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January 2014 food reviews

By 1 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
January 2014 food reviews

2014 is off to a good start – here are some of my January foodie adventures.
Brunch
I headed to the recently opened Mrs Sackville at the Kingston Foreshore. It’s not along the lakefront, but faces the Bus Depot markets. The small café offers homey and simple food in a quiet spot on the Foreshore. Prices range [...]

regional excursions for dining

By 30 January 2014

i thought i’d trawl the riotous hive mind for some food for thought.  my family has a significant milestone this year and we are considering clumping together, a rare event, and go somewhere nice for a meal and perhaps an overnight stay (there’s the folks and three [proper old] kids, mebbe a partner or two [...]

Blackberry picking plans

By 29 January 2014

Having moved to ACT 18 months ago, I’m keen to take the family out for first season of Blackberry picking soon.
Hoping some RIOTees could assist with:

Best time to pick (I have to organise sister in law to travel from Sydney for the weekend to assist)
Best place to pick this season
Do I need to weak snake [...]

George Gregan bringing his brand back home

By 14 January 2014

One has to admire the way that George Gregan surveyed the post-retirement world, realised that coffee concessions in large office blocks are a licence to print money, and used his star power to wow board room fanboys into giving him those concessions.
Hospitality Magazine informs us that the big guy (where it matters, so we hear) [...]

Where have all the cherries gone?

By 13 January 2014

I am looking to source a heap of cherries, but I haven’t seen any of the roadside guys for a while. I also checked the fresh life in Tuggeranong today and they didnt have any at all.
I did read that the yield was low this year, but I think they are still in seasons.
Has [...]

Breizh at Ainslie. It’s hard to review what you cannot eat

By 13 January 2014

Breizh Cafe at Ainslie shops promises to bring “Treasures from Brittany” but treasure is rarely easy to come by and at Breizh it’s harder than it should be.
Last week we rolled in around 11.30 to be told the kitchen would not be re-opening until 12.
By the time we’d looked at a menu, ordered orange juice [...]

Satis at Watson. Brunch review

By 13 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Satis at Watson. Brunch review

Satis at Watson shops is an excellent place to drag your hangover for weekend brunch.
The exterior is a touch pokey, around a dog-leg from the IGA, but inside it is cool, inviting, and very dim.
There is an extensive wine rack, there are around 10 spirits and three of them are gin (Hendricks, Bombay, and Tanqueray [...]

Campos Coffee in Civic? Or just some decent decaff?

By 7 January 2014

Does anyone know where I can get a cup of Campos Coffee in Civic? We have a love affair, and I haven’t had a good cup of joe in a very long time.
Or perhaps you can suggest somewhere this pregnant lady can get a decent decaff in this town. Harvest didn’t do it for [...]

Final 2013 foodie adventures

By 1 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Final 2013 foodie adventures

2013 has whizzed by and there have been many worthy newcomers to the Canberra food scene. Here are my last reviews for 2013.
Brunch
I was excited to try out The Cupping Room, a new venture by Ona Coffee. The place was packed but it didn’t take long to get in. I had trouble deciding what to [...]

Belconnen lake-front eateries

By 29 December 2013

I’m wondering what other RiotACT-ers feel about the atmosphere and functionality/appeal of the waterfront eateries strip along Emu Bank in Belconnen. Went there yesterday late afternoon and, granted, I was hoping for a pleasant drink and perhaps a quick bite at the Lighthouse which disappointingly turned out to be closed.
But in wandering about considering the [...]

Cafés open this time of year in Canberra?

By 27 December 2013

Driving about Fyshwick on Monday and Tuesday, the only two places that were open and served a reasonable coffee had queues out the door.  
The difficult thing this time of year is to know who is actually open outside of the big shopping centres.  
Any rioters have tips on the decent suburban venues that trade [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

Coffee Bitch #92 Uro Coffee, Batemans Bay

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Coffee Bitch #92 Uro Coffee, Batemans Bay

A rainy day at the Bay finds me perusing the second hand espresso machines
and snorting roasting aromas while I wait, not too long, for my coffee.
Uro really lifted the game at the Bay with small volume roasting, and repairs and sales of home espresso machines.
Slow to pick up, it is now quite busy with a [...]

A. Baker’s New Years all about the food and the booze

By 16 December 2013

Acton’s A. Baker have emailed us their New Year’s plans and I have to admit I’m thinking it would do for me and Goosepig nicely:
A. Baker is holding a ticketed event this New Year’s Eve, celebrating food and wine from the Canberra region.
From 7pm-1am A. Baker will be offering a 10 course grazing menu matched [...]

The Arboretum, for all your festive needs

By 12 December 2013

TAMS want us to know that be it Advent or New Year’s Eve the National Arboretum wants your business:
How would you like to celebrate the New Year from one the best vantage points in Canberra? The National Arboretum Canberra will ring in 2014 in style with the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby.
“The official [...]

Coffee Bitch #91 Central Cafe, Gungahlin

By 11 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Coffee Bitch #91 Central Cafe, Gungahlin

The kind of glitzy suburban yik where vynol and laminex rule.
(well it is a shopping mall).
All smiles and service however the coffee takes seven minutes to arrive at my table, which is up there with the slowpoke champions.
And no they weren’t busy.
Central is located on one corner of the mall, very busy with shoppers; with [...]

