Readers were quick to respond when I recently reviewed ONA in Fyshwick, disagreeing with my thoughts on the service and portion sizes. Having previously been a regular at ONA on the Lawns in Manuka (before the renovation) I thought I would head back there and give ONA another chance.
I have to say, I love the [...]
When I was a vegetarian, I didn’t miss steak, had no desire to eat buffalo wings and couldn’t understand why people were so obsessed with pulled pork. Then Smoque opened in Bailey’s Corner in the city and my years of happily choosing tofu over meat were over – I was devouring pork ribs within minutes [...]
ONA Coffee founder Sasa Sestic has been crowned World Barista Champion at the World Barista Championships in the United States this morning.
The long-term Canberran is the first Australian to win the title since 2003, beating finalists from the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and France to do so.
It was Sasa’s first time representing Australia [...]
Autumn in Canberra has now well and truly set in and last week’s cooler weather was perfect for eating toasted sandwiches. After a short holiday away, I was keen to get back into this week’s Taste Off and warm up with some of Canberra’s best toasties. Big thanks to Alexandra for taking over while I [...]
When eighty/twenty opened its doors not too long ago, I thought it was going to be confusing having a restaurant called eighty/twenty directly across from Eightysix, but the two have definitely set themselves apart.
eighty/twenty has been all over my Facebook feed since opening, with people raving about the healthy, well balanced menu.
The eighty/twenty concept is about [...]
The Canberra Environment Centre has released its new batch of workshops scheduled to run over the next few months. Workshops are held almost every Tuesday and Saturday with making blue vein cheese next up this Saturday 11 April.
Other topics cover a wide range of skills including cooking from scratch and sustainable home design. Old favourites [...]
Canberra foodies, rejoice. Sage Dining Room’s Taste and Test series is back for another season.
For the uninitiated, here’s how it works: $75 buys you a surprise five-course meal and the opportunity to provide feedback on each dish. The menu changes weekly, and after five weeks, the most popular items end up on Sage’s new winter [...]
As the weather gets cooler, there’s nothing quite like a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho for a hearty and cheap meal, which is how I ended up at Pho Hub on Benjamin Way for this week’s cheap eats.
Despite working just around the corner, I only discovered Pho Hub last week. Apparently it has a very [...]
Everyone loves a good toasted sandwich. My favourite moment of the toasted sandwich experience is that first bite when all the melted cheese starts to ooze out and you have to catch it with your tongue. You all know what I’m talking about – it’s the moment when you know you’re onto a good toastie.
I constantly see Facebook friends checking in at Good Brother in Dickson, so recently when a reader requested a review of the cafe I jumped at the opportunity. Bright and early Saturday morning, before MORE furniture shopping, my partner and I made our way to Dickson.
Good Brother is nestled behind the Greek restaurant Plaka, probably [...]
With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, here’s a quick (but certainly not exhaustive) guide to what’s open in Canberra on Good Friday.
Cafes and restaurants
Penny University in Kingston is open 7am to 4pm every day of the Easter long weekend, including Good Friday.
Wilbur’s Cafe and Bar in Hackett is open 8am to 9pm, [...]
I love Turkish food. All of it. Whether it’s Turkish bread smothered in hummus or beetroot dip (or both!), kebabs, pide, baklava, or even a bottle of sparkling Gazoz, I will be keen at any time of the day. For those who are wondering what Gazoz is, it’s a delicious beverage that’s basically made from the magical [...]
I have been so excited for the hot cross bun Taste Off that I’ve been taste testing for breakfast every morning this week. RiotACT readers were right on board the hot cross bun craze too, with suggestions coming in for places all over Canberra.
I won’t lie, I was a bit disappointed when Coles and Woolies [...]
Recently having moved house, I have found myself in random suburbs that I would otherwise not spend much time in.
Last week I found myself at ONA in Fyshwick. This week I was on my way back from Mitchell, absolutely starving and desperately racking my brain of where I could get breakfast before 9am on a [...]
Before founding Coffee Guru in the early 2000s, Stephen Ashworth ran a takeaway shop in Phillip’s Colbee Court. His Steve’s Special burger (chicken schnitzel, lettuce, mayo, bacon, cheese and pineapple on a hamburger bun) was the stuff of legend in my family, to the point that he once opened the shop after hours so my [...]
It’s that time of year when the shops fill up with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns are the feature of weekend breakfast. Actually, it’s been that time of year since chocolate bunnies replaced Christmas decorations in early January. But only now, with Easter a few weeks away, it is appropriate to wake up to the [...]
This week I was hoping for a cool change so I could get all rugged up and cosy with a few cups of hot chocolate. Alas, the warm weather stuck around for another week and I found myself sipping hot chocolate in 30 degree heat.
RiotACT readers, however, were not at all concerned with the weather [...]
[ 23 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]
Come to the National Arboretum Canberra on 23 March and discover the many exciting things happening to gardens, fresh food, urban environments and how you can harness the benefits.
The National Arboretum Canberra is hosting a Sustainable Food Futures event showcasing inspiring ideas and plans for community food production.
You are invited to come along on:
I am looking at catering for a not-for-profit groups conference later this year. We just need a simple lunch for Saturday and Sunday, i.e. wraps, sandwiches, sushi and rolls.
As always we need to cater for different dietary restrictions. We are wanting to keep the cost at around $10-15 per person per day. Can anyone suggest [...]
Not everyone likes coffee. It’s hard to believe I know, but I’ve met some of these people and when it comes to warm milky beverages, hot chocolate is often their go-to choice. But it is not a beverage reserved for the coffee haters only – hot chocolates are universally loved and as the weather cools down [...]
This week was a close call when it came to votes for Canberra’s best pasta. Apart from the unanimous agreement that Nonna’s pasta is always the best, there was little consensus amongst RiotACT readers about where to find quality pasta outside of Nonna’s kitchen.
There was a lot of love for Italian and Sons in Braddon. [...]
When I was at university I worked as an assistant at ACT Public Libraries. I looked forward to my shifts at Erindale with particular enthusiasm because at lunchtime I could follow the hordes of Erindale College students into the shopping centre and join the long queue at the bakery for a fresh sausage roll and [...]
In my family, pasta is eaten eight days a week – yes, eight. My Italian grandmother, or “Nonna” as I call her, has instilled in me a life-long love of this Italian staple. It’s versatile, delicious and oh so comforting.
Having Italian heritage means my standards are pretty high when it comes to pasta. For me, [...]
I must confess that I was pretty excited to be taste testing tacos for this week’s taste off. Tacos are my favourite and I rounded up a couple of very willing taco-loving friends to come along for the ride.
It was a close contest for Canberra’s best tacos. A few RiotACT readers suggested that Guzman y Gomez, [...]
Living close to the city, I am always looking for delicious breakfast spots; breakfast being one of my favourite meals.
A couple of months ago Loading Zone popped up as a recommended page on my Facebook. The photos drew me in straight away, and when I discovered it was run by an Italian family I immediately [...]
What do you do after a massive gym workout that’s left you shattered? Eat your calories back in Thai food, obviously. I took myself off to Zen Yai in Civic for a lunch time treat that’s a bit more interesting than your average salad.
Zen Yai is in a pretty accessible location in Civic situated in [...]