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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 16 August 2014; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]
I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service. Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.
The thing that really shone was the service. There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]