The judges have spoken...
Wow, we are just recovering from all of the second birthday madness that's been going on of late. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the second birthday hamper draw, you certainly are a creative and talented bunch!
Without further ado we would like to announce the winners of the five Second Birthday Hampers!
THE #CUCUMBERCARVERY COMPETITION
We had a small but perfectly formed pool of creatively carved cucumbers that entered our Instagram competition. The race was very close between two in particular, so much so that we had to put it to a public vote. We asked, you responded and the winner is....
Congratulations to @nzdollynurse! An incredible effort in fashioning not only a gin bottle but also a cup with garnish for her entry! A hamper laden with treats that pair perfectly with gin and back issues of Glory Days are on their way to your picnic blanket!
THE FACEBOOK TAG A FRIEND COMPETITION
Gosh you are a generous lot! Firstly, to be so kind on our Facebook page by wishing us birthday cheer and offering your congratulations on our milestone. We had a wee tear in our eye when we read through all the comments, and want to thank you for all your support.
Secondly, in leaving so many lovely comments about who you would share the hamper with. We wish we could give you a hamper each but alas, there can only be one winner (on Facebook at least) and, through the magic of the random number generator, that winner is... Anne Mortimer!
Congratulations Anne! I hope you enjoy sharing your hamper with "Love TheEarth! We love it too!
THE TWITTER GINWORD COMPETITION
You certainly all have a way with words. It was so much fun reading all the gintastic semantics that you shared on Twitter over the past few days. And while we had many favourites there was one that was our MOST favourite (or favouritest? Hang on, is that even a word?!). Here is our winning entry, decided on by a panel of expert judges AKA the Glory Days team.
Well done Gilly, you could have won on volume of entries even if you didn't come up with our favourite new gin related word! Would you consider changing your name to Ginny by any chance?
THE ELECTRONIC PAMPHLET SIGN UP COMPETITION
After having to carve your way through a cucmber and get creative with your word creations, we wanted to take it a little easier on you. To win a hamper through this competition all you had to do was sign up to our virtual pamphlet easy as that! Through the magic of the random number generator once again we have our winner in the form of...
Congratulations! We hope you enjoy all the delicious treats that will be making their way to you soon!
THE VIP SUBSCRIPTION COMPETITION
We want to thank each and every person that has subscribed to Glory Days over the past year. Your generous support of our magazine is hugely appreciated and we hope you love receiving each issue delivered direct to your door. Drum roll please... the final Second Birthday Hamper goes to our 105th subscriber...
Ms Hancock of Wellington!
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you again for taking the time to enter everyone! We would also like to say a huge thank you to the artisanal brands that supplied the treats for the hamper - Over The Moon Cheese, Big Bad Wolf, Havana Coffee Works, Organic Boxes, Maison Therese, Quina Fina Tonic Water, Aoraki Smokehouse, Wellington Chocolate Factory and Mash Tun Crackers by The Bloom Theory. All fabulous companies that are doing great things to keep peoples' mouths and hearts happy!
SECOND BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY TIME!
This issue of Glory Days marks two years of publishing our beloved magazine. It's an amazing achievement and we feel so proud to be printing in an age where everything else seems to be going online, to be in a position to support small independent businesses around New Zealand and to feature extraordinary people and things that have a love for vintage at their heart.
To celebrate our second birthday milestone, we wanted to offer you, our dear readers, the hampers!
After having such fun with Hendricks Gin at the Cucumber Cinema during Tremain's Art Deco Weekend, we have pulled together an amazing hamper full of delicious treats that pair perfectly with gin... and we have five of these beautiful baskets to giveaway. Read more about the contents of this filled-to-the-brim basket here from the mouth of our Convivialist.
We have concocted five different ways to enter for the chance to win five hampers, so read on to find out all the details below. Choose one or choose them all, and be in to win!
Please note: this competition is available to residents of New Zealand only. Entry to these competitions finishes 11.59pm Tuesday 17th March.
INSTAGRAM - THE #CUCUMBERCARVERY COMPETITION
We had so much fun running our cucumber carving competition at Tremains Art Deco Weekend that we wanted to share the fun.
Find and follow @glorydaysmagazine on Instagram. Get a cucumber, get a carving tool and get creative! Take a photo of you with your carved cucumber creation tag @glorydaysmagazine and hashtag #cucumbercarvery before 11.59pm Tuesday 17th March, and be in with a chance to win!
For inspiration on how to carve your cucumber visit our facebook page
FACEBOOK - THE TAG A FRIEND COMPETITION
We have loaded up a photo of our second birthday hamper for you to drool over on our facebook page
Like glorydaysmagazine on facebook, find the hamper photo, tag a friend that you would most enjoy the hamper with before 11.59pm Tuesday 17th March, and be in with a chance to win!
