CBRFoodie is a personal Foodie blog about Canberra that focuses on affordable meals. I’ve been tweeting via @CBRFoodie and dabbling in Facebook via www.facebook.com/CBRfood  since December 2013… and am now having a crack at WordPress. This is my first attempt at a Blog. As well as a way of learning to use WordPress (I have a slightly more serious Blog at www.CampaignsDownUnder.org ) this Blog helps me share some tips about places I like to eat in Canberra with friends and with strangers. Canberra is an amazing place to live and this is one aspect of life here (affordable food) that doesn’t get much of a run in the mainstream media.

During the day (and often at night as well) I work for the ALP, mainly in Training, focused on overseas development and international relations. Many of you may know me as @Elias_Hallaj. I’ll try and keep this Blog (and @CBRFoodie) focussed on food and keep all the other things going on around me in a separate portal. Don’t hesitate to remind me if I occasionally press the wrong button on my iPhone twitter app!

15 thoughts on “About

    greg@urbanspoon said:
    April 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hi ,

    Your first post just appeared on Urbanspoon! Check it out:

    I encourage you to claim your blog, which allows you to add a picture and change some settings. The blog photo shows up next to your posts wherever they appear on Urbanspoon. Here’s how to claim:

    – Make sure you’re logged into Urbanspoon

    – Go to your blog page on our site: https://www.urbanspoon.com/br/344/13060/ACT/CBRfoodie.html

    – Click “Claim your blog” in the left sidebar

    After you submit it, we may contact you to verify your claim. Check your spam email folder if your claim hasn’t gone through in a day or two. You’ll also find some interesting badges and widgets on your Urbanspoon blog page – look in the right sidebar.

    If you have any questions, please contact me via email.




      cbrfoodie responded:
      April 26, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Greg! Am looking forward to adding more good reviews about affordable places to eat in Canberra 🙂

    greg@urbanspoon said:
    April 26, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Thanks! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you’ve reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.





    greg@urbanspoon said:
    May 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm


    I’ve added a new feature so you can publish your blog posts on Urbanspoon yourself without having to wait for us to do it! Here’s how it works:

    – Make sure you’re signed into Urbanspoon.
    – Go to your Urbanspoon blog page (not your user profile): https://www.urbanspoon.com/br/344/13060/ACT/CBRfoodie.html
    – Click “Edit blog settings”.
    – In the Pending Posts section, click “Edit and publish my pending posts”.
    – Then, enter the “snippet” text, verify the date and URL, and press Publish.

    Please make sure that:
    – The URL should be the permalink to the blog post (not the blog home page, a category page, a post preview, or a service like feedproxy).
    – The snippet should be 2-3 sentences (quoted from your blog post) that gives an idea of what’s in the post.
    – The snippet should NOT include bylines, dates, address info, captions, tags, HTML code, etc.

    Note: there may be a delay of 1-2 hours after you post on your blog until our system detects the post.

    We’ll give you one week to do it yourself, then it’ll go into our queue to publish.

    Thank you for all of your contributions, and let me know if you have any questions.

    Best regards,



    charinya said:
    June 20, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Hi, I’m Charinya from Charinya’s kitchen. Love your blog, but could you please update my blog address on your website to http://charinyaskitchen.wordpress.com/?
    I look forward to your next post.
    Best wishes.

      cbrfoodie responded:
      June 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Charinya, thanks for noticing the need for an update! will do 🙂

    feedingthesonis said:
    June 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I’m so glad I discovered your wonderful blog and even more excited because like me you’re a Canberran. 😊I would love to be added to your Food blog list. Do check out my blog when you get a chance http://feedingthesonis.wordpress.com

    feedingthesonis said:
    June 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Hi I’m so glad I discovered your wonderful blog and even more excited you’re a Canberran like me.😊 I would love to be added to your list of food bloggers in Canberra. Do check out my space when you get a chance http://feedingthesonis.wordpress.com thanks.

      cbrfoodie responded:
      June 29, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Thanks for follow & feedback. Are you on twitter as well?

        feedingthesonis said:
        June 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

        Need to figure out how to tweet so not in Twitter yet but I have a Facebook page. Might try and get onto Tweeting soon..thx for the add. 😊

    Ema Jones said:
    July 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm


    Hope you are doing well. I loved your section current top ten highly recommended. I can completely understand the effort you take to write and that you want maximum people to read it so that your thoughts can be shared at the max and you can explore more and more.

    I want to include your recipe/recipes in my app called “ChefChili”.

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    itskateandme said:
    July 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    hi,i love this blog.but im a idiot so can you un-confuse me.its not you its me im not up on the bloggon world so dont quite no how it works yet.
    on your feed you have post from yourself but others too which i often click on and get taken to the ‘original message’ which is another blog alltogether.
    how does this work?ive not seen it done like this before.
    ever so sorry to bother you with silly questions.

      cbrfoodie responded:
      August 1, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Hi Kate, I’m not sure what you mean but if it’s any consolation I too often get confused with the linking and url process on this blog and others. I’m also frustrated by the difficulty in bridging blogs on different formats such as wordpress and BlogSpot. Sorry I don’t have the answers you are seeking but i’m sure you will find them if you persevere.

    Louise said:
    August 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Loving this blog, Elias. Love the food pics. And recommendations for family eats! 🙂

    Brian Butler said:
    December 2, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Gday, Brian here from Punching the Taste Buds (punchingthetastebuds.tumblr.com). Just wanted to say that you had an amazing site that showcases the best of what canberra has to offer. Insperational stuff, keep it up.

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