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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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Psst! Auckland Has New Glamping Spots!

Psst! Auckland Has New Glamping Spots!

by Marilynn McLachlan @ The A List | The Urban List

Camping, shmamping, we’re alllll about the glamping! And, we know that you all love glamping as much as we do, so we’d thought you’d be pretty excited to hear news that there are now even more glamping spots in Auckland.

Thanks to the Auckland Council, furnished bell tents are now available in Orewa, Martins Bay and Wenderholm.

“It’s great because it takes away the pressure of having to purchase and transport all the equipment needed to go camping,” says Councillor Penny Hulse. “You essentially just need to bring your food and clothing. It’s Ideal for first-time campers and people wanting to enjoy some of Auckland’s most beautiful locations.”

Rest assured that these glamping sites have been carefully selected so that not only will you have a queen-sized bed with linen, a table, chairs and a nearby toilet facility, but stunning views as well!

So, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a not so romantic getaway (the tents can cater for up to four people) or just want that party tent for the hen’s party you’re planning, it’s time to take away the stress and relax in style!

The Deets:

What: New glamping options in Auckland


·   Two glamping tents available for bookings at Ōrewa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park on 0800 673 921 or 

·   Two glamping tents available for bookings at Wenderholm Regional Park on 09 366 2000 option 1

·   One glamping tent available at Martins Bay Holiday Park, for bookings contact 0800 624 7275 or

When: Available until the end of April.

Looking for more options? Here's Glamping Getaways In And Around Auckland

Image credit: Auckland Council

7 Of The Best Overseas Vacays For You And Your BFF

7 Of The Best Overseas Vacays For You And Your BFF

by Nina Franklin @ The A List | The Urban List

Vacationing with your BFF is a must-do for everyone, at least once. There will be ups and there will be downs but you can be absolutely sure that you will have the most fun you’ve ever had in your whole entire life! Every drink you have will be followed by “cheers to best friends!” or “Vaccccccayyyyy.” You’ll probs end up drinking way too many glasses of vino. You’ll take SO. MANY. PICTURES. You’ll end up borrowing each others’ clothes and not know whose is what by the end of the trip AND you’ll probs have at least one squabble…. but that’s what friend’s do, right?

We’ve come up with a list of seven of the best vacays for you and your best friend, because life is meant for exploring and taking your bestie along for the ride is half the fun. The hardest part will be deciding which holiday to take, because they’re all pretty damn amazing!

Go Wine Tasting In Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany or Enotris is the Land of Wine and for good reason! The area is filled with so many stunning vineyards just waiting for you and your bestie to visit. Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in world, so if you love good food and good wine, then you’ll love Tuscany. Guided wine tours are a popular option for travellers in the area and, let’s be honest, can you really think of a better way to bond with your best bud then over an epic bottle of vino or three? You may even want to do a little road tripping, driving to the Metropolitan Firenze or Florence and visit as many restaurants as you can. Eat alllll of the pasta and drink allll of the wine. La Terrazza Lounge Bar offers up some pretty spectacular views of the city and won’t break the bank, which is obvs a bonus! You might come home a few kilos heavier but that’s what holidays are for, right!?

Take In The Culture And Romance Of Paris, France

Ahhhh, Paris, the City of Love. Jetting off to Paris with your BFF is a must-do. Being with your ride or die, while visiting the Eiffel Tower and eating all of the croissants and macarons? Yes, please! Hire a moped (don’t forget your helmet) and jet around Paris, taking in all of the culture the city has to offer. Visit the Louvre, go see a show at the iconic Moulin Rouge, take a Seine river cruise, visit the Palace of Versailles and of course climb the Eiffel Tower. For lunch, stop at the famous Pierre Hermé’s pastry shop—Pierre is known in France for creating macarons that come in many different quirky flavours. The options are truly endless in Paris—the hardest part will be finding the time to fit them all in!

Take A Road Trip Around Ireland

There’s something pretty special about doing a road trip with your BFF. Making a playlist then singing along to alllll the songs and stocking up on your favourite snacks, the adventure of getting there is half the fun. So, what better place than to road trip around the magical country of Ireland? Start in Dublin and make your way to Limerick, stop at the mysterious Rock of Dunamase, the Cliffs of Moher and King Johns Castle. Then, from Limerick, drive to Killarney and on the way you could make a day trip the Ring of Kerry. This trip will take you around four or five days and is just the tip of the Irish iceberg, so you better get exploring!

Attend A Surf And Yoga Camp In Costa Rica

For good waves and good vibes, head to Costa Rica and attend a surf and yoga retreat with your bestie. Imagine taking a yoga session at sunrise then heading out into the waves for a surf on the sunny shores. Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat is a Balinese-inspired resort at the edge of Santa Teresa. Breakfast and yoga classes are included in the rate so this option is great for if you’re pinching pennies. Then there’s Hotel Vista de Olas in Mal Pais, which has a great communal feel to it, perfect for meeting other travellers. Our final option is Ylang Ylang Beach Resort which is just a short walk from the hippie town of Montezuma. Here you will find a lush forest surrounding the resort, home to monkeys and exotic birds—so make sure you’ve got your camera ready!

Get Lucky In Las Vegas

Feelin’ a bit lucky? Why not grab your best bud and head to Las Vegas, Nevada—the city that never sleeps. If you’re wanting more of a vacay that screams “LET’S PARTAAAAAY” then we’re thinking this option is a bit of you. Vegas has some mind-blowing places to stay—some of them are more fit for royalty then a BFF vacay but we’ve narrowed down the search to make things a little easier. For accommodation on the cheap, check out the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, which has a poolside cabana bar and cabaret. For something a little more mid-range you could try the SLS Las Vegas which boasts a rooftop pool, spa, multiple nightclubs and dining areas. And finally, for something more luxurious, visit the Palazzo, a swanky resort and casino which offers everything plush rooms, nightclubs, live shows, a pool and spa and chić dining spaces. Viva Las Vegas!

Shop Up A Storm In New York

New York, New York! If you’re all about shopping til you drop, then shopping some more, New York is the place to do it. You may come home broke but at least you’ll be happy AND you’ll have a shiny new wardrobe to make alllll of your friends green with envy! From boutiques to department stores and everything in-between, New York has it all. And, if you have time after all that shopping, you could even fit in a few touristy things to do as well. Visit the Brooklyn Bridge, especially at night as it’s pretty damn magical. Ride the wonder wheel at Coney Island, visit the American Museum of Natural History and go visit the animals the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn. Then, after a day of sight-seeing, indulge in some seriously amazing eats at Sadelle’s—specifically for the bagels, or Denino’s—for the thin-stretched pizzas!

Find Your Zen In Bali

Our final pick for the best vacays for you and your best friend is a trip to Bali to find your Zen. Bali is one of the most magical places on earth and is home to some of the friendliest people, not to mention the market shopping is a blast. No matter how long you spend in Bali, it’s never enough. Bali captures the hearts of everyone who visits, making you want to stay forever. Visit the monkey rainforest in Ubud, these cute little creatures may look harmless but watch out, they can be pretty mischievous and are known to steal many a pair of glasses! Visit the Uluwatu Temple, go to the Waterbom water park, visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, visit the Ubud art market and check out the Bali Marine and Safari Park. This holiday with your bestie will be jam-packed with exploring so don’t forget to find your Zen with a Balinese massage every day. Wash it all down with a Bintang beer and you’ve got your dream vacay sorted!


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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.

This Epic New Restaurant Is Set To Turn Up The Heat!

This Epic New Restaurant Is Set To Turn Up The Heat!

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

From a worldwide Auckland icon to some of the best hotspots in town, it’s hard to imagine SKYCITY  getting any better. Well, folks, they’ve done it again– say hello to your new fave, Spice Alley.

Opening its door this Saturday, make your way to the third level of SKYCITY and follow the sweet aroma for an adventure of flavours. Brought to us by head chef Panthep ‘Pan’ Sae, Spice Alley features a hip fit out, with touches of Pan’s Thai and Chinese heritage throughout. Following an extensive 25 year career as a chef, Pan could not be more thrilled with the result. 

“I said to myself that one day I’d make my own food, doing it my way,” Says Pan. “I’m excited to share a new way of eating with guests.” 

Putting many years of experiences to good use, Pan and the team have expertly crafted pan-Asian lunch and dinner menus that will take diners taste buds travelling through flavours across the entirety of Asia.

With each dish of epic proportions, the menu has been designed to share including a selection of small plates, salads, soups, bigger things and sweet treats.

To start things off, look no further than the enticing Vietnamese rice paper rolls. Bundling up crisp vegetables, rice noodle, coriander and mint all served alongside tangy nuoc cham dipping sauce. 

Now, as you know here at The Urban List, we’re a sucker for pork belly anything. So, you can imagine our delight when faced with the yum mong kup salad - a dish that’s sure to have the whole town talking. The staff favourite is an addictive combination of roast pork belly, fresh green apple, red onion, capsicum, chilli and fish sauce which will easily have you going back for seconds. And with mammoth-sized servings, there’s plenty to share—or not!

A dish of determination, the Singapore noodles are not one to miss. During his extensive travels, Pan came across the dish in Singapore and instantly fell in love. Re-visiting the restaurant ten days in a row, Pan analysed what went into making the dish through the vendor's open kitchen. Having added his own personal flair to the recipe himself, there’s no doubt Pan’s hard work has paid off. With shrimp, BBQ pork, wok fried rice, noodles laden with curry, noodles with capsicum and Chinese white rice this bad boy is one for the foodie bucket list. 

Every bit as epic as they sound, the dragon wings are sure to be a foodie favourite. From a recipe of Pan’s mother, the masterpiece features crisp salmon engulfed in a hot and sour sauce, with flavours of Thailand throughout. 

Of course, what’s a meal without a cheeky bevvy or two? The ‘signature cocktail’ is everything liquid happiness should be, laden with absolut elyx vodka, peach and vanilla syrup and presented in an elaborate metallic pineapple, it’s one for the gram!

