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Eat Drink Paleo’s Irena Macri at Paperchain, 6 February

By 29 January 2015
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[ 6 February 2015 at 5:45 pm; ]
Food blogger Irena Macri, the woman behind the hugely popular Eat Drink Paleo blog, will speak at Paperchain Bookstore in next month to launch her new cookbook.
From the event organisers:

Passionate paleo-enthusiast Irena Macri draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce gourmet recipes that were created, taste-tested and photographed by the cook [...]

A sci-fi filmed in Canberra? This local filmmaker says it’s possible

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Cloning is a bad idea and Australian animals will kill you.
…At least, this is what Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran would have you believe. And he’s just been awarded an arts grant of $10,000 from the ACT government to help convince you.
Inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov, movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and television [...]

Braddon’s transformation continues

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Preparations started earlier this month on more apartments in Braddon’s increasingly popular Lonsdale Street.
Braddon is constantly changing and steadily erasing its industrial past. For a few months in late 2014, it became a bit of a revolving door as temporary pop-up galleries moved in, as well as a bar converted from a mechanic’s workshop.
These have [...]

High Fidelity – a Canberra premiere

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 6 February 2015 8:00 pm to 21 February 2015 8:00 pm. ]

Nick Hornby’s book High Fidelity, and the subsequent John Cusack movie, became an instant classic for a generation that postponed entry into adulthood, or ‘coming-of-age’, from adolescence until middle age.

Local theatre company Phoenix Players is bringing Hornby’s timeless, witty story to the stage. High Fidelity is a rock musical unlike any other. With all-original music inspired by the [...]

Learn to play mandolin!

By 28 January 2015

[ 1 February 2015; ] COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Learning Groups 2015

The next semester-long COZYMO Learning Group programs start on Sunday 1 February 2015 . Whether you’re young in experience or in age, you are most welcome!

These programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to continue to learn a plucked stringed instrument: mandolin, mandola, mandocello and guitar.

Did you catch [...]

Local Leaders – John Marshall (Frugii)

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]

Cheap eats – Two Hands (Fyshwick)

By 28 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Fresh Food Markets aside, Fyshwick doesn’t have a big reputation as a foodie destination. But there are more than a few great cafes tucked between the kitchen shops and furniture warehouses if you know where to look.
One of these is Two Hands on Lyell Street. When I used to work in Fyshwick it was [...]

RiotACT contributors support RSPCA ACT

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over 50 volunteers took part in a campaign on Sunday morning (25 January) to assist an RSPCA ACT investigation into an act of animal cruelty that shocked Canberra last week.
On Wednesday last week, nine five-week-old puppies were found in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins, one of which was severely injured and had to [...]

Best of Canberra – Rice paper rolls

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I find it frustrating that the world is becoming such a health conscious place, yet it is still ridiculously difficult to get healthy, or even semi-healthy, foods on the go.
My beautician, Jacqui, is a business owner, mum of one and general superwoman. She leads a busy life and often runs out of time to make herself [...]

Canberrans honoured in Australia Day awards

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Several Canberrans are receiving Australia Day Honours in 2015 for the exceptional contribution they all make to the community in a variety of fields.
Canberra is a community made up of so many passionate, talented and giving individuals, and I am proud to call this city home. To all of the Canberrans who have received accolades [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Chicken wings

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last week the call went out for Canberra’s best chicken wings, and for a while Smoque was the only restaurant receiving recommendations. I was delighted to eventually see other venues being thrown in the mix, from Treehouse Bar to Ginseng and Mandalay Bus.
BentSpoke also came highly recommended and having never been there, I thought it [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Dobinsons

By 24 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Years ago, before the Canberra Centre expanded into what it is today, there was an area called the city market place, where Dobinsons first established itself as a small bakery. Dobinsons was doing well for itself and eventually the family-owned business moved to its current location on Bunda Street and became one of only four [...]

Letterboxing for puppies dumped in Higgins

By 23 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 25 January 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
As inspectors continue to appeal to the community for information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty regarding several abandoned puppies this week, RiotACT contributors Steven Bailey and Alexandra Craig have organised a letterbox drop to help find the culprit. 
From Steven and Alexandra:

Please help us to help the RSPCA by letterboxing the suburb of [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Casey

By 23 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In this week’s instalment of A Look Around Canberra, I zoomed towards Canberra’s north, past Gold Creek and into the new-ish suburb of Casey. Gazetted on 18 October 1991, Casey was named after Richard Casey, former Governor-General of Australia and former Minister and Member of Parliament. Casey is situated in the Gungahlin region, about four [...]

Artist or not, painting sessions are worth a try

By 22 January 2015
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Looking for something new to try in Canberra, I came across a one off painting session on Groupon and thought I’d give it a go.
I signed up with the knowledge that I can’t draw or paint. My skills in this area are as basic as folding paint inside a piece of paper and opening it [...]

Canberrans horrified by puppy bashing

By 21 January 2015
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RSPCA ACT inspectors are appealing to the community for any information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty. Yesterday morning, a man found nine five-week-old puppies in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins.
The abandoned and underweight animals were handed in to the RSPCA shelter in Weston where they were examined by staff. [...]

