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Have you seen the comic strip mural outside the Convention Centre site?  It tells the story of our city and I think it’s very well done.  Congratulations to Felicity, the artist responsible.

“The story of our city’s heart
encapsulated in this art.”


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We chose the Black and White Coffee House for refreshment this morning, and I liked the ambience.  It’s a tiny place, opposite the Central Bus Exchange in Lichfield Street.  They say they can seat thirty people, but some of those would need to be out on the footpath.  One wall is covered in pictures, mainly portraits.

On the other wall is an eclectic collection of bric-a-brac on shelves that look like tables.

On our table there were two tiny coffee cups, each hostng a small plant.  I succumbed to the enticement of a Tiramasu Doughnut, and was surprised when it arrived on a board with a knife and fork.

I’ve never used cutlery to eat a doughnut before, but then it’s many years since I’ve eaten a doughnut at all.  It was rather rich, enjoyable, but I’d prefer a cheese scone.  I was told the doughnuts came from the Cake Eating Company.  There certainly wouldn’t be space at the Coffee House for them to prepare such delicacies.

A ‘Press’ was provided and I finished the cryptic crossword all except one clue, before we headed across the road to get a bus home.

“It’s good to try somewhere that’s new
a quirky place that’s diff’rent too.”

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In days gone by, even for a while after the earthquakes, our favourite place for a special dinner was Tiffany’s.  It had a wonderful situation beside the river and excellent food.   Sadly it changed hands some years ago, and with all the demolition and roadworks the replacement Regatta is struggling.   We had a platter there in 2014, and were not particularly impressed.  Recently they offered a Devonshire Tea for two for $10 on ‘Grab One’, so we thought we’d try again.

Bookings were requested, but we were walking into town and unsure when we’d get there, so waited until we reached the Container Mall to phone.   I was told that the scones weren’t ready yet (at 11am – presumably no-one else had come for morning tea), but that we could have slices instead if we wanted to come then.  Crossing Durham Street was a challenge with cones and fences, but we made it.  Regatta displayed a cabinet of food with no sign of any other customers.  We sat outside and enjoyed the river view, together with chocolate brownies and hot drinks.

Good value for $10, but sad to see how much the restaurant has declined.  Obviously they will be hoping for better times when more of the rebuild is complete, and they probably get some custom from people visiting the Memorial Wall.  I just wonder whether they will survive.

“This restaurant has passed its prime
and now waits for a better time.”




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I love this sign on a seat outside the old High Street Post Office (now C1 Espresso).  It commemorates the Christchurch that was bulldozed by bureaucracy in 2015.

Nearby is an older plaque commemorating our first public water supply in 1864.

On the footpath there’s a barely legible sign which says “there’s nothing to see here.”

Perhaps this path, complete with bronze corgis, should be renamed revolution corner?

“This rebel area of town
could turn convention upside-down.”


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We went to see what’s on offer in the central city during the school holidays.  As always there were families enjoying the Margaret Mahy Playground.  In Cathedral Square the re-purposed parking meter was unfortunately out of order, or “gone rogue”.

The fence around the cathedral has some new murals.

It was good to see people ice skating.  I loved the Seal Skating Aids – wish these had been around on my one and only ice skating attempt many years past.  Admission with skate hire is $20 for adults, and $15 for children and students.  It costs another $10 to hire an orange seal to help keep your balance.

I’m not so sure about the snow globe.

What looks like snow is actually tiny pieces of plastic that appear to be shredded plastic bags.  The woman in charge assured me children (who pay $7.50) are told to keep their mouth closed inside the globe, but in the excitment this wasn’t always happening.  I’m sure they will have had to pass a health and safety check, but I wouldn’t be keen to put my child in there.

On the corner of the Triangle Cadbury’s had a chocolate wheel where they were giving away bars of chocolate to anyone who queued for it.  A sign said those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and the chocolate would be given to the adult.  In my cynicism I wondered if this generosity is supposed to be some small recompense for removing the Dunedin factory.

We checked out what remains of the Container Mall.  There’s excavations going on in that corner of Oxford Terrace, and I was pleased to see a tree was fenced off within a ‘Tree Protection Zone’.

“There’s quite a lot to do and see
within our city’s CBD.”



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Casamassima in Salisbury Street is definitely worth a visit.  We went for morning tea and were impressed by the fact that they had small Danish pastries at small prices, plus their crockery was bright and different.

They have a large range of Italian delicatessen items, all very tempting.  If we want anything of this kind we usually go to the Mediterranean Food Company, and this new store is another option.

There were three other groups in the cafe while we were there, all men.  This is unusual, perhaps it’s an Italian custom for men to go out for coffee together?  There were two very cute dogs tied up outside waiting patiently.

“It seems a place that men frequent
that’s who was there the day we went.”


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A Mouse Called Bean (hard to get photo with so many lights)

We love the new Little High Eatery behind the McKenzie and Willis facade.  Most of the eight restaurants there were previously in the Re-start Mall, and they’re more enticing under cover on a cold day.  There are plenty of outdoor tables too for when the weather is warmer (and when there’s less construction noise next door).  We were there around 11am and just had coffee, but were impressed with the range of cheap meals available.  The place was buzzing with plenty of customers at that time on a Monday morning, and we will certainly go back for a meal soon.  We’d walked, but there’s a Wilson’s Car Park available just behind on St Asaph Street.  I like that they have long tables where you can end up sitting next and chatting to other people.  This is a great addition to post-quake Christchurch.

“I like this eatery on High
def’nitely one you can’t pass by.”

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