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A dinner for two at the Mecca Bah Canberra @meccabahact

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and here’s another great review by Gary of the Mecca Bar in Manuka. haven’t been for a while but this review and photos make me want to go again soon!

The Old Yummy Lummy

Last night Bron and I went to dinner at the Mecca Bah in Manuka. We’ve been there a few times before but this is the first time since I’ve started the low carbohydrate (low carb) way of life.

We arrived at 7 pm and were shown to a table we’d sat at before. The restaurant was already busy and it didn’t take long for it to be filled. Everyone around us looked like they were enjoying their meals. There were lots of pizzas being ordered judging from the number of wait staff carrying them to various tables.

The menu has changed a little recently with the addition of Duck Baklava to the Mezze selection. Bron has a work mate who recommended it to her. It didn’t take us long to work out what we wanted. We decided to share the Duck Baklava between us as well as the roasted pumpkin…

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Sunday #breakfast @hahabarcbr | Ha Ha Bar Belconnen recommendation from @Girlhassparke

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Gary likes breakfast at HaHa at Belconnen because it’s yummy. He’s right.

The Old Yummy Lummy

I’ve lived in Belconnen since 2007 and have never been to the Ha Ha Bar on Lake Ginninderra. Yesterday Megan mentioned on Twitter that breakfast at the Ha Ha Bar never disappoints.

So this morning I ventured to the Ha Ha Bar for breakfast.

I arrived shortly after 8 am and the place had a good smattering of customers. Soon after I arrived more people came streaming in demonstrating the Ha Ha Bar’s popularity.

The service was friendly and helpful. I was shown a table on the balcony overlooking  Lake Ginninderra. It was a view that allowed me to do a little people watching as locals walked, jogged, ran and cycled by.

I asked for a long black coffee on being seated and…

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Behind the Bar: Chester

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I like this personal view of what makes a bar tick: real people with a vision for what they love and want to share. Bit out of my price range though … But will keep it in mind for a special occasion! 🙂

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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Meet a #Canberra Foodie: Megan (@Girlhassparke)

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I recently had the pleasure of sharing a lunchtime meal with veteran of the Canberra blogging scene. A veteran you ask? Well, yes, she’s been blogging for over 5 years, that’s about 4 years and ten months longer than me, so I was hanging on her every word and looking for suggestions and sage blogging advice. Megan (better known as @Girlhassparke) recently impressed me with this cool and succinct post about a hidden little treasure in West Belconnen. I‘ll let you read it yourself and then visit it, and then think about how short our lives are in this amazing world, how lucky we are to live in Canberra, and how important it is to always try something new and take an unplanned peek around the corner, even in our own neighbourhoods and city.


Who are you Megan?  I am Megan a 26 year old living in Canberra, Australia. By day, I am a legal policy officer, who toes the work dress code in an effort to satisfy my love of bright colours and fun pieces. I have a coffee addiction that I have managed to restrain to one cup a day (occasionally two).

When I am not working for the man you can probably find me eating, travelling, being with my friends or family, sweating it out at the gym or comatosed in a ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ marathon.

I have been blogging for four years at Time After Tea but decided that I wanted a fresh start with a blog that more accurately reflects my life, goals and dreams and where I am today thus the creation of ‘The Girl has Sparke’.

So why should you visit the ‘Girls got Sparke’? Because it is a normal girls story, and guide to getting the best out of life! For me that means making the most of the simple things but also setting my sights on the stars. This blog will talk about the little and the big and everything in between. Whether that is reviewing the cake store down the road, building a workable wardrobe, to planning overseas travel and investing money wisely.

I am on a mission to constantly strive for my goals, better myself one step at a time and share my passions with others. I also hope to learn and grow with people who read my blog and create an engaged community.

Age?  26

Where do you live? Scullin.

How long have you been blogging?  For five years, previously at  but more recently at .

Other hobbies?  Travel, reading, exploring, shopping. I enjoy following some other amazing blogs such as

Apple or Android  Apple.

Car/Bus/Bike?  Bus! <I’m guessing she’s looking forward to the free wifi on Action buses!>

Favourite TV show?  True Detective, Homeland, Real Housewives of New York.

Favourite Devices?  iPad, iPhone, Toshiba laptop.

Can we take a peek at your home screen?

Meegan screen shot

Most used app?  Afterlight (photo processing)

Favourite Social Media?  Instagram

What’s the first thing online you check each morning?  Twitter

What do you worry about at night?  If I’ve turned the gas off on the stove J

Most exciting recent newsPlanning a trip to Europe later this year!

Ideal Career?  Political Advisor

Recent Book you recommend?  The Snowchild by Eowyn Ivey

Recent online video you laughed at?

Favourite Food?  Mexican (her fave Mexican in Canberra is GYG)

You can learn more about Megan at

Megan is on twitter at, and her Instagram account is

Best Traditional Food Dishes From Around the World

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Loved the photos in this short article about the Best Traditional Food Dishes From Around the World. I’m very disappointed I couldn’t try all these dishes during the recent Canberra Multicultural Festival. I might write a letter complaining to the government about that 🙂

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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