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Five to try: Valentine’s Day

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Valentine’s Day is one of those weird “holidays” that some people love to hate, others spend weeks planning big romantic gestures and most of us probably fall somewhere in between. 
With V-Day coming up this Sunday, I’ve put together a list for all the lovers out there who want to stare into each others eyes and [...]

Creative cookery for kids: Chicken, carrot and basil fingers with roasted pumpkin

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I created this simple and delicious recipe when my son was much younger and it has stayed with us into his school years. Like all my food, this is gluten-free and uses fresh, beautiful, seasonal produce to keep my little man nourished, happy and energised at school. This delicious and versatile meal is fantastic when travelling [...]

Cheap Eats – Jewel of India (Manuka)

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Keeping up with my quest to find Cheap Eats locations outside of Civic, I had heard about the lunch special at Jewel of India in Manuka and was keen to try it out. Indian for a Friday treat on a rainy day sounds good to me!
Jewel of India are located upstairs in the Manuka Court [...]

Creative Cookery Cakes: Summer Delights Cake

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve had a life-long fascination with food and interesting combinations of textures and tastes using seasonal, natural and healthy ingredients. I often foraged these ingredients from my grandmother’s farm, and now I grow them in my own garden. I have combined this fascination with a holistic and healthy lifestyle for me and my son. My commitment to [...]

The Brunch Run – Little Oink (Cook)

By 30 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’d visited Little Oink at the Cook shops a few months ago and was highly impressed so I was keen to return.
We arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning and were one of only two couples in the cafe. Yay for a peaceful breakfast – it’s a rareity when eating out.
The waitstaff informed us [...]

First Look: Buvette

By 28 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Adding to the small amount of French eateries in Canberra, Buvette has become Hotel Realm’s latest culinary establishment. The bistro opened its doors at the start of December last year, and showcases exquisite French classics with the finest local produce. The space, (which has taken over what was once Mavi, and Konoba) has a dark, [...]

Cheap Eats: The Coffee Grounds

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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“Come and have lunch with me in the New Year,” said a contact, met professionally yet also morphing into a friend. “There is a new place at the Australian National University near the Sports Hall called The Coffee Grounds.”
I didn’t want to be a spoil sport and say that I can’t drink coffee. And as [...]

Ask RiotACT: Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what has happened to the Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen? I miss them.

Five to try: Canberra bars this summer

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re now more than halfway through summer, so I thought I’d share some ideas for one of my favourite summer activities – drinks with friends on a warm summer’s evening. 
I’ve picked five places (in no particular order) that will allow you to bask in this gorgeous weather with a drink in hand and some friends in [...]

At home with Sophia: American style ribs

By 24 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Every now and then, I get the biggest craving for a rack of American style ribs; unfortunately, I haven’t found any good ribs places in Canberra. The places I have tried have been disappointing, with sickly sweet marinades and anorexic cows; there’s nothing worse then paying a bucket load for ribs and getting the tiniest [...]

Cheap Eats – Quizine (Phillip)

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently heard good things about Quizine in Phillip; affordable and healthy food prepared quickly. Sounds too good to be true but I’m pleased to tell you that it ticks all the boxes.
I visited last week for a quick lunch on my own. When I arrived I was welcomed by beautiful decor, the whole cafe [...]

The Brunch Run – Wilbur’s Cafe Bar

By 16 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’d heard a lot about Wilbur’s in Hackett, that it was a great place to take kids (but wasn’t a “kids’ restaurant”), the food was great and that the atmosphere was good. I’d never even been to Hackett shops so I was keen to put a face to the name so to speak, and ventured [...]

A Celestial Evening, Exclusive Exhibition Viewing and Dinner

By 14 January 2016

[ 23 January 2016 at 6:00 pm; ]
Enjoy a delicious Chinese-inspired meal, a glass of champagne and a tour of the exhibition by curator Nathan Woolley. You will also receive a signed copy of the exhibition’s companion publication.

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911
Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to [...]

(Almost) Cheap Eats: Pork Barrel Café

By 13 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sitting outside under the dappled light shed by a gigantic oak tree towering overhead and looking out at roses, Pork Barrel Cafe surprises me with its beauty.  The café’s name is a political reference to pollies who ply constituents with benefits to secure political favour. It is a clever title, but does not do justice [...]

Five to try: Breakfast on the South Coast

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year again when it seems almost all of Canberra is holidaying somewhere on the NSW South Coast. All through January, the Clyde Mountain road is full of Y-plated cars and the populations of the coastal towns swell to two or three times that of normal. 
Indulgent breakfasts are my favourite part of [...]

At Home with Sophia: quick and easy pasta

By 9 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of my most favourite meals in the whole world is pasta. When I was a kid, my Nonna used to make the most delicious oxtail in a tomato pasta sauce, it was absolutely amazing. Lucky for me, as an adult, I was successfully able to master the recipe. So when I have the time (maybe [...]

