Eat and Drink
Chch has best live music venue in New Zealand
NZ's hospitality industry believes Christchurch has the best live music venue in the country.
Nothing can explain the excitement of that first egg of the season.
OPINION: Never before have I heard diners ask for more plates of the cabbage - a testament to the chef's quality.
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.
The new face in the butchery at Woolston Market is actually an old face. Meet Steve Marquet.
Dine-and-dash customers at a Victoria St restaurant mean every group must now supply a credit card.
By embracing phones, we've discarded manners
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.
It's tricky to keep track of all the new bars and restaurants opening in Christchurch.
Dishes feel like they come from a chef who has had time to research and labour over them.
You could go out and buy bag upon bag from retail giants, but why not try something a little more local this year?
Time's have changed from Gladfield Malt's first year in business when they sold a bag at a time to local brewers.
Forget all the fear-instilling tales you've heard, making puff pastry isn't that hard - and here's the recipe to prove it.
Halswell house turns into industrial chic eatery
Double-storey Halswell Rd house converted into industrial chic cafe, while new fresh food joint opens in Sydenham.
The dishes at this affordable Rangiora spot have a lovely blend of spices, each nicely complementing the others.
The new bars in Stranges Lane are an island of newness amid an urban wasteland.
Terrace hospitality strip will get two new bars after plans to revive Sol Square were abandoned.
Martin Bennett doesn't look like a brewer, but when he's talking about beer his eyes light up.
After a few days in Wellington, I'm feeling pretty positive about the Christchurch food scene.
This cute wee bar, tucked away in New Regent St, excels with its service and drinks and food offerings.
It's not Le Plonk, but appeals to same market
Laidback wine bar from Monday Room owner about to open on Papanui Rd, plus Cranford St gets its own Joe's Garage.
Ale made with Gingernuts, Oxford milk and Mt Hutt snow wasn't enough to make Beervana cut.
The Monteith's Brewing Company is about as West Coast as it gets.
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.
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