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Kick off the Cup action: Savoire Cafe


If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale’s popular Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus experience.

 

 

The occasion has become an important event on the calendar for the local eatery, situated on the edge of Merivale Mall.

From 9am on 12 November, a set menu will offer delectable options, such as the Savoire Café Cooked Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Corn Fritter Stack, Hot Cakes with Bacon, Banana and Maple Syrup, and a Fruit Platter. The $40 per person price includes a flute of bubbles, with staff and guests encouraged to dress to the nines.

Following breakfast, a bus will pick participants up from the café and transport them to the races at Addington, in time for the first race.

So, gather some friends and make your booking for the event today by contacting Savoire Café of Merivale on 03 355 5645. Bookings essential.

 

 


 

Spring brunch delights: Red Eight Cafe


Popular Kaiapoi eatery Red Eight Café has now introduced its delicious brunch menu every day.

 

 

Pastry chef Stephanie Reeves, owner of Red Eight, has spruced up the brunch menu for spring, and extended the hours it’s available. From 8am ‘til 2pm daily, except Sunday when it’s closed, the new brunch offerings are up for grabs.

The avocado on rye or rosti is always popular, Stephanie says. So, too, are the pancakes served with fresh fruit, butterscotch sauce, ice cream and gingernut crumble. Headlining the new menu, however, is the eggs benedict. It’s served on a crispy agria potato rosti with mushrooms and spinach, or bacon, or smoked salmon, and the hollandaise sauce is house-made.

 

In fact, everything at Red Eight is house-made. Stephanie and the team prepare everything right there, every day, including the sauces, aiolis and vinaigrettes. Even the milkshakes (very popular!) are made with sauces from real ingredients. Real bananas, real strawberries. No generic syrups.

That’s how it is at Red Eight. “It’s simple food, done well,” Stephanie says. “Tastes delicious and looks good on the plate.”

 

In addition to the new brunch menu, there’s a cabinet full of scrumptious delights, all, of course, freshly made in house each day. “To me, that’s the sign of a good café – if there’s so much choice that you can’t decide what you want.”
Open 7am ‘til 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am ‘til 4pm on Saturday, Red Eight also offers catering and venue hire.

To contact, phone 03 327 0136. Visit 143 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, or check out the Facebook page.

 

 


 

What’s on the Horizon


Matty McLean is the common denominator whether it’s sunny, windy or there’s a spot of rain on its way. We caught up with one of the country’s most beloved presenters about his journey from Christchurch to the big smoke and what he’s got on the horizon, before he headed off to Celebrity Treasure Island.

 

 

What attracted you to the field of journalism and the media?
When I was 10, the local radio station in Queenstown reached out to my primary school, looking for student volunteers to help host a Sunday morning kid’s show. I was a little bit partial to the spotlight, so immediately put my hand up. It was my first taste of the media world and I was hooked. I loved talking to people, hearing their stories and sharing them with others. I decided pretty quickly I wanted to be a journalist.


You grew up in Queenstown before heading to Christchurch to study broadcasting. What do you love the most about our little southern spot?
I absolutely adore everything about the South Island. I was pretty spoiled calling Queenstown home and Christchurch was the perfect next step when I needed to move away for university. It was so picturesque, with amazing spots like Banks Peninsula and Mt Hutt so close, but with a big city feel. I was only there for two years, but Christchurch still holds a really special place for me. I love any chance I get to head back there.


You got your first break on Breakfast as a fresh-faced 20-year-old in 2007. What have been some of your biggest career highlights in the intervening years?
I have honestly been truly blessed – if you saw my baby-faced 20-year-old self, you too would be utterly surprised that anyone had let me appear on national television. But they did and my career has been so incredibly rewarding since then. I’ve travelled overseas to places like Shanghai and LA, interviewed everyone from Prince William to Will.I.Am and been a part of some truly insane television, like the time we performed a wedding live on Breakfast for two of our viewers. I’ve been at TVNZ for 12 years now and I honestly do still pinch myself that I get to do this every day.


You’re in a very high-profile role and publicly acknowledged you were gay during this career. What was that experience like and how far do you think we have come in terms of accepting diversity?
I was actually just starting my career when I decided to come out to those closest to me – although, in fairness, I’m not sure anyone was particularly surprised. After that, I was always pretty open about who I was, but never discussed it publicly, until the marriage equality debates started. It was then I realised I could possibly use my position to help the cause, so I made a submission and ended up speaking in parliament in front of the select committee. It was a really special experience, and rather liberating to do so publicly. The response absolutely blew me away – people were so kind and accepting and when the marriage equality bill passed, I really did feel a major shift in the way this country operated. There’s still a long way to go, of course – homophobia is still alive and well – but we’re getting there. I truly think we’d be a much better place if we were all just kinder and let people live their lives the way they authentically want to do.


