Foodies get ready! The Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Tasting Trail is back. Cloudy Bay has partnered with 33 top chefs who will each create a bespoke duck dish to compliment Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 or Te Wahi Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014. The nationwide trail will occur through the month of May, coinciding with duck-shooting season. To find out more about the four participating Christchurch restaurants and their tantalising dishes, go to www.cloudybaypinotandduck.co.nz. Pot Sticker Dumpling Bar owners Sam and Sally Hooper have opened a new restaurant. Sister Kong Bao Bar, inspired by the baijiu houses of Hong Kong, serves Hong Kong/Taiwanese-Chinese street food, such as saffron and chilli bao, at 123 Victoria Street.
Side By Side Tours offers a new way to see Queenstown. In Ural sidecar motorcycles – first built in 1941 to aid the military in WWII – your own personal driver will guide you around the region in super-cool style. Check it out: www.sidebysidenz.com. Louis is an new restaurant and bar set to open at 123 Victoria Street. Taking its name from the French king, the opulent space boasts a lavish marble bar and a crystal chandelier. Complete with a champagne library, Louis diners will be wowed by a seafood focus that will see Moreton Bay bugs, whole crayfish and paua tortellini on the menu. Plans for an additional, hidden speakeasystyle bar remain under wraps.
We’ve found the ultimate in luxury sound systems. The Naim Audio is considered to be the ultimate home audio system, designed and manufactured in England by hi-fi specialist company Naim Audio. Every element of the system is crafted to create a silence around the sound, reducing any interference between you and the intention of the artist. The experience is as close to a live performance as it can be. Available in Christchurch at Pure HiFi.
We’ve just come across the new range of scrumptious chocolate-covered freeze-dried blackcurrants by ViBERi, which originate from a South Canterbury orchard. Our favourite is the decadent Belgian dark-chocolate flavour, available at New World, Countdown and speciality stores nationwide.
We are loving Clarins Skin Boosters. A new beauty step that adds some much-needed TLC to your skin-care regime by identifying your skin needs, the boosters offer an extra dose of nourishment. With three options – Energy, Repair and Detox – our fav is the Energy booster, especially designed for women who have late nights, a hectic lifestyle, jetlag, are dieting or are simply exhausted by parenthood. With winter around the corner, there is no better way to snuggle up in the evening than with a good glass of red wine. Central Otago winery Akarua has just released RUA Pinot Noir 2016. With generous layers of sweet berries and a touch of spice, we think this will become a go-to drop for the season.