling along the Te Henga Walkway, or building the obligatory beach day sandcastle. 

Mercer Bay 

On the drive to Piha, keep an eye out for the Te Ahuahu turnoff and you’ll come across a serious gem of an adventure spot—Mercer Bay. Not for the faint hearted, pay strict heed to the barriers provided as these are Auckland's tallest cliffs and can be dangerous. With powdery black sand, warm rock pools and a massive cave that’s accessible during low tide, Mercer Bay is the ideal day trip for adventure lovers. 


Just 80-minutes from Auckland, Mangawhai is a great beach town to spend the day in. It’s a popular spot with surfers but is an equally as idyllic spot for laxing on the beach. Splash around in the waves before popping into Sandbar for lunch and a coffee.  

Palm Beach 

Jump on the ferry and head out to Waiheke for a day on an island. Palm Beach is on the northern side, boasting white sandy beaches and safe swimming. Sheltered from any nasty south-westerly winds, Palm Beach has two barbecue areas (that’s lunch sorted) and a pirate ship playground for when or if the sprogs get bored. Oh, and ‘Nudey Bay’ is situated at the far west end, if you’re that way inclined. 

Anchor Bay 

Nestled within the Tawharanui Regional Park lies a golden beach called Anchor Bay. Fill up the tank because this spot is an 80-minute drive from Auckland, making Anchor Bay the perfect day trip to get away from it all. This pristine slice of Kiwi beauty has golden sand, the cleanest and clearest of water, and a rock pool deep enough for bombs. A truly awesome beach.


Every Aucklander should spend a day at this beautiful West Coast beach. From surfing to lounging under an umbrella or rolling down the dunes, Muriwai has a lot to offer. Surf lifesavers are on patrol at peak times as the rips can get a bit full on, and the black sand can be absolutely scorching so be sure to utilise our jandal life hack! On your way back to the big smoke, don’t forget to have a nosy at the gannet colony. 


Another impressive West Coast nugget, Karekare is a breathtaking and unique beach—the kind that makes us feel damn lucky that we call this country home. Several movies have been shot here including The Piano, and it’s less chaotic than beaches closer to Auckland. With a long stretch of sand, Karekare is a great walking beach and a wander to the Karekare Falls will make your day trip one to remember. 

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Top 10 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Scottsdale

by Pint Size Gourmets @ Pintsize Gourmets – Kid-Friendly Food – Family Travel Blog

I’m finally back in Hawaii after a weeklong Mastermind and & Media Trip with my Break Into Travel Writing group. We spent a couple of days in Scottsdale, Arizona before heading across the border to the beautiful Mexican fishing town of Puerto Penasco. Of course, spending a few days in the lovely town of Scottsdale wouldn’t be […]

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5 Sensational Things To Do In Auckland This Week

5 Sensational Things To Do In Auckland This Week

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

Whether you're psyched or crying on the inside, most of us are now back at work. That’s right, 2018 is officially happening, and there doesn't seem to be much we can do to stop it. Lucky for us, Auckland has a bunch of weird and exciting events this week.

From a yoga class with cats to an epic circus night, you’re in for a treat. So step right outta your comfort zone, spice up your life and show 2018 who’s boss.

Monday 15th January

Julius Caesar Pop-Up

We've got no problem saying it again—the pop-up globe is not to be missed. This Monday, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is coming to life. We won't spoil the ending, but trust us, you're in for a good night. Audience participation is encouraged, too.

Tuesday 16th January

Zirka Circus

If you liked The Greatest Showman, you'll love this one. Zirka Circus is on this week. The crowds have been massive so far, so booking ahead is a given. Get your friends on board, get your hands on some candy floss and let the magic begin. 

Wednesday 17th January

Cat Yoga

We realise cat yoga isn't a normal way to spend your Wednesday morning. That's what makes it awesome. The event (highly encouraged for all our crazy cat people) consists of a yoga class where you'll find yourself with the company of 21 rescue cats. And it gets better—coffee is included during cool-down time. Score.

Thursday 18th January

Marlin’s Dreaming Not That Bad Tour

Start your weekend early this week and head to Neck of the Woods for the ‘Marlin’s Dreaming Not That Bad Tour’. We know it's only January and all, but it's never too early for a good night out. The epic line-up includes Marlin’s Dreaming and performances from the Dunedin groups Soaked Oats and Mild Orange. Get your hands on tickets ASAP.

Jamie Bowen At The Comedy Club

For those of us who are still a tad run-down from New Year's, this is the place for you. Laughter is the best medicine after all, so head to The Comedy Club and check out Jamie Bowen. With a new year kicking off and new responsibilities piling up, a good laugh is the perfect way to unwind. 

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Try It Out Vietnamese Cafe, Otahuhu

Try It Out Vietnamese Cafe, Otahuhu


If you are wondering where you can find authentic, cheap and cheerful Vietnamese food, Try It Out is the go-to place. A visit to my sister in Brisbane over Christmas makes me crave for good Vietnam…

The End Of The F***ing World Is Your New Netflix Obsession

The End Of The F***ing World Is Your New Netflix Obsession

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Gone are the days of waiting week after week seeing shows unfold at a snail's pace. Nowadays, it's love at first sight, and we just can’t get enough of our latest Netflix obsession. 

Kicking off 2018 with a catastrophic bang, The End Of The F**king World is the hilarious new series that has us to glued to our screens. Riddled with dark humour that’d make Juno proud and with quite possibly the most absurd turn of events, there’s nothing quite like it.

The escalating adventure follows James, a 17-year-old self-diagnosed psychopath and the rebellious Alyssa. Quite done with his hobby of killing small animals and insects (as you do), James sets a personal goal of murdering a human. Running away from home the series follows James’ multiple attempts to murder Alyssa on a road trip which leaves only leaves chaos, murder, and wreckage in their path.

With a spoonful of cursing, two pinches of ridiculous, and a hearty dash of ‘what the heck next?,’ it’s guaranteed to have you muttering to no one but your screen that you can, in fact, continue watching them all at once. #ThatNetflixLife

Settle in, grab the popcorn and cancel allllll of your plans. You’re about to witness quite possibly the most disastrous road trip ever.

Check out the trailer below, and catch the show on Netflix now!

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10 Must-Try Local Foods from Hawaii

by Pint Size Gourmets @ Pintsize Gourmets – Kid-Friendly Food – Family Travel Blog

In the past few years, Hawaiian food has made its way to the mainland and taken the nation by storm. The poke bowl (pronounced poh-keh) which originated on our islands and has been eaten by locals in Hawaii for years is now wildly popular and making its way onto the plates of mainlanders.    While […]

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Saigon Summer Nights

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Pick a night, Monday through Sunday. Relax and sample the flavors of Saigon during out cocktail reception on the patio. Seven distinctive finger-foods mingled with seven celebrated martinis.

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5 Ways to Combat a Summer Cold

by Stephanie King @ 12WBT

There is nothing worse than catching a cold in summer. Instead of enjoying the beautiful warm weather, you’re left miserably sniffling and sneezing. The duration of a cold will always depend on your body’s immune system – dependent upon the foods and fluids you consume, and your daily activity levels. However, you can improve your chances of a speedier recovery by following some tried and tested methods. Here are a few tips to help conquer your sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, fever and cough quickly, so you can get back to what summer is all about – fun in the […]

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The Best Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants Around DC

The Best Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants Around DC


Whether you're in the mood for Pho or spicy rice noodles, your tastebuds will be satisfied at these budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurants.

UNO junior opens Vietnamese restaurant

UNO junior opens Vietnamese restaurant

Chloe Tran opened the Bánh Mì Shop at 923 Galvin Road S. in mid-November.

