Craving a bit of socialising after being confined to your homes? Make Route 72 a must-see on your support local bucket lists. You will not regret it.
Found in the heart of Cust – just 40 minutes from Christchurch and 10 minutes from Rangiora – you will find the perfect place for your next dining and shopping escapade at the Route 72 Café Bar Emporium.
An irresistible breakfast menu is available from 9am to 11:30 and an extensive lunch menu from 11:30am to 3pm.
Desserts and home baking, an array of wines and beverages are available, as well as a takeaway menu. Friday nights offer a casual dining menu in summer.
Due to temporary restricted seating we recommend bookings and get togethers during the week if possible as weekends are very busy.
The Emporium is well stocked with your winter needs of possum and merino garments made in New Zealand, as well as household goodies and gifts.
Route 72 is located at 1697 Cust Road, in the heart of the village, phone 03 312 5595, or visit their website. Open Tuesday to Sunday – 8am to 4pm.
If eating is one of life’s pleasures then dining out is a delight and where better to reward yourself for good lockdown behaviour than inviting and stylish Fiddlesticks in the heart of the Arts Precinct? The cosy intimate dining spaces are complemented by the roaring fire in the courtyard outside.
Open from 9am until midnight seven days, breakfast and brunch, lunch, dinner, gluten free and grazing are deliciously taken care of.
The choices on the breakfast and brunch menu are nothing short of an adventure through the cuisines of the world.
Lunches are light or larger to linger over, while dinner features the best of local produce and the fab Fiddlesticks Feature Feast For Two: a bespoke shared feast for two with any two sides that is ever-changing, constantly evolving to tempt and surprise.
The grazing menu offers snacks and full meals to accompany the range of beers, bottled and on tap ciders and light brews, signature cocktails and, of course, the incredible wine library that will see you hesitating over varieties of the fermented grape from regions near and far.
There’s also the ‘Wines of intrigue’ section with both red and white, or maybe a toss of the coin will help you choose between a little something from ‘Bordeax – left bank’, and ‘Bordeaux – right bank’.
Fiddlesticks is the ultimate lockdown breaker – lock it in!
Over the last month or so, takeaways and food delivery services have been working hard to try and safely feed the hungry mouths of the locals. Make your next purchased meal a breeze by ordering from Christchurch’s very own Delivery Express and in the process support local. We caught up with founder of the company Himanshu Sharma to discuss the latest in the food delivery service.
Has Delivery Express seen an increase in local restaurants signing up since the virus?
Yes, we have doubled the number of restaurants compared to pre-Covid days and above all restaurants are satisfied with services.
What type of food can customers order from you?
Customers can order a variety of cuisines ranging from Thai, Indian, Mexican, fast food, burgers, street food, Chinese, Afghani, vegan, healthy, French crepes etc.
How are you getting the meals to the customers?
Delivery Express has created a one of a kind local ecosystem with #supportlocal as its core value, we feel proud about the fact that an iconic local company like Gold Band Taxis is among our delivery partners, getting hot food delivered to hungry locals quickly.
We’re encouraging everyone to #supportlocal. How is Delivery Express supporting local?
In various ways – No setup charges for restaurants, restaurants keep more money with them compared to any other service. And we do not mark up the food prices of restaurants.
Is there anything exciting coming up for the company?
Same day liquor delivery is in pipeline and would be available soon for our customers!
Smoothies – a breakfast lifesaver that packs a nutritional punch like no other. When made with the right ingredients, they can offer almost all of your required daily vitamins and minerals. What better way to start your day? Here are some of our favourite things to add to smoothies.
FLAXSEEDS & CHIA SEEDS
These super seeds may be just what your diet needs! Brimming with fibre and protein, they also offer good sources of omega 3 and 6. It’s recommended you soak your seeds in milk or water overnight – soaked chia/flaxseeds are easier to digest, and the nutrients are much better assimilated by the body.
This mysterious green sea vegetable deserves a lot more recognition! Dried spirulina is considered one of the plant-based sources of ‘complete protein’, making it an excellent dietary supplement for vegans and vegetarians. Not only does this superfood also contain calcium, niacin, magnesium and B vitamins, it’s also one of the most alkaline foods on earth!
