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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Finally! Since seeing the announcement that Smoque was opening a second restaurant in Woden I’ve been waiting! Even better was when they announced it would include a breakfast menu! I’ve been frothing at the mouth for months.
On Friday morning, during the first week it was open I was more than ready to put it to [...]
We want to make Parlour’s terrace the place to drink for Friday after-work drinks! We will be launching ‘Drinks on the Terrace’ today Friday 31st October which will also be our 1st Birthday. To celebrate we are joining up with Eden Road winery to create a pop-up bar which will stay with us throughout the [...]
With more than 28 Australian Craft Breweries along with many International Breweries from New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Belgium and Germany… it’s going to be a mighty ‘BEER DAY OUT’.
Canberra’s top restaurants will be providing street food stalls. There will be loads of entertainment from comedians and musicians.
‘BEER DAY OUT’… IT’S AN 18 [...]
As part of its tenth birthday celebrations this year, the Capital Region Farmers Market is launching its very own cookbook on Saturday 1 November 2014.
“This past year has been a big year of celebrations for us, and this cookbook really is the culmination of ten years of Farmers Market history,” said Vic Gibbons of the [...]
There seems to be a few unwritten rules about wait time etiquette in cafes and restaurants, rules for both the customers and the staff.
Over the weekend I went to a café for brunch with my partner. We ordered a drink each and a meal each. The staff member didn’t give any inclination there would be [...]
Whenever I think about milkshakes, my first reaction is to burst out singing “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard”, Kelis’ 2003 hit, “Milkshake”.
The famous shake has been around since 1885. In my Grandparents era (the 50′s), children would save their pocket money to buy a delicious, creamy, syrupy, ice-cold milkshake from their [...]
I’ve just moved to Canberra and quite like it… except for the take-away and home delivery choices (or at least those I’ve found so far).
Why does Pad Thai cost $16.50 (Lemon Grass)? In Sydney $12 is expensive. Same goes for Indian food… curries at $17-20 is a rip-off for take away. And why no decent kebabs in [...]
After trying out two cafes in Westfield Woden I thought it was time to put Westfield Belconnen to the test!
I have a friend that works at Westfield Belconnen and she immediately suggested Kingston & Co. It’s set inside the shopping centre, out the front of Target. I come to check it out on a Friday [...]