When you’re not reading the weather, you’re a marriage celebrant… that’s a bit left field! How did that come about and what do you enjoy about this rather unusual role?
I arrived at that age where my friends started getting engaged, and I really started falling in love with weddings. I just thought it would be a really incredible thing to be part of, especially for people I really cared about. So I went through the process to become a celebrant and have been doing it now for about six years. It honestly is so much fun and I never take it for granted – what a privilege it is to be asked to officiate someone’s big day. I mostly just do it for friends of mine these days and I’ll keep doing it until people stop asking me, probably.


You headed off for your OE in 2016, now you’ve come back and bought a house with your partner (congratulations by the way!). What do the next 12 months have in store for you?
Yeah, it’s been a busy few years. I moved home from the UK, started on Breakfast, met my partner, got a dog, bought a house. So, in all honesty, I’m quite enjoying the fact that I’m able to relax a bit in 2019. But we’re still doing some DIY work on our new home, which is really rewarding. Breakfast is going gangbusters at the moment, so I’m still having an amazing time on the show. And I do have a couple of other really exciting projects in the pipeline – so watch this space! I’m feeling pretty pumped about the next 12 months.

 


 

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The perfect way to start your day: Lincoln’s The Famous Grouse Hotel

For residents of Lincoln, the Famous Grouse Hotel needs no introduction. Standing proudly at 2 Gerald Street Lincoln, it has been the epicentre of culinary eats, thirst-quenching beverages and great local tales for many a moon.

the Famous Grouse Hotel

The building itself has had many names since completion way back in 1868 however, since 2010, the Famous Grouse Hotel has instilled a sense of unparalleled loyalty from its patrons. The hotel offers accommodation, a main bar, garden bar and separate restaurant, serving up a fabulous gastro pub style hearty breakfast, a mere 20 minutes from the centre of town.
Talking of the breakfast menu, dishes like the Sweet Corn and Feta Fritters or the aptly named Breakfast Burger, provide the perfect way to start your day. Plus those with bigger appetites should give the hearty Farmers Breakfast a go. Containing two sausages, grilled tomato, batard, mushrooms, bacon, baked beans, hashbrowns and two free range eggs cooked to your liking, you can’t get more Kiwi than that.
The hotel itself is the perfect place to stay. Whether an overnighter or for weeks on end, the nine modern rooms are available for bookings, along with hire of the conference room and facilities.
So, whether you intend to stay, eat, drink or soak up the history of a venue that looks to the past but embraces the future, the Famous Grouse Hotel has all this and more. For more information or to make a booking, visit famousgrousehotel.co.nz or call
03-325 2408.

Majestic Tea Bar

Sumptuous selection: the old world charm of Barrington’s Majestic Tea Bar

It’s said we eat first with our eyes. They attract us to beautifully presented food and activate our taste buds. That’s the effect of the sumptuous display in the food cabinet at the Majestic Tea Bar, Barrington.

Majestic Tea Bar

The Majestic Tea Bar is a premium café offering the very best to its customers – the best food, the best teas, the best coffee and the best hot chocolate – along with an ambience and decor that speaks of yesteryear, with its comfortable armchairs and unique crockery.
The ever-changing cabinet presentation is freshly made each day by the café’s three chefs who delight in being creative, devising treats to appeal to all tastes. But the cabinet is just a tempter to the full kitchen menu on offer. There are all day breakfast favourites from Eggs Benedict Royale, to Creamy Mushrooms and Omelettes, not forgetting the fluffy pancakes.
Lunch is a varied offering – anything from an open grilled sandwich or a carbonara or wedges. Then of course there are sweet treats, including signature cakes, slices and handcrafted chocolates.
“We love cooking,” says Head Chef Mark. “Our food is passion on a plate. It’s fresh and wholesome with a real homemade feel, as well as a new twist on some classic dishes. Every dish is made to order and for us only top quality in ingredients and presentation is good enough. We set ourselves high standards and put our heart and soul into everything we make.”
Located in the Barrington Mall, open seven days – with the kitchen menu available until 3pm daily.