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Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories

Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories


Learn quick tips to find healthy Vietnamese food in restaurants, at the grocery store and even make low-calorie Vietnamese food at home.

Eating out in Hokitika, New Zealand

Eating out in Hokitika, New Zealand

by easyfoodhacks @ Easy Food Hacks

Hokitika is a quiet town on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Population, all of 4,000. Make that 4,000 of the staunchest locals who couldn’t be prouder of their little town. Surprisingly for its size, there is actually a lot to see and do in Hokitika. Not to mention some excellent … Continue reading Eating out in Hokitika, New Zealand

Australia’s Best Under-The-Radar Beach Towns

Australia’s Best Under-The-Radar Beach Towns

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer is officially here and that means only one thing: a trip to the beach is definitely on the cards. But who wants to share their hard-earned time by the ocean with the rest of the population? Certainly not us, which is why you need to cast your net a little further afield and check out Australia’s best under-the-radar beach towns.

Think golden sand, palm trees, turquoise waters and ample opportunity for a cheeky bit the eat beachside—all without sharing the experience with a crowd of strangers and their six kids. Oh, we think we just described what heaven looks like.

What can we say, we’re givers.



Nestled on the Sunshine Coast between Mudjimba and Noosa, Marcoola is the quiet beach town you didn’t know still existed in Queensland. Providing the perfect blend of blissfully tourist-free beaches with a thriving organic foodie culture and accommodation that won’t cut into your retirement fund, Marcoola is a well-guarded local secret for a very good reason. Our recommendation: start your weekend getaway with perfectly fluffy lemon pancakes at The Grilled Gecko Café, stock up on produce from the attached organic grocer and then head to the beach for a picnic next to the sea. If you’re feeling up for it after that feast to remember, you could always make the two kilometre journey along the beach to nearby Mudjimba and finish the afternoon with a tipple at the High Tide Bar & Grill. Queensland, you spoil us.

Agnes Water and 1770

Located about 6 hours north of Brisbane, the twin beach towns of Agnes Water and 1770 mark the northernmost surf beaches in Australia. They also happen to be situated on the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef and all the beauty that entails. So, basically, they’re a little slice of tropical beach heaven without the exxy resort fees. These quaint coastal towns offer the opportunity for visitors to surf, swim and snorkel—all in the same place—while getting some much needed r&r against a stunning coastal backdrop. Sounds rough, right? 

New South Wales


Any beach town with a name like Eden has to be pretty dang idyllic, and it more than lives up to the hype. Eden is a nature lover’s paradise characterised by a sweeping, rugged coastline, golden sand dunes and ancient forests all within a hop, skip and jump of the town’s centre at Twofold Bay. If you’re planning on spending any time in Eden, expect to end up in a boat as this beachside escape is home to the deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. It also happens to be smack bang in the middle between Sydney and Melbourne—making it a perfect destination for any coastal road-trip dreams (don’t lie, we all have them). Oh and did we mention Eden is one of the best locations to spot humpback whales during migration season? Need we go on, friends.

South West Rocks

Another beachside pleaser for every type of traveller, South West Rocks has all your needs covered. From foodie delights to exploration opportunities to beachside chilling, this coastal town has got ‘em all. A typical day in South West Rocks could look like fuelling up on maple-glazed bacon French toast at Malt & Honey, making the trek to the gorgeous Mermaid Pools and then trying your hand at one of the world’s best cave dives at Fish Rock Cave. The next day, hike up to the Smoky Cape Lighthouse and drink in those sweet, sweet ocean views. Think clear waters, a dramatic, lush headland and sand for days. It’s official: we’ll see you at the airport.


Wye River

If tiny beach towns sound like your kind of jam, Wye River is set to be right up your alley. Nestled along one of the most beautiful strips of the Great Ocean Road, Wye River has a permanent population of only 66. While this number does increase during the tourist season, if you’re looking for a beach escape far from the madding crowd Wye River is just about perfect. The landscape is the ideal ratio of rugged cliffs and lush mountain foliage with a sandy beach peppered by rock pools providing for plenty of opportunities to go exploring. A trip to the Wye Beach Hotel will net you not only a surprisingly gourmet dinner, like the vegan and gluten free Nepalese aloo chop, but also a chance to walk away with new friends in the form of the locals. See, we told you it ticks all the boxes.


Can’t get the idea of sipping ouzo by the Mediterranean out of your head but also can’t afford it after the damage you did to your credit card last Black Friday? Why not give Lorne a try instead. Located only a 2-hour drive from Melbourne, this coastal town is Australia’s very own slice of Mediterranean vibes, helped along by a thriving arts community and beach views to die for. The beach is peppered with rock pools while the iconic Lorne Pier is the perfect spot for keen anglers to let loose a line. If you can tear yourself away from the beach for long enough, Lorne’s main shopping strip is a quaint collection of boutiques and killer restaurants worthy of any Instagram feed. Just don’t forget to head up to Teddy’s Lookout in between all that relaxing for truly ‘gram worthy views.

Western Australia


Set on the Indian Ocean, Broome provides more than your typical beach holiday experience. Its rich multicultural heritage, symbolised by the many Aboriginal monuments and places of interest sprinkled across town, provides the chance to learn something about Australia’s first people while you sip piña coladas by the sea-shore. But it’s the beach where Broome really shines. Think turquoise waters, uncrowded shores, palm trees and a stunning red-dirt backdrop. Hopping on a sunset camel ride across the golden sand is a must, of course, and you can also embark on a cruise to a local pearl farm for a peek inside Broome’s history as the pearling capital of Australia. Getting to sunbathe under a palm tree AND getting up close and personal with Australia’s answer to wild horses? Sign us the heck up!

Margaret River

A little bit further inland than you’d expect from a typical beach town, Margaret River offers all the perks of beachside living in combination with a booming craft brewery and winery culture. The Margaret River itself feeds into the nearby Indian Ocean, meaning that you get the best of both worlds by dining next to a gently lapping river before working off your meal with a hike down to the beach—which is only a ten minute jaunt away. Margaret River is also home to the Cape to Cape Track; a long-distance trail that stretches between two lighthouses at either end of the town and winds through the limestone caves and dramatic sea-cliffs of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Inside tip: start your day with a coffee and breakfast at White Elephant Café, which just so happens to back directly onto the beach. Weekend plans = sorted.

South Australia

Second Valley

Located only 90 minutes from Adelaide, Second Valley is a small coastal town that packs a punch in the scenic department. Like many of the beaches in this part of the world, Second Valley features pristine white sand, a coastline boasting colourful rock formations and accommodation that spans everything from five-star house rentals to traditional beach shacks. The beach is secluded, meaning you can enjoy that hard-earned ocean-time without having to worry about being swarmed by a horde of tourists. Second Valley is also close to Deep Creek National Park so you can break up your beach hangs with a ramble through the bush. Just remember to head to the Second Valley jetty afterwards and keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale splash of the leafy sea dragon, which can only be found in the southern waters of Australia. 

Really feeling those beach vibes? Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Noosa.

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Welcome to Nam Van Noodle Cafe

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At our restaurant, you will find a spot serves creative, upscale foods in a pleasant setting and at reasonable prices. Especially, you would have chance to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine – Famous for its lively, fresh flavors and artfully composed meals. All dishes are prepared in simple fashion to bring out their wholesome, natural flavors here […]

Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

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TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win.

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Finally! It’s The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Essential Oils

Finally! It’s The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Essential Oils

by Mikaela Burnett @ The A List | The Urban List

Essential Oils are fast becoming THE most talked about subject, but why the heck is this you ask? What is so special about these delicious smelling oils? Well, we’re glad you asked. It turns out there’s a reason they’re more popular than Kylie Jenner’s lips. We live in quite the chemical shiz-storm nowadays people.

