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WOAP 17: Concrete, Glasshouse, Hillside

by Joanna August 16, 2017

How are we all going with Wellington on a Plate then? As we tweeted today, there’s no less than three alternatives to the official site in order to help you navigate your way to a burger (One, two, three). Maybe they’ll be incorporated next year? In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been eating Lock Stock […]

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WOAP 2017: Portlander

by Joanna August 12, 2017

The Portlander at the Rydges Wellington is well-known for its beef – they are a steak restaurant after all. So of course their newish head chef decided to do a chicken burger for Wellington on a Plate, because it was his chance to do something different. I was lucky enough to be invited in to […]

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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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The Hour/Week of Beer is Upon Us

by Herbertimo August 10, 2016

Beervana kicks off on Friday with four sessions over two days and there’s a LOT of beer related activities on before then. The Road to Beervana began on Sunday and there are events taking place in bars all over the city and even further afield in Auckland and Christchurch. I’m not going to attempt to tell […]

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WOAP: those doughnuts

by Alan August 19, 2015

The doughnut popup web page said Wednesday! Leeds Street Bakery! Rhubarb and cream! Salted caramel and bacon! Chocolate and hazelnut! This all sounded pretty promising. So I circled the day on the calendar and wondered. Would the doughnuts be ironically Simpsonesque, or would they be inspired by Portland’s finest? This morning, having heard the popup […]

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WOAP: Dining through the Decades

by Joanna August 16, 2015

This is going to sound a bit silly, but I choose my Wellington on a Plate events looking for value for money.  The silly part, obviously, is that no one needs to drop over a hundred dollars a head on dinner, but if you’re looking to have a degustation and matched wines, you’re going to spend […]

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Our advice for Wellington on a Plate 2015

by Joanna August 13, 2015

Tomorrow begins that most magical time of the year. The stupid film festival has released my friends from its evil clutches and it’s time to eat, eat, eat. We’ve been covering Wellington on a Plate for a  long time now and I think we’re getting pretty good at knowing what’s what. So here’s our thoughts. […]

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LCB, TK and Sunday Stroopwafels

by Heather C August 26, 2013

LCB.  Le Cordon Bleu.  Learned culinary bestowers. Legends of creativity and bonhomie (yeah yeah enough already…). The LCB WOAP Haute Cuisine du Terroir on Friday night was pretty impressive (not least for being nearly five hours of imbibing instead of the planned three!).  Seven courses of French food matched with each an old world Burgundy […]

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