Today I was given the task of trying out the Centini, Schmooze founder Phillip Jones’ new Centenary cocktail. Actually I should say I was given the task of trying out Centinis, as they come in both a North and Southside variety.
According to Jones, the chief difference is that one is better than the other (queue [...]
The Centenary of Canberra has inspired a classic martini cocktail – and to localise it even more, it has a Northside and Southside twist.
The Centenary martini – the Centini – is the creation of Schmooze founder Phillip Jones, and has the enthusiastic backing of noted Martini lover Robyn Archer, the Centenary of Canberra’s Creative Director. [...]
Simon Corbell has announced Draft Variation 311 to totally rejig Dickson and send the skyline soaring:
“Variation 311 puts Territory Plan controls in place to start rolling out the initiatives of the Dickson master plan, which include up to six stories in areas and improved pedestrian connections – particularly through to Challis St,” Mr Corbell said.
2CC is tweeting that 22 people were hospitalised by a food poisoning outbreak over the weekend.
Were you hit? And what have you heard?
22 people presented to Calvary and Canberra Hospitals yesterday with food poisoning. More in 2CC news at 10am #canberra #2cc
— 1206 2CC (@2CC) May 13, 2013
UPDATE 14 May 2013 13:10: We’re hearing from [...]
I am starting to look at getting my veggie patch up and running. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what they think of Aquaponics? Is it easy or hard? Is it better than a traditional veggie patch?
I’ve noticed that building a traditional veggie patch might cost me about the same as a [...]
As Canberra descends into an orgiastic celebration of all things Skywhale Hannah has sent us a picture of her cake.
We welcome all submissions of Skywhale related home crafts.
Or indeed any interesting pictures related to Canberra.
Email them in to email@example.com .
The Australia Sri Lanka Buddhist Association of Canberra cordially invites us all to 30 Jenke Cct, Kambah:
This year Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara in Canberra will celebrate the Vesak on Saturday, 11 May 2013 from 5.30pm onwards.
You are cordially invited to enjoy:
- Illumintated Vesak Pandol
- Colorful Lanterns
- Traditional Vesak Celebrations
- Traditional Dance
- Drama and Devotional Songs
One has to admire the ingenuity of smokers to find new and exciting ways to dispose of their filthy by-products.
One has to wonder who was the first to stub one out here and then I guess the others just followed the lead.
It’s on Ainslie Avenue just across the road from the Legislative Assembly.
Got an image [...]
Went out for a late lunch over the weekend at Gungahlin, we didn’t feel like Asian food which seriously limited our choices, it was suggested by Mrs Jonnie that another cafe had opened that was Middle Eastern of some type.
We walked over to Hibberson Street and found the Koochi Afghan Cafe – we were shown [...]
Dined with friends at SoulFood Kitchen in Erindale last night. Interesting. It’s Cajun themed, and run by a bloke who looks as if he should know what he’s doing.
The prices are “good restaurant” prices, but the ambience is pure McDonalds – you have to order from a counter; the floors are hard-surfaced as are the [...]
[ 5 May, 2013; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
The George Harcourt Inn is inviting the punters down to help choose their wine list.
We think this is an excellent approach!
Canberra’s multi-award winning pub, The George Harcourt Inn, is taking customer participation to a whole new level, inviting patrons to “Unvined” and choose their own wine list during a “grape” day of wine and song [...]
Canberra is apparently about average when it comes to cost of a cappuccino, according to the Gilkatho Cappuccino Price Index for Q1 this year
I went searching after seeing this article on another news website
Maybe this is why petrol is more expensive?
[ED - alternatively there's the glory of the Aldi coffee machine pictured]
[ 4 May, 2013; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] On Saturday May 4, the Canberra Brewers Club and the Wig and Pen will be hosting the International Homebrew Day “Big Brew”.
This year, seven of Canberra’s finest homebrewers will face off, each taking a different take on a Belgian ale recipe.
There will be a wide range of brewing setups, from inexpensive beginner’s extract brewing gear, [...]
Supreme Rioter Poptop sent us in a few images from (and words about) the National Arboretum.
Here are some snaps of the Arboretum; which is looking very fine and very popular. The Conservatory , the in site restaurant, is very pleasant and is run by the same people who run the Ginger Room at Old [...]
Gelato Mio, has opened at the Hyperdome which sells locally produced Gelati and claims them to be authentically Italian. I have missed having reasonable access to good Gelati and so have vested and deeply selfish interest in encouraging this one to commercial success.
After braving the delights of shepherding some younger relatives through their retail [...]
