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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Little Oink, Cook Shops

By 16 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For the next stop on my tour of suburban cafes I decided to head north and check out Little Oink, a new addition to the Cook Shops.
Little Oink opened in April this year and has become a quick favourite for locals. Considering how kid friendly this place is I can see why it’s also become [...]

Merry Maker Sisters Recipe Share: Paleo Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cake

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Local girls Emma and Carla Papas, also known as The Merry Maker Sisters, share one of their favourite paleo recipes with us this week. Just in time for the weekend with a nice cuppa perhaps?
Paleo Raw Choc Raspberry Cake
serves: 12 prep time: 1 1/2 hours freezer time: 2 [...]

Canberra cabbage cravings

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do you have a history with cabbage? Thankfully, I don’t have any of the horrid soggy cabbage memories so many people have from childhood. I know cabbage as a versatile, tasty and nutritious vegetable that is at its prime this time of year. The trick seems to be not to boil it. There are five [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Note – this week I outsourced our review to one of our team. As a Vegan, I figured Jess was far better place to make judgement on good vegie food than me. Thanks Jess! Canfan
Dickson is basically vegetarian heaven. The restaurant choices are Kingsland, Au Lac and My Rainbow Dreams, and neighbouring Braddon [...]

Living Green Festival 2014

By 13 August 2014

[ 12 October 2014 at 10:00 am; ] Have you heard the 2014 Living Green Festival is back for its fourth year at the Albert Hall on Sunday 12 October from 10-4pm!

As Canberra’s only vegan festival we support a tagline of a kinder shade of green for the planet, humans and other animals. The festival is a whole day of fun for all ages [...]

Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]

Restaurant bookings

By 11 August 2014
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I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]

A. Baker supports local wineries with Dinner series

By 10 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A.Baker are promoting Canberra’s local vineyards with weekly wine dinners.
Located in New Acton Pavilion you will feast on delicious canapés matched with hand picked local wines.
The events kicked of last week with Long Rail Gully Wines and Eden Road Wines.
Remaining times and ticket information is listed below.
Thursday 14th August – Gallagher Wines
Thursday 21st [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Stand By Me, Lyons Shops

By 9 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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You’d be forgiven for not knowing that a new cafe had opened up at Lyons shops. Other than the local IGA and a hair salon, there aren’t many reasons to stop by. Over the past few years there was a takeaway shop and newsagent however they’ve both since folded their doors.
Stand By Me is the [...]

There’s something fishy going on in Canberra…

By 8 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a kid, fish and chips were always a family favourite once a fortnight for a dinner treat or whilst on a picnic with friends. I grew up about five minutes away from the beach so there were about 10 different fish and chips shops that we could pick from.
In the almost four years I’ve [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off: Best Steak

By 7 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Taste Off, steak was on the menu. It may not be the friend of vegetarians, but for meat lovers world wide, sometimes there is nothing better than a good steak.
Your votes pointed us in two directions, both polar opposites in the steak race. The first was the Charcoal Grill, who [...]

Beets are in!

By 7 August 2014
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Beetroot are in. They are in season and in fashion. I came to beets later in life and now I adore them. If you’re a fresh juicer, then you’ll know the huge benefits of fresh beetroot juice. I’m not much of a veggie juice gal myself though, so I do other things with my beetroot.
Buy [...]

Where’s the ladies? Fighting over tiramisu at Olive

By 6 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As one of our merry ladies turned 40 last week (it’s all fine, 40 is the new 21) we decided to invite a few extra friends and celebrate over a good meal.  We had heard good things about Olive in Mawson so booked a table for 8.
The first thing to note here is the welcome.  [...]

Best of Canberra – Curry

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One of the things I miss most about London is a curry and a Kingfisher after an evening session in the pub. Actually, the curry and beer after a night of beer maybe wasn’t the best thing in the world, but the local curry houses were awesome. I am yet to find [...]

Making bread at home – with the Canberra Environment Centre

By 3 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 9 August 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

Where is the bread when you knead it?

There are those wintry days when you just want to stay inside but then you run out of bread! The shop seems so far away. What if you could make your own bread and heat up your kitchen in the process? Well, you can. Come along to [...]

Exploring the Eden Road Cellar Door

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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How lucky is Canberra, yet another high quality winery right on our doorstep, within 30 minutes and just a couple of hundred metres north of the Barton Highway.
The short drive in from the turn-off to the cellar door tells us that we are in for a treat. A simple a no nonsense layout, well maintained [...]

Cooking with truffles

By 1 August 2014
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[ 16 August 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

Dig this

Have the winter snuffles got you down? Come along to our Cooking with truffles workshop and truffle your blues away.

