Cafe Chat: Donut discounts for show week
Takeaway outlet Pepe's Mexican Grill has set up shop in the Bush Inn Shopping Centre in Riccarton. The fast-food outlet is similar to a Mexican version of Subway, and advocates for fresh ingredients. The grill offers tacos, burritos and other Mexican fare, making a nice addition to the limited Christchurch takeaway options. Find Pepe's at Bush Inn, 11am-9pm every day, or check them out on Facebook.
OLD SCHOOL SCOOP
Boutique Auckland icecream company Kohu Rd has launched its latest flavour - salted caramel - which is expected to hit Christchurch this month. The company specialises in back-to-basics ingredients and simple flavours. The cream is from a dairy farm up north, and a fair bit of stirring effort goes into the final product. Check your local New World or Fresh Choice for the tubs of retro goodness.
Mercato specialty foodstore on Fitzgerald Ave is hosting a series of short, Saturday morning cooking classes this month. This Saturday, learn to cook Mexican with a range of newly imported ingredients in-store. Later in the month, Mercato will teach you to make edible gifts for Christmas and how to cook the festive ham. There are also in-store tastings of artisan products and plenty of knowledge from staff to set you on the right course for Christmas. Check them out at mercato.co.nz.
TREATS FOR SHOW WEEKEND
The Donut Boutique on the corner of Edgeware Rd and Barbadoes St. is to celebrate its first birthday. Celebrations mean discounts! On November 15 and 16 the shop will be open 10am- 4.30pm, with a 30 per cent discount storewide. Pick up some glazed donuts for $1 each and check out the surprise flavours being launched. The boutique prides itself on extravagant handmade donuts with flavours such as apple crumble and coconut custard. Call the shop 03 385 9988 or see thedonutboutique.co.nz.
BIG DAY OUT
The South Island Wine and Food Festival is fast approaching (December 7) and tickets are already on sale. The annual event has always been hugely popular in Christchurch where festival- goers can relax under the trees in Hagley Park, nursing a glass of wine to the tunes of The Black Seeds and Anika Moa. Almost 100 wine and food stalls will be set up in the park. Seminars include Zest Editor's Table, cooking demonstrators include Nadia Lim, Chelsea Winter and Ray McVinnie. VIP tickets have been snapped up, but still available are connoisseurs passes ($61.50) and general admission entry tickets ($38.50). See winefestival.co.nz.
Christchurch is the first city in New Zealand to have access to a prestigious Vietnamese chocolate which is rumoured to be one of the best in the world. Five flavours of Marou chocolate are being imported by Christchurch foodie Vanessa O'Neill for Christmas. The post-war cacao industry in Vietnam is creating quality beans which are being hand-pressed into chocolate and hand-packaged. The artisan product is high-end with cacao content ranging from 70 to 78 per cent (depending on flavour). The exclusive bars are already for sale at Ballantynes, Rare Fare, Mercato and Traiteur If you know a chocolate lover, this is for them. Find out more about the brand at marou.co.nz or buy a block and try for yourself.
HAS BEER, WILL WOW
Two Thumb Brewing Company, one of the newest craft breweries in the city, was started up by brothers Clayton and Brad Wallwork who began brewing in a residential garage. Their beers are now being distributed city- wide (and beyond as the company grows). The bottled NZ Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout are available now at most Liquorland outlets, New World and Fresh Choice supermarkets and The Pantry at Ballantynes. For those wanting the real Two Thumb experience, head out to Mt Potts Lodge at the end of the Rangitata River. The lodge overlooks the Two Thumb Range and is serving up the pale ale for visitors. The Two Thumb Brewery door is open at 352 Manchester St, Wednesday and Friday evenings or find them at twothumb.com.
- The Press