Adding a pop of colour to a man’s wardrobe can always be difficult, which is why we love the new season range from Dune London. With a collection of vibrant lace-ups, there is no reason to be dull this summer. Feeling a little flat after the festive season? Why not make a New Year’s resolution for a little me time, and try the new Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask? This excellent product deeply cleanses the skin, drawing out impurities and absorbing excess sebum and, with its rich blend of botanicals, leaves your skin soft, smooth and radiant. What’s not to love about that.
Partridge Jewellers is the newest addition to inner-city retail scene, taking its place in the ANZ Building next to Superette. On our must-buy list is the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller in Everrose Gold by Rolex.
If you are heading to one of the many summertime events over the holiday period, you will not find parking in usual places. The Christchurch City Council has taken a much-needed stand this year with no event parking in Hagley Park over summer. In recent years, the council has allowed people attending major events in Hagley Park to park on the sports fields near Carlton Mill corner, which in turn has caused a significant amount of damage to the park. The council will now be nurturing the area and has plans to upgrade the sports fields, so they are safe and suitable for community sport.
Invisible energies, virtual realities unleashed is now showing at Christchurch Art Gallery. The exhibition is by Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, who use experimental, digital, electronic and traditional media. Their most recent work was inspired by the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and is an interactive, cinematic simulation of the natural and supernatural world. Projected eight metres wide in high resolution, it has several different levels to explore, each one taking the viewer deeper underground to discover hidden and mysterious terrains.
If you take a trip to Methven during the summer holidays, we recommend indulging is some fabulous food at Arabica Licenced Café. Situated at 36 McMillian Street, this café has just taken out the supreme title of The 2017 Puhoi Valley People’s Choice Award Regional Winner for the Christchurch area. We hear the grilled halloumi salad is a must try.
Pedro’s House of Lamb has opened a branch at 290 Colombo Street, Sydenham, to service another side of our hungry city. If you’re not familiar with Pedro’s, think tender whole lamb shoulder cooked slowly, with garlic and rosemary, over four to five hours, to bring out the most delicious flavour and topped off with a serving of scalloped potatoes. All ready and waiting for you to take away and enjoy at your place.
If you can’t get away over the holiday season, head to Champs-Elysées Day Spa for a luxury treatment. The Tropical Summer Dream Spa Ritual is a luxurious body treatment that includes a papaya enzyme body masque and a head, scalp, hand and foot massage, enhanced with hot stones and aroma-infused oil. The papaya masque, removed with hot towels, is followed by a body polish and Pure Fiji hydrating moisture-infusion ritual. Divine!
The China Kitchen, previously on Hereford Street, has now re-opened following its earthquake-forced closure in February 2011. Now situated at 17A Main North Road, Papanui, the restaurant owners have taken this opportunity to revise and update the menu, but kept many of the old favourites, including their delicious dumplings.
Rollickin’ Gelato, at 35 New Regent Street, is serving low-fat, egg-free gelato, made from organic milk, as well as 99% fat-free sorbet. A Ferrero Rocher gelato sounds incredible!
For something a little bit special, try Mona Vale Pantry’s Boutique High Tea. One bite-sized temptation is the caramel pecan tartlet with salted caramel crème patisssiere, scorched pecans and caramel glaze. Imagine this, and too many other treats to mention, with a glass of Veuve Clicquot – heavenly.
A new café will be opening at the end of the month in Tuam Street, just down from C4. Owned by Natasha Rooney and Scott O’Driscoll, Uncommon Ground promise s to deliver beautifully presented food. Scott, who will head the kitchen, has worked for Shannon Bennett, a regular guest judge on MasterChef Australia.