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Local Chef Recipe Series – Black Calamari by Brad Warton Parlour Wine Room

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Official Launch of MOKAÏ Cider

By 7 July 2014
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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 [...]

Truffle Mad in the Capital this weekend

By 4 July 2014
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If Truffles take your fancy this weekend, here are a few options to sample the local delights.
Chez Frederic
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 [...]

Bright Lights – Date City

By 4 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – The Indo Cafe

By 2 July 2014
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The Indo is a bit of an institution. It has been around for years and at peak lunch hours you will always see a line out the door.
Located in the quadrangle under the Waldorf Hotel, it’s a poky place that discourages eat in. Driven purely by the takeaway trade, the staff are happy and [...]

Finding Bakkwa

By 1 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi folks,
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 [...]

Unfunction

By 27 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

2013 Longview Whippet Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

By 27 June 2014
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra – Pizza to go

By 26 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When I was backpacking in Italy (it sounds romantic, but I never want to see a hostel again…), I consumed pretty close to my body weight in pizza. It was so good – light crisp crusts and simple but perfectly prepared toppings. All generally washed down with a cheap and non-descript carafe of [...]

Left wanting at Bent Spoke

By 26 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last week I dragged a few friends along to Bent Spoke Brewery.  When I say dragged, what I really mean is that I hinted at wanting to check out some new beers and they all heartily agreed.  That’s the thing about beer drinkers – unlike wine quaffers – they are pretty happy to drink beer [...]

Cheap eats Series 1 – Monster Kitchen and Bar

By 20 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The opening of Hotel Hotel’s new bar restaurant, Monster Kitchen and Bar has been generating some buzz around town. I must admit that I had assumed that Monster would likely be a bit high on the $$ for cheap eats, as with many of Canberra’s newest hot spots, but I was pleasantly surprised.
For lunch I tried the Banh [...]

Where’s the Ladies? Uninspiring Yum Cha at the Dumpling Inn

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We usually have our reviews written within 24 hours of our dining experience. It’s now day 4 since our Dumpling Inn experience and none of us are fighting to get to the laptop.
On Saturday we checked out Yum Cha at the Dumpling Inn, Jamison. We thought we would wade into the debate on where to [...]

Dessert Fit For A King

By 16 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra’s newest casual eatery, Dessert Castle, opens its doors to the public today.
 
The owners have spent the better part of a year creating a themed venue that lives up to its regal namesake, with stone walls, chandeliers, creeping ivy and an archway leading into the seating area.
 
The menu is extensive; with co-founder Chuan Wong explaining [...]

Carlo Tosolini reviews a serious Red

By 12 June 2014
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Its a cold start to the week in Canberra and there isn’t a better time to start reaching for the heavier reds. Because of my love for shiraz I have chosen the 2008 d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz, Wow! Last Week I was in McLaren Vale and I visited the d’Arenberg winery which is an [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – The Coffee Grounds ANU

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A mate asked me to meet him at the ANU as he wanted me to try out the campus café, The Coffee Grounds. I must admit that I did not have high expectations of a café on a university campus as I had envisioned being surrounded by students and eating boring food in a daggy [...]

The Bent Spoke Brewery – Opening weekend draws a crowd

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It has been the talk ‘of the town’ for a few weeks, so what better way to the start of a long weekend by checking out the Bent Spoke Brewery. Master brewer, Richard Watkins and partner Tracy Margrain (both formerly of Wig and Pen) have hit the ground running with their brewpub in Braddon.
On Friday [...]

Local wine series – Mount Majura Vineyard

By 10 June 2014
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Over the hill, just a few minutes away from Canberra City, set on the north eastern slopes of Mt. Majura, sits a vineyard and winery of quality with a very local and distinct character… Mount Majura Vineyard.
All the wines are crafted from grapes grown on the property. Every vintage is unique reflecting the season and [...]

Quick Meals in the Inner South

By 6 June 2014

I’m lucky enough to work in an area that is renowned for its cafe scene. Searching for a car park might feel a bit like Survivor: Automobiles, but the food culture of the Manuka and Kingston precincts is worth it. The inner south boasts a plethora of cafes and restaurants dotted around half a dozen [...]

