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    • The city chocolate fix
      • 31 Oct 2012
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Hurray, another guest post from Heather at Foodie Gems of Wellie Where to go in the city for a quality chocolate fix between usual excuses – chocolate festivals, Valentines, Easter, Xmas, national chocolate day, your birthday, your best friend’s birthday, White Day in Japan, Chocolate Dipped Fruit and Fondue day in the US (hmmm, any others?)? Follow me, and know that the calories will go straight out the bottom of your legs if walking… Start at Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, 109 Featherston Street (unless it’s Sunday and then start at the Esque stand at the City Market in the Chaffers Building).  A two-bite sensory experience of fresh ingredients, no preservatives, and interesting flavours.  To be eaten within 2-3 weeks if you take some away and can hold out that long. Try the award-winning Sea Salt Caramel. Call past Kirkaldie and Stain’s gourmet shop to pick up your favourite Schoc tablet.  The Xmasy Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold is all go again. Pop into The Chocolate Cake Company in Capital on the [Lambton] Quay (a mouthful in more ways than one!) to order a take-home dense and delicious chocolate mud cake for sharing.  To appease the guilt of hogging out all day by yourself.  Unless its Sunday, and then order online once home and you’ve licked away any telltale chocolate moustache. The next stop should be Tempt Cupcakes in the Old Bank Arcade (front corner of Smiths The Grocer) to see if you can resist a Chocolate Caramel or Traditional Moist Chocolate Cake creation.  Just beautiful to behold. As you stroll up Willis Street, stop by Butlers Chocolates near the Manners corner.  Whilst not a local producer, they offer some nicely packaged goodies for Xmas stockings, and have a delightfully sunny afternoon upstairs balcony for a wee chocolatey rest if required. For the regularly-voted best hot chocolate in the city, proceed to Scopa on the corner of Cuba and Ghuznee Streets.  One of those experiences that just simply should be on your bucket list.  Although the shot size is very cute, go for the regular at least.  If you’re gonna do it, do it thoroughly. I’d suggest a sit down in a dark quiet room by about now, so loop around to lower Taranaki Street and Hashigo Zake (downstairs below Zibibbo), and order up a Rogue Chocolate Stout.  And if you’re hungry, one of Hashigo Zake’s famed gourmet pies to go with it. And for a dessert finale, uplift your stomach and meander along to Matterhorn opposite the bucket fountain in Cuba Street, and order up the Eight Textures of Chocolate ‘Thai Style’.  A clever and delicious finish. From here there are a range of buses and taxis nearby, who will take your chocolate-satisfied self wherever you need to go….
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    • Rasa Malaysia – top eats near the top’o Cuba
      • 18 Oct 2011
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Over the past couple of months I have been reviewing Malaysian restaurants all around Wellington for Malaysia Kitchen (full disclosure – I got refunded some of the costs). It’s time to share the reviews! A freezing southerly was blowing around Wellington when I met with a group of friends at Rasa Malaysia on Upper Cuba Street, pushing all thoughts of trying something new out of my mind. The weather meant I had to have my favourite laksa.
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    • Snow in Cuba
      • 15 Aug 2011
      • The Wellingtonista
      • You might not have noticed, but it’s pretty cold in Wellington right now. In fact, let us be the very first people to tell you: it’s snowing in some parts. Woah! Now we have dispensed with the usual sarcasm, please enjoy this beautiful video by Ro Tierney of the snow in Cuba Mall. Snow on Cuba Mall in central Wellington (HD) from Ro Tierney on Vimeo.
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    • Smells like year-old fish and rotten eggs. But awesome!
