27 Steps On my last night in Christchurch, I finally found a place with a crowd of appreciative punters, a lively atmosphere and a bit of spirit about it. As previously admitted, I’ve been the author of my own misfortune by visiting sleepy Christchurch on quiet days of the week, but it was still good …

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The Greek Food Truck Where were you during your first earthquake? Well, in my case I was sitting on the bus at Wellington airport, waiting to drive back into the city after a few days in Christchurch. As a 6.2 quake rattled for more than 30 seconds, I just thought it was the driver messing …

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Francesca’s Italian Kitchen I’d had a very good wander around the middle bits of Christchurch and while my original plan was to eat in one of the less formal eateries, I bumped into Francesca’s Italian Kitchen, next to the Isaac Theatre Royal, at just around the time when a seat and a menu felt like …

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Bunsen I had it in mind to use my last full day in Christchurch for a lengthy walk around the Botanic Gardens, then perhaps a look at their art gallery and museum as time allowed. That suggested a hearty breakfast so I hot-footed along to Bunsen, the cafe in the Arts Centre, which looked to …

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Black & White It was a very quiet Sunday morning so after a little stroll around central Christchurch, I headed to get some breakfast at the Black & White Coffee Cartel in Victoria Street. Roasting on site, I’d heard good things about their coffee so that was the initial priority. I tried their espresso, as …

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