Britomart highlights this week: Thursday 26 July to Thursday 2 August

Restaurant Month comes to Britomart, with crayfish ravioli, craft beer degustation meals, and more. Plus, freebies! Celebrate National Lipstick Day and prepare for a big burger giveaway in Takutai Square next week.

August is Restaurant Month in the city, and menus all over Britomart are being revved up in response. How does a crisp sauteed chicken chasseur and a crêpe citron matched with a French aperitif Ricard for $25 at L’Assiette sound? Or crayfish ravioli with fennel and preserved lemon (pictured) at Ortolana, followed by a Milse gelato stick? Perhaps a hearty three-course dinner of melting arancini balls, braised beef cheek, and apple crumble with creme anglaise for only $40 at Northern Steamship? Click here to see all the delicious offers, and links to book your table.

Restaurant Month isn’t all about cheap eats, with sumptuous multi-course menus on offer too, including a seafood experience at Ostro, cocktail-matched pan-Asian delicacies at Seven, and much more, all for $65pp or less. Click here and scroll down for info.

And for craft beer lovers, Ebisu has an intriguing one-off degustation event – 7 delectable courses matched with sake by sake sommelier Wayne Shennen and craft beer by Behemoth Brewing Company’s Andrew Childs. This one will sell out, so book your ticket quick.

A city has to be pretty charming to lure someone away from the varied delights of Prague, but Auckland has managed to keep Lucie Krestanova entertained while she’s here. We stole her away from her job at The Store for a few minutes to ask her about coffee, wine, New Zealand’s sad lack of double glazing, and work families. Click here to read our chat.

Did someone say “free burgers”? Yes! Next Wednesday 1 August, the legendary White Lady will be parked in Takutai Square, giving away burgers from 12-2pm. Turn up to score one – and find out why they’re free.

Got a compostible coffee cup, paper-based takeaway container, bamboo chopsticks or post-lunch food scraps? Drop them off in the new Full Package composting bin outside Espresso Workshop.

This Sunday 29 July is National Lipstick Day so M.A.C are giving them away to celebrate! Spend $40 or more and you’ll receive a free full-sized M.A.C Lipstick worth $40. Choose yours from the universally flattering shades See Sheer or Hug Me.

New at WORLD Beauty, Amouage’s blackcurrant, sandalwood and patchouli fragrance Imitation Woman is sweet, nostalgic and sophisticated – like Ribena grew up and turned into a cocktail in a glamorous 1970s nightclub.

Going nude in this weather might not be appealing – except when it’s your face. Bobbi Brown’s new Nude on Nude limited edition eye and cheek palettes come in rosy and bronzed versions so you can choose a nude to suit your mood.