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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!

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So naturally, Yarralumla kebabs gets three Canberra beanies!


$14 Polish Dumpling Dinner at the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner, Canberra

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I have to admit that most of my past reviews have been about lunchtime specials. I will try and include more affordable Canberra dinner options in future, starting with this one!

My new fave Wednesday night dinner is the $14 Pierogi special at “The Polo”, which is the restaurant inside the Polish White Eagle Club in Turner.

Locals would be aware that the club was destroyed in a fire in 2014 but has since been rebuilt through a big community fundraising effort and it’s well-regarded restaurant has re-opened.

The Polish Club has a Facebook page, which regularly reminds followers about specials and special events.

I dropped in and wandered up to the window between the restaurant and kitchen to place my order with the friendly staff.

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I chose the pork dumplings from the menu of Wednesday night specials.

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When you order the special you get a small voucher to exchange for an authentic polish beer at the bar. You have three beers to choose from.

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The service was quick and I had just enough time to take a few photos, scribble some notes about the menus on the wall and drink some wheatbeer before my buzzer started buzzing.

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The dumplings were cooked to perfection.

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I will be back and intend to sample more from the extensive menu.

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AS well as great food the club also hosts regular community events and is a regular gig for the Canberra Musicians Club. More info on events at the Polish Club can be found on the website “events section”. 

Highly recommended for value and taste! – 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:

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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Big Smoque BBQ Festival Bingo

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Hopefully you’re aware that Canberra is hosting its first BBQ festival this weekend 5/6 December, thanks to Alicia and her awesome friends at the Australian American Association!

This is an officially sanctioned BBQ competition (via the Australasian BBQ Alliance).

Tickets are available here at reasonable prices and there will be many local and international food stalls selling their delicious barbecued creations.

To help you find purpose and direction at the BBQ festival I’ve designed a little bingo sheet and thanks to Smoque Canberra my friend Alicia from the Australian American Association has arranged a $100 first prize for the best (most complete and entertaining) entry. All you need to do to win $100 of delicious feed from Smoque Canberra is print out the bingo sheet and follow the instructions on the sheet, whilst sharing online via twitter and instagram and facebook as much evidence as possible of your adventures.

Please use the hashtags #Canberra #AAABBQ and @AAABBQ_Fest on Twitter and thebigsmoque & #visitCanberra on Instagram and check into the event “The Big Smoque – AAA BBQ Festival Canberra” on Facebook (and also helps to like the page The Big Smoque AAA BBQ Festival Canberra 5-6 December).

So what are you waiting for? Download the bingo sheet (make copies for your friends) and come on down for an awesome weekend of heat and meat!

In BBQ we trust!


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 🙂

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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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Review Dream Cuisine Patisserie and Cafe

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My friend Dr Gary Lum (From the YummyLummy food blog) has bolted out of the starting barriers and beaten 20 other foodies at sharing our shared bakery experience from a visit to Dream Cuisine Patisserie this morning.

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You should also follow Gary and Dream Cuisine (and every single other Canberra foodie) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

He writes:

You just have to go to Dream Cuisine Patisserie and Cafe if you want pastry, coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. This is a must do place in Canberra.

Source: Review Dream Cuisine Patisserie and Cafe

Pit Cooking!

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As we approach the first ever Canberra BBQ Festival in early December I’m becoming more intrigued by different styles and techniques from around the world. Here is one from South America via British Columbia!

Dream Cuisine Patisserie, Fyshwick

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I dropped into Dream Cuisine today for a sausage roll and chocolate croissant – both delicious. I’ll come back and write a more detailed post but in the meantime here’s some delightful words and pictures from the lilyandaoukeatfood blog about Dream Cuisine in Fyshwick!

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I love Canberra, its got great food, lovely people, everything and anything is only a 20min drive away, there is no peak hour and the airs cleaner. Outside of the cold, the only thing I miss about Sydney is the cakes, sweets and pastry shops (and family of course!).

At least once I week, I’m sitting at home craving pretty looking pastries and sadly I don’t know many places in Canberra that do good sweets and! Most importantly are open on weekends or open outside of work hours (I’m talking about you Flute Bakery, why do I have to be sick to have delicious baked goods?!) I mean Canberra does have good baked goods e.g. Autolyse, Silo, Cornucopia and etc but I want a place where patisseries come first, all that savoury stuff can come later. I’ve been to Ricardo’s and its nice, sadly I don’t want to just have one place…

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