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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Bessie It was Sunday evening and Christchurch seemed eerily quiet. I’d spent part of the day understanding some of the impact of the 2010-11 earthquakes. The city is still peppered with crumbling buildings and a huge amount of reconstruction work. Coupled with quiet streets in the city centre, the effect was quite ghostly which I …

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Roots The final stop on my tour of New Zealand’s three hat restaurants concluded with a lovely drive from Christchurch to the port town of Lyttelton to visit Roots. Including an exciting journey through a long road tunnel coupled with some spectacular hill and bay scenery, I reached my destination full of awe and ready …

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Zen Sushi & Dumplings Christchurch! My New Zealand arrangements were all a bit last minute so I didn’t have a clear plan for how I’d spend my time in the city beyond checking out much-vaunted Roots in nearby Lyttelton. My first act, though, was to grab some quick and tasty lunch ahead of a low …

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Whitebait It was a proper fucking brute of an evening. The rain was lashing down, the wind was whipping it horizontal and it was basically no kind of night to be out. I was booked to visit one of the town’s finer seafood dining spots and was stuck a troubling distance away so had the …

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