Oom-pah!

Oom-pah!

Beer drink­ers have a lot to thank Ger­many for. For a start they came up with the Rein­heits­ge­bot, also known as the Ger­man Beer Pur­ity Law, back in 1516, which defined what beer is (water, bar­ley, yeast and hops). To this day, brew­er­ies either fol­low it to the let­ter or decide to throw it out […]

Screaming good taste

Screaming good taste

Whatever the weath­er, there’s no great­er dessert than ice cream. As two of my favour­ite things, I have, on occa­sion, spilt a bit of wine into my ice cream to see how it tastes. This has usu­ally ended up as a dis­ap­point­ing sci­entif­ic exper­i­ment. So, hav­ing the oppor­tun­ity to try some wine-infused ice cream created […]

Tequila Joe’s

Tequila Joe’s

While it’s won­der­ful that so many good new Mex­ic­an res­taur­ants are pop­ping up in Wel­ling­ton, one can tire of the more-authen­­t­ic-than-thou atti­tudes: “Our food is REAL Mex­ic­an! None of that Tex-Mex rub­bish here.” It’s thus refresh­ing to see a place offer­ing unabashed Mex­ic­an-Amer­­ic­an food as a cuisine in its own right. And with a name […]

Peas and thank you

Peas and thank you

Spring fills me with a renewed sense of joy and excite­ment, and not only because it means the silly sea­son is approach­ing. After a winter of slow cook­ing and roas­ted root veget­ables, I long for fresh fla­vours and some sun­shine. Fresh herbs are cru­cial in cook­ing, and even the smal­lest little bal­cony or win­dowsill can […]

A state of nirvana

A state of nirvana

Named after the pro­found peace of mind acquired through a healthy body, Cuba Street’s new­est eat­ery Nir­vana serves nutri­tious but tasty food morn­ing, noon and night. Vari­ety is said to be the spice of life, and Nir­vana takes this as the inspir­a­tion behind their afford­able dishes, which are influ­enced by glob­al cuisine from North Africa to […]

A cornucopia

A cornucopia

Some would say we’re fool­ish to attempt to grow corn on the cob in Wel­ling­ton. Why would you try it with our strong winds, lack of space and short, cool sum­mers? And at the very time you’re har­vest­ing your pre­cious crop, the road­side stalls are groan­ing with cobs that are so cheap they are almost […]

FAST awareness

FAST awareness

The week of 9–15 Septem­ber is Stroke Aware­ness Week. Wheth­er you are close to people who have suffered from a stroke or not, this is a very ser­i­ous busi­ness: some 9,000 New Zeal­anders are vic­tims every year. Most of these cases are pre­vent­able. As people in busi­ness, our health can some­times slide when we are […]

It is unusual

It is unusual

It’s rare that I get behind the wheel of a new car that I can’t eas­ily cat­egor­ise. And just to be clear, we’re not talk­ing about the use of a secret design lan­guage for­eign to the aver­age man or woman on the street – I’m think­ing sedan, coupé, SUV… You get the idea. And yet, how […]

The Four Amigos, Ngaio

The Four Amigos, Ngaio

Not every­one would buy a house with their friends, but for one bunch of 30-somethings it seems to be work­ing out so far. Elissa Jordan and Glynn Rudolph had found many desir­able houses to be out of their price range, so they asked two of Rudolph’s best friends, James Cul­leton and Ben God­fery, to come in […]

The Interview: Gareth Morgan

The Interview: Gareth Morgan

In late July, I had the pleas­ure of vis­it­ing Gareth Mor­gan – Wel­ling­ton eco­nom­ist, invest­ment man­ager, motor­cycle adven­turer, pub­lic com­ment­at­or and phil­an­throp­ist – at his Ori­ent­al Bay home. It was one of those bright, dewy morn­ings that seems to amp­li­fy bird­song, and there were plenty of Morgan’s beloved tūīs warb­ling around his prop­erty. When I […]