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Review: Vesuvio Courtyard Bar

Vesuvio

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

Review: Corianders

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.

Christchurch crowds are the toughest

El Jaguar 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.

Summer's best scents

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

House of the month

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

Eat

Review: White House Black

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

To start the day the right way, Avenues searched the city for some brunch favourites.

Restaurant review: Spice Paragon

Top five takeaways

Christchurch's favourite icecream

"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.

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

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

Review: Strange & Co

Strange's Lane is buzzing with people, ranging from bespectacled hipsters with sardonic facial hair to after-work drinkers in sober suits and tiny women in tinier skirts.

Review: The Institution

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Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery

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.

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.

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?

Down by the bay

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

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.

Sumner, and the living is easy

Dyers House in Cashmere

House: The place to be

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

Around the Bays

Banks pen 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?

Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.

Travel: Exploring Peel Forest

Travel: An overnight stay in Kaikoura

The finest vintage

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.

The dream job?

Learn to Surf While many people return to the office after the Christmas break, Aaron Lock stays at the beach, teaching people to surf.

One for the road

"A fun family project" is how Mark and Nicola Wilson describe doing up their 14-foot 1972 Oxford caravan. The end result is enough to tempt anyone on a camping holiday.

At home in the city

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2014 in pictures

Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.

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