Mark it on your cals! With just two more days till we can make our way down Spice Alley, you have plenty of time to round up the squad and head to the hottest new spot in town.

We’ll see you there!

For more about Spice Alley, including opening hours, click here. 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

We’ve Found Auckland’s Latest Coffee Craze!

We’ve Found Auckland’s Latest Coffee Craze!

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Auckland, are you ready for this? This Saturday the foodie scene will be thrown into mayhem, thanks to an epic new creation from local legends, Tasteful Bakehouse

From the brilliant minds behind the beloved coffee in a cookie cup, say hello to the brand spanking new breadcrust Piefee! 

What is it, you ask? Just think expertly roasted coffee frothed to perfection, poured slow ’n smooth into a golden parcel of happiness. Lined with a chocolate and caramel spread, your cuppa will be baking in ooy gooey chocolate deliciousness, YUM!

The latest creation from foodie extraordinaires Chaman Ly and Kanha Kong, the dynamic duo say the sky is the limit when it comes to edible coffee cups and are ecstatic with the result

“It was my wife’s idea to create the breadcrust piefee,” says Chaman. “I thought, yeah, we can make that work.” 

The best part? Once you’ve slurped back the good stuff you’ll be left with your crunchy morning toast. The secret to the vessel are the slow-baked dehydrated sweet buns that’ve been tried and tested to ensure a sturdy cup with an epic crunch. 

With the pair already dreaming up new ideas set to hit our bellies in the coming months, keep an eye on our site as we bring you the latest and greatest on all things piefee.

Ready, steady, Instagram! 

The Deets:

What: The Bread Crust Piefee  When: Launching this Saturday Where: Tasteful Bakehouse, 349 K’rd 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

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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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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6 Picnic Spots That Are Worth The Drive From Auckland

6 Picnic Spots That Are Worth The Drive From Auckland

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

Kiwis are ready-made explorers and nothing goes together better than exploring and a good old fashioned picnic lunch. We say pack up the chilly bin with all the sandwiches, doughnuts, crisps, fresh fruits, crackers, cheeses and beersies you can fit and escape the city for a day trip away!

Mathesons Bay


The wonderful little town of Leigh hides the secluded Mathesons Bay, a beach perfect for a picnic in the sun. The bay is cornered off from the ocean so it provides the ideal spot for safe swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and the likes. There’s even rockpools and a hiking track right on the beach to keep you entertained the entire day.

Wenderholm Regional Park


A well kept secret just on the outskirts of Auckland is Wenderholm Regional Park. Just up near Waiwera, the park is huge so you can count on finding your own quiet picnic spot by the water in the lush grounds. (The park also provides BBQ’s to take your picnic from zero to hero.)

Omaha Bay


Head through Matakana straight to the East coast and discover Omaha Bay. The golden sand stretches on for what feels like forever and the crystal blue water is often visited by a friendly pod of dolphins. Pack a chilly bin up and find your own private strip of sand at the bay!

Tawharanui Peninsula

Hauraki Gulf

Just a short drive down the road from Omaha is Tawharanui Peninsula. The regional park is a sanctuary of green grass, refreshing water, and nature galore. With four sandy white beaches to choose from, enjoy a picnic down on the sand and follow it up with a trek around the farmlands creature-spotting!

Parana Park


Pack up the car and hit the Southern motorway until you reach Hamilton to visit Parana Park. Sitting along the river bank, the park is filled with interactive and water features to keep the kids entertained and provides great shade amongst the trees for the adults to sit back and relax. We suggest stopping by the Hamilton markets on a Sunday to pick up a few treats to make you picnic the best!

Awhitu Peninsula


Awhitu Peninsula is tucked away between Manukau Heads and Tasman Sea on the West Coast, south of Auckland. Once you arrive, give the lighthouse a climb, explore the regional park, and stop by one of the many beaches along the bay. There’s heaps to do and it’s so rural you’ll feel miles away from home.

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

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

Pint Size Gourmets

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.

Hello world!

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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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Halong Vietnamita: A Delicious Vietnamese Restaurant

Halong Vietnamita: A Delicious Vietnamese Restaurant

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Halong Vietnamese Restaurant in Medellín has some delicious Vietnamese food and a lovely ambience in a green, tropical and outdoor setting in El Poblado.

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

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

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The Bodhi Tree, Ilam, Christchurch

The Bodhi Tree, Ilam, Christchurch

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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

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.

Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories

Healthy Vietnamese Food That's Lower in Calories


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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.

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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.

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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.

24 Reasons To Workout With Your Partner

24 Reasons To Workout With Your Partner

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

Some days you just lack motivation at the gym. Nothing’s going right, you’re tired AF and your usual gym playlist just isn’t cutting it today—this is where you need a gym partner. Someone to pull you out of your slump and get your A into G!

And, who better to join you on the rack than your partner? You’re beyond comfortable around each other, you’re already working out together at home (wink wink), they instantly put you in a better mood, and let’s be real—who doesn’t want to gawk at their beau lifting some weights?

Here are some ways and reasons to workout with your number one!

They can spot you. Everyone needs a spot now and then, no one wants to ask a random at the gym—thank-you but no thank-you. This is where your partner comes in. They make workouts fun: doing anything with your partner is fun—whether it’s riding a rollercoaster or sitting on the couch watching a re-run of The Bachelor. Having your partner at the gym may just help you finally enjoy it! You can take selfies together: you CAN be couple goals! Snapping a post-gym pic with your bae will motivate both of you and fill everyone else with a pang of jealousy that they’re not quite as cute as you two. They won't judge you: they’ve seen you at your best and they’ve seen you at your worst. Seeing you mid squat, dripping with sweat will probably make them love you even a little bit more. They’ll push you to your hardest: no one wants the best for you more than your SO. There’s no way they’re letting you skip that last set of reps, and trust us you’ll thank them for it later. They will see the hard work you’re putting in: one of the greatest things about working hard in the gym is showing off your new bod to your partner. It’s even better when they actually see you putting in that effort! No lame excuses: nope, no skipping the gym today because you CBF. They’re dragging you there and making sure you do at least a half-assed workout today. Train together, stay together: that’s the motto. Working out increases positivity and affection towards one another! Cheat meals together: working hard = cheat meals. Make your favourite thing to do together not make you feel so guilt-ridden. You’ve both been working hard, time to reap the rewards! Arguments about dinner are non-existent: no more bickering when one of you wants a salad and the other neeeeds pizza. You’re both going to be feeling healthy AF and wanting to eat chicken and broccoli for every meal! You’ll be able to try new things: trying a new exercise at the gym is possibly the most frightening thing ever. What if you do it wrong, what if you look DUMB? Your confidence to try new things will skyrocket with your beau there and, if it doesn’t work out quite right, at least you can both laugh it off! There’s strength in numbers: having a gym buddy is such a confidence booster. You’re more likely to smash out personal bests and record reps with someone there to cheer you on the whole way. You can hold each other accountable: “I'll be up in the gym just working on my fitness, he’s my witness”, Fergie has a point—your partner will keep you in check with your workouts!  Personal trainers may be cheaper: some personal trainers offer special couple deals, which means saving big bucks when it comes to those expensive training sessions. Cheaper supplements too: Protein, pre-workout, post-workout—it’s all expensive. Split the bill with ya partner and you’ll both be saving some moolah for the next date night.  You can get a bit more intimate: having your regular gym buddy spotting you during a squat is just plain awkward, your partner will be a-okay with those up close and personal spots. Memes: you can tag each other in all those hilarious gym memes clogging your timeline. Sure, it may annoy your entire Facebook friend list but at least it makes you two happy. You’re going to be so proud of them: seeing gains on yourself is one thing, but when you notice how much fitter and stronger your partner is looking, you’ll be beaming with pride over how hard they’ve been working! Your libidos will be through the roof: it’s a fact, you’re welcome. You’re spending time together: you won’t have to spend two hours apart while you workout, it’s great bonding time! There’s nothing wrong with a date night at the gym. You’ll have more appreciation for each other: seeing the person you love work so hard will definitely make you respect them so much more. Presents will be a piece of cake: New gym gear, a fresh tub of protein, latest FitBit. Eassssssy! Massages! You have your own personal massage therapist waiting on hand and foot after a tough session. You’ll both be happier, healthier, stronger, and more in love than ever. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Family Activity Ideas to Inspire!

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Looking for inspiration on what activities to do with your kids? Hike with an Overnight Stay A long hike with an overnight stay in a tent may be really fun if you prepare for it in advance. Along with all the necessary things you can pack badminton, volleyball and several board games that you can play in the tent at night. If you are going fishing, don’t forget to grab child fishing rod, to let your kid participate in the process like an adult. Seasonal sport Sport can become a fun active way to spend some time outdoors and make the whole family enjoy it. In the summer you can try biking or roller, while winter is for skiing, skating or

Eating out in Hokitika, New Zealand

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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

Five Vietnamese Restaurants To Try in Chinatown This Weekend

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Auckland’s Best Meatballs

Auckland’s Best Meatballs

by Nina Franklin @ The A List | The Urban List

Great balls of fire! Move over other meaty treats and make way for the humble meatball! There’s nothing fancy about em’ really, but the one thing they’ve got going for them is that their flavour packs a punch and, well, everyone loves a good meatball. It’s a fact of life.

And here in Auckland, the meatball has been revolutionised—forget about the kind your mum used to make and slap alongside three veg (although they were indeed also very delicious!) because they’re popping up all around town in all their mouth-watering glory. 

Here’s your go-to list of Auckland’s best meatballs.

Buon Appetito!


North Wharf

When it comes to meatballs, fine-dining restaurant Bazuzzi is a must-visit. Their Polpette (meatballs) have their very own menu, where you can find gourmet options, such as the Fiordland crayfish meatballs with pancetta, chickpeas and pecorino. Then there’s the wild dear meatballs with parsnip crema and Portobello mushroom and the braised lamb meatballs with wild thyme, lemon and spiced gravy. Yesssssss please.

