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Dux named NZ's best live music venue

Chch has best live music venue in New Zealand


NZ's hospitality industry believes Christchurch has the best live music venue in the country.

Excitement of the first egg of spring

First egg of spring

Nothing can explain the excitement of that first egg of the season.

Review: Shop Eight Food & Wine

Shop Eight

OPINION: Never before have I heard diners ask for more plates of the cabbage - a testament to the chef's quality.

Coffee House expands to become The Villas

The Coffee House expands on Montreal St


The Coffee House has expanded to encompass two villas on Montreal St, plus Khao San Road Bar opens on Victoria St.

Woolston Market butcher an old hand


The new face in the butchery at Woolston Market is actually an old face. Meet Steve Marquet.

Restaurant runners stopped in tracks


Dine-and-dash customers at a Victoria St restaurant mean every group must now supply a credit card.

When will phones at the dinner table stop?

By embracing phones, we've discarded manners

Generic photographing food

OPINION: Customers were spending so much time on their phones at a US restaurant recently, the average dining time went from one to two hours.

Twelve new eateries open before summer

Chirny Coffee

It's tricky to keep track of all the new bars and restaurants opening in Christchurch.

Review: Pescatore, The George

Reon Hobson

Dishes feel like they come from a chef who has had time to research and labour over them.

Homemade compost a fun way to recycle

Strider the llama

You could go out and buy bag upon bag from retail giants, but why not try something a little more local this year?

Turning risky start-up into success

Doug Michael

Time's have changed from Gladfield Malt's first year in business when they sold a bag at a time to local brewers.

Puff pastry not so intimidating after all

Puff pastry

Forget all the fear-instilling tales you've heard, making puff pastry isn't that hard - and here's the recipe to prove it.

Huge new cafe for Halswell

Halswell house turns into industrial chic eatery

White House Black

Double-storey Halswell Rd house converted into industrial chic cafe, while new fresh food joint opens in Sydenham.

Review: A Pocket Full of Spices, Rangiora

Generic spices

The dishes at this affordable Rangiora spot have a lovely blend of spices, each nicely complementing the others.

Stranges Lane channels 'New Orleans' nightlife

Stranges Lane, bar, friends, nightlife

The new bars in Stranges Lane are an island of newness amid an urban wasteland.

Bars shift from SOL to Terrace

Terrace bars

Terrace hospitality strip will get two new bars after plans to revive Sol Square were abandoned.

Twisted Hop brewery celebrates 10th birthday

Martin Bennett.

Martin Bennett doesn't look like a brewer, but when he's talking about beer his eyes light up.

Wellington vs Christchurch: The Food

Soft poached egg

After a few days in Wellington, I'm feeling pretty positive about the Christchurch food scene.

Review: The Institution

The Institution

This cute wee bar, tucked away in New Regent St, excels with its service and drinks and food offerings.

Monday Room owner opens new wine bar

It's not Le Plonk, but appeals to same market

The Wine Bar

Laidback wine bar from Monday Room owner about to open on Papanui Rd, plus Cranford St gets its own Joe's Garage.

Canterbury tipple doesn't brew up a win

The Mt Hutt Gingernut

Ale made with Gingernuts, Oxford milk and Mt Hutt snow wasn't enough to make Beervana cut.

A beery good time at Monteiths

beerhive monteiths

The Monteith's Brewing Company is about as West Coast as it gets.

How to make the cutest comfort food

Abbie Napier's cupcakes

No-one wants a frugally iced cupcake, so try this amazing chocolate and orange recipe this rainy weekend.

Wine and design experience

painting classes

Unlocking your creative potential in a painting studio over a glass of wine started after Hurricane Katrina.

Review: Riccarton House Bistro


Featuring an atmospheric venue and local products, this place has plenty of potential.

Jane Montgomery's life of two halves

Jane Montgomery

If you listed everything you ate and drank over a day, what would it reveal? This week, it's Jane Montgomery's turn.

Don't be afraid of a little fondant

Ruffle cake

Fondant - that icing that comes in blocks at the supermarket - is a fickle beast, but here's some tips for creating a perfectly iced cake.

Recipe: Peri peri chicken quinoa salad


Forget the stews and soups - it's time for salad. Here's a great quinoa option by MasterChef finalist Bec Stanley.

Is TV making us cook more?

Jamie Oliver

We sure like to watch them, but the jury is still out on whether cooking shows actually inspire us to cook more.

The rise and fall of a yeastie baby


Making bread with a sourdough starter is a demanding, traumatic and exhilarating experience.

Is Madras St the next new hot spot?

Plans under way for more food and music spots


Nightlife to get boost with plans under way for more music and food venues in the area.

Review: Joe's Garage

Joe's Garage

OPINION: If asked to sum up this place in a word I'd say "generous". The vibe is good and the menu matches the mood.

Crowds beat chill to dine

shoeshine man

There was hail in the morning but crowds in the evening for Stranges Lane and its three new restaurants.

Stranges Lane opens in central city

Three new central restaurants open doors today

Stranges Lane

Stranges Lane and its three eateries opened early this morning without a hitch - despite hail on the tables.

Strange's Lane brings new life to city centre

Stranges building

Two new bars and an eaterie open in the city centre tomorrow promising 'edgy sophistication'.

Perfecting the art of the roast

Roast potato

OPINION: Meat isn't cheap, so if you're going to do a roast, you want to do it right.

Pedro's House of Lamb opens in Queenstown

Pedro Carazo

Restaurateur who lost his son, business and home in Christchurch quakes starts new takeaway.

Dux brewing back in-house

Ghost Brewing Company

Muz Moeller and Julian Sinke were on a dance floor at 3am when they decided to start a brewery.

Review: Nobanno, Ferry Rd


There may be no chilli in Nobanno's cuisine but the dishes hum with flavour.

Burgers, beers and now bars?

Dragon's Den Social Lounge

Burgers and Beers team open a new bar, while Jonny Schwass spearheads a new modern tearoom.

New chocolate factory in Christchurch

Trade Aid

Christchurch's first fair trade chocolate factory is making treats "as well as the Belgians".

Simon Gault at Christchurch writer's festival

Simon Gault

Is Simon Gault a career chef, a businessman, or just mad about slaving over hot stoves?

Never settle for canned soup

Roast Pumpkin Soup

It's cheap and easy to make, so there are no excuses for eating canned soup.

Golden girl Kimbra gets real


Only a Kiwi girl could find a sheep farm in the middle of Los Angeles.

Women who are mad about beer

Vanessa Martin

Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.

No-one is too good for fries


OPINION: The people, I am told, want fancy bar snacks, not boring old fries. This is where "the people" and I part ways.

Giving tea a break from tradition

Dilmah mixologists

The time-honoured cuppa is making a new appearance in cocktails and canapes.

Review: The Beach Bar, Sumner

The Beach Bar, Sumner

The menu is definitely extensive but the cafe is so busy it is possible to see the kitchen really does produce the many options.

Cafe chat: Brick Farm opens doors

Brick farm

OPINION: Johnny Moore's latest venture promises something a little different with its local produce and bistro-style menu.

New Zealand expands into skinny wine


People want to drink wine, but be skinny and a little less drunk - at least that's the theory behind $17m research project.
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