One flag, one day and one country…

By 21 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I must confess I hadn’t given a great deal of thought to the Australian flag until I returned to these shores in 2012. I found it very easy when out of Australia to have limited thought about our culture and heritage, and subsequent historical unease.
In London, I celebrated Australia Day like many other Aussies, in [...]

Participants wanted for online mental health study

By 20 January 2015

Researchers from the Australian National University are seeking Australians aged 18 years and older to participate in an online study investigating how the tendency to reflect, ruminate, or be mindful contributes to the development of stress, anxiety, depression or sleep difficulties.
Upon the completion of two 20-minute surveys, participants can enter a prize draw to win [...]

A city of obese gym junkies

By 20 January 2015
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A day doesn’t go by when I don’t see a gym selfie, or a photo of a meal hashtagged #cleaneating. We seem to be obsessed with exercise, fitness, and healthy eating. So why is Australia ranked fifth highest in the OECD for obese adults?
It could be due to several reasons. Perhaps people go to the [...]

Best of Canberra – Chicken wings

By 20 January 2015
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I feel like chicken wings used to be a very American thing. When I first went to the States I tried my first ever American Buffalo wings and now I am addicted. I hate blue cheese, but I love blue cheese sauce with wings!
Recently though, wings have become a popular menu item, particularly in bars. [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Ice cream

By 19 January 2015
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I was really excited last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best ice cream. I was watching the RiotACT site all day, waiting eagerly to see where readers were going to send me.
The same business was nominated over and over again, with one reader even scolded for daring to recommend Goodberry’s.
That’s how I found [...]

Weekend Cafe Hotspot: TwentyOne Cafe & Groceries, New Acton

By 17 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Since Christmas I haven’t been as active as I normally am. Before Christmas, I would regularly find myself at the lake on Saturday mornings participating in boot camp, or taking a leisurely stroll around the lake. I would often walk over the foot bridge near the paddle boats and into New Acton to grab a coffee. [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Macgregor

By 16 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I went to check out the suburb of Macgregor, situated in Canberra’s far west. Macgregor’s neighbours are Latham, Dunlop, Holt, Charnwood, and the ACT/NSW border line.
It was first gazetted on 9 September 1971 and was named after Sir William Macgregor, Governor of Queensland between 1909-1914, and the very first Chancellor of the University [...]

Making friends when you’re new to Canberra

By 15 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The start of the year typically sees an influx of people move to the capital for work or university.
I relocated from Brisbane to Canberra nearly two years ago for work. I had been au pairing in Europe in the 12 months prior to the move and was in serious need of earning a proper wage after [...]

Best of Canberra – Ice cream

By 13 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ice cream is an all occasions food. Whether it’s a hot Summer’s day at the pool with your friends or you need comforting after you just broke up with your boyfriend (forget him, he was a loser anyway!). There just never seems to be a wrong time for ice cream.
As a kid, vanilla was my [...]

Hot cross buns and Easter eggs already?

By 13 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Christmas and the New Year have passed, their only remnants being reduced price wrapping paper and tree-shaped biscuit boxes. But that’s okay, because Easter is next week. Or so you’d think if you walked in to most supermarkets these days.

Woolworths and Coles are already stocking chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and I’ve even seen a [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Cocktails

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I think I spent most of my week tipsy, having had to search for Canberra’s best cocktail.
I started my search at Molly. I’ve talked about Molly before when I searched for Canberra’s best charcuterie. Molly was the winner in that “Best of” round and I am personally a big fan of the venue, being one of [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Waldorf Hotel, Canberra City

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Eating breakfast at a hotel restaurant is just not something I have ever thought about doing, unless I’m actually staying in the hotel. This week I was thinking about where I would like to have breakfast; I wanted somewhere new because I eat out a lot. While I was thinking about it, all the usuals [...]

“I’d better go, I’ve got the kids in the car”

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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First up, I’m a young fit adult who does regular exercise through cycling throughout the year, including through the hottest parts of Summer. I have no particular predisposition to heatstroke.
The following events happened on Wednesday as a prelude to the topic of this discussion.
I met with a friend for Lunch, and was heading into work [...]

Canberra Food & Wine Expo 2015

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 20 February 2015 at 12:00 pm; 21 February 2015 at 10:00 am; 22 February 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

The Canberra Food and Wine Expo is an annual three-day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food and wine, cheese, cocktails and everything gourmet. The show houses over 100 local and national exhibitors, including wine makers, distributors, gourmet restaurants, coffee, chocolate and tea.

Sample food and wine in the appreciation area, watch celebrity chefs create recipes from [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Kingston

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just past the Parliamentary Triangle is the leafy inner south suburb of Kingston, one of the ACT’s oldest suburbs with a brand new development at the Foreshore as well as sparkling apartments going up just about every couple of months.
This suburb was named after Charles Kingston, Premier of South Australia from 1893-99 and was the [...]

Roof rebedding & repointing

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just want to get an update from the Canberra community about who to avoid and who people can recommend to do rebedding and repointing of a tile roof. In particular, I would like to hear from people who had this done a few years ago, who did the work and what is the condition of the roof [...]

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