TWITTER - THE GINWORD COMPETITION
All the food contained in the second birthday hamper pairs perfectly with gin. We want you to create a word that pairs perfectly with gin and tweet about it. Like ginuine. Or gintastic. Or gintact!
Provide a meaning for your word for an extra chance to win!
HOW TO ENTER
Follow @glorydaysmag on Twitter. Tweet a brand new word containing gin and its meaning and tag @glorydaysmagazine before 11.59pm Tuesday 17th March, and be in with a chance to win!
ELECTRONIC PAMPHLET - THE SIGN UP COMPETITION
Is your electronic mailbox looking a bit forlorn and Glory Days-less? Sign up to our pamphlet to enter, simple as that!
Fill out your details on our electronic pamphlet signup form here before 11.59pm Tuesday 17th March, and be in with a chance to win!
VIP - THE SUBSCRIPTION COMPETITION
Have you subscribed to Glory Days yet? If you have you are in the draw, if not, what are you waiting for?!
A VIP Subscription to Glory Days offers you four copies of the magazine delivered direct to your door, as well as your very own VIP Card that offers a wealth of discounts from vintage retailers all over New Zealand.
Hold a subscription, or subscribe to Glory Days before 11.59pm Sunday 15th March and be in with a chance to win!
'Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.'
A suitable opener from Casablanca, one of Hollywood's finest Golden Age films to kick off a little discussion about gin and things that go with gin. Suitable also because we are marking the second anniversary of Glory Days with our Hollywood Issue. But it is perhaps most suitable as an introduction to The Convivialist, our resident bon viveur, who will be writing for us now and then. Here he introduces us to one of his favourite gins, finds a surprising number of foods that pair with said drink, and then makes you an offer he expects you'll find difficult to refuse.
Following on from last week's piece about the Cucumber Cinema in which mention was made of a hamper filled with food that paired well with gin, I thought it would be a good idea, before we went any further, to reveal myself as the curator of that hamper and to describe the feast I had to endure in the course of its preparation.
I started, as many would, with the assumption that gin is a stand alone drink, best enjoyed as part of a cocktail or with tonic which, though lovely, are hardly members of any recognised food group. That assumption has been challenged however, and in the course of preparing the hamper, I have become convinced that while gin is wonderful on its own, it is also startlingly good with food.
But before we get to the food, let's open the bottle. And for this particular experience, I chose Hendrick's, which is certainly a most unusual gin. With a powerful cucumber profile and infusions of rose petals, its eccentric nature cries out for exciting food pairings and I sought locally produced artisanal accompaniments. These I found easily enough and started eating.
1) Smoked salmon - This one is almost too obvious and perhaps why it appears at the head of my list but the richness of the gin combines perfectly with the smokiness of the salmon from Aoraki Smokehouse. If you want to add a little something, I'd recommend a marinade including dill and pepper as accompaniment.
2) Rilette - Given that juniper is not only one of the spirit's principle ingredients but also one of the ingredients of this delicacy from Big Bad Wolf it makes sense that they would work together. When spread on crisp crackers of the kind you might find from Mash Tun the combination has great bite.
3) Goats cheese -The clean bitterness of the gin works well with salty foods and I love it when served with warmed goat's cheese. My favourite at the moment is from Over The Moon Dairy and should you have any of those crackers left after sampling the rillette, they will create a superbly edible plate for this great cheese.
4) Bread & butter pickle - Given that the key ingredient of this pickle from Maison Therese is cucumber, adding this treat to your warmed goats cheese on crackers makes complete sense. The sweet and sour nature of the pickle works perfectly with the gin and the three way combination will give your taste buds a real lift.
5) Cucumber sandwiches - Pairing these with gin and tonic is almost as English as putting Pimms & lemonade with strawberries while Wimbledon's on, but I prefer this combination and we can discuss the benefits or otherwise of Pimms another day.
6) Dark chocolate - I like chocolate, dark chocolate particularly, and until recently ate it without thinking about eating it with gin. Should you wish, you can get all gastronomic and mix wasabi and cucumber with chilli chocolate or you can keep it simple and pair something like a Dominican Republic dark chocolate from Wellington Chocolate Factory with Hendricks and finish the meal without coffee.
7) Coffee - That said, a cup of hot coffee would be a perfect end to such a meal but, if you feel like pushing the boat out, there is a cocktail that might be better. Enjoying it is as simple as mixing half gin and half coffee, perhaps a blend from Havana, in a shaker and shaking the contents. Known as a Midnight Espresso, this treat is guaranteed to speed you up rather than slow you down but in the right circumstance, there's no harm in that.