Renting a commercial kitchen in Canberra?

By 10 December 2013

I am starting up a small event catering business selling my home grown pork and so far have done all of the cooking at the venue.
This is proving too hard for a couple of things and my home kitchen isn’t suitable and will need far too many modifications to meet food hygiene standards, [...]

So what happened to Urban Food?

By 9 December 2013

I went there on Friday to see a sign that read “Closed until further notice.”
Does anybody know why it closed down and when it will be open again?

Coffee Bitch #90 Me and Mrs Jones, Kingston

By 4 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Coffee Bitch #90 Me and Mrs Jones, Kingston

It takes about a year to get my coffee.
No not really but they fail the three minute test.
A nice roast though.
Deep, woody, mocca, rich.
Alive on the tongue.
Though not strictly a cafe, I’m here because it’s night.
Cafes are thin on the ground.
You can treat this venue as a cafe, day or night, and it does a [...]

November foodie adventures

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
November foodie adventures

Lots of new restaurants and cafes opened up in November. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but I’ll get there eventually. Here are some of my foodie adventures for the month.
Brunch
I tried the eggs benedict at the newly opened European in Kingston which were satisfying, particularly on a thick slice of bread from Autolyse. [...]

Gozleme Cafe on London Circuit

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Gozleme Cafe on London Circuit

This just in from RFS:
Dear Sir,
I noticed that when I alerted the RiotACT masses to the imminent arrival off The Imperial Cupping Room there was some discontent. Some of your readers were of the opinion that this part of Civic was still deficient in regards to cafes. Said individuals will be pleased to learn that [...]

Coffee Bitch #89, Two before Ten, Civic

By 27 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Coffee Bitch #89, Two before Ten, Civic

Two good things with this very busy coffee place; it’s open at 7am, and they roast coffee.
However, not much point roasting your own if your going to burn the milk.
There is a spacious open kitchen feel to this venue with glass folding back down one whole side of the cafe, over a bar cafe style [...]

Free coffee at the Imperial Cupping Room

By 26 November 2013
Free coffee at the Imperial Cupping Room

The Imperial Cupping Room has promised to one of our snouts on the street that they’re giving away free coffee tomorrow. Get thee down the the corner of University Ave and London Circuit if another free stuff event is your thing!
For all our roving reporters though we have this very important advice from Cracked (advice [...]

Any Good *Delivered* Pizza in Canberra?

By 26 November 2013

Is there anywhere left in Canberra that makes and delivers good pizza?
To clarify, Dominos and Pizza Hut are both abominations. And Crust is not that far removed from the garbage served by Dominos and Pizza Hut.
Good Pizza is something assembled by a 60+ year old man from the old country; for example, the pizza from [...]

BBQ backdown on the food safety act

By 21 November 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has stepped outside the Assembly doors and announced she’s amending the food safety act to exempt temporary food stalls selling low risk food.
There’s no formal announcement and I’m not allowed to share the audio I have, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

East Bar and Grill curries. $10 lunch review

By 21 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
East Bar and Grill curries. $10 lunch review

Finally! A great curry lunch option in Civic!
East Bar and Grill is a new player on East Row in the bus interchange just down from the Phoenix.
At first glance it is not promising.
The decor is “early 90s night club”, the staff while well intentioned are hilariously inept, the noise/music is too loud, and there are [...]

Coffee Bitch #88 mogo cafe, two beans

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Coffee Bitch #88 mogo cafe, two beans

Daringly called “Cafe” this place can be found at the turn off to Broulee at Mogo.
For a longtime this was a junkyard next to the creek with a sign that promised a non existant Cafe. Now a cafe does exist here and even proffers a passable brew.
I didn’t have to wait long for my coffee [...]

Jamies Italian Canberra. A restaurant review

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Jamies Italian Canberra. A restaurant review

Goosepig and her colleagues were going to the new Jamie’s Italian and I was able to tag along on their booking.
Despite my invite to the bloggers lunch somehow going missing I’ll admit to being somewhat intrigued despite never really taking to Jamie Oliver’s many televisual outings.
First impression was just how busy they are down there [...]

Scales on scales. Images of Canberra

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Scales on scales. Images of Canberra

Poetix has sent in this striking storefront in Dickson:
Just in case you like meat that comes in its own handbag. Photo taken in Dickson.
I have no idea if this is cheap.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

The Dickson Maggot Frenzy

By 17 November 2013

We’re not entirely sure how legit it may be, but there’s a lot of internet buzz going on around claims of maggots in the chicken from the Dickson KFC.
Putting Dickson on the map!

Restaurant review. Griffith Vietnamese

By 15 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Restaurant review. Griffith Vietnamese

Restaurant review – Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant
Rarely do I take the time to bother writing a review of a restaurant. I’ve made exception on occasion, usually for an exceptionally great dining experience. Tonight, unfortunately that is not the case.
My wife was tempted by a couple of positive reviews of this place on Yelp. This was our [...]

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