Any suggestion for a restaurant / cake shop that serves really good panna cotta?
I’ve been dying to eat one and I just want one where I can have a slices for take-away.
Many recent posts have queried the poor food and beverage quality and range at Canberra Stadium – and here’s another contribution on this important theme.
Why on earth can I not get gravy put on hot chips while I watch the rugby.
It defies understanding.
I don’t want a port wine jus or anything.
If you’ve been following the goings on in Civic recently (or keep up with what we write on this site) you’re probably well aware that Smiths Alternative Bookstore has undergone a few changes recently.
For those of you still in the dark here is a quick summary:
April’s Caravan Vintage Clothes Store in residence.
Rioter John hit us with his concerns regarding Canberra Stadium’s baffling lack of available cider:
I have been trying on and off for over 3 years (since late 2010) to get Canberra stadium to answer a simple question: do they have any plans to offer cider, like almost every other stadium in Australia?
Emails, tweets, even letters [...]
Having heard significant buzz about 86, Braddon’s hippest new joint, Goosepig and I ventured down for lunch today.
We had a truly magnificent meal but it is not without flaws and reservations.
For a start there are no menus. There is a chalkboard inside, but if seated outside you’re at the whims of the waiter’s memory. With [...]
RFS has sent this in:
The attached photo was taken early yesterday evening just outside of Sammy’s Kitchen.
I’m afraid the quality is poor due to the conditions and my inexperience with cameras.
The important question however is who takes their dog to dinner so they can leave it sitting outside the restaurant while they [...]
ACT Greening Australia and Canberra Centenary would like to celebrate the work done by volunteers during and after the Canberra Bushfires 10 years ago, so they’re putting on an event at the Cotter.
The Lower Cotter Catchment is again teeming with life thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers and a partnership between Greening Australia [...]
Hospitality Magazine has the word that Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse is giving way to pommy superchef Jamie Oliver’s take on Italian:
Jamie’s Italian Australian partner, Pacific Restaurant Group, has announced it will close its Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse Canberra restaurant at the Canberra Centre to make way for the new venue.
Pacific Restaurant Group managing director [...]
“Where shall we go today Joel?”
“I want pancakes John!”
… and so went to the Pancake Parlour.
I had almost intended it as a joke, it turned out to be a really good idea.
Possibly the best place yet, if not a very close second to the Front. The WiFi was fast enough for our needs, and the [...]
Loading Zone has been causing a lot of buzz since it opened last month in the middle of the Melbourne Building. (Odgers Lane to be specific)
Barcham and I tried to have lunch there a couple of weeks ago but they were all full up.
We made a point of getting in at noon today and it [...]
The Pancake Parlour in the Civic Bus Interchange has been around so long it’s passed from its cool phase, to a daggy phase, and might just be re-emerging into the warm sunlit uplands of cool.
Barcham and I have been ensconced this morning for the mobile office review (to come later) but we kicked things off [...]
Below is the list of hospitality venues winners of the AHA ACT Hospitality Awards for 2013, it is only slightly smaller than the list of hospitality venues that exist in the ACT.
What do you think readers? There are some I definitely agree with (Sage Restaurant for example), and a few I find quite confusing (Transit [...]
Down near the newish Kambah Superschool there is an almost secret commercial, community and religious centre, with temples and medical services and a fitness center.
On Saturday, the Sri Lanka Buddhist Vihara opened its gates for one of its regular Food Festivals. The air was full of spicy scents and the sense of purpose from [...]
In Mobile Office Reviews Johnboy and I search for the perfect place to spend a day working.
This morning we went to 39 Steps Cafe, a fancy looking little place at the O’Conner shops. The weather was cold, but 39 Steps was warm and welcoming.
Johnboy got a coffee, I ordered bacon and eggs. Full of enthusiasm [...]
Was hoping someone had some information on the new cafe in Mode 3 in Braddon?
I think it’s called 86 (it faces Elouera Street) but Google came up blank.
Went past there on Saturday evening and again yestedray morning and it was packed.
I normally wouldn’t think of going to a fine dining restaurant for breakfast.
But a strange series of events lead me to Ainslie’s Pulp Kitchen in search of breakfast and I was very pleasantly surprised.
You’d think going out for breakfast would be a simple enough undertaking. But Braddon was absolutely chockas and there was no where [...]
This in from Karen:
I know it sounds completely ludicrous, but yesterday afternoon between 1500hrs and 1830hrs someone removed the palings from my back fence and stole nine of my pure bred pekin bantam chickens (they left the crossbreeds).
I have attached a picture of my rooster and ask if anyone has any information could they [...]