A right royal vegan affair

New Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy inspects the Guard of Honour at her swearing-in ceremony.

The "plant based" menu served at Dame Patsy Reddy's first banquet was a far cry from tofu and mung beans.

5 ways to spot a bad coffee

A clean steam wand is important if you want to avoid the taste of sour milk.

"A cafe can have a great barista, but if its coffee machine hygiene standards are slack, they're going to make bad coffee."

7 foods to avoid on a first date

Freshly caught oysters on a first date? Might be a bit forward.

Hoping for a second date? Then stay away from these sure-to-repel foods.

Find free fruit in your city

Forage maps outline where a bounty of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs are up for grabs and ripe for the picking.

With over 2500 varieties of foraged foods in NZ, you're never short of something delicious.

5 of the best cocktail bars

Bedford, Soda & Liquor is a New York inspired neighbourhood bar serving hand made soda's, cocktails and meatballs.

What better way to welcome summer than sipping on some of Auckland's best cocktails.

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recipes

Sam Mannering's Xinjian-style beef short ribs

Succulent Xinjiang-style beef short ribs are perfect for sharing.

Friends or family coming over for dinner? These slow-cooked ribs are perfect for sharing – and you can finish them on the barbecue.

Recipe: Spicy peanut sauce

The Waikato couple behind Wild Country Fine Foods has turned a passion for flavours into a thriving business.

A week of healthy work lunches

Leftover quinoa & rice dishes

readers' recipes

Recipe: the easiest, edible gift stuff nation

STOCKING STUFFERS: Or tummy stuffers, for that matter.

Even my allergic-to-the-kitchen husband could knock these feative treats out.

Recipe: Feel-good stir fry stuff nation

This yummy, veggie stir fry from Kat Guise is a quick meal that won't hit you too hard in the pocket.

MMM ... MUFFINS: These muffins can be served with cream or yogurt. .

Fruity gluten-free muffins recipe

Yummy home-baked muffins? These gluten-free, grain-free, low sugar muffins are just the thing.

drinks

From flat white to flowerbed video

Many coffee lovers don't realise the plastic lining in a takeaway coffee cup means they can't be recycled in New Zealand.

9:04 PM  Z's coffee cup recycling scheme could be good news for gardeners.

'Fruit bombs' lead to great things

The Central Otago 'fruit bomb' style of pinot noir was just the beginning.

Bellini Bar is part of the Hilton Hotel located right at the end of Princes Wharf, offering one of the best views of the ...

5 of Auckland's best cocktail bars

What better way to welcome summer than sipping on some of Auckland's best cocktails.

food news

Beer and dumplings sell out

Ten minutes into the first Night Noodle Market in Queenstown and the first queue had formed at the Hoy Pinoy stall.

 Noodles, beer and ponchos in demand.

Heretaunga on a Plate

Can a high school serve up a five course dinner worth the $75 ticket price?

Whitebait fritters will be on the menu at four festivals across the West Coast this spring.

Celebrating 'white gold'

Whitebait is on the menu at festivals up and down the West Coast in a bid to boost the region's economy.

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