Bedford Soda And Liquor


You’ll find the Mike Tyson of meatballs at Bedford Soda and Liquor. They too have a whole menu dedicated to the tasty little spheres! Yup—that’s right, their “Bedford balls” are somethin’ pretty spesh. With beef, pork, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options, accompanied with a whole menu dedicated to sauce options for slathering all over said balls, they’re finger licking good!

Coco’s Cantina

K’ Road

Bustling K’ Road hotspot Coco’s Cantina has a pretty delizioso menu, featuring Italian fare to make any tummy flip with excitement! Check out their super saucy spaghetti and meatballs dish, which just so happens to be free range and to make your tastebuds even happier, select a glass—or bottle—of vino rosso (red wine) from their epic wine list and you’ve got yourself a primo meal.


Food Truck

Jay and Claudine Avante are absolute food gods—Why? Because they’ve created a food truck dedicated to hot, mouth-watering, ooey gooey…. CHEESE! Shifting on the reg, you might want to check out the Melt food truck Facebook page for their latest location. But when you do track these guys down, you’ll want to wrap your mouth around their Racelette meatball sub, with spiced meatballs slathered in Manuka-smoked cheese—it’s the bomb dot com!



For a truly authentic Italian experience, you just must pop along to Ponsonby fave— Farina. With exceptional dishes including, pasta and risotto, pizza and of course their tasty polpette meatballs with pine nuts, sultana, Napoli sauce and toasted bread. Finish your meal with an Italian desert and a Negroni and you’ll be in seventh heaven…. Just don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants!

Federal Delicatessen

Federal Street

The lamb and veal meatballs at The Fed will blow your mind. With truffle cauliflower cheese and porcini crumbs, you’ll want to savour every single bite of these tasty little morsels. You can even choose to take these beauties away if you prefer to eat your meatballs…privately. Meatballs for breakfast, lunch and dinner—why not!?

Gusto At The Grand


Gusto’s Italian fine dining menu is made for sharing, but you might want to keep their pork and veal meatballs all to yourself! They’re slathered in tomato sauce and sprinkled with pecorino cheese, so we can guarantee they’ll leave you feeling all kinds of excited. Wash them down with a cocktail or three and find the true meaning of life. 

Gina’s Italian Kitchen

Symonds Street

For an authentic Italian experience to remember, head along to Gina’s Italian Kitchen. Hustling, bustling and full of life, this restaurant is a top pick for big groups of people. Gina’s polpette di Carne dish is something to rave about. Featuring home-made beef and pork meatballs with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese, they are mouth-wateringly delicious and some of the best meatballs in Auckland.

Di Vinci’s

City Road & Albert Street

Last but certainly not least is Di Vinci’s—which has two locations to choose from. Both serve up a whopper of a spaghetti and meatballs dish featuring slightly spiced homemade meatballs, seasoned with herbs aaaand they also do takeaway—perfecto for stocking up on their sought after spagbol dish to take you right through the week!

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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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Be a Tourist in Your Own City

by Theresa @ FunLists

Everyone needs a vacation. So why not consider taking a vacation in your own city? Being a tourist doesn’t require a trip to some big name overseas destination. Ditch your passport and consider being a tourist in your own city instead. You can gain a greater appreciation for your own city by embracing the tourist mentality. Plus, you can keep your wallet happy by keeping your adventure close to home. Here are a few ways you can live the tourist life at home.   Book a Tour You might think you’ve seen everything your city has to offer. But there’s a difference between seeing and understanding. Book a tour with a local group to learn more about your city’s history

Where To Watch The Auckland Harbour Bridge Get Lit

Where To Watch The Auckland Harbour Bridge Get Lit

by Bella Askelund @ The A List | The Urban List

If there’s one thing us Kiwis know how to do, it’s getting lit AF. A cold brew with a side of fries has a funny way of leading to ten plus cold brews and not enough fries…it’s one of our talents in life and we wear it loud and proud. This weekend however, we’re entitled to double the fun! That’s right, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is embarking on its Vector Lights extraordinaire, meaning our little big city is about to get completely and utterly LIT.

The six-minute light show will kick off at 9.10pm this Saturday followed by a second show at 9.30pm. The rainbow magic will then repeat every half hour until midnight. But its more than pretty lights—both shows will be synced with sound composed by Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper. Tune in on Coast 105.4 FM for the first two shows or check out the audio stream online.

Naturally, we’ve done what we do best (well second best—after eating and drinking, of course) and made a list! Here are the best hot spots to hit up over the weekend and watch the Harbour Bridge light up in its full glory.

Sentinel Beach

Herne Bay

Sentinel Beach is a Central City goers' not-so-secret wanderlust spot. Walking down the rustic old stairs from the road to the beach is a breath of fresh air in itself. Never too crowded, this spot carries the most picturesque view of the Harbour Bridge—you’re so close you can even spy on the bungee jumpers! In order to do Sentinel Beach justice, a takeaway order from Fish Smith is mandatory practice nowadays. Set up fort with your fish tacos, kumara fries and a few bottles of cold cider and you have every ingredient to watch Auckland get lit at ease. #Winning.

Mt Victoria


We don’t know why, but every thing's better from up top. Devonport’s Mt Vic is no exception, making it a fab location to spy on the Harbour Bridge. Drive—or walk if you’re the essence of health—up the mountain and find yourself a snug spot to lookout across the water. What’s even better, you can end the night by catching a ferry into the CBD and scoring a sweet view from the water too! You’ll find yourself in one of those moments of gratitude for sure, wondering how the universe is so wonderful...yeah you know the ones.

Little Shoal Bay


Keen to venture out of the City to catch the lights but don’t wanna head too far? Little Shoal Bay is your saviour. With an epic view of Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and waterfront—there’s arguably no better place to be this weekend. With grass for days, a cosy picnic is definitely on the cards. Pop on your fancy pants and celebrate the anniversary weekend with an abundance of cheese, crackers and a few bottles (yes bottles) of great vino. Your other half will be blown away.

Harbour View Beach Reserve

Te Atatū Peninsula

We’ve heard ‘em say that West is Best—so if the saying runs true, why go anywhere else? Harbour View Beach Reserve offers a great but distant view of Auckland City. Watch our iconic landmark get lit AF from afar as you chill out and spin some yarns with your pals. You’ll feel apart of the celebrations without feeling claustrophobic from the hustle and bustle in town—perfect for the slightly more mature bunch. Or if you want to take things up a notch and climb down the maturity scale, head here with a box of beersies and let the Sat night antics begin!

Bayswater Marina


One of Auckland’s newest marinas, Bayswater boasts beaut views of the bridge, city and Waitemata Harbour. A picturesque spot all year round, we’re thinking every Tom, Dick and Sally will be nestled here to catch the Harbour Bridge do its thang over the weekend. If you’re one of those lucky ones that actually have a boat parked here, make the most of it! We’re thinking we’ll anchor up right in front of the action, naturally.

Auckland Waterfront

Auckland CBD

One word—restaurants. If you want to celebrate Auckland’s Anniversary Weekend in style, the waterfront is where you shall head. With endless restaurants and bars to choose from, find yourself a seaside table to sit back and appreciate the display. If you’re feeling extra, why not book a table at Ostro and have yourself an infamous seafood platter. While you’re there, it’d be rude not to order the caramelised pineapple apple crumble…‘nuff said.

Queens Parade


Here’s one for all you Devonport locals—take an evening stroll down Queens Parade with a hot choc in hand and the Harbour Bridge as your backdrop. AKA, the perfect frickin’ evening. It’s mellow vibes all round in Devo so this is the spot to be if you’re hoping to have a laid back long weekend. You’ll also probably find every man and his dog with the same idea as you but hey, it’s all part of the atmosphere. Right?

Bastion Point


Another prime location to spy on the Harbour Bridge, Bastion Point is a sacred land that offers some of the best views in town. A cheeky dinner in Mission Bay wouldn’t be complete without a scenic tour up Bastion Point afterwards—especially if romance is on the cards. Head here over Anniversary Weekend to soak up the city’s beauty and bask in it’s glory. Auckland Anniversary Weekend = conquered.

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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

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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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Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

After the storm comes the sun. Wait, what are we saying? We've been spoilt with hot and sunny weather all weekend. The stars must be over their grudge from last week. Whoop whoop!

Take the opportunity to go out with someone you've been crushing on, or use your savings to buy something totally unnecessary. Whatever it is, make it count. Because you never know when the stars will change their mind and bring down the hammer of Thor. Here's what's in store for you this week. 


Recently you've been feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. Take a chill pill, Aries. You’re only human. Your never-ending to-do list will get done. All you gotta do is put your head down and focus. We’re seeing a big reward for your hard work in the future.


Your ambition is making you antsy, Taurus. Hold your horses! Don’t make any rash moves like buying an indoor plant that you're sure to kill. Think hard about what you want, talk to your supportive squad and make a game plan.


Gem, you might be feeling like no one is paying attention to you lately. Wahh, don't be a baby about it. Do something about it. Offer up a nice gesture to a friend, like taking them out for a juicy burger. (Wanna take us?!) Don’t get this confused with buying their's all about the giving. 


Cancer, have you been feeling like your life is perfect lately? Coz it has been. And we’re sorry to break it to you, but life’s gonna start to get a little harder now. The only way to get through this? Stick to your daily routine and eat lots of cake. Don’t get distracted by things that will only waste your time (like eating anything other than cake).


What has gotten into you lately, Leo?! Stop being so lazy. Put a plan into action and get your shit together. It’s the bloody end of January. Sheesh. Once you start knocking things off your to-do list, you’ll feel like your old, energetic self.


You’ve been working hard lately, Virgo. Take a breather, because big things are about to fall into place, either at work or with family. And once it does, we give you full permission to ENJOY IT. That’s why you work so hard in the first place, to enjoy stuff like tiramisu afterwards. DUH.


