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Recipe: Bee-sting cake

Bee-sting

Opawa Bakery and Cafe's baker, Detlev Stukenbrok, uses a versatile sweet dough to make his signature bee-sting cake. He tops it with honey and almonds, and fills with vanilla custard.

How important is good service?

Coffee Forget chefs and business owners. Meet some of Christchurch's hospitality stars - the ones going the extra mile to get our orders just right.

From burgers to bars

Andrew Brown Chef Andrew Brown, of Burgers & Beers Inc and The George fame, is about to open The Dragon's Den Social Lounge in Colombo St.

Our dining habits

Food Crusade From the rubble, countless restaurants have emerged that are setting national dining trends. Could Christchurch become the nation's food capital?

Call of the mountains

Mt Hutt Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.

Eat

Restaurant review: Town Tonic

Town Tonic Dinner gets a perfect score at Addington's newest restaurant, where an open kitchen reveals the kitchen's secrets.

Prime cuts: The city's best meat dishes

One Good Horse served up the ultimate ribeye steak when Avenues decided to embrace the carnivore within.

Review: La Tandoor

Soup of the day

Life of pie

It's the pastry you smell first, then the filling. Both reeling you in. And one every now and again is fine, right? But, who's baking the best?

Bar review: Nucleus

Nucleus Bar This Stranges Lane bar is more of a street venue, with the main seating on the footpath and a small bar that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Review: The Dirty Land

Visit for the drinks, but stay for the food. Hidden at the back of The Dirty Land's bar menu is the ultimate surprise – a long list of Mexicano's tacos.

Bar review: The Bog is back

Review: Bloody Mary's

Bar review: Mashina Lounge

Christchurch Casino's basement bar is vodka themed, with bacon-infused, wasabi and bubblegum flavours on the menu.

Ginger and sticky date cake

ginger cake Sugar Baby Cakery's decadent creation puts a modern twist on the classic fruit cake.

Pomeroy's chocolate and stout tart

Invercargill's Pitch Black sweet stout is the secret ingredient of this chocolate and caramel tart made by Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn's chef, Brad Kneale.

Eat like a Crusader

Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

Lemon caramel meringue cake

Lemon lovers will delight in this citrus overload.

Beauty: Special extras

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

Gift ideas

Fine-tune your senses this season to find a fragrance that strikes the perfect chord.

Handy to have

Men's accessories

Healthy beauty habits

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

Sumner, and the living is easy

Sumner house It's contemporary and well positioned, with beachy good looks, but this Sumner house has got brains, too. Sumner is the owner's home territory. There was no question this is where he would build.

Dyers House in Cashmere

A Cashmere hills home combines the charm of yesteryear with modern comfort.

A classic recreated

Huntsbury home built to spec

Here's the ultimate man cave

Shaun Maloney has built an old English pub complete with a 'snug' for the ladies, in his backyard in North Canterbury.

A day trip to Cheviot

Cheviot Kim Newth takes the road north to discover a charming country town with fascinating local history and a tempting lineup of art, antiques and artisan foods.

Canterbury's rural playground

Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

The surfs up in Sumner

Wine time in Marlborough

Sick of the rain, Margaret Agnew turns to the wineries for shelter. She joins the trail of international tourists sniffing out a good sauvignon blanc.

Meet the creator of Tin Man

Tin Man Tony Cribb is back after brain tumour surgery in November last year and on a creative roll, between naps.

Britomart boys are back in town

Britomart Hospitality Group has spent the last few years developing bars and restaurants in Auckland. Now, its returning to its roots, with three new ventures in the Strange's Building.

Living the dream

Technology helps avoid traffic

Tony Astle expands his Victoria St empire

The owner of King of Snake, Mexicano's and The Dirty Land will soon reopen Chinwag Eathai.

almond fruit crumble
Jess Simson's almond fruit crumble

This dessert can be reinvented over and over again.

Beans
The best breakfasts in town

Avenues searches the city for the dishes worth waking up for.

Makeup
Beauty: Special extras

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

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