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May 7, 2018

Last summer I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Sydney. One evening, rehabilitating from another 40-degree afternoon, my body still drenched in beer (no, not VB), my friends and I decided to make a trip to the kebab shop down the road. Earlier on, we had discussed the issues of the day and […]

April 16, 2018

The cold and dark weather on our doorstep could signal to some of us that we should start taking care of ourselves better. As a believer in the idea of food as medicine, eating well this winter can ensure that we make it through alright, both mentally and physically. Hence, as I seek now to […]

March 26, 2018

Wellington has been graced with a new food court. Press Hall opened with aplomb last month, and it has left some hungry patrons weeping over its razzmatazz.  In a statement, Press Hall has insisted that it is not a “typical” food court, seeing fit to refer to itself instead as an “eatery”, taking its inspiration […]

March 12, 2018

On Boxing Day last year, I took a walk around the city. Counting the number of brandy snaps I had eaten the day before, I realised that this number strangely correlated with the number of Malaysian restaurants I had just strolled past. It must have been 18,  or maybe 19. Nevertheless, it was with great […]

October 9, 2017

An uncontroversial charge would be that fish ‘n’ chips are the best result of British colonialism to date. Enduringly, according to Nielson research, it remains New Zealand’s most popular fast food, starving off competition from Dominos and sushi shops, and has affirmed its place in Kiwi culture and consciousness. Introduced to Britain by Jewish people […]

September 25, 2017

128a Vivian Street, Te Aro   For a creative exercise to succeed, it often requires equal parts hard work and dexterity. Add to that more than a mere suggestion of originality, and the ability to challenge the audience, without marooning them all together. This equation is close to being balanced at Taste of Home. Some […]

August 21, 2017

As one ambles through the instant noodle aisle of a supermarket, what can we make of industrial food’s best effort yet? Attempting to form distinctions between glossy laminated packagings of processed food can be an abstract and frustrating exercise, especially when it is in languages we don’t understand and flavours we aren’t accustomed to. In […]

August 7, 2017

Goo Dae Young, the protagonist of the hit K-drama Let’s Eat, describes Korean cuisine as a plain canvas that is waiting to be transformed into a tapestry through the addition of an array of strokes and hues.   As the street lights smeared blurry through the restaurant window, I gazed out onto a rain-dripped Dixon […]

July 24, 2017

During the winter break I was lucky enough to spend a week in Singapore, floating on its perpetual summer breeze. It happened that my bowl-cut wearing, disco-loving friend Robin was passing through the city for a couple of days. Robin’s a recent graduate of VUW and was embarking on a massive solo Southeast Asia trip […]