Mana Coffee

Grab a cuppa with Mana Coffee

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A new grab-and-go cafe, Mana Coffee, has opened on the ground floor of ANZ House at the capital’s bustling Victoria Parade, targeting busy working professionals in downtown Suva. “We’re thrilled to now be located in the heart of Suva, where the coffee culture is truly alive,” Mue Bentley Fisher, Co-Director of Mana Coffee said. The […]

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Arabian Coffee Break kava bar

Coffee, cakes and kava

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By Leila Parina It’s an ordinary afternoon in Suva city, with school students flooding towards the bus stand and window shopping.  Car horns honk as drivers speed through the city or are stuck in traffic. Shop owners prepare to close up while market vendors call out to passers-by in a bid to sell their final […]

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Pacific Island Food Revolution

Pacific Island Food Revolution Season 3 underway

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The third season of a popular South Pacific cooking show is set to be released in early 2023. With over 5 million weekly television viewers, Pacific Island Food Revolution is screened in 12 Pacific Island countries. PIFR chair and co-host Robert Oliver says production for Season 3 took three weeks, with five participating countries – […]

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Bean Peanut

Bean Peanut

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A brilliant Fijian Story from the Lighthouse Fiji team about Fiji’s longest serving bean peanut seller, a Suva bus stand icon Mausam Ali.

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Kokomana

From tree to bar to table

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By Samisoni Pareti and Samantha Magick Kokomana is a small artisan ‘tree-to-bar’ chocolate maker and social enterprise run by Richard and Anne Markham in Savusavu, northern Fiji. The operation produces about 100 bars of high-quality chocolate bars—almost entirely by hand—each week, using cocoa beans from communities, particularly around Natewa Bay (including from Ana and Manoa […]

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Nanuku meal

One Night Only: Celebrity Chef Louis Tikaram returns with a tasting menu at Nanuku Resort

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By Rajan Sami Photos by Chris Sharma/Gallery Fiji, Wendy King There was a ‘prodigal son returns’ quality to the one night only tasting menu that Fijian-Australian celebrity chef Louis Tikaram presented at Nanuku Resort in Pacific Harbour in late June. The Brisbane-based chef briefly regaled diners — many of whom, like myself, had made the […]

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Chaiwala setup

Chaiwala brings Indian street food to Fiji homes

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By Rajan Sami “I’ve always been obsessed with chai,” says Nikhat Khan, the twenty-six-year-old environmental scientist behind Chaiwala, the specialty tea brand she founded under lockdown in Suva in 2021. “I think chai is very comforting,” she says of the often sweet milky, spiced tea that’s cooked in stovetop kettles in Indo-Fijian households. Working from […]

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Vasaqa Productions

International street food with a Vasaqa twist

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti It’s been three years since we last travelled down to the western part of Fiji, so the Easter long weekend was a great opportunity for my little tribe to explore Nadi. After a small detour (thank you Google Maps for getting us our hotel) and some time exploring town we were famished. […]

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Vegfest main

Vegfest sold out

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The first VegFest dinner of 2022 prepared by Niu Grillz was a sold out event. Dish of the night for us; the generous chunk of pumpkin topped with creamy palusami. The Niu Grillz team soldiered on in difficult conditions (a blackout, dramatic thunderstorm) but managed to get the meals out in the end. Next time […]

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