Locals already know it, now the rest of the country can appreciate Jester House Cafe's unique experience.
I remember walking down the backstreets of Sorrento Italy and coming across shops filled with elaborate leather sandals in all sorts of colours, shapes and embellishments.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt is also only 25 sleeps until Christmas and a good excuse for a bit of excess, so this story is all about sweet stuff.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsA few weeks back we joined a celebration at McCashin's Brewery launching a new beer series and a new book called The First Craft Beer - The McCashin's Story and the Kiwi Brewing Revolution it Sparked.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsHands up those of you from Invercargill. Welcome to Nelson. For what it's worth, I've just had a week in your home town as a guest of the taxpayer.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen most people think about the Central Otago wine region they generally associate it with pinot noir, often expensive pinot noir, and to be fair that is a very reasonable association to make.
GORD STEWART - © Fairfax NZ NewsFor those who care deeply about the environment and labour on its behalf, it pays to be patient . . . and have a sense of humour.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsNelson is all about summer so be bold, be brave and enjoy our fabulous beaches.
FIRTZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsHave you seen the exciting news? You can now order a WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery at Harvey Norman for just $7299.00, and that includes your first $50 kit for making 23 litres of beer.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe flax flowers seem to have come early this year. So have those on the cabbage tree.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsMoutere is without a doubt a beautiful part of our region. It is so productive, the land so fecund, it is the perfect spot to celebrate what it means to live here.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsDare to be different this summer. You don't have to wear dresses all the time, try some of this fancy pants trend.
ASHLEE GROSS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe divestment movement is a form of protest that the fossil fuel industry can't ignore. Ashlee Gross reports.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsInspirational gardens and plants from Garden Marlborough, on this week.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs I write this it is day four of eight in Central Otago which I must say is as beautiful as the Nelson region - in fact, it is stunningly beautiful in a different way.
GORD STEWART - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn September, with a last-minute Grabaseat ticket, I jumped on an Air New Zealand flight and popped up to Japan for nine days.
© Fairfax NZ NewsTo celebrate winning the flat white gold medal, Robert Harris has a voucher for $100 for one lucky Nelson Mail reader.
Seven-course meal to launch Mint chef's debut
SASHA BORISSENKO - © Fairfax NZ NewsNelson restaurateur Grant Dicker is used to creative challenges, and his new cook book provided just that.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsStoke and Founders breweries have been criticised for losing their connection to their local roots. But these families have no intention of letting go.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsGood news for people and the planet this week. Bumblebees could be the next top pollinators, a prospect I happen to find as amusing as it is gratifying.
Cafe of the Year recipes to try at home
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsSteve Richards of popular Tasman eatery Jester House shares two recipes for the Cafe of the Year award and his recipe for the 'best hash browns in the world'.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsLabour Weekend is the traditional time for wineries that close over the winter months to throw open their cellar doors and welcome people who want to taste and buy the new season's offerings.
NINA CARPENTER - © Fairfax NZ NewsParsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are so much more than the words to an old song. These herbs, along with mint, lavender, dill, chamomile and the rest, are part of our history, cuisine and culture.
© Fairfax NZ NewsRegardless of what the calendar says, Labour Weekend means the start of summer in our house. It's the time put on shorts and T-shirts, have the first swim and plant the summer veges.
© Fairfax NZ NewsThere are a few different trends to hit the races this season, including some that would shock the older generation.
GORD STEWART - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Japanese take the term "push bike" to a whole new level. Lots of styles and sizes, but few gears.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsSimon and Nicki Nicholas are living a dream. They have traded in a hectic Auckland existence for the relative tranquillity of running a brewery in rural Nelson.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsPainted images of plants seem to have an enduring appeal.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsMaking sauces, sambals or side dishes with intense flavour hits is something I really enjoy doing and I think it adds a special dimension to a table.
© Fairfax NZ NewsSee the new trees, rhododendrons and bluebells for yourself at the annual family day out at Isel in Bloom this Sunday
DON GRAVES - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhere is the best place to store carbon? Is it in the air, oceans, trees or soils? Where is the most effective place to store water for crops? Is it in man-made irrigation dams or where it falls, in soils?
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhenever I think of true class and quality I think designers such as Jane Daniels, Paula Ryan, Meridith and Kate Sylvester or chain stores such as Witchery.
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThis is a very busy time of year for wineries. It may not be harvest time but there is plenty happening.
ELIZABETH BEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsElizabeth Bean samples The Boatshed Cafe's 'Trust the Chef' menu - six or seven complementary dishes, compiled by the chefs.
FRITZ KUCKUCK AND MARIA GRAU - © Fairfax NZ NewsIf our maths are correct, this column represents an achievement of sorts: it is our 100th in the Nelson Mail.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsUp there, where the spring is bitter and short, and trees can't survive, these unique cacti have developed some sneaky adaptations to cope with their life on the edge.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsComida Espresso and Wine Bar is the name of the restaurant end of Prego Mediterranean Foods in Collingwood St, Nelson. Incidentally and aptly, comida is the Spanish word for food.
KAREN DRIVER - © Fairfax NZ NewsVote now for the best and the worst packaging, writes Karen Driver
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs I approach the end of my 13th year writing this column even I am surprised at how many stories I have written about wine and the daunting number I am yet to write; and for that I thank the wine industry.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt sounds like something out of a spooky sci-fi movie, but now you can buy and try growing a plant that produces tomatoes on top, and potatoes underground, the perfect plant for the gardener who has everything.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsI'm sure I'm not alone in stressing when it comes to dressing for weddings.
Two decades after the first mud bricks were laid, a collaborative effort has brought this home to completion.
ELIZABETH LATHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsReaders may remember that I have written before about chef James Perry. His latest adventure has been a food journey to Italy that I want to share, given my interest in things Italian.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsWatching Gardening with Soul the other day, I was captivated by the lively and lovely Sister Loyola.
© Fairfax NZ NewsA bit of history was made this past weekend as the brewery formally known as Monkey Wizard reopened as Hop Federation.
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsLearning how to grow things can open plenty of unexpected doors if you choose it as a career.
DR DON GRAVES - © Fairfax NZ NewsIn the first of a two-part series, Dr Don Graves profiles Biochar, a time-honoured method for improving soil fertility and mitigating climate change
NEIL HODGSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe last few weeks have been very exciting for Nelson wineries, especially for three which have been awarded trophies in wine competitions.
JUSTINE JAMIESON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere is nothing sexier than an elegant woman strutting her stuff down the street in a beautiful pair of heels. Well, until she hits an uneven cobblestone and ends up imitating the walk of a new-born foal, while trying to regain her strut and dignity. We've all been there!
JUDE GILLIES - © Fairfax NZ NewsIf you step in where the birds and the bees leave off you may well see the fruits of your labours, writes Jude Gillies .