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Food & Wine (1223 Stories)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s a pretty well known fact that Canberra has more than its fair share of cafes. Everyday I join the rest of Canberra’s coffee lovers (and let’s face it, that’s most people) in the line at my local cafe to grab a takeaway caffeine fix before work or at morning tea, or sometimes even both.
This [...]

Canberra mum Samantha White finalist in National AusMumpreneur Awards

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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You’ve heard of green smoothies in jars. Ice cream sundaes in jars. Even layered salads in jars. But you might not have heard of cakes in jars – a concept that has earned Canberra mum-of-three Samantha White a finalist’s spot in the 2015 National AusMumpreneur Awards.
The public servant turned cake extraordinaire says she’s made over [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Schnitzel

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Tradies upside-down love heart shaped chicken schnitzel.

Last week I put the call out to find Canberra’s best schnitzel, or schnitty, as it’s often called.
Nominations came in for Schnitzel Haus, the RUC in Barton, Capital Golf Club and Zierholz, but the two most popular candidates were the Dickson Tradies and the Austrian Club. So I took to the streets to taste off one [...]

First look – The Well

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The University of Canberra has a new go-to watering hole, and its name is The Well.
The student-built, student-run bar popped up during the winter term, and welcomed the start of O week with a bang last week.
The establishment opened its doors to an influx of students and Canberra creatives of all types for its official [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Maple + Clove, Barton

By 8 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last weekend we had some friends stay at Hotel Realm, so when it came time for breakfast it was a choice between the hotel buffet or Maple + Clove. I had heard a lot about Maple + Clove – it’s a wholefoods café marketed as honest, nourishing and above all, delicious natural goodness to power [...]

New Indian street food on Mort Street?

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Was walking down Mort Street the other week and noticed a new Indian Street food store was opening where the ACT Chook Shed was. Was hoping someone could tell me the name of it and if it has opened yet?

5 to try: Braddon restaurants that aren’t on Lonsdale Street

By 6 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When it comes to dining precincts, it’s well known that Lonsdale Street is one of Canberra’s top food hubs. But won’t someone please think of the rest of Braddon!
Let’s spare a thought for Mort Street and Elouera Street, which also house a number of quality restaurants. Here are my five favourites, to prove that there is plenty of [...]

Cheap eats – Griffith Vietnamese (Griffith)

By 5 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s cheap eats I wanted to find somewhere that was cheap all the time, seven days a week, as opposed to an establishment that has a lunch special Monday to Friday. This took me back to an old favourite of many Canberrans: Griffith Vietnamese.
I have known of this place since moving to Canberra [...]

Best of Canberra – Schnitzel

By 4 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Going out for a schnitty is about as Aussie as drinking a VB tinny at a John Farnham farewell concert. It’s a very safe bet, at least amongst my friends, that at any time of any day, someone is up for a schnitzel feed.
Everyone has their own schnitzels that they swear by, and this week, [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Hangover food

By 3 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I put the call out for Canberra’s best hangover food and the results did not surprise me. 
Apart from the one vote that came in for a steaming bowl of pho from Pho Phu Quoc, for the most part, everyone seems to agree that the best hangover food is something a little bit salty [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Chatterbox Espresso Bar, Belconnen

By 1 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED 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 [...]

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