Alright, Libra, stop makin’ it rain. You won’t have any cash left the way you’ve been spending money. Challenge yourself to budget this week—ever heard of that? Try making dinner at home and check out some of these TV revivals from the comfort of your couch. Your wallet will thank you.


Good onya, Scorpio! You’ve been keeping all your finances in order and now you’re ready to make some moves. Whether it’s with dating, work or family now's the time to take the bull by the horns and go for what you want 100%. So if you’ve been crushing hard on someone, why don’t you, like, ask them out?


You’ve got a lot of energy boiling up this week, Sag, so why don’t you use it to be proactive about your goals, or ticking off that lengthy to-do list. But don’t use that energy to pick a fight with a friend or a partner. That will just get you nowhere and you ain’t got time for that.   


Lucky you, Cap, you’re being rewarded for keeping on-track with your priorities. We’re gonna go ahead and say that what you’ve been wishing for is gonna come true. (Not that we’re a Genie or anything.) So if you’ve been dreaming of buying a new car or wishing for a boozy Harry Potter brunch, then you might get it. Use your wishes wisely.


Feeling a little cheeky, are we Aquarius? We must say you’re looking quite attractive this week. Use this confidence to get shit done. If you’re single as a Pringle, now’s the time to strut your stuff. Werk. It. 


Damn, you’re a mess Pisces. Why don’t you stop multitasking and get it together, mate? Go to a yoga class to reel in your focus or maybe let off a little steam at your local gym. Damn, we’ve never seen you like this before…

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

Love Auckland’s Spectacular Walks And Hikes? Then You Need To Read This

Love Auckland’s Spectacular Walks And Hikes? Then You Need To Read This

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

Lucky for us Kiwis, the sights that tourists come to ooh and ah at, we see every day. Living in Aotearoa, snapping an Instagram pic and low-key showing off to your international buds how awesome your home is, is pretty damn easy. Whether it is our beaches, forests or landscapes, New Zealand’s sights are among our country’s most valued treasures. But, before you go about your walking and hiking there's something you really need to know: kauri dieback has become a very serious problem and our environment is increasingly vulnerable.

We know that here at The Urban List, we like to let you in on the best of openings and lighten up your newsfeed with updates on where you can take the odd hip-hop yoga class. However, if we don’t help to prevent kauri dieback, there’s a possibility of a breakdown in our ecosystem.

There’s a lot of talk about it, but the important thing is to understand what kauri dieback actually is and how we can help. Essentially, it’s a disease that is caused by microscopic organisms called Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA). Which we totally understand is a mouthful and can be a little confusing. What you need to know is that it has the ability to kill kauri and nearly all infected trees die.

“It’s a ripple effect,” says Waitakere Ranges Local Board Deputy Chair, Saffron Toms. “Kauri is an ecological species that supports even more than we know. If we lose it, we lose a whole ecosystem."

Here at The Urban List, we recognise that we all have a responsibility to care for nature. “Everyone enjoys the outdoors and everyone needs to be working together to protect our forests,” says Saffron.

So, what can you do? The Auckland Council funds a kauri dieback community coordinator, Christine Rose, who works with and empowers kauri dieback ambassadors, helping them to be a part of the solution. There are many ways to be involved, whether it is becoming an ambassador yourself, donating so that we can continue to search for a cure, volunteering in kauri dieback programmes or just by following the proper protocol when visiting the New Zealand environment.

And, like any Aucklander, we love the Waitakere Ranges, and while some tracks have been closed, others are still open (for now). But, and this is a big but, think very carefully about visiting them at all. The dieback has doubled in the last five years and is sacred to Maori. And, last month, 200 members of Te Kawaerau a Maki announced a rahui (exclusion zone) across the entire park. While there is no statutory power to enforce the rahui, but with the risk to our environment and our almighty kauri, it's best to stay away. 

Spread the word and enjoy our beloved kauri from your screen ONLY so our home continues to be “Insta-worthy” but also so that we can continue to be proud of where we live and how we treat our country #kiwisunite.

How Helping Others is Fun!

by Theresa @ FunLists

Every one knows about the power of volunteering. But few actually take the time to give back. On the surface, volunteering might not look like the most fun use of time during a precious day off. But volunteering isn’t just hard work. It’s also a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community of your choice. Here are a few different ways you can get out and do a good deed or two.   Animal Shelters This one is a no brainer for animal lovers. How can you not like helping adorable puppies? Animal shelters are a great volunteering opportunity for animal lovers of all skill levels. While some duties require training, there are many other tasks that

PSA: Here’s How You Can Go Up The Sky Tower For FREE!

PSA: Here’s How You Can Go Up The Sky Tower For FREE!

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

It’s the most iconic landmark in Auckland, the one that you look towards to get your bearings, the one that makes our landscape uniquely…well…us. Yep, we’re talking about the Sky Tower. And, to celebrate YOUR birthday they are inviting you to party!

More than colours and lights, it’s also home to one of the city’s best fine dining restaurants—yep, we’re talking The Sugar Club. It also has our only rotating restaurant, Orbit and the Sky Café. And, of course, who could miss watching those brave enough to make the leap and bungy jump off it? Or even those bright orange outfits of people who walk the ledge. What better a place to place to celebrate! 

To make your birthday that little bit more special, the Sky Tower is going all out to ensure Auckanders have one to remember by letting you visit for FREE!

Grab your photo ID and proof of residential address (this is a local only opportunity!) then head on down, because this is your chance to explore the icon for free. Yep, you read that correctly! 

Taking the celebrations to new heights, you’ll be on top of the world—literally! 

The Deets:

What: Go up the Sky Tower for FREE on your birthday!

Where: Sky Tower, CBD

Saigon Star - Vietnamese Restaurant | Foodie Flair

Saigon Star - Vietnamese Restaurant | Foodie Flair

Foodie Flair

Vietnamese food that you won't regret trying.

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.

A Super Blue-Blood Moon Is Coming—But WTF Does It Even Mean?

A Super Blue-Blood Moon Is Coming—But WTF Does It Even Mean?

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

The interweb’s been buzzing as the stars align this week to bring us a very special series of moon-related cosmic treats. In fact, there are three very rare and important things you need to know about the full moon on January 31:

There will be a super moon There will be a blue moon; and There will be an eclipse.

It’s worth noting that it’s been 150 years since a moon was packing this much heat at the one time.


But what does all this mean? Well, during the evening of January 31 you’ll notice a big shiny moon in the sky, 15% bigger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon. This is the ‘supermoon’, and means higher tides for coastal regions as the moon is the closest to Earth it ever gets. Pretty impressive, right? 

This moon is also the second full moon of the month, technically known as a ‘blue moon’. Fun fact: Blue moons are actually more common than you probably think, rolling around once every 2.7ish years. The odds of a blue moon coinciding with a supermoon, however, is exceptionally rare. But wait, there's more.

Finally, this super/blue phenomenon’s lightshow is going to be interrupted as Earth travels between sun and moon, resulting in a lunar eclipse. Look out for the moon turning a reddy-brown colour as it reflects back the light bouncing off Earth, which photos of previous eclipses tell me make it look like an old Jaffa. 

So there you have it; a super blue-blood moon is coming our way. If you can, cast your peepers skyward on Jan 31, as it's a fair old wait until this astronomical phenomenon happens again...

Meanwhile back on earth, here are the biggest wellness trends you'll be seeing plenty of in 2018.

Pho Soc Trang

Pho Soc Trang

Pho Soc Trang Vietnamese Cuisine <br />​1530 Water St.Kelowna, BC 778.478.0541

Vietnamese Restaurant Kelowna Downtown

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PSA: There’s A Dog-Friendly Cinema In Auckland

PSA: There’s A Dog-Friendly Cinema In Auckland

by Chloe Sputore @ The A List | The Urban List

Dog fans, movie buffs, food fanatics and lovers of the outdoors (aka everyone), listen up. American Express Openair Cinemas is back for a wonderful season of flicks—and the best bit is your dog is invited!

But that’s not all there is to rave about, running from 1 February to 4 March at Western Springs Park, there will be all kinds of purveyors of food and booze on hand to keep your taste buds happy.

Join Toto Pizza at their pop-up alfresco long table dinner, which involves three courses paired with wine and heckin’ delicious pastas and wood fired pizzas. If you don’t make it to this, the Toto Pizza gang will be churning out delicious Italian eats for each and every session, so be sure to wear those stretchy pants.

The bar will be serving all of the summer classics, like Aperol Spritz and frosé, craft beers from Kaiser, Giesen Wines and a whole range of exciting cocktails. On top of this, the festival vibes will be flowing freely with live beats from DJs. 

You can bring your pooch to every single screening and there'll also be canine couches up for grabs—dream come true!

And don’t even get us started on the flicks. From Pitch Perfect 3 and The Greatest Showman to The Post, Wonder and the new Disney Pixar flick Coco, there’s something to suit all persuasions.

Plus, those lucky ducks out there with an American Express credit card are welcome to enjoy the VIP experience in the American Express Invites Lounge. You’ll get your own lounger, a cushion, blanket and tasty bites, not to mention 15% off your ticket when you pay with your AMEX card.

With tickets going for as little as $13, there’s never been a better time to plan your next movie date!

Image credit: Kai Leishman

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This Fair Oaks Vietnamese restaurant earns a 4-star rating with food, ambiance

This Fair Oaks Vietnamese restaurant earns a 4-star rating with food, ambiance


The family-owned Pho #1 in Fair Oaks serves a lengthy menu of specialty dishes, including shrimp-filled crepes and clay pot chicken.

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

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

Houston Press

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...

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.

Image credit: Sara Orme

Welcome to Nam Van Noodle Cafe

by modernna @ Nam Van noodle Cafe delicious, best Vietnamese restaurant Sparks, NV 89436

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 […]

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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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

10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

Rough Guides

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

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

by Pint Size Gourmets @ Pint Size Gourmets

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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Cooked It: How To Make A Kickass Cheese And Bacon Cob Loaf At Home

Cooked It: How To Make A Kickass Cheese And Bacon Cob Loaf At Home

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s time to give the old lamb roast the flick because the days of backyard banter over meat and three veg have been and gone and the time for cheese and bacon-filled bread loafs is RIGHT EFFING NOW. You can start sending your letters of appreciation to The Urban List head office because we’ve officially put pen to paper to publish what can only be described as an insane addition to any social gathering, food-related or otherwise.

