Christmas Loves the Engine Room

THE ENGINE ROOM is one of the best places to eat in New Zealand.

Their Steak Frites and Churros con Chocolate are out of this world.

Recently THE ENGINE ROOM released 'Eatery' - their first recipe book and we have one to giveaway, but not before we share our idea of the ideal Christmas dinner menu from their incredible list of recipes..


Blue cheese, caramelised onion tart
Whitebait Fritters with creme fraiche and salmon roe

Duck confit with puy lentils, braised cabbage and spiced plums
Celeraic Puree
Asparagus Hollandaise

Profiteroles with vanilla icecream and warm chocolate sauce

The Engine Room Sparkling Pomegranate

To BE IN TO WIN this book email us at with your favourite Christmas meal (just one is fine!) before 21st December.

This book can also be purchased for $70 at your local bookstore, at THE ENGINE ROOM or find one of the retailers online here

Courtney Sanders #1 - Reading Material

Reading Material.

Hi there! I guess an introduction is in order as I will be guest-blogging my way across the RUBY website over the next few weeks. I run a little website called where as well as writing lengthy diatribes on the merits of Rob Lowe (because of this) I write about fashion and style the occasional shoot (preferably on Photoshop, preferably with aliens and haute couture). When I’m not doing that I’m a staff writer at, which is “New Zealand’s biggest alternative music website.


I was going to spend this, my first post of the week ranting about vapid personal style blogs, simultaneously questioning why the fashion industry attracts that kind of idiocy like moth to a flame. But instead I took a deep breath, cleared nightmares of grammatical errors and amateurish puns from my mind and decided to detail the online fashion platforms which are innovative and exciting: places where you can read and learn and not feel like a retard for believing that fashion – like art and music - is an integral part of our cultural landscape.

  1. The Business of Fashion: is exactly what it says it is. Founded by Imran Amed The BoF has recruited a network of intellectuals who contribute detailed essays on everything from sustainability in fashion production to the relative merits of a particular designer.


  1. Bullett Magazine: is an American magazine that has some of the best RSS titles I have ever come across. They also write everyone’s favourite thing, lists, really well, aren’t afraid to be controversial (although if I was directing a film and was offered Chanel’s jewellery vaults I don’t think I would turn them down either) and interviewed a Washington-based ‘Style Consultant’ which, combining politics and fashion is pretty much both my ultimate job and one of the best interview I have ever read.


  1. are a multi-disciplinary fashion website who also hold conferences and run online stores (I think). But most importantly, they make a really good argument for *why Lana Del Ray sucks as a human being**.


  1. The Cut: you guys probably already know how awesome New York Magazine’s fashion section, ‘The Cut’ is, but did you know that Vagina Crystals are a thing? See, it’s very important that you follow this website. They also created a prolific image gallery of Tilda Swinton’s wardrobe that suggests she really enjoys shiny fabrics and does not make her opinion on adorning one’s private parts clear.


  1. Slutever: while we’re on ‘below-the-belt’ topics let me introduce you to Karley Sciotino, a fashion-sex-everything awkward-blogger who is revolutionizing the way women think about and discuss personal issues. Who needs Sex and the City when you have an Opening Ceremony-endorsed babe openly blogging about online sex. And fashion and culture, which is the only thing on her site I read, of course.


Enjoy! I hope you found some new reading material to keep your iPad stocked over summer and were sufficiently entertained to read next week’s post or to head over here for more.