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Best of Canberra – Vietnamese

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Vietnamese

Some friends of mine went to Vietnam for their honeymoon a few years ago. When they got back, they were not only all loved up and glowing from the sunny break but also clued in on how to prep some good Vietnamese food at home. It was around then I fell in love [...]

What’s for dinner? Hello Fresh!

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's for dinner? Hello Fresh!

You come in the door after a long day, kick off your work shoes and are then faced with the inevitable question: what’s for dinner? Maybe it’s your children asking, maybe it’s just your own grumbly tummy, but by this time of day your decision-making abilities are at a low ebb and you’re thinking maybe [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: U&Co., Kaleen Shops

By 30 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: U&Co., Kaleen Shops

Being a Southsider, I haven’t been to Kaleen Shops before but took a step off my well-trodden path, under recommendation of a friend, to visit U&Co. café.
I’m pretty glad I did. The café is nothing fancy to look at from the outside, but with plenty of seating both inside and out, it was bustling (even [...]

By the grace of garlic

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
By the grace of garlic

Shopping seasonally brings me a great number of joys. The sweetest kale in the winter frost, the first spears of asparagus in spring, soft summer peaches and autumnal chestnuts. But with the joy of these first arrivals, comes the pain of an absent staple. The hardest time of year for me is at the end [...]

Best of Canberra – parma taste off

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - parma taste off

This week our taste test took us in search of Canberra’s Best Parma, or chicken parmigiana for those not in the ‘know.
Nominations gave us two favourites – Edgar’s Inn in Ainslie and Shorty’s Bar in the City.
Taste tests were undertaken over lunch times, with Edgar’s Inn up first. For those of you who haven’t [...]

Best of Canberra – Cakes

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Cakes

The Best of Canberra series has been good to me so far. I’ve sampled great curry, fabulous steak, superior burgers and surprising laksa. This week I’m showing one of my own cooking weaknesses… baking! Given that my mum’s birthday is coming up, I want to know about Canberra’s Best Cakes.
If you [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

By 23 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

For this week’s café hot spot review I decided to head south again and try out suburban café Common Grounds found at Gowrie shops.
I’ve been to Common Grounds once before on a Sunday (around 12 months ago) and it was a very popular spot then. So much so that when we ordered breakfast we were [...]

Oy, oy, oy, oysters!

By 22 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Oy, oy, oy, oysters!

What’s your favourite way to eat oysters?
We are blessed by the number of local oyster farms in coastal towns close to Canberra. I was very glad to buy some, freshly shucked from a semi-retired farmer in Tathra on my last holiday.
I am a fan of eating oysters natural. But I’m also happy to splash on [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Best Curry

By 21 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra Taste Off - Best Curry

The call for Canberra’s Best Curry drew quite a few nominations for a range of restaurants across Canberra. In the end, the taste off came down to Rama’s in Pearce and Indian Affair in Phillip.
To set up on an even footing we ordered dishes that both restaurants had on their menu. Lamb Madras, [...]

Magnesium is the Sugar Craver Tamer

By 20 August 2014
Magnesium is the Sugar Craver Tamer

I was pleased to see TV show ‘The Project’ recently talk about research that showed if you crave chocolate you need magnesium. So true! It’s a question I ask all my patients.

Magnesium creates energy and stabilises our blood sugar levels preventing sugar cravings. That alone is a lifesaver, but there’s more…
It also [...]

Best of Canberra – Bacon & Egg Roll

By 19 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Bacon & Egg Roll

This week I want to hear your opinion on Canberra’s Best Bacon and Egg Roll. You’re either a lover or a hater, but for all you lovers of that bacon and runny egg goodness (I personally like a bit of cheese and BBQ sauce) – where is your go to spot when you want [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Little Oink, Cook Shops

By 16 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Little Oink, Cook Shops

For the next stop on my tour of suburban cafes I decided to head north and check out Little Oink, a new addition to the Cook Shops.
Little Oink opened in April this year and has become a quick favourite for locals. Considering how kid friendly this place is I can see why it’s also become [...]

Merry Maker Sisters Recipe Share: Paleo Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cake

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Merry Maker Sisters Recipe Share: Paleo Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Local girls Emma and Carla Papas, also known as The Merry Maker Sisters, share one of their favourite paleo recipes with us this week. Just in time for the weekend with a nice cuppa perhaps?
Paleo Raw Choc Raspberry Cake
serves: 12 prep time: 1 1/2 hours freezer time: 2 [...]

Canberra cabbage cravings

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Canberra cabbage cravings

Do you have a history with cabbage? Thankfully, I don’t have any of the horrid soggy cabbage memories so many people have from childhood. I know cabbage as a versatile, tasty and nutritious vegetable that is at its prime this time of year. The trick seems to be not to boil it. There are five [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Vegetarian

Note – this week I outsourced our review to one of our team. As a Vegan, I figured Jess was far better place to make judgement on good vegie food than me. Thanks Jess! Canfan
Dickson is basically vegetarian heaven. The restaurant choices are Kingsland, Au Lac and My Rainbow Dreams, and neighbouring Braddon [...]

Living Green Festival 2014

By 13 August 2014

[ 12 October 2014; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Have you heard the 2014 Living Green Festival is back for its fourth year at the Albert Hall on Sunday 12 October from 10-4pm!

