Beautiful Time of Year

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Beautiful photos from Paul Jurak, as usual 🙂


22 March 2014: I’m loving the autumn sunrises and how the mist is just starting to be a part of my daily routine. The morning started out with soft pre-dawn tones that lasted for ages and then it all quickly changed as the sun finally decided to pop up from the clouds to burn through the mist to liven up everything up. I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks will bring as this is such a beautiful time of year.



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New restaurant & bar openings in February 2014 – a round-up of what’s hit Melbourne in the past month

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wow… too many new Melbourne eateries to fit into one trip! I may have to stay a week or two for the next excursion to Melbourne 🙂

Sharking for chips and drinks...

We continue our regular monthly feature where we summarise some of our highlights from the previous month and offer recommendations for where you should visit or have on your radar for the month ahead.

Encompassing new openings and old favourites, pop-up venues, events and everything in between, here is the inside track for those sharking for chips and drinks.

If we’ve missed any exciting new places off this list, please get in touch in the comments section. In case you missed it – check out what OPENED IN JANUARY. ———————————————————————————————————————-

Taxi Kitchen, Fed SquareTaxi Kitchen

When? February 28, 2014

What is it? Fun dining, not fine dining!

Who’s behind it? Owned by Sovereign Hotel Group, Tony Twitchett is still Executive Chef and Sam Forte is the Head Chef

Size? Total capacity is 200 and there are a number of new bar seats and communal tables being added to the existing floor plan…

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More Superb Sights and Sounds from Canberra’s Kayak cameraman @PaulJurak

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Check out these Superb Sights and Sounds.

I jokingly referred to Paul Jurak recently as “the Lake Whisperer” because of his amazing ability to sense and see the beauty in Canberra’s lakes.

On a regular basis he is out exploring and recording and if you want to follow someone on twitter who will regularly make you “ooh” and “ahh” at our city’s natural and man-made beauty – then follow @PaulJurak .

Paul also has an amazing blog and is active on facebook as well.


Here’s a recent photo from a kayak adventure with Paul on Lake Ginninderra (also with @In_The_Taratory and @YvetteSBerry)

Meet a #Canberra Foodie: Trish (@eatshootblog)

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This is my third interview with some of Canberra’s better known foodies and bloggers, inviting them to share information about themselves so we can learn more about what makes them tick and why they are such cool people.

My third interview is with the Trish (@eatshootblog), who has been an active member of Canberra’s constantly evolving online community for several years (I first noticed her great snippets of advice about food, photography and parenting in Canberra on Twitter in 2010).

Trish is between blogs because she’s about to launch a Kickstarter campaign and all her creative energies are going straight into that at the moment!


Who are you Trish?  I was born, raised, educated, married and became a mother in Canberra.  I started writing online as a contributor to parenting forums when my kids were babies, and in 2004 organised my thoughts and opinions into a blog.  That blog evolved and endured for almost ten years though I recently stopped blogging to focus on writing a novel and right now I’m getting ready to launch my own company. I tweet about anything and everything and post lots of pictures of food on Instagram (both as @eatshootblog).  I am a very proud Canberra resident but since we turned 100 and we’re all grown up, I have vowed not to engage in any more debates with Canberra-bashers.  Rather, I say a short prayer of thanks that they don’t live here. My favourite place to go in Canberra for an affordable, tasty meal is The Duxton for Thursday night Burger + Beer $15. It’s my local, so I’m a bit of a fan.

<For those that want to check it out some of the regular specials at The Duxton, check this out. http://www.theduxton.com.au/whats-on>

Age?  42 and a half.

Where do you live?  O’Connor

How long have you been blogging?  About ten years

Other hobbies? Cooking, writing, photography, travel.

Apple or Android?  Apple

Car/bus/bike?  Bike, car, foot.

Favourite TV show? ‘Australian Story’

Favourite devices?  The remote control for my garage door.

Can we take a peek at your home screen? I am currently homescreenless J

Most-used app?  Instagram

Favourite social media?  Toss up between Instagram and Pinterest.

What’s the first thing online you check each morning?  My email.

What do you worry about at night?  I usually go to bed worrying about how tired I’m going to be in the morning on account of going to bed so late.

Most exciting recent news?  I can’t say, but it’s got something to do with my new company and the product I’m launching.

Ideal career?  Working for myself.

Recent book you recommend?  I’ve been reading a lot of very dry books about business and marketing and crowdsourcing. The last novel I read was Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘The Signature of all Things’ and I really enjoyed it.

Recent online video you laughed at? The goats – http://youtu.be/58-atNakMWw

Favourite food?  Fish Tacos.

Follow Trish on Twitter @eatshootblog

Perfect Combinations

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If you don’t follow Paul Jurak on twitter and in WordPress, then you should! 🙂


23 Feb 2014: Backlit clouds beamed golden rays of light into the morning skies over Canberra creating a wonderful atmosphere. The crazy cloud formations and the beautiful light combined perfectly to produce some wild reflections on a very calm morning.

