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Weekend Cafe Hotspot: Kingston & Co, Westfield Belconnen

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After trying out two cafes in Westfield Woden I thought it was time to put Westfield Belconnen to the test!
I have a friend that works at Westfield Belconnen and she immediately suggested Kingston & Co. It’s set inside the shopping centre, out the front of Target. I come to check it out on a Friday [...]

Where are all the Sunday Sessions?

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As always moving to a new city there are plenty of changes to get used to with East coast vs West coast living. And whilst most of the changes haven’t been too major- a couple of which I’ll address in the coming weeks, the first one that springs to mind, especially given last weekends spectacular weather [...]

Whatever happened to the Canberra dinner party?

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I came to Canberra in the mid-70s, dinner parties were very much a mainstay of the social scene, primarily amongst couples of course, but singles were included too, especially if there was someone the hosts thought you could be paired off with!
It’s not that there weren’t restaurants and clubs in those days (anyone remember [...]

Ape about asparagus

By 11 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first spears of asparagus have arrived at the Capital Region Farmers Market!!! I have been waiting not so patiently for their arrival for weeks. It turns out they arrived two weeks earlier than last year. When I know it’s spring, I just think… asparagus. But I must be more patient and give the shoots [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Caffe Cherry Beans, Westfield Woden

By 11 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After being left with a pretty bad impression of Cafe Gaudi, I was determined to find a decent cafe spot in Westfield Woden. While I understand Caffe Cherry Beans is a franchise, it’s still employing local people and if they can provide a better breakfast option than the local cafe in the same centre, who [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Kebabs

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I went out in search of Canberra’s best kebab. Nominations sent me off to taste Yarralumla Halal Pide House and Kizmet in Manuka. Everyone I spoke to seemed to be a big fan of Yarralumla. A friend even said ‘If the Yarralumla kebab place doesn’t take it out, I’ll be [...]

Best of Canberra – Fish and Chips

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I must confess that when I am after a good feed of fish and chips I head for Bateman’s Bay to battle it out with the seagulls at Innes’, as I am yet to find anything here that really fits the bill.
Alexandra wrote a post a while ago dedicated to the lack of great fish [...]

Broad beans in the ‘berra

By 4 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Do you like broad beans? My grandparents used to grown them in the garden. I’d sit on the bottom step of my Grandma’s kitchen stool and pop the beans from their furry pods. That stool now sits in my kitchen. I look at it and think how small I must have been then. I think [...]

Weekend Cafe Hotspot: A Bite to Eat, Chifley Shops

By 4 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve only heard positive things about A Bite to Eat, so I was keen to check it out for myself and put it to the test.
The cafe is boho meets my grandmother. The furniture is a mish-mash of retro and vintage with couches, tables and a very lovely out door area.

My friend and I took [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Eggs Benedict

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The call for best Eggs Benedict was a popular one. We had a lot of input for a wealth of Canberra brunch joints. Two gathered multiple nominations. ONA in Fyshwick and Me & Mrs Jones in Kingston. I headed to ONA first with high hopes after their domination of the egg [...]

Anyone know what happened to Scope?

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters.
Went for a drive up Mount Stromlo over the weekend, thinking I would stop and have a coffee at Scope — but it appears to be closed.
Anyone know what happened there?

The sanctity of Sunday surcharges

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend I had Sunday brunch with my partner at a lovely new-ish establishment in Canberra. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, the service lovely and we didn’t have to wait long for a table. Perfect. When it was time to pay the bill, we were hit with a 10 per cent Sunday [...]

Best of Canberra – Pies

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There have been two occasions when I have truly missed the greatness of the Aussie pie. On one of my first dates with my husband, we went along to a Chelsea match and he bought a couple of pies (…and they say romance is dead). It had been microwaved which to my mind [...]

Squid on Saturday or Sunday?

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I think calamari is one of the most overlooked products from the sea. They catch a lot of it off the South Coast. You can buy it straight from the fisherfamily at the Capital Region Farmers Market on the weekend. They often catch it near Eden.

Narooma Seafood at the Capital Region Farmers’ Market
It’s very reasonably [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Satis, Watson Shops

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My highlight of the week is getting to try out a new breakfast spot! This week I headed north to Satis in Watson. Before going to any new cafe I try to check them out online to see whether they have a webpage or Facebook page.
Satis have a Facebook page that isn’t overly active, maybe [...]

