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A look around Canberra – Dickson

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The suburb of Dickson in Canberra’s north was named after Sir James Dickson, one of the founders of the constitution and premier of Queensland in the late 1800s.

Dickson gets the tagline ‘Canberra’s Chinatown’ a fair bit, due to the large number of Asian restaurants and grocery stores on Woolley Street. There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (29 and 30 August 2015)

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 29 August 2015 at 7:00 am; 30 August 2015 at 8:00 am; ]
Canberra garage sales this weekend in Queanbeyan, Harrison, Red Hill, Ngunnawal, Kambah, Wanniassa and Curtin. Happy Friday!
Saturday 29 August
12 Cruikshank Street
7am to 4pm
Wide range of household items.
20 Derrima Road Queanbeyan
8am to 11am
Furniture, puzzles, bric-a-brac. Will be cancelled if raining.
5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa
8am to 12pm
Toys, clothes, books, DVDs, clothing, kitchenware, games, sports gear, linen, bags, baby [...]

Tea with JT – Michelle Walton

By 27 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome back to the series where I have the pleasure of interviewing some of Canberra’s most fascinating women.
This week I met up with the lovely Michelle Walton at Me & Mrs Jones in Kingston. We talked all things sport and business and here’s what I discovered.

Who are you?
Michelle Walton
What do you do?
I am a Director [...]

Behind the scenes – Burmese Curry Place

By 27 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Burmese Curry Place owners Mi-Mee (pictured left) and Nai (pictured right)

The Burmese Curry Place is a bit of a Canberra institution. It always has a line out the door at lunchtime and is easily one of my favourite feeds.
I’ve been coming here for years and thought it was finally time to sit down with the owners and find out how Mi-Mee and Nai (pictured above, left [...]

Bolt in for a fascinating experience!

By 27 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Offering more than just horse racing, Thoroughbred Park has again raised the bar for corporate entertainment, function space and classy race day ideas. It’s definitely more than just a racecourse.
1. Distinctive, unique function spaces
Six distinctive light filled rooms, floor to ceiling windows with block out blinds and an upgraded sound system.  Perfect for your small conference [...]

Cheap eats – Oscar’s Bakery Cafe, University of Canberra

By 26 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve spent a bit of time at the University of Canberra over the past few weeks. I was a student at UC a few years ago, and it’s interesting to see what’s changed since I left.
There is student accommodation where there used to be car parks. There are boom gates where it used to be free parking, and [...]

Best of Canberra – Chinese

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chinese food is an old favourite of mine – I grew up going to Chinese restaurants and slurping down chicken and corn soup by the bucket. Needless to say, I’m a little more adventurous these days.
It’s been a little while since we’ve looked at international cuisines and this week I’m on the hunt for Canberra’s [...]

First look – Joe’s Bar, East Hotel

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Joe’s Bar at East Hotel has only been open for a few weeks, but it’s already established itself as a cosy venue with a big Italian heart – and very good food. 
Brother and sister team Dan and Dion Bisa own Joe’s Bar, as well as East Hotel where the bar is located. They say Joe’s [...]

We tried a vampire facial. This is what happened.

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you keep up with the Kardashians, you may have heard of a vampire facial. Made famous by Kim in 2013 on an episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, the facial is a non-surgical alternative to a traditional face lift.
While there are a few cosmetic clinics in Canberra that offer the facial, I knew that the [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Delicatessen

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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You know those people that walk into a shop and spend most of their time repeating phrases like, “Oh wow, look at this!”
That’s me when I find myself inside a good delicatessen. And when I do, I could spend hours deliberating over whether to get this feta or that feta, stuffed green olives or [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Italian Continental Bakery, Mawson

By 22 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So many people have told me how wonderful the Italian Continental Bakery is in Mawson, especially for cronuts, Italian donuts and connoli. When I heard that they also serve breakfast and lunch, I thought I would check it out for this week’s hot spot.
You can definitely tell that this bakery is owned by old school [...]

A look around Canberra – Duffy

By 21 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The suburb of Duffy, located in the Weston Creek region on Canberra’s south side, was named after Sir Charles Gavan Duffy – one of the earliest Victorian premiers. 
Duffy is quite a nice suburb, very leafy and quiet, with plenty of nice houses. It’s a pretty popular suburb and house prices are on the rise. 
Sadly, when [...]

Trivia night raising funds for Canberra Cat Fix

By 21 August 2015
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[ 18 September 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Canberra Cat Fix is holding a trivia night as its first major fundraiser on 18 September.

The organisation raises funds to offer low-income families a way to desex their cat in an affordable way. This will provide financial assistance to struggling households, reduce the number of unwanted kittens, alleviate pressure from our local animal shelters and potentially prevent the number of [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (22 August 2015)

By 21 August 2015
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[ 22 August 2015; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Spence, Kaleen, Gowrie, Wanniassa and Queanbeyan. Happy Friday!

Saturday 22 August 

UC High School, Baldwin Drive Kaleen
8am to 1pm
Toys, books, jewellery, sunglasses, clothes, shoes, kitchen and household items.

117 Maribyrnong Avenue Kaleen
8am to 2pm
Ladies clothing (sizes 10-14), shoes, handbags, accessories, knitwear, dresses, jeans, workwear. Brands include Sussans, Wombat, TS 14+, Lucy in [...]

Local recording artist to feature in national advertising campaign

By 20 August 2015

Singer Mike Lang and producer duo, Daniel and Josh Pinkerton, have won the chance to feature in the national Mind Body Business advertising campaign.
Lang and the Pinkerton brothers collaborated to create the electronic song ‘Revolution in You,’ which took out the top prize over dozens of entries from across Australia.
Film production house Blue Clay Creatives [...]

