This week I had the pleasure of great company and delicious food when I caught up with my friend Tara for lunch on Friday. Tara wisely suggested Flute Bakery for a pie and coffee. We both enjoyed a delicious beef curry pie and what Tara describes as “the best macarons in Canberra”. As well as the curry pie I had a cappuccino and pear galette for only $12.50!
If you like pastry or pies The Flute Bakery is worth a trip to Barrier Street Fyshwick. It’s at the Bunnings end.
Our latest blogger interview is with Tara from “In The Taratory”. Tara recently featured in a profile piece on the “Her Canberra” website, showcasing her talent as an advocate for Canberra and all the amazing experiences and activities in our home town. Tara is also a community activist, regularly using social media to provide direct feedback to everyone from our local politicians to supermarket chains. I’m glad Tara suggested we have lunch at the Flute Bakery in Fyshwick. The $5 beef curry pies are very tasty and I will definitely be back for more.
Who are you Tara? I grew up all over Queensland, went to uni in Brisbane, and then moved to Canberra as a grad in 2008. I started the blog because I knew there was a helluva lot going on in Canberra and I wanted to make sure people knew about it and could be inspired to try things for themselves – whether it’s discovering just how amazing the walk up Booroomba Rocks is or getting ideas for a dinner out on Friday night.
Here’s a recent photo of Tara enjoying some grape-stomping at Yarrh Wineries, just north of Canberra.
Where do you live? Belconnen. I never really feel like Canberra was ‘home’ until I moved to Belco.
How long have you been blogging? About two and a half years.
Other hobbies? Bushwalking, Belconnen Community Council (Deputy Chair), Radio 1RPH (a radio station where volunteers read books and newspapers on air for people with a print handicap), Tournament of Minds judging, trivia…
Apple or Android? Android… I’m not an Apple fan! What Apple did for the market was phenomenal but I think it’s been overtaken now. I love how customisable Android is and always has been.
Car/bus/bike? When I’m on a bike something happens and I lose all road sense… so I don’t ride much to save others from me! I do love getting around in a car but I’ve started taking the bus more. Boyfriend also has a scooter – it’s my favourite transport for short trips. Outside Canberra I’m a big fan of the train – it works so well in so many cities and countries.
Favourite TV show? Borgen and House of Cards – the former for the humanity, and the latter for the inhumanity!
Favourite devices? Canon DSLR and Samsung Galaxy S3.
Can we take a peek at your home screen?
Most-used app? Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Reddit is Fun.
Favourite social media? Twitter and Reddit (if you can call Reddit social media).
What’s the first thing online you check each morning? Twitter! If there’s breaking news then it will be on Twitter. If there’s a really big story I’ll then head to Reddit – especially if it’s international.
What do you worry about at night? That I’m not going to bed early enough!
Most exciting recent news? The Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan is being updated. It’s a great opportunity for community participation in a detailed plan of the town’s future.
Ideal career? Good question! My two passions are my job and Canberra, and I’m lucky to be able to squeeze in both. I love promoting and advocating for Canberra and Canberrans so, short of being an MLA, I’m probably in my ideal career(s) 🙂
Recent book you recommend? For an easy but intelligent read I love Australian author Liane Moriarty, and her latest The Husband’s Secret is excellent. I’m currently reading Autoportrait by Edouard Leve. It’s short but each line needs to be savoured so it’s taking me a while! There’s an extract in the Paris Review here.
Recent online video you laughed at? The Long Story Short series on YouTube is clever and funny. I love this episode in particular.
Favourite food? This is going to sound daggy but it’s–hands down–soft boiled eggs with toast (cut into triangles, not soldiers. Soldiers means the structural integrity of the toast is lost!). It’s so simple but quick and tasty, and it’s especially good with free-range eggs, good multigrain bread and Pepe Saya butter.
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
This is my second interview with some of Canberra’s better known foodies and bloggers, inviting them to join me for lunch at their favourite affordable (i.e. very cheap and tasty) eatery/van/café/restaurant/kitchen/etc. I wasn’t sure if anyone has done this sort of thing before with the local foodies? If anyone has links to such interviews please pass them on. My second interview was with the vivacious Rachi Perara, who blogs at www.le-bonvivant.com and I’m hoping to ask each interviewee the same twenty questions that follow. I had the pleasure of Rachi’s company at her favourite southside “cheap eat’ in Kingston: Canberra’s famous Brodburger, located at the Canberra Glassworks.
Who are you? I’m someone whose life revolves around food. I call myself a “self confessed bon vivant” on my blog because I do tend to like the finer things in life, specially when it comes to food and wine. My blog is a lifestyle blog so it’s not just about food although that makes up the bulk of it. I write about restaurant reviews, about food/wine events in Canberra, about my travels, books, interior design, fashion and just general happenings in my life.
How old are you? 31
Where do you live? Narrabundah
How long have you been blogging? About 18 months
Other hobbies? Travelling, gym, Bikram yoga, Cake Club, reading, watching cricket
Apple or Android? Definitely Apple. I’m a bit of an Apple tragic (iphone, ipad, Macbook Air)
Car/bus/bike? Car! I haven’t caught a bus in over 10 years. I keep thinking I need to get myself a bike though. I feel like I can’t call myself a proper Canberran until I own a bike!
Favourite TV show? It was Breaking Bad. Now it’s a toss up between Downton Abbey and Homeland.
Favourite device? My Canon DSLR with 50mm lens. I’m that annoying person who pulls out the DSLR to photograph every meal and event (even non-events sometimes).
Can we take a peak at your home screen?
Most used app? Twitter followed by Calender. I have the worst memory and would forget to eat breakfast if I didn’t put it in my diary (ok, slight exaggeration but you get the idea)
Favourite social media? Twitter
What’s the first thing online you check each morning? It goes in this order: email, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, weather. All before getting out of bed!
What do you worry about at night? If I have a busy day coming up it’s probably something work related. Otherwise it’s probably something food related; not so much worry but as to think/plan where to eat on the weekend etc.
Most exciting recent news? I got my first food related article published in Canberra Times Food & Wine section last week which was very exciting. There will be another piece coming up very soon. I’ve also just started planning a holiday to New York in June/July which I’m ridiculously excited about… the food, the shopping, the food!
Ideal career? A food writer/restaurant reviewer
Recent book you recommend? Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins. It’s a beautiful cookbook/coffee table book.
Recent online video you laughed at? This popped up on Facebook as I was answering these questions. Made me LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWwuebhaQZo
Favourite Food? My mum’s Sri Lankan food: chicken biryani, chicken curry and eggplant Moju to be specific. This blog post should give you an idea on what my mum’s food looks like: all kinds delicious! http://le-bonvivant.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/is-there-anything-better-than-mums.html
Twitter: @rachiperera Instagram:@rachiperera Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lebonvivantblog
There are far too many affordable and tasty meals in Canberra for a person to enjoy in one lifetime (however I’m trying)!
Here’s my current top ten venues for affordable (mostly lunchtime) meals in Canberra.