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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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Winners at the 2014 Capital Awards

by Joanna October 27, 2014

Here’s our storified coverage live from the Capital Awards because we’re too lazy to type it all out. Hopefully this is still accessible. [View the story “Winners at the Capital Awards” on Storify]

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Nominees for the 2014 Capital Awards

by Joanna September 22, 2014

This afternoon we popped down to Vivo for the annoucing of nominees in the 2014 Capital Awards -Wellington’s premier hospitality awards. It was a pretty casual affair, with many of the nominees hard at work and therefore unable to front to receive their certificates. Still though, it was great seeing so many Wellingtonista favourites get […]

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Let It Rain Beer

by Herbertimo August 20, 2014

Last night I sat down and drank a glass of my very own home-brewed IPA (India Pale Ale). It wasn’t my finest work (I’d rate it alongside/just under Tui in palatability) but it was mine, I made it and I enjoyed making it. I’ve made better beer. In fact I’ve even made one that I thought […]

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Vonderful Vellington Vampires

by Herbertimo June 30, 2014

Yes, this is a write up on the premiere of Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement’s new film What We Do In The Shadows. Yes, this post is well after the actual Wellington premiere BUT it’s not like there hasn’t been A LOT of coverage of the film. Wellington, and the rest of the country, has been […]

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Channeling your inner southern man (or woman)…

by Heather C June 25, 2014

As if we aren’t fooded out at the moment with all the WOAP preps, the annual Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge starts on 1 July. Yep, next week. Check out the website here listing all your local outlets and options (but have a plethora of swear words ready for trying to navigate easily between the Wellington […]

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Crafters brew corner

by Heather C May 6, 2014

How to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?  That was the question for the brothers who own the building just off the corner of Victoria and Vivian when their former tenants’ venture to open a bakery/café dissolved. So in true kiwi fashion, they decided they’d better jump in themselves and do something […]

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To be Pacific, it’s Beer Expo time again!

by Joanna October 15, 2013

Getting to try lots of beer in a nice warm space that’s not a concrete tunnel sounds like a bloody good idea, which is why I’m looking forward to the Pacific Beer Expo which will be on Sunday October 27 at the St James Theatre. In typical fashion for organiser Dom from Hashigo Zake, he […]

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A new bru, whisky scones and L’Affaire au Chocolat

by Heather C October 7, 2013

The old Fringe Bar on the corner of Vivian and Cuba has morphed into Bru on Cuba. Calling it a craft beer bar would be a bit of an overstatement (albeit pleasant enough with dark wood decor and leather couches), it places comfortably in the chill out/sports bar space, with Boundary Road and Scottish Brew […]

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Crème brulee, a winning burger and the cancan

by Heather C September 16, 2013

This week I have to mention Hashigozake, Ti Kouka’s winning WOAP burger and Newtown’s Cancan. The first find was a long-sought New York Crème Brulee stout at Hashigozake, yippee!  After a year’s withdrawal from said nectar (yes you do need a sweet tooth), it went down nicely with goat penang pie and left one happily […]

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