Here’s how to make a kickass cob loaf at home.


1 cob loaf 250g tub of Philadelphia 300mL of sour cream 250g of tasty cheese 210g of creamed corn 4 rashers of bacon, diced 6 spring onions, sliced and diced


Grab your Woolies tote bags and hit the supermarket. You can get a mean round cob from almost any bakery, as well as any major supermarket. The same goes for cheese and bacon buns, they have nothing to do with this recipe, but leaving a bakery without them is a sin. Head home and preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius, then use a serrated bread knife to slice the top off the cob and tear out the inside of the loaf in pieces. Pop those juicy bread bits in a container and set aside for the mo. Try not to eat them all. Line an oven tray with baking paper, pop the cob loaf skeleton on there and then fry the bacon in a pan to the desired level of ~sizzle~. Combine all of the remaining ingredients in a bowl (bacon included) and pour the mixture into the cob loaf husk and pop it in the oven. Bake that bad boy for ninety minutes, and then remove it from the oven, add the torn away bread to the tray and bake for a further ten minutes. Pull that delicious b*stard from the oven, grab a piece of bread, dive into that cheesy cob and Instagram a pic of carby cob loaf with the hashtag #cobloafoftheday.

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Best Vietnamese Restaurant: La Me | Best of Dallas® 2017: Your Key to the City

Best Vietnamese Restaurant: La Me | Best of Dallas® 2017: Your Key to the City

Dallas Observer

La Me, situated at the corner where Dallas meets Richardson and Garland, is a restaurant where the neighborhood's Vietnamese community meets for all man...

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.

Still struggling to picture it? Check it out below.

Image credit: Sam Evans for GoPro

Family visit unexpectedly. What to do?

by Theresa @ FunLists

When family pop in out of the blue or with short notice for a few days or even longer it can really shake up your daily life. They look to you for entertainment and expect you to show them around your town. Now all of a sudden you need to scramble as host to figure out what exactly you are going to do with them. Sure you may know the top three attractions in your town that are tried and true but how are you going to fill that time up? People visiting you may have different expectations. They might want to do the tourist thing or maybe they are visiting just to have fun and spend time with you.

5 Best Places for Happy Hour in North San Antonio

by liz harkins @ MCLife: San Antonio

Happy hour is a great way to get together with your coworkers and friends before you go home for the night. You can enjoy a drink and a bite of food while catching up and having fun away from the stresses of work and home. If you’re looking for your new favorite spot, check out […]

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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

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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Five Fun Ways to Exercise (Yes, fun!)

by FunLists @ FunLists

Let’s face it – working out is a drag. Just the thought of exercise is enough to send many to the sofa and into a junk food tailspin. Still, you can’t avoid exercise forever if you want to live a healthy life. Here a few fun ways to work up a sweat without another dread filled trip to the gym. Yes, fun exercise is a possibility. Read on to learn more. Dancing One knock on the gym is that it can be tedious, and quite frankly, boring. Running in place on a treadmill can seem like an endless task after just a few minutes. Dance is a fun way to exercise because it’s a fluid, constantly changing workout. No dance

Top 10 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Scottsdale

by Pint Size Gourmets @ Pint Size Gourmets

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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Parque Explora: Medellín’s Interactive Museum and Aquarium

by Jeff @ Medellin Guru

Parque Explora is Medellín's popular interactive science museum and aquarium. It has over 300 activities and the largest freshwater aquarium in South America.

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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!

Hello world!

by tonytrinhdesigngroup @ Namese Vietnamese Restaurant New Orleans

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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.

A Dog Day Afternoon Is Coming To Auckland!

A Dog Day Afternoon Is Coming To Auckland!

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

They are a part of your life, but to them, you are their whole life. Naturally, we’re talking about the unconditional love that we receive from our doggos. We love them so much but sadly, we don’t always get enough time or chances to spoil them. Well, we have good news for you… all dogs, big or small, fluffy or tough, are invited to the Silo Park Dog Day Afternoon!

That’s right, an afternoon entirely devoted to your perfect pet. Whether you see them as your best friend or your child, we can never give them as much attention as they deserve. Dog owners out there, we feel you, and this event serves as the perfect chance for you and your doggo to spend some top-notch quality time together. The day will include spot prizes, a dog agility course and an onsite vet to answer any questions you may have. There will also be lots for humans to enjoy, including delish street food and dranks. Yasss!

Grab your leash, your favourite fluffball and be ready for an afternoon full of fun! It’s an event that should not be missed... we’ll see you there!


What: Dog Day Afternoon

Where: Silo Park

When: 1-4 pm, April 7

More info: here

Picking a Fun New Hobby

by Theresa @ FunLists

Do you have any hobbies? This is a dreaded interview question for many people, especially those of us who enjoy spending our off time in the friendly confines of the couch. But you can’t go on Netflix binges forever. Finding a new hobby is a fun filled way to spend your free time. Nowadays, there are seemingly limitless options when it comes to finding a new hobby. Long gone are the days of choosing between stamp collecting and crossword puzzles. Here are some of the best hobbies you can choose to get you off the couch.   Hiking, Biking, or Camping Your next hobby could be right in your backyard. Some of the best hobbies involve the great outdoors. You

5 Financial Benefits of Living in an Apartment Community

by Sara Parker @ MCLife: San Antonio

Housing usually is the largest line item on your budget. You do your best to stick to the under 30 percent guideline to make sure you’re being financially smart, but you’re still not sure if you’re making the best decisions for your financial security. It can be difficult to suss out the details of renting […]

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House of Mirrors Is Coming To Auckland!

House of Mirrors Is Coming To Auckland!

by Bella Askelund @ The A List | The Urban List

Holy smokes! Put down your coffee and prepare to have your socks knocked off—a mesmerising art establishment is hitting Auckland shores offering an optical illusion like never before! Introducing House of Mirrors: a massive outdoor, walk-through labyrinth, composed of seemingly endless mirrors ready to ghost your every sense. We'll put it this way guys, if you thought Black Mirror was trippy, then this is about to blow your frickin’ mind.

After creating havoc at festivals throughout Australia, the House of Mirrors spectacle has rapidly risen into the limelight. Created by two talented Australian artists, Cristian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, this utopia is set to take up space at Silo Park during the Auckland Arts Festival—yippee. Ultimately, it allows you to question everyday perceptions and take creative freedom into your own hands. Just call us Picasso.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be thinking a House of Mirrors tour is the perfect addition to a long lunch at Wynyard Quarter. Any excuse to hit Baduzzi for some meatballs, right? Well, as it turns out, liquid courage may be essential at a time like this because, let's be honest, one reflection in the morning is enough to shock our senses—imagine that multiplied by the dozen! Yep, liquor is definitely essential...

Don’t fret though, head along during the daytime and House of Mirrors is nothing short of a friendly fam affair. You'll find canine friends checking our their behinds, toddlers admiring their angles and of course, every Millennial in the big smoke getting their hotshot 'gram. 

House of Mirrors is 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of glass that you simply cannot afford to miss. Pencil it in, wear an eccentric outfit and quite frankly, be there or be square. 

The Deets: 

What: House of Mirrors at Silo Park.  When: 8 - 25 March during the Auckland Arts Festival.  How: General admission tickets at the venue, $12.50 pp. 

Kids activities to keep them busy on long Car Rides

by FunLists @ FunLists

  Are we there yet? The dreaded question is enough to derail any parent on a cross-country road trip. Kids aren’t wired the same way as adults. Coffee and a good playlist aren’t enough to keep them entertained. Instead, they’ll need consistent entertainment if they’re going to make it through a long car ride. Here are a few activities to keep kids occupied and to help you avoid any speed bumps on your next family trip. Listen to Audiobooks Audiobooks are a great way to pass the time on the road. Make a sacrifice and ditch the John Grisham audiobook in favor of something a little more family-friendly. Audiobooks are a fun-way for kids to get a taste of literature

Free 12WBT Recipe: Strawberry and Passionfruit Pavlova

by 12WBT Staff @ 12WBT

Pavlova can be such a nightmare when watching your weight, so we have made a few tweaks to allow you to enjoy an occasional treat without feeling too guilty! Just make sure you watch your portion control. Also read: 7 Party Snacks Under 100 Calories 12WBT’s Strawberry and Passionfruit Pavlova Details Serves 12 15 minute prep time 75 min cooking time 138 calories per serve Ingredients 1g olive oil spray 6 cage free egg whites (198g) 1 1/2 cups sugar (330g) 1/2 teaspoons cornflour (2g) 1 cups low fat natural yoghurt (260g) 1 1/2 punnet of strawberries (375g), hulled & chopped […]

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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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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!

Sliding Through Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I stare out my window in Denver at the snow-covered mountains and sigh in defeat. I am tired of being scared and intimidated by the idea of driving in winter conditions. The mountains were calling me; “Sherry, come play…”. I’m not a skier. And yes, I know that makes my move to Colorado an odd […]

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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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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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Tips on How to Casually Ask a Girl Out

by FunLists @ FunLists

Time to step up to the plate. You’re finally ready to ask out that girl you’ve been pining over for months. But it’s not that simple. In an age filled with Tinder, Bumble, and the dating app of the month a simple ask may be seen as an act of aggression, or worse, desperation. Here are a few tips on asking out a girl in a casual manner to avoid embarrassment and land the date. Prep Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself You see the girl of your affections and casually stroll over to talk to her. She smiles back at you, you’re ready to ask and then your mind goes blank. Many a soldier has fallen victim to a lack

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.

$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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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! 

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. 

