Food & Wine (1354 Stories)

A day at the 2015 National Multicultural Festival


Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Dumplings

Shanghai Dumpling

My friends and I regularly find ourselves hotly debating who serves up Canberra’s best dumplings and this week’s Taste Off revealed that the same is true for RiotACT readers.
Votes came in for a few restaurants I hadn’t heard of before, like Top Taste in Woden, Dumpling Inn at Jamison, Beijing House in Hawker and Jade [...]

How to eat tail-on prawns in creamy sauce

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I’ve peeled many prawns in my time, and eaten many creamy prawn dishes.
But it seems to have become fashionable to combine the two, by serving dishes that combine creamy sauces with prawns whose tails are still covered in carapace.
My problem is that I don’t know how to peel the prawn tails without getting the sauce [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Lava Carts, Westfield Belconnen


This weekend I stumbled across Lava Carts in Westfield Belconnen, located in the fresh food area on the ground floor. What caught my eye were the beautiful looking cupcakes in the display cabinet – where were these last week for our Best of Canberra Cupcakes taste off?!

I introduced myself to founder and director Simon, who started Lava Carts [...]

Cheap eats – Tupelo Coffee Co (Civic)

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Tupelo Coffee Co

One of the great things about Tupelo Coffee Co, which recently opened on Alinga Street, is its simplicity. It’s not pretentious or intimidatingly trendy, as can be the case with coffee shops that take their craft seriously.
The interior is sparsely decorated with indoor plants and wooden furniture that owner Nic Walker (pictured above) built himself, and [...]

Best of Canberra – Dumplings

By 10 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

What do China, Poland, Italy and Brazil have in common? Apart from being on my bucket list, these countries all claim ownership of some sort of variation on the food that we in Australia know as ‘dumplings’.
While Poland’s pierogi, Italy’s ravioli and Brazil’s pastels are not to be taken for granted, the Chinese have Canberra’s dumpling [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Cupcakes

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was very surprised this week when I scrolled through the recommendations for Canberra’s best cupcakes. Our readers seemed to agree that the best cupcakes are home-made. Maybe we need a best of home-made cupcakes article?!
There were a couple of businesses named:
Stand by Me in Lyons – Sorry guys, but muffins don’t count as cuppy cakes.
Jazz [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Poachers Pantry


Every Saturday morning my boyfriend and I head to the EPIC Farmers Market for free range eggs and fresh vegetables. We had heard that there were also weekend markets at Murrumbateman, so we thought we would check them out for something different.
As we were driving back into Canberra we saw the turn off for Poachers [...]

First look – Pialligo Estate

Vines 2

As a long-time Canberra resident, I often find myself running out of things to do in our relatively quiet city. There are only a few restaurants in Canberra that I absolutely love and even they tire after 20-something visits.
So when Pialligo Estate popped up on my Facebook feed recently, I was intrigued and excited for [...]

Cheap eats – As Nature Intended (Belconnen)

as nature intended

I have a bit of a thing for health food shops. While I’m no health fanatic, I do love big bags of lentils and trail mix and wondering exactly what food manufacturers have to do to soybeans to make them look and taste like beef jerky (and wondering what marketers have to do to vegans [...]

Best of Canberra – Cupcakes


According to Google, cupcakes are “small cakes designed to serve one person.” I think that description is incorrect. A more appropriate description would be: Cupcakes … a tiny piece of heaven so delicious and pretty, you will definitely want more than one.
This week I’m looking for Canberra’s best cupcakes and I’m a little nervous, because [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Rice paper rolls


Last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best rice raper rolls, two of my favourite Vietnamese places were nominated: Saigon Foodies in Kingston and iPho in Garema Place.
I frequently visit iPho on my lunch breaks for chicken and wonton noodle soup (it’s really good!), so I thought I would start there. The rice [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Eightysix


Eightysix is by far my absolute favourite Canberra restaurant, so when I heard they had re-introduced a breakfast menu I was ecstatic and a little bit intrigued.
How would it work, what dishes were they going to serve? Was I going to have to share my breakfast, the most important meal of the day?
I’ve been waiting patiently [...]

Eat Drink Paleo’s Irena Macri at Paperchain, 6 February

By 29 January 2015
eat drink paleo cookbook

[ 6 February 2015 at 5:45 pm; ]
Food blogger Irena Macri, the woman behind the hugely popular Eat Drink Paleo blog, will speak at Paperchain Bookstore in next month to launch her new cookbook.
From the event organisers:

Passionate paleo-enthusiast Irena Macri draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce gourmet recipes that were created, taste-tested and photographed by the cook [...]

Braddon’s transformation continues


Preparations started earlier this month on more apartments in Braddon’s increasingly popular Lonsdale Street.
Braddon is constantly changing and steadily erasing its industrial past. For a few months in late 2014, it became a bit of a revolving door as temporary pop-up galleries moved in, as well as a bar converted from a mechanic’s workshop.
These have [...]

