Sage Taste and Test Redux

I loved Sage Dining Rooms’ Taste and Test last year. It’s a clever concept: offer five experimental dishes at a reduced price and, over the course of a few weeks, get a sense of what the Canberra dining public’s taste … Continue reading

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Small Brewers Beer Fest – take two

Enlighten from across Lake Burley Griffin

In March, we had a good time at the inaugural Small Brewers Beer Festival at the Botanic Gardens (not to be confused with the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival). It had a huge turnout, and, with it, a few teething problems: the lines were enormous, there wasn’t water available …

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Floriade Nightfest

What we're here for

Floriade is a huge event for Canberra, and while I appreciate all the good it brings for our fair capital, I’m always a little wary. Floriade is synonymous with traffic being backed up down Commonwealth Ave Bridge and Parkes Way thanks to those pesky (but necessary) traffic lights, and it …

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Taste and Test at Sage Dining Rooms

Chocolate charcoal

Clever, clever, clever is what runs through my mind during our two hour dinner at Sage Dining Rooms. Sage is one of the best restaurants in Canberra (I have been known to wax lyrical about it here, and here, and elsewhere!) and in August they announced a ‘taste and test’ …

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Truffle Degustation at Benchmark Wine Bar

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It’s a typical cool cold Canberra evening in the middle of truffle season when my friends and I descend onto classy Benchmark Wine Bar (near the Novotel and bus station on Northbourne). Benchmark Wine Bar has had truffle degustations each Tuesday of the past few weeks, but the menu’s changed …

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Treasures Gallery and Bookplate

Squid - beautifully presented

There are so many tourist places I’ve never visited in Canberra, or which I only visited properly once, when I first moved here. When I thought about it recently, it seemed odd: so many of our tourist institutions are living, working places which are always changing – or at least …

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La De Da above Ha Ha Bar

Gorgeous view

I notice it a long time before I hear about it: there’s something going on upstairs from Ha Ha Bar on Belconnen‘s Emu Bank. What is it? A club? Part of Ha Ha Bar? Eventually I hear about La De Da and my curiosity is sparked. With a new menu …

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Hidden Gems at Grazing in Gundaroo

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As part of the NSW Wine Festival (and in the lead up to the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival), Grazing at Gundaroo hosts a “Hidden Gems” wine dinner. While the Canberra region is known for its riesling and its shiraz (for good reason), the dinner shows off those lesser-known but …

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