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Bland and rather pricey

Rangoon Ruby

While dipping sauces bring flavour to some bland dishes, Rangoon Ruby is 'a rather pricey lesson in Burmese'.

Engineers and Merchants

Engineers Engineers, the roof-top bar and restaurant, and Merchants, the downstairs bar and dance hub, are newbies to city nightlife.

Good as gold

Golden Bay Travel: Collingwood turns out to be the perfect base to explore beautiful golden bay.

Cafe of the month: The Shroom Room

Shroom room Two meat eaters still find plenty on the menu at this vegetarian cafe in Lyttelton.

Competitor's coastal shift

Five-time Coast to Coast winner Richard Ussher is looking to put his stamp on event this weekend.

Eat

Christchurch's favourite icecream

Vanilla Ice "We're so happy you're back" is the comment George Taylor and his wife, Raewyn, hear most often since their Vanilla Ice cart returned to Victoria Square.

Review: White House Black

This Halswell restaurant is set well back from a busy arterial road, in a two-storey, 1880s homestead with an impressive fit-out.

Best city brunch spots

Restaurant review: Spice Paragon

Review: Corianders

Even before mounting the steps and entering the double doors, the beautiful mural on the side of the building, filigree balcony and lights on the verandah welcome us with open Indian arms, in modern, Bollywood-style.

Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery

Sugarhorse Courtyard drinking and dining might be accompanied by views of the latest furniture deals, but its the platter you'll remember at this horsey-themed Moorhouse Ave bar.

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

The waitress's good instincts make up for a menu shortage at this contemporary Colombo St bar.

Review: Strange & Co

Review: The Institution

Review: Vesuvio Courtyard Bar

This redux version of an old CBD hangout might be the size of a single garage, but it is perfectly formed.

Recipe: The ultimate steak dish

Wagyu steak Take the best-quality steak you can find and pair it with a French-inspired potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce.

Recipe: Rosemary panna cotta

With the berry season upon us, pair this traditional Italian dessert with a mixed berry compote.

A statement spring dish

Barbecue lamb loin, yoghurt, tabbouleh and chimichurri

Recipe: Braised pork shoulder

Cook the perfect pulled pork this festive season. It's easily prepared in advance and, served with roast potatoes and salad, stretches to cater for unexpected guests.

Healthy beauty habits

Avenue beauty Keeping skin in top condition is a fulltime job. Are these natural beauty products up to the challenge?

Beauty: Special extras

Apply a base coat and then enhance your features with a myriad of colours.

Gift ideas

Handy to have

Summer's best scents

Looking for a new fragrance? We review the latest perfumes to treat yourself to this season.

House: The place to be

Avenues House Two brothers have converted a Beckenham house into a stylish pad for laidback living and entertaining.

Down by the bay

Sweeping views of Lyttelton Harbour set the scene for a family home in Governors Bay.

Here's the ultimate man cave

Sumner, and the living is easy

House of the month

When the Canterbury earthquakes tipped the Joneses from their hilltop haven, they found life is perfectly good on the flat.

The finest vintage

Caravan Jo Nixon-Sparkes and husband Paul are into all things retro, this extends to their 1954 Auckland Caravan Club caravan, Kitty, and family trips up the coast.

Around the Bays

Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

Waimate. Why not?

Travel: Exploring Peel Forest

Final stop on the Winery Tour

Waipara Hills will host the last Winery Tour concert of the summer this Saturday. Former Cantabrian Anika Moa is excited to line up with Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan.

Backyard cricket

Corey Anderson Corey Anderson is excited to return home for the Cricket World Cup opening match.

Christchurch crowds are the toughest

World Buskers Festival veteran Derek Flores, aka El Jaguar, says Christchurch audiences make him work hardest for laughs. This year, he'll host the festival's nightly comedy club and be set on testing our limits.

2014 in pictures

The dream job?

Fly My Pretties celebrate restoration

Kiwi collaboration Fly My Pretties will play a three-hour show to celebrate the restoration of the Isaac Theatre Royal. Local singer-songwriter Lauren Anne (LA) Barus will join them on stage tonight.

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