Clandestine meetings (and good food) at The Wild Duck

By 5 June 2014
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When Malcolm Turnbull and Clive Palmer were caught in the sparkly flash of a camera after a meeting that may or may not have been about senate power or potential leadership undercurrents in the Liberal Party, I was intrigued.  Not so much about the topics of conversation (I wouldn’t have denied an opportunity to be [...]

The Kingston Foreshore – Canberra’s new dining district?

By 5 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In Canberra it is commonplace for the newest establishments to be flooded by locals making it difficult to sample the delights of the Nations Capital’s newest eateries and bars for months. However, visiting the Kingston Foreshore for a meal provides to be an eerily quiet experience. Possibly being compared to its ‘flashy’ Sydney cousin, Darling [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – PappaRich

By 4 June 2014
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For today’s cheap eats I thought I’d go and check out the newly opened PappaRich in the Canberra centre.
Now if you haven’t been to a PappaRich before (there are a few in Melbourne and other states) then you wouldn’t know about their bizarre ordering system. You are firstly seated at a table (one I felt [...]

Where’s the Ladies? Seeking culinary pleasure at The Cupping Room

By 3 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When ‘The Cupping Room’ was suggested as a brunch venue for our latest review, there was a suitable amount of tittering among the group.  We thought we were pretty clever (sometimes we are…), but as we read through the menu we realised it had been said before and ‘no, it is not in reference to [...]

Free Bondi Chai Latte June 4th

By 2 June 2014
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Come along and warm up with a FREE cup of Bondi Chai Latte.
When: Wednesday 4th June
Where:The Coffee Grounds, Building 19, ANU Sport and Recreation Centre, ANU.
See map for direction.

Tilley’s Devine Cafe

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In a desperate attempt to capitalise on my final day of holidays and get some university work out of the way I’ve come down to Tilley’s for breakfast. Armed with a small stack of textbooks and my laptop, I’ve got an entire booth to myself.
It’s Sunday morning – the place is packed, inside and out. [...]

Whisky Live Canberra

By 29 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I wish I was a whisky drinker. It seems like such a sophisticated thing, to hold a heavy glass in your hand with golden liquid slinking its way around the bottom. It feels like it would insert an element of NY gangster into my work at home life.
So to all you whisky drinkers [...]

Cooking for Blokes

By 29 May 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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My husband was a great cook when I met him.  Sadly – 10 years later, 3 kids and the chaos of life (which generally involves me cooking) he seems to have lost the skill, which puts us into that age old whirlpool of ‘it’s easier to just do it myself than run through the step [...]

Tuesday Night Trivia?

By 27 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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People of Canberra!
My trivia group is looking for a new place to participate in Trivia on Tuesday evenings? Preferably somewhere with good food and an early finish so we can eat and play at the same time!
Is there anywhere people can recommend? In the city would be ideal!

Soulfood Kitchen – a review

By 27 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Friday nights can sometimes leave one wondering what to cook for dinner. It’s the end of the week, you’re tired, don’t want to make a big fuss in the kitchen, but need to feed a hungry family who might not be happy with my choice of an lowly omelette. That was just the case in [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – Treehouse

By 27 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For our second cheap eats, I tried Treehouse on Northbourne Avenue. Already a rising star in the nigh club space, Treehouse is trying its hand at lunches.
I had expectations of pub type meals – tapas put together by a kid chef. However, owner Mike Kadinski has hired two chefs with solid restaurant backgrounds and the [...]

Cheap eats series 1 – Autolyse and Autolyse Juice

By 20 May 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome to the 1st in the new series of cheap eats. In our previous series, which you can find in the archives, “cheap” was defined as “under $10″. Moving forward our definition will be less rigorous, including options a few dollars over that budget where we see fantastic value.
Our 1st review in this series is [...]

Tusmo Cafe in Forde

By 16 May 2014

I booked a table at Tusmo in Forde for Mother’s Day; I’d been looking forward to going there since learning they serve all free range meat and local produce.
Most tables were full, but it wasn’t incredibly busy. Nevertheless, we waited 20 mins before asking the owner to take our drinks order, then waited another long [...]

Manuka awash with Sushi

By 16 May 2014
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Manuka now has a real choice if you’re into sushi. Five sushi stores are now open and trading in the Inner south suburb. We have the iconic Mee’s which to me will always be my favourite. I highly rate the chicken schnitzel and prawn cutlet rolls!

A close second is the newly and locally created Sushi [...]

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