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Jamie Oliver coming to Canberra (sort of)

By 23 April 2013

Hospitality Magazine has the word that Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse is giving way to pommy superchef Jamie Oliver’s take on Italian:
Jamie’s Italian Australian partner, Pacific Restaurant Group, has announced it will close its Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse Canberra restaurant at the Canberra Centre to make way for the new venue.
Pacific Restaurant Group managing director [...]

Mobile Office Reviews: The Pancake Parlour

By 23 April 2013

“Where shall we go today Joel?”
“I want pancakes John!”
… and so went to the Pancake Parlour.
I had almost intended it as a joke, it turned out to be a really good idea.
Technology:
Possibly the best place yet, if not a very close second to the Front. The WiFi was fast enough for our needs, and the [...]

Lunch at Loading Zone. A restaurant review

By 23 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Loading Zone has been causing a lot of buzz since it opened last month in the middle of the Melbourne Building. (Odgers Lane to be specific)
Barcham and I tried to have lunch there a couple of weeks ago but they were all full up.
We made a point of getting in at noon today and it [...]

Pancake Parlour’s Red Dawn. A breakfast review

By 23 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Pancake Parlour in the Civic Bus Interchange has been around so long it’s passed from its cool phase, to a daggy phase, and might just be re-emerging into the warm sunlit uplands of cool.
Barcham and I have been ensconced this morning for the mobile office review (to come later) but we kicked things off [...]

AHA ACT Hospitality Awards think EVERYONE is doing a great job

By 23 April 2013

Below is the list of hospitality venues winners of the AHA ACT Hospitality Awards for 2013, it is only slightly smaller than the list of hospitality venues that exist in the ACT.
What do you think readers? There are some I definitely agree with (Sage Restaurant for example), and a few I find quite confusing (Transit [...]

Feasting at the Sri Lankan Buddhist Vihara

By 23 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Down near the newish Kambah Superschool there is an almost secret commercial, community and religious centre, with temples and medical services and a fitness center.
On Saturday, the Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara opened its gates for one of its regular Food Festivals. The air was full of spicy scents and the sense of purpose from [...]

Mobile Office Reviews: 39 Steps

By 22 April 2013

In Mobile Office Reviews Johnboy and I search for the perfect place to spend a day working.
This morning we went to 39 Steps Cafe, a fancy looking little place at the O’Conner shops. The weather was cold, but 39 Steps was warm and welcoming.
Johnboy got a coffee, I ordered bacon and eggs. Full of enthusiasm [...]

New cafe in Mode 3?

By 22 April 2013

Was hoping someone had some information on the new cafe in Mode 3 in Braddon?
I think it’s called 86 (it faces Elouera Street) but Google came up blank. 
Went past there on Saturday evening and again yestedray morning and it was packed.

Breakfast at Pulp Kitchen. A brunch review

By 20 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I normally wouldn’t think of going to a fine dining restaurant for breakfast.
But a strange series of events lead me to Ainslie’s Pulp Kitchen in search of breakfast and I was very pleasantly surprised.
You’d think going out for breakfast would be a simple enough undertaking. But Braddon was absolutely chockas and there was no where [...]

Chicken thieves strike

By 20 April 2013

This in from Karen:
I know it sounds completely ludicrous, but yesterday afternoon between 1500hrs and 1830hrs someone removed the palings from my back fence and stole nine of my pure bred pekin bantam chickens (they left the crossbreeds).
I have attached a picture of my rooster and ask if anyone has any information could they [...]

Mobile Office Reviews: James Court McDonalds

By 18 April 2013

It’s Mobile Office Review time!
We need a theme song.
In our never ending quest to earn ‘scene-points’ by finding the coolest hippest places to hang out and be seen with our laptops, Johnboy and I went to James Court McDonalds today to show the world just how hip we are.
I feel a little bit ill.
I even [...]

Mobile Office Reviews: Edgar’s Inn

By 17 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The team here at the RiotACT Mobile Office Reviews mobile headquarters has been listening to your feedback dear readers.
Some of you want us to go south-side.
Some of you hate how ‘hipster’ the places we’ve been visiting are.
Some of you suggested we suggested we head to the Ainslie shops and hit up Edgar’s Inn.
Well, two out [...]

Edgars Inn at Ainslie. Lunch review

By 17 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Barcham and I lunched at Edgars in Ainslie today.
A touch north of $50 secured two pints of Squire’s Golden ale a charcuterie plate and some wings.
So it’s a bit more pricey than chowing down for Burmese curry. On the other hand you don’t put your used plates into a garbage bin at Edgar’s either.
The beer [...]

A mighty rigid structure appears in the Canberra Centre. Pour Quoi?

By 16 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The food court atrium in the Canberra Centre has developed a large steel frame for what seems to be some sort of internal roofing.
Anyone want to suggest what could be the cause?

Mobile Office Reviews: The ANU Food Co-op

By 15 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Johnboy and I decided that today we should conduct our dark business hidden amongst by the many barrels of lentils at the ANU Food Co-op. Sure its primary function is as a place to buy vegetables, doesn’t mean it can’t be used as a place of work!
Look forwards to us reviewing Superbarn in next [...]

Mr Shabu Shabu. A lunch review

By 15 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mr Shabu Shabu nestles beneath Unilodge just off Childers Street in Civic West.
Barcham and I were attracted by the pleasant looking tables under the big Unilodge awning and the authentic sounding yet very affordable menu.
At 12.15 we were the only ones in, but it began to really fill up as we were leaving.
Impressively a complimentary [...]