Cheap Eats – Marble and Grain (Braddon)

By 6 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Marble and Grain in Braddon is the restaurant attached to The Avenue hotel. They opened up some time last year and then had a re-launch this year with the new addition of a gastropub. When they initially opened, I went along with a couple of friends and had an utterly terrible experience. I won’t go [...]

5 to try: New Year’s Eve in the City

By 28 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Maybe it’s just me, but I have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s Eve. In my experience, it can go either way – NYE will either be the most amazing, magical, fun, inspiring night of the year, or it really, really won’t. 
But no matter your relationship with New Year’s Eve, you’ve gotta celebrate in some way right? [...]

Ideas for Christmas Day Leftovers

By 27 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I don’t know if it’s an Italian thing or just the way my family did it, but I grew up on leftovers. I wasn’t one of those kids who ate weetbix or fruit for breakfast, I had the leftovers from dinner the night before. That might be why I’m a huge on savoury food –give me leftover [...]

Five to Try: Lunch on Christmas Day

By 23 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m sure many of you would agree that no matter your take on the holiday, Christmas means food, and a lot of it. There’s the cooking, the cleaning, the eating and then that all too familiar full feeling that makes you wish you wore a loose fitted dress instead of that new pair of jeans.
While [...]

Christmas baking: Decorative sugar cookies

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Baking is one of the things that I love most in this world, and baking at Christmas is my absolute favourite! Instead of buying gifts for friends, family and work colleagues, I like to give everyone special to me handmade baked treats. I know! Normally the idea of handmade is not a super exciting thought; [...]

Our first look – Youfoodz Canberra

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For those who don’t have the time or patience to prepare fresh meals every day, and those who prefer to avoid frozen meals, Youfoodz may be just what you need. Youfoodz chefs prepare healthy, fresh, convenient meals cooked in Queensland and delivered to Canberra every week. Whilst this seems like a long way for fresh [...]

At Home with Sophia: Redskin fudge

By 19 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last weekend I reviewed The Fudge People at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. I have to say, the response was overwhelming. I was also very surprised to see how many people LOVE fudge.
There was a lot of talk around my article, in fact, that night when I was at a friend’s wedding, one [...]

Five to try: Breakfast in the City

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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During the week, one of my favourite things to do is to get up early and meet some friends for breakfast before work. In fact, I sometimes even go on my own – there is something almost peaceful about dining solo at that time of day. But friends or no friends, breakfast somewhere nice is [...]

Pick of the Markets: The Fudge People

By 12 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I visited my mum in Kingston over the weekend, so I thought I would take the opportunity to visit one of my favourite, original markets: the Kingston Bus Depot Market. Over Christmas it is even better than usual, because they have a whole bunch of Christmas stalls set up with handmade gifts. I wanted to go in [...]

14 Things to do in Canberra this weekend (11, 12 and 13 December)

By 10 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 11 December 2015 to 13 December 2015. ] This weekend will be all about Christmas for many of us, whether it’s attending parties with friends, colleagues or neighbours or shopping for gifts online, in our malls or at one of the many Christmas markets or festive art events going on around town. Some of us might rather be lounging by the pool, but [...]

Cheap eats – Mountain Creek (Griffith)

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A few weeks back when we did a callout for new Cheap Eats locations, there were a few comments left regarding the healthiness (or lack thereof) of the meals featured in the Cheap Eats articles. I previously reviewed two salads at Double Drummer, but because one salad was pasta-based, it wasn’t as healthy as some [...]

The fascination of the Capital Region Farmers Market

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It has now become a habit for thousands of Canberrans to jump into their cars on Saturday morning and to drive to North Canberra and to make their way to a very special local retail event. According to those who run this market, the Rotary Club of Hall, about 6,000 people show up each [...]

At home with Sophia: Deep fried, soft boiled egg and the most delicious salad – ever!

By 5 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m very excited to be introducing this new series by the RiotACT: At home with Sophia.
I’m sure you’ve all worked out by now, just how much I love food. When I was writing the Weekend Hot Spot articles, I was constantly being met with disappointment. A part of me thinks this is because I always [...]

Our first look – Vibe Hotel

By 3 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Several weeks ago, Canberra’s first Vibe Hotel opened up at Canberra Airport. However it wasn’t until Thursday last week that it was officially declared opened by Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, among a few hundred lucky guests, myself included. With hundreds of millions of dollars spent upgrading Canberra Airport it seemed only fitting to build a [...]

Cheap Eats: The Glass House Café

By 2 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Glass House Café prettily pokes out of the first level of Industry House like an English country conservatory. I could imagine sitting at The Glass House Café at a function with people looking in from outside enviously at the mirth. When I visited there were there was a small market out front. I felt [...]

Five to try: Spice up your work Christmas party

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year again and I know what you’re thinking – how is it almost Christmas already? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had that conversation with people in the last few weeks. In fact, I feel like I’ve been having that same conversation all year.
Yet here we are at the [...]

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