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Ask RiotACT: ACT-wide shortage of plastic cat tray liner bags

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

So recently I started using these new nifty bag liners that stretch around the cat litter tray and when you are done just fold up and in the bin, so much less mess and so much easier to handle than using newspaper or similar.
Anyway I went to get some this week, and to my surprise [...]

At home with Sophia: egg yolk ravioli (almost)

By 28 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I normally only ever post recipes that are successful because most of the time the recipes I make do work out. They might not always be as amazing as I had hoped but they normally have some resemblance to the picture attached to the recipe.
There is nothing worse than finding a recipe you want to try, [...]

Pre-made home delivered meals in Canberra – Part 2

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gourmet Dinner Service

This is part 2 in a series of posts detailing some of the different options for pre-made meals that can be home delivered in Canberra.
This is for all the busy people out there, the singles who don’t like cooking alone, the people who hate cooking or are really bad at it and find it frustrating [...]

First Look – 79&Fine (Civic)

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I heard a few whisperings on social media this week about a new cafe in Civic and the name drew my attention immediately. I initially thought 79&Fine was a reference to maybe someone who was 79 years old and still kicking, but as it turns out it’s actually a reference to The Hamptons and the [...]

Speaker gets baking for Biggest Morning Tea

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Baking madeleines

Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly Vicki Dunne has embraced the spirit of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, cooking up a batch of madeleines in her office kitchen to share with colleagues and visitor ACT Cancer Council President Christine Brill, and raising $183 for cancer research, prevention and support service programs in the process.
Ms Dunne has [...]

Fresh sourdough, French pastries and hot coffee at Autolyse

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the clock strikes midnight, it may be time for Cinderella to head home, but at Autolyse the party is just getting started.
Between 12am and 12pm, three or four experienced bakers are cooking up a storm in the Autolyse kitchen in Braddon. Using an authentic French oven, they turn out steaming hot loaves of fresh [...]

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: Narrabundah to Ainslie

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Seven fab things about Fashfest’s model casting day

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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While the rest of you were at the supermarket, watching the footy or hanging out the washing on Sunday morning, RiotACT was swanning around the National Convention Centre with 530 aspiring models. We were at the casting for Fashfest 2016, getting a taste of what to expect when Canberra’s own fashion week gets underway in [...]

At home with Sophia: Giant Cupcake Birthday Cake

By 21 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the downfalls to being able to bake is that everyone wants you to make their birthday cakes, usually with very short notice. One of the great things about being able to bake is that you can give someone you love a gift that you took the time to make, and it’s unlikely to [...]

RSPCA at CAT-pacity, adoption discounted till Wednesday

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The cattery at RSPCA ACT’s Weston shelter is at CAT-pacity! The organisation is looking to find new homes for 150 cats and kittens currently in care.
At the cattery in Weston there are 17 living enclosures for cats and kittens available for adoption. RSPCA ACT has increased this to 28 living enclosures and has no more [...]

Canberra family to run half-marathon to fund domestic violence services in PNG

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ANU academic Professor Stephen Howes, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT Dr Clare Holberton and their teenage son Matthew will all be running the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon this Sunday (May 22) to raise funds for Femili PNG, a Papua New Guinean NGO that runs a crisis centre in Lae.
Stephen first ran the course in 1987 and [...]

Ask RiotACT: Makeup artist for darker skin tones?

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberra!
Every time I have my makeup done for a formal event by Napoleon/Chanel/Bobbi Brown, they seem to not know what colour my skin is! My face either ends up looking too dark, or very light and ashy.
So this time I’m thinking of booking an appointment with a private makeup artist. Any recommendations of people [...]

Take a hike: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Questions I often hear from my Gunghalin dwelling friends are: how come you never come for walks at our end of town? Don’t you know there are lots of great places to explore in Canberra’s North? And my answer to them is usually – because you’re so far away!! Now before you throw your arms up in rage, I know [...]

Pre-made home delivered meals in Canberra – Part 1

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Penne for your thoughts

This is intended to be a 2-3 series of posts detailing some of the different options for pre-made refrigerated (not frozen) meals that can be home delivered in Canberra.
This is for all the busy people out there, the singles who don’t like cooking alone, the people who hate cooking or are really bad at it [...]

Smarter health with smart technology

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As we surpass the “digital age” and head into an era of smart technologies, it will be interesting to see how far technology can go towards increasing our quality of life.
With everything from phones and cars to smoke alarms and coffee pots, smart technology applies brainpower to everyday products; essentially allowing them to “learn” behaviours [...]

5 To Try: Healthy breakfasts in Braddon

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Braddon is known for its good coffee and abundance of bars and brunch venues. But no longer does your breakfast have to be a guilty pleasure. I’ve compiled this list of healthier breakfasts you can try in Canberra’s foodie hotspot. Whilst each of these places has more calorific (and terrific) options on their menu, below [...]