Cuppacumbalong Open Day

By 15 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Another lovely day and so off to the Cuppacumbalong Open Day, which was part of the Tharwa 150th Anniversary. Happy birthday, Tharwa!
I was there just around noon and it seemed to be a quiet and very civilized event, with people picnicking on the lawns, playing a spot of badminton on the tennis courts or sauntering [...]

Supper Club asks you to dine out for a good cause

By 12 April 2013

[ 2 May 2013; ]

Fancy supper?

Visit any one of twenty two restaurants from in and around the ACT on Thursday 2nd May, eat awesome food, and help out camp quality.

This is a win/win kind of situation Rioters.

Apparently bookings are filling up fast, so make sure you get on board.

Camp Quality Supper Club is a one-of-a-kind fundraising experience marrying fine [...]

Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival at Mercure Hotel

By 10 April 2013

[ 13 April 2013; ]

Beer and cider festival! This Saturday the 13th!

What else do I have to say?

Over 80 beers and ciders to try! Local Gourmet Food Stores! LIVE Entertainment! Entertainment throughout the day! Lots of Giveaways! Beer and Food matching! Beer Quiz! Meet the Brewers! Jumping Castle! Brewers Table Tennis Championship! Charity Auction!

Formerly known as The National Capital [...]

Mobile Office Reviews: The Front Gallery and Cafe

By 10 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mobile Office Reviews are a thing now!
We now live in the future. Johnboy bought himself a pretty little Chromebook and I’ve got a Macbook Air so slim and sharp I once cut a chunk out of my nose with it (true story).
What this means is that the RiotACT office is now fully mobile and we [...]

Save the date! Multicultural Food and Beer dates announced for 2014

By 9 April 2013

2014 seems way too future to actually be a year we will live in, but live in it we shall and while we are living there will will feast on beer and foreign meats!
HURRAH!
Canberra’s cultural diversity will again be on display at the 2014 National Multicultural Festival, when the three-day event is held on 7, [...]

Pre-heat your ovens for the Canberra Cake competiton

By 9 April 2013

A cake baking contest will be held to celebrate Canberra’s 100th birthday and I only just realised the connection between those two while typing this sentence. Ahhh birthday cakes.
Duh.
At any rate there will be prizes and judges and cakes! I like all of those things.
Canberra cake creators are invited to enter online for the [...]

Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival. With Wine Giveaway!!!

By 5 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 6 April 2013 to 7 April 2013. ]

This weekend sees the annual Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival on again. 26 local wineries are offering a variety of tasting adventures, entertainment (music & artwork), delicious food and the opportunity for a great day (or days) out in the country.

Its a great opportunity to meet some of the makers of the Canberra District’s [...]

Justice Nield smacks Taj Agra and Magistrate Dingwall around

By 3 April 2013

The Supreme Court has thrown up an interesting case in the matter of Andrew Kaye v Khawar Siddiq.
The heroic health protection office Andrew Kaye has succeeded in his appeal to have fines against the Dickson Taj Agra restaurant increased from $1,800 to $10,625.
There’s probably good money to made setting up as a private food safety [...]

Fresh vegetables delivery trial

By 2 April 2013

Hello Canberra,
Some of you already know me. I’m James, founder of MetroFarms Pty Limited (MetroFarms), a new Canberra-based company.
MetroFarms will be Canberra’s new local farm and we seek to set a new standard for sustainable farming in Australia.
If vegetable flavour and nutrition matter to you and your families, you want vegetables to be their absolute [...]

Banhammer comes to Arirang Gungahlin

By 1 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Peter sent this one in:
More fodder for the masses. Attached is a photo of Arirang Korean restaurant (on Hibberson St, Gungahlin) taken on Sunday. Note the possible explanation in Korean.
Keep them coming to images@the-riotact.com .

Glacial Canberra Hospital open their ears on hospital food (but not for the patients)

By 29 March 2013

Hospital food is always going to be a vexed issue.
Every penny spent on it could be going towards another staff member’s salary, a piece of equipment, a secure multi user data entry system, a bottle of hand sanitiser, the list goes on.
On that constrained budget then consider the vast swathe of humanity to be catered [...]

Sabai Dee lunchbox. $10 lunch review

By 27 March 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Barcham and I attempted to lunch today at the new cafe in Odgers Lane. But they were full. So we decided to take up a reader recommendation and try the new Sabai Dee which has taken up residence where the old Shalimar used to be.
Praise be on arrival they had a $8.50 lunch box deal [...]

Foul footy food

By 27 March 2013

Pizza – how can you go wrong? Easy at Bruce Stadium.
Take a ( probably frozen) parbaked circle of dough, top it with ersatz tomato gloop, and a few slices of ham like substance sliced so thin you could read contract fine print through it; completely destroy any integrity in a microwave and $ 8.50 thank you very [...]

Lunch at the new Debacle. A review

By 26 March 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

For lunch today Barcham and I were upon our bicycles and down to the newly reopened and relocated Debacle.
For those who’ve missed the news this is what the old Debacle currently looks like with George Rose’s evolving wall animation shamefully tagged over by the mindless falsies crew.

And a very short stumble down the road one [...]

What it says right there on the wall

By 25 March 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

There’s a certain something special to macca’s promotion of their highly sophisticated McCafe.
Particularly apropos Dickson.
Not that the cafes of New York are anything to write home about for that matter.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Beware the death caps

By 22 March 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory and Municipal Services are putting the word out about the dreaded death cap mushroom returning to our fields and fens.
The ACT Government is reminding Canberrans to avoid eating wild mushrooms found growing in the ACT, as autumn is when death cap mushrooms start to grow in many parks and nature strips throughout Canberra. A [...]

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