You may have noticed recently that I haven’t commented on the coffee at cafes that I have been visiting. That’s because lately I haven’t had a really great one.
Whilst racking my brain for somewhere new and a good cup of coffee, I remembered Farmers Daughter at the Yarralumla shops. It was a freezing cold day [...]
Before one of my best friends moved to Canada (I’m not envious, I promise) we had a regular lunch date called Pie Thursday. On Pie Thursdays we’d buy pies from either Dream Cuisine or Flute Bakery and chocolate brownies from the health food shop at Griffith shops, and wolf them down while fighting off seagulls [...]
A big congratulations to Aubergine in Griffith, the only Canberra restaurant to have made it into The Australian Financial Review’s list of top 100 restaurants for 2015.
With 23 Canberra restaurants – including Italian and Sons, Monster Kitchen and Bar, Lilotang and Malamay – making the initial top 500 list, we can’t help but feel there are plenty [...]
In this week’s call out for Canberra’s best Turkish, votes came in for Turkish restaurants from across the Canberra region. Some notable mentions go out to Turkish Pide House in Woden, Little Istanbul in Tuggeranong and Fig & Olive in Chisholm who all got more than a few votes.
However, the leaders of the pack this [...]
If you’re a fan of wineries, Murrumbateman is the place to go for a day trip or even just a half-day trip.
Looking for a relaxing lunch stop to make the most of a sunny autumn Sunday I headed out with a friend to Murrumbateman recently.
Murrumbateman is well known in Canberra circles and also interstate for [...]
I love trying different foods from around the world and, after the response to the call out for Canberra’s best Thai food a few weeks back, it seems I am not alone in this love affair. This week I am indulging all those global food lovers out there and looking for Canberra’s best Turkish restaurant.
Turkey is [...]
Like most baked goods, the best vanilla slices are homemade. I grew up eating French vanilla slices made by my Mum’s godfather, and while I’ve yet to taste a version that’s better, a good bakery or patisserie vanilla slice can come pretty close.
We put out the call out for Canberra’s best vanilla slice last week, [...]
If a day of free beauty pampering, gourmet food tasting, live music, dance and cycling events plus entertainment for the kids sounds good, then we have a great event for you!
This Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is hosting a free event for the community!
Event: Mother’s Day on the shareway
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street to Akuna [...]
If you’ve left it to the last minute to organise Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, stop panicking and start reading.
Our guide to Canberra cafes and restaurants offering special Mother’s Day menus is certainly not exhaustive, so let us know what we’ve missed in the comments below.
Bookplate at the National Library is hosting lavish [...]
Red Brick Espresso at Curtin shops is one of my favourite neighbourhood coffee haunts. It’s been around for a few years now, and on weekend mornings the line for coffee can snake out the door and around the side of the building.
I’m a regular Red Brick Espresso coffee drinker, and often forget that it has [...]
When it comes to vanilla slice, there seems to be no middle ground. You either love them enough to travel to the other side of Canberra for a good one, or you think the nickname ‘snot blocks’ is entirely reasonable.
While I’ll agree that a bad vanilla slice – the kind with bright yellow, rubbery custard and cheap [...]
Chai is one of my favourite drinks in the cooler months. A good cup of chai is like a warm hug for your insides when everything outside is cold and gloomy.
In this week’s call out for Canberra’s best chai, there was only one place on everyone’s lips – Real Chai. This local Canberra company is incredibly popular [...]
Downtown Milk Bar in Manuka is one of my favourite places in Canberra. It’s so “old school” without the need for vintage lamps, mismatched furniture, or old beer bottles for water. This place is actually what a traditional milk bar should be, but with a modern twist that doesn’t take away from its vibe.
I went through [...]
Last week I was invited to attend the DINNER WITH WHISKY event at Hotel Realm, hosted by renowned whisky personality Martine Nouet.
Wednesdays are date night in our house, so I was a little bit sneaky and told my boyfriend Mike that I was taking him somewhere special. He didn’t find out until later that I was [...]
For those commemorating Anzac Day by attending Saturday’s Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial, here’s a quick guide to Canberra cafes open for breakfast following the service.
1. ONA on the Lawns, Manuka
Our trading hours for Anzac Day! Hope to see you all after the dawn service #onacoffee #onaonthelawns #visitcanberra #breakfastincanberra
photo posted by ONA ON THE [...]
When it comes to great places to eat in and around Deakin, Canberra’s foodies are likely to steer you towards Beess and Co in Yarralumla, 210 Degrees in Hughes or perhaps Double Shot at Deakin shops.
And while each of these places is worth a visit, there’s one local and unpretentious café that is often overlooked: [...]
Two former Canberrans with a love for gin have made their dream of opening a small distillery in Sydney a reality.
Like many young Canberrans, Griffin Blumer and Jesse Kennedy moved to Sydney’s Inner West in their early twenties. They are now opening a small gin distillery, Poor Toms, in Marrickville, and hope to release their first batch [...]
We are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to global cuisine in Canberra. We are a multicultural city and our collective love of food is reflected in the large number and variety of restaurants we have to choose from. Personally, my favourite changes every day of the week, but there is one cuisine that [...]
Craft beer is a topic that gets a lot of people excited, rookies like me included. It causes much debate globally and the same goes in Canberra it seems. This week’s Best of Canberra local craft beer call out saw much debate among RiotACT readers, which, for some, quickly evolved into a conversation about the cost [...]
Readers were quick to respond when I recently reviewed ONA in Fyshwick, disagreeing with my thoughts on the service and portion sizes. Having previously been a regular at ONA on the Lawns in Manuka (before the renovation) I thought I would head back there and give ONA another chance.
I have to say, I love the [...]
When I was a vegetarian, I didn’t miss steak, had no desire to eat buffalo wings and couldn’t understand why people were so obsessed with pulled pork. Then Smoque opened in Bailey’s Corner in the city and my years of happily choosing tofu over meat were over – I was devouring pork ribs within minutes [...]
ONA Coffee founder Sasa Sestic has been crowned World Barista Champion at the World Barista Championships in the United States this morning.
The long-term Canberran is the first Australian to win the title since 2003, beating finalists from the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and France to do so.
It was Sasa’s first time representing Australia [...]