The Canberra Environment Centre is collaborating with Owen Saddler of Dream Cuisine fame to bring you something warm and delicious on Saturday 16th of August from 10-2pm.

We’ll teach you how to make a potato and [...]

Healthy eating for your family on a budget in Canberra

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In the comments on my previous story about local shopping many commenters claimed that a single trip to a big supermarket provided the best prices throughout the cart.
I have journeyed through the markets, malls and local shopping centres, clipboard in hand, addressing quality but focusing on entry-level price points.
Shop around for cereal staples: supermarkets usually [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa Taste Off

By 30 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week, the Best of Canberra quest took me in search of a good Laksa. I love a Laksa, but don’t eat them that often for fear of spattering all that noodle and curry goodness down my front. So, dressed in dark colours, I relished the excuse for a couple of tasty lunches.
When [...]

What’s in season at the market this week?

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Locally grown cauliflowers are looking wonderful at the moment. I adore cauliflower with cheese sauce, but I’ve recently discovered a few other tasty things to do with cauliflower. It makes a great creamy soup, but my favourite is baked cauliflower. I think it’s amazing how different roasted cauliflower tastes to steamed or boiled cauliflower. Simply [...]

Truffles and Veuve Clicquot – celebrating the Truffle Festival Hyatt style

By 29 July 2014
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One of the premier events of the Truffle Festival for 2014 was the six-course degustation dinner at the Hyatt, matched with a range of Veuve Clicquot champagnes. It didn’t disappoint in any way shape or form.
The menu read like a wishful shopping list of luxurious ingredients:

Cream of Breton artichokes with truffles and fresh water [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 29 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]

The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

By 28 July 2014
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I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service.  Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.  
The thing that really shone was the service.  There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]

Juicing for a health Fix

By 28 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A few weeks ago, I had a bit of an ‘I need to give my body a break’ moment. After 5 years of abuse, which I blame on having three kids close together and being exhausted most of the time, I felt like it was time to take charge of my own body again.
I had [...]

A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

By 23 July 2014
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[ 26 July 2014 at 8:30 am; ]

The Capital Region Farmers Market will this weekend welcome a very special visitor, international celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, at the market this coming Saturday 26 July.

Antonio will tour the Market, do a book signing and take part in a cooking demonstration with Andrew Barr MLA from 8.30-10.30am.

Mr Carluccio is in town in July as the [...]

Canberra’s Best Burger – Taste Off

By 23 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Calling for Canberra’s Best Burger drew the expected range in opinion, including an unexpected debate on the difference between a hamburger and a burger (apparently one is the posh type, the other a more grungy experience – who knew?).
The two most popular burgers according to you guys are Brodburger (Kingston) and London Burger [...]

Where are all the ladies?

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t have as many single guy friends as I do single women; however of the few I do, there definitely seems to be a general consensus that approaching women in a nightclub or bar is extremely terrifying.
I’ve heard a lot of excuses such as Canberra women are stuck up or want to know your [...]

Rishi Desai served up food so good at the Truffle Festival we had to share one of his recipes

By 17 July 2014
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I went along to a Truffle Festival lunch hosted at IBIS last Sunday to seek culinary inspiration from local Masterchef contestant Rishi Desai.
Rishi introduced us to the flavour of truffles by asking the group to compare a ‘truffled’ omelette with a regular one. It was an interesting test and quick way to [...]

Farmers Market Matters and Turalla Truffles

By 17 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Are you going to the Capital Region Farmers Market this weekend? I sure am. My favourite beef producer, Gilmore Braes Heritage Beef, has added New Zealand ‘oca’ yams to their range. These nutritious little root vegetables look a bit like legless witchetty grubs but heavens they taste great! I’m going to buy another handful, boil [...]

A taste off for Canberra’s Best Pizza

By 15 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We had a broad range of nominations for Best pizza in Canberra, from the local Crust options (reliable, reasonably priced, easy etc.) through to the more gourmet options, with some inclusions of local takeaways.
The two that proved the most consistently popular were Zucchini Brothers in Chisholm and Pizza Gusto in Braddon.
We went with a standard [...]

Local Chef Recipe Series – Villi Fulivai at Chez Frederic

By 14 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week Villi Fulivai, executive chef at Chez Frederic is sharing his favourite recipe.
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana tortellini w Beurre Blanc sauce
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana Tortellini
1 kg of butternut pumpkin peeled and seeded
200 grams of persian feta
100 grams of sultanas
20 grams of sea salt flakes
5 mLs of lemon juice
Cut butternut pumpkin in half and seed.
Place [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Pizza and burgers are all well and good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you need something a little more exotic to fill that gaping space in your tummy.
For our third ‘Best of Canberra’ post, we’re asking for the best place to get a Laksa.
That steaming bowl of spice-y, noodle-y, [...]

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