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Meet the Vanilla Ice man

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.

Christmas cake - to ice, or not to ice?

Christmas cake recipe divides the whole family

We have a festive problem in our household - or rather, the wider family group.

The best of 2014: Food in Christchurch

It's that time of the year when we look back on the best meals we have sampled in 2014.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the gardens

REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.

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.

The best brunches

Mrs Hucks

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

Restaurant review: Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon

Spice Paragon has branched out from its popular Bush Inn base to extend owners Bundit and Bo's upmarket Asian cuisine empire to the city centre.

Food on the run

Avenues discovers the best luxe fast food places.

Simo's

When you are busy about town, but food cannot wait, it pays to know the best pit stops.

Review: Chinwag Eathai

Chinwag

The pre-quake Victoria and High streets favourite is back. Grab a park where Victoria meets Salisbury St, then follow the garlic, galangal and lemongrass aromas.

Culinary tiki tour

Costas Taverna

Take a culinary journey through The Americas and Europe without leaving Christchurch city limits.

Spring chicken

Chicken

A generous smoked chicken salad at The Carlton was the dish to beat.

Review: Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi

Hachi Hachi, Victoria St, is reminiscent of pre-quake Japanese eatery Wagamamas, with communal tables, served-when-ready dishes and wallet-friendly prices.

Stars of 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.

The humble pie

Who's baking the best pies?

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?

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.

Seeing red

We entered carnivore mode to discover dishes primed for meat lovers.

Steak

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

Review: La Tandoor

La Tandoor

The vegetable samosas and breads were among the best, but the curries lacked real spice.

Soup of the day

Sasuke

On cool winter days, there's nothing better than a bowl of piping hot soup. Avenues trials some of the city's best brews.

Review: Chong's Restaurant

Chong's

Hot pots might be a novel restaurant accessory, but when dining out offers a DIY option, expect stray ladles, splashing and an inevitable mess.

The best breakfasts in town

Beans

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

Cafe of the month: Pure Cafe Co

Pure Cafe

Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.

Chocolate time: The best desserts

Brownie

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.

Review: Sakimoto

Sakimoto

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

Cafe of the month: Lemon Tree Cafe

Lemon Tree

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

A grand feast

Madam Kwong's

This Riccarton restaurant brings new meaning to going out for Chinese. Its large banquet room definitely has the wow factor and its menu has more than 200 options.

What's the best Thai restaurant in Christchurch?

Thai

Expecting sweet, sour and spicy dishes, we explored the city for the tastes of Thailand.

The best f 'n' c

fnc

We all have our local fish and chip shop, but are some worth crossing town for? We cast our net wide to see which chip shop would reel us in.

Mexicano's review: A true amigo

Mexicano's

Jax Hamilton decides Tony Astle's latest venture is worthy of becoming her new local.

Nobanno review

Nobanno

Jax Hamilton can't remember a time when she lived in London that wasn't an occasion for a curry and a pint.

Room with a view

We put hotel lunch menus through their paces

Eat

Dining in the city.

Gustav's Kitchen and Wine Bar

Gustav's

Margaret Agnew is impressed by the English-Kiwi granny style dishes served up at Gustav's.

What makes a great salad?

The best salad in town.

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

A bite to eat at Harlequin Public House

Harlequin

This 1920s-style cocktail lounge is innovative and inviting.

Roots Restaurant

A mystery dining experience

Roots

There's no menu at Roots, so expect the unexpected.

Irresistible cabinet food

We couldn't go past these cabinets

Passengers and co

We tracked down cafés with look-at-me cabinets that could not be resisted.

Winnie Bagoes in the city

An old favourite is back

Winnie Bagoes

It's been a while, but Winnies is back in the CBD.

Hunting for the best steak

In search of the city's top meat

Fiddlesticks

We found a cut above the rest.

A lunchtime pub crawl

The hunt for the most satisfying pub lunch

One Good Horse

Nothing says "winter" quite like a pub meal. We scoped out the best ones in town.

Sala Sala, back on the map

An old favourite lives up to its past

Sala Sala

The return of Sala Sala to Christchurch is a morale booster like no other.

Duo Restaurant

A new restaurant in Hereford St

Duo Restaurant

Kamala finds new restaurant Duo to be rather uninspiring.

Plates to warm your insides

Fend off winter with something warming for lunch

King of Snake

The Avenues team went searching for spicy dishes to warm the core and lift spirits.

Best $10 lunches in town

Proving you can get quality at a low cost

@ Tony's

It wasn't easy, and many didn't make the cut, but we found some great $10 lunches in the end.

Venuti Cucina Italiana

The city's newest Italian restaurant

Venuti

The owners Portofino have a opened a new Italian restaurant.

Trying pasta for lunch

Where to go before the Italian restaurants open

Edesia

Finding a good dish of pasta to enjoy at lunch wasn't as easy as we expected.

Chillingworth Road

More than just a restaurant

Chillingworth Road

Chef Darren Wright's new restaurant offers a fine-dining experience in Cranford St.

Cafe Valentino

New to St Asaph St

Cafe Valentino

Cafe Valentino is back, now on St Asaph St. Is it living up to its Colombo St days?

Platters to share

Enjoy, or fight over, these delicious dishes

Platters

We found the perfect combination of delectable ingredients, all on one plate.

Dux Dine: as good as the old one?

Dux Dine

The latest reincarnation of Dux de Lux, Dux Dine is drawing vegetarians to Riccarton.

The smoothest of smoothies

Tank Juice Bar

Looking for an alternative to a hot caffeine-filled drink this summer?

Avenues' favourite 2012 treats

beef burger

Avenues looks back at our favourite dishes from a year of eating and drinking in the city.
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