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Weekend cafe hot spot: Chatterbox Espresso Bar, Belconnen

By 1 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Before we head out for breakfast on a Saturday morning, I check Facebook to see if anyone is talking about a new breakfast spot. Facebook is handy like that.
Because we live in the city, we tend to frequent the same places so it’s really convenient to turn to social media for new suggestions. I have [...]

A look around Canberra – Bruce

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The suburb of Bruce is named after former prime minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce, who occupied the highest office in the land between 1923 and 1929. Though, judging by a recent meme doing the rounds in Canberra, some might be forgiven for thinking former US sports star Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner has something to do with [...]

Food forests, olive oil and ginger beer workshops this August

By 31 July 2015
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The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]

Friday fun night tonight at Pizza Hut

By 31 July 2015
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[ 31 July 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Pizza Hut stores across Canberra and Queanbeyan will tonight donate five per cent of sales between 6pm and 8pm to Communities@Work’s social programs. 

Make it a fun night for you and friends or family by grabbing a pizza for dinner.
Pizza Hut is proudly partnering with Communities@Work’s Social Programs, who provide food and essential items to those most vulnerable [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (1 and 2 August 2015)

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 1 August 2015 to 2 August 2015. ]
Canberra garage sales this weekend in Dunlop, Casey, Kambah, Karabar, Waramanga, Cook, Macquarie, Page and Isabella Plains. Happy Friday!

Saturday 1 August

Eales Place Kambah
7.30am to 1pm
Car ramps, self help books, BMX bike, tennis rackets, long board, rip stick, electric heater, roof rack (ocean and earth), Kempco juicer, ninja blender, high pressure cleaner, glass shelves, southern [...]

First look – QT Canberra’s new August menu

By 30 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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QT Canberra’s Capitol Bar & Grill and Lucky’s Speakeasy will next month introduce new menus – the first since they opened their doors. Ryan Johnstone went for a first look. 
I was invited to preview Lucky’s Speakeasy’s new cocktail list, followed by an evening sampling dishes from Capitol Bar & Grill’s current and new menus.
Beginning the night in [...]

Local leaders – Anna Petridis (Patissez)

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Patissez in Manuka is probably the most famous café in Canberra, and maybe even one of the most famous in Australia, after receiving international media coverage in the last few weeks. Most of this attention is attributed to its freakshow milkshakes.
Small business success on this scale does not just happen. There is no luck involved. Anna Petridis [...]

Cheap eats – The Blue Olive (Civic)

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A couple of weeks ago RiotACT contributor Bec Cuzzillo put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls. Café D’Lish and Autolyse were the two most popular contenders, but The Blue Olive in Civic wasn’t far behind.
I was curious. Those who voted for The Blue Olive’s sandwiches did so with an enthusiasm that you [...]

Best of Canberra – Hangover food

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A thumping headache, a dry mouth and dizzy spells – all signs that last night consisted of one too many tequila shots or a little too much gin. 
Despite what you might think about the existence of a hangover cure, there are some foods that you just crave when you’re in that post-alcohol state. Whether it’s [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Winter desserts

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After last week’s call out, there are two possible scenarios for Canberra’s winter dessert situation. Either, there aren’t many places that serve warm desserts, or the cold weather doesn’t bother RiotACT readers who are all happy to eat ice cream in sub-zero temperatures. Either way, the top two nominations for best winter desserts in Canberra were Koko [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: High tea at the Burbury Hotel, Barton

By 25 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Is there a woman out there who doesn’t love high tea?! It’s such a wonderful event and makes for the perfect excuse to get frocked up. I have been to high tea at the Hyatt a number of times and was starting to feel as though high tea experiences in Canberra were a little limited.
When [...]

Woden Seniors’ second BIG book fair

By 24 July 2015
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[ 7 August 2015 at 11:00 am; 8 August 2015 at 10:00 am; 9 August 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Come along to Woden Seniors’ Second BIG Book Fair, which will be held over three days at the club premises, 12 Corinna Street Woden.
Book fair dates

Friday 7 August from 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday 8 August from 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday 9 August from 10 am to 4 pm.

A huge range of quality [...]

A look around Canberra – Isaacs

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We went down to the Woden Valley this week to take a look at the suburb of Isaacs.
This suburb was named after former governor general, attorney general and chief justice Isaac Isaacs. Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate his name and ponder why his parents decided to give him essentially the same name [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (25th and 26th July 2015)

By 24 July 2015
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[ 25 July 2015 to 26 July 2015. ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Queanbeyan, Hackett, Torrens and Florey. Happy Friday!

Saturday 25 July

60 Maitland Street Hackett
8am to 11am
Antique furniture, household and office furniture, heat press, books, comics, clothing and more.

Unit 6, 5-7 Warroo Street Queanbeyan
8am to 11.30am
Lots of books, ladies clothing and general items.

24 Kavel Street Torrens
10am to 5.30pm
General homewares, books, brand new [...]

Cheap eats – Baan Latsamy (Manuka)

By 23 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s nothing like a spicy laksa to warm you from head to toe on a cold, rainy, Canberra day.
Baan Latsamy in Manuka is one of my favourite lunch spots, and I get the same thing every time I go – chicken laksa. It’s always consistent and delicious. The head chef and co-owner of the restaurant, Latsamy, [...]

In photos: A dog’s day out at A Pooch Affair

By 23 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Dog owners are a special breed. We have a soft spot for all dogs, but think our own dog is secretly the best. We say things like, “He won’t hurt you,” or “She is toilet trained,” but the truth is, we can’t be 100 per cent sure of their behaviour.
With this in mind, it was [...]

13 things to do in Canberra this weekend (25 and 26 July 2015)

By 23 July 2015
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[ 25 July 2015 to 26 July 2015. ] This weekend: The GWS Giants return to Canberra for their third match at Manuka Oval this season, Mount Stromlo hosts a public observatory night and the Embassy of Brazil invites you to celebrate an evening of Brazilian food and dancing. 

What are your plans? Let us know in the comments below.

1. GWS Giants vs Geelong Cats [...]

Camp Quality ACT Dine at Mine launch

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 26 July 2015 at 4:00 pm; ]
Camp Quality’s ‘Dine at Mine’ campaign is back for a third year, encouraging all foodies to pop on their chef’s hat and host their own bespoke dining experience to support children and families living with cancer.
The idea is simple: for the months of August and September hosts can invite their family, friends, neighbours or work [...]

What’s better: Fixed rate or variable rate home loan?

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am going to borrow home loan from the bank and have three options: fixed rate, variable rate and half and half.
Would you please advise here what option I should take. You are welcome to comment on ‘owner occupier’ or ‘investment’, and three different options because your comment may benefit others even if it does [...]

Best of Canberra – Winter desserts

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winter in Canberra? Forget about the waistline.
For me, when the weather regularly hits sub-zero overnight, all bets are off when it comes to comfort food, particularly the sweet stuff. In my opinion, there isn’t much that beats a warm decadent dessert to take the chill off a cold winter’s night.
This week I am looking for [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Fresh sandwiches and rolls

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Good quality bread and fresh ingredients are the makings of a great fresh sandwich or roll. This is what I was looking for when I put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls last week.
When it came to the votes, a number of cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops got a nomination. Cafe D’Lish [...]

Fundraising dinner for Everest region guides at The Hungry Buddha

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 31 July 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

At the end of this month, Nepalese restaurant The Hungry Buddha will celebrate its fourth birthday. 

To mark the occasion, owners Lachhu Thapa and Ben Richardson are hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday 31 July 2015. All revenue collected from the restaurant on this night will go towards supporting porters and guides doing it tough as a [...]

Discover Canberra’s newest sweet spot, Terrace Cafe

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If it’s been a while since your last visit to Old Parliament House, here’s a good reason to add it to your to-do list.
Old Parliament House’s Terrace Café is now open for business. Serving handmade breakfast dishes, pastries and savoury meals, the café is the ideal location for sharing a sweet treat or sipping a [...]

First look – Tosolini’s Pop Up

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After 29 years in business, Tosolini’s restaurant in Civic closed in April this year. But the Tosolinis are back – this time with a pop up restaurant in the Italo Australia club bistro. Ryan Johnstone visited for a first look. 
From its humble beginnings as a corner coffee store, featuring food out of Mamma Valentina’s home [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Mocan & Green Grout, New Acton

By 18 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Staff in my office constantly debate the pronunciation of our local coffee shop, Mocan & Green Grout. What they never debate is the quality of Mocan’s food and coffee.
Having eaten there a number of times and making hundreds of coffee runs for my bosses, I would very much agree that the quality is good and [...]

North Canberra Community Council General Meeting 21 July 2015

By 17 July 2015

[ 21 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on 21 July, at the Majura Function Room, Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson.
Our guest presenters will be Labor MLA for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris, and the Asbestos Response Task Force.
We have asked Ms Fitzharris to respond to the following questions:

In relation to the governments publication Engaging Canberrans – [...]

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 17 July 2015
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[ 20 July 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
New and expectant parents of multiples are invited to attend a free information session to learn more about life with multiple birth children. The New and Expectant Parents Information Session is a service provided by the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association and topics include the unique features of pregnancy, birth and feeding multiples.
The next session [...]

A look around Canberra: New Acton

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The original suburb of Acton (are people going to start calling it Old Acton now?) was named by Lieutenant Arthur Jeffreys after a town in Denbighshire, Wales.
New Acton is a quite a nice part of Canberra. It has three main apartment complexes: Nishi, New Acton South and New Acton East.
This area has close proximity to Lake Burley [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (18th and 19th July 2015)

By 17 July 2015
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[ 18 July 2015 to 19 July 2015. ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Weston Creek, Red Hill, Florey, Richardson, Forrest and Garran. Happy Friday!

Saturday 18 July

2 Edman Close Florey
6.30am to 12pm
Kitchen items, homewares, furniture, coffee tables, books, fridge, treadmill, rowing machine, clothing, handbags and more.

196 Monaro Crescent Red Hill
7am to 3pm
Moving sale. All items must go. Furniture and general household goods.

45 Curlewis [...]

The case for a winter escape down the coast

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My family and I have arrived home to Canberra from a mini-break at the coast. It was lovely. Obviously it’s winter down there too, but gee-whiz an extra five to eight degrees makes a huge difference to how you feel.
This post isn’t meant to make you feel jealous; it’s a reminder that in 2 hours and [...]

Research project: Greater ease with dental treatment

By 15 July 2015

Feel nervous when due to see the dentist?  Or “just hate going”?  Tempted to put it off…and off again? Participate in a trial of therapeutic self-help technique shown to be helpful for many fears and phobias, and for reducing stress in measurable ways.
The trial is open to anyone less than comfortable with dental treatment.  Even [...]

Cheap eats – 38 Espresso (Kingston Foreshore)

By 15 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Kingston Foreshore might not be well known for its cheap eats, but it’s possible to find lunch for less than $15 – if you know where to look.
I bought my first apartment six months ago. The good thing is that it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Kingston Foreshore. The bad news is that I’d [...]

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