Capital Life

Gourmet goodies stock food parcels

House of Dumplings gifts 500 dumplings to the Wellington City Mission to set the City Mission’s new partnership with The Food Show in motion. Left to right, House of Dumplings owner Vicky Ha, City Mission regulars Muzza Ward and Peter Chan, and Wellington City Mission chief executive Michelle Branney.

City Mission food parcels to go gourmet after The Food Show.

The magic of engaging with music

Ludwig Treviranus, a composer at Arts Splash.

Ludwig Treviranus first performed in Wellington's Artsplash Festival as a nine-year-old.

Island a sad reminder of racism

Historian Lynette Shum with a tribute Wellington's Chinese community placed on Mokopuna Island in 2004 for its "leper", Kim Lee.

A Wellington grocer was unlucky enough to be Chinese during a leprosy panic in 1903.

Misfortune mars Hannah Playhouse debut

The roofline of Hannah Playhouse emerges on Courtenay Place in June 1972.

An actress took the good-luck message "break a leg" too literally when Wellington's Hannah Playhouse opened in 1973.

Cafe Scene

Beachside favourite a family affair

Coconut and plum cake from the Chocolate Fish Cafe.

Shelly Bay's Chocolate Fish cafe makes the most deliciously moist plum and coconut cake - and they're sharing their recipe.

Cool cafe in the 'burbs

Coolsville Trading Post, Hataitai, is a mix of kitsch and Kiwi congeniality.

With a "Piss Off: We're Closed" sign in the window and a surly-looking cartoon racoon face stencilled on the door, Hataitai's Coolsville Trading Post offers up the blend of kitsch and kiwi congeniality that a Wellington eatery needs.

Restaurant Reviews

The Arborist nails it

The Arborist.

The fare, service and atmosphere at The Arborist is anything but wooden.

Italian on the cheap

One thing to try: Zabaglione

Say a prayer for some authenticity at Vatican.

capital day

Gourmet goodies stock food parcels

House of Dumplings gifts 500 dumplings to the Wellington City Mission to set the City Mission’s new partnership with The Food Show in motion. Left to right, House of Dumplings owner Vicky Ha, City Mission regulars Muzza Ward and Peter Chan, and Wellington City Mission chief executive Michelle Branney.

City Mission food parcels to go gourmet after The Food Show.

Taking a stutter to the stage

In Stutterpop, Sam Brooks uses his own speech impediment to bring the audience right into his life experiences.

Sam Brooks looks on the bright side of his speech impediment.

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