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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 [...]

Clubbing in Canberra

By 30 July 2013
Clubbing in Canberra

Lloyd has sent this one in that’s worth a look:
I made this video a while back completely forgot about it – it has got some views on YouTube.
I thought you might be interested.
It actually kind of makes Canberra night scene look pretty cool. I tried to show as much clubs as possible but [...]

Certificate of compliance in Canberra?

By 29 July 2013

We built our house in 2004.
Now we are selling and have been told that we did not obtain a certificate of compliance. Was that our responsibility or the builders?
Have to go to ACTPLA and pay for one now!

Meal Delivery Service in Canberra?

By 27 July 2013

No pun intended but I’m looking for feedback on the level of interest in a meal delivery service for Canberra households and workplaces.
The concept is straightforward:  via an online store we we will offer a changing selection of main meals, starters, desserts, catering packs for delivery direct to homes/workplaces.  Meals are fresh (not frozen), made [...]

BBQ on the Run… Smoque entering City2Surf!

By 24 July 2013

You heard right; the chefs and staff at Smoque, the home of mac n cheese, hot wings, brisket, burgers, Texas BBQ and cheesecake, will be running the 2013 City2Surf!
We’re the very fortunate recipients of all funds raised; as the ONLY international not for profit operating entirely on volunteer staff, we’re excited to be a part [...]

Bad Cafe

By 22 July 2013

Unfortunately we happened to find ourselves in Woden today, right about the time that Mr Nearly Five was getting hungry. We decided that we would have a hot chocolate at a cafe in the Westfield. We ordered two hot chocolates, a kids milkshake ($5) and a plain ham and cheese untoasted sandwich ($13). The kids [...]

Lunch on the Brumbies

By 18 July 2013

The Brumbies are giving notice that they’re putting on a BBQ at lunchtime today (12.30 to 1.30pm):
With snags and facilities supplied by ActewAGL, the Brumbies are holding a meet and greet to say thank you to their supporters for backing the team in 2013.
In all, 10 players will be on hand with ticket [...]

Discounts as never seen before

By 16 July 2013
Discounts as never seen before

Martlark sent in this little beauty:
Found this outstanding bargain today at the Kaleen supabarn. They won’t last long at this massive discount!
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Blockbuster exhibition at blockbuster prices

By 15 July 2013

Being footloose and fancy free at the weekend a friend and I agreed to have an afternoon out at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery. I’m a regular at these things – getting my fill of travelling culture that I may never get the chance to see again.
Anyhow, my thirst for culture [...]

New catering at Old Parliament House

By 11 July 2013

We’ve hard word in that Old Parliament House is changing the guard on their salubrious restaurant arrangements:
Restaurant Associates – boutique caterer at some of Australia’s most renowned venues – is partnering with the iconic Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to make the venue a culinary destination on the Canberra landscape.
The new partnership, [...]

Mon Thani. $10 lunch review

By 10 July 2013
Mon Thani. $10 lunch review

A new player on Petrie Plaza, Mon Thani is a strong showing in the sub $10 lunch space.
Borrowing heavily on the style of the iconic Burmese Curry Place; Mon Thani serves up two dishes, requested by number on rice for $8.
I had the prawn cakes you can see pictured. They were awesome, as was the [...]

Note to Coles Jamo, India is in Asia

By 10 July 2013
Note to Coles Jamo, India is in Asia

Aisle 6 at the Jamison Coles gave me the gears this lunchtime for some reason.
Do Coles perpetuate racist ideas in their over simplified food presentation? Or do they merely reflect the unthinking prejudices of the lumpen proletariat?
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Smartform for hiring public land

By 1 July 2013

Back when I did web development these things were just forms. But Shane Rattenbury has has announced we’re getting the very exciting sounding smartforms for the hiring of public land:
“Three significant improvements commence today for the permit application process to use public land such as parks, nature reserves and space outside suburban shopping centres,” Mr [...]

Restaurants with early meals for toddlers?

By 1 July 2013

Can anyone recommend any restaurants that serve super-early meals for eating out with young children in Canberra?
(5:30pm onwards)?

All day breakfast in Canberra?

By 1 July 2013

Hai Rioters, it’s the missus’s birthday on Monday and I was hoping I could probe your collective minds for good suggestions in places that do all day breaky.  
We’re both nighttime people so anywhere that stops doing breakfast before midday is probably out of the question.  
I know it’s not much notice but I’m hoping [...]

Jackie Chan’s Son Will Get None Of His $130 Million Fortune?

