Auckland Hot 5 - July 2012

Auckland Hot 5 - July 2012

Discover Auckland's greatest people, places and things this month with View Auckland's man-about-town Jono Park.

AUCKLAND HOT 5 - JULY 2012



MARKET DAY AT TYLER ST GARAGE

Mixing art and crafts with the minimalist beauty for Tyler St Garage, the TSG market day is held on the last Saturday of each month from 10:30 am. There’s a whole heap of stuff to browse through including ceramics, homewares, textiles, leatherware, jewellery, 2D & Object art. Brilliant idea, and I hope it only gets bigger.




STREET CORNER
A fantastic new blog from the creator of Arch Hill News, Street Corner is essentially one massive shout-out to all the fantastic people, things and places in the Grey Lynn, Newton, Kingsland and Eden Terrace areas. It’s still quite new, so there isn’t a massive amount of content yet., but you can tell already that this is going to be a wonderful site to visit, whether you live in the aforementioned hoods or not.




SCONES (WARMED)
A cup of tea and a scone feel like the perfect antidote to what is a pretty cold snap at the moment, and I can suggest two places where the scones are oh-so-good – Queenies Lunchroom (a friend of mine is actually a little bit addicted to them) and Mojo Garage (massive with baked brown sugar on top). Warmed with butter please.




NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
July is always a little bit exciting for film buffs, with the NZ Film Festival kicking off. We’ll have some of the best picks (or pics) in the next few weeks but hot tickets include Amour (winner of the Palme d’Or (Best Film) at Cannes), Wes Anderson’s next quirky hit Moonrise Kingdom and opening night’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (pictured), winner for Best Film at Sundance. Exciting times. Website’s looking a bit rough though, guys!




DEGUSTATIONAL DAILY DEALS
There’s been a real upgrade in the level of fantastic restaurant deals on the various daily deal sites recently, especially Grab One. Forget the $20 for a $40 voucher ones, and keep an eye out for the half-price degustation deals. Whilst you probably won’t find Sidart and Merediths on the list, recent deals have included Eight Point Two, Euro, Toto, One Tree Grill & Number 5. Degustations at amazing restaurants have never been more accessible.



NOT HOT
THE ATRIUM CARPARK
A recent 2 ½ hour stop at the Atrium Carpark (next to the Crown Plaza on Albert St) set me back $24! $24 for the pleasure of parking in an underlit, scruffy and overfilled parking building. I know the Britomart carpark is expensive, but at least it’s clean, bright and you can actually park there.

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