Eat and Drink

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

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

Quinoa

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

Bread

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

Sugarhorse

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

Nobanno

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

Kimbra

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

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

wine

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

Whole new world for artisanal doughnuts

Donut Boutique

The Donut Boutique sets up new Riccarton store and while the central city gets an Argentinian-style polo bar and hotel.

Review: The Monday Room

The Monday Room

The Japanese fried chicken is by far the best dish of the night - cooked in crispy spicy batter, it is moist and flavoursome.

New Lyttelton eatery, Sullivans reopens

The Shroom Room

A new vegetarian eaterie has opened in Lyttelton while former city favourite Sullivans is now in Addington.

Hachi Hachi: Fancy a sushi burger?

Hachi Hachi

The sushi burger offers two flat cylinders of rice instead of bread around a beef pattie and teriyaki sauce.

It's a thing: Gummy bear sausages

New World Ilam launches gummy bear hybrid

sausage

Gummy bears in a pork sausage sound like your bag? Well New World Ilam are selling the interesting banger.

Make sure 'free range' is for real

eggs

Free-range products are taking off in supermarkets but an expert says buyers should look deeper.

No punishment for food blunder

supermarket

Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.

$110k to fix Botanic Gardens tea kiosk

Botanic Gardens' tea kiosk

A quake-prone tea kiosk looks may be strengthened and re-opened in time for summer.

Press brewer aims for a 'cool' ale

beervana

Reporter Abbie Napier gets stuck into her final brew for the annual Beervana festival media brew competition.

Cooking classes a recipe for success

 Maddox Wright

Cooking classes are the new must-do activity and Cantabrians are lining up.

Cafe chat: Cakes, truffles and winter warmers

Jamie Prouting and Amber Silberry

A session for whiskey lovers in Cashmere and truffle tasting at Mercatos will help keep winter misery at bay.

Ruth Reichl: Food critic turns novelist

Ruth Reichl

Many restaurants do not understand how much rests on whether the customer feels good or not, says food critic Ruth Reichl.

Couchsurfing at Smash Palace

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is proving so popular that local bar Smash Palace hosts weekly drinks for couchsurfers every Wednesday night.

Goat meat tickles the taste buds of Kiwis

goat meat

Goat meat is becoming popular among foodies who want high-quality products and something a little bit different.

Rotherhams chef may have had seizure

Martin Weiss

Restaurateur Martin Weiss drowned while drunk and incapacitated by a probable seizure, a coroner found.

Christchurch food businesses all unlicenced

Council delays leave food firms unregistered

'An extra-hot latte please'

Christchurch cafes have gained outlaw status, after council delays leave every food business unregistered.

'Exciting' plans for Cardrona whisky distillery

Cardrona distillery

A new whisky distillery near Queenstown has been given the go-ahead in the Cardrona Valley.

Victoria St up, High St struggling

Johnny Moore

OPINION: Why Christchurch's Victoria St is on the up, and High St is struggling.

Review: Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant

Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant

The overwhelming impression from entrance to departure is the excellence of the service.

Chinwag Eatthai makes comeback

Chinwag Eatthai

After much waiting and wondering and hoping, Chinwag Eatthai will return to Victoria St.

Paint problem delays bars' opening

Strange’s Building

Cantabrians will have to wait to get three new restaurant bars after contractors used the wrong paint.

Lingerie shop now craft beer bar

The Institution

A Christchurch entrepreneur has transformed her lingerie shop into a craft beer and cocktail bar.
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