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Cheap eats series 1 – Autolyse and Autolyse Juice


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

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 [...]

Kusina Breakfast – delicious and well-priced

By 14 May 2014

Over the weekend my partner and I decided to take ourselves out for breakfast.
Of course, it was Sunday and we all know Sunday was.. Mothers Day! We decided it would be best to try somewhere out of the way because everyone and their mother would be out eating breakfast to celebrate.
We live in the Weston [...]

Canberra is the spiritual home of good coffee


Say what you like about the Italians, the French, or the Turkish. They each have their own style of coffee and do it well but nobody quite matches Australians for variety of coffee styles and dedication to perfection across each and every coffee making process.
At home I have an aeropress, a plunger, a briki and [...]

San Churro Has Arrived


A loud roar could be heard right across Canberra when the Ikea announcement was finally made.
I don’t really get Ikea, but a lot of Canberrans do.  Indeed, David Lord from Ikea told me that over 5% of Sydney sales of Ikea are from little old Canberra.
As a city, we’re excited by their impending arrival as [...]

Where’s the Ladies? Restaurant Review – Pistachio Torrens


If we weren’t having such a good time, it would have been awful.
We are four Canberra girls who enjoy good food and company (and a good bottle of wine doesn’t go astray, although at times a bad bottle can be alright too). We are by no means food experts – or snobs [...]

Collector Village Pumpkin Festival


[ 4 May 2014 at 10:00 am; ] The annual Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is here again to celebrate the arrival of another harvest season.

On Sunday 4th May thousands of people will flock to the tiny village of Collector for this community-run celebration of food, family, fun and of course – pumpkins!

Bask in the glory of the best pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin [...]

Blog Post: Big Festival Dreams


I had a dream, not a high in community morals, lofty politically idealistic dream, but one of my husband and I – and our little people, enjoying a music festival. There were grassy fields, mugs of cider for us, wonderful music and our little people dancing merrily in front of us – cue loads of [...]

Hustle & Scout Twilight Markets Recap


New Acton has again played host to the Hustle and Scout Markets over the weekend. Event founder Tegan McAuley has outdone herself for the Autumn installment of this quarterly event, with plenty of interesting attractions to keep the crowds entertained throughout the day.
The event featured 32 Australian designers, makers and collectors offering designer and vintage [...]

Hustle & Scout Twilight Market

By 11 April 2014

[ 12 April 2014 at 3:00 pm; ]

A new kind of heaven is on its way for Canberra’s foodies. ‘The Forage’ will pop up at tomorrow (12 April) nights Hustle & Scout Twilight Market in New Acton. ‘The Forage’ will be a feast of Canberra’s finest food, showcasing local food vendors, wineries, cafes and other foodie outlets.

Tegan McAuley, Founder of Hustle & [...]


By 21 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Capital Region Farmers Market  that has been going for 10 years now, is again not running this weekend.Why? Because the Agricultural Show is on.
Come again? The best of what rural producers have is on show but we don’t have any actual produce to buy? Something that we have every week otherwise?
The EPIC showgrounds, facility [...]

Canberra’s best dog friendly cafes

By 20 February 2014

There are some great dog friendly cafés in Canberra! We’re long-term Canberra locals who love stopping at a café for a coffee at the end of an energetic walk with our dog.
After years of careful (and enjoyable) research, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Canberra cafés that welcome well-behaved dogs. Most also have good coffee!
These cafés make our favourites list because they have dog friendly outdoor [...]

Canberra’s Cider Festival, March 6-9

By 20 February 2014

[ 6 March 2015 12:00 pm to 9 March 2015 12:00 pm. ] The Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston and Plonk bottle shop in the heart of the Fyshwick markets are proud to bring to Canberra what is quite possibly Australia’s largest ever cider festival.

The festival is aimed at increasing the profile of cider in the ACT and introducing Canberran’s to a range of ciders never before [...]


By 16 February 2014

Can anyone confirm what’s happened to Babars in Civic. Has been closed since earlier this week, no signs on the doors to indicate why?

Zeffirelli – vale the lost, or soon to return?

By 14 February 2014

Hi all,
Now, I know there will be many views on the merits of the food or the hiring policies, or the link to the Copa, but that aside….
Does anyone know what is happening with the last of the Zeffirelli restaurants, Belconnen?
The windows are covered over, the phone is disconnected, and the seating is all outside [...]

When to plant winter vegetables in Canberra

By 7 February 2014

Greeting Rioters,
My summer veggie patch is going busters at the moment.  Lots of tomatoes, herbs, corn, zucchinis, eggplant, spinach and all the other usual suspects.  Having a great time eating from my own garden.
However, it’s got me thinking about the winter crop.  Broccoli, sprouts, beans etc.
When/how is the best time to get these things going?  [...]

