Food & Wine (1029 Stories)

So what happened to Urban Food?

By 9 December 2013

I went there on Friday to see a sign that read “Closed until further notice.”
Does anybody know why it closed down and when it will be open again?

Coffee Bitch #90 Me and Mrs Jones, Kingston

By 4 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It takes about a year to get my coffee.
No not really but they fail the three minute test.
A nice roast though.
Deep, woody, mocca, rich.
Alive on the tongue.
Though not strictly a cafe, I’m here because it’s night.
Cafes are thin on the ground.
You can treat this venue as a cafe, day or night, and it does a [...]

November foodie adventures

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Lots of new restaurants and cafes opened up in November. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but I’ll get there eventually. Here are some of my foodie adventures for the month.
I tried the eggs benedict at the newly opened European in Kingston which were satisfying, particularly on a thick slice of bread from Autolyse. [...]

Gozleme Cafe on London Circuit

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This just in from RFS:
Dear Sir,
I noticed that when I alerted the RiotACT masses to the imminent arrival off The Imperial Cupping Room there was some discontent. Some of your readers were of the opinion that this part of Civic was still deficient in regards to cafes. Said individuals will be pleased to learn that [...]

Coffee Bitch #89, Two before Ten, Civic

By 27 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Two good things with this very busy coffee place; it’s open at 7am, and they roast coffee.
However, not much point roasting your own if your going to burn the milk.
There is a spacious open kitchen feel to this venue with glass folding back down one whole side of the cafe, over a bar cafe style [...]

Free coffee at the Imperial Cupping Room

By 26 November 2013

The Imperial Cupping Room has promised to one of our snouts on the street that they’re giving away free coffee tomorrow. Get thee down the the corner of University Ave and London Circuit if another free stuff event is your thing!
For all our roving reporters though we have this very important advice from Cracked (advice [...]

Any Good *Delivered* Pizza in Canberra?

By 26 November 2013

Is there anywhere left in Canberra that makes and delivers good pizza?
To clarify, Dominos and Pizza Hut are both abominations. And Crust is not that far removed from the garbage served by Dominos and Pizza Hut.
Good Pizza is something assembled by a 60+ year old man from the old country; for example, the pizza from [...]

BBQ backdown on the food safety act

By 21 November 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has stepped outside the Assembly doors and announced she’s amending the food safety act to exempt temporary food stalls selling low risk food.
There’s no formal announcement and I’m not allowed to share the audio I have, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

East Bar and Grill curries. $10 lunch review

By 21 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Finally! A great curry lunch option in Civic!
East Bar and Grill is a new player on East Row in the bus interchange just down from the Phoenix.
At first glance it is not promising.
The decor is “early 90s night club”, the staff while well intentioned are hilariously inept, the noise/music is too loud, and there are [...]

Coffee Bitch #88 mogo cafe, two beans

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Daringly called “Cafe” this place can be found at the turn off to Broulee at Mogo.
For a longtime this was a junkyard next to the creek with a sign that promised a non existant Cafe. Now a cafe does exist here and even proffers a passable brew.
I didn’t have to wait long for my coffee [...]

Jamies Italian Canberra. A restaurant review

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Goosepig and her colleagues were going to the new Jamie’s Italian and I was able to tag along on their booking.
Despite my invite to the bloggers lunch somehow going missing I’ll admit to being somewhat intrigued despite never really taking to Jamie Oliver’s many televisual outings.
First impression was just how busy they are down there [...]

Scales on scales. Images of Canberra

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Poetix has sent in this striking storefront in Dickson:
Just in case you like meat that comes in its own handbag. Photo taken in Dickson.
I have no idea if this is cheap.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

The Dickson Maggot Frenzy

By 17 November 2013

We’re not entirely sure how legit it may be, but there’s a lot of internet buzz going on around claims of maggots in the chicken from the Dickson KFC.
Putting Dickson on the map!

Restaurant review. Griffith Vietnamese

By 15 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Restaurant review – Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant
Rarely do I take the time to bother writing a review of a restaurant. I’ve made exception on occasion, usually for an exceptionally great dining experience. Tonight, unfortunately that is not the case.
My wife was tempted by a couple of positive reviews of this place on Yelp. This was our [...]

Old Bus Depot Christmas Markets!

By 14 November 2013

Christmas is coming!
The old bus depot markets are putting on a bunch of special market days that should help those of you who have no idea what to get your Mother.
With Christmas now just over a month away, the Old Bus Depot Markets are getting ready to celebrate with special Christmas markets on Saturdays and [...]

People like free burgers

By 13 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Grill’d are running their free burger lunch promo thingy today, so I figured I should get a free burger for lunch.
I figured there would be a line…

Maybe I’ll go to Nando’s instead today.

