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Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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Maddison’s Restaurant’s inaugural seasonal Paddock to Plate dinner on July 14th is set to be a very special occasion for Christchurch foodies. The seven-course dinner showcases Canterbury's best produce, as well as offering palate cleansers and wine-matching from Pegasus Bay Wines, and is set to be an outstanding showcase for both the Maddison’s team and Canterbury’s fantastic produce, with every ingredient sourced as locally as possible.A representative from Pegasus Bay Winery will talk guests through the wine and why it’s so perfectly matched with the food, and chef Simo Abbari will also elaborate on the special dishes on offer during the evening. Take a look at this menu and get excited in a mouth-watering way:On Arrival Whole roasted shoulder of lamb, with pancakes, pickles, hoisin sauce and chilli. Entrée Courses Fresh Market Fish Tartar with corn curd, popped corn, miso butter, and seaweed. Duck and Quail Pastilla with pear, orange and...
Cityscape Eating & Drinking
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Christchurch takes its coffee very seriously– in fact, we probably have one of the highest proportions of coffee-roasters-per-population on the planet. With that in mind, Cityscape stepped up its never-ending pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and caught up with the people behind the grinds who are blending and roasting the city’s favourite coffees. From the fine art of selecting and blending beans through to the importance of origin and the alchemy of precision roasting, Cityscape discovers what goes into Christchurch’s premium coffees.“Anyone can roast coffee beans; the skill is getting up to 7 different single origins each individually-roasted to perfection and masterfully blended to create a really great cup of coffee,” says Hummingbird Coffee’s general manager Nick Cowper. “I think it’s important to have a wide range of unique, special and, above all, memorable coffees. It could be a beautiful single origin, or a complex blend.” Having spent more...
Cityscape Foodie File
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Brimming with, and surrounded by, artisanal producers of gourmet goodies at the top of their game, Christchurch is a heaven-sent gastronomic smorgasbord for foodies and culinary connoisseurs alike. And with some of the best produce in the world right on our doorstep (seriously – a lot of these producers just need to poke their heads out the door to source ingredients!), it’s a given that the region’s small food producers are killing it on the national (and international) scene. Why opt for bland and mass-produced when high-quality ingredients, traditional methods and plenty of love are fuelling the rise of ‘artisan eating’ both here and the world over? Join Cityscape for the good (hand-pressed virgin olive) oil on the local scene. FROM THE OVEN … There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked bread and sin-sational cakes – add ol’ skool techniques, natural ingredients including, gasp, butter to the mix and make a beeline for the following bodacious baked beauts....
Cityscape Foodie File
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Cityscape catches up with Mandys Horseradish whisperer Mandy Steel. How did you get into horseradish sauce making? I have been making horseradish sauce for about 10 years now, I joined forces with another Mandy (hence the name), who was in possession of an old family recipe. After 4 years in partnership together I bought the other Mandy out and now there is just me. Best thing about your job? I love the whole process, my days are varied with different tasks which I enjoy. Harvest days are hard work and I sometimes think ‘Why I am doing this?’ when I could be joining my friends for lunch! But then I get such great feedback from my customers and renowned chefs up and down the country which puts a smile back on my face and justifies the effort. Favourite way to enjoy your sauce? Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, gravy and a big...
Cityscape Events
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Independent music and food festival Nostalgia returns to Christchurch for its second year on 7 March 2015, with headline act The Bats, and supporting acts Fabulous Arabia and Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes. In its second year after a successful premiere in 2014, Nostalgia is a hot ticket for summer and offers the opportunity to discover some of Christchurch’s best music and cuisine. Some of New Zealand's finest indie musicians will play alongside pop-up cuisine and unique food experiences from the hottest outfits in Christchurch’s food scene, and you can wash it all down with Cassels and Sons craft beer bar, something from the wine bar, or cocktails on a jetty (The Punch Club) before checking out the market stalls and art spread around  Ferrymead Heritage Park.It’s looking like a cracking day out, so head to Under The Radar now to snap your tickets up!Nostalgia Festival 2015Where: Ferrymead Heritage Park,...
Cityscape The Drinks List
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Kicking stuffy gin stereotypes to the curb, Rogue Society Gin’s gritty sophistication rekindles the excitement and glamour of the roaring 20s for this in-vogue former prohibition staple. Fusing the goodness of 12 botanicals, this artisan small batch tipple is no nanna’s drink (though we dare say she’d love it!). Distilled in Christchurch (in a hand-beaten, 19th Century John Dore copper pot still no less!), glacial waters from the Southern Alps contribute to this super smooth drop in which juniper and citrus flavours kick-start a party in your mouth. Slap tradition upside the head with a Rogue & Tonic, switching things up with a wedge of blood orange. Get a fix at: Bloody Mary’s, Baretta, Civil & Naval, The Dirty Land, Fiddlesticks, JDV, King of Snake, Mexicano’s,The Monday Room, No.4 Bar & Restaurant, Riccarton House Bistro, Tequila Mockingbird, Town Tonic and Volstead Trading Company.www.roguesocietygin.com...