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Review: Oiko’s Hellenic Cuisine, Miramar

by Guest June 30, 2017

Oiko’s is the new Greek Restaurant, in the the southern most southest part of Miramar,  on the 2 bus route, and close to the cycle tunnel. This is firmly in Greek territory of Wellington. The local fish’n’chip shops also serve a variant of Greek food (yeros mostly), which is a delicious alternative to fried fish. […]

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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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Our food bag(s)

by Joanna September 9, 2013

There was more than the usual grumbling on Twitter this week when the Wellingtonista (slash some of the individuals contained within) tweeted about the food bags they received from My Food Bag. Here is the thing: in order to be able to review something, we have to see it/hear it/taste it/use it. So yes of […]

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Fairtrade coffee that you make for yourself

by Joanna June 3, 2013

Fairtrade Fortnight may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s not something to still think about. When someone else is making the coffee for you, you may be drawn to particular beans because of their fair trade status. Why not apply the same criteria when you’re drinking it at home or work? Handily the good people […]

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On the fringes

by Joanna February 22, 2013

The Fringe Festival is happening from now until March 9! This is exciting! There are approximately six zillion shows happening, and while the ‘ista is covering as many as it can (and thank you for your invites, producers, we appreciate them!), we do all have day jobs and are all only human, except for Tom […]

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New Year’s High Tea

by Guest January 9, 2013

Another guest post from Heather at Foodie Gems of Wellie, huzzah! I saw the James Cook advertising January high tea deals recently which reminded me of the myriad of high tea options in the city. And thinking what a good time of year January is for a leisurely afternoon tea with good friends to contemplate […]

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Any Portlander in a storm – a night at the Rydges

by Joanna December 17, 2012

Ages ago we saw an ad in the paper for The Portlander at Rydges Wellington  in the paper, and after looking at pictures of their burgers, we headed along there for lunch. The lamb burger was slow-cooked in duck fat, and it was delicious, crispy bits spilling out everywhere. The onion rings were heaven too, second only to […]

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No mere cat: the Meerkat encounter at Wellington Zoo

by Joanna September 11, 2012

Wellington Zoo is now offering MEERKAT ENCOUNTERS. The capital letters are there to try to convey my excitement when I heard the news. I don’t think even capital letters can convey how excited I was when the zoo invited us along to meet the meerkats for ourselves. I’m making it my aim to touch all […]

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Wellington on a Plate so far

by Joanna August 12, 2012

Wellington on a Plate opened on Friday. How’s it been for you so far? We’ve been trying to share people’s microreviews on Twitter, and of course @wellyonaplate will be even more informative,  but I thought I’d do some proper writeups for you about what I’ve been eating. So, in chronological order: Dine menu at The […]

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Capitol opposite of punishment

by Joanna January 24, 2012

With a couple of family birthdays taking place over the holidays, January was a good time to assemble for dinner together. Having dined at Capitol before (in fact, it’s been nominated for TAWAs multiple times), I wasn’t put off by its Flash website or that they don’t take bookings for groups smaller than eight. As […]

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