Avenues

The sweet taste of success

Sometimes life gives you the answer you are looking for.

Builder's 'dark house' a calm oasis

Builder-owner Jeff Root always wanted a "black box on a black box" - and the result is simply stunning.

Foraged fare

Even road-kill rabbit is fair game for dedicated forager Peter Langlands.

Incredible edible garden

John and Meg Christie's generous section overflows with organic produce, including 37 types of vegetables.

Family's sand dune sanctuary

This has turned a sandpit into a green oasis where they keep a kunekune pig and chickens, and grow produce.

Eat

Bland and rather pricey

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

Cafe of the month: The Shroom Room

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

Review: Corianders

Christchurch's favourite icecream

Best sandwiches in town

Not only did Bakermans have the best selection, but it had all the retro favourites, too.

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: 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.

Bar review: Dragons Den Social Lounge

Review: Strange & Co

Engineers and Merchants

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

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.

Taking the high ground

A couple who defied advice and bought a steep section overlooking Christchurch are now reaping the rewards.

Fleeing to the alps to forget the city

It's okay to chat sideways when you have these views.

A home to delight the senses

Trump's ex tries to score freebies

Suzannah Tonascia's favourite things

The textile emporium owner is drawn to beautiful pieces that tug at her heart strings.

Luxury tramping in Southland

Hump Ridge Track The 52-kilometre Hump Ridge Track is no ordinary venture into the wild. The experience includes packed lunches, three-course meals and king-size beds.

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.

Good as gold

The finest vintage

Art classes with a twist

Picasso and pinot noir go hand in hand at Christchurch's only Paint 'n' Sip studio, started last August by fun-loving American Amanda Anthony.

Fly My Pretties celebrate restoration

LA 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.

Backyard cricket

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

Competitor's coastal shift

Christchurch crowds are the toughest

Proteas on the peninsula

While most 28-year-olds are pursuing their own passions, Jessica Cooke is busy running the flower business her parents started on Banks Peninsula more than 30 years ago.

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