Food, glorious food: Mandeville Street Kitchen

Grandma’s cooking left a lasting impression on Sarah-Jane Garden, so much so that now she runs her own Riccarton-based café and catering business. A foodie since age three helping her innovative grandmother make all sorts of delicious goodies, Sarah-Jane and the team at Mandeville Street Kitchen create mouth-watering options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and snacks, […]

Awesome views and food: Little River Cafe

Spontaneous day trips around Banks Peninsula are one of the joys of summer. With azure blue bays, art in unexpected places and lovely cafes dotted around the harbour, there is so much to see and do. Thanks to Little River Cafe and Store, those on the keto diet can take off spontaneously as well, no […]

Say ‘buon natale’: Pasta Vera

Being a great host is the starting point to successful Christmas celebrations and can come down to one very simple factor – planning. Part of that preparation is making sure you can cater for different taste buds and dietary requirements, so look no further than the fresh pasta, pesto, lasagne and sauces at Pasta Vera. […]

Blending tradition with time: Pudding Recipe

Many families still celebrate long-established traditions such as Christmas pudding, with brandy sauce, trifle, Kiwi favourite Pavlova with whipped cream and strawberries, and classic fruit mince pies. The origins of some, such as the Christmas pudding, date back to the 14th-century. In those days it was a sort of porridge known as ‘frumenty’, thickened with […]

Eat, drink and be merry: Fiddlesticks

We live in fast changing times and with continually evolving options, so making decisions can be downright exhausting. However, wondering about where to eat or drink something delicious in relaxed and elegant surroundings in the heart of our beautiful city is not one of them. Whatever the question, the answer is always “Fiddlesticks”. For the […]

Whisky is the go-go: Big Daddy’s Liquor

Metropol writer Nicholas Henare enjoys a wee dram, especially on special occasions. Here are his picks from the wide selection at Big Daddy’s Liquor. Scotland boasts five main areas of whisky distillation, Speyside, Lowland, Highland, Campbeltown, and Islay. Each one has its own very distinct flavour. Growing up, I used to hook into grandad’s liquor […]

Boutique accommodation at its best: Eliza’s Manor

A fabulous hotel stay should always take you to another world, and the cocooning effect of a reality completely separate from daily life should stay with you forever. At Eliza’s Manor you are transported back through the decades from the moment you open the door. The Manor offers eight delightfully spacious boutique rooms, where luxury […]

Party central

The festive season is a time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, and to be jolly, with office parties, family gatherings and any excuse for celebrating. Central Christchurch is home to a cornucopia of bars, restaurants and other options for your festive frolics. Here are some suggestions from Metropol. Progressive festive party Start […]

Delectable dining in Ashburton: The Fine Lion

The idea was to bring a Christchurch restaurant vibe to Ashburton. Hosts of The Fine Lion multi-cuisine restaurant, Matt and Belinda Fine, did their research around the new balcony bars and restaurants of Christchurch’s Terrace and brought to life their very own in the mid-Canterbury town. The couple have a great deal of experience in […]

White chocolate and cherry cheesecake: Keepers

Ingredients Cheesecake 400g vanilla wine biscuits 200g butter, melted 500g cream cheese 1 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 3 eggs 1 Tbsp cornflour 250g sour cream 200g white chocolate, melted Cherry compote 500g frozen pitted cherries ½ cup sugar 1 Tbsp Bakers Blend, OR 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp […]