When I came to Canberra in the mid-70s, dinner parties were very much a mainstay of the social scene, primarily amongst couples of course, but singles were included too, especially if there was someone the hosts thought you could be paired off with!
It’s not that there weren’t restaurants and clubs in those days (anyone remember [...]
The first spears of asparagus have arrived at the Capital Region Farmers Market!!! I have been waiting not so patiently for their arrival for weeks. It turns out they arrived two weeks earlier than last year. When I know it’s spring, I just think… asparagus. But I must be more patient and give the shoots [...]
After being left with a pretty bad impression of Cafe Gaudi, I was determined to find a decent cafe spot in Westfield Woden. While I understand Caffe Cherry Beans is a franchise, it’s still employing local people and if they can provide a better breakfast option than the local cafe in the same centre, who [...]
Went for a drive up Mount Stromlo over the weekend, thinking I would stop and have a coffee at Scope — but it appears to be closed.
Anyone know what happened there?
I think calamari is one of the most overlooked products from the sea. They catch a lot of it off the South Coast. You can buy it straight from the fisherfamily at the Capital Region Farmers Market on the weekend. They often catch it near Eden.
Narooma Seafood at the Capital Region Farmers’ Market
It’s very reasonably [...]
Got an anniversary coming up with your beloved? Want to go somewhere romantic with good food? It’s easy to go with the tried and true Canberra restaurants like Aubergine or Sage, although I suggest skipping the traditional choices and go for something a tad different, yet still romantic.
The key is to keep it understated while [...]
For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and generally eaten as breakfast or mid morning with coffee.
The two establishments to obtain the most nominations were Flute in Fyshwick (the winner [...]
Love your local Environment Centre
- Dan Kelly does! -
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event, but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for [...]
Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]
For the Best of Canberra Taste off this week I was forced to sample some local Vietnamese food. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my life is pretty tough sometimes.
The main contender in this battle was undoubtedly Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant with Tu Do Vietnamese in O’Connor as the opposition.
Both were [...]
What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]
Canberra’s best hotels and venues were honoured with national accolades at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence last night.
Hotel Realm, East Hotel and Lucky’s at QT Canberra beat their interstate counterparts to win National AHA Awards – with Hotel Realm winning Australia’s Best Meetings and Events Venue for the third year in [...]
For me, one of life’s true treats is going out for a leisurely breakfast/brunch. My meal of choice is often Eggs Benedict. Runny eggs, slightly creamy (but not too gloopy) hollandaise, smoky ham (or bacon) and cracked pepper. Mmmmmm.
One of the things I missed most about Canberra when I lived overseas was [...]
This week I ventured slightly north to Hackett Shops and a cute little cafe/pub called Wilbur’s (I’m already taken with the name).
It’s a Friday morning and there are a number of people already here when I arrive at about 9:15am. They’ve clearly built up a loyal following with their locals which is always really nice [...]
I have been waiting and waiting for the coming spring produce. As I have not yet been satisfied, I thought I’d write about one of my favourite seasonal citrus: blood oranges. You’ll find locally grown fruit at market at present. You’ll also find the fruit grown in other parts of the country at some of the [...]
The first thing you should know about the Plaka is that it is in Dickson. Not in Manuka, which is where one of our ladies took herself instead. While we’re on the subject on geography, the Plaka used to be in Mawson for many years, disappearing for a few years before its recent re-appearance in Dickson. With fond memories [...]
Another week and another café to put under the microscope!
This week I headed to EQ Café Lounge in Deakin. Now while Deakin is mostly full of medical and private businesses there are a number of surrounding suburbs that could benefit from a weekend breakfast spot.
Firstly, EQ is open Mon-Sat so sorry for those who prefer [...]
Did you know there are two mushroom farms on the doorstep of the ACT? Majestic Mushrooms of Murrumbateman and Canberra Mushrooms of Yass are both farmed within 50 kilometres of Canberra. You can buy local mushrooms at Choku Bai Jo in North Lyneham and Curtin. A tip for young players, if you want to buy [...]
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015 will be released on September 6th with some familiar Canberra restaurants making the grade, along with a few rookies.
Aubergine claims Canberra’s only two ‘Chefs Hats’.
Taking away one ‘Chefs Hat’ are:
– Capitol Bar & Grill
– Italian & Sons
– Ottoman [...]