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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).

Canberra Food and Wine Expo

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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

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.

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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) .

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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

Double Drummer in Barton

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In the second week of February in 2013 Double Drummer started serving food in Barton. First impressions are the size and bustle during the busy lunchtimes. The café is well-situated for a large public service lunchtime crowd in a new building and without much nearby competition. It’s yet to reach its full potential, with a new full-service kitchen being planned in the next few weeks (so stay tuned for earlier opening hours and a new breakfast menu).

My colleague and I both enjoyed our lunches. Service was quick. You order and pay over the front counter and there is a separate coffee counter (with wine and beers as well). I enjoyed (devoured) this tasty Peri Schnitzel. At just $13 with drink Double Drummer gets 3 #Canberra Beanies. I will definitely return and try some of the tasty-looking pastas and salads at the main food bar.

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What is a #Canberra Beanie?

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A #Canberra Beanie is EXACTLY like a “Michelin Star” or a “Chef’s Hat” except it’s not such a huge wank. If an eatery is fast, affordable and tasty and provides enough food for a reasonably balanced meal and reasonably healthy diet, it will get three #Canberra Beanies. If the food is not tasty, slow or it’s a bit pricier than expected or something is odd with the service or setting then expect two or one #Canberra Beanie. If there’s no #Canberra Beanies awarded then you might want to have another look at the top ten. Remember this is all completely unscientific and prone to human error, just like the Michelin Stars and Chef’s Hat systems! 🙂

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What is a Michelin Star?

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The term “Michelin Star” is a hallmark of fine dining quality — which is pretty funny considering that Michelin is, in fact, a tire company. But the Michelin company launched its first guide book  in 1900 to encourage road tripping in France, and started anonymously reviewing restaurants by means of a three-star system in 1926.

Michelin awards 0-3 stars on the basis of anonymous inspections by reviewers. The reviewers are supposed to concentrate on the quality, mastery of technique, personality and consistency of the food, not on interior décor, table setting, or service quality.

In Australia, I don’t think we have any officially rated Michelin Star eateries, well because I reckon they are biased towards French food, which is not really that popular in Australia, certainly not compared to Asian or American-style (pizza, hamburgers, fried chicken, etc.) cuisine. anyway they’re all bloody expensive. If you’re interested there’s a list of expensive Michelin-Star-Style restaurants in Australia here: