Last weekend I met with Angela and Nick Clifford, who have been in the wine industry for twenty years. Since moving back to North Canterbury twelve years ago, they have unearthed the region’s potential: Waipara is unique in that “it’s perfectly positioned geographically and geologically to grow both food and wine.” The Food Farm came to fruition when the pair […]Read more "What’s On In Waipara: The Food Farm"
For those hoping to escape the chaos and construction of Christchurch, Waipara offers ample opportunities for solace. A relatively new wine region, Waipara’s microclimate produces some of New Zealand’s best wine and food. After a particularly busy week, Nick and I were ready to spend quality time doing nothing, and where better than at a […]Read more "What’s On In Waipara: Pure Pod"
This is the first instalment in a three-part series chronicling all the cool things happening in Waipara this month. Having only ventured to Waipara once before, I had always vowed to explore more of its offerings. As a local food and wine lover, I couldn’t resist a day trip to the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival. Showcasing the […]Read more "What’s On In Waipara: NCWFF"
Combining the talents of the best local musicians, chefs, baristas, mixologists and florists, Nostalgia is unlike any festival I’ve ever attended. Held at Ferrymead Heritage Park, every detail of the day was carefully considered and flawlessly executed. I’ve attended my fair share of festivals in North America, yet was completely blown away by the atmosphere at Christchurch’s own festival. […]Read more "Nostalgia Festival"
One of the biggest perks of living in a city is its proximity to cultural institutions. If you live within walking (or cycling) distance to a museum, art gallery, a theatre and a art house cinema, consider yourself lucky. In Toronto, we lived on the same street as the Art Gallery of Ontario. Now in Christchurch, […]Read more "Arty Party"
Melbourne is easy to love and adored by many. It often tops the world’s most liveable city lists, which is unsurprising given it excels in multiple categories and appeals to various demographics. It’s an urbanite’s dream. Based on a grid system, many of the city’s greatest delights are hidden in laneways. The myriad of lanes are ripe […]Read more "72 Hours in Melbourne"
Christchurch is a relatively compact and cycle-friendly city. Since I live and work in the CBD, it’s rare that I drive at all during the week. That said, there’s plenty to explore outside the central city and nothing beats a weekend excursion with good company. I’m an advocate for road trips and discovering new parts of […]Read more "MINI Adventures"