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Cityscape Foodie File
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Catering and hires business Continental has stepped things up a notch with the appointment of Simo Abbari as Executive Chef.If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s well known amongst foodies in the city – Moroccan-born Simo is the taste-maker behind delicatessen/cafe/cooking school Mosaic by Simo in Addington and pre-quake, Restaurant Simo’s at the Crowne Plaza. Simo has vast and diverse experience in the industry, having trained in classical French cuisine, worked in kitchens around Europe and North Africa, and overseeing first-class airline catering from Tripoli before moving to our neck of the woods 22 years ago and working at the Millennium Hotel, Christchurch Parkroyal, Convention Centre and Westpac Trust Centre before opening his own ventures, which quickly became local favourites.As Continental’s Executive Chef, Simo will be overseeing the cuisine direction all Continental’s food-based activities: Event Catering (weddings, private occasions, public and sporting events, corporate catering, conferencing and tradeshows); the Alff...
Cityscape Inside Word
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Following a months-long fundraising and planning effort the Christchurch Community Bike Share Scheme, Spark Bikes, is now up and running. The bike share system, brainchild of local entrepreneur Rob Henderson, initially has five stations at key locations around the central city – Victoria Street, the Arts Centre, Gloucester Street, the Re:Start Mall and Epic on Tuam Street. Registered users can grab an available bike at any station and use them to get around the city as they like. Sponsors Spark jumped on board with the idea a year ago after Henderson approached the company with his idea. A portion of the project was then crowd-funded, with donations aplenty from locals, but also as far afield as Canada and America. To get in on the action, head to www.sparkbikes.co.nz to register (there’s a one-off registration fee of 4 bucks) – once registered you can log in at any station, grab a...
Cityscape Style Obsessions
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Christchurch fashionistas rejoiced recently at the recent opening of RUBY's tenth store (nationwide), appropriately located in the city's fashion-hub of Merivale. It joins the existing central city Re:START Mall outlet as Christchurch's second RUBY store.RUBY’s Creative Consultant Amelia Holmes and Managing Director Christine Sharma have put their heads together to create a classic contemporary fitout for the brand new store. A sun-filled courtyard for the summer time and a fireplace for the cooler months mean it's always a good time to drop by, and just adds to the store's attractions for fashion fans, who will be able to browse the latest pieces from RUBY (natch), Liam, Lonely Lingerie, MYDEERFOX and plenty more.Christine notes: "Christchurch is a city we’re dedicated to, and it’s great to be a part of the rebuild with the opening of our second store there." Get in now to check out the goodness! RUBY Merivale182 Papanui Road, Merivale,...
Cityscape The Scoop
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Christchurch-based artists Ed Lust and Alex Porter are behind ArtBox's new exhibition PORTALS, now on at the Madras St pop-up gallery. Lust and Porter take a departure from their usual work with the moving image and explore captured moments through paint and photographic print respectively, inviting the viewer to engage with abstract scenes within playful, surreal worlds. Ed Lust presents a pair of paintings, while Alex Porter provides two sets of prints; six framed black and white film stills captured from her last short film, ‘N or Nor W, study of a Canterbury wind’ (2012) and four framed binocular colour photo-montages titled ‘Dual Channel, pre-production study’(2014). The exhibition is on now at ArtBox and runs until the 7th of September. ArtBox is also running a raffle this month for a piece of Porter's work; visit the ArtBox Facebook page for further details...
Cityscape Eating @
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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...
Cityscape Our Christchurch
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Here in Christchurch, 22 February is not a date that we’ll ever forget. Two years on from that momentous day in 2011, the city is blossoming with new developments and looking to the future with growing positivity, but today we’ll take time to reflect on what was and remember those that were lost. To mark the day, there’ll be a Civic Memorial Service in North Hagley Park from 12pm to 1:30pm, including the reading of the names of the 185 victims and two minutes’ silence at the moment the earthquake struck, 12:51pm. The Christchurch Earthquake Awards will be held in North Hagley Park from 2pm to 4pm. For your own, personal, reflection on the day, you might like to take part in the River of Flowers. From 8am till 8pm today, people are invited to drop flowers into the Avon and Heathcote Rivers, and the Estuary, at various sites around the...