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The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

By 28 July 2014
The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service.  Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.  
The thing that really shone was the service.  There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]

Juicing for a health Fix

By 28 July 2014
Juicing for a health Fix

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of an ‘I need to give my body a break’ moment. After 5 years of abuse, which I blame on having three kids close together and being exhausted most of the time, I felt like it was time to take charge of my own body again.
I had [...]

A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

By 23 July 2014
A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

[ 26 July 2014; 8:30 am; ]

The Capital Region Farmers Market will this weekend welcome a very special visitor, international celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, at the market this coming Saturday 26 July.

Antonio will tour the Market, do a book signing and take part in a cooking demonstration with Andrew Barr MLA from 8.30-10.30am.

Mr Carluccio is in town in July as the [...]

Canberra’s Best Burger – Taste Off

By 23 July 2014
Canberra's Best Burger - Taste Off

Calling for Canberra’s Best Burger drew the expected range in opinion, including an unexpected debate on the difference between a hamburger and a burger (apparently one is the posh type, the other a more grungy experience – who knew?).
The two most popular burgers according to you guys are Brodburger (Kingston) and London Burger [...]

Where are all the ladies?

By 18 July 2014
Where are all the ladies?

I don’t have as many single guy friends as I do single women; however of the few I do, there definitely seems to be a general consensus that approaching women in a nightclub or bar is extremely terrifying.
I’ve heard a lot of excuses such as Canberra women are stuck up or want to know your [...]

Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

By 17 July 2014
Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

I went along to a Truffle Festival lunch hosted at IBIS last Sunday to seek culinary inspiration from local Masterchef contestant Rishi Desai.
Rishi introduced us to the flavour of truffles by asking the group to compare a ‘truffled’ omelette with a regular one. It was an interesting test and quick way to [...]

Farmers Market Matters and Turalla Truffles

By 17 July 2014
Farmers Market Matters and Turalla Truffles

Are you going to the Capital Region Farmers Market this weekend? I sure am. My favourite beef producer, Gilmore Braes Heritage Beef, has added New Zealand ‘oca’ yams to their range. These nutritious little root vegetables look a bit like legless witchetty grubs but heavens they taste great! I’m going to buy another handful, boil [...]

A taste off for Canberra’s Best Pizza

By 15 July 2014
A taste off for Canberra's Best Pizza

We had a broad range of nominations for Best pizza in Canberra, from the local Crust options (reliable, reasonably priced, easy etc.) through to the more gourmet options, with some inclusions of local takeaways.
The two that proved the most consistently popular were Zucchini Brothers in Chisholm and Pizza Gusto in Braddon.
We went with a standard [...]

Local Chef Recipe Series – Villi Fulivai at Chez Frederic

By 14 July 2014
Local Chef Recipe Series – Villi Fulivai at Chez Frederic

This week Villi Fulivai, executive chef at Chez Frederic is sharing his favourite recipe.
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana tortellini w Beurre Blanc sauce
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana Tortellini
1 kg of butternut pumpkin peeled and seeded
200 grams of persian feta
100 grams of sultanas
20 grams of sea salt flakes
5 mLs of lemon juice
Cut butternut pumpkin in half and seed.
Place [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa

By 14 July 2014
Best of Canberra - Laksa

Pizza and burgers are all well and good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you need something a little more exotic to fill that gaping space in your tummy.
For our third ‘Best of Canberra’ post, we’re asking for the best place to get a Laksa.
That steaming bowl of spice-y, noodle-y, [...]

Where are all the men?

By 11 July 2014
Where are all the men?

A question asked by a lot of my single friends and if you’ve lived in Canberra long enough you’d know that certain night spots have reputations as to the type of men they attract.
In case you didn’t know or it’s been so long since you’ve been on the dating scene, let me help you.
Mooseheads
Mooseheads is [...]

Business Lunch Series – Smoque

By 11 July 2014
Business Lunch Series – Smoque

Smoque has been around for a couple of years now and every time I go its pumping. This is probably due to its unique offering of American BBQ. So I thought I would check it out to kick off this new food series – Business Lunches.
Situated in Baileys Corner, parking [...]

Truffle Festival – Chez Frederic

By 10 July 2014
Truffle Festival - Chez Frederic

I started the Truffle Festival with a visit to the newly opened eatery Chez Frederic (on the former site of Cafe pronto).
We had been promised a 3 course wine menu and were pleasantly surprised to learn of a 4th entrée – Frederic’s signature home made ravioli.
Initially we were greeted by Frederic (the inspiration for the [...]

Wily Trout

By 9 July 2014
Wily Trout

Wily Trout is the wine label of Poacher’s Pantry. The fruit is all estate grown and nurtured with feeling and talent. The wine making is managed by William Bruce who oversees the efforts and travails of the wine making team.
Poacher’s Pantry is only a short drive from Canberra, a few minutes west of Hall nestled [...]

Farmers Market Matters

By 8 July 2014
Farmers Market Matters

Do you go to one of Canberra’s farmers’ markets? As far as I’m concerned, Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC is the best thing about Canberra. We are very blessed to have such high quality produce available each week, bringing a wide array of locally produced fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, eggs, [...]

Best of Canberra: Burgers

By 8 July 2014
Best of Canberra: Burgers

Following up from our recent Pizza to go question (we’re road testing the two most popular and will have a decision for you ASAP), we’re on to the next staple in takeaway – burgers.
I have a friend who includes ‘Find the worlds best burger and eat it’ on her bucket list. She also has [...]

