Life beyond flat white

The call for a flat white is so common that many see it coming before it arrives. Do we even ask ourselves anymore: “What do I feel like?” We slip into routine with our morning cup of joe – Flat White, Long Black, Cappuccino with Cinnamon.

At Opera Kitchen we have been playing with some alternatives. Spring seems a good time to break habits, take up new hobbies, develop fresh tastes. We’ve been inspired by the goodness of turmeric root and so have introduced a Golden Latte to our hot drinks offering. With honey, spices and almond milk this is breakfast in a glass!  But it’s also a relaxing brew for late afternoon. For a real caffeine hit we now offer pour over coffee. It doesn’t have the bite of a standard long black and it does deliver a wake up and take note statement!  Rethink your regular and give your taste buds a taste buzz!

IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD

We’re in the Christmas dip, half way between the two festive seasons. With the rise of mid-winter Christmas we’ve got a great excuse to don a frock and pull a cracker with friends. But it’s also a great time to start thinking about where to hold the end-of-year office bash. It doesn’t need to be just chips, beers and crepe-paper streamers in the photocopy room, it can be candlelight, fine cuisine with matching wines, ambience and a little bit of decadence.

The Christmas ‘work do’ needs to be more than simply the obligatory get together before the real festivities begin, it should celebrate a year of hard grind, commitment to the cause, the highs and lows of work life. We spend 2000 hours a year working, we should get to have a real shin dig to mark that.

Good places go fast and November/December bookings can be mad, so get in early. Book a venue – we have Opera Kitchen, Parlour Projects and Smiths – to host your team, then spend the next few months looking forward to enjoying the evening.

Anything for cake and bubbles

Do we celebrate enough? There are moments in our lives we celebrate an awful lot: there’s the string of 21st, then weddings forever, then births but do we find enough reasons to celebrate beyond these set plays?  If celebration means cake, or bubbles, then both of those things are worth thinking up more memorable moments for.

50th birthdays. A trip to Italy. A completed degree. A child leaving home (finally!). Let’s pop a cork to that!

A new job. A new home. A new grandchild. A new puppy. Why not share cake with a friend to mark those occasions?

And let’s go even bigger on our yahoos. Cake isn’t always enough. Let’s have lunches, dinner parties, surprise morning teas. Let’s all shout each other flowers.

One of the nicest parts of doing what we do is witnessing celebrations in people’s lives. Today we helped a woman hide a bouquet in order to surprise her friend after they shared brunch together. Often we don’t know what the celebration marks. But it’s a simple privilege to see the happy faces, the big smiles, yes sometimes a tear or two. Your celebrations become the warm moments in our working day, it’s a nice thing to be part of.

TEA FOR ME

Ten o’clock: coffee time. Thin columns of people exit offices in search of the bean. It’s grey outside and the urge seems keener. But it’s not always the bean they’re after, sometimes it’s the leaf: the tea leaf.

There’s a romance to drinking tea, a tradition and a ritual. And it’s therapeutic. Whatever ails you there’s a tea to treat it. Relaxing, energising, sleeping, detoxing, each has its own tea-remedy.

This morning we celebrated tea in a small but important way by carefully placing our new tea caddies and tea cups on the shelves at the newly opened Opera Kitchen.

Our teas are by Storm and India, an exciting artisanal tea distributor run by Auckland-based sisters Storm and India Bellamy.

The cups and saucers are from Rachel Carley, also in Auckland. As well as being aesthetically lovely these pieces have a rich back story based on the academic pursuits of their maker in design, form and architecture.

Both the vessel and the tea itself are a treat to have and to savour, it’s an experience in itself and a special element of our new Opera Kitchen, one we are really pleased to put in pride of place.

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