Essential oils are not only 100% natural, BUT they are 100% awesome. There are loads of them and they have more uses than Kim K has Twitter followers. And you can use them to replace almost everything you’re currently using. Which is amaze! Because being healthy is WAY more fun than being not healthy, right? Plus, if you have kiddies you'll feel way more chilled knowing that there’s nothing toxic around. As we said there are a ridiculous amount of oils available, but because ain’t nobody got the time to read about all of them right now we just picked our top five for you...


This baby is so much more than just an old people smell, it’s actually human catnip. And I’m sure we could all do with some catnip (wine only does SO much). You can use it to help you have the best sleep of your life! Pop a few drops in a diffuser with some Frankincense on your bedside table. Or if you don’t have a diffuser try putting a couple of drops on the underside of your pillow.

Lavender is awesome for bites, burns and pimples! For bites, try mixing a few drops with tea tree oil and peppermint oil. And if you’re somebody who burns themselves often leave a bottle in the fridge to apply as ASAP as possible to the part of your skin that’s melting. If you’re stressing the eff out or your anxiety is going through the bloody roof try using lavender as a way to calm yourself down. You can take it internally or just rub a few drops into your temples and the back of your neck. Or try mixing it with a carrier oil and blackmailing your significant other into giving you a full body massage.

Lavender oil is an absolute life hack if you have a small teething terrorist. Mix a few drops of Lavender and Frankincense with a carrier oil in a glass roller bottle and roll the blend along their jawline. You can also roll this blend on the bottom of their feet when they go full Toad Mode (also try rolling it over your whole entire body when TM is happening... because what a perfect moment to be comatose).  


Ahh Franky, the King of oils. This guy is good for pretty much every problem in the world. Anxiety? Franky. Bad skin? Franky. That annoying guy that just WON’T get the hint? We’re not sure, but Frankincense could be the answer. Frankincense is really bloody cool! It has the power to enter a cell and decide whether or not it’s worth saving. If it is, it will renovate that cell until it’s good as new. And if it isn’t, it will just get rid of it. Imagine all of the nice shiny cells you could have! If it’s good enough for Baby Jesus then it’s good enough for us.

It works wonders for troubled skin! Especially if you have any scarring left over from being an awkward 15-year-old. Just mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil (we recommend either fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil) and massage into a freshly cleansed face twice a day. You will usually notice a dramatic difference within a day! Which is always a fun time. You can also try applying a drop to your thumb and pressing it to the roof of your mouth. Why? Because the roof of your mouth acts as a direct route to your Pituitary Gland which (long story short) controls most of our hormone functions. And Franky loves to do nice things to your hormones.

Massage into sore joints, limbs and appendages for incredible pain relief and repair. Frank is renowned for his inflammatory properties and is often used to support the symptoms of Arthritis. Frankincense can be used to help relieve anxiety, depression and mood swings. So just get that bottle and sniff the heck outta it. 


When life gives you lemon oil you say, “Hey thanks life, that’s a really nice thing you did. I can do heaps with this! You da best man”. And then you can try these things with! Not often is that word used with such enthusiasm! But lemon oil is the bomb-diggity to clean with. In a glass spray bottle add a 15 drops of lemon oil, half a cup of white vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water. Replacing your chemical-filled cleaning products with homemade essential oil ones is not only cheaper but it’s better for your health (like, HEAPS better). You can also add a few drops to your water every day (in a glass water bottle only because the essential oils like to eat plastic because it’s full of nasty stuff). Lemon oil naturally cleanses the body and aids with digestion.

Lemon oil is an excellent air cleaner and purifier. So try adding some drops to your bin, in your diffuser or just on the kitchen bench to get rid of any smells. We LURVE the way this smells! LURVE. If you accidentally leave your washing in the machine for ten days without putting it on the line (don’t act like you haven’t done this before/every week), adding a few drops to the end of the wash cycle will completely get rid of that smell of neglect and laziness. If you are love the flavour of lemon try adding a few drops when whipping up a smoothie, bliss balls, cakes, sautéed veggies, cakes or cakes. We prefer cakessss. 


The smell of Christmas and mouthwash! Need we say more?! Good for a lot of things but not so great for putting near eyeballs and other balls...or lady flowers. Here’s some places you CAN put it and ways to use it say “See ya never” to those headaches!

Rub some of the oil onto your temples (which BTW are probably further back from your eyes then you think...we recommend Googling where your temples live) and even a little bit behind your ears and the back of your neck. Peppermint oil is pretty much the opposite to Lavender. Instead of being human catnip it’s like having a cup of coffee injected into your bloodstream. So, if you’re needing a little pick-me-up rub some on yourself topically, sniff straight from the bottle, put in a diffuser or try adding a few drops to the bottom of your shower to realllllllly open those eyeballs up of a morning. 

If you or your child is suffering from a fever try rubbing some peppermint oil (diluted with a carrier oil for children) into the soles of your/their feet. You’ll be amazed at how quickly that fever drops! If you’re into oil pulling (which you should be because it’s fab) try adding a few drops of peppermint to your coconut oil! Your mouth will feel super minty fresh without all of the yucky harsh chemicals. Suffer from sinus issues or have a cold/flu? Peppermint has amazing natural antiviral properties. Put some in a diffuser or massage a few drops onto your chest with a carrier oil. 


Orange you glad we didn't miss this one? Orange you wishing you didn’t read this far? *crickets* Rough crowd. Anyway let’s just get straight into it! With just one sniff of this oil and you’ll be THAT guy who is super positive and happy and ugh... THAT Guy. Orange is an incredibly uplifting and motivating smell. If you couple it with peppermint you’ll be able to clean the whole damn world you’ll be so motivated! 

Obviously orange is a delicious flavour (duh, obviously) so why not try adding it to water, soda water, treats or smoothies? Sticky surfaces shake in their boots when they know orange oil is coming their way. And we all know how fond sticky surfaces are of their boots (and how good orange oil is at making them disappear). 

There are hundreds of amazing oils with incredible qualities! These are literally just the tip of the iceberg (it’s a really bloody big iceberg). You can thank us laters! 

Best Places for North Americans to Travel in Winter

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I visited my parents in South Dakota this holiday and was reminded of how harsh the Great Planes can be in the winter. As the whole US seems to be in a deep freeze right now it’s only natural to look out that frosted up window and dream of the warm sun hitting your face […]

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Happy Holidays and Bucket Lists

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I was working late one night and had a surprising email from a potential client come across my screen.  It talked about a possible opportunity to work on a travel project with a theme of’ ‘Firsts’.  They asked me to provide my list of ‘firsts’ (bucket list items) I wanted to do – and encouraged […]

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Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

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It was only a matter of time before we hit Vietnamese food. The cuisine has become one of Houston's favorite over the last few decades -- coinciding with the large influx of Vietnamese immigrants that began following the Vietnam War -- with dishes such as pho now rivaling cheese enchiladas...

This Long Haul Workout Burns 200 Calories

by Caroline Attwood @ 12WBT

Long haul travel, such as a road trip over three hours, can put a massive strain on our bodies. We’re just not designed to be seated for long periods of time. While a one-off trip is fine, in general sitting for an extended period of time has been shown to: Put pressure on your spine Slow metabolic rate Create poor circulation and oxygen intake Hinder digestion, leaving you feeling unusually bloated All of these things will make you feel excessively tired when you arrive at your destination. So how can you combat this? This road trip workout will burn a total […]

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St. George City 2018 Half Marathon Expo

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Come run the 2018 St. George Half Marathon! This year’s race takes place on Saturday, January 13 at 9 a.m. This is Southern Utah’s longest-running half marathon, and regularly attracts up to 2500 runners annually. READ MORE HERE

$2 Beer Fridays & Saturdays starting this week!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

Catch our happy hour all summer! $2 Beers all day Friday’s and Saturday’s! Make it a pho and beer night on the weekends. Happy hour only valid at our Irvine Market Place location! Address: 13786-C Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 92602 Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM We’ll see you there! ______________ For more info about Sawleaf Cafe Follow us [...]

