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Best of Canberra taste off – Vegetarian

By 14 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Most cafes and restaurants in Canberra are pretty good for vegetarians, serving up at least one or two options for those in our community who choose to not eat meat.
Sometimes, however, being a vegetarian can just get awkward. I’m sure other vegetarians can attest to the experience of ordering a “chicken burger without the [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Silo Bakery & Cafe, Kingston

By 12 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Often hailed as the best bakery in town, Silo Bakery and Cafe is a bit of a Canberra institution when it comes to pastries, artisan breads and a more than decent breakfast or lunch.
Located on Giles Street in Kingston, the small shopfront is instantly recognisable with its orange chequered tiles and few tables scattered out the front. [...]

Cheap eats – Saigon Southland Hot Bake (Mawson)

By 9 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The latest Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide was announced this week. And while it proves Canberra has no shortage of fine restaurants, I’d argue that we do cheap and cheerful pretty well too. 
From bakeries to street food vendors, most Canberra shopping centres have heaps of inexpensive lunch options. I combined the two this week when I visited [...]

Pop-up street food coming to the Old Bus Depot Markets

By 9 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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[ 13 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Canberra’s pop-up food craze shows no signs of slowing down, with pop-up street food area The Slab opening at the Old Bus Depot Markets this weekend.
From the Old Bus Depot Markets media team:

Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot markets, will this weekend launch their brand new pop up street food area, The Slab.
“We’re expanding [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve been writing the Best of Canberra series for a while now and you may or may not have noticed that I’m actually a vegetarian. Never fear, I always do my best to bring along one of the meat eaters in my life to give you a balanced view and keep the carnivores out there [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Burritos

By 7 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Morning, noon or night, I always love a good burrito. Yes, even in the morning – breakfast burritos are definitely a thing. We actually had a vote come in specifically for the breaky burrito from Sweet Bones in Braddon. If you’re not yet acquainted with this phenomenon, I recommend you get on the bandwagon.
Speaking of [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Sweet Bones, Braddon

By 5 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hey team! Bec here, filling in for Sophia while she’s off on holidays. Hanging out in cute cafes is probably my number one pastime, so feel free to grab a cuppa, kick back and join me for this weekend’s cafe hot spot.
Sweet Bones has been kicking around the trendy Braddon precinct for a little while now. Originally [...]

Cheap eats – Global Cafe (Civic)

By 2 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’d heard of Global Cafe before but had never been there or even noticed it in the street until recently. It’s tucked in between the late night pharmacy and the Jolimont Centre on Northbourne Avenue, and despite having been to both those places about a billion times I still hadn’t spotted Global Cafe.
When I arrived [...]

Best of Canberra – Burritos

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Burritos are seriously the best. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner or even a cheeky snack, a good burrito will always hit the spot.
My favourite thing about burritos is their versatility. You can be healthy and skip the cheese or you can go the whole hog with double meat, cheese and sour cream. If you like [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Chinese

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It seems RiotACT readers love Chinese food just as much as I do. There were more than 35 different Chinese restaurants that got a mention after this week’s call out for Canberra’s best Chinese food. The list included Dickson Dumpling House, Tak Kee Roast Inn and Jimmy’s Place in Dickson; Bambusa in Manuka; Wild Duck [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Trevs @ Dickson

By 29 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A group of girlfriends and I try to have monthly dinners. We are so busy with our individual lives that this seems to be the best way for us to catch up – by planning a whole month ahead! We each take turns at organize a dinner and choosing a different venue; depending on the [...]

Behind the scenes – Burmese Curry Place

By 27 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Burmese Curry Place is a bit of a Canberra institution. It always has a line out the door at lunchtime and is easily one of my favourite feeds.
I’ve been coming here for years and thought it was finally time to sit down with the owners and find out how Mi-Mee and Nai (pictured above, left [...]

Cheap eats – Oscar’s Bakery Cafe (University of Canberra)

By 26 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve spent a bit of time at the University of Canberra over the past few weeks. I was a student at UC a few years ago, and it’s interesting to see what’s changed since I left.
There is student accommodation where there used to be car parks. There are boom gates where it used to be free parking, and [...]

Best of Canberra – Chinese

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chinese food is an old favourite of mine – I grew up going to Chinese restaurants and slurping down chicken and corn soup by the bucket. Needless to say, I’m a little more adventurous these days.
It’s been a little while since we’ve looked at international cuisines and this week I’m on the hunt for Canberra’s [...]

First look – Joe’s Bar, East Hotel

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Joe’s Bar at East Hotel has only been open for a few weeks, but it’s already established itself as a cosy venue with a big Italian heart – and very good food. 
Brother and sister team Dan and Dion Bisa own Joe’s Bar, as well as East Hotel where the bar is located. They say Joe’s [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Delicatessen

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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You know those people that walk into a shop and spend most of their time repeating phrases like, “Oh wow, look at this!”
That’s me when I find myself inside a good delicatessen. And when I do, I could spend hours deliberating over whether to get this feta or that feta, stuffed green olives or [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Italian Continental Bakery, Mawson

By 22 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So many people have told me how wonderful the Italian Continental Bakery is in Mawson, especially for cronuts, Italian donuts and connoli. When I heard that they also serve breakfast and lunch, I thought I would check it out for this week’s hot spot.
You can definitely tell that this bakery is owned by old school [...]

Canberra’s top 10 restaurants for 2015 revealed

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT’s top 10 restaurants have been unveiled at The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards held last night in Sydney. The ACT results are:

Monster
Aubergine
Eightysix
Temporada
Italian & Sons
 Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate
Capitol Bar & Grill
Akiba
Sage
Ottoman Cuisine

Monster (79) and Aubergine (91) also featured in the top 100 restaurants nationally.
“The overall standard in this country, whether it’s in cafés, bars, casual eateries [...]

Cheap eats – Transit Bar (Civic)

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I saw an advertisement online recently for a $10 pizza and soft drink lunch special at Transit Bar in the city. I hadn’t been to Transit Bar before, so I immediately jumped at the offer.
My partner and I went there on Saturday for lunch, but when I first told him where we were going he [...]

Best of Canberra – Delicatessen

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Canberra cafe haikus – trust me, they’re a thing

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Hole-in-the-wall cafe

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Tupelo, Civic

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

The sweetest Father’s Day gift idea you’ll read about today – The Candy Shop

By 13 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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, [...]

Sausages: History, Mystery, Mastery (book launch)

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 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!
The [...]

Cheap eats – Duatti (Woden)

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t usually venture into shopping malls for Cheap Eats reviews but I thought I’d make an exception this week for Duatti, a cafe inside Westfield Woden. Duatti has been around for almost a year now but it seems many people still don’t know about it. The friend I met up for lunch with had [...]

Best of Canberra – Hole-in-the-wall cafe

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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.
This [...]

Canberra mum Samantha White finalist in National AusMumpreneur Awards

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Schnitzel

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

First look – The Well

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Maple + Clove, Barton

By 8 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last weekend we had some friends stay at Hotel Realm, so when it came time for breakfast it was a choice between the hotel buffet or Maple + Clove. I had heard a lot about Maple + Clove – it’s a wholefoods café marketed as honest, nourishing and above all, delicious natural goodness to power [...]

New Indian street food on Mort Street?

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Was walking down Mort Street the other week and noticed a new Indian Street food store was opening where the ACT Chook Shed was. Was hoping someone could tell me the name of it and if it has opened yet?

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