Eat and Drink

Italian flavours in Ferrymead

Casa Nostra restaurant in Ferrymead offers rustic homely food.

REVIEW: Casa Nostra is middle-of-the-road, rustic, warm and friendly, with a lengthy lineup of Italian-style dishes.

Cafe Chat: Food focus at Bush Inn

Bush Inn is now stacked with food outlets.

The Bush Inn shopping centre has gone from being an odd collection of retailers to a proper food hub.

Do-it-yourself at home 'takeaways'

Kate Fraser's 'DIY takeaway' the Fin Burger..

It's time for some Do It Yourself takeaway-inspired dishes.

Cafe Chat: New restaurant a step closer

The Little Bistro in Akaroa.

Little Bistro owners' new venture in New Regent St is called 27 Steps.

Cosy at Caffeine Laboratory

The Caffeine Laboratory fried chicken burger.

REVIEW: Caffeine Laboratory is warm and welcoming with burgers that hard to beat.

An old hand goes high end

Harrington's Brewery, going strong but with more subtlety.

A classic Christchurch brewery is still going strong, but with more subtlety.

MKR duo on health kick

Enjoy healthy lunches on the go from Healthkicks.

My Kitchen Rules stars Jessie and Ricki launch Healthkicks, delivering healthy lunches to office workers.

Kiwis crazy about cider

Twisted Hop bar manager Matt Kamstra says large-volume ciders produced by large companies are usually sweeter, easy to drink and have broad appeal.

Sales are booming as more people turn to the tipple that's "less posh" than wine and has a unisex appeal.

Don't let 'the nasty brigade' win

Smash Palace, on the cnr of Bealey and Victoria St, is closing.

OPINION: The haters said Smash Palace was an eyesore, "but it's our eyesore and we're damn proud of the place".

The Beer Library opens

Supreme Supreme opens in Welles St, Christchurch.

Tasty new openings in Christchurch include a third New York Deli, a Beer Library and a new Coffee Supreme

Old-fashioned charm

A rabbit, chicken and bacon roulade at The Oaks Mid, Darfield.

REVIEW: Dinner at The Oaks in Darfield is like snuggling up with a warm blanket - familiar and reassuring.

Fun food at Yamagen

PLENTY OF PERSONALITY: An entertaining chef is part of the appeal at teppanyaki restaurants.

REVIEW: Getting food flicked at you is all part of the fun at teppanyaki restaurant Yamagen.

Are you a true beer lover?

A-GAME BEERS: 'You can really judge a brewer quite well by how they make a lower-strength beer,' says Phil Cook.

Think low alcohol means low flavour? Think again, says beer expert Phil Cook.

Big flavours at Bootleg BBQ

SMOKY FLAVOURS: Charlie George, left, and Campbell Parker's Bootleg BBQ is all about American barbecue.

CAFE CHAT: New restaurant brings smoky meat flavours of American-style barbecue to Christchurch.

The Cup cafe closed for repairs

A taxi smashed through the Cup cafe's front window.

Cashmere's broken Cup will be mended by Thursday after a three-day closure.

Barista makes NZ's best coffee

TOP BREW: Addison Dale, manager of Pure Cafe Co., is the winner of the New Zealand Barista Championships.

Customers at Christchurch's Pure Cafe Co. are on to a good thing with barista Addison Dale behind the counter.

Prepare to share at Orleans

SOUL FOOD: Orleans, part of the Strange's Lane complex, takes southern American food to a new level.

REVIEW: Chicken waffles and ice cream floats make up for cramped dining space at Strange's Lane restaurant.

Big plans for small brewery

BEER BUSINESS: Ryan Gebbie, co-owner of The Institution, is head brewer at Thief Brewing.

CAFE CHAT: Taste some new Thief Brewery brews and sit tight for Little Bistro.

Beer stocks up for St Paddy's Day

Kat Cullimore, Kery Moon, Barry McKiernan and Ryan Gourdie blowing up 600 balloons ahead of St Patrick's Day festivities at The Bog.

Guinness will be flowing in Irish bars from 7am in what may be Christchurch's busiest St Patrick's Day yet.

Beer Library at The Colombo

FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE: Garth Peterson will soon open the Beer Library at The Colombo.

Buy craft beer at The Colombo, get glam at The George and enjoy top coffee at Little Merchants.

Review: Boo Radley's

GENT'S RETREAT: Boo Radley's owner Brett Giddens chills out at his "selfish bar".

OPINION: Owner Brett Giddens says Boo Radley's was always going to be his "selfish bar", filled with the things he loves.

Industrial grit with glam

Mama Hooch will soon have its own cocktail mixologist.

Mama Hooch is the little sister to Italian restaurant Venuti just down the block.

Food containers precinct kicks off

FIRST UP: Vanessa Clements' Coffee Traders is the first tenant in the food containers precinct on the corner of Victoria and Salisbury streets.

Coffee Traders is the first tenant to open at new foodie spot and Lyttelton Bakery finds a permanent home.

Smash Palace is moving

MOVING ON: Owner Johnny Moore plans to combine Smash Palace, which is located on the corner of Bealey and Victoria Streets, with Brick Farm on High St.

Owner Johnny Moore plans to combine Smash Palace with his new venture Brick Farm on High St.

Going loco for Mexican food

Food trucks have embraced Mexican because it is hand-held, quick to prepare and easy on the wallet.

Mexican food is taking off, but what makes it so appealing at the moment?

Fuel for the school day

LUNCH TIME: Kids need energy to get them through the school day.

A nutritionist and mum tells us what parents should think about when packing a school lunch.

Dishes worth the wait

FULL OF FLAVOUR: The mushroom arancini had a nice crisp outside and a generous pile of sauteed mushrooms.

REVIEW: It was a long wait at Town Tonic, but when our food finally arrived, it was exciting and full flavoured.

Southern treats on the cheap

HEALTHY MEALS: Find flavourful food made with love at Ian Hinchcliffe's Holy Grill food truck.

New food truck offers cheap and healthy southern-style lunches and Coffee Supreme is coming back to CBD.

Cafe Valentino: Big and busy

Puttannesca pizza had a lovely charred thin base and gutsy topping.

Cafe Valentino offers a big menu, a vast wine list and ample staffing.

Vegetables return to star of show video

MASTERCHEF: Robert Koller has won the 'vegetarian' category for New Zealand in this year's Gourmand World Cook Book.

Robert Koller wins vegetarian category for NZ in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards.

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