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With sunny weekend arvos beckoning, it’s a great time to get out into the hinterland and discover some of our region’s spectacular food and wine offerings – all pretty much on our doorstep. Pegasus Bay WineryNamed the country’s best winery restaurant by Cuisine magazine for five consecutive years, this is a tough spot to beat for a long, languorous lunch. Enjoy the 2012 Chardonnay alongside the market fish, blood orange, fennel, green olives and homegrown globe artichoke purée. www.pegasusbay.comWaipara HillsThe rolling hills make for some spectacular views as you tuck into the Waipara Hills Café’s waldorf salad with chicken breast – it’s a great match to a glass or two of their Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling 2013, which recently picked up a Gold Medal in the 2014 Canterbury Wine Awards. www.waiparahillswines.co.nzHinton’sHinton's sneaks  a bit of Central Otago into our local wine scene, with a Christchurch-based restaurant/cellar door for their primarily Otago-based...
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Food and wine match experts Cloudy Bay are turning their expert eyes towards one of the world’s most quintessential culinary pairings this month with  the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc & Seafood Trail. More than 20 of New Zealand’s top restaurants around the country are participating in the trail, which follows up on the success of Cloudy Bay's similarly-premised duck-and-pinot trail earlier in the year. They join restaurants in a number of countries  around the world also particpating, including Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, and Hong Kong. Christchurch restaurants particpating include local faves JDV, Aikmans, Baretta, King of Snake and Chinwag, each of which will in offer up a signature seafood dish paired with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc for a set price.  Foodies are invited to share their trail experience through the Cloudy Bay Facebook app. The app invites people to create and organise their very own tasting events. People...
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Sugarhorse is open! The new offering from Pete Rathod, formerly of Sumner favourite The Thirsty Marriner, is something quite different in character to that venerable seaside institution – a tapas bar with a bit of swank and style that nonetheless retains a welcoming, easygoing vibe. With breakfast, lunch and dinner all on offer, and plenty of tasty snacking options available in-between times, it's a great place both to dine or simply to down a drink or two and while away some pleasant hours.   Ask about their eponymous cocktail - it's an original stumped up by Logan Merrett, a heady, creamy mix of violets and fruit. While you're polishing one off, you can ask about the story of the "Sugarhorse" name, which involves a ship that made a tricky journey from Sydney to Lyttelton, her cargo, and the fate thereof...   It goes perfectly with a plate or two from the...
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A pleasant wee culinary ripple has hit the city throughout July as Cloudy Bay Wines works with five top chefs in Christchurch for the 4th international Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Tasting Trail, giving gourmands the chance to feast on fowl. Local favourites King of Snake (local Canter Valley duck leg, marinated, steamed, boned, pressed, crisp-fried and served with wok fried greens and plum sauce), The Monday Room (their entry is still under wraps), JDV (Sichuan spiced crispy duck, steamed bread, daikon, cucumber and hoisin, pictured above) Baretta (duo of roast Canterbury duck breast and orange anise braised duck leg with hazelnut gnocchi, pomegranate molasses and apple, pictured below), Bloody Mary’s (duo of Canterbury duck with pickled mushrooms, pomme sauté and cherry jus) and Aikmans (two choices: confit duck with tamarillo and chocolate ravioli and a wild mushroom medley and smoked duck breast supreme on a bed of spinach, roasted carrot...
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Anyone serious about their dining and drinking will have already spent some major time trawling Christchurch’s über nightlife hotspot, putting in some quality hours at the likes of Smash Palace, Carlton (not technically in Victoria St, but well within range), Cruz Bar, King of Snake, Mexicano’s, Tequila Mockingbird, Harlequin Public House (just out of the Victoria St line on the corner of Salisbury and Montreal Streets), and Mashina Lounge. Bar and restaurant owners aren't content to rest on their laurels, though – the options for your night out along Vic Street just keep increasing. The reborn The Bog is now back on the scene (after its quake-imposed hiatus) bigger and better than ever, joining the cocktail-cool of The Dirty Land from Tony Astle. Mr Astle is also set to re-open his pre-quake Thai favourite Chinwag, again down – you guessed it – Victoria Street. Getting from one end of this inner-city hospitality highway to the other in just one evening is...
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What up this w/end, CHCH? Celebrate the end of the working week with a soothing Carlton Black Velvet (or 2), check out their new menu, and then scream yourself hoarse cheering on the Red & Black at AMI Stadium as the Crusaders take down the Hurricanes (we hope!), or head over to Winnie Bagoe’s City where Hauraki Breakfast team’s Jeremy (Newsboy) Wells, Matt Heath and Laura McGoldrich are taking over from 8:30pm. Not your scene? Drop it like it’s hot over at Pierside Café & Bar and groove to some reggae and D‘n’B with Medway Roots from 9pm. You can then grab your weekend rush of adrenaline on Saturday with a 400KW Holden V8 Hot Lap from 1pm at Mike Pero Motosports Park (rmost of us still call it Ruapuna), or head to Hagley Park for a more chilled out afternoon with a few of the country’s best brews at the...