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8 Unforgettable New Zealand Road Trips To Take In 2018

8 Unforgettable New Zealand Road Trips To Take In 2018

by Sarah Downs @ The A List | The Urban List

If it's about the journey, not the destination, then a 2018 road trip is probs a good idea. Lucky for us, our stunning country is what classic road trips are made of.

From golden-sand peninsulas and snow-capped mountains to lush native forests, the open road in Aotearoa is the place you want to be. So grab your friends and snacks, buckle up and hit the road! 

Nelson to Queenstown 

Start in sun-drenched Nelson and make your way along the rugged West Coast. First stop is Punakaiki to explore the famous Pancake Rocks. This limestone labyrinth is made up of hundreds of slices of stone that really do look like pancakes. At high tide, the seawater geysers put on their very own water show. Then it’s on to the glaciers of Franz Josef, with pit stops in Greymouth and Hokitika on the way. Be sure to embark on the West Coast Treetop Walk over the Hokitika Gorge, 20-metres above the forest floor. Once you’re in the lakeside town of Wanaka, there’s no shortage of activities. Think hiking, skydiving and of snowplowing down a mountain in your final destination of Queenstown. 

Auckland to Cape Reinga

First, make your way to the seaside town of Paihia—it’s known as the gateway to The Bay of Islands. It’s made up of 144 islands, all complete with green countryside and sparkling blue waters. At Paihia, explore the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds, take a sailing tour and swim with the dolphins.  Make sure you stop for a meal at Charlotte’s Kitchen. From there, take the ferry to the historic island town of Russell, and then onto 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, the very tip top of New Zealand! Take a walk to the iconic lighthouse and gaze over the Pacific Ocean. There are also ancient kauri forests to explore, waterfalls and natural rock pools for hopping. For more inspo, here’s our guide of 30 things to do up north this summer

Rotorua to Waitomo to Taupo 

Head west from Rotorua. Your first stop is New Zealand’s surf capital, the rugged beauty of Raglan! After carving those waves, travel a few hours south to Waitomo, home to the famous underground limestone caves which are illuminated with thousands of tiny glowworms. You can tube, abseil or take a boat ride and drift underground. Then, carry onto to Taupo—the home of Aotearoa’s largest lake. Hike the Tongariro Crossing (allow a day) and then check out Hidden Valley to see hot springs, mud pools and caves. On the way back, see the Huka Falls. This waterfall is pretty special, mostly due to the 220,000 litres of water that gush every second. 

Queenstown to Milford Sound

Picture Milford Sound and mostly you imagine deep inky waters, high mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls. But one of the best things about the trip to Milford is the drive. The route from Queenstown to Milford is as much a scenic experience as the fiord itself—it's been called one of the best road trips on the planet! Past mirror lakes framed by the rugged façade of the magnificent mountain range, aptly named The Remarkables. The drive can be done in a single day, but it’s best to split it up and stay in Te Anau, the perfect stopover. The cute town’s main attraction is Fiordland National Park, so schedule in time for a hike. It's really a bonus that you end your journey at the 8th wonder of the world. 

Queenstown to Dunedin via the Caitlins

This epic roadie is more commonly known as the ‘Southern Scenic Route’. Head south from Queenstown to the ‘real New Zealand’, a.k.a Invercargill, and from there make your way to the stunning Caitlins. You really could spend several days here exploring the native forest, high cliffs and golden beaches. Make sure to stop at Nugget Point to spot fur seals, sea lions and penguins and also see the Purakaunui Falls. This three-tiered cascading waterfall is one of Otago’s most loved treasures. Then, on your way to Dunedin, Tunnel Beach is a must visit. Descend the track to a magnificent outlook of rugged sandstone cliffs, arches and a man-made tunnel to the isolated sandy beach. 

Whakatane to Gisborne

Escape to East Cape for a rugged scenic drive, with plenty of Maori history to take in along the way. Interesting fact: this region is where the first Maori settlers arrived. Along the Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll pass through remote country, empty coves and bays galore, plus many Marae, with beautifully carved gateways. See the St Mary’s Church in Tikiti and meet the laid-back locals. Once you hit the surfing mecca of Gisborne, make sure to spend the night and catch the morning sunrise on the beach. It's the first place in the world to see it!  

Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula 

It wouldn't be a complete list without ticking off the incredible Coromandel. The North Island peninsula boasts some of the best beaches in the country, along with bluffs, lookouts and lush native bush. Head straight for Hahei to visit Cathedral Cove, where you'll find it’s ‘gram-worthy naturally-formed archway and golden bays. Also visit nearby Hot Water Beach to soak in its geothermically heated water. Then drive on the northeast coast of the Coromandel, where you'll find the untouched paradise that is New Chums. It's been voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world. 

Waiheke Island 

If all the active adventuring sounds too much, this foodie road trip on Waiheke is for you—and you only have to drive to the ferry terminal! Be sure to summon those island vibes immediately with a gelato from Island Gelato’s newly-opened ferry terminal store. Then enjoy a cheeky Peroni on the ferry while soaking in the views of Rangitoto Island. Once on Waiheke, wander the local market on Ostend Road for locally-made delicacies. There’s a jaffle truck, crepes and Hungarian fried bread on site, so make sure to pack an appetite. Spend the day at Onetangi Beach splashing your way through its tranquil shallow waters and stroll along the fine-grained sand. Have takeaway pizzas on the beach or, for glam dining, Oyster Inn Restaurant, located in the heart of Oneroa Village. Start with mandatory fresh Te Matuku oysters and local tipples for the ultimate Waiheke experience.

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50 Summer Date Ideas In Auckland

50 Summer Date Ideas In Auckland

by Dasha Koryagina @ The A List | The Urban List

Dating in summer is all about spending time in the great outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and indulging in activities limited to the warmer months of the year. Social psychology insists that doing fun activities with your SO is guaranteed to increase the attraction. It’s all about association—participate in thrilling activities with someone, and that excitement will become associated with them. Whether you’re looking to impress a new date or want to inject some excitement into a long-term relationship, these 50 summer date ideas are guaranteed to get the romance going!  

