Food & Wine (1079 Stories)

The Capital Cookbook 2: The Sequel!

By 3 October 2013

The Capital Cookbook apparently did quite well, well enough to warrant a follow up at any rate.
That’s nice.
The Capital Cookbook 2: This Time it’s Personal will raise funds to support Ovarian Cancer Australia.
Quicksand Publishing is pleased to announce the release of The Capital Cookbook II; the second instalment of a culinary and photographic journey through [...]

September foodie adventures

By 1 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A busy month of food – here is a breakdown of my September foodie adventures.
I headed back to C Dine Bar at the Kingston Foreshore to try out the other alternatives on their $25 breakfast prefix menu – this time I chose the fruit salad, and a mushroom omelette. It was lovely sitting outside in [...]

The small brewers’ beer festival in review

By 28 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Small Brewers Beer Festival took off this afternoon at EPIC in the teeth of the AFL Grand Final and I have to say I found it immensely rewarding.
I’ll admit Loose Brown and I were a touch underwhelmed when we turned up to find the event was essentially being held in a car park.
But the [...]

Good Food Month kicks off Tuesday

By 26 September 2013

[ 1 October 2013 to 31 October 2013. ] A whole month dedicated to good food? I can get behind this idea.

With almost a million festival-goers in 2012, a new, national food event is set to capture tastebuds around the country when Good Food Month presented by Citi gets underway for 2013.

In October, Sydney and regional NSW will see the return of the much-loved [...]

Kids in the Kitchen at Belconnen Fresh Food Markets

By 24 September 2013

Belconnen Fresh Food Markets want to teach your children to cook, I can’t really see a downside to that. In the upcoming school holidays (from the 2nd of October) you will be able to send your spawn to cooking school.
In partnership with Nutrition Australia, BFFM will deliver a series of 90 minute classes over the [...]

Small Brewers Beer Festival at EPIC this Saturday

By 23 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Drink beer, talk about beer, drink beer AND talk about beer with people who make beer.
If you like beer, then this is probably the event for you.
Head down to EPIC this Saturday at about 11.30 and partake!
The beer war has turned into a beer crusade! The second Small Brewers Beer Festival has captured the attention [...]

Can lower income buyers build housing wealth too?

By 23 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Ian Winter, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
The historically low interest rates being enjoyed by Australian households are fuelling talk of a housing bubble, despite efforts by the Reserve Bank of Australia to hose down what it calls “unrealistic alarmism” around these dangers.
Many of these hopeful buyers – particularly first home owners on [...]

Licensed Venues Showing Festival of the Boot?

By 22 September 2013

For those who haven’t heard Roy & HG are doing Festival of the Boot this year via ABC NewsRadio (103.9 FM), the AFL final from 2.00pm  Sat 28th Sep and the NRL final from 7.00pm Sun 6th Oct.
So that fans can share the jokes over a few cleansing ales are any licensed venues in the [...]

Bean and Grain been and gone

By 22 September 2013

Does anyone know what exactly happened to Bean & Grain at Fyshwick? It’s been closed for a few weeks now with a note on the door that says something to the effect that they ‘won’t be open this week…’.
They seemed to do a roaring trade, and I know from looking at Twitter that they [...]

I do not like caged eggs and ham

By 19 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Pigs and hens rejoice, more appropriate accommodation all around!
Today Shane Rattenbury presented a bill to prohibit the use of battery cages and sow stalls in the ACT.
In the future we will be able to enjoy our ACT made breakfasts completely guilt free, assuming the only thing you felt guilty about what the inability of the [...]

Suggestions for venue for pseudo medieval feast?

By 17 September 2013

Looking for suggestions for a suitable restaurant/gastropub to cater for 25 people in costumes for dinner. Menu doesn’t need to include swans or pigeon pie, but a chicken parmi won’t cut it either. Happy to hear from businesses.
Please note, all daggers and swords will be foam/latex.

The Iron Bar at Goolabri

By 17 September 2013

The region’s got a new bar which is never a bad thing!
The latest addition is the Iron Bar at the Goolabri resort just down the Federal Highway which has sent us a media release:
You may know and love Goolabri as a place for a game of golf and morning coffee, a stunning venue with oldfashioned [...]

Wine, Roses and all that Jazz

By 16 September 2013

Who likes wine?
Altogether now!
“We like wine.”
For the wine lovers amongst you, Canberra Wines is doing something in early November.
Details are sparse at the moment, but the most important detail is the word wine so save the date.

Cellar doors in the Canberra District come alive with entertainment, food, activities and of course wine tastings during the [...]

Floriade launched this morning

By 13 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I attended the Floriade launch this morning, and managed to get a free pie and a quiche for my efforts.
Both were wonderful.

A hundred or so members of the government, the press, and various marketing departments all met to exchange excited chatter and glasses of orange juice in Cafe Valenti while a selection of television [...]

Mornings at the Sly Fox

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Meet Patrick. Patrick is an entrepreneur. Earlier this year he set up a coffee machine by one of the main cycleways running from the Inner North of Canberra (where I live) into the City … he makes very good coffee and I always stop for an espresso (that settles in the glass like tap Guinness!) [...]

August Foodie Adventures

By 5 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I get so excited about food – taking photos of it, tasting it and telling people about it. I recently started a food blog to share my love of food with others. So here’s a breakdown of my foodie adventures in August.
Brunch at Mocan & Green Grout in civic – a cute and [...]