Canberra’s top 10 restaurants for 2015 revealed

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT’s top 10 restaurants have been unveiled at The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards held last night in Sydney. The ACT results are:

Monster
Aubergine
Eightysix
Temporada
Italian & Sons
 Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate
Capitol Bar & Grill
Akiba
Sage
Ottoman Cuisine

Monster (79) and Aubergine (91) also featured in the top 100 restaurants nationally.
“The overall standard in this country, whether it’s in cafés, bars, casual eateries [...]

Sewing machine lessons in Canberra?

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A reader asks:
My daughter has recently inherited an old Janome sewing machine. Can anyone suggest somewhere she can learn to use the sewing machine? There used to be a place a Phillip where you could take your machine and learn the basics. Does this still exist?

Cheap eats – Transit Bar (Civic)

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I saw an advertisement online recently for a $10 pizza and soft drink lunch special at Transit Bar in the city. I hadn’t been to Transit Bar before, so I immediately jumped at the offer.
My partner and I went there on Saturday for lunch, but when I first told him where we were going he [...]

Best of Canberra – Delicatessen

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Growing up with Italian heritage, I have a certain appreciation for a good delicatessen. How hot is that salami? Do you slice it fresh? What are those olives marinated in? How fresh is that ricotta cheese? These are all questions I have learned to ask whenever I walk into my local deli.
What makes a good [...]

Local leaders – Jenni Tarrant (Bond Hair Religion)

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With a salon in Kingston, twelve employees and the 2015 Australian Salon of the Year Award under her belt, it’s easy to assume that Jenni Tarrant has always had hairdressing and business figured out.
But the three-decade industry veteran and owner of Bond Hair Religion says this is definitely not the case.
“When I first took over [...]

Canberra op shop guide – Winter colour blocking

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Winter is often a time when people cocoon themselves in layers of black and grey knitwear and coats, but just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to be boring!
Today we’ll be experimenting with colour blocking to shake off those winter blues in this slouchy, off duty weekend look. You may even have so much [...]

Canberra cafe haikus – trust me, they’re a thing

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I love seeing original, creative ideas – particularly when they’re local.
I was alerted to an instagram account recently, @canberracafehaiku. The name pretty much sums it up – it’s an account dedicated to humorous haikus about Canberra cafes.

A photo posted by Canberra Cafe Haiku (@canberracafehaiku) on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:09am PDT

The cafes featured are mostly [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Hole-in-the-wall cafe

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best hole-in-the-wall cafe and votes came in for a few places around town.
An honourable mention should go out to Kindle Cafe, which got the most votes but, in my opinion, doesn’t qualify as a hole-in-the-wall. As such it wasn’t included in this week’s taste off, but [...]

The skinny on fat – we’re the biggest losers

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In Canberra, just over 50 per cent of us are overweight and 20 per cent of us are obese. The prevalence of obesity is now so high that the ACT Government has set up an obesity management service for very obese people.
We all know the potential consequences of being obese, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and heart [...]

How much you need to earn to buy property in Canberra

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you want to buy the median-priced home in Canberra’s most expensive suburb for 2014, you’ll need an annual salary of $116,500.
(The suburb is Griffith, and the median house price is $1.005 million.)
New research by real estate agent comparison service Which Real Estate Agent has revealed how much you need to earn to buy [...]

Having a baby in Canberra – is private really better?

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Tupelo, Civic

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Tupelo opened its doors near the Civic interchange earlier this year. Ever since then, everyone’s been talking about the little coffee shop in the city with furniture made from pallets and milk crates.
People kept saying how amazing and creative it was that this café was created using up-cycled materials. That’s awesome! But I wondered, was [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (15 and 16 August 2015)

By 14 August 2015
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[ 15 August 2015 to 16 August 2015. ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Weetangera, O’Connor, Latham, Wanniassa, Ainslie, Harrison, Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan. Happy Friday!

Saturday 15 August

6 Hakea Crescent O’Connor
8am to 1pm
Jackets, household items, swimming flippers, trampoline, basketball hoop, lamps and linen. View items.

5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa
8am to 1pm
Charity garage sale to fund projects like the Piggery Project in Uganda and the Community [...]

The sweetest Father’s Day gift idea you’ll read about today – The Candy Shop

By 13 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whether it’s sherbet bombs, big boss cigars, now-politically-correct fads or American candy corn, everyone has a favourite childhood lolly that’s almost impossible to find in supermarkets.
But forget trawling old-fashioned lolly shops in country towns in search of a single packet of mint patties. There’s a new way to satisfy your retro sugar cravings.
The Candy Shop, [...]

Sausages: History, Mystery, Mastery (book launch)

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 15 August 2015 at 11:00 am; ]
Canberra is set to get hooked on snags as local butcher David Peddle launches his book Sausages: History, Mystery, Mastery.
The book will be launched on Saturday August 15 from 11am-2pm at Cooking Coordinates at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. You can see David cook his legendary kangaroo and beer sausages – and then try them!
The [...]

Are you sick of shopping trolleys in your streets?

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The exponential increase in the number of shopping trolleys dumped in Australian streets is a disgrace. They litter the streets and can cause panel damage to parked cars. They are dumped in waterways, on roadsides and nature strips. They make our towns and suburbs look untidy and unloved.
In addition to being eyesores, especially when dumped [...]

Cheap eats – Duatti (Woden)

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t usually venture into shopping malls for Cheap Eats reviews but I thought I’d make an exception this week for Duatti, a cafe inside Westfield Woden. Duatti has been around for almost a year now but it seems many people still don’t know about it. The friend I met up for lunch with had [...]

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