Eat and Drink
No-one wants a frugally iced cupcake, so try this amazing chocolate and orange recipe this rainy weekend.
Unlocking your creative potential in a painting studio over a glass of wine started after Hurricane Katrina.
Featuring an atmospheric venue and local products, this place has plenty of potential.
If you listed everything you ate and drank over a day, what would it reveal? This week, it's Jane Montgomery's turn.
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.
Forget the stews and soups - it's time for salad. Here's a great quinoa option by MasterChef finalist Bec Stanley.
We sure like to watch them, but the jury is still out on whether cooking shows actually inspire us to cook more.
Making bread with a sourdough starter is a demanding, traumatic and exhilarating experience.
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.
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.
There was hail in the morning but crowds in the evening for Stranges Lane and its three new restaurants.
Three new central restaurants open doors today
Stranges Lane and its three eateries opened early this morning without a hitch - despite hail on the tables.
Two new bars and an eaterie open in the city centre tomorrow promising 'edgy sophistication'.
OPINION: Meat isn't cheap, so if you're going to do a roast, you want to do it right.
Restaurateur who lost his son, business and home in Christchurch quakes starts new takeaway.
Muz Moeller and Julian Sinke were on a dance floor at 3am when they decided to start a brewery.
There may be no chilli in Nobanno's cuisine but the dishes hum with flavour.
Burgers and Beers team open a new bar, while Jonny Schwass spearheads a new modern tearoom.
Christchurch's first fair trade chocolate factory is making treats "as well as the Belgians".
Is Simon Gault a career chef, a businessman, or just mad about slaving over hot stoves?
It's cheap and easy to make, so there are no excuses for eating canned soup.
Only a Kiwi girl could find a sheep farm in the middle of Los Angeles.
Brewing beer has been a man's domain for decades, but women are surging back into the role.
OPINION: The people, I am told, want fancy bar snacks, not boring old fries. This is where "the people" and I part ways.
The time-honoured cuppa is making a new appearance in cocktails and canapes.
The menu is definitely extensive but the cafe is so busy it is possible to see the kitchen really does produce the many options.
OPINION: Johnny Moore's latest venture promises something a little different with its local produce and bistro-style menu.
People want to drink wine, but be skinny and a little less drunk - at least that's the theory behind $17m research project.
The Donut Boutique sets up new Riccarton store and while the central city gets an Argentinian-style polo bar and hotel.
The Japanese fried chicken is by far the best dish of the night - cooked in crispy spicy batter, it is moist and flavoursome.
A new vegetarian eaterie has opened in Lyttelton while former city favourite Sullivans is now in Addington.
The sushi burger offers two flat cylinders of rice instead of bread around a beef pattie and teriyaki sauce.
New World Ilam launches gummy bear hybrid
Gummy bears in a pork sausage sound like your bag? Well New World Ilam are selling the interesting banger.
Free-range products are taking off in supermarkets but an expert says buyers should look deeper.
Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.
A quake-prone tea kiosk looks may be strengthened and re-opened in time for summer.
Reporter Abbie Napier gets stuck into her final brew for the annual Beervana festival media brew competition.
Cooking classes are the new must-do activity and Cantabrians are lining up.
A session for whiskey lovers in Cashmere and truffle tasting at Mercatos will help keep winter misery at bay.
Many restaurants do not understand how much rests on whether the customer feels good or not, says food critic Ruth Reichl.
Couchsurfing is proving so popular that local bar Smash Palace hosts weekly drinks for couchsurfers every Wednesday night.
Goat meat is becoming popular among foodies who want high-quality products and something a little bit different.
Restaurateur Martin Weiss drowned while drunk and incapacitated by a probable seizure, a coroner found.
Council delays leave food firms unregistered
Christchurch cafes have gained outlaw status, after council delays leave every food business unregistered.
A new whisky distillery near Queenstown has been given the go-ahead in the Cardrona Valley.
OPINION: Why Christchurch's Victoria St is on the up, and High St is struggling.
The overwhelming impression from entrance to departure is the excellence of the service.
After much waiting and wondering and hoping, Chinwag Eatthai will return to Victoria St.
Cantabrians will have to wait to get three new restaurant bars after contractors used the wrong paint.
A Christchurch entrepreneur has transformed her lingerie shop into a craft beer and cocktail bar.
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