Laura Fraser
Tasty Wellington, a place to be eaten up
Tasty Wellington, a place to be eaten up

From a sidewalk bistro table, the scene looked a lot like San Francisco: Victorian houses, cable cars, chalkboards scribbled with the day's organic specials, bohemian-looking locals wrapped in woolly scarves. But when the waiter asked me how I'd like my coffee — a "flat white" or a "long black" — I knew I was in New Zealand. And when I tasted the coffee, fresh and fragrant and made with finesse, I could pinpoint Wellington.New Zealand's capital city, on the southern tip of the North Island, has become the country's culinary epicenter. With only 180,000 residents, it routinely beats Auckland (more than 1 million strong) in winning the country's "restaurant of the year" award, bestowed by...