Most romantic restaurants in Canberra for your anniversary date

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Got an anniversary coming up with your beloved? Want to go somewhere romantic with good food? It’s easy to go with the tried and true Canberra restaurants like Aubergine or Sage, although I suggest skipping the traditional choices and go for something a tad different, yet still romantic.
The key is to keep it understated while [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pastries

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and generally eaten as breakfast or mid morning with coffee.
The two establishments to obtain the most nominations were Flute in Fyshwick (the winner [...]

Love your local Environment Centre

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Love your local Environment Centre
- Dan Kelly does! -
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event, but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for [...]

Best of Canberra – Kebabs

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Best of Canberra, we are going back to fast food… Kebabs. My first experience of a kebab was back in the days that there was a little place in the Woden food court (I’m talking maybe 20 years ago). Since then, they’ve been a favourite, although as my taste [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Cafe Gaudi, Westfield Woden

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Time to put the south side to the test again! This time I decided to try out Cafe Gaudi which you’ll find at the Coles and Woolworths end of Westfield Woden. It’s nestled right at the front so you can sit inside or outside, the morning I came here it was way too cold to [...]

Honey honey honey!

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Vietnamese

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For the Best of Canberra Taste off this week I was forced to sample some local Vietnamese food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my life is pretty tough sometimes.
The main contender in this battle was undoubtedly Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant with Tu Do Vietnamese in O’Connor as the opposition.
Both were [...]

EATology: the science of eating

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]

Three national awards in a row for Hotel Realm

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s best hotels and venues were honoured with national accolades at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence last night.
Hotel Realm, East Hotel and Lucky’s at QT Canberra beat their interstate counterparts to win National AHA Awards – with Hotel Realm winning Australia’s Best Meetings and Events Venue for the third year in [...]

Best of Canberra – Eggs Benedict

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For me, one of life’s true treats is going out for a leisurely breakfast/brunch. My meal of choice is often Eggs Benedict. Runny eggs, slightly creamy (but not too gloopy) hollandaise, smoky ham (or bacon) and cracked pepper. Mmmmmm.
One of the things I missed most about Canberra when I lived overseas was [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Wilbur’s Cafe Bar, Hackett Shops

By 13 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This week I ventured slightly north to Hackett Shops and a cute little cafe/pub called Wilbur’s (I’m already taken with the name).
It’s a Friday morning and there are a number of people already here when I arrive at about 9:15am. They’ve clearly built up a loyal following with their locals which is always really nice [...]

Bag yourself some blood oranges

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have been waiting and waiting for the coming spring produce. As I have not yet been satisfied, I thought I’d write about one of my favourite seasonal citrus: blood oranges. You’ll find locally grown fruit at market at present. You’ll also find the fruit grown in other parts of the country at some of the [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Cakes

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For the cake taste off, Flute in Fyshwick drew the most support with Ricardo’s in Jamieson the challenger.
I should start out by confessing that I love cake. I do however say that with one caviat. I like ‘real’ cake. The spongey, floury goodness of a bouncy cake. My favourite is [...]

Best of Canberra: Pastries

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I remember camping in France about 7 years ago. It’s not as romantic as it sounds – we had set off for 10 days camping without checking the weather. What I do recall very fondly though was the honking horn of the boulanger delivering fresh bread and pastries to hungry campers. I [...]

Where’s the Ladies? Searching out the new Plaka

By 8 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first thing you should know about the Plaka is that it is in Dickson. Not in Manuka, which is where one of our ladies took herself instead. While we’re on the subject on geography, the Plaka used to be in Mawson for many years, disappearing for a few years before its recent re-appearance in Dickson. With fond memories [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: EQ Cafe Lounge, Deakin

By 6 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Another week and another café to put under the microscope!
This week I headed to EQ Café Lounge in Deakin. Now while Deakin is mostly full of medical and private businesses there are a number of surrounding suburbs that could benefit from a weekend breakfast spot.
Firstly, EQ is open Mon-Sat so sorry for those who prefer [...]

Magnificent munchy mushrooms

By 5 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Did you know there are two mushroom farms on the doorstep of the ACT? Majestic Mushrooms of Murrumbateman and Canberra Mushrooms of Yass are both farmed within 50 kilometres of Canberra. You can buy local mushrooms at Choku Bai Jo in North Lyneham and Curtin. A tip for young players, if you want to buy [...]

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