Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]
My friends and I regularly find ourselves hotly debating who serves up Canberra’s best dumplings and this week’s Taste Off revealed that the same is true for RiotACT readers.
Votes came in for a few restaurants I hadn’t heard of before, like Top Taste in Woden, Dumpling Inn at Jamison, Beijing House in Hawker and Jade [...]
I’ve peeled many prawns in my time, and eaten many creamy prawn dishes.
But it seems to have become fashionable to combine the two, by serving dishes that combine creamy sauces with prawns whose tails are still covered in carapace.
My problem is that I don’t know how to peel the prawn tails without getting the sauce [...]
This weekend I stumbled across Lava Carts in Westfield Belconnen, located in the fresh food area on the ground floor. What caught my eye were the beautiful looking cupcakes in the display cabinet – where were these last week for our Best of Canberra Cupcakes taste off?!
I introduced myself to founder and director Simon, who started Lava Carts [...]
One of the great things about Tupelo Coffee Co, which recently opened on Alinga Street, is its simplicity. It’s not pretentious or intimidatingly trendy, as can be the case with coffee shops that take their craft seriously.
The interior is sparsely decorated with indoor plants and wooden furniture that owner Nic Walker (pictured above) built himself, and [...]
What do China, Poland, Italy and Brazil have in common? Apart from being on my bucket list, these countries all claim ownership of some sort of variation on the food that we in Australia know as ‘dumplings’.
While Poland’s pierogi, Italy’s ravioli and Brazil’s pastels are not to be taken for granted, the Chinese have Canberra’s dumpling [...]
I was very surprised this week when I scrolled through the recommendations for Canberra’s best cupcakes. Our readers seemed to agree that the best cupcakes are home-made. Maybe we need a best of home-made cupcakes article?!
There were a couple of businesses named:
Stand by Me in Lyons – Sorry guys, but muffins don’t count as cuppy cakes.
Every Saturday morning my boyfriend and I head to the EPIC Farmers Market for free range eggs and fresh vegetables. We had heard that there were also weekend markets at Murrumbateman, so we thought we would check them out for something different.
As we were driving back into Canberra we saw the turn off for Poachers [...]
As a long-time Canberra resident, I often find myself running out of things to do in our relatively quiet city. There are only a few restaurants in Canberra that I absolutely love and even they tire after 20-something visits.
So when Pialligo Estate popped up on my Facebook feed recently, I was intrigued and excited for [...]
According to Google, cupcakes are “small cakes designed to serve one person.” I think that description is incorrect. A more appropriate description would be: Cupcakes … a tiny piece of heaven so delicious and pretty, you will definitely want more than one.
This week I’m looking for Canberra’s best cupcakes and I’m a little nervous, because [...]
Last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best rice raper rolls, two of my favourite Vietnamese places were nominated: Saigon Foodies in Kingston and iPho in Garema Place.
I frequently visit iPho on my lunch breaks for chicken and wonton noodle soup (it’s really good!), so I thought I would start there. The rice [...]
Eightysix is by far my absolute favourite Canberra restaurant, so when I heard they had re-introduced a breakfast menu I was ecstatic and a little bit intrigued.
How would it work, what dishes were they going to serve? Was I going to have to share my breakfast, the most important meal of the day?
I’ve been waiting patiently [...]
[ 6 February 2015 at 5:45 pm; ]
Food blogger Irena Macri, the woman behind the hugely popular Eat Drink Paleo blog, will speak at Paperchain Bookstore in next month to launch her new cookbook.
From the event organisers:
Passionate paleo-enthusiast Irena Macri draws on her love of world cuisines and all-natural ingredients to produce gourmet recipes that were created, taste-tested and photographed by the cook [...]
Preparations started earlier this month on more apartments in Braddon’s increasingly popular Lonsdale Street.
Braddon is constantly changing and steadily erasing its industrial past. For a few months in late 2014, it became a bit of a revolving door as temporary pop-up galleries moved in, as well as a bar converted from a mechanic’s workshop.
These have [...]
When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]
The Fresh Food Markets aside, Fyshwick doesn’t have a big reputation as a foodie destination. But there are more than a few great cafes tucked between the kitchen shops and furniture warehouses if you know where to look.
One of these is Two Hands on Lyell Street. When I used to work in Fyshwick it was [...]
I find it frustrating that the world is becoming such a health conscious place, yet it is still ridiculously difficult to get healthy, or even semi-healthy, foods on the go.
My beautician, Jacqui, is a business owner, mum of one and general superwoman. She leads a busy life and often runs out of time to make herself [...]
Last week the call went out for Canberra’s best chicken wings, and for a while Smoque was the only restaurant receiving recommendations. I was delighted to eventually see other venues being thrown in the mix, from Treehouse Bar to Ginseng and Mandalay Bus.
BentSpoke also came highly recommended and having never been there, I thought it [...]
Years ago, before the Canberra Centre expanded into what it is today, there was an area called the city market place, where Dobinsons first established itself as a small bakery. Dobinsons was doing well for itself and eventually the family-owned business moved to its current location on Bunda Street and became one of only four [...]
I feel like chicken wings used to be a very American thing. When I first went to the States I tried my first ever American Buffalo wings and now I am addicted. I hate blue cheese, but I love blue cheese sauce with wings!
Recently though, wings have become a popular menu item, particularly in bars. [...]
I was really excited last week when the call went out for Canberra’s best ice cream. I was watching the RiotACT site all day, waiting eagerly to see where readers were going to send me.
The same business was nominated over and over again, with one reader even scolded for daring to recommend Goodberry’s.
That’s how I found [...]
Since Christmas I haven’t been as active as I normally am. Before Christmas, I would regularly find myself at the lake on Saturday mornings participating in boot camp, or taking a leisurely stroll around the lake. I would often walk over the foot bridge near the paddle boats and into New Acton to grab a coffee. [...]
Christmas and the New Year have passed, their only remnants being reduced price wrapping paper and tree-shaped biscuit boxes. But that’s okay, because Easter is next week. Or so you’d think if you walked in to most supermarkets these days.
Woolworths and Coles are already stocking chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and I’ve even seen a [...]
I think I spent most of my week tipsy, having had to search for Canberra’s best cocktail.
I started my search at Molly. I’ve talked about Molly before when I searched for Canberra’s best charcuterie. Molly was the winner in that “Best of” round and I am personally a big fan of the venue, being one of [...]
Eating breakfast at a hotel restaurant is just not something I have ever thought about doing, unless I’m actually staying in the hotel. This week I was thinking about where I would like to have breakfast; I wanted somewhere new because I eat out a lot. While I was thinking about it, all the usuals [...]
[ 20 February 2015 at 12:00 pm; 21 February 2015 at 10:00 am; 22 February 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
The Canberra Food and Wine Expo is an annual three-day event dedicated to celebrity chefs, food and wine, cheese, cocktails and everything gourmet. The show houses over 100 local and national exhibitors, including wine makers, distributors, gourmet restaurants, coffee, chocolate and tea.
Sample food and wine in the appreciation area, watch celebrity chefs create recipes from [...]
Anyone that knows me, knows that my favourite Thursday night activity is drinking cocktails with friends. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be a Thursday night, it’s just a thing I love to do. There is something so sexy and cool about putting on red lipstick and your new favourite dress and just sitting at [...]
Chifley’s Bar and Grill, set in the newly redeveloped Hotel Kurrajong, looks set to raise the bar when it comes to steak restaurants in Canberra.
I was invited to sample the new menu at Chifley’s Bar and Grill, which is run by award-winning chef Mick Chatto (formerly head chef at Italian and Sons and Artespresso).
The restaurant [...]