WORDS BY BETH - PHOTOS BY ALAN WADDINGHAM & GIANPAOLO GRAZIOLI
So I guess this is sort of embarrassing, I interviewed Gianpaolo well over 8 months ago, and there have been a few comments recently along the lines of ‘too much eating Beth, not enough greeting’. Yeah yeah, ok Fair call, but it's been some good eating the last few months (Loretta, what up!). So maybe some of you will be surprised by this, but Eat & Greet does not make any money (I get asked this all the time), it’s purely for the love of it. Which I really do...love it.
Friend crushes… I’ve had a few. But it is easy when I meet so many amazing people as a result of this blog. I mean, these are my type of people - we can talk about our crushes on David Chang, how we are desperate to eat at Noma or bitch about how there is NO RAMEN SHOP IN WELLINGTON. I love it, I’m finally home, these people get me.
This next story comes with a bit of a content warning – mum, I’m sorry, there are quite a few swears coming up. But if you ever met Vicky Ha of House of dumplings, you would know that if I was to censor this interview, I wouldn’t have much left, and it would also be taking away what is truly great about her! She is sassy, honest and incredibly fun to be around. I have no doubt that when Vicky was born she didn’t cry, she laughed her almighty laugh, said “about fucking time” and walked straight out of the womb.
As mentioned in this week's story on Garage Project I was a judge of the bake-off at their Pie vs Cake night. It was an enormous amount of fun, and by enormous I mean the enormous pair of trackpants that are the only thing I can fit in to after feasting on 19 different cakes and pies, along with Garage Project's Ziggy's Carrot Cake Ale and newcomer Pecan Pie Ale.
I’ve been having a little love affair with Wellington recently. A stark contrast to after i graduated from vic nine years ago and I couldn't wait to get on a plane. I came back after five years away thinking I’d probably move to Auckland... Because, you know, I’d had a taste of ‘big city life’ overseas and Wellington felt a little too dinky. i could remember walking down Cuba Street and knowing pretty much everyone and it was at a ratio of 5:3 - people you wanted to see and people you didn’t want to see. Although maybe that says more about me than it does this city!
You know that now infamous hummus story in the 'about us' section? Well, Ma Brash was ahead of the trend on something else too - Elderflower cordial. We would scour the back roads for the elusive white florets every spring and make litres of the stuff. Combine that with our sodastream and it was the perfect summer treat.