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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Best of Canberra – Fresh sandwiches and rolls

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I rarely buy my lunch when I’m at work during the week. I almost always take my lunch with me, but there are just some mornings when sleep is a bigger priority and there is no food in the fridge that I can throw together on my way out the door. On those days, I [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Fresh produce

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After last week’s call out for Canberra’s best fresh produce I did some research to find out which fruit and vegetables are currently in season in the Canberra region. Citrus is particularly big right now with lemons, oranges and mandarins at their best. On the vegetable side of things, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, English spinach, potatoes and [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Double Shot, Deakin

By 11 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last weekend I had heard that Locale, a new pizza place, was opening at the Deakin shops.
We thought it would be a great lunch option, only to discover upon arrival that Locale is only open for dinner. I knew I should have checked out the Facebook page before making the trip in, but will definitely be heading [...]

Review – Urban Bean Espresso Bar (Woden)

By 9 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you have ever found yourself in Woden around lunch time, you’ll understand that it’s not always easy to find somewhere delicious to eat.
Well, you can all now breathe a collective sigh of relief. Urban Bean Espresso Bar has stepped up its game under the watchful eye of the new head chef, Shane Johnson. While Urban Bean [...]

Cheap eats – Santa Lucia (Kingston)

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After my not-so-great cheap eats experience at Jamie’s Italian a few weeks ago, I was keen to get that big bowl of pasta I so badly wanted but for a reasonable price as well.
I decided to pay a visit to Santa Lucia in Kingston to check out their lunch special. I used to frequent Santa Lucia [...]

Does Canberra have too many coffee shops?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s no doubt Canberrans love their coffee. A new cafe pops up every five minutes, and research published by Roy Morgan earlier this year found that 68 per cent of us had visited a cafe for coffee in the last three months. This puts Canberra ahead of Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to the caffeine [...]

Best of Canberra – Fresh produce

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My dad grew up on an orange farm and has instilled in me a love for only the freshest and in season fruit and vegetables. There is just something so satisfying about biting into the first apple of the season or tossing a salad with crisp lettuce leaves and juicy fresh tomatoes.
Unfortunately, I think it [...]

Where can I find good coffee in Belconnen?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently started working in Belconnen and I’m yet to find a really great coffee shop nearby. Any suggestions?
I really liked Lava when I worked in Phillip, as well as Two Hands, ONA and Celestinos when I was in Fyshwick. Where in Belconnen serves up a comparable flat white?
All suggestions welcome.

Does anyone know what happened to Cafe Bamboo in Braddon?

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My wife and I had a favourite Chinese restaurant, Cafe Bamboo, on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It was forced to close as their building was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Does anyone know if the owner moved to a new location? I meant to ask but forgot, and when I walked by, it was [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Pub food

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Pub food is great winter food – hearty, down-to-earth and honest. When I go out for a pub meal, I’m looking for a comforting feed that won’t leave me hungry. This week’s taste off for Canberra’s best pub food definitely delivered in that department. 
Votes came in for pubs all over Canberra and the surrounding region, [...]

Swan Valley: One reason to make the trek over to WA

By 5 July 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hands up if you’ve heard of the Swan Valley. I hadn’t before last week, but now after getting a little taste for some of their food and wine, I certainly want to hear more. If you’re looking for a reason to make the trek over to the west coast, this is it.
Swan Valley is located [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Barrio, Braddon

By 4 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last weekend I shared my experience at Elemental and mentioned that I also stopped in at Barrio Collective Coffee, a few doors up. I wasn’t satisfied by my brief check-in last week so decided to stop in for breakfast.
We sat down to look over the menu and I really wasn’t sure what I felt like. [...]

Canberra’s number one work crew cafe

By 2 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We all know that energy needs fuel, your car or truck needs petrol, your home needs heating at this time of year especially using gas as energy, your office printer wouldn’t work without electricity.
Just like those devices, work crews around Canberra need to refuel their most precious asset – their human capital. And not just [...]

Cheap eats – Asian Noodle House (Tuggeranong)

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When it comes to value for money, you can do a lot worse than fill up on a big bowl of laksa. It’s cheap, the servings are gigantic and while a great laksa is always preferable to a mediocre one, even substandard laksa tends to taste okay.
If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s [...]

Best of Canberra - Pub food

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and getting a generous, well-priced counter meal at a pub.
Steaks, schnitzels, burgers or seafood – whatever your choice, a good pub feed is never regrettable. While it might not be the fanciest or healthiest of cuisines, when you order food at a pub, you are pretty [...]

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