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BrodDogs now open in Braddon

By 12 December 2014
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One of Canberra’s most loved food vans, BrodDogs, has found a new home on Braddon’s Lonsdale Street.
The bright-red gourmet hotdog van (a renovated version of the old Brodburger caravan), officially opened for business at urban village The Hamlet this week.
Owner Joelle Bou-Jaoude says she’s excited that BrodDogs has joined Braddon’s rapidly growing food van community, [...]

Best of Canberra – Donuts

By 9 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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They don’t need an introduction … those deep fried, fluffy, cakey circles of heaven, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, with a center that is 100% fat free!
Yes, I am talking about donuts. Hommer Simpson’s, and mine, favourite treat!
There are so many different types of donuts, from the traditional cinnamon and sugar, to custard filled, and [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Family Friendly Restaurant/Cafe

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week when I asked for recommendations for family friendly restaurants and cafes, I honestly expected to be inundated however, it seems that Canberra has a serious lack of family friendly eating establishments.
Places like Jamie’s Italian, and a few of the football clubs were recommended, along with Ricardo’s in Jamison and Tommy & Me in [...]

First look – Akiba

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: The Cupping Room

By 6 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This weekend I decided to try out The Cupping Room for breakfast; a project by Ona coffee. So off I went to Civic. I had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table (apparently it happens), but honestly, it’s worth the wait.
I’ve previously raved about their amazing salted caramel popcorn milkshakes, but as I discovered, The [...]

Mike Jeffreys and the Merrymaker Sisters discuss eating to feel great… (Podcast)

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Emma and Carla Papas are the Merrymaker Sisters.
The name sounds like something from a previous era – Dickensian maybe?
But these young ladies are just as modern as tomorrow. Their thing is food that makes you feel good.
The Paleo approach. Well, pretty much… They include quinoa in some [...]

Think before you drink at the office Christmas party

By 4 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome to the silly season. And they don’t call it silly for nothing. It’s that time of year where all of our emotions seem to overflow and we dangle dance between the line of aggression and elation at the thought of the end of the year finally approaching and heading off on summer holidays.
But before [...]

Cherry season!

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Now that cherry season is here can anyone let me know if there are people selling them on the roadside?

Shop local this Christmas

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Do you want to help a local Canberran this Christmas? You have the power to support Canberran designers, craftsmen and producers by buying from small local business this festive season. If you don’t quite know how you might do that, here are three examples of places you can do some great gift shopping.

The Capital Region [...]

Best of Canberra – Family Friendly Restaurant/Cafe

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A friend of mine was complaining about the lack of family friendly restaurants and cafes in Canberra. I was really interested because not having kids myself, it has not been something that I’ve had to think about when eating out.
So this week I’m asking for nominations on Canberra’s best family friendly restaurant/café. Feel free to [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pancakes

By 1 December 2014
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Last week I was lucky enough to indulge in two great big stacks of fluffy pancakes. I wasn’t able to find that salted caramel, banana and walnut stack that I was drooling over when I called for nominations last Monday, but I did find something close.
My first stop was Pancake Parlour at 7am on a [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Me & Mrs Jones

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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‘Me & Mrs Jones we got a thing going on…’
One thing that is essential for me in any venue is a vibe. I can walk into a place that is aesthetically on the money, but if it lacks a vibe, I’m out. Me & Mrs Jones seems to have found that sweet spot where raw [...]

Could these be the best vegan and paleo cupcakes in Canberra?

By 28 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Who doesn’t love a good cupcake? Even if you’re vegan, paleo or gluten free (and these days, who isn’t?), there’s a lot to like about a freshly-baked cupcake with lashings of icing.
A&E Cupcake, founded by business partners Elaine C and Cecilia P in October, is the latest home-based Canberra cakery whose range of delicious cupcakes, [...]

Community celebrations this weekend for official opening of The RUC at Turner

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This weekend the Canberra community is invited to celebrate the official ‘birth day’ of The RUC at Turner after the merger of The ACT Rugby Union Club, known as The RUC Barton, with the Canberra North Bowling Club.
The birthday celebrations will take place at the new The RUC at Turner this coming Sunday 30 November.
The [...]

Best of Canberra – Pancakes

By 25 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I am drooling over the thought of a big stack of fluffy pancakes, smothered in salted caramel syrup, sprinkled with walnuts and topped with fresh banana.
Normally when I east breakfast, I am a bacon and egg kind of gal … savory over sweets. But this week I want to indulge. I’m going to treat myself [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Butcher

By 24 November 2014
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Sunny and 32 degrees on Saturday, I was ready to host an Aussie Summer BBQ. There were so many recommendations for which butcher I should visit, as far as Gungahlin and Wanniassa.
Meatways Butchery at Kambah Village received many votes for their sausages and customer service. Having previously lived in the Weston Creek area I was [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Mocan & Green Grout, New Acton

By 22 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve walked past Mocan & Green Grout a lot but always found it way too busy to indulge in a coffee or a meal. This week I was in the area for a meeting and spied a few empty tables and I couldn’t have moved faster to take a seat!
While outside is a beautiful area [...]

Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir takes centre stage as ‘Best of the Best’ in Australian Wine is announced

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For just the second time in the history of the Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia, a Pinot Noir won the top prize at last night’s trophy presentation dinner in Canberra.
The Mornington Peninsula’s 2013 Yabby Lake Block 2 Pinot Noir won the ultimate award for an Australian wine, the Len Evans Memorial Trophy for [...]

Michael Chatto announced as Executive Chef of Chifley’s Bar & Grill, Canberra

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chifley’s Bar & Grill, a new steakhouse and bar within the historic Hotel Kurrajong Canberra located in Barton, ACT, will open its doors on Tuesday 16 December 2014, with Michael Chatto leading the kitchen.
Chifley’s is named after the sixteenth Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chifley. According to the hotel’s historical records, Mr Chifley made Hotel [...]

Local leaders – Frank van de Loo (Mount Majura Vineyard)

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s wine industry has come a long way in the last decade, according to Mount Majura Vineyard winemaker Frank van de Loo. He remembers the days when including the words “Canberra District” on a wine label was considered a risky move.
“Ten years ago there wasn’t much awareness of the Canberra wine region, and it certainly wasn’t as [...]

Best of Canberra – Butcher

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The great Aussie barbie is a Summer weekend favourite. Australian’s look forward to barbecues with their friends; the boys bond over taking charge of cooking the meat and the girls gossip over champagne whilst making salad. Now that the warmer weather is here, I’m hosting a BBQ for my friends this weekend. Even though it’s [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Take Away (suburban)

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was hard to choose which two take away options to try last week, with Canberrans nominating many fast food joints such as, Fisher take away and G Spot Gunghallin, to name a few of the favourites. I decided to review Watson take away and The Mandalay Bus in Braddon.
Being hungover on Friday from one [...]

Movember Market This Saturday

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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[ 22 November 2014 at 3:00 pm; ] Local food and fashion collaboration, Hustle&Scout and The Forage, will present a Movember charity drive at their final market event for the year this Saturday, 22 November.

To raise awareness and money for men’s health, the twilight market will take gold coin donations upon entry and present a pop-up barber shop for men, with all proceeds [...]

The arrival of Market’s festive foods welcomes the Christmas season

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s biggest and best farmers market, the Capital Region Farmers Market, has started welcoming in the first of the season’s festive foods.
“We’re still the best place to tick off the Christmas food list. The silly season is definitely upon us, and all of our Market stallholders are rolling out the best and freshest seasonal produce [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Mood Food, Braddon

By 15 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mood Food is one of the lesser known cafes on Lonsdale St. While it sits in a prime location it seems to always be overlooked for the latest cafe or food van.
I’ve had lunch there a few times and always been pleased with the speediness of the service and quality of the food. Naturally I [...]

Local leaders – Peter and Michael Harrington (Sage and Akiba restaurants)

By 12 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Brothers Peter and Michael Harrington, co-owners of Sage Dining Rooms in Braddon and the soon-to-open Akiba restaurant in Civic, have a passion for good food and hard work.
They grew up in the kitchens of their parents’ many Canberra restaurants, and started working as kitchen hands on the weekend at age ten.
“It was all we ever [...]

Best of Canberra – Take Away (suburban)

By 11 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Friday nights and take away go together like peanut butter and jelly. Growing up, Friday night was always fish and chip night. As a family of four we would go together to pick up a big parcel of deep fried goodness, wrapped in old newspaper. Potato scallops, crumbed fish and chips with extra salt and [...]

Farmers Markets in Canberra – are they truly ‘regional’?

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I don’t go to farmers markets that often, but go when I can because I like the concept of supporting local producers and skipping the ‘middleman’ supermarket chains.
I have to say I was shocked to see a stall from Tweed Valley selling [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Charcuterie/Antipasto

By 10 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. The greatest delight is talking about eating whilst you are eating with friends. Last week I asked Canberra to tell me where you would take a friend to share a charcuterie/antipasto platter. Jamie’s Italian and Molly were nominated [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Bicicletta, Pepper’s Gallery Hotel, New Acton

By 8 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last weekend I was a human brochure, actually I’ve been one for a little while now but last weekend was our VIP weekend where we shipped in two out of towners and showed them the finer sides of Canberra. If you want to know more about the Human Brochure weekend check out Alexandra’s article!

My guests [...]

Best of Canberra – Charcuterie/Antipasto Platter

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Being of Italian heritage I basically consider salami to be a main food group. I grew up on cured meats, cheese and pickled vegetables; we would eat salami, cheese and pickled eggplant for breakfast, lunch, dinner (and every meal in between).
Over the last few years Canberra has really got amongst the food scene, with great [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Milkshakes

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The call went out for Canberra’s best milkshake this week and the nominations came in fast, from various Canberra cafés to McDonalds, even the Canberra Hospital received a few mentions.
I tallied up the nominations and found myself at the Down Town Milk Bar in Manuka on a hot Wednesday afternoon. A lime milkshake was the [...]

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