As Canberra’s only vegan festival we support a tagline of a kinder shade of green for the planet, humans and other animals. The festival is a whole day of fun for all ages [...]

Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]

Restaurant bookings

By 11 August 2014
Restaurant bookings

I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]

A. Baker supports local wineries with Dinner series

By 10 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
A. Baker supports local wineries with Dinner series

A.Baker are promoting Canberra’s local vineyards with weekly wine dinners.
Located in New Acton Pavilion you will feast on delicious canapés matched with hand picked local wines.
The events kicked of last week with Long Rail Gully Wines and Eden Road Wines.
Remaining times and ticket information is listed below.
Thursday 14th August – Gallagher Wines
Thursday 21st [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Stand By Me, Lyons Shops

By 9 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Stand By Me, Lyons Shops

You’d be forgiven for not knowing that a new cafe had opened up at Lyons shops. Other than the local IGA and a hair salon, there aren’t many reasons to stop by. Over the past few years there was a takeaway shop and newsagent however they’ve both since folded their doors.
Stand By Me is the [...]

There’s something fishy going on in Canberra…

By 8 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
There's something fishy going on in Canberra...

As a kid, fish and chips were always a family favourite once a fortnight for a dinner treat or whilst on a picnic with friends. I grew up about five minutes away from the beach so there were about 10 different fish and chips shops that we could pick from.
In the almost four years I’ve [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Best Steak

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra Taste Off:  Best Steak

For this week’s Taste Off, steak was on the menu. It may not be the friend of vegetarians, but for meat lovers world wide, sometimes there is nothing better than a good steak.
Your votes pointed us in two directions, both polar opposites in the steak race. The first was the Charcoal Grill, who [...]

Beets are in!

By 7 August 2014
Beets are in!

Beetroot are in. They are in season and in fashion. I came to beets later in life and now I adore them. If you’re a fresh juicer, then you’ll know the huge benefits of fresh beetroot juice. I’m not much of a veggie juice gal myself though, so I do other things with my beetroot.
Buy [...]

Where’s the ladies? Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Where's the ladies?  Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

As one of our merry ladies turned 40 last week (it’s all fine, 40 is the new 21) we decided to invite a few extra friends and celebrate over a good meal.  We had heard good things about Olive in Mawson so booked a table for 8.
The first thing to note here is the welcome.  [...]

Best of Canberra – Curry

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Curry

One of the things I miss most about London is a curry and a Kingfisher after an evening session in the pub. Actually, the curry and beer after a night of beer maybe wasn’t the best thing in the world, but the local curry houses were awesome. I am yet to find [...]

Making bread at home – with the Canberra Environment Centre

By 3 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Making bread at home - with the Canberra Environment Centre

[ 9 August 2014; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]

Where is the bread when you knead it?

There are those wintry days when you just want to stay inside but then you run out of bread! The shop seems so far away. What if you could make your own bread and heat up your kitchen in the process? Well, you can. Come along to [...]

Exploring the Eden Road Cellar Door

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Exploring the Eden Road Cellar Door

How lucky is Canberra, yet another high quality winery right on our doorstep, within 30 minutes and just a couple of hundred metres north of the Barton Highway.
The short drive in from the turn-off to the cellar door tells us that we are in for a treat. A simple a no nonsense layout, well maintained [...]

Cooking with truffles

By 1 August 2014
Cooking with truffles

[ 16 August 2014; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ]

Dig this

Have the winter snuffles got you down? Come along to our Cooking with truffles workshop and truffle your blues away.

The Canberra Environment Centre is collaborating with Owen Saddler of Dream Cuisine fame to bring you something warm and delicious on Saturday 16th of August from 10-2pm.

We’ll teach you how to make a potato and [...]

Healthy eating for your family on a budget in Canberra

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Healthy eating for your family on a budget in Canberra

In the comments on my previous story about local shopping many commenters claimed that a single trip to a big supermarket provided the best prices throughout the cart.
I have journeyed through the markets, malls and local shopping centres, clipboard in hand, addressing quality but focusing on entry-level price points.
Shop around for cereal staples: supermarkets usually [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa Taste Off

By 30 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Laksa Taste Off

This week, the Best of Canberra quest took me in search of a good Laksa. I love a Laksa, but don’t eat them that often for fear of spattering all that noodle and curry goodness down my front. So, dressed in dark colours, I relished the excuse for a couple of tasty lunches.
When [...]

What’s in season at the market this week?

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's in season at the market this week?

Locally grown cauliflowers are looking wonderful at the moment. I adore cauliflower with cheese sauce, but I’ve recently discovered a few other tasty things to do with cauliflower. It makes a great creamy soup, but my favourite is baked cauliflower. I think it’s amazing how different roasted cauliflower tastes to steamed or boiled cauliflower. Simply [...]

Truffles and Veuve Clicquot – celebrating the Truffle Festival Hyatt style

By 29 July 2014
Truffles and Veuve Clicquot - celebrating the Truffle Festival Hyatt style

One of the premier events of the Truffle Festival for 2014 was the six-course degustation dinner at the Hyatt, matched with a range of Veuve Clicquot champagnes. It didn’t disappoint in any way shape or form.
The menu read like a wishful shopping list of luxurious ingredients:

Cream of Breton artichokes with truffles and fresh water [...]

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