Load up on snacks and snuggle up with your special someone under a blankie at an outdoor cinema.   Stargaze in one of these mind-blowing spots.  Pack a picnic and hit up mother nature for a stunning walk, hike or a waterfall or caving adventure. Spend a day in the sun at one of Auckland’s stunning city beaches. If you’re ready to spice things up a little, opt for a nude beach—Ladies Bay is a goodie.  Hit up one of Auckland’s farmers’ markets for an early morning weekend adventure. Load up on the groceries while strolling the rows, handfeeding each other samples and meeting the stallholders.  Rent a two-person kayak or go sailing through the Waitemata Harbour in an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Head to Eden Park, load up on beer and enjoy the lively atmosphere of a sporting match, yelling occasional profanities at the opposition.  Grab a couple bottles of wine and cosy up in the spa pool. Spend a day hopping through some of Auckland’s best wineries. Enjoy the views, sample the goods and load up on the faves.  Hire some rollerblades and skate the Mission Bay coastline. Visit Rainbows End for some teen-style date action. Make out on the roller coaster, stuff your faces with cotton candy and try your hand at a shooting game to win a cutesy teddy for your other half. Go biking together. Hit up the pink or rainbow cycle paths, try mountain biking or, if teamwork is your forte, opt for tandem.  Spend a day splashing in the water at the outdoor pools of Parnell Baths or soak your bones in the thermal springs of Parakai or Waiwera. Head to JK’s World Of Golf for a late night session at the driving range, smashing out your frustrations and getting boozed. Eat your way through some of Auckland’s best food trucks.  Romance 101: start the day with a cup of coffee and an epic sunrise at one of these stunning locations. Alternatively, end the day with a picnic and glass of vino at one of these beautiful spots to watch the sun set.  Take your date for a fishing adventure—off the rocks or off the boat, either way you’re in for a tranquil experience and a little bit of competition. Summer means strawberries and there’s nothing like picking them fresh. Stuff yourself full and take a bunch away at these strawberry picking farms.  Take a romantic stroll through some of the most stunning gardens of our city. Enjoy live music in an Auckland park near you. Curl up on a blanket or boogie by the stage at one of these 24 free gigs hosted by the council this summer.  Invest in a kite or two and fly them at your favourite park, beach or mountain top. Try not to get tangled. Channel your inner child and have a good ol’ fashioned water balloon fight in the back yard. Hit the road and enjoy the scenery, meanwhile chatting away and playing car games. Go for a fabulous day trip to a beach or a nearby town.  Visit the Auckland Zoo and admire all the varied life forms our beautiful planet has to offer. If you’re feeling super adventurous, stay for a safari-style sleep over. Check out the local flea markets together. Look through the offerings and welcome the accompanying nostalgia reminiscing about the simplicity of the days long gone. Go camping for a super chill, romantic getaway. Check out some of these camping sites near Auckland or venture a bit further. If camping is a little extreme, perhaps go for the glamping option, instead.  Get competitive with a good ol’ game of mini golf. Soak in the sun while sipping on a refreshing cocktail at one of Auckland’s glorious rooftop bars.  Load up on grains and stroll through the Western Springs, feeding the local residents of ducks, geese and swans. Participate in the annual colour run on March 11th. Run, skip or dance with your special someone as you’re doused in paint from head to toe. Dive in to the deep blue sea and observe all its beautiful inhabitants at these snorkelling spots.  If you’re both into your occasional adrenaline rush, take a walk up the Harbour Bridge and go bungee jumping together! Take in all the views from up high on a hot air balloon ride. Or, do the same from the comfort of a helicopter cabin. Fulfil your need for speed with a trip to a go-karting track. If you’re both dog crazy and have a four-legged member in the family, hit up one of these dog parks or participate in the big dog walk.  See Shakespeare the way it was meant to be seen at the Pop-up Globe theatre. Hit up the Auckland Night Market and enjoy the lively atmosphere, street food and cheap buys. Learn to surf together and laugh at each other’s bails. Take a day trip to Wild On Waiheke where you will be able to enjoy a brew and a range of outdoor activities such as archery, clay-bird shooting and giant chess. Play a game of lawn balls together! It really is not just for old people and boy does it get competitive! Surf the sand-dunes at Bethalls before cooling off in the lake. Cool down from the heat with the help of beer. Take a beer tour and jump through a range of breweries sampling the best of the best. Scale the treetops at a high-wire, tree adventure park. Check out Tree Adventures or Rocket Ropes. Spot the dolphins and whales of Hauraki Gulf with a four-and-a-half hour adventure with Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari. Visit the Vector Wero Whitewater Park for a whitewater rafting or kayaking adventure. True adrenaline junkies, bond over the terror of jumping out of a plane with Skydive Auckland. Don those cowboy boots and hit up a horse trek with your date, riding beachside through Muriwai. Speaking of Muriwai, check out the love birds of the Muriwai gannet colony with about 1200 pairs of gannets nesting over summer! Go for a midnight swim and go skinny dipping! Nothing like a little mischievous fun to get those endorphins flowin’.

Why not take things next level with a romatic getaway?

Our Summer Sawleaf Specials!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

SAWLEAF SUMMER SPECIALS! Pho, banh mi, bun, and beer all in one place? Sawleaf Vietnamese Café at The Market Place is the place to be this summer with great food and amazing offers for everyone to enjoy. Sawleaf Vietnamese Café offers a variety of delicious menu items that are made from the sawleaf, which is the key ingredient in their dishes because it heightens the [...]

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Where to Workout In Your Lunch Hour

Where to Workout In Your Lunch Hour

by Rachel Pool @ The A List | The Urban List

If the idea of setting your alarm for a ungodly hour pre-6am spins induces a frenzied panic, and after work hours are dedicated to those ever-important social activities, we’re here to help. What about that daily interlude that usually flies by and doesn’t usually offer us the opportunity to achieve much—except feeding our faces of course! Lunchtime workouts can be your saviour for the busy bees we are. Of course there are practicalities to think about—packing gear the night before, shower facilities, eating before/after etc. But trust us, it’s worth it—if only for the sake of that extra hour of shut eye and the ability to still make that tinder date after work.

Yoga And Pilates

We’re all beginning to cotton on to how good yoga and Pilates workouts can be for our overall wellbeing. The fact it will actually make you look better in your lycra tights in just a bonus. Yoga Academy offers 50-minutes classes at either 12.05pm or 1.05pm which leaves you with just enough room to shower before hightailing it back to the office. Abundance Mind and Body right on Queen St is perhaps Auckland’s most affordable yoga studio and also offers lunchtime sessions and will leave you with enough coin to grab a healthy refuel on your return. Of course, if you’re open to gettin’ your serious sweat on in your midday hour, there’s also Hot Yoga Works Britomart which offers express (60min) classes at 12.15pm. If you want to take your Pilates next-level, then head along to K-core Pilates in Victoria Park Market. Their 45-minute reformer sessions will make your body burn in places you didn't know existed. 


Same, same but different. Like, yoga and Pilates, a Barre workout also offers you the chance to sculpt long, lean limbs. Give Studio 3 in Grey Lynn a go at their fantastic ½ price Friday 45-minute class. Alternatively, BarreFigure on Richmond Road offers lunch time classes to the Ponsonby worker bees with their 60-min signature classes at midday on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Circuit And HIIT

Circuit training and high impact interval training (HIIT) can be perfect for us time-poor peeps. Working your whole bod in limited time means you get more bang for your buck. Often with 30-minute time frames, you’ll be left with plenty of transit minutes to whip out the makeup bag or hair products before returning to the grind. BodyTech, with its state-of-the-art equipment and renowned small group classes offer guided interval training at lunchtimes for a full fitness experience. Bonus: BodyTech also has a pool. Of course there’s also Les Mills’ GRIT classes, which are like HIIT meets boot camp—certainly not for the faint-hearted but you’ll get results quick.

Get Wet

Workout in the water! Swimming has proven itself to be great cardio exercise without the joint stress of running and other impact exercise. Lucky for us Aucklanders, we have a public swimming pool within minutes of the CBD to take a lunchtime dip. The Tepid Baths, housed in an iconic historic building, offers a great place to do a few laps in your lunch break.

Personal Training

Of course, a PT is usually at your beckoning call and can be organised to fit into your regular schedule (or lack of). Check out Parnell’s The Exercise Room or Ponsonby’s The Form Room for beautiful, boutique studios that specialised in personal training programmes.

A Lunch Date With A Difference

To round off our workout suggestions, we’ve saved the most simple for last—pack your runners and hit the pavement. Of course, you’re at the mercy of the weather gods but make the most of the great weather at the moment and get to it. Take a different tack with your next lunch date catching up with a friend and go for a lunchtime stroll instead. After all, it presents the perfect opportunity to vent work frustrations or get a real headspace break from your daily work, which is often seriously welcome.

No time to exercise during the week? Here are some great Auckland Weekend Walks and Hikes to enjoy. 

