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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!

 

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.

Brisbane's Best Parma

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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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 🙂

In Search of Golden Pudding

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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$5 Friday: Golden Jewelled Risotto

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What a fascinating post from Serina Huang at Ms Frugal Ears! I had no idea that Dandelions are one of the healthiest superfoods around. She explains: “They are incredibly good for you, in particular they have detoxifying properties that are good for your liver and some extremely good cancer fighting properties. The best time to eat the leaves is very early spring while they are green and tender – once they flower they become bitter. But there is nothing to stop you from eating the flowers themselves”

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I have been accused recently of liking to cook with flowers.  I am entirely guilty of this: I love incorporating edible flowers in my cooking.  And today I am going one step further and incorporating an edible weed.

Risotto topped with dandelions

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Dream Cuisine, Fyshwick – a passion for pastry!

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Lovely overview of Dream Cuisine in Fyshwick by Michele Walton at the Find Eating blog. The crew make the freshest & best croissants in Canberra, due to the fine ingredients and refined method.

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Dream Cuisine is a patisserie with purpose! Owen’s ‘Dream’ is to create the finest laminated pastry and perfect macarons.

Not bound by the rules of traditional pastry cooking, Owen encourages his team to explore new ideas, take risks and experiment with different butters and flours to achieve the very best results. (They even source their butter from Naomi in Myrtleford, Victoria who studied butter making in Europe!)

Along with his mum and business partner, Marilyn, Owen has successfully taken their vision to the Hamlet (Little Dreams), Old Bus Depot Markets and the Capital Region Farmer’s Market.

While the Fyshwick location may not be as convenient as more central spots, it gives the team the space they need to work their magic, and is so worth the trip! (The Lavender macaron is amazing!).

Cozy and cute, Grace and Annie make you feel right at home.

The coffee is excellent and there’s…

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