Frank and Beanz. A hotdog review

By 3 September 2013

Strange tides took me to the Majura Park foodcourt in need of a feed.
But there I saw Frank and Beanz amongst the other uninspiring offerings and thought “Why yes, I would like a gourmet dog”.
$8.50 got me a Hoff, sauerkraut, caramelised onion, cheese, mustard, and a big thick sausage.
The food comes in rather snazzy brown [...]

Aubergine reigns supreme in the good food guide

By 3 September 2013

The Good Food Guide has spoken and Griffiths’s Aubergine has the prized double hat.
Other hatted restaurants in Canberra are:
– Pulp
– 86
– Courgette
– Waters Edge
– Ottoman
Regional ones to look for on weekends away are:
– Biota, Bowral
– Paydirt, Braidwood
– Tyler’s Pantry, Mogo
– Zanzibar, Merimbula

Canberran wine producer opening store in China

By 2 September 2013

I dig Canberran wines, but truth be told I’m a bit of a rummy so…
Anyways it seems Shaw Vineyard Estate are doing quite well for themselves, seeing as they just opened a store in China.
In conjunction with Suntay Wines, the new wine shop and wine-tasting room in Haikou, Hainan Island, exclusively features wines produced by [...]

Cholo’s Peruvian Cuisine. Restaurant Review

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I’ve been eyeing up Cholo’s on Dickson’s Challis Street since the little Sichuan Restaurant gave up the ghost.
They’ve got some extravagant signage filling up their windows with an Andean vista and their website plays pan pipes.
There’s something lovely about the way their signage gives the impression “PERUVIAN CUISINE IS FINALLY HERE!!! WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN [...]

Mekong River. $10 lunch review

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mekong River has sat relatively inoffensively on Woolley Street in Dickson for some time now, having taken over from an equally innocuous Vietnamese.
But they’ve got new management, a new gun chef, and appear to be making more of an effort.
This is evidenced in part by posters in the window advertising a range of [...]

Eat a burrito for charity

By 28 August 2013

Zambrero is running a charity event called Plate 4 Plate Day on the 4th of September.
You can help people by eating burritos.
I am rather excited.
A humanitarian organisation that funds its aid and development projects by selling healthy Mexican food is offering Australians an opportunity to win a vision trip by engaging with an online [...]

86 and Mocan make the Hot 50

By 26 August 2013

The Australian’s Hot 50 Restaurant Awards has happy news if you like your service with visible tattoos.
86 and Mocan are flying the flag for Canberra and well done to them!

Skywhale merch proliferating

By 26 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

An ongoing disappointment is the lack of official skywhale merchandise with desperate whaleheads having to make their own hats out of free condoms.
Thankfully Jimbocool has discovered mother nature, as always abhorring a vacuum, is stepping up to the plate:
skywhale strawberry
The influence of Skywhale is everywhere! It is now imprinted in the DNA of the [...]

Raw milk in Canberra?

By 22 August 2013

Where can I buy raw milk in Canberra?

There’s no such thing as a free chicken

By 22 August 2013

This in from Steve sighted in Supabarn Civic:
“Ladies and gents. It’s bargain time. Free chicken. Yes! You heard right. Free chicken! Get your free chicken here today. Save $1 and pay only $11.99. Hurry now. Free chicken in aisle 12. Cheap as chips!”
And what’s up with the price of chips? Really, it’s just potato chopped [...]

Frozen Gua Bao in Canberra?

By 21 August 2013

Hi guys,
I really want to make gua bao, except that I don’t actually want to make the bao part (even David Chang of Momofuku says he buys his bao).
Does anyone know where I can obtain these buns- they are usually frozen, no filling but I’ve tried a dozen different Asian grocers and can’t find them [...]

Lamb curry at the H20 cafe. Restaurant Review

By 20 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

H20 Cafe nestles around the corner from Tonic in the Bus Interchange.
The menu has a lot of vaguely italian cafe fare on it as is standard for milking office drones.
But the owners have some nods to their Sri Lankan heritage on the menu and that was what had attracted me.
And so for just south [...]

Treehouse. $10 lunch review

By 16 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Following a hot tip Nancy Porker and I ventured to Treehouse for lunch today.
Getting there at the dot of 12 it was looking very swish, very empty and a little intimidating.
But I went inside, the staff were extremely friendly and I ordered a pint of Little Creature’s Rogers while I waited.
The first shock. The pint [...]

Gin & Tonics and Playgrounds for Babies

By 13 August 2013

Hello All,
I’m hoping that collective Rioter wisdom might be able to help me with the following:
My family will be visiting from interstate in the next couple of weeks and want to take my partner (and me!) out for a G&T. I’m looking for a venue that will show off the glories of Canberra to them [...]

You Can’t Eat Your Words

By 10 August 2013

[ 21 August 2013 at 6:50 pm; 21 August 2013 at 6:50 pm; ]

Rioters may remember when we launched the Our Hungry Future discussion paper in May.  

The next event in our year long campaign on food security will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday the 21st of August at the Gungahlin College Lecture Theatre, featuring local senate candidates and food security experts.  More information via the [...]

Hippo Co raising the tone in Civic. A review


Hippo Co is the revamped Hippo of long Civic infamy.
They’re having the public opening tomorrow night but I was in there tonight for a sneak preview because that sort of thing happens to me.
If you’re not the sort to enjoy hanging out in a licensed club, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, maybe [...]

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