DARK, LEAFY GREENS
Spinach and kale are great staples for a supercharged smoothie. Greens are typically low in sugar and calories and provide more iron and protein than fruit. They’re also bursting with fibre, folate, and phytonutrients like carotenoids, saponins and flavonoids.
NUTS AND NUT BUTTERS
If you want to improve the nutrition of your smoothies without adding protein powders, consider using nuts. Nuts, nut butters and nut powders are excellent smoothie additions that will provide your body with satiating protein and heart-healthy fats, helping you go the distance.
Friends helping out friends, and businesses building each other up, is what Cantabrians do best.
Café and bar owner Stu McDougall was eternally grateful to have his entrepreneurial buddy, Ben Hogg, weave some infamous Purple Weka magic online during lockdown.
He kept loyal customers entertained, as nothing was coming out of the kitchen for four long weeks.
With a communications degree from Massey and a ten year stint as a marketing executive in Christchurch, the 31-year-old launched his own enterprise in January – www.marketable.nz – helping the “small guys” engage closely with customers.
Ben has always enjoyed helping others to harness creative ways to grow their business.
“It’s something I’ve been doing for years anyway, helping out friends like Stu.
We met when I moved down from Palmy. I stayed with him and he showed me the ropes of local life.
Helping with Stu’s social media, I wanted to capture the thing that makes his café such a special place for customers, so I spent a whole day at the café to get a feel for the banter I’d come to associate with knowing Stu.”
When reading Stu’s hilarious 10 commandments for level 2 on Facebook, no one would suspect that Ben was the social media guru behind the scenes.
“We also felt it was important to support Stu’s team by sharing their side-hustles too, such as Cassidy’s photography, Hayley’s nail business and Jacinta’s keto-friendly cooking.
“Businesses succeed when they collaborate and we all need to look at ways to complement, rather than compete, with each other.”
The iconic Kiwi brand that has retained its roots on the original family farm at the foot of the Southern Alps in Geraldine, marked its rich 50-year history by opening the beautiful Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery.
The picturesque setting on the banks of the Waihi river, the impressive glass frame and a spacious interior unites the space with forest fauna and the nearby flowing stream.
The perfect venue to host your next after-hours function.
A beautiful artisan menu that features seasonal local produce and showcases the incredibly wide Barker’s range will delight and impress.
The friendly team are available to discuss any requirements you may have to make your function special.
For more information or to book phone 03 693 9727 or visit the website.
When it comes to the big day, you don’t need a big budget… that is if you head to Halswell Bakery!
From simple, rustic style cakes, to beautiful fresh sandwich platters, the bakery offers a bespoke service so you can get exactly what you want for your engagement celebration, hen/stag do, the wedding day, or the ‘day after’ barbeque.
Individually packaged and personalised cookies make great wedding favours, while ‘message’ cupcakes are great for popping the question to your bridesmaids.
What about some freshly baked bread for your dinner table, croissants for a champagne breakfast, or a selection of sweet treats for a dessert table?
The possibilities are endless.
Open seven days, you can discuss the options with the friendly team by popping into the store at 346 Halswell Road, phone 03 322 4600, or email email@example.com.
“Let us help you celebrate this special occasion without breaking the bank.”
‘Have kit will travel’ is the mantra of Twentyfour Catering. Weddings all over the South Island are a speciality, and owner and chef Chantelle Quinn can conjure the feast of your dreams anywhere, often with just two ovens and a barbeque.
“We are very versatile and we have said yes to every location so far.”
Chantelle works closely with couples to ensure the logistics work and menus are personalised to each wedding.
Chantelle remembers a groom who asked for his grandmother’s adored salted caramel and pistachio cheesecake, so she created it in minis for his guests.
The food is classic French with Kiwi flavours, rustic, often with a lot of protein.
Six different meats could feature throughout the reception, which goes down extremely well with more rural weddings.
“I love seeing a wedding guest in an exquisite dress and fascinator tucking into a lamb cutlet and going back for more!”