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Charnie’s Chinese, Charnwood, an expert in a classic style!

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If you’re ever in the West Belconnen suburb of Charnwood and searching for an affordable and delicious Chinese meal – Charnies Noodle and Dumpling House is a local favourite. Michele from the FineEating blog sampled some of the dishes below…

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Finding myself in Canberra’s far north for work last week, I consulted the Canberra Food Bloggers for any nearby ‘do not miss’ spots for lunch.

Unanimously they agreed that I must not miss this opportunity to experience Charnie’s Chinese, a favourite!

And indeed Charnie’s is a specialist in that heritage classic Aussie Chinese takeaway style.

Large serves of deliciousness are very affordable, rice is cheap at $2 per person and you can take along your bottle of wine  at no charge if you want to eat in.


All this service comes with the friendliness and welcome of Sophia and her team who love to see their customers happy.


A steady stream of regulars is a testimony to its popularity with locals.

A very kind man allowed my to photograph one of this favourites chicken fritters with plum sauce $13.80


Sophia apologised for the extra $2 price rise on lamb dishes…

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Kimchi with @nilbarcode

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After spending a week in Seoul, Korea a while back I became a huge kimchi fan. It’s basically fermented cabbage with lots of garlic and chilli, so if you’re not a fan of those three key ingredients you may not appreciate it as much as I do!

In the excerpt below Michele from fineEating explains how she learnt to make kimchi with fellow Canberra foodie Evangeline:

“Yesterday I spent a relaxed Saturday afternoon with Evangeline learning how to make kimchi at the Canberra Environment Centre, and met some lovely people along the way! Evangeline is a self taught …”

follow the link below for the full story on Michele’s blog!

Source: Kimchi with @nilbarcode

Halal Snack Pack at Yarralumla Halal Pide House

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Some of you may be aware of the Halal Snack Pack craze sweeping our nation.

It started off as a cheeky reaction by a group of Sydney mates to some anti-Halal hysteria spread by the likes of Cori Bernardi, George Christensen and Pauline Hanson. The started the Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society on Facebook and the rest is history.

There have been several mainstream media stories explaining the phenomenon and thanks to NSW Senator Sam Dastyari it has even been featured in the Senate Hansard of the Australian Parliament.

To keep things kicking along, Sam also just released a video to explain to curious observers how HSPs are made:

If you’re in Canberra and you need to find out for yourself how good this culinary protest movement is then get thee to the Yarralumla Turkish Halal Pide House ASAP.

Here is what you can expect!

$15 gets you a HUGE styrofoam container filled with chips & meat smothered in sauces! It’s ‪#‎Halal‬ so you know it will upset some white people & it’s meaty, so sorry for those who like salad.And although it was not on their menu for a long time (like it’s a top secret for smart people or something) enough people asked Ali nicely so it now features on their permanent menu! People power works!

More here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HalalSnackPackAppreciationSociety/permalink/949188695159159/

So naturally, Yarralumla kebabs gets three Canberra beanies!

 

$14 Polish Dumpling Dinner at the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner, Canberra

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I have to admit that most of my past reviews have been about lunchtime specials. I will try and include more affordable Canberra dinner options in future, starting with this one!

My new fave Wednesday night dinner is the $14 Pierogi special at “The Polo”, which is the restaurant inside the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner.

Locals would be aware that the club was destroyed in a fire in 2014 but has since been rebuilt through a big community fundraising effort and it’s well-regarded restaurant has re-opened.

The Polish Club has a Facebook page, which regularly reminds followers about specials and special events.

I dropped in and wandered up to the window between the restaurant and kitchen to place my order with the friendly staff.

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I chose the pork dumplings from the menu of Wednesday night specials.

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When you order the special you get a small voucher to exchange for an authentic polish beer at the bar. You have three beers to choose from.

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The service was quick and I had just enough time to take a few photos, scribble some notes about the menus on the wall and drink some wheatbeer before my buzzer started buzzing.

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The dumplings were cooked to perfection.

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I will be back and intend to sample more from the extensive menu.

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AS well as great food the club also hosts regular community events and is a regular gig for the Canberra Musicians Club. More info on events at the Polish Club can be found on the website “events section”. 

Highly recommended for value and taste! – Three Canberra Beanies!

 

 

Interview on ABC Drive with William McInnes: Parma on the national broadcaster

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Love this blog. A Brisbane man has eaten a parmigiana every week for a year to try and find what makes the classic pub fare perfect.

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It was an amazing day in the land of Parma today with me being interviewed on the 612 ABC Drive program with William McInnes.

A link to the full show this afternoon is here: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peOwLeVoND?play=true

My interview is in from around the 8 minute mark through the 20 minute mark.  I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it.

A shortened version with just my interview, I understand, will be available on the ABC website shortly: I will also post it here when it goes live.

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Big Smoque BBQ Festival Bingo

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Hopefully you’re aware that Canberra is hosting its first BBQ festival this weekend 5/6 December, thanks to Alicia and her awesome friends at the Australian American Association!

This is an officially sanctioned BBQ competition (via the Australasian BBQ Alliance).

Tickets are available here at reasonable prices and there will be many local and international food stalls selling their delicious barbecued creations.

To help you find purpose and direction at the BBQ festival I’ve designed a little bingo sheet and thanks to Smoque Canberra my friend Alicia from the Australian American Association has arranged a $100 first prize for the best (most complete and entertaining) entry. All you need to do to win $100 of delicious feed from Smoque Canberra is print out the bingo sheet and follow the instructions on the sheet, whilst sharing online via twitter and instagram and facebook as much evidence as possible of your adventures.

Please use the hashtags #Canberra #AAABBQ and @AAABBQ_Fest on Twitter and thebigsmoque & #visitCanberra on Instagram and check into the event “The Big Smoque – AAA BBQ Festival Canberra” on Facebook (and also helps to like the page The Big Smoque AAA BBQ Festival Canberra 5-6 December).

So what are you waiting for? Download the bingo sheet (make copies for your friends) and come on down for an awesome weekend of heat and meat!

In BBQ we trust!

 

Canberra – a Love Story

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A beautiful post by Beck from “In Search of Golden Pudding” about the recent Eat Drink Blog conference in Canberra – she has taken so many great photos! Had to share🙂

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Last month, at Eat Drink Blog, I fell in love with my city all over again.

I first came to Canberra more than 20 years ago in my late teens.  I came as a student, from a childhood in the bush, and initially found it very bare and open, with what seemed to be identikit suburbs stretching on forever.

Gradually, as I developed networks of friends and familiar places, it grew on me.  I grew to love my tree filled neighbourhood, the birds…the closeness to bushland, shops, and monuments and attractions.  In the world of food I loved my local markets, both the big Belconnen Markets, as well as smaller local ones, and as we had children, appreciated a rare night out at some of Canberra’s great restaurants.

Yes I loved all these things, but it was a quiet appreciation, born of long familiarity and I think I took…

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