Weird: Pardoning turkeys

FREE? Does the pardoned turkey get to live out a long life on the farm post-pardoning? Well, not really ...

It has to be one of America's oddest food traditions: the strange life of a pardoned bird.

Cafe of the Year contest heats up

Cafe Credit: Scott Barrett at his Elements Cafe, one of three Wellington establishments in the running of Cafe of the Year. He is up against Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in Lower Hutt and Karori Park Cafe.

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.

Stop giving my kids junk food

TOO MUCH?: Kids today are getting about 500 calories daily from snacking.

Could we please agree to stop turning most kids' events into free-for-all sugar sprees?

'All the fixings' video

WELL RECEIVED: Pele Ineleo at today's Thanksgiving dinner, given by the US Embassy at Downtown Community Ministry.

Wellington's US Embassy laid on a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the poor today.

Wine sales are coming up rose

SUMMER WINE: Supermarket sales show in the year to date, Kiwis purchased 861,607 bottles of still rose wine.

The pink drink has lost its reputation as lolly water and customers are buying it in record volumes.

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If you love the idea of pizza but don't fancy a doughy bread base, this recipe could be your answer.

Dessert even Fools can make stuff nation

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Sweet, sweet gluten-free stuff nation

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Nelson defeated in beer taste-off

Craft beer

The capital has topped the top of the south to take out the first ever Craft Beer Taste-Off.

Pinots to the fore at awards

Marlborough pinots have again shone at the wine awards, proving there is a lot more to the region than sauvignon blanc.

TOP DROP: Vidal Estate winemaker Hugh Crichton and owner George Fistonich win the wine of the show trophy at the New Zealand Wine Awards for the estate's 2013 Legacy Chardonnay.

Bay wine named NZ's best

A Hawke's Bay chardonnay has an appreciative audience among the Air New Zealand Wine Award judges.

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Cafe of the Year contest starts to heat up

Cafe Credit: Scott Barrett at his Elements Cafe, one of three Wellington establishments in the running of Cafe of the Year. He is up against Sweet Vanilla Kitchen in Lower Hutt and Karori Park Cafe.

Loyal customers are watching with interest as their favourite eateries go head to head.

Hawkes Bay wine wins top award

A Hawkes Bay wine has taken out the top award at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Flutes and finger food, the perfect pair from Gillian Flower's new cookbook.

The perfect starter

Flutes and finger food make the perfect pair, says Waikato born cook Gillian Flower.