The reflections were amazing. Stunning Sunday has begun. The reflections were amazing. Stunning Sunday has begun.

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Yummy lowcarb perfect scrambled eggs breakfast

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Gary Lum’s awesome scrambled eggs with lamb and avocado!

The Old Yummy Lummy

Last week I decided to take a couple of days leave. I’ve been feeling a little run down, a little low. I thought a long weekend with nothing planned would help.

What better way to start a day than with scrambled eggs made the Bill Granger way.

Let me know what you think as a comment below.

I hope you’re well and eat yummy.

Images of yesterday’s slowly roasted shoulder of lamb.

Sunday 2014-02-23 17.31.51 AEDT A slowly cooked shoulder of lamb. Cooked for 3 hours at 150 °C. Sunday 2014-02-23 17.31.51 AEDT A slowly cooked shoulder of lamb. Cooked for 3 hours at 150 °C.

Sunday 2014-02-23 17.53.51 AEDT Roast lamb and salad. The salad includes 111 g wombok, 37 g tomato, 12 g spring onion, 41 g celery, 11 g fried shallots, 78 g roasted pumpkin and 80 g of the lamb. Sunday 2014-02-23 17.53.51 AEDT Roast lamb and salad. The salad includes 111 g wombok, 37 g tomato, 12 g spring onion, 41 g celery, 11 g fried shallots, 78 g roasted pumpkin and 80 g of the lamb.

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Canberra’s AWESOME 2014 National Multicultural Festival

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This year was the 18th year that Canberrans enjoyed the biggest and best multicultural festival in Australia (maybe the world?). Over 260,000 people attended over three days from February 7-9. With each subsequent festival twitter has become a better source of advice about which stalls are worth seeing and what ford and drink is worth tasting. It’s an unsurpassed opportunity to try lots of different foods and beers and other drinks (kava, etc.) from around the world as well as enjoy several days worth of free entertainment from some amazingly talented people both in Canberra and from around Australia.

If you want to see (and hear) what happened then my best advice is to search for #NMF2014 in twitter and scroll through the amazing pictures, videos and posts from those attended, enjoyed and recorded the weekend. You can also follow the official twitter account @NatMultiFest and scroll through the many posts and reposts from the weekend. Enjoy!

Here are some random highlights (If anyone can teach me how to cleverly embed links I will buy you lunch):









Well-known Canberra camera whiz Greg (@gcnelson) posted this short video:


trying again with a different link:


Healthy Snacks … not my idea :)

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Before you reach for that packet of chips or Tim Tams…. here are some good ideas for healthy snacks from the Forbes website (not that I’m a regular reader). http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/02/11/10-healthy-snacks-to-eat-at-your-desk-2/?utm_campaign=forbestwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Canberra Food and Wine Expo

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(one #Canberra Beanie) sml beanie

The Canberra Food and Wine Expo held at the Canberra Convention Centre promised “ingredients to tantalize your taste buds! From Gourmet food to exquisite wines there will be something for everybody to indulge” – wow, which foodie could possibly resist?

The website offered a downloadable 6MB pdf of the Expo Program http://www.foodandwineexpo.com.au/assets/2014-CFW-Schedules.pdf

I have to admit after the excitement and variety of the Canberra Multicultural Festival the number of food and drink outlets was slightly underwhelming. That said, if you’re a wine connoisseur there were plenty of tables and stalls to enjoy. Not being a big wine drinker I settled on a six-pack of Kenyan Malt Lager.

kenyan malt beer

Although lots of places offered tiny morsels to taste there didn’t seem to be a lot of affordable lunch-time fare, which was disappointing. Two stalls which caught my eye were the Vietnamese (VietYum) and Turkish (Master Gozleme) .

vietyum and Gozleme

Bought some delicious and attractive rice-paper rolls from the Viet Yum boys (who are based in Sydney). 3 rolls for $9 was not the cheapest option in Canberra (there are several Vietnamese cafes and restaurants in Canberra who can better this price) but it was tasty and fresh. I enjoyed the prawn, chicken and vegetarian rice paper rolls and dipping sauce was ok as well. They also offered various other menu options. I am assured by intrepid Canberra photographer and tweeter @richardtuffin  that “the vege gozleme was bloody brilliant!” 🙂

vn rice paper rolls

Overall the Expo is worth attending if you haven’t been before. It’s not as amazing and mind-blowing yummy as the National Multicultural Festival but nothing compares to the biggest party of the year in Canberra. One insight for me was learning from a regular attendee at the Sydney Food Expo @sassez (who has attended the Sydney Food Expo an amazing 10 times in the past 10 years) that I should put that one on the calendar as well. I will come again to the #Canberra Food and Wine Expo but will not drive and hit the wine stalls hard 🙂 One #Canberra Beanie