Psst! We Have The New Dates For Dinner In The Sky

Psst! We Have The New Dates For Dinner In The Sky

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Aucklanders, are you ready for this? Dinner In The Sky is officially hitting our shores in two weeks. 

Yes, you just read that correctly. From February 1 - 18, you’ll have the chance to literally dine in the sky!  Launching 11 years ago it has taken the world by storm, and now, finally Aucklanders can indulge in this experience. Trust us when we say this will be the most iconic pop-up of the year. 

Every Wednesday to Sunday during the event, there will be seven flights available. 

Helmed by four Auckland hospitality heroes: Simon Gault, Gareth Stewart, Fraser Shenton, Gavin Doyle and Phil Clark, the out-of-this-world experience will be literally taking brunch, lunch, dinner and even cocktails with the squad to the next-level this is an event that’s set to be a culinary masterpiece. 

“Unlike most restaurants where chefs are hidden away in the kitchen our chefs cook and create their food right in front of the guests, providing a rare opportunity to see these masters at work," says founder Steve Chung. "You may have some of our chefs demonstrating their skills on TV, but rarely will you get to see them cooking for you in the flesh.”

And, they will also have daily wine tastings featuring a selection of winning Air New Zealand wine awards wines and cocktail flights for some next level nights out.

To infinity and beyond! We’ll see you there.

The Deets:

What: Dinner In The Sky

When: 1 - 18 February

Where: Queens Wharf

Get Your Tickets Here!

This Christmas Morning Workout Burns Over 200 Calories

by 12WBT Staff @ 12WBT

Start Christmas Day with this quick calorie blast and you’ll feel lighter, happier and more relaxed when it comes to the necessary indulgences later on!

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Cape Breton Hikes and Adventures

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

My mom and I turned into the French Mountain parking lot in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. I pulled into a parking space and walked over to the Skyline Trail sign. I had heard about this trail, it was supposed to be the premier Cape Breton hikes in the park for views. I had seen […]

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7 Ways To Stay On Track During The School Holidays

by Stephanie King @ 12WBT

The school holidays have well and truly arrived, and in these chaotic times trying to juggle the kids, Christmas and the endless silly season social events, it can be hard to keep up your regular healthy eating and exercise routine. But with some good planning and these 7 simple and effective strategies, you can survive the holidays with your health and fitness intact. Schedule your workouts Sit down for 10 minutes at the start of each week and book in your daily exercise time. Early in the morning is always a good option (before the kids even wake up!) as […]

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Comfort Foods Made Healthy AF

Comfort Foods Made Healthy AF

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

There are times in all of our lives that comfort food is absolutely necessary but you’re trying to be healthy, right? Never fear, our healthy swaps are here! Try these healthier versions of your faves next time you need a lil’ comforting.

Chocolate Mousse

Yes, chocolate mousse is healthy people! Well, avocado chocolate mousse, that is. Don’t be alarmed that by the key ingredient—you can’t even taste the avo. It basically just tastes like a super creamy, decadent chocolate mousse except you don’t feel like you’ve been hit by a sugar coma after demolishing it. Winning!


If lasagne isn’t on your comfort food list then who even are you? There is literally nothing more comforting than a hot, delicious dish of freshly baked lasagne. Wanna know how to make it healthy? There are sooo many ways—switch out the mince for lentils and veggies, use gluten free pasta sheets or sliced eggplant in place of regular pasta or try this pumpkin, spinach and feta lasagne with allll the hidden veggies. You’ll be in love at first bite.

Corn chips And Guac

A summertime classic that is definitely a step up on the health-front from regular chips and store bought dip. Another bonus is that making your own guac is super quick and easy and everyone at the BBQ will love you for it.

Chocolate Thickshake

There really isn’t anything like a chocolate thickshake on a hot summer’s day, right? Well, the good news is that this total indulgence doesn’t have to be so indulgent after all. Instead of ice cream, milk and sugar laden choc syrups, switch it up with a frozen banana, coconut or almond milk, raw cacao powder, a plant based protein powder and some chia seeds to make it nice and thick. Mmmmmm.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese—aka gooey, golden deliciousness—can indeed be made healthy and we are very happy about it. Try out a creamy vegan version of your old favourite comfort food. We know, cheese-less mac ‘n’ cheese sounds weird af but just trust us, it’s yum once you get over the cheese-less-ness.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Now you can have your pizza and eat it too! What more could you ask for in life really? Yeah you heard us right – a pizza base made from cauliflower but, don’t be fooled by the healthy exterior, it tastes just as fabulous as the real thing and won’t leave you with a pizza food baby. Always a good thing in our opinion.

Sweet Potato Fries

Love chips? Make your own with sweet potato which is packed with vitamin C, D, B6, potassium and magnesium, plus a ton of fibre! Just chop your sweet potato into chips, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven until crispy and amazing.

Banana Bread

Just the smell of banana bread is comforting, right? But just because it’s called ‘bread’ doesn’t mean it’s healthy and you can eat an entire loaf for breakfast. Unfortunately, normal banana bread is basically banana cake in the shape of a loaf—sorry for the truth bomb, we know it hurts. Luckily for you, you can switch the sugar and gluten for healthy options and you have a just as delightful (but healthier) version. You’re welcome.

Nice Cream

If you haven’t gotten on the banana ‘nice’ cream buzz yet, then this summer is your chance. Super easy, super healthy and it tastes just as good as the original, tbh. Literally blend a banana in a food processor and voila. Or try one of these insane (and healthy) flavours!

Want to hold onto the health buzz? Here's 13 ways to psych yourself up before exercising. 

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The Internet Reckons This Cheap AF Cream Will Cure Your Insomnia

The Internet Reckons This Cheap AF Cream Will Cure Your Insomnia

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to reality guys—2018 is here. 

Let’s get one thing straight, we’re not talking about those ‘new year, let’s make a jug of margaritas’ type feels, because newsflash team—we’re half-way through January. Read: when your body clock is so messed up because you’ve been bingeing Netflix till 1am, and now you have to be up (and functioning) by 7am. We. Feel. You. 

So, we thought we’d share some wisdom we found on the ol’ internet. There is a budget AF body cream that’s all but guaranteed to put you straight to sleep.

Introducing Sleepy Body Lotion by Lush. It sent beauty bloggers and media the world over a little cray late last year, with its calming lavender flower and oatmeal infusion super powers. And because it’s by Lush, you’re guaranteed that it is animal friendly and organic (they’re legends like that), as well as being super affordable (another win for the ol’ 2018 budget) with a little pot of magic retailing for under $20. 

Sweet dreams.

Image credit: Lush

There’s A Huge Champagne & DJ Party Coming Next Month

There’s A Huge Champagne & DJ Party Coming Next Month

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

There’s something a lil’ bit fancy coming to Auckland next month. To celebrate their brand new Grand Cordon champagne bottle, Mumm is throwing a huge launch party at 1885, and they’re inviting you along for the ride.

Here are the deets. The event will feature free-flowing bubbly, plus LED projections of the swish new Mumm bottle (think large-scale video, flashing neon lights and fancy motion graphics). Tunes will be provided by international DJ Arona Mane, supported by an all-star New Zealand lineup, including Jetski Safari, Ryan Enzed, Hollywood DJs and Bavhu. 

Want a little teaser? We got you covered:

Auckland is one of the first international markets to debut the new Grand Cordon label. The bottle was designed by international superstar, Ross Lovegrove. He got rid of the traditional Mumm label, printing the emblem and the logo straight into the glass. The neck has been stretched and re-shaped, apparently to capture the aroma of Mumm’s Cordon Rouge cuvée. You’ll have to try some and report back to us.

Tickets are on sale as of right now, so get your skates on. This one’s gonna sell out quick-smart.