By 27 June 2013

Interesting article in Celebrity Net Worth:
Being the only son of international movie star Jackie Chan clearly comes with many privileges and advantages. Jackie Chan’s only child, a 30 year old son named Jaycee, lived a life filled with opulent mansions, luxurious vacations, expensive cars, the best education and much more. Jaycee was even been able [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 19

By 24 June 2013
RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 19

Rob, Tim I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Peroni Leggera on tap.
The music is by Cracked Actor.
You can download it now.
Our tips this week are:
Rob – Chiefs, Crusaders, Sharks, Bulls, Stormers
John – Chiefs, Crusaders, Sharks, Bulls, Stormers
Tim – Chiefs, Crusaders, Blues, Bulls, Stormers

Delhi 6. A restaurant review

By 22 June 2013
Delhi 6. A restaurant review

Last night Goosepig and I needed somewhere to get dinner close to Theatre 3 and Delhi 6 on Childers Street seemed to fit the bill as the tumbleweeds blew through the supposedly revitalised and vibrant precinct.
I’d had a reasonably good lunch there a couple of years ago so why not do the sit down dinner [...]

Truffle Time 2013!

By 21 June 2013
Truffle Time 2013!

[ 23 June 2013 to 31 July 2013. ]

The Truffle Festival is letting us know about this year’s events:

This year Sherry is joining with the Fyshwick Markets to celebrate the Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival. Along with providing exclusive supply to the markets, Sherry is also running truffle hunts every Saturday until 17 August. And for the ultimate truffle experience the hunts [...]

Trouble at the markets?

By 21 June 2013

The ABC has a strange complaint about the Saturday Farmers Market getting too many punters in which is somehow bad for business:
Beef and lamb producer Phil McCormack, from Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands, says his market sales have fallen by 25 per cent in the last 18 months.
Mr McCormack says the weekly event [...]

The RUC makes a spirited grab for the Red Dollars with Roast Beef and Wallaby on the menu

By 17 June 2013

As half the pubs in town attempt to lure the touring Lions fans into their establishments Barton’s The RUC has made a surprising bid:
The ACT Rugby Union Club (the RUC) has decided to celebrate the Lions historic visit to Canberra by putting Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding and Wallaby on the menu.
English born Fraser [...]

Shorty’s, a lunch review

By 17 June 2013
Shorty's, a lunch review

Shorty’s is a thing I had not realised Civic was missing until Barcham and I went there for lunch today.
A nice little gastropub in Civic.
Occupying roughly the space that used to be Milk And Honey one enters from a door opposite Essen.
The decor is nice and wooden with some tasteful murals.
You sit where you like [...]

Best place for Sunday night roast?

By 10 June 2013

I’m hankering for a roast dinner, just like mum used to make. Sure I can cook my own, but that’s not as much fun for just two people, and I was thinking of asking members of one of the meetup groups to join us.
Does anyone have recommendations for a great place, such as a club [...]

59 % of Canberra restaurants screwing their staff?

By 5 June 2013

No we’re not talking about the fraught relationships of restauranteurs and wait staff.
Rather the ABC has a piece on findings by the Fair Work Ombudsman:
The Fair Work Ombudsman audited 180 restaurants across Canberra between November 2011 and March this year.
It found 105 businesses, or 59 per cent, were in breach.
Of those in breach, nearly [...]

Best yum cha in Canberra?

By 4 June 2013

Where’s the best yum cha in Canberra? There was a thread on this back in April 2012 that wasn’t particularly conclusive. I’m keen to find out the latest.
I had a wonderful yum cha in Sydney recently at a place named Eight above the Haymarket, and would like to try the Canberra yum cha scene.

And so we present to you the Lyneham High Memorial sandwich gif

By 3 June 2013
And so we present to you the Lyneham High Memorial sandwich gif

Coming from Lyneham High School’s triumphant bid for national attention via a thrown salami and cheese sandwhich we bring you an animated gif.
Created mostly as a proof of concept for ourselves, feel free to make with it memetically as you please.
Footage via WIN News.

Slow socialising, not speed dating – Fri 14 June, from 6 pm

By 1 June 2013

Fine dining, new people in a warm and cozy place at the top of Red Hill?

Dinner night for singles looking for like-minded friends or a potential partner at one of Canberra’s breathtaking views.
Relaxed conversation and dining to allow a natural environment to meet and get to know other
participants.  No online profiles or rushed speed [...]

Incredible, edible Centenary sugar art

By 30 May 2013
Incredible, edible Centenary sugar art

[ 1 June 2013; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]

Bluebells, Correa Bells, Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower and even floral bouquets – all made entirely out of sugar – will be on display on Saturday 1 June at a Centenary celebration of all things cake.

The ACT Cake Decorators Association will host the Canberra Centennial Open Day at Weston Creek Community Centre. It will include [...]

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