Simon’s plans for Pialligo

By 11 November 2013

Simon Corbell has announced his plans for Pialligo:
Heritage and semi-rural character will be maintained in the Pialligo master plan whilst promoting small scale commercial development, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said today.
“The ACT Government has been working closely with the Pialligo local community to produce a master plan that guides Pialligo’s [...]

In The Taratory – proving Canberra’s not boring

By 9 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

In The Taratory is a Canberra blog reviewing anything and everything to do in the ACT and surrounds. It’s been a busy few months – here are some of the highlights:
Love him or loathe him, one of the biggest events on the foodie calendar was the opening of Jamie’s Italian earlier this week. My verdict? [...]

It’s a kind of Kardashian

By 8 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Tongue and Groove, when not filled to bursting on Friday nights has evolved into a very pleasant after work drink spot.
But Fridays are not likely to get better with the above poster snapped by Goosepig alerting the public that trashy D-list night club appearances are coming to town in the form of Kim Kardashian’s half [...]

Free Burgers this Wednesday!

By 8 November 2013

Grill’d is opening up a new store in the Canberra Centre and I am full of excitement.
You should be too because they are offering up free burgers from 11am to 3pm this Wednesday (the 13th) and you should probably make sure to eat one.
Actually no scratch that, I will eat one. You’ll all just make [...]

Buses to the Beer Day Out

By 8 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s Canberra Beer Week next week!
To help things along TAMS are making it known they’re free* putting buses on the to Beer Day Out at Exhibition Park:
ACTION is running special bus services to Beer Day Out, a family friendly celebration of beer held at Thoroughbred Park on Saturday 9 November.
“Routes 951, 952 and 956 will [...]

Comedy and Beer at the Durham

By 6 November 2013

[ 14 November 2013; ] Comedy from 9. All beers at $5 a schooner
Thursday November 14

Hurrah for Actew Water cries Actew Water

By 4 November 2013

Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]

Bloody fools having a go at much needed regulation of charity BBQs

By 3 November 2013

The Canberra Times is carrying a chorus of idiots criticizing some very sensible regulation of charity barbecues.
This supposedly onerous regulation is requiring organisations that conduct more than five fundraising bbqs a year get a $150 certification to make sure at least one of them knows what the hell they are doing.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Andrew [...]

Parlour back open for business

By 2 November 2013

I scored an invite the Parlour’s reopening tonight and well, it’s pretty good.
There were lots of glamorous women in lovely frocks.
And blokes in blazers with sharp haircuts and big watches.
Being there is a lot like being in an episode of Sex In The City.
If that’s idea excites you get on down. If not then there’s [...]

Friday night drinks returning to Old Parliament House

By 2 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As the Barton set look to drown their sorrows or celebrate that they still have their health it’s good to hear that Friday drinks are coming back to Old Parliament House.
Raise a flute of sparkling, a glass of great wine or a well mixed cocktail to the re-opening of the long standing Friday night drinks [...]

October foodie adventures

By 1 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

October has gone by so fast. Canberrans have been spoilt for choice this month with great dining options as part of Good Food Month and the Taste It Festival. Here are my foodie adventures for the month.
I checked out 38 Espresso – the Kingston Foreshore’s only espresso bar for a coffee and croissant. They don’t [...]

The triumphant return of the downstairs food court

By 31 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Welcome back downstairs food court!
When I was a kid the downstairs food court in the Canberra Centre was the best. It was fancy, had little raised areas, brass rails, the works.
At some point it became less fancy, but it was still the fanciest food court in the city. That was until the upstairs food court [...]

Signs of life in Braddon?

By 31 October 2013

Noticed the old yellow double decker bus parked in the carpark on Girrahween Street in Braddon was showing signs of life yesterday evening.
Could Braddon be getting its next hip and hot food venue?

Braddon Parking

By 31 October 2013

I made a casual observation today about the increasing number of new apartments, shops, and restaurants planned for southeast Braddon (area bounded by Northbourne, Haig Park, Torrens, and Cooyong) and the apparent decreasing number of places to park a car. 
Is ACTPLA planning directed towards making parking difficult for people who do not live in [...]

A history of brewing in Canberra

By 30 October 2013

The history of commercial beer brewing in Canberra has not been a happy one. Which Dr Brett Stubbs explains at some length in his history of the subject on Brews News.
I had no idea when drinking at Glebe Park as a callow youth that the brew pub there was such a ground breaker.

Canberran beekeeping queen tells her story

By 30 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Want to listen to a podcast by third generation beekeeper Carmen Pearce-Brown about crowd funding a beekeeping business?
We’ve got you covered then.
That’s the link by the way, incase you missed what I did there.
The Canberra Urban Beekeeping Project is a community project by the “Honey Delight” family in response to the many comments people [...]

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