The Details

Where: 1885, 27 Galway St Auckland When: 10pm – 3am, Saturday 10 February For more info, click here.

Did you hear the news? There's a guy selling real fruit ice cream on Mt Eden!

Image credit: Mumm

The Food Guy: Vietnamese restaurant fans just go with the Pho

The Food Guy: Vietnamese restaurant fans just go with the Pho

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Wow, you folks are definitely nuts about your noodles, fanatical about your pho and big fans of your favorite place to get it.

Cooked It: How To Make A Cafe-Standard Eggs Benny At Home

Cooked It: How To Make A Cafe-Standard Eggs Benny At Home

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Enough is enough. Our house deposits have been sucked down the gurgler for too many years, so it’s time to step up and take control of the brekkie market or be forced to kiss your future walk-in wardrobe goodbye. We’ve spent some perilous evenings over the last few weeks taste testing numerous hollandaise sauces and poached eggs to bring you the crème de la crème of eggs benny recipes.

And here it is. Here's how to make the best possible eggs benedict at home for yourself.


2 rashers of shortcut bacon (what the hell, make it 4) 1 English muffin, split 1 teaspoon of white vinegar 2 eggs Salt and pepper, to taste Hollandaise sauce (see ingredients below) Fresh chopped parsley, for a ~ritzy~ garnish


2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted Pinch cayenne Pinch salt


Pop to the shops and grab the ingredients. Don’t fall victim to the marked down rotisserie chickens, they are not your friend right now, free-range eggs are. Head home and start vigorously whisking those egg yolks with lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl until the eggs thicken and double in volume. Admire your biceps in the hallway mirror. Pop that bowl over a saucepan filled halfway with barely simmering water (that’s not touching the bottom of the bowl). Keep whisking those eggs rapidly while not letting them get too hot or scrambled. Slowly pour in the melted butter while whisking, and keep going until the sauce has thickened and doubled in volume. Remove that artery-clogging goodness from the heat and whisk in the cayenne and salt, before covering the whole lot and placing it in a warm spot until ready to be poured over some phresh eggies. Hot tip: if the ‘daise gets too thick, stir in a couple of drops of warm water before you get cracking on serving brekkie. Grab a frypan and start frying the bacon, then put the English muffin halves in the toaster. Fill a saucepan half full of water, splash in the white vinegar and bring it to a slow boil. Crack the first egg into the water without breaking the yolk. Repeat with your second egg, Turn the heat down until the water’s at a gentle simmer and cook those bad boys for 3.5 minutes until the egg white is set and the yolk is deliciously soft. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, allowing them to drain. Grab those freshly popped English muffin halves, top them with melted butter, bacon and a poached egg. Sprankle with salt and pepper and then *spoon* on the hollandaise sauce (a.k.a. freeflow that mofo aaaaaalll over). Instagram a picture of those ‘daisey eggs with the hashtag #hollandaisefordays.

Check out all of our other great recipes here.

Image credit: Isaac Smith

This Swim Workout Burns Over 400 Calories

by Fit Tim @ 12WBT

What’s summer without getting in the pool? If you’re a fan of swimming laps, these strength moves will add some fire to your swim and burn a tonne of calories. The idea is to intersperse laps with body weight moves outside the pool. If you’re in a public space, don’t worry about any odd looks you may get. It’s just jealously, after all! 12WBT’s Summer Swim Workout You’ll need Navy Seal strength to get through this workout, but if you can, you’ll burn over 400 calories! Length: 28 mins Calories burnt: 448* Warm up 20x leg swings (10 each side) 10 jumping […]

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Kids eat FREE Thursdays ALL SUMMER!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

We've just introduced our "Just for kid's menu" and to celebrate, Kids (under 10) will eat FREE on Thursdays for the whole summer! Each kids meal comes with an apple juice box! Offer ends when summer does (September 22nd) so don't miss this offer!  

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Sawleaf | Modern Vietnamese Food

Sawleaf | Modern Vietnamese Food

Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

We serve modern Vietnamese food using traditional family recipes, including pho and banh mi. Our food is healthy, delicious and served fast.

How to Order in Phoenix Like You're From Vietnam

How to Order in Phoenix Like You're From Vietnam

Phoenix New Times

It's more than just pho (but that's in here, too). Here's a guide to Vietnamese dishes to try and where to find them.

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

BuzzFeed Community

You may know PHO but you don't know genuine Viet food until you've tried some of these!

8 California Secrets You Need to Discover

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

You know how in the Wizard of Oz when Dorthy gets to Oz and there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. She is temporarily enthralled with it – but soon she wants to find out what’s behind the smoke…and literally what’s behind the curtain. Her curiosity leads her to the almighty Oz, a man who […]

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Check out our Irvine location in 3D!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

Have you had the chance to check out our new location in Irvine just yet? If not, take a sneak peak with our 3D space viewer in the link below! 3D Sawleaf Space Travel! Come by and check us out for real as well!

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Blackout: Everyone Wore Black To The Golden Globes 2018

Blackout: Everyone Wore Black To The Golden Globes 2018

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

Kicking off the awards season for 2018 is the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Amid the anticipation of the winners and losers, the designers, and the beauty trends, all eyes at this year’s ceremony will be (predictably) fixed on the red-carpet fashion—but for one notable difference.

For anyone needing to be brought up to speed here, a number of heavy-hitting actresses in Hollywood have formed the activist group, Time’s Up in light of the avalanche of shocking sexual allegations, pay disparity, gender inequality and widespread harassment women from all walks of life face on a daily basis. (They even penned an open letter and published it as a full page in the NY Times.)

Using their immense influence to shine a light on their own industry and for women everywhere that face these injustices, attendees on the night have rallied together, wearing black as a sign of solidarity and protest.

In a post-Weinstein world, this awards season is shaping up to set the political agenda for 2018. And it’s about time.

In the gallery above are our fave Golden Globe attendees who wore black to the Golden Globes 2018. And damn, did they nail the theme…

Image credit: Getty Images

HaiSous review: Vietnamese restaurant in Pilsen showcases owners' brilliance, resiliency

HaiSous review: Vietnamese restaurant in Pilsen showcases owners' brilliance, resiliency

Thai and Danielle Dang are back from the troubles that were Embeya, showing brilliance and resiliency with new Vietnamese restaurant HaiSous in Pilsen.

13 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

13 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Whether you’ve just tackled the first work week of 2018, or you’re basking in the final weekend before it all begins again (or you’re in neither camp—lucky you!), the weekend has rolled right around and it’s time to make the very most of it! If you’re anything like us, you’ve promised yourself to make 2018 the biggest year yet, and what better way to start than seizing the weekend for all it has to offer?! This weekend Auckland’s serving us some of the very best in tennis, theatre, and most importantly—food! Get your stretchiest pants on and round up the squad for a cracker of a weekend ahead at these wonderful events!

All Weekend

Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival

Takapuna is the ultimate place to be allll weekend long! This FREE event will be hustling and bustling with events perfect for everyone, including chowing down some stellar nosh from one of the food vendors or space to set up a picnic! Friday is music and movie night, with easy-listening tunes from 4pm and catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at 9pm! It’s a lazy Saturday with the groovy Jazz on the Green for a chill arvo, and Sunday is Family Beach Day with all-day acoustic jams, food trucks, and heaps of entertainment—round up the fam for a fun filled weekend on the shore!

Where: Gould Reserve, Takapuna When: Friday 12 January—Sunday 14 January For more info, click here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Auckland summer staple Pop Up Globe is back for another stand out season! Regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will enchant you with side-splitting comedy with a dash of beautiful poetry only Shakespeare could achieve. Fusing Jacobean costumes, lyrical poetry with Maori folklore and language, Pop-up globe introduces this flagship production to you with pride. Transport back 400 years into the past and sit amongst the space the plays they were written, whether its your first time or hundredth, it’ll be a night to remember.

