Food & Wine (1056 Stories)

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 [...]

Kudos Taste. $11 lunch review

By 6 August 2013

So my meal cost more than $10 and it doesn’t look that hot in photo form, but don’t let that put you off. Kudos Taste was great.
On an island in the middle of Canberra House, lacking any noticeable sign (I had to stare check their menu to find out the name of the place), a [...]

Rage against big supermarket chains.

By 5 August 2013

Let me say firstly I do not own a small business or know anyone who does but I am tired of seeing the big supermarket chains trying to destroy small business but lowering their prices for long periods to put them out of business. And then increasing their prices.
Case in point at the moment is [...]

Sweet Tooth Mapping in Canberra?

By 5 August 2013

Righto hive mind, I’m hunting three items and am hoping some of you will be able to point me in the right direction.
Item 1 – Cannoli. So far, I’ve been able to find them at Tusmo, in Forde, but only occasionally and sometimes only in the soft-shell variety, which don’t count as [...]

Parlour Returns

By 2 August 2013

Facebook has the happy news that Parlour is rising Phoenix like from the ashes of New Acton.
Here’s looking forward to October.

Simon reviewing his Liquor ACT

By 1 August 2013

Simon Corbell has announced an “alcohol alliance” with NSW and a review of the Liquor Act 2010.
Readers might remember the Liquor Act didn’t seem to do very much about problem drinking but did make life harder for the Labor Party’s competitors in the hospitality sector (remember all those Labor Clubs?)
Simon’s review is intended to find [...]

Hash House Harriers. NEWS

By 31 July 2013

A message from Polly Waffler…
Long-time readers would remember occasional references to Hash House Harriers – the “Drinkers with a Running Problem” – on this site. The origins of the Hash, or HHH, are steeped in a haze of sweat and beer, yet a good summary exists here. You don’t need to run and [...]

Does ANY cafe/restaurant in the ACT meet your service expectations?

By 31 July 2013

In recent years, most restaurants/cafes in Canberra have adopted outrageous, non-customer friendly policies regarding bill payments. As one of many people who don’t use cash, eating out with friends is quickly becoming a nightmare.
For example, at one popular venue:

We do not split bills. Minimum 10.00 for card transaction. All prices are GST inclusive. Surcharge applies [...]

Clubbing in Canberra


Lloyd has sent this one in that’s worth a look:
I made this video a while back completely forgot about it – it has got some views on YouTube.
I thought you might be interested.
It actually kind of makes Canberra night scene look pretty cool. I tried to show as much clubs as possible but [...]

Certificate of compliance in Canberra?

By 29 July 2013

We built our house in 2004.
Now we are selling and have been told that we did not obtain a certificate of compliance. Was that our responsibility or the builders?
Have to go to ACTPLA and pay for one now!

Meal Delivery Service in Canberra?

By 27 July 2013

No pun intended but I’m looking for feedback on the level of interest in a meal delivery service for Canberra households and workplaces.
The concept is straightforward:  via an online store we we will offer a changing selection of main meals, starters, desserts, catering packs for delivery direct to homes/workplaces.  Meals are fresh (not frozen), made [...]

BBQ on the Run… Smoque entering City2Surf!

By 24 July 2013

You heard right; the chefs and staff at Smoque, the home of mac n cheese, hot wings, brisket, burgers, Texas BBQ and cheesecake, will be running the 2013 City2Surf!
We’re the very fortunate recipients of all funds raised; as the ONLY international not for profit operating entirely on volunteer staff, we’re excited to be a part [...]

Bad Cafe

By 22 July 2013

Unfortunately we happened to find ourselves in Woden today, right about the time that Mr Nearly Five was getting hungry. We decided that we would have a hot chocolate at a cafe in the Westfield. We ordered two hot chocolates, a kids milkshake ($5) and a plain ham and cheese untoasted sandwich ($13). The kids [...]

Lunch on the Brumbies

By 18 July 2013

The Brumbies are giving notice that they’re putting on a BBQ at lunchtime today (12.30 to 1.30pm):
With snags and facilities supplied by ActewAGL, the Brumbies are holding a meet and greet to say thank you to their supporters for backing the team in 2013.
In all, 10 players will be on hand with ticket [...]

Discounts as never seen before


Martlark sent in this little beauty:
Found this outstanding bargain today at the Kaleen supabarn. They won’t last long at this massive discount!
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Blockbuster exhibition at blockbuster prices

By 15 July 2013

Being footloose and fancy free at the weekend a friend and I agreed to have an afternoon out at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery. I’m a regular at these things – getting my fill of travelling culture that I may never get the chance to see again.
Anyhow, my thirst for culture [...]

New catering at Old Parliament House

By 11 July 2013

We’ve hard word in that Old Parliament House is changing the guard on their salubrious restaurant arrangements:
Restaurant Associates – boutique caterer at some of Australia’s most renowned venues – is partnering with the iconic Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to make the venue a culinary destination on the Canberra landscape.
The new partnership, [...]

Mon Thani. $10 lunch review


A new player on Petrie Plaza, Mon Thani is a strong showing in the sub $10 lunch space.
Borrowing heavily on the style of the iconic Burmese Curry Place; Mon Thani serves up two dishes, requested by number on rice for $8.
I had the prawn cakes you can see pictured. They were awesome, as was the [...]

Note to Coles Jamo, India is in Asia


Aisle 6 at the Jamison Coles gave me the gears this lunchtime for some reason.
Do Coles perpetuate racist ideas in their over simplified food presentation? Or do they merely reflect the unthinking prejudices of the lumpen proletariat?
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Smartform for hiring public land

By 1 July 2013

Back when I did web development these things were just forms. But Shane Rattenbury has has announced we’re getting the very exciting sounding smartforms for the hiring of public land:
“Three significant improvements commence today for the permit application process to use public land such as parks, nature reserves and space outside suburban shopping centres,” Mr [...]

Restaurants with early meals for toddlers?

By 1 July 2013

Can anyone recommend any restaurants that serve super-early meals for eating out with young children in Canberra?
(5:30pm onwards)?

All day breakfast in Canberra?

By 1 July 2013

Hai Rioters, it’s the missus’s birthday on Monday and I was hoping I could probe your collective minds for good suggestions in places that do all day breaky.  
We’re both nighttime people so anywhere that stops doing breakfast before midday is probably out of the question.  
I know it’s not much notice but I’m hoping [...]

Jackie Chan’s Son Will Get None Of His $130 Million Fortune?

By 27 June 2013

Interesting article in Celebrity Net Worth:
Being the only son of international movie star Jackie Chan clearly comes with many privileges and advantages. Jackie Chan’s only child, a 30 year old son named Jaycee, lived a life filled with opulent mansions, luxurious vacations, expensive cars, the best education and much more. Jaycee was even been able [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 19


Rob, Tim I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Peroni Leggera on tap.
The music is by Cracked Actor.
You can download it now.
Our tips this week are:
Rob – Chiefs, Crusaders, Sharks, Bulls, Stormers
John – Chiefs, Crusaders, Sharks, Bulls, Stormers
Tim – Chiefs, Crusaders, Blues, Bulls, Stormers

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