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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.

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.

Summer's best scents

Perfume

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

On the level

Sumner house

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

Man in the nylon mask

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.

The best magazine moments of 2014

Avenues

Avenues celebrates some of last year's best photos.

Summer surfing

Learn to Surf

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

The finest vintage

Caravan

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.

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.

Recipe: Braised pork shoulder

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.

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.

One for the road

Caravan

"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

Inner-city living

What is being done to lure residents back to live within Christchurch's four Avenues?

Waimate. Why not?

Waimate

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

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.

Five top picnic spots

Check out these top spots for an outdoor feast

Get the basket packed and enjoy some fun in the sun at these perfect picnic spots.

Follow Kiwibank home

Kiwibank

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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.

Review: Sugarhorse Bar and Eatery

Sugarhorse

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.

The place to be

Avenues House

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

Wagyu sirloin steak with potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce

Wagyu steak

Take the best-quality steak you can find and pair it with a French-inspired potato gratin, asparagus and red wine sauce.

The professional partier

Theme Productions

What's it like to be a professional party planner? Chris Stead knows. His job is to throw ultimate parties that people never forget.

The best brunches

Mrs Hucks

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

City girl turns rural

A&P Show

Dedicated show attendee Sally Goldsmith has some top tips for getting the most out of the event.

Sensing the past

Waikonini

You know you are leaving the city far behind by the driving instructions from the host: "Past a timber mill, up a shingle road, through a ford, past a hay shed on the left and over a bridge".

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.

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.

Rosemary panna cotta with berry compote

panna cotta

With the berry season upon us, pair this traditional Italian dessert with a mixed berry compote.

Christchurch: A dream city

City

There's no shortage of opinion about how we really want Christchurch to look. What do the city's leading lights think?

A charming life

Rebecca Kain

Rebecca Kain, co-founder of home and giftware store Redcurrent, reflects on the art of giving and her vision for the new Christchurch.

A harbourside haven

House

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

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.

Back to nature

Kaikoura

While whale watching and swimming with dolphins are high on the to-do list for many visitors to Kaikoura, there's also dry land to explore.

Review: Strange & Co

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.

Five easy mountainbike tracks in Christchurch

Colonial Knob mountainbike

Some tracks can be daunting for newbies, so we have compiled a list of five accessible tracks.

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.

Christchurch's top five walks

Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?

Lyttelton

The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and spring vegetable salad

Salmon

Town Tonic chef Mark Collings whips up pan-fried salmon, buttermilk-dill dressing and a spring vegetable salad.

Culinary tiki tour

Costas Taverna

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

Meet Orana Wildlife Park keeper Sam Jeune

Cheetah cubs

Every morning, Orana Wildlife Park's carnivore keeper is greeted with hugs and loud purring by Boo and Lion, the playful cheetah cubs.

Mackenzie mini-break

Tekapo

With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.

On home ground

Dan Rutherford

Garden guru Dan Rutherford remains upbeat about the future of our Garden City despite the demise of the Ellerslie International Flower Show. He is hopeful an alternative show will emerge.

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.

Review: The Institution

The Institution

This petite New Regent St bar brings together some of the best things local vendors have to offer.

Passport to dine

Maharaja

With an eye to dining around the world, the Avenues team scopes the best places in Christchurch to satiate a craving for international cuisine.

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.

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 grill: Andrew Brown

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.
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