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Bar review: The Bog is back

The Bog

Every day is St Patrick's Day at the new Irish pub in Victoria St. Guinness, whiskey, Irish stew and accents ensure The Bog is always full of Irish Charm.

Review: Regatta on Avon Cafe and Bar

Regatta on Avon After waiting 30 minutes to order dessert, Martin van Beynen left the restaurant disappointed with the food, service and confused ambience.

Top of the morning

Beans Forget cereal and toast. Breakfast dishes can really be creative. Avenues searches the city for dishes that are worth waking up for.

Cafe of the month: Pure Cafe Co

Pure Cafe When trying to eat healthy, flavour needn't be sacrificed. The cabinet food offering at Pure Cafe Co, in Birmingham Dr, is proof you can have the best of both worlds.

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.

Eat

Review: Sakimoto

Sakimoto This petite Japanese tapas-style restaurant is bringing life to the Cathedral Junction precinct.

Cafe of the month: Lemon Tree Cafe

Every month, we scour the city for the best cafes. This time, it was dining among potted flowers and antiques that made us feel this lunchtime haunt was a little bit fancy.

Review: Madam Kwong's Restaurant

What's the best Thai restaurant in Christchurch?

Chocolate time: The best desserts

Some weekdays, a slab of chocolate goodness is all that is required to get over the 3pm hump. Which chocolate dessert satiated the cravings? We tried a few of the favourites.

Christchurch home for Chinese liquor

NZCL Following in the footsteps of 42 Below, Sam and Ben Lu of New Zealand Chinese Liquor have created their own spirit to rival others in the Chinese market and beef up Kiwi cocktails, as a replacement for vodka, with its 58 per cent (ABV) strength.

Review: The Last Word

Whether you're a seasoned whisky drinker or a first-timer, staff will suggest the perfect wee dram at this tiny New Regent St drinking hole.

Vespa Bar is back

Review: The Carlton Bar and Eatery

Review: Bloody Mary's

This sizeable central city bar, based at the Rydges hotel, is likely to impress people with a taste for cocktails and whisky, and those who enjoy faultless theming.

Warm lamb salad

lamb salad Fresh, light and with just the right amount of spice.

Strawberry meringue cake

If you've got strawberries to spare, this cake is a must.

Three cheeses and spring green stuffed mushrooms

Summer seafood salad

Recipe of the month: Roasted hazelnut meringues with white chocolate mousse

For Just Desserts' chef Nic Peters, there is no better ingredient with which to cook than chocolate. Here he uses Belgian white chocolate to create a silky mouse to accompany hazelnut meringues.

Gift ideas

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

Handy to have

Like a spare pare of pantyhose, it's great to have these products at the ready, just in case.

Men's accessories

Colour for your lips and lids

Beauty: Special extras

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

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.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

Catlins Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.

The surfs up in Sumner

The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.

Wine and dine

Off the beaten track

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.

Not your average garage: The mini cave

Mini cave A shrine to the Mini is taking over classic car restorer Paul Costin's garage. This man cave is a nod to the 1960s mod culture, with two full-sized minis sitting among vintage steering wheels, license plates and a khaki parka.

Insider: What's new in the city?

From new bars and restaurants to where to go for the best deli goods, this insider guide has the latest on Christchurch's new and existing businesses.

Sumner local makes scents

Shepherd's Hut makes modern home

Heritage update: Saving our city's soul

Christchurch might have lost nearly half of its heritage buildings, but it is what we do with the rest of them that matters most.

Waipara
Wine and dine

A weekend in Waipara.

Eat
Are hotels reliable lunch stops?

Dining in the city.

The best salad in town.
What makes a great salad?

In search of the healthy choice, we found a salad with grunt.

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