Local leaders – John Marshall (Frugii)

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
john marshall

When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]

Cheap eats – Two Hands (Fyshwick)

By 28 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
Two Hands Fyshwick

The Fresh Food Markets aside, Fyshwick doesn’t have a big reputation as a foodie destination. But there are more than a few great cafes tucked between the kitchen shops and furniture warehouses if you know where to look.
One of these is Two Hands on Lyell Street. When I used to work in Fyshwick it was [...]

Best of Canberra – Rice paper rolls

Rice Paper

I find it frustrating that the world is becoming such a health conscious place, yet it is still ridiculously difficult to get healthy, or even semi-healthy, foods on the go.
My beautician, Jacqui, is a business owner, mum of one and general superwoman. She leads a busy life and often runs out of time to make herself [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Chicken wings

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last week the call went out for Canberra’s best chicken wings, and for a while Smoque was the only restaurant receiving recommendations. I was delighted to eventually see other venues being thrown in the mix, from Treehouse Bar to Ginseng and Mandalay Bus.
BentSpoke also came highly recommended and having never been there, I thought it [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Dobinsons

By 24 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Years ago, before the Canberra Centre expanded into what it is today, there was an area called the city market place, where Dobinsons first established itself as a small bakery. Dobinsons was doing well for itself and eventually the family-owned business moved to its current location on Bunda Street and became one of only four [...]

Best of Canberra – Chicken wings

By 20 January 2015
Buffallo Wings

I feel like chicken wings used to be a very American thing. When I first went to the States I tried my first ever American Buffalo wings and now I am addicted. I hate blue cheese, but I love blue cheese sauce with wings!
Recently though, wings have become a popular menu item, particularly in bars. [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Ice cream

By 19 January 2015
Frugii 2

I was really excited last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best ice cream. I was watching the RiotACT site all day, waiting eagerly to see where readers were going to send me.
The same business was nominated over and over again, with one reader even scolded for daring to recommend Goodberry’s.
That’s how I found [...]

Weekend Cafe Hotspot: TwentyOne Cafe & Groceries, New Acton

By 17 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
TwentyOne 3

Since Christmas I haven’t been as active as I normally am. Before Christmas, I would regularly find myself at the lake on Saturday mornings participating in boot camp, or taking a leisurely stroll around the lake. I would often walk over the foot bridge near the paddle boats and into New Acton to grab a coffee. [...]

Best of Canberra – Ice cream

By 13 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Ice cream is an all occasions food. Whether it’s a hot Summer’s day at the pool with your friends or you need comforting after you just broke up with your boyfriend (forget him, he was a loser anyway!). There just never seems to be a wrong time for ice cream.
As a kid, vanilla was my [...]

Hot cross buns and Easter eggs already?

By 13 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Christmas and the New Year have passed, their only remnants being reduced price wrapping paper and tree-shaped biscuit boxes. But that’s okay, because Easter is next week. Or so you’d think if you walked in to most supermarkets these days.

Woolworths and Coles are already stocking chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and I’ve even seen a [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Cocktails

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

I think I spent most of my week tipsy, having had to search for Canberra’s best cocktail.
I started my search at Molly. I’ve talked about Molly before when I searched for Canberra’s best charcuterie. Molly was the winner in that “Best of” round and I am personally a big fan of the venue, being one of [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Waldorf Hotel, Canberra City

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Waldorf latte

Eating breakfast at a hotel restaurant is just not something I have ever thought about doing, unless I’m actually staying in the hotel. This week I was thinking about where I would like to have breakfast; I wanted somewhere new because I eat out a lot. While I was thinking about it, all the usuals [...]

Canberra Food & Wine Expo 2015

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra food and wine expo

[ 20 February 2015 at 12:00 pm; 21 February 2015 at 10:00 am; 22 February 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

The Canberra Food and Wine Expo is an annual three-day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food and wine, cheese, cocktails and everything gourmet. The show houses over 100 local and national exhibitors, including wine makers, distributors, gourmet restaurants, coffee, chocolate and tea.

Sample food and wine in the appreciation area, watch celebrity chefs create recipes from [...]

Gluten free restaurants in Braddon

By 7 January 2015
Ask RiotACT

Looking for gluten free restaurants in Braddon. Does anyone know of any?

Best of Canberra – Cocktails

By 6 January 2015

Anyone that knows me, knows that my favourite Thursday night activity is drinking cocktails with friends. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be a Thursday night, it’s just a thing I love to do. There is something so sexy and cool about putting on red lipstick and your new favourite dress and just sitting at [...]

First look – Chifley’s Bar and Grill

By 6 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
Chifley's - Steak, Onion Rings, Radicchio, Asparagus

Chifley’s Bar and Grill, set in the newly redeveloped Hotel Kurrajong, looks set to raise the bar when it comes to steak restaurants in Canberra.
I was invited to sample the new menu at Chifley’s Bar and Grill, which is run by award-winning chef Mick Chatto (formerly head chef at Italian and Sons and Artespresso).
The restaurant [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Social Clubs

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I lived in the Woden area, social clubs were a regular activity of mine. I would find myself meeting friends for a casual drink, cheap bistro bite to eat, and I have to admit, I am a fan of the pokies every now and then, but I do limit myself to $20. I found [...]

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