The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005

Joanna McLeod

Joanna McLeod has started calling herself the Empress of the Internet because she can. As well as wrangling the other site contributors and Getting Shit Done, she likes to eat, drink and write in equal amounts. Yes, she would love to be invited along to your event in order to do those things. Joanna's also the best person to talk to if you're interested in advertising on the site.

We hear from some of the 2016 candidates in the local body election

by Joanna September 12, 2016

So, we asked some questions. And we hoped that candidates would get in touch with us. In previous years, we’d obtained a spreadsheet of every single candidate and emailed them, and frankly, working as a group, it was a bloody lot of work getting their answers back, trying to hunt them down, trying to make […]

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WOAP: Burger, burger, bugger!

by Joanna August 22, 2016

TL:DR: we ate two pretty decent burgers and will never return to Foxglove. Pig Mac at the Featherston On Friday at lunchtime I knew I had to eat something WOAPy in order to keep up the reviews, but was craving freshness. I thought I might be able to get into Annam without a booking, because […]

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WOAP ’16: a burger, a stew and a beer

by Joanna August 17, 2016

The mad rush of eating continues, so without any further ado, let’s get into it. The Steakholder at Portlander You know by now how we feel about the Portlander, so of course this was going to be on my wishlist. “Medium rare rib eye with Scotty’s Meats double smoked bacon, fried egg, onions, melted Te […]

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Welly on a Plate 2016: it begins

by Joanna August 15, 2016

So Wellington on a Plate has been going for four days now, and I have three things to report back on so far. Good on me, let’s see if I can keep this pace up (I won’t be able to). The Suite Life at the Bolton Hotel Tapas and wine Dine Wellington menu at Sterling […]

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What to do in Wellington with a motorhome

by Joanna June 17, 2016

This post is sponsored by Wilderness Motorhomes We love telling people what to do. Especially telling people what to do in Wellington. That’s why we exist. So when we were offered this sponsored post we were happy to take up the challenge of what to do in Wellington if you’re an out-of-towner visiting in a […]

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The most Wellington of Wellington meals

by Joanna March 26, 2016

This post is sponsored by Cuisine magazine. Thanks! Go buy a subscription.  We’re often full of  advice about places to go for a feed, because as Madonna said, everyone should experience eating out, but sometimes some of us do like to stay at home and cook. So, harking back to the time when we challenged y’all […]

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Eat. Drink. Power. People. Pods

by Joanna March 1, 2016

Our Kris has been doing an AMAZING job with all her theatre reviews, while the rest of us slack off, so let me attempt to put that slightly more in balance with one post about all the things I’ve been meaning to write about forever. Eat / Drink / Power / People / Pods Jano. Go […]

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Webstock 2016: Wednesday Warmup with the Wellingtonista

by Joanna January 20, 2016

It’s that special time again! For the sixth year not quite in a row, we’d like to invite you to come and have a drink with us before the Webstock conference. You know the deal with this by now – it’s not an official Webstock event but they like us, and it IS an official […]

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by Joanna November 5, 2015

Anyone who refers to burgers as “dude food” clearly has never had their uterus screaming at them for meat before. Accordingly, I was bloody happy to be invited along to the launch of the Karmageddon burger – Karma Cola’s collaboration with Grill Meets Beer. The Karmageddon burger is made with Karma Cola braised pulled pork, […]

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Tosca top notch

by Joanna October 12, 2015

When I invited my friend Keith to Tosca and he told me he’d seen it before, I asked for no spoilers. He sent me a text saying “Psh. It’s an opera. There is singing. People die. From a feminist view it is problematic. That’s about all there is to it”. His text was true, but also […]

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