Getting hungry? Here are all the Auckland breakfasts you need to be eating this year

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10 Must-Try Local Foods from Hawaii

by Pint Size Gourmets @ Pint Size Gourmets

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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Where to Get Amazing Holiday Tamales in San Antonio

by Sara Parker @ MCLife: San Antonio

Nothing says “the holidays” like fresh, delicious tamales. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any time in between. That’s why we are bringing you five of our favorite spots for amazing holiday tamales in San Antonio. Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa Where: 1737 South General McMullen Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78237 Distance From […]

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New Opening: Hot Hot Asian Eatery

New Opening: Hot Hot Asian Eatery

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Auckland’s heating up, and we aren’t just talking about the weather. New kid on the block Hot Hot Asian Eatery is spicing up the Auckland foodie scene and we couldn’t be more excited.

Found a hop, skip and a jump from Eden Park, the eatery’s fit out is as visually flavoursome as its wicked menu. Brought to us by chef Panawat Chotamungsa, a step inside will have you faced with a vibrant escape surrounded by murals painted by Chotamungsa and his family. In amongst hues of neon greens and pinks, the space is only one component of a soon-to-be crowd favourite.

“We want people to think of Hot Hot as their friendly local,’ says Panawat. “We’ve combined flavours from across Asia to deliver authentic tastes with a twist.”

With a focus on flavour, when faced with the epic menu you’ll no doubt be spoilt for choice. Consisting of shared plates, salads, bahn mi, buns, curry, noodles, rice and even sweet treats there’s no shortage. 

Kick things off with the sweet and sour fried tofu. With tamarind sauce and fried shallot topped with crispy noodle, it’s the perfect starter for what's to follow.

The bangin’ bahn mi rolls are not one to miss. Panawat’s top pick is the signature, jam-packed with pork belly, slaw, pickle, chilli, egg, peanuts and beans pâte its an all in one meal!

Look no further than the hot hot beef curry for an extra spring in your step. Featuring tender beef, sweet potato, peanuts, onion, fried chilli and shallot served alongside light fluffy roti, this bad boy is definitely one for the foodie bucket list. 

Of course, nothing beats a classic done right, the hot hot pad thai features rice noodles, egg, chive bean sprouts tofu, peanuts and tamarind sauce. With prawn, pork belly, chicken and vegetarian options, you’ll be quick to make plans to try them all.

Just when you think things can’t get any better, Hot Hot also serve an extensive range of iced teas and bespoke cocktails. Notably, the Thai-style lemon ice tea has a sweet refreshing twang, just what we need to beat the (hot hot) heat. 

An adventure from the second you walk in, from the fluro fit-out to the flavoursome offering, there’s little to miss when it comes to Hot Hot Asian Eatery. 

For more information about Hot Hot Asian Eatery, including opening hours, click here. 

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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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How to Build Endurance for Hiking

by Theresa @ FunLists

Hiking is a great way to get exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. But hold off before you try conquering Mount Everest. Hiking requires patience, especially if you’re trying to hike a legendary mountain. Hikers need to be in proper shape before pushing their limits. While getting in shape doesn’t sound like fun, there are a few tried and true methods for hikers looking to take their adventures to the next level. Here are a few fun ways to build endurance for hiking.   Take Test Runs No one completes a marathon without proper preparation. The same goes for avid hikers. If you’re trying to really build up your endurance, it’s important to take as many test runs as possible.

San Francisco Night Life Guide

by FunLists @ FunLists

The sun has set and the city has come alive but what is there to do? Staying home is not an option tonight but you don’t have the inside scoop on what’s on the scene. San Francisco is known for its bars and lounges. However, if you’re looking for variety you may want to try the Marrakech Magic Theater. Here you will experience a magic show up close and personal. The magician personally greets you before the show. It provides good family fun and laughter for those who just want to destress. The View Lounge provides a spectacular view over the city through its glass walls. At nights the lights over the dark sky truly illuminate and bring the city

Kid Friendly Destinations in the US

by FunLists @ FunLists

Parents across the USA are tasked with planning the perfect family vacation. Sounds simple enough, right? Not so fast. Family vacations can go from fun to stressful if not planned correctly. Millions of unsuspecting parents will learn that the hard way after a trip to an overcrowded beach or expensive theme park. Cut out the trip to Disneyland and check out the following list for some affordable kid friendly destinations. Minneapolis / St. Paul Minnesota is often overlooked as a vacation destination. There’s no denying that it’s a snowy ice den during the winter. However, Minnesota is filled with pleasant weather and fun activities for most of the year. Families can enjoy the Twin Cities by attending their many festivals,

Where to Find the Best Margaritas in San Antonio

by Sara Parker @ MCLife: San Antonio

Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour spot, a place for dinner, or somewhere to hang out on the weekend, you want a bar or restaurant with a great margarita. You don’t care if it’s a cadillac, fruit flavor, or classic margarita as long as it’s fresh and delicious. Here are five or our […]

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The Most Amazing Places in the World

by FunLists @ FunLists

It’s hard to avoid the travel bug. Nowadays, social media feeds are flooded with pictures of vacations to faraway jungles and tropical paradises. In case that’s not enough to inspire wanderlust, here is a breakdown of some of the most amazing places in the world. It’s time to put the following destinations on your radar for some epic travel adventures. The Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is aptly named. It’s so great, in fact, that it’s the only living thing visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest coral reef system, with over 3,000 reef systems scattered throughout. Lying off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is also home to a

10 Wellness Trends You’ll Be Seeing In 2018

10 Wellness Trends You’ll Be Seeing In 2018

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

Wellness—no longer a term reserved for the alternative health crew or fitness fanatics. In 2018 wellness is all about accessibility, longevity, future proofing your health and taking genuine care of yourself, holistically. As much for the high-powered CEO as the time pushed mum, these trends indicate a shift towards choosing to nourish the mind, body and spirit to increase energy, revitalise stressed out bodies, hack productivity and move towards a more effective society.

Here are 10 of the wellness trends that will be bringing you to all new levels of healthy and well in the year ahead. 

High Tech Plant Food

As plant-based diets become increasingly mainstream, the tech world is responding by bringing their scientific swagger to upgrade, manipulate and advance our veggie ingredients. Whether you're vegan, plant-based or just trying to lift your leafy green intake, this tech isn’t just changing the game, it's creating a whole new frontier, with production techniques set to revolutionise our fresh produce.

From new varieties of nut mylks and non-dairy indulgences (move over smashed avo on toast, avocado ice-cream is coming), to sashimi grade “not tuna” made from tomatoes and “bleeding” vegan burgers. Eating your 2&5 has never been more exciting.

Super Powders And The Rise Of Collagen

The convenience backed trend that began to emerge in 2017 will be fully flourishing in 2018, with super powders making holistic health more accessible than ever before. The real MVP (that’s Most Valuable Powder) will be collagen—one of the cleanest sources of protein, that not only fights back against wrinkles and boosts skin and hair health, but also assists in gut healing.

From collagen peptide to gelatin and bone broths, collagen products are sweeping the popularity ranks.  For Australian made and owned brand, Nutra Organics, the expanding knowledge of the health benefits of collagen and gelatin supplements has seen sales triple just within the past five months.

Closely following are adaptogens, helping to boost mental stamina, soothe stress and balance hormones, these ancient herbs will be gaining widespread acceptance making them the new pantry staples. From energy boosting maca, to adaptogenic ashwagandha and antioxidant loaded cacao, there’s no shortage of use for them—whizz them into your smoothies, add to your pancake mix, sprinkle on your porridge, but expect to see super powders everywhere!  


If you were a big fan of the turmeric and anti-inflammation trend of 2017, then you will be obsessed with Moringa. This natural leaf powder supplement, derived from a small tree found in India, Pakistan and Nepal, has been used for generations in eastern cultures as a traditional remedy and is set to become the biggest superfood of 2018 thanks to its highly powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue protective properties.

The bright green powder is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with protein, iron, Vitamin A, E, C and calcium, which is touted to help fight free-radicals, lower inflammation and protect the liver. 

Digital Detox

Taking time to unplug and disconnect from the technological world will rise in priority in 2018. With smartphone addiction becoming a reality and IRL connections shifting up the popularity ranks, expect to see a move in trends to get you to put down the tech and disconnect from the Wi-Fi.

Ironically created to help connect us, technology obsession is now leading to increased stress, anxiety and isolation from constantly being powered up and attached. Digi-detox weekends, switching on the OOO and heading offline for timed periods will become a new norm. A welcome sigh of relief is expected from insta-boyfriends everywhere who can finally eat their food while it's hot. 

Self-Care Everyday

It’s time to upgrade from #SelfCareSunday—2018 is all about embracing self-care rituals every day, as we begin to understand that through actively taking care of ourselves, we are better equipped to support our families, friends, colleagues and community. Despite its rep to be all about face masks, this marks a shift to understand that “me-time” isn’t selfish, or a luxury, but a necessity.

Self-care will evolve this year to incorporate healthy everyday rituals that help to keep our minds and body’s balanced, energised and revitalized. First step? Get clearing that schedule and unapologetically unplug.

Digital Fitness

Not satisfied with just taking over our schedules and wardrobes (praise the #athleisure trend), fitness will now be taking over your home with the digital fitness scene and streaming services set to explode in 2018 and beyond. With better technology, access to world-class trainers, and the digital capture of that feeling of being in your fave workout class, all without leaving the comfort of your living room, the fitness business is now globally scaling to reach more people than ever before.

From top international studios offering their own individual streaming services of classes and sessions, to streaming platforms offering an array of workout formats and even live sessions you can tune into, excuses of “you can’t get there” soon fly out the window. 


No longer just reserved for the tech crew, we are taking to hacking to a whole new level—to our health. To counteract our, at times, less than optimal healthy lifestyles, biohacking is the way forward to provoke better health.

From the standards of bulletproof coffee spiked with MCT oil, intermittent fasting, ketogenic and paleo diets, expect to see new waves of biohacking with cycle syncing (tracking and hacking your menstrual cycle) and nootropics (supplements that reduce brain fog and stress levels) emerging onto the hacker scene. It’s all about adapting and optimising biology to work better, not harder, for you. 