      • 30 Mar 2011
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Has it really been a year since Fishhead magazine launched? Apparently so! Consequently, they’d like to party with you! There’s be cocktail specials, free entry and Wellington supergroup The Eggs playing. Fishhead birthday afterparty Thursday March 31, 9pm-midnight CQ Bar in the Quality Hotel, 223 Cuba Street. Last one in’s a rotten…
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    • JUST GOOD STUFF is back for 2010
      • 28 Nov 2010
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Craft madness!  Creative creations!  6 days to solve all your Christmas shopping needs, while supporting local creatives – it’s practically guilt-free! Featuring JUST GOOD STUFF from: Genevieve Packer, Gabby O’Connor, Lucy Adams, Phillipa Cowdrey, Alanah Gibson, Wendy Neale, Ngaere MacKinnon, Flora Waycott, Isel Greta Jane, Hermon & son, Flora Gray, Tess & Gab, Mary Adams, Susan Wilson, Catherine Key, Eloise Evans, Rebecca Bewick, Kelly Olatunji, Craftcamp and more… Friday 17 December – Wednesday 22 December 2010 12noon – 7.00pm Opening 6.00pm Thursday 16 December Thistle Hall Gallery, Upper Cuba Street, Wellington CASH ONLY Heaps of good stuff from just $5. Check out the Just Good Stuff blog for a preview of some of the good stuff on offer (updated regularly, so check back for even MORE good stuff…) 6 days to solve all your christmas shopping needs, while supporting local creatives – it’s practically guilt-free!
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    • More tea, Martha?
      • 18 May 2009
      • The Wellingtonista
      • So winter kinda sucks, and the economy sucks, and the government sucks, and everything pretty much sucks. Except oh wait, do you know what doesn't suck? Tea and cakes and good company! So as the first of a series of posts of Cheering Upness, we'd like to recommend that you book yourself and an adored friend in for High Tea at Martha's Pantry, a lovely little place at the top of Cuba Street that has oldschool tea cups and all kinds of girlie pretty stuff on display.
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    • Enigmatic
      • 8 Apr 2009
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Die-hard Espressoholic fans seem to be happy that it will continue in a new location, taking over from Dorothy's Patisserie in Cuba St. There are still grumblings about its previous location being taken over by "another godawful Courtenay Place bar", but there are signs that its replacement, "Enigma", might not be another Shooters or Electric Avenue.
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    • The Old Shebang of Cuba Street
      • 30 Nov 2008
      • The Wellingtonista
      • The National Library has joined the Flickr Commons project, whacking up many of their photos on Flickr. At the moment, there's not much from Wellington, but we're hoping that will change as more are uploaded. One particular Wellington delight, however, is a set of photos of a ramshackle house on Cuba Street called the Old Shebang (shebang in this instance means dwelling). And as well as that, Goo
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    • Splish Splash: Bucket Fountain Update
      • 27 Nov 2008
      • The Wellingtonista
      • There's been a bit of action going on at the old Bucket Fountain, icon of Cuba Street. First, it mysteriously disappeared: We initially thought this was a retro '80s David Copperfield-style magic trick, but it turns out it was just taken down for maintenance. The fountain returned, with a fresh coat of paint, ready to splash the good folk of Cuba Mall once again.
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    • Eat Lessbanese
      • 24 Jun 2008
      • The Wellingtonista
      • We've mentioned Habebie Restaurant before (well, actually I can't find a link, so maybe we didn't actually) but we have exciting news - it's BYO now (and may have been for a while now), but more importantly, from Monday-Thursday, all mains (except seafood) are $17.
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    • Another tasty tit bit
      • 31 May 2008
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Enjoy gallery is hosting the penultimate event in their performance workshopping series tonight. Of course, dear reader, it would be outrageous to suggest that you have no other social engagements lined up for the Saturday of a long weekend, but if you can forgive me once again for the short notice, may I suggest that you nip up to the Enjoy gallery on Cuba St (upstairs near Scopa).
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    • This should be more popular: Chef's Cafe
      • 27 May 2008
      • The Wellingtonista
      • At the top of Cuba Street, opposite Fidel's and next to a sex shop is what appears to be a crappy little tea room named Chef's Cafe. You might think that they're going to try and sell you a pie and a custard square, but you couldn't be more wrong. See that little sandwich board outside that says "Takeaway Curry $10"? That's right, this is an Indian restaurant. And it's good. And it's insanely cheap*.
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    • Cuba Street Carnival Feedback
      • 15 Mar 2007
      • The Wellingtonista
      • Did you know that the Council supported the carnival? Do you think they should support the carnival? Got 2 minutes to answer those & a few other questions right here? Supplementary question: Are you offended by nudity at carnivals? If no, were you not outside Floriditas with half the Wellingtonista?
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