Where: Pop Up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie When: Saturday 13 January—Saturday 31 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Auckland Live Summer in the Square: Latin Fiesta Weekend

¡Vamos a la fiesta! Get ready to party because Aotea Square is transforming into a Latin Fiesta for Auckland Live Summer in the Square! There’s celebrations all weekend long, where the food will be delectable and the outfits delicious—we expect nothing less from our vivacious friends across the other side of the world! There will be two stages sizzing with Latin music and feel-good rhythms, including an authentic Mexican mariachi band and Cuban band Ashé Cuba’s high-energy tunes!

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD When: Friday 12 January—Sunday 14 January For more info, click here

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie When: Friday 12 January—Thursday 29 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.

Where: Stella Maris Catholic School, Silverdale When: Monday 1 January—Sunday 31 January For more info, click here

Friday 12 January

ASB Classic

The ASB Classic is returning to Auckland as the highlight on every Aucklander’s January calendar. Bringing back more world-class tennis, food and drink, fashion and entertainment, expect two weeks of stellar tennis action right in our city! Forget Wimbeldon, you’ll be served up a fantastic line up of women’s and men’s players on-court, as well as some of the country’s most sought-after musicians and chefs delivering deliciousness and entertainment off court.

Where: ASB Tennis Centre, Parnell When: Friday 12 January—Saturday 13 January For more info, click here.

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves with live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs bound to fascinate and delight even the harshest bug critics and scaredy cats!

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs When: Friday 12 January, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here

Lion—Friday Films

Armed with only a few memories, determination, and Google Earth, this true story follows a quest to find a young boy’s roots in India. End your work week and say hello to the weekend with food truck delights, a themed drink from the pop-up bar and this stellar movie under the stars. The lip-smacking line up of food trucks include Crepes a Go Go, Fritz’s Weiners, Judge Bao, Puha & Pakeha and so much more! Bring a beanbag and maybe some tissues, too—this one is going to pull at the heartstrings!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Friday 12 January, 4:30pm For more info, click here

Saturday 13 January

The Extravaganza Fair

Roll up, roll up to the largest and newest travelling event, The Extravaganza Fair, making its way to Matakana this summer. Bringing a whole lot of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers and kids shows! Bringing back some old school nostalgia with sack races, tug of war and musical bean bags, this fair is your childhood dream come to life! Foodie delights include the Steampunk Food Truck, Dickinson’s Gastronomic Emporium, Lucky’s Fresh Juice Joint and Havana Coffee Works—even the names have us excited! Get ready for a full day of jam-packed fun for the whole family!

Where: Matakana Country Park, Matakana When: Saturday 13 January—Sunday 14 January, 9am—5pm For more info, click here

The Möet Ice Brunch  

This is the ultimate luxe brunch! The drink of the summer, Möet Ice, is hosting a brunch to kick off the ASB Classic Men’s Final off in style! Join this glamorous all-white brunch within the Champagne Lounge at the ASB Classic. Kick off the day right, sipping on Möet Ice and indulge in a Sugar Club inspired menu designed by Peter Gordon himself. The resident Möet DJ will be there to get the party started before the highly-anticipated ASB Classic. In true tennis and Möet Ice fashion, make sure you don your best tennis whites for a day of sunshine and the ultimate day of tennis!

Where: ASB Tennis Centre, Parnell When: Saturday 13 January, 10am For more info, click here

Matakana Village Farmer’s Market

Our fave escape from the hustle and bustle of Auckland is where you’ll find artisans, growers and farmers in the Matakana region who have a passion for all things produce. You’ll find fresh, yummy goods to stock up on as well as artisan baking, Italian sausages, organic chocolate, flowers, fine wines, olive oil and the all-important freshly brewed morning coffee—with locally roasted beans nonetheless. Live music will be keeping you company in this picturesque wee spot for a perfect morning market. It’ll be all about “me time” with their dog sitting service—for just a gold coin donation, you can have your pooch looked after for a whole hour of silent bliss!

Where: Matakana Village Market Square, Matakana When: Saturday 13 January, 8am—1pm For more info, click here

Moveable Feast Matakana

Make a day of it in Matakana! Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, this scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village! There’s an unreal line-up of fabulous food—where the hardest thing you’ll be doing is choosing your feast—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Where: Matakana Valley, Matakana When: Saturday 13 January, 5pm—9pm For more info, click here.

Sunday 14 January

Sandringham Food and Spice Tour

Discover the hidden delights of Sandringham Village with this delicious walking food tour. Over three hours of goodness, stop and savour a variety of flavours at six different Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants—for those days you just can’t choose. You’ll even be taken through three markets brimming with authentic spices, vegetables and ingredients to recreate these scrumptious dishes at home! Come hungry and in your stretchiest pants—you’ll need it!

Where: Sandringham Community Centre, Sandringham When: Sunday 14 January, 2:30pm—5:30pm For more info, click here

Image Credit: Matthew Crawford

Margot Robbie’s Latest Film Is Your New Obsession

Margot Robbie’s Latest Film Is Your New Obsession

by Natasha Van Der Laan @ The A List | The Urban List

Margot Robbie, you amazing human being you. From "The Wolf of Wall Street" to "Suicide Squad", you are one hella amazing actress. Double points because you’re also hella cool AND a total babe.

It’s Margot’s chance to have the limelight all to herself as she stars (and co-produces!) in this summer’s hottest film. We are, of course, talking about the highly anticipated flick "I, Tonya". And FYI it totally deserves the top spot on your movie hit list.

"I, Tonya" tells the story of America’s figure skater Tonya Harding (aka Golden Globe nominee Margot Robbie) and her rise to Olympic stardom. Putting your Aotea Square ice rink skills to shame, Tonya was the first woman to complete two triple axel jumps in competition. You go, girl!

But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Tonya becomes caught up in one of the biggest scandals in sporting history after the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver). The film also stars Allison Janney who recently took home the Golden Globe for her role as Tonya’s abusive mother, LaVona Golden.

It’d be rude to give away the entire storyline so head to your nearest cinema when it opens on January 25. But if you a) can’t wait until then and b) love The Urban List, then enter below to win tickets to our exclusive premiere.

That’s right. We’ve got 70 double passes to give away to this summer’s hottest movie event on Wednesday, January 24. Join us as you watch Margot do her thang on the big screen as you devour mouth-watering refreshments.

Check out the full terms and conditions here, and fill in the form below to enter!



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The Deets

What: I, Tonya When: In cinemas 25 January 2018

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by I, Tonya and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Vietnamese food is an insanely delicious cuisine. Here are 25 Vietnamese dishes you need to try, and restaurants to eat them in Saigon.

OC Weekly Sawleaf Feature!

by ADMIN @ Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe

PHO the Masses! Several weeks ago we were mentioned in a great article in the OC Weekly. It touches on our key vision in starting this concept. We wanted to create a brand that would be able share Vietnamese food and culture to a broad audience. By using quality fresh ingredients, a fast casual dining [...]

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Love A Drink? Here’s Why You Don’t Need To Give it Up

by Stephanie King @ 12WBT

Thankfully, it turns out, you don’t have to give up that occasional drink in order to lose weight. We’ll cheers to that! Multiple scientific reports have analysed the actual effects of alcohol on our body weight, and concluded that light-to-moderate alcohol intake is not associated with weight gain. Just to clarify, this means one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men – any more is considered ‘heavier’ drinking and is more related to weight gain.   You shouldn’t have to put your social life on hold in order to reach your weight loss goals; in fact, […]

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