Infra-Red Saunas

While not a new invention, one gaining serious cache in 2018 will be the rise of infra-red saunas. Unlike a traditional sauna, the infra-red variety use infra-red wavelengths to heat the body on a cellular level, rather than blasting warm or steamy air into the space around you.

From athletic recovery, relief of muscular aches and reduced joint pain, to detoxification and relaxation, the holistic, wellness benefits of infrared saunas are bringing in the trend seekers and performance seeking fitness fiends to sweat it out, as they chill out. 

Embrace The Spiritual Side

If you think being spiritual is just checking out your horoscope in the weekly mag, expect 2018 to bring a shift to the woo-woo side with a greater exploration of spirituality in modern life. As meditation and mindfulness integrate fully into the mainstream, there will be greater conversation into syncing to lunar cycles, shifts to a higher consciousness and vibrational energy.

The trend doesn’t stop at the expansion of mindful movement centres and turning inwards. Expect to see crystals everywhere, chakra yoga classes, a growth in alternative healing modalities such as Reiki, salt lamps and faux sheepskin rugs in the home décor aisle and sage burning rituals to cleanse energy. It’s all about dialling into the higher realms to manifest and power the year ahead. 

Natural Beauty

Not only are we learning what we put inside our body affects our health, but so too does what we put on our body. Natural beauty and skincare will propel forward in 2018 as it climbs towards becoming an industry sector worth $20 million by 2020. The clean, organic products—that you could literally eat—are making their way into our beauty aisles, led by home grown brands Sukin, Mokosh and MooGoo.

All passionately share the message that the skin, our largest organ, absorbs a portion of all we put onto it, which, if packed full on hidden chemicals or “fragrance” can cause havoc on our systems. From natural deodorants (that actually work!) to moisturisers, make up and skincare, no longer will natural beauty have a lingering odd smell, it will be all about non-toxic, high quality and safe ingredients that deliver maximum results.

Want more? Check out the lazy person's guide to mindfulness.

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17 Spectacular Things To Do This Anniversary Weekend

17 Spectacular Things To Do This Anniversary Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

We couldn’t be happier to tell you that you’ve made it to the first long weekend of 2018! You better make it an epic one—with so much on over four glorious days, you have no excuse! The possibilities are endless, from festivals to markets and everything in between, there’s no doubt you’ll be well-looked after in this beautiful city of ours. Come on, it’s time to start planning your fun-filled weekend right about now—it’s going to be a big one!

All Weekend

Waterfront Auckland Anniversary Weekend

The waterfront is making the most of this Anniversary Weekend with activities going all weekend long for the whole family to get amongst! Explore the interactive gallery, design your own boat, kick back and watch the Auckland Anniversary Regatta and so much more—all in one epic waterfront location! You could even jump in on one of the special Anniversary sailings for a weekend you’ll never forget.

Where: New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 27 January—Monday 29 January For more info, click here.

The Art Of Banksy

This is one extraordinary collection of no less than 80 original pieces by one of the most talked-about street artists today. Banksy is the mysterious painter, graffiti artists and social activist who refrains from revealing his identity and does not appear in public, but his work speaks for himself loud and clear. Featuring subversive messages, cynical dark humour and satirical art have been displayed all over the globe, and now you get to see the largest collection of these privately-owned Banksy artworks including some of his most popular works.

Where: Aotea Center, Auckland CBD When: Until 6 Febuary 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 19 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

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: Friday 15 January—Saturday 31 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Auckland International Busker’s Festival

Back for its eighteenth time, vibrant international street performers will be hitting the streets of Auckland! Bringing acrobatics, magic, comedy, dance and unicycles to the masses, this is four days of unmissable street theatre for the whole family! It’s time to empty your piggy bank, pockets and swear jar for a handfuls of loose change because these performers will seriously blow you away with their madness and mayhem!

Where: Auckland Waterfront, Auckland CBD When: Friday 26 January—Monday 29 January For more info, click here

Friday 26 January

Anniversary Weekend Showcase—A HA! Event

Talk about a side-splitting treat! It’s The Classic Comedy Club’s annual showcase to kick off the year, featuring ten hilarious comedians for just 20 bucks—that’s not a joke! It’s a stellar comedy line up of brand new Pro comedians that might just become your fave. You’ll have the pleasure of seeing Jamaine Ross, El Jaguar, Ruby Esther, Finn Nicolas, Josh Davies and so many more doing what they do best—leaving you in stitches!

Where: The Classic Comedy Club, Auckland CBD When: Friday 26 January—Saturday 27 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 26 January, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here

Spookers—Friday Films

Celebrate Auckland with some good ol’ NZ cinema this anniversary weekend! Silo Park is doing exactly that in gloriously spooky fashion with Spookers, the documentary filmed in Auckland and no points for guessing where! This charming documentary was a crowd fave and breakout hit at the 2017 NZIFF, and it’s your time to watch it (if you dare) under the stars! Taking a peek behind the gory curtain of Spookers, the horror theme park we love to hate, shows us the real lives of the actors and close-knit community that works within the spooky attraction. Grab a feed from one of the glorious food trucks including Crepes Creations, Go Go Mexico, Langos, Melt, Toro Churro and Wise Boys Burgers for a perfect night out!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Friday 26 January For more info, click here

Saturday 27 January

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 27 January, 5pm—9pm For more info, click here. 

The Extravaganza Fair

Roll up, roll up to the largest and newest travelling event, The Extravaganza Fair, making its way to Green Bay this weekend! 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: Craigavon Park, Green Bay When: Saturday 27 January—Monday 29 January, 9am—5pm For more info, click here

New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million

Auckland’s most nail-biting racing event is back for another year. We are—of course—talking about the iconic Karaka Million. Watch top jockeys compete for the million-dollar prizes (no pressure!) as you party in style. Ellerslie Racecourse will be buzzing with live music, mouth-watering food, Champers and a whooole lot of international glam. Don’t snooze when it comes to grabbing tickets—the event is guaranteed to be a sell-out with people queuing up from earlier in the day to get in early!

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Ellerslie When: Saturday 27 January, from 3pm For more info, click here

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival 2018

It’s time to get up close and personal with Auckland’s unique Māori heritage and culture at Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival hitting Auckland’s waterfront! Tāmaki Makaurau is linked to 19 different mana whenua groups, and you’re invited to delve deep into these rich Māori connections in our brilliant city. Enjoy live traditional and contemporary music, kapa haka, crafts and of course, delicious kai! You can even have a go at palling waka, or get out on the harbour on a sailing waka! 

Where: ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 27 January—Monday 29 January For more info, click here

Sunday 28 January

Rooftop Summer Series—Tali & Chiccoreli

We’ll admit, there’s nothing much better than the words rooftop, music and FREE sound together. That’s exactly what the Rydges Hotel is serving up for us this weekend! Make sure you round up your troops and RSVP to this free event starring electronic dance vocalist Tali and all-rounder Chiccoreli! You’ll be dancing the arvo away into the night with the prettiest backdrops in the city on the rooftop bar—go on, you have Monday off to recover!

Where: Rydges Auckland, Auckland CBD When: Sunday 28 January, 2pm­—8pm For more info, click here

Ice Cream Sundae

Spend your Sunday… with a sundae (or several)! Auckland’s top ice cream legends are all coming together to be scooping up all of the deliciousness for a whole day! You’ll be in absolute ice cream heaven, but that’s not all—alongside your fave icy delights, you’ll find other desserts, a scrumptious selection of Auckland’s finest food trucks, some ice cream inspired drinks, coffee and super rad tunes from the DJs. Sign. Us. Up!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Sunday 28 January, 12pm—6pm For more info, click here

Monday 29 January

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

An Auckland January staple for music lovers spanning all genres, Laneway Festival is back with a sick line up ready to have you jamming the day away!  Moving to the dreamy location of Albert Park for the second year, there’s tons of shade to relax and take in all of the vibes right in the city. This is one full sensory experience not to be missed, with food galore, tunes, and good vibes all around to start your year right. The killer line up includes Aldous Harding, BAYNK, Mac DeMarco, Melodownz and so much more! This is the surefire way to have the most epic long weekend ever!

Where: Albert Park, Auckland CBD When: Monday 29 January, 12pm—11pm For more info, click here.

Mission Bay Arts And Craft Market

Mission Bay’s field will be transformed into a bustling market where you’ll find something for everyone! From handmade gifts, art, clothing, jewellery and a wicked food selection to boot, this is the perfect family day out. There will be more than 180 stalls to check out so get ready to find some awesome goodies. Pack a picnic, spend a couple hours in the sun and sea and hit the markets to make the most of your Monday!

Where: Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay When: Monday 29 January, 10am—4pm For more info, click here.

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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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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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Free 12WBT Recipe: Sausage Rolls

by Caroline Attwood @ 12WBT

Flaky, buttery and savoury – what’s not to love about that Aussie classic, sausage rolls? Possibly the outrageous calorie count that comes with a corner store-bought version. Here’s a low-calorie version that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. Team it with a pavlova for dessert and you’re on to a winning combination! 12WBT’s Healthy Sausage Rolls Details Serves 1 (increase as appropriate for number of people) 20 min prep time 25 min cooking time 311 calories per serve Ingredients 1g olive oil spray 1 shallot (6g), finely chopped 1 clove garlic (3g), crushed 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds (1g) 1/2 carrot (30g), grated 1/2 […]

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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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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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How To Survive The Auckland Heatwave In 42 Easy Steps

How To Survive The Auckland Heatwave In 42 Easy Steps

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

With temperatures and humidity soaring, we’re hearing the universal moan of Aucklanders as sweat trickles down bodies, tempers flare, and there’s a general sloth-like feeling of a city who hasn’t been able to sleep for the past three nights.

We hear you, Listers. Never fear, we’ve come up with a list of how to survive Auckland’s summer heatwave in 42 easy steps. Don’t say we don’t care.

