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Food outings @ Monster Kitchen & Bar

A friend and I caught up at Monster Kitchen & Bar one weekend for brunch. I hadn’t been to Monster since mid last year. It’s changed a little bit with the addition of a new ‘wing’ on the left hand side at the top of the stairs. There seems to be a few sitting areas […] Read more…

Taste and Test – April 2015 @ Sage

With my fellow foodie friends Mr STTA and Dr L, we booked into Sage’s Taste and Test night, now in its fourth year. I’ve attended a few times in the past (see links to March 2014, October 2013, August 2013) and I always think this is such a worthwhile event. For $75, you get 5 […] Read more…

Dinner @ Parlour Wine Room

My friend’s hens night started at Parlour Wine Room in New Acton. I’d previously only dined at Parlour for lunch and was very keen to go back and try the sharing plate menu for dinner. We started off with drinks. I asked for a mojito mocktail (don’t remember the cost) while the others shared the […] Read more…

Cafe dining @ 332 Manhattan

Another new cafe to open in Canberra city is 332 Manhattan, underneath the Manhattan apartment complex facing Glebe Park. On a Saturday morning, the place was packed and I just managed to grab a table for three. Table numbers are tied with some twine on either a small jar of succulents or a salt and […] Read more…

Lunch @ Elemental

New cafe Elemental offering healthy paleo-inspired food, opened its doors last week on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. Located next door to Moxom & Whitney, I noticed diners sitting on bright orange and blue chairs outside. The orange and blue theme carries on inside with the same coloured cups and saucers. The coffee brewed at Elemental […] Read more…

Lunch @ Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant

After my first visit to the newly opened Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant for a vegetarian lunch, I was already plotting my return to try out some of the meat dishes. A group of friends and I booked in for a weekend lunch. We were seated in a dark corner so it was difficult to read […] Read more…

Lunch @ Eschalot

A few weeks ago, some friends and I headed to Berrima in NSW (1.5 hour drive north of Canberra) for birthday lunch #3. Eschalot Restaurant has won multiple awards as you can see once walking into the reception area including retaining one chef’s hat in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. We were shown […] Read more…

Discovering Devon on Danks (Sydney)

During my birthday long weekend in Sydney, one of the places on my to eat list was only a 15 minute walk from a friend’s place who we were staying with. I’ve seen droolworthy cronut photos and read reviews about Devon on Danks in Waterloo, a second branch of the original Devon Cafe in Surry […] Read more…

Vegetarian for a day @ Sweet Bones Bakery, Pialligo Estate Farmhouse and Au Lac

Warning: Long post and photo heavy. It’s the Year of the Sheep. I’m usually back in Perth for the Chinese New Year holidays, but due to the timing of other things going on in my life, it was best to stay in Canberra this year. Being a weekday, I took Chinese New Year’s day off […] Read more…

Pulled pork burger @ Two Hands Cafe

One of my readers told me to check out Two Hands Cafe in Fyshwick (thank you!). I’d never heard of this place and after finding its Facebook page, saw that it was only open Monday to Friday. On a day off, I headed to Two Hands to check it out myself. Plonked in the middle […] Read more…