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Eye opening

by Tom March 13, 2015

While Our Tim got to take a sneak peek at Tuatara’s new Te Aro brewery and bar before it opened, I had the onerous task of drinking free beer representing The Wellingtonista at the official opening function. It was a suitably illustrious crowd, packed with the doyen(ne)s of Wellington’s craft beer community, including the LBQ […]

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Win a VIP double pass to the Wellington Wine and Food Festival

by Joanna March 11, 2015

Wellington is a city overflowing with good restaurants and fine drops to drink. It seems ridiculous that we haven’t had our own day-of-food-and-wine-and-oh-okay-fine-beer yet. Luckily, that’s about to change with the cunningly named Wellington Food and Wine Festival. The Festival brings together the best of local food, wine, beverages and restaurants, outdoors on the waterfront […]

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Something fishy in Thorndon

by Joanna March 9, 2015

Thorndon has a long history with greasies, including David Lange’s fish & chips brigade in 1980. I remember buying fish’n chips from that same store (where Cellarvate is now, I believe) and eating them on Parliament’s lawn after a big legalise cannabis protest in high school (so I guess 1996?). Sadly that fish & chips […]

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I spy with my little eye

by Herbertimo February 24, 2015

With a large number of the Tuatara brewery staff being based in Wellington it does make sense for Tuatara to start something more centrally so that at least not everyone has to spend a couple of hours everyday driving to Kapiti. Think of the beer that could be brewed in that time! And there will be […]

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Ortega Fish Shack’s Davey McDonald

by Guest February 17, 2015

This guest piece from Alexander Bisley Davey McDonald, the affable 29-year-old father of two young kids, manages/co-owns Ortega Fish Shack and Bar. At the 2014 Capital Awards— the Wellington region’s premier hospitality awards, voted by the industry— McDonald won Outstanding Maitre’d of the Year, and Ortega won Best Front of House Team. Ortega was 2014 Runner-up […]

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The TGIF wander

by Heather C February 2, 2015

Last Friday’s TGIF wander reminded me of some of the characterful, fun and tasty small venues we have around the city (in this case the Courtenay quarter). Firstly a ‘You Sexy Thing’ mocktail at Vinyl bar.  A creamy chai and caramel creation which hit the spot nicely on a warm summer’s evening. There’s something about […]

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Happy tasty new year…

by Heather C January 4, 2015

We’ve been silent a while haven’t we.  Here’s a few tasty (and generally healthier) morsels and a tipple I’ve tripped over through New Years: Plum café’s bircher muesli – oats, almond milk, greek yoghurt, fresh mango and toasted coconut. Pleasing density and flavour. Ombra’s mushroom parmesan and rocket ciabatta breakfast (8am-12noon).  Such a better time of […]

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Naughty but nice

by Heather C December 7, 2014

In the run-up to Xmas here’s some delicious eats and drinks around town I might have had to sample recently: CGR Merchant’s salted caramel infused rum and the best value $15 cheeseboard ever had. Betty’s dry iced sharing teapot cocktails. Friday and Saturday evenings only. Hideaway’s pecan pie.  Twice. Anything AroBake – baby xmas mince […]

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La Boca Loca makes Wellington better by paying living wage

by Joanna December 2, 2014

A couple of months ago, we went along to a dinner put on by the Sustainable Business Network, which was a very interesting night but I found myself unable to write about it without seething with rage remembering the man I’d been seated next to. He owns a franchise chain, believes that the only reason […]

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Just spotted….

by Heather C November 28, 2014

Beer-[and Firetruck, Goose Shack and Tommy Millions]-a-licious… (for those without microscopes – food stalls, live music, beer and other nice stuff at the Brewery on Vivian Street 12noon-8pm on Sat 6 Dec, Sat 31 Jan, Sat 21 Feb)

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