Growing up with Italian heritage, I have a certain appreciation for a good delicatessen. How hot is that salami? Do you slice it fresh? What are those olives marinated in? How fresh is that ricotta cheese? These are all questions I have learned to ask whenever I walk into my local deli.
What makes a good [...]
I love seeing original, creative ideas – particularly when they’re local.
I was alerted to an instagram account recently, @canberracafehaiku. The name pretty much sums it up – it’s an account dedicated to humorous haikus about Canberra cafes.
A photo posted by Canberra Cafe Haiku (@canberracafehaiku) on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:09am PDT
The cafes featured are mostly [...]
Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best hole-in-the-wall cafe and votes came in for a few places around town.
An honourable mention should go out to Kindle Cafe, which got the most votes but, in my opinion, doesn’t qualify as a hole-in-the-wall. As such it wasn’t included in this week’s taste off, but [...]
Tupelo opened its doors near the Civic interchange earlier this year. Ever since then, everyone’s been talking about the little coffee shop in the city with furniture made from pallets and milk crates.
People kept saying how amazing and creative it was that this café was created using up-cycled materials. That’s awesome! But I wondered, was [...]
Whether it’s sherbet bombs, big boss cigars, now-politically-correct fads or American candy corn, everyone has a favourite childhood lolly that’s almost impossible to find in supermarkets.
But forget trawling old-fashioned lolly shops in country towns in search of a single packet of mint patties. There’s a new way to satisfy your retro sugar cravings.
The Candy Shop, [...]
[ 15 August 2015 at 11:00 am; ]
Canberra is set to get hooked on snags as local butcher David Peddle launches his book Sausages: History, Mystery, Mastery.
The book will be launched on Saturday August 15 from 11am-2pm at Cooking Coordinates at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. You can see David cook his legendary kangaroo and beer sausages – and then try them!
It’s a pretty well known fact that Canberra has more than its fair share of cafes. Everyday I join the rest of Canberra’s coffee lovers (and let’s face it, that’s most people) in the line at my local cafe to grab a takeaway caffeine fix before work or at morning tea, or sometimes even both.
You’ve heard of green smoothies in jars. Ice cream sundaes in jars. Even layered salads in jars. But you might not have heard of cakes in jars – a concept that has earned Canberra mum-of-three Samantha White a finalist’s spot in the 2015 National AusMumpreneur Awards.
The public servant turned cake extraordinaire says she’s made over [...]
Last week I put the call out to find Canberra’s best schnitzel, or schnitty, as it’s often called.
Nominations came in for Schnitzel Haus, the RUC in Barton, Capital Golf Club and Zierholz, but the two most popular candidates were the Dickson Tradies and the Austrian Club. So I took to the streets to taste off one [...]
The University of Canberra has a new go-to watering hole, and its name is The Well.
The student-built, student-run bar popped up during the winter term, and welcomed the start of O week with a bang last week.
The establishment opened its doors to an influx of students and Canberra creatives of all types for its official [...]
When it comes to dining precincts, it’s well known that Lonsdale Street is one of Canberra’s top food hubs. But won’t someone please think of the rest of Braddon!
Let’s spare a thought for Mort Street and Elouera Street, which also house a number of quality restaurants. Here are my five favourites, to prove that there is plenty of [...]
For this week’s cheap eats I wanted to find somewhere that was cheap all the time, seven days a week, as opposed to an establishment that has a lunch special Monday to Friday. This took me back to an old favourite of many Canberrans: Griffith Vietnamese.
I have known of this place since moving to Canberra [...]
Before we head out for breakfast on a Saturday morning, I check Facebook to see if anyone is talking about a new breakfast spot. Facebook is handy like that.
Because we live in the city, we tend to frequent the same places so it’s really convenient to turn to social media for new suggestions. I have [...]
The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]
[ 31 July 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Pizza Hut stores across Canberra and Queanbeyan will tonight donate five per cent of sales between 6pm and 8pm to Communities@Work’s social programs.
Make it a fun night for you and friends or family by grabbing a pizza for dinner.
Pizza Hut is proudly partnering with Communities@Work’s Social Programs, who provide food and essential items to those most vulnerable [...]
QT Canberra’s Capitol Bar & Grill and Lucky’s Speakeasy will next month introduce new menus – the first since they opened their doors. Ryan Johnstone went for a first look.
I was invited to preview Lucky’s Speakeasy’s new cocktail list, followed by an evening sampling dishes from Capitol Bar & Grill’s current and new menus.
Beginning the night in [...]
Patissez in Manuka is probably the most famous café in Canberra, and maybe even one of the most famous in Australia, after receiving international media coverage in the last few weeks. Most of this attention is attributed to its freakshow milkshakes.
Small business success on this scale does not just happen. There is no luck involved. Anna Petridis [...]
A couple of weeks ago RiotACT contributor Bec Cuzzillo put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls. Café D’Lish and Autolyse were the two most popular contenders, but The Blue Olive in Civic wasn’t far behind.
I was curious. Those who voted for The Blue Olive’s sandwiches did so with an enthusiasm that you [...]
A thumping headache, a dry mouth and dizzy spells – all signs that last night consisted of one too many tequila shots or a little too much gin.
Despite what you might think about the existence of a hangover cure, there are some foods that you just crave when you’re in that post-alcohol state. Whether it’s [...]
After last week’s call out, there are two possible scenarios for Canberra’s winter dessert situation. Either, there aren’t many places that serve warm desserts, or the cold weather doesn’t bother RiotACT readers who are all happy to eat ice cream in sub-zero temperatures. Either way, the top two nominations for best winter desserts in Canberra were Koko [...]
There’s nothing like a spicy laksa to warm you from head to toe on a cold, rainy, Canberra day.
Baan Latsamy in Manuka is one of my favourite lunch spots, and I get the same thing every time I go – chicken laksa. It’s always consistent and delicious. The head chef and co-owner of the restaurant, Latsamy, [...]
Winter in Canberra? Forget about the waistline.
For me, when the weather regularly hits sub-zero overnight, all bets are off when it comes to comfort food, particularly the sweet stuff. In my opinion, there isn’t much that beats a warm decadent dessert to take the chill off a cold winter’s night.
This week I am looking for [...]
Good quality bread and fresh ingredients are the makings of a great fresh sandwich or roll. This is what I was looking for when I put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls last week.
When it came to the votes, a number of cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops got a nomination. Cafe D’Lish [...]
[ 31 July 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
At the end of this month, Nepalese restaurant The Hungry Buddha will celebrate its fourth birthday.
To mark the occasion, owners Lachhu Thapa and Ben Richardson are hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday 31 July 2015. All revenue collected from the restaurant on this night will go towards supporting porters and guides doing it tough as a [...]
If it’s been a while since your last visit to Old Parliament House, here’s a good reason to add it to your to-do list.
Old Parliament House’s Terrace Café is now open for business. Serving handmade breakfast dishes, pastries and savoury meals, the café is the ideal location for sharing a sweet treat or sipping a [...]