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Food & Wine (1311 Stories)

First look – Tosolini’s Pop Up

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After 29 years in business, Tosolini’s restaurant in Civic closed in April this year. But the Tosolinis are back – this time with a pop up restaurant in the Italo Australia club bistro. Ryan Johnstone visited for a first look. 
From its humble beginnings as a corner coffee store, featuring food out of Mamma Valentina’s home [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Mocan & Green Grout, New Acton

By 18 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Staff in my office constantly debate the pronunciation of our local coffee shop, Mocan & Green Grout. What they never debate is the quality of Mocan’s food and coffee.
Having eaten there a number of times and making hundreds of coffee runs for my bosses, I would very much agree that the quality is good and [...]

Cheap eats – 38 Espresso (Kingston Foreshore)

By 15 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Kingston Foreshore might not be well known for its cheap eats, but it’s possible to find lunch for less than $15 – if you know where to look.
I bought my first apartment six months ago. The good thing is that it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Kingston Foreshore. The bad news is that I’d [...]

Best of Canberra – Fresh sandwiches and rolls

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I rarely buy my lunch when I’m at work during the week. I almost always take my lunch with me, but there are just some mornings when sleep is a bigger priority and there is no food in the fridge that I can throw together on my way out the door. On those days, I [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Fresh produce

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After last week’s call out for Canberra’s best fresh produce I did some research to find out which fruit and vegetables are currently in season in the Canberra region. Citrus is particularly big right now with lemons, oranges and mandarins at their best. On the vegetable side of things, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, English spinach, potatoes and [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Double Shot, Deakin

By 11 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last weekend I had heard that Locale, a new pizza place, was opening at the Deakin shops.
We thought it would be a great lunch option, only to discover upon arrival that Locale is only open for dinner. I knew I should have checked out the Facebook page before making the trip in, but will definitely be heading [...]

Review – Urban Bean Espresso Bar (Woden)

By 9 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you have ever found yourself in Woden around lunch time, you’ll understand that it’s not always easy to find somewhere delicious to eat.
Well, you can all now breathe a collective sigh of relief. Urban Bean Espresso Bar has stepped up its game under the watchful eye of the new head chef, Shane Johnson. While Urban Bean [...]

Cheap eats – Santa Lucia (Kingston)

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After my not-so-great cheap eats experience at Jamie’s Italian a few weeks ago, I was keen to get that big bowl of pasta I so badly wanted but for a reasonable price as well.
I decided to pay a visit to Santa Lucia in Kingston to check out their lunch special. I used to frequent Santa Lucia [...]

Does Canberra have too many coffee shops?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s no doubt Canberrans love their coffee. A new cafe pops up every five minutes, and research published by Roy Morgan earlier this year found that 68 per cent of us had visited a cafe for coffee in the last three months. This puts Canberra ahead of Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to the caffeine [...]

Best of Canberra – Fresh produce

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My dad grew up on an orange farm and has instilled in me a love for only the freshest and in season fruit and vegetables. There is just something so satisfying about biting into the first apple of the season or tossing a salad with crisp lettuce leaves and juicy fresh tomatoes.
Unfortunately, I think it [...]

Where can I find good coffee in Belconnen?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently started working in Belconnen and I’m yet to find a really great coffee shop nearby. Any suggestions?
I really liked Lava when I worked in Phillip, as well as Two Hands, ONA and Celestinos when I was in Fyshwick. Where in Belconnen serves up a comparable flat white?
All suggestions welcome.

Does anyone know what happened to Cafe Bamboo in Braddon?

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My wife and I had a favourite Chinese restaurant, Cafe Bamboo, on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It was forced to close as their building was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Does anyone know if the owner moved to a new location? I meant to ask but forgot, and when I walked by, it was [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Pub food

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Pub food is great winter food – hearty, down-to-earth and honest. When I go out for a pub meal, I’m looking for a comforting feed that won’t leave me hungry. This week’s taste off for Canberra’s best pub food definitely delivered in that department. 
Votes came in for pubs all over Canberra and the surrounding region, [...]

Swan Valley: One reason to make the trek over to WA

By 5 July 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hands up if you’ve heard of the Swan Valley. I hadn’t before last week, but now after getting a little taste for some of their food and wine, I certainly want to hear more. If you’re looking for a reason to make the trek over to the west coast, this is it.
Swan Valley is located [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Barrio, Braddon

By 4 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last weekend I shared my experience at Elemental and mentioned that I also stopped in at Barrio Collective Coffee, a few doors up. I wasn’t satisfied by my brief check-in last week so decided to stop in for breakfast.
We sat down to look over the menu and I really wasn’t sure what I felt like. [...]

Canberra’s number one work crew cafe

By 2 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We all know that energy needs fuel, your car or truck needs petrol, your home needs heating at this time of year especially using gas as energy, your office printer wouldn’t work without electricity.
Just like those devices, work crews around Canberra need to refuel their most precious asset – their human capital. And not just [...]