BrodDogs in Belco

By 7 July 2014

The red caravan has found a new home after 2.5 years:) BrodDogs we will be located at Westfield Belconen … Top Carpark near the entrance to fernwood and outback jacks.
I for one welcome the chance to wait 45 minutes for something that should take no more than 5 minutes

Local Chef Recipe Series – Black Calamari by Brad Warton Parlour Wine Room

By 7 July 2014
Local Chef Recipe Series - Black Calamari by Brad Warton Parlour Wine Room

In coming weeks, a number of Canberra Chefs will be sharing their favourite recipes with us.
The first of these recipes comes from Brad Warton, Executive Head Chef at Parlour Wine Room. Previous to this role, Brad was the sous chef at award winning and one of Australia’s top 5 restaurant, Tractor in [...]

Official Launch of MOKAÏ Cider

By 7 July 2014
Official Launch of MOKAÏ Cider

It was an apparent temperature of -0.4 degrees at 8pm on Saturday night, but that did not stop the Official Australian Launch of MOKAÏ Cider from heating up.
An exclusive event held at Meche nightclub Canberra, saw MOKAÏ Cider in association with Mussen launch the drink and fashion of winter 2014.

The first impression was Campo, otherwise known as Terry Campese, Raiders Captain personally handing out bottles [...]

Truffle Mad in the Capital this weekend

By 4 July 2014
Truffle Mad in the Capital this weekend

If Truffles take your fancy this weekend, here are a few options to sample the local delights.
Chez Frederic
Chez Frederic Truffle Experience dinner is this Saturday night, 5th July.  The evening starts at 7pm with Chef Frederic providing a presentation all about truffles, their origin etc.  and it sounds like last week’s dinner was a huge hit. They will also be [...]

Bright Lights – Date City

By 4 July 2014
Bright Lights - Date City

In the last few years Canberra really has become a place where you can have a fun an interesting date, with Winter being probably one of the most interesting times of the year.
As a city we’re starting to more embrace Winter activities rather than expect people to retreat into their houses and emerge for the [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – The Indo Cafe

By 2 July 2014
Cheap eats series 1 - The Indo Cafe

The Indo is a bit of an institution. It has been around for years and at peak lunch hours you will always see a line out the door.
Located in the quadrangle under the Waldorf Hotel, it’s a poky place that discourages eat in. Driven purely by the takeaway trade, the staff are happy and [...]

Finding Bakkwa

By 1 July 2014

Hi folks,
I’m on the hunt for some bakkwa, a Chinese salty dried meat similar to jerky. Also called Rougan popular among Singaporeans.
Last time i was able to have some was in Sydney and being a Hispanic person i couldn’t remember the name of this delicious treaty until i did some extensive googling.
If anyone could give [...]

Unfunction

By 27 June 2014

I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is [...]

2013 Longview Whippet Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

By 27 June 2014
2013 Longview Whippet Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Ah Sauvignon Blanc! It reminds me of Summer down the South coast NSW, having lunch next to the Clyde river. Or driving from Bermagui to Tathra, (one the best drives on the coast) along the way stopping into to buy some pristine oysters from Nelson lakes at Mimosa Rocks then stopping at one Bermagui’s [...]

Best of Canberra – Pizza to go

By 26 June 2014
Best of Canberra - Pizza to go

When I was backpacking in Italy (it sounds romantic, but I never want to see a hostel again…), I consumed pretty close to my body weight in pizza. It was so good – light crisp crusts and simple but perfectly prepared toppings. All generally washed down with a cheap and non-descript carafe of [...]

Left wanting at Bent Spoke

By 26 June 2014
Left wanting at Bent Spoke

Last week I dragged a few friends along to Bent Spoke Brewery.  When I say dragged, what I really mean is that I hinted at wanting to check out some new beers and they all heartily agreed.  That’s the thing about beer drinkers – unlike wine quaffers – they are pretty happy to drink beer [...]

Cheap eats Series 1 – Monster Kitchen and Bar

By 20 June 2014
Cheap eats Series 1 - Monster Kitchen and Bar

The opening of Hotel Hotel’s new bar restaurant, Monster Kitchen and Bar has been generating some buzz around town. I must admit that I had assumed that Monster would likely be a bit high on the $$ for cheap eats, as with many of Canberra’s newest hot spots, but I was pleasantly surprised.
For lunch I tried the Banh [...]

Where’s the Ladies? Uninspiring Yum Cha at the Dumpling Inn

By 18 June 2014
Where's the Ladies? Uninspiring Yum Cha at the Dumpling Inn

We usually have our reviews written within 24 hours of our dining experience. It’s now day 4 since our Dumpling Inn experience and none of us are fighting to get to the laptop.
On Saturday we checked out Yum Cha at the Dumpling Inn, Jamison. We thought we would wade into the debate on where to [...]

Dessert Fit For A King

By 16 June 2014
Dessert Fit For A King

Canberra’s newest casual eatery, Dessert Castle, opens its doors to the public today.
 
The owners have spent the better part of a year creating a themed venue that lives up to its regal namesake, with stone walls, chandeliers, creeping ivy and an archway leading into the seating area.
 
The menu is extensive; with co-founder Chuan Wong explaining [...]

Carlo Tosolini reviews a serious Red

By 12 June 2014
Carlo Tosolini reviews a serious Red

Its a cold start to the week in Canberra and there isn’t a better time to start reaching for the heavier reds. Because of my love for shiraz I have chosen the 2008 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz, Wow! Last Week I was in McLaren Vale and I visited the d’Arenberg winery which is an [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – The Coffee Grounds ANU

By 11 June 2014
Cheap eats series 1 - The Coffee Grounds ANU

A mate asked me to meet him at the ANU as he wanted me to try out the campus café, The Coffee Grounds. I must admit that I did not have high expectations of a café on a university campus as I had envisioned being surrounded by students and eating boring food in a daggy [...]

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