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Licensed Venues Showing Festival of the Boot?

By 22 September 2013

For those who haven’t heard Roy & HG are doing Festival of the Boot this year via ABC NewsRadio (103.9 FM), the AFL final from 2.00pm  Sat 28th Sep and the NRL final from 7.00pm Sun 6th Oct.
So that fans can share the jokes over a few cleansing ales are any licensed venues in the [...]

Bean and Grain been and gone

By 22 September 2013

Does anyone know what exactly happened to Bean & Grain at Fyshwick? It’s been closed for a few weeks now with a note on the door that says something to the effect that they ‘won’t be open this week…’.
They seemed to do a roaring trade, and I know from looking at Twitter that they [...]

I do not like caged eggs and ham

By 19 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
I do not like caged eggs and ham

Pigs and hens rejoice, more appropriate accommodation all around!
Today Shane Rattenbury presented a bill to prohibit the use of battery cages and sow stalls in the ACT.
In the future we will be able to enjoy our ACT made breakfasts completely guilt free, assuming the only thing you felt guilty about what the inability of the [...]

Suggestions for venue for pseudo medieval feast?

By 17 September 2013

Rioters!
Looking for suggestions for a suitable restaurant/gastropub to cater for 25 people in costumes for dinner. Menu doesn’t need to include swans or pigeon pie, but a chicken parmi won’t cut it either. Happy to hear from businesses.
Please note, all daggers and swords will be foam/latex.

The Iron Bar at Goolabri

By 17 September 2013
The Iron Bar at Goolabri

The region’s got a new bar which is never a bad thing!
The latest addition is the Iron Bar at the Goolabri resort just down the Federal Highway which has sent us a media release:
You may know and love Goolabri as a place for a game of golf and morning coffee, a stunning venue with oldfashioned [...]

Wine, Roses and all that Jazz

By 16 September 2013

Who likes wine?
Altogether now!
“We like wine.”
For the wine lovers amongst you, Canberra Wines is doing something in early November.
Details are sparse at the moment, but the most important detail is the word wine so save the date.

Cellar doors in the Canberra District come alive with entertainment, food, activities and of course wine tastings during the [...]

Floriade launched this morning

By 13 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Floriade launched this morning

I attended the Floriade launch this morning, and managed to get a free pie and a quiche for my efforts.
Both were wonderful.

A hundred or so members of the government, the press, and various marketing departments all met to exchange excited chatter and glasses of orange juice in Cafe Valenti while a selection of television [...]

Mornings at the Sly Fox

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Mornings at the Sly Fox

Meet Patrick. Patrick is an entrepreneur. Earlier this year he set up a coffee machine by one of the main cycleways running from the Inner North of Canberra (where I live) into the City … he makes very good coffee and I always stop for an espresso (that settles in the glass like tap Guinness!) [...]

August Foodie Adventures

By 5 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
August Foodie Adventures

I get so excited about food – taking photos of it, tasting it and telling people about it. I recently started a food blog http://foodpornjournal.blogspot.com.au to share my love of food with others. So here’s a breakdown of my foodie adventures in August.
Brunch at Mocan & Green Grout in civic – a cute and [...]

Frank and Beanz. A hotdog review

By 3 September 2013
Frank and Beanz. A hotdog review

Strange tides took me to the Majura Park foodcourt in need of a feed.
But there I saw Frank and Beanz amongst the other uninspiring offerings and thought “Why yes, I would like a gourmet dog”.
$8.50 got me a Hoff, sauerkraut, caramelised onion, cheese, mustard, and a big thick sausage.
The food comes in rather snazzy brown [...]

Aubergine reigns supreme in the good food guide

By 3 September 2013

The Good Food Guide has spoken and Griffiths’s Aubergine has the prized double hat.
Other hatted restaurants in Canberra are:
– Pulp
– 86
– Courgette
– Waters Edge
– Ottoman
Regional ones to look for on weekends away are:
– Biota, Bowral
– Paydirt, Braidwood
– Tyler’s Pantry, Mogo
– Zanzibar, Merimbula

Canberran wine producer opening store in China

By 2 September 2013

I dig Canberran wines, but truth be told I’m a bit of a rummy so…
Anyways it seems Shaw Vineyard Estate are doing quite well for themselves, seeing as they just opened a store in China.
In conjunction with Suntay Wines, the new wine shop and wine-tasting room in Haikou, Hainan Island, exclusively features wines produced by [...]

Cholo’s Peruvian Cuisine. Restaurant Review

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Cholo's Peruvian Cuisine. Restaurant Review

I’ve been eyeing up Cholo’s on Dickson’s Challis Street since the little Sichuan Restaurant gave up the ghost.
They’ve got some extravagant signage filling up their windows with an Andean vista and their website plays pan pipes.
There’s something lovely about the way their signage gives the impression “PERUVIAN CUISINE IS FINALLY HERE!!! WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN [...]

Mekong River. $10 lunch review

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Mekong River. $10 lunch review

Mekong River has sat relatively inoffensively on Woolley Street in Dickson for some time now, having taken over from an equally innocuous Vietnamese.
But they’ve got new management, a new gun chef, and appear to be making more of an effort.
This is evidenced in part by posters in the window advertising a range of [...]

Eat a burrito for charity

By 28 August 2013

Zambrero is running a charity event called Plate 4 Plate Day on the 4th of September.
You can help people by eating burritos.
I am rather excited.
A humanitarian organisation that funds its aid and development projects by selling healthy Mexican food is offering Australians an opportunity to win a vision trip by engaging with an online [...]

