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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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Long live the Long Lunch

by Heather C November 14, 2014

The Mediterranean’s have it right. I went to the Logan Brown November Fresh Friday lunch club today. Sean (Clouston) decides on the dishes each week based on what’s fresh and appealing at the markets and his travels and wallah! What a fantastic way to get into the weekend groove. Today’s courses were LB bread and gazpacho […]

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Without literature, life is hell!

by Herbertimo November 13, 2014

This Saturday a large number of spots in Wellington are taking part in a pub crawl but without the pubs. And with literature instead. A LitCrawl if you will! Actually that’s a slight lie. There are not only three pubs involved (Hashigo Zake, Meow and Little Beer Quarter) but there’s a Writers’ Beer as well. Nine […]

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Another Laneways opportunity…

by Heather C October 30, 2014

On the back of the successful Hannahs Laneway event during WOAP, the Ti Kouka et al folks are at it again – this Saturday with a Day of the Dead Fiesta. These celebrations in Mexico are traditionally a three-day event from 31 October to 2 November to remember those who are no longer with us.  For more […]

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