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Tasty tastings

by Joanna September 6, 2019

Rules around advertising alcohol are pretty strict. That’s why Highball, Wellington’s first spirits & cocktail festival, was not able to tell you that for your $50 entry fee, you would absolutely be able to get your money’s worth of drunk in free samples. So instead it looked like you’d pay a lot of money to […]

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Don’t feed dogs chocolate – put it in beer instead

by Joanna July 27, 2019

Guest post by Krystle, thanks Krystle! Coffee, chocolate, and beer…these are a few of Wellingtonians’ favorite things – and thanks to a collab, you can now drink a fusion of all three. Local legends Black Dog Brewery and Wellington Chocolate Factory have teamed up to produce the Bean Me Up Mocha Stout. You may be […]

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Review: Woop Balance meal

by Guest October 5, 2018

Remember when we reviewed My Food Bag a bunch of years ago? We got approached by another company, and offered one meal. Unfortunately, they sent us shrimp. Have I mentioned lately in every single food review that I’m allergic to shellfish? Luckily I found a taker to make the dinner instead. Thanks Megan, take it […]

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Budburst is here to celebrate natural wines – win a double pass

by Joanna September 17, 2018

I like any event centered around wine, so I’m really excited about Budburst, coming up on November 11 – the country’s only natural wine festival. Natural wines, you say? What exactly does that mean? Well let’s cut’n paste from the press release Historically, the term natural wine is without a single definition. For the Budburst […]

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A sausagefest with Harrington’s at Logan Brown

by Joanna September 4, 2018

As should be obvious by now, we love a free dinner here at the Wellingtonista. So when we were invited by Harrington’s Smallgoods to dinner at Logan Brown, of course we said yes. It ended up being one of the more interesting dinners I’ve been to in my life so this review is going to […]

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Graze at the Portlander

by Joanna July 3, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the lovely people at the Portlander to head in one freezing evening, along with a number of Instagrammers, to feast on their new grazing concept. From our signature long bone OP rib-eye presented at your table, to our on the bone grass fed Sirloin dry aged in house […]

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My predictions for Wellington on a Plate 2018

by Joanna June 4, 2018

Tomorrow is my favourite launch of the year – the Wellington on a Plate programme. In advance, and without having looked at their website, here’s what I think it will include (or not) so we can look tomorrow and see if I was right or wrong. There’s always a trending meat (wow is that a […]

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Pig & Pinot – we’re as happy as pigs in mud

by Joanna May 9, 2018

As you’re no doubt aware from watching Shortland Street, it’s duck-hunting season. Usually this means that Cloudy Bay would be doing duck & pinot noir pairings around the country, but this year they’ve decided to do something a little different and possibly a little more accessible – pinot noir & prosciutto – “bringing you the […]

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Chasing the Black Dog with beer

by Joanna April 5, 2018

Last night we went to the opening of the new Black Dog brewery on Cuba Street, and, spoiler alert, it was bloody delightful. All pics were supplied by the publicist because if you follow us on Twitter, you’ll know I can’t photograph for shit. A confession: I had never been to the old Black Dog […]

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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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