Open the door of your fridge. Put head inside. Remain. Head to The Warehouse and buy all the fans. Oh, never mind, they’ve sold out. Be like this guy and build your own swimming pool in half an hour.  Buy ice block sticks in plastic bags. Freeze. Tape half a dozen to your body. Show up with sorry flowers for that friend you ditched ten years ago but has a pool. Fill your rubbish bin with water (make sure it’s clean first) and hop in.  Make sure you aren’t, in fact, dead and in the fiery pit of hell. We’re not sure how you do this. Make snow angels at Snowplanet. Strip. This is not the time for modesty. Work your way through Auckland’s best ice cream and gelato spots. Buy water guns and have a fight with your flatmates. Or workmates. It might be your chance to drench your boss. Take all your black clothing and burn it. Just pop it outside in the sun—that should get the party started. If there’s air conditioning at work, take your teddy and settle in for the night.  Head to one of these secret spots.  Stick a comb in your humidity ‘fro. Work it. Go to yet another movie. Watch any ol’ shit. Head to the supermarket, find a cool spot and spend an hour choosing a single item. Head to Bikram yoga to cool down. Assume the starfish stance. No body part should be touching another in this heat. Find your breeziest window. Hang a damp sheet from it and enjoy any coolness that results. Choose this day to become a health nut. Coffee and alcohol will suck any water from your bones. Fill your hot water bottle with water and freeze. Cuddle and enjoy the 10 mins of coolness before it melts. Reconnect with your local library. It’s worth it. Jump in the fountain at Mission Bay. Alternatively, head to Wynyard Quarter’s water park and lie down in the urine of small children. Forget rules about what to wear in the workplace. It’s togs and jandals all the way. Try and get some sleep. Lol. You can’t sleep. That’s for people with air con. Lose your mind. Start a fight club with yourself. Do not talk about fight club. Hate everyone. Head to St Lukes. Lie on the cool ground and gently weep. Get a pack of frozen peas down your pants, stat. Embrace your inner statue. Movement = energy = heat = suffering. Keep drinking water until you eventually attach your mouth to the tap like an adorable internet kitten. Speaking of animals, give them water too. They’re probably suffering more than you. Constantly cross over to the shady side of the street. Keep low. Heat rises. Whatever happens, do not cook. Yours is the watermelon and ice block diet now. Test out your end of days’ emergency plan. Create a blackout. Shut those curtains, turn off all electrics—they create unnecessary heat. Stick sheets in the freezer. Make bed. Attempt sleep. Sleep alone. Now is not the time for love. Obsessively check your weather app. When. Will. This. Be. Over?  

 Want more ways to cool down? Here Are 10 Things To Do When Auckland Is Too Damn Hot.

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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

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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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.

Prefer to listen over reading? Here are the best true crime podcasts you should be throwing into your ears.

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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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Restaurant culture in Vietnam

Restaurant culture in Vietnam

Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

If you are traveling to Vietnam, here’s a few things you can expect when going to eat in a restaurant – consider this pre-travel preparation!

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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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

The Ultimate Playlist for an Epic Road Trip

by FunLists @ FunLists

Road trips are a time-honored tradition. Driving on the open road is a great opportunity to take in the sights and converse with your travel buddy. That lasts for about 30 minutes. The other 99 percent of your trip is going to require some music. A strong playlist is an absolute essential for long road trips. Queue up the classics, ‘90s jams, and modern hits to liven up your adventure. The following songs are perfect for any road trip and will make sure you don’t fall asleep at the wheel. Take It Easy (The Eagles) I’m running down the road try’n to loosen up my load I’ve got seven women on my mind. No other introduction to a song can

How to shake off the Monday blues

by Theresa @ FunLists

Rise and shine – it’s Monday! Are you feeling depressed when Monday morning comes and everyday routine hits once again? Is it hard for you to get up to speed after a long weekend of enjoying your free time with friends? You are certainly not the only one – on the contrary! Studies have shown that Monday is the most difficult day for most of the people. Whether we love our job or not, we can’t avoid stress at the beginning of the workweek from time to time. Or can we? What if we told you that Monday is just like any other day and that all this negativity comes from our heads. That’s why, with just a few little

How to Make Your Apartment Feel More Grown Up

by Sara Parker @ MCLife: San Antonio

It’s time to ditch that college look and upgrade to a real adult’s apartment. While you still may be on a tight budget and not sure of your decorating skills, there are some easy ways to make your apartment feel more grown up. Check out the following apartment decor tips for every room: The Living […]

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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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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

Entertainment Books – Why They Are a Great Deal

by Theresa @ FunLists

We’ve all used coupons. There’s nothing quite like the rush of saving a couple of dollars on a large purchase. If you’re a penny pincher, it might be time to consider buying one of the Entertainment Books. These coupon books provide consumers with savings on everything from entertainment to dining to travel. But are they a good deal? Read on to learn more about how Entertainment Books can help save you money.   What is an Entertainment Book? Entertainment Books are basically the kings of coupon books. By partnering with businesses, this company is able to provide exclusive discounts from big name brands. In fact, they have over 75,000 coupons available in over 110 cities in North America. Discounts are

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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5 Fun Places for a First Date in San Antonio

by Sara Parker @ MCLife: San Antonio

First dates are nerve wracking enough without having to choose where to go and what to do. That’s why we’re bringing you five fun and casual places for a first date in San Antonio. 1. Grab a Cup of Coffee If you met your date online or are looking to get to know each other […]

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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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5 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Week

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

January is in full swing, and Christmas trees and turkey are a distant memory. But never fear—Auckland has lined up an awesome list of things to do this week. From groovy tunes to delish eats, shake off those January blues. This week is gonna be a cracker!

Whether it be with your s/o or your squad, there’s no shortage of ways to start 2018 with a bang. So, get your diaries out because this one is worth planning!

Monday 22 January


Forget Monday-itis and opt for an event that’ll have you groovin’. Kicking off this Monday is the much-loved Auckland Folk Festival. Celebrating 45 years of the epic festival, the event will showcase the likes of New Zealand’s best folk musicians. With performances from Flip Grater, Fables and Reb Fountain, this is one that shouldn’t be missed! So, round up the squad and hop to it.

Tuesday 23 January


Night markets and Aucklanders, a love story that never gets old. Auckland culture wouldn’t be the same without those pop-up eats that we love so much. Get amongst it this Tuesday night at the charming Auckland Night Markets. Think delectable dumplings, doughnuts and a whole lotta noodles. Your tastebuds are in for a treat!

Wednesday 24 January


Titanic Live is on this Wednesday, and we're calling it unmissable. That’s right, this week you have the chance to see the outstanding British conductor Neil Thomson, a 72-piece orchestra and breathtaking vocalists bringing that iconic musical score to life. Music that has a special place in our hearts performed right in front of our very eyes. It’s gonna be incredible.


It just wouldn’t feel right to miss out an event that showcases wine and cheese. A combo we just can’t get enough of, and can you blame us?! Head to The Wine Cave this Wednesday and feast on the famous duo to your heart's content. You’re only human after all, and who couldn’t appreciate the awesome atmosphere of the Wine Cave, a stellar glass of wine and mouth-wateringly good cheese. Count us in!

Thursday 25


The night we’ve all been waiting for has officially arrived. The infamous story of Tonya Harding that had the world’s attention for so long is coming to the big screen this Thursday. Buttery popcorn, choc-top ice creams and a highly-anticipated flick… no wonder we love a date night to the movies! It’s bound to bring in crowds so be sure to get your hands on tickets pronto!

Feel like getting out and seeing some nature? Check out these great NZ walks

Cult Fave Winona Forever Has Opened A Sister Cafe On The Shore!

Cult Fave Winona Forever Has Opened A Sister Cafe On The Shore!

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Come in ground control, come in ground control, one of the most gorgeous eateries in town has just landed on the North Shore. Say hello to your latest obsession, Major Tom—a wicked new eatery that’s set to have the whole town talking. 

The brilliant minds behind the beloved Hello Friends + Allies, Little Sister and the legendary Winona Forever have spread the love even further, blessing Albany with their latest and greatest. Foodie extraordinaire (or should we say artist) Francesca Mazza and Aaron Carson have unleashed their signature sparkle on Major Tom. With a bright, spacious modern fit-out, a step inside the completely solar-powered space will bring you face to face with an epic mural spanning the length of the eatery. The work of local Kieran Donelly, the sprawling piece took a whopping 200 hours to complete. Of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Francesca, whose background as a pastry chef has resulted in dishes which dominate the Auckland food scene. 

Major Tom himself is a fitting reference to the legendary David Bowie. Found on the corner of Apollo and Orbit Drive, there’s no doubt the menu is out-of-this-world brilliant. With each dish leaving the kitchen a visual masterpiece, you’re going to want to have your phone at the ready. 

Our top pick is the indulgent creamy mushroom. This gem features a variety of mushrooms smothered in creamy goodness, with the crunch of nuts, celery and porcini dust all encased within a spinach crepe served alongside a poached egg, it’s love at first bite! 

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, look no further than the insane dulce de leche French toast. A sculpture-worthy dish, it stars thick golden French toast, topped with caramelised peach, mascarpone, berries, vanilla meringue drizzled with organic maple syrup it’s the brunch game-changer we didn’t know we needed.  

Or, opt for the avocado bruschett: black brioche topped with whipped feta, avocado, pomegranate, served alongside a poached egg and prosciutto it’s sure to have you quickly planning round two. 

From out-of-this world to under-the-sea, take a dive and give the soft shell crab benedict a try. A visual feast, you’ll find squid ink brioche stacked with crab alongside poached eggs slathered in red curry hollandaise with broccolini, you’ll be the food envy of all. 

Decked out with meringues and caramel sauce, the chilli cinnamon, or salted caramel creations take the humble hot choccy to new heights.

Every bit a masterpiece from the fit out to the eats, Major Tom is the epic eatery we didn’t know we needed. 

For more information about Major Tom, including opening hours, click here. 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

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