Food & fantasy: The Rabbit

By day, it is a picturesque café serving up homemade desserts and artisanal coffee. By night, the space transforms into a dinner destination and bar offering premium sushi and a range of elegant cocktails. Nothing sounds better. Located in the heart of Ashburton, The Rabbit is new to town, yet is already making its presence […]

From classics to culinary creations: The Pedal Pusher Rolleston

Onward and upward for Rolleston’s culinary scene with an inviting restaurant under new ownership. Just a short drive from Christchurch city, it offers a revamped menu and hosts a variety of events. Located in Faringdon, Rolleston, The Pedal Pusher is now guided by Renee Norrell, who purchased it last year. The restaurant’s name pays homage […]

Pretzel crack

This sweet snack is naughtily moreish. Quick, easy, with minimal ingredients, pretzel crack has become a staple in our household. Now, it is our go-to when we’re craving something sweet. Wrap it up in cellophane with a ribbon, it’s perfect for a token of appreciation or a delicate gift, too. Not only is this a […]

Middle-eastern food masterpieces: Maihan Supermarket

Both modern transportation and the internet have contributed to our desire to learn about other countries and cultures. This includes learning about and cooking dishes from cuisines that contrast from standard Kiwi fare. By stepping outside our culinary comfort zone, we can discover a new world of taste sensations that we never knew existed. Middle […]

Country charm: Two Fat Possums

With the ski season on the horizon, make time to stop at this spot of warm and cosy country fare. Boasting an outstanding menu of elevated pub classics, this local favourite also makes the perfect destination for diners looking for a warm and relaxing meal and a drink to savour. Merely thirty minutes drive out […]

Deliciously North African: Mosaic by Simo

Morocco is known for its beautiful architecture, exquisite ceramics, and fragrant, hearty cuisine. As Morocco is at the crossroads of many civilisations, its food is a mélange of different culinary influences. Here in Christchurch, we are fortunate to sample authentic Moroccan dishes at Mosaic by Simo in Addington. Now under new ownership and with a […]

Combining coffee and collagen

Coffee is a daily ritual for many. If we can combine our morning cup with nutritional benefits through the likes of collagen, we can boost our health and get that coffee fix. In Nespresso’s collaboration with Zeenat Wilkinson, founder of New Zealand lifestyle magazine Sauce, this wish has been granted. Making up 30% of the […]

Exceptional experience in Kirwee: Thirsty Acres

On Christchurch’s doorstep lies a new destination venue, bar and restaurant in the historic town of Kirwee, the heart of Selwyn District. Just 45 minutes from central Christchurch, Thirsty Acres’ name is a nod to the once dry Canterbury plains. The perfect stop for day-trippers exploring Canterbury’s natural attractions like Castle Hill, Washpen Falls, and […]

Beneath the wool

Save something else for special occasions and make lamb a more common meal in your rotation. Lamb has a unique flavour compared to other meats. When cooked right, it offers a distinctive taste, rich, gamey, and succulent. While deceivingly, it’s not the most affordable meat on the market despite our lamb population, it is both […]

Eats by the sea: Fisherman’s Wharf

If there’s one thing we love in Aotearoa, it is great seafood. From warming seafood chowder and fisherman’s pie in the winter to surf ‘n turf on a sunny day, you can’t go wrong. Fisherman’s Wharf is perfectly positioned on Norwich Quay and overlooks the beautiful Lyttelton Harbour. The team there serves fresh seafood, caught within […]