86 and Mocan make the Hot 50

By 26 August 2013

The Australian’s Hot 50 Restaurant Awards has happy news if you like your service with visible tattoos.
86 and Mocan are flying the flag for Canberra and well done to them!

Skywhale merch proliferating

By 26 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Skywhale merch proliferating

An ongoing disappointment is the lack of official skywhale merchandise with desperate whaleheads having to make their own hats out of free condoms.
Thankfully Jimbocool has discovered mother nature, as always abhorring a vacuum, is stepping up to the plate:
skywhale strawberry
The influence of Skywhale is everywhere! It is now imprinted in the DNA of the [...]

Raw milk in Canberra?

By 22 August 2013

Where can I buy raw milk in Canberra?

There’s no such thing as a free chicken

By 22 August 2013
There's no such thing as a free chicken

This in from Steve sighted in Supabarn Civic:
“Ladies and gents. It’s bargain time. Free chicken. Yes! You heard right. Free chicken! Get your free chicken here today. Save $1 and pay only $11.99. Hurry now. Free chicken in aisle 12. Cheap as chips!”
And what’s up with the price of chips? Really, it’s just potato chopped [...]

Frozen Gua Bao in Canberra?

By 21 August 2013

Hi guys,
I really want to make gua bao, except that I don’t actually want to make the bao part (even David Chang of Momofuku says he buys his bao).
Does anyone know where I can obtain these buns- they are usually frozen, no filling but I’ve tried a dozen different Asian grocers and can’t find them [...]

Lamb curry at the H20 cafe. Restaurant Review

By 20 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Lamb curry at the H20 cafe. Restaurant Review

H20 Cafe nestles around the corner from Tonic in the Bus Interchange.
The menu has a lot of vaguely italian cafe fare on it as is standard for milking office drones.
But the owners have some nods to their Sri Lankan heritage on the menu and that was what had attracted me.
And so for just south [...]

Treehouse. $10 lunch review

By 16 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Treehouse. $10 lunch review

Following a hot tip Nancy Porker and I ventured to Treehouse for lunch today.
Getting there at the dot of 12 it was looking very swish, very empty and a little intimidating.
But I went inside, the staff were extremely friendly and I ordered a pint of Little Creature’s Rogers while I waited.
The first shock. The pint [...]

Gin & Tonics and Playgrounds for Babies

By 13 August 2013

Hello All,
I’m hoping that collective Rioter wisdom might be able to help me with the following:
My family will be visiting from interstate in the next couple of weeks and want to take my partner (and me!) out for a G&T. I’m looking for a venue that will show off the glories of Canberra to them [...]

You Can’t Eat Your Words

By 10 August 2013
You Can't Eat Your Words

[ 21 August 2013; 6:50 pm to 8:30 pm. 6:50 pm to 8:30 pm. ]

Rioters may remember when we launched the Our Hungry Future discussion paper in May.  

The next event in our year long campaign on food security will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday the 21st of August at the Gungahlin College Lecture Theatre, featuring local senate candidates and food security experts.  More information via the [...]

Hippo Co raising the tone in Civic. A review

By 9 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Hippo Co raising the tone in Civic. A review

Hippo Co is the revamped Hippo of long Civic infamy.
They’re having the public opening tomorrow night but I was in there tonight for a sneak preview because that sort of thing happens to me.
If you’re not the sort to enjoy hanging out in a licensed club, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, maybe [...]

Kudos Taste. $11 lunch review

By 6 August 2013
Kudos Taste. $11 lunch review

So my meal cost more than $10 and it doesn’t look that hot in photo form, but don’t let that put you off. Kudos Taste was great.
On an island in the middle of Canberra House, lacking any noticeable sign (I had to stare check their menu to find out the name of the place), a [...]

Rage against big supermarket chains.

By 5 August 2013

Let me say firstly I do not own a small business or know anyone who does but I am tired of seeing the big supermarket chains trying to destroy small business but lowering their prices for long periods to put them out of business. And then increasing their prices.
Case in point at the moment is [...]

Sweet Tooth Mapping in Canberra?

By 5 August 2013

Righto hive mind, I’m hunting three items and am hoping some of you will be able to point me in the right direction.
Item 1 – Cannoli. So far, I’ve been able to find them at Tusmo, in Forde, but only occasionally and sometimes only in the soft-shell variety, which don’t count as [...]

Parlour Returns

By 2 August 2013
Parlour Returns

Facebook has the happy news that Parlour is rising Phoenix like from the ashes of New Acton.
Here’s looking forward to October.

Simon reviewing his Liquor ACT

By 1 August 2013

Simon Corbell has announced an “alcohol alliance” with NSW and a review of the Liquor Act 2010.
Readers might remember the Liquor Act didn’t seem to do very much about problem drinking but did make life harder for the Labor Party’s competitors in the hospitality sector (remember all those Labor Clubs?)
Simon’s review is intended to find [...]

Hash House Harriers. NEWS

By 31 July 2013

A message from Polly Waffler…
Long-time readers would remember occasional references to Hash House Harriers – the “Drinkers with a Running Problem” – on this site. The origins of the Hash, or HHH, are steeped in a haze of sweat and beer, yet a good summary exists here. You don’t need to run and [...]

Does ANY cafe/restaurant in the ACT meet your service expectations?

By 31 July 2013

In recent years, most restaurants/cafes in Canberra have adopted outrageous, non-customer friendly policies regarding bill payments. As one of many people who don’t use cash, eating out with friends is quickly becoming a nightmare.
For example, at one popular venue:

We do not split bills. Minimum 10.00 for card transaction. All prices are GST inclusive. Surcharge applies [...]

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