Cheap eats – Asian Noodle House (Tuggeranong)

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When it comes to value for money, you can do a lot worse than fill up on a big bowl of laksa. It’s cheap, the servings are gigantic and while a great laksa is always preferable to a mediocre one, even substandard laksa tends to taste okay.
If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s [...]

Best of Canberra - Pub food

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and getting a generous, well-priced counter meal at a pub.
Steaks, schnitzels, burgers or seafood – whatever your choice, a good pub feed is never regrettable. While it might not be the fanciest or healthiest of cuisines, when you order food at a pub, you are pretty [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Local wine

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I love a good wine tasting any day of the week no questions asked, but this weekend Canberra really turned on the weather and gave us the perfect conditions for a little wine tour of the region. 
When we put the call out for your favourite Canberra wine last week, a number of different wineries from across [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Elemental, Braddon

By 27 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I heard about Elemental, the new paleo eatery in Braddon, I was intrigued but also not in a huge rush to try it out. I’m a little bit over food trends, as they do seem to be everywhere right now.
However, I had heard health food store Naked Foods had opened in Braddon, and so last weekend [...]

Review – Grease Monkey, Braddon

By 25 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There is a time and place for quinoa, cold-pressed juices served in glass jars and so-called ‘bliss balls’ with ingredients like maca powder and activated almonds. Your first visit to Grease Monkey is not one of them.
Located on the corner of Lonsdale and Elouera Streets on a lot that used to be a mechanic’s workshop, [...]

Cheap eats – Gus’ (Civic)

By 24 June 2015
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Going with an oldie but a goodie for this week’s Cheap Eats. Gus’ in Civic was opened in the late 1960s and is one of the oldest cafes in Canberra. Looking at the menu I’m also reminded that Gus’ was also Canberra’s first outdoor cafe.
I really like Gus’. It’s extremely unpretentious, the food is simple [...]

Best of Canberra – Local wine

By 23 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I can think of no better way than to spend a Sunday hopping from cellar door to cellar door in and around Canberra, tasting wine and chatting to our local winemakers. This week’s taste off topic is one for the wine connoisseurs among us, as well as everyone else who just enjoys a good glass [...]

Tuggeranong’s Food Hub needs your support this winter

By 23 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra might have a reputation as an affluent city, but that doesn’t mean that everyone is well off – or well fed. We visited the Mura Lanyon Community Centre to find out more about its Food Hub program, and why it needs your support to make sure locals don’t go hungry this winter.
It was [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Indian

By 22 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We are now almost a month into winter and these colder Canberra nights call for hearty meals that warm you right up from the inside out. With colourful curries, rich sauces and enough chilli to get your blood pumping, Indian cuisine makes the perfect winter food. 
Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Monster Kitchen & Bar

By 20 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve been meaning to try Monster Kitchen and Bar since it opened in Hotel Hotel last year. I had heard mixed reviews and was keen to try it out for myself.
Working so close to Hotel Hotel, I really had no excuses left not to visit. So last week I made a date to check it out for breakfast.
Walking into Nishi, the [...]

If you love fungi and horse racing then this lunch is for you!

By 18 June 2015

[ 5 July 2015 at 12:30 pm; ] Thoroughbred Park has teamed up with 3seeds Chef Andrew Haskins to present a truffle lunch with a difference on Sunday 5 July.  A four-course truffle inspired luncheon prepared by Andrew and the talented catering team at Thoroughbred Park showcasing local growers Black Truffles of Canberra as well as a race day will keep even the [...]

Cheap eats – Kusina (Cooleman Court)

By 17 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Kusina at Cooleman Court serves up modern Filipino cuisine, is a hub for Canberra’s Filipino community and has heaps of great value lunch specials.
Kusina is a restaurant I wish I’d discovered sooner. While I do most of my shopping at Cooleman Court, and it’s my go-to destination for Friday night takeaway, I’d somehow missed out on eating [...]

Best of Canberra – Indian

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Indian food is much like Indian dancing – exciting, colourful, a little bit saucy and a lot spicy. I know I say this most weeks about most foods, but Indian is definitely one of my favourite cuisines. 
My love of Indian food began when I worked in an Indian restaurant during high school and really took [...]

Review – Schnitzel Haus, Braddon

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you’re after a schnitzel as big as your head, try Braddon’s newest food offering, Schnitzel Haus in Lonsdale Street.
I know there’s one of these already in Canberra at Erindale but I have never tried it – and honestly I didn’t know it existed until the Braddon store popped up.
The newest Schnitzel Haus is located [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Street food

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It might not be the best time of year for eating dinner outdoors, but when it comes to street food, even the cold winter nights aren’t keeping Canberrans away. This weekend I ventured out of winter hibernation to find Canberra’s best street food as voted by you in last week’s call out. 
From the votes, it [...]

Weekend cafe hot spot: Patissez, Manuka

By 13 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I heard friends of ours were opening a new café called Patissez, I was very excited. After all, Anna and Gina Petridis had recently been contestants on My Kitchen Rules, and the family already own the very well-known My Café in Manuka, so it was going to be amazing, right?!
We were told to head [...]

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