In the comments on my previous story about local shopping many commenters claimed that a single trip to a big supermarket provided the best prices throughout the cart.
I have journeyed through the markets, malls and local shopping centres, clipboard in hand, addressing quality but focusing on entry-level price points.
Shop around for cereal staples: supermarkets usually [...]
Locally grown cauliflowers are looking wonderful at the moment. I adore cauliflower with cheese sauce, but I’ve recently discovered a few other tasty things to do with cauliflower. It makes a great creamy soup, but my favourite is baked cauliflower. I think it’s amazing how different roasted cauliflower tastes to steamed or boiled cauliflower. Simply [...]
One of the premier events of the Truffle Festival for 2014 was the six-course degustation dinner at the Hyatt, matched with a range of Veuve Clicquot champagnes. It didn’t disappoint in any way shape or form.
The menu read like a wishful shopping list of luxurious ingredients:
Cream of Breton artichokes with truffles and fresh water [...]
After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]
I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service. Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.
The thing that really shone was the service. There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]
[ 26 July 2014 at 8:30 am; ]
The Capital Region Farmers Market will this weekend welcome a very special visitor, international celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, at the market this coming Saturday 26 July.
Antonio will tour the Market, do a book signing and take part in a cooking demonstration with Andrew Barr MLA from 8.30-10.30am.
Mr Carluccio is in town in July as the [...]
Calling for Canberra’s Best Burger drew the expected range in opinion, including an unexpected debate on the difference between a hamburger and a burger (apparently one is the posh type, the other a more grungy experience – who knew?).
The two most popular burgers according to you guys are Brodburger (Kingston) and London Burger [...]
I went along to a Truffle Festival lunch hosted at IBIS last Sunday to seek culinary inspiration from local Masterchef contestant Rishi Desai.
Rishi introduced us to the flavour of truffles by asking the group to compare a ‘truffled’ omelette with a regular one. It was an interesting test and quick way to [...]
Are you going to the Capital Region Farmers Market this weekend? I sure am. My favourite beef producer, Gilmore Braes Heritage Beef, has added New Zealand ‘oca’ yams to their range. These nutritious little root vegetables look a bit like legless witchetty grubs but heavens they taste great! I’m going to buy another handful, boil [...]
We had a broad range of nominations for Best pizza in Canberra, from the local Crust options (reliable, reasonably priced, easy etc.) through to the more gourmet options, with some inclusions of local takeaways.
The two that proved the most consistently popular were Zucchini Brothers in Chisholm and Pizza Gusto in Braddon.
We went with a standard [...]
This week Villi Fulivai, executive chef at Chez Frederic is sharing his favourite recipe.
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana tortellini w Beurre Blanc sauce
Pumpkin, Feta and Sultana Tortellini
1 kg of butternut pumpkin peeled and seeded
200 grams of persian feta
100 grams of sultanas
20 grams of sea salt flakes
5 mLs of lemon juice
Cut butternut pumpkin in half and seed.
Pizza and burgers are all well and good if that’s what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you need something a little more exotic to fill that gaping space in your tummy.
For our third ‘Best of Canberra’ post, we’re asking for the best place to get a Laksa.
That steaming bowl of spice-y, noodle-y, [...]
A question asked by a lot of my single friends and if you’ve lived in Canberra long enough you’d know that certain night spots have reputations as to the type of men they attract.
In case you didn’t know or it’s been so long since you’ve been on the dating scene, let me help you.
Mooseheads is [...]
I started the Truffle Festival with a visit to the newly opened eatery Chez Frederic (on the former site of Cafe pronto).
We had been promised a 3 course wine menu and were pleasantly surprised to learn of a 4th entrée – Frederic’s signature home made ravioli.
Initially we were greeted by Frederic (the inspiration for the [...]
Wily Trout is the wine label of Poacher’s Pantry. The fruit is all estate grown and nurtured with feeling and talent. The wine making is managed by William Bruce who oversees the efforts and travails of the wine making team.
Poacher’s Pantry is only a short drive from Canberra, a few minutes west of Hall nestled [...]
Do you go to one of Canberra’s farmers’ markets? As far as I’m concerned, Saturday morning at the Capital Region Farmers Market in EPIC is the best thing about Canberra. We are very blessed to have such high quality produce available each week, bringing a wide array of locally produced fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, eggs, [...]
The red caravan has found a new home after 2.5 years:) BrodDogs we will be located at Westfield Belconen … Top Carpark near the entrance to fernwood and outback jacks.
I for one welcome the chance to wait 45 minutes for something that should take no more than 5 minutes
In coming weeks, a number of Canberra Chefs will be sharing their favourite recipes with us.
The first of these recipes comes from Brad Warton, Executive Head Chef at Parlour Wine Room. Previous to this role, Brad was the sous chef at award winning and one of Australia’s top 5 restaurant, Tractor in [...]
It was an apparent temperature of -0.4 degrees at 8pm on Saturday night, but that did not stop the Official Australian Launch of MOKAÏ Cider from heating up.
An exclusive event held at Meche nightclub Canberra, saw MOKAÏ Cider in association with Mussen launch the drink and fashion of winter 2014.
The first impression was Campo, otherwise known as Terry Campese, Raiders Captain personally handing out bottles [...]
If Truffles take your fancy this weekend, here are a few options to sample the local delights.
Chez Frederic Truffle Experience dinner is this Saturday night, 5th July. The evening starts at 7pm with Chef Frederic providing a presentation all about truffles, their origin etc. and it sounds like last week’s dinner was a huge hit. They will also be [...]
In the last few years Canberra really has become a place where you can have a fun an interesting date, with Winter being probably one of the most interesting times of the year.
As a city we’re starting to more embrace Winter activities rather than expect people to retreat into their houses and emerge for the [...]
I’m on the hunt for some bakkwa, a Chinese salty dried meat similar to jerky. Also called Rougan popular among Singaporeans.
Last time i was able to have some was in Sydney and being a Hispanic person i couldn’t remember the name of this delicious treaty until i did some extensive googling.
If anyone could give [...]
I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is [...]
Ah Sauvignon Blanc! It reminds me of Summer down the South coast NSW, having lunch next to the Clyde river. Or driving from Bermagui to Tathra, (one the best drives on the coast) along the way stopping into to buy some pristine oysters from Nelson lakes at Mimosa Rocks then stopping at one Bermagui’s [...]