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 [...]
As always moving to a new city there are plenty of changes to get used to with East coast vs West coast living. And whilst most of the changes haven’t been too major- a couple of which I’ll address in the coming weeks, the first one that springs to mind, especially given last weekends spectacular weather [...]
When I came to Canberra in the mid-70s, dinner parties were very much a mainstay of the social scene, primarily amongst couples of course, but singles were included too, especially if there was someone the hosts thought you could be paired off with!
It’s not that there weren’t restaurants and clubs in those days (anyone remember [...]
The first spears of asparagus have arrived at the Capital Region Farmers Market!!! I have been waiting not so patiently for their arrival for weeks. It turns out they arrived two weeks earlier than last year. When I know it’s spring, I just think… asparagus. But I must be more patient and give the shoots [...]
After being left with a pretty bad impression of Cafe Gaudi, I was determined to find a decent cafe spot in Westfield Woden. While I understand Caffe Cherry Beans is a franchise, it’s still employing local people and if they can provide a better breakfast option than the local cafe in the same centre, who [...]
Went for a drive up Mount Stromlo over the weekend, thinking I would stop and have a coffee at Scope — but it appears to be closed.
Anyone know what happened there?
I think calamari is one of the most overlooked products from the sea. They catch a lot of it off the South Coast. You can buy it straight from the fisherfamily at the Capital Region Farmers Market on the weekend. They often catch it near Eden.
Narooma Seafood at the Capital Region Farmers’ Market
It’s very reasonably [...]
Got an anniversary coming up with your beloved? Want to go somewhere romantic with good food? It’s easy to go with the tried and true Canberra restaurants like Aubergine or Sage, although I suggest skipping the traditional choices and go for something a tad different, yet still romantic.
The key is to keep it understated while [...]
For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and generally eaten as breakfast or mid morning with coffee.
The two establishments to obtain the most nominations were Flute in Fyshwick (the winner [...]