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October 8, 2018

In many parts of the world, the preponderance of anything “craft” or artisanal has emerged as mainstream fetishes, if you’re middle-class enough. Particularly in Wellington, we have watched the duplication of craft breweries spelling the hackneyed reassertion of masculinity in a nuanced 21st-century packaging. Thankfully, it is not all bad, as craft coffee has emerged […]

August 20, 2018

A few weeks ago I regrettably learnt that Ilott Café, otherwise known as “Revive” has officially shut. While the reasons for their departure are not clear (something about a lease and mutual agreement, sigh), their departure has left a lacuna in the university and my heart, not just for what it was, but for what […]

August 6, 2018

After stomaching Z’s latest promotional pie, the Peri-Peri chicken pie, Mylo turns to me for a belated chat. Mylo: Gee, I love pies. You know I think Z struck something here with their “Pie Capital” marketing campaign. Now, in the darkest recesses of my mind, Z feels more like home to me than BP, or […]

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 […]