And that about wraps it up. But I wouldn't be much of a host if I didn't share with you some of what I've enjoyed while conducting the above matching exercise. To whit, I've persuaded the lovely folk at Glory Days to partner again with Hendricks and the artisans named above to curate a number of hampers of similar foodstuffs and offer you the chance to win one of them in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on the Glory Days Facebook page for more details.
Until next time...
What do you get when you combine Glory Days, Hendrick's Gin, second anniversaries, cucumbers, Hollywood and Gatsby picnics? Why the Glory Days Cucumber Cinema presented for your amusement and pleasure by Hendrick's Gin of course! Rose Jackson, Creative Director at Glory Days explains.
Our latest magazine has a Hollywood theme and when we were thinking about how to bring the glamour that Tinstletown oozes to life for the Gatsby Picnic at Art Deco weekend, we thought of one of our partners, Hendrick's Gin. For those of you who don't know, Hendrick's is a most unusual gin made with infusions of cucumber and rose petals. It's a glamorous tipple and the fit was a natural one. When they agreed to work with us on our gazbeo my mind went racing, thinking about all the fun one can get up to with the humble cucumber and Cucumber Cinema was born!
Cucumber carving on the red carpet seemed like the perfect activity for a sunny Sunday afternoon and we knew that with the prizes we were planning on offering, including the much coveted Cucumber Trophy, Hendrick's cocktail books and playing cards and Glory Days magazines, guests of the Cucumber Cinema would get into the spirit wholeheartedly.
But it didn't happen without a little effort. On Sunday morning bright and early, we rolled out the red carpet (well we very nearly didn't as the red carpet had been left behind in Auckland... but that is another story entirely!), popped up our brand spanking new-ish gazebo and created a Hollywood-worthy Cucumber Cinema set for guests of Glory Days to come and enjoy gin, cucumber carving, music and magazines in the sun. In the end, we had a delightful range of carvings including cars, canoes and cloche hat wearing ladies.
For those that haven't been to Art Deco Weekend before, you won't be familiar with the Gatsby Picnic held on the Sunday alongside the gorgeous yet treacherous Napier beachfront. This offers anyone with a gazebo, an alarm clock (the best spots are snapped up by 6am), and a gang of strong people the chance to set up their very own slice of Deco-themed life for the day. Prizes are awarded for the best looking ones so people go all out bringing their finest china, dantiest sandwiches and heaviest outdoor furniture to scoop the win!
Last year we held an Opium Den themed tent which very nearly killed Claire and I (and not because we got carried away chasing the dragon I assure you!). My preference is to always buy vintage or second-hand but I learned the hard way that there are some things you just need to buy brand new, a gazebo being one of them! We only discovered on the beach front last year at 5 in the morning (who knew such a time existed) that not only had I forgot the canopy for the secondhand gazebo, but also that many of the parts were rusted and broken when we tried to put the construction together.
Deciding that caffinated sustenance was needed to finish the task, we left our sad excuse for a gazebo for an hour to get some of that much needed liquid morning wakeup juice. Unfortunately the wind was rather fierce last year and we decided over coffee that if, on our return, the treacherous excuse for a tent had blown off to fairer shores we would weep heartily, abandon the whole idea and go home.
Much to our surprise, the Frankenstein frame was still up on our return but as we approached we had a crew of gazebo constructors run towards us with tales of how ours had got airborne, had very nearly taken off into the drink and had required a group effort to rescue and secure. I will repeat the moral of the story once again... mainly for my own benefit. There are some things you just need to buy brand new, a gazebo being one of them!
Anyway, onwards and upwards! We learnt our lesson wholeheartedly last year and this year was a much more pleasant affair! Aside form the Cucumber Cinema, we also held a good old fashioned raffle draw to win one of two fabulous prizes, the Hendricks Hamper containing a range of delicious goodies that pair perfectly with gin (which we will be giving away to other lucky Glory Days readers shortly!), and a Hendrick's tea set, apparently very collectible and worth a small fortune on the ebay market.
Throughout the day we were serenaded by the ukulele group that pitched up next to us, the infamous gorilla hunt called in for a rest on the directors chair and there were photo opportunities galore, the full set of which you can view on our Facebook page. All in all a wonderful day and the perfect way to celebrate our second anniversary! Thank you to Hendrick's Gin for being a great drink and for making such wonderful partners, our guests for visiting and taking up the cucumber carving challenge with such gusto and everyone who dropped in and said hello!