January 2014 food reviews

By 1 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

2014 is off to a good start – here are some of my January foodie adventures.
I headed to the recently opened Mrs Sackville at the Kingston Foreshore. It’s not along the lakefront, but faces the Bus Depot markets. The small café offers homey and simple food in a quiet spot on the Foreshore. Prices range [...]

regional excursions for dining

By 30 January 2014

i thought i’d trawl the riotous hive mind for some food for thought.  my family has a significant milestone this year and we are considering clumping together, a rare event, and go somewhere nice for a meal and perhaps an overnight stay (there’s the folks and three [proper old] kids, mebbe a partner or two [...]

Blackberry picking plans

By 29 January 2014

Having moved to ACT 18 months ago, I’m keen to take the family out for first season of Blackberry picking soon.
Hoping some RIOTees could assist with:

Best time to pick (I have to organise sister in law to travel from Sydney for the weekend to assist)
Best place to pick this season
Do I need to weak snake [...]

George Gregan bringing his brand back home

By 14 January 2014

One has to admire the way that George Gregan surveyed the post-retirement world, realised that coffee concessions in large office blocks are a licence to print money, and used his star power to wow board room fanboys into giving him those concessions.
Hospitality Magazine informs us that the big guy (where it matters, so we hear) [...]

Where have all the cherries gone?

By 13 January 2014

I am looking to source a heap of cherries, but I haven’t seen any of the roadside guys for a while. I also checked the fresh life in Tuggeranong today and they didnt have any at all.
I did read that the yield was low this year, but I think they are still in seasons.
Has [...]

Breizh at Ainslie. It’s hard to review what you cannot eat

By 13 January 2014

Breizh Cafe at Ainslie shops promises to bring “Treasures from Brittany” but treasure is rarely easy to come by and at Breizh it’s harder than it should be.
Last week we rolled in around 11.30 to be told the kitchen would not be re-opening until 12.
By the time we’d looked at a menu, ordered orange juice [...]

Satis at Watson. Brunch review

By 13 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Satis at Watson shops is an excellent place to drag your hangover for weekend brunch.
The exterior is a touch pokey, around a dog-leg from the IGA, but inside it is cool, inviting, and very dim.
There is an extensive wine rack, there are around 10 spirits and three of them are gin (Hendricks, Bombay, and Tanqueray [...]

Campos Coffee in Civic? Or just some decent decaff?

By 7 January 2014

Does anyone know where I can get a cup of Campos Coffee in Civic? We have a love affair, and I haven’t had a good cup of joe in a very long time.
Or perhaps you can suggest somewhere this pregnant lady can get a decent decaff in this town. Harvest didn’t do it for [...]

Final 2013 foodie adventures

By 1 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

2013 has whizzed by and there have been many worthy newcomers to the Canberra food scene. Here are my last reviews for 2013.
I was excited to try out The Cupping Room, a new venture by Ona Coffee. The place was packed but it didn’t take long to get in. I had trouble deciding what to [...]

Belconnen lake-front eateries

By 29 December 2013

I’m wondering what other RiotACT-ers feel about the atmosphere and functionality/appeal of the waterfront eateries strip along Emu Bank in Belconnen. Went there yesterday late afternoon and, granted, I was hoping for a pleasant drink and perhaps a quick bite at the Lighthouse which disappointingly turned out to be closed.
But in wandering about considering the [...]

Cafés open this time of year in Canberra?

By 27 December 2013

Driving about Fyshwick on Monday and Tuesday, the only two places that were open and served a reasonable coffee had queues out the door.  
The difficult thing this time of year is to know who is actually open outside of the big shopping centres.  
Any rioters have tips on the decent suburban venues that trade [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

Coffee Bitch #92 Uro Coffee, Batemans Bay

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A rainy day at the Bay finds me perusing the second hand espresso machines
and snorting roasting aromas while I wait, not too long, for my coffee.
Uro really lifted the game at the Bay with small volume roasting, and repairs and sales of home espresso machines.
Slow to pick up, it is now quite busy with a [...]

A. Baker’s New Years all about the food and the booze

By 16 December 2013

Acton’s A. Baker have emailed us their New Year’s plans and I have to admit I’m thinking it would do for me and Goosepig nicely:
A. Baker is holding a ticketed event this New Year’s Eve, celebrating food and wine from the Canberra region.
From 7pm-1am A. Baker will be offering a 10 course grazing menu matched [...]

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