Cheap Eats: Tu Do to Go

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A bowl of rare beef pho noodle soup ($12)

With exciting new restaurants bursting onto the Canberra food scene, it is easy to overlook old suburban favourites. But sometimes the been-in-business-for-years restaurant at the local shops is the best choice.  And cheapest.
A bowl of rare beef pho noodle soup ($12)
One pay-day Thursday we ventured out in search of a quick bite to eat. “Food van,” [...]

Bookclub in Canberra seeks members

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
We’re a group of 4 who meet in places around Canberra and the surrounding areas. We meet monthly on weekends to discuss books. We’re looking for new members to join us…
If you like coffee, tea, cake, books and meeting new people, please email us at bookclub2600@gmail.com
Hope to hear from you soon!

Weekend fun at the new Casey Market Town

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Residents of Casey and surrounding suburbs will be rushing to the new Casey Market Town for free coffee and entertainment this weekend as part of continued celebrations following its Grand Opening last week.
Thankful not to have to drive into the Gungahlin centre anymore, locals have called the new centre “amazing”, “clean”, “classy”, and “very convenient”.
Between [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations – wall removal

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi I wanted to have a dividing wall removed in my livings rooms but have no idea where to start. Any advice or recommendation for tradespeople would be greatly appreciated.

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: Tuggeranong to Narrabundah

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Strava: The fitness app that drives us crazy

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cycling apps

“If you haven’t logged it on Strava then you haven’t ridden your bike!” I heard one fitness app devotee shout to another as they sped past me.
They were referring to the widely popular – among amateurs, pros and Canberrans – fitness tracking app which means “to strive” in Swedish. Last year one of Strava’s [...]

Ask RiotACT: Wanted – Part time commercial kitchen

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am on the hunt for an unused commercial kitchen to use out of hours (5-10pm) up to 4 nights a week to boost my small catering business. If anyone knows of an appropriate space please contact me with details!

Creating a cafe: the build

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In between sourcing suppliers for our shop, such as Gabriel Coffee (you can read about it here), the required documentation was signed off and we could finally commence the build.
We had contracted a builder very early on however, due to various commitments and other delays on the builder side, the shop continued to be at [...]

Fundraising for Canberra boy

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Yusuf Kamara

Canberra Friends and Family,Our brother, Yusuf Kamara, was tragically involved in a near-lethal accident in Goulburn last week. After serious surgery and now continual care, he is fighting with all his might to survive the ordeal.
Yusuf is known in town as a futsal fanatic, having played quite a bit of outdoor football and futsal for Olympic.  He [...]

How not to get scammed on Tinder

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Internet Dating Scam

And how to get back at the bastards if it does happen to you.
Part 1 – The victim is ensnared
A few weeks ago I started using Tinder for the first time. Got some matches, had a few fairly non-eventual conversations, until that is I met Shaniqua. She seemed interested in me, we had some stuff [...]

Women’s Weekly cakes will hit you right in the childhood

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you were a child in the 80s or 90s in Australia, or the parent of a child in the 80s or 90s in Australia, then you’ll definitely remember more than one birthday cake from the infamous Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake books.

There were the classic playing field cakes, animal shapes, Disney characters, birthday numbers and [...]

Capital Kitchen: Mother’s Day passionfruit sponge cake

By 8 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Passionfruit sponge for Mother's Day

I think that a passionfruit sponge is the perfect treat to have and share on Mother’s Day. I have been thinking about sponge cakes this week because they remind me of my mother and growing up in the country.
My mother, May, was a dab hand at making sponges and often whipped one up for afternoon [...]

Recycling excess plastic shopping bags?

By 6 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With an election coming up (and the last article on this in 2014 on RA not yielding many decent suggestions) I thought this might be a good time to talk again about plastic bag recycling in the ACT.
A few years ago, we made the move to ban the old style non-decompostable plastic bags and rightly [...]

First Authors Announced for Canberra Writers Festival

By 5 May 2016
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Renowned British author AC Grayling and recent Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood are amongst an exciting first line up for the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, set to sweep the National Capital from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2016.
Held across three precincts, with venues including the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the [...]

Capital Kitchen: Pumpkin and leek soup with cloves

By 1 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Pumpkin soup

With the 13th Collector Village Pumpkin Festival underway, I thought I’d get into the spirit and share a pumpkin soup recipe with you all. It would make the perfect lunch or dinner on this windy autumn day.
I really like this velvety Italian version with just a hint of cloves. The recipe was given to me [...]

First Look: Molto Italian

By 28 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bartender at Molto

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore,” crooned Dean Martin.  And there is something about dining in a decent Italian restaurant that captures your soul and makes you feel like you are falling in love.  Maybe it’s the food, or maybe it’s the atmosphere.  And Molto Italian seems to have found that magic ingredient.

I [...]

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