I’m suffering from ordering envy lately. I agonise over what I’m going to order, and when I do, I regret it – particularly when my dining companion is served up with something that looks particularly scrumptious. Particularly when I’d been considering that menu item for myself. This seems to only be happening to me at breakfast time. Does this ever happen to you?
Helloooooo, spring! My favourite season. I feel like I spend all winter waiting for spring to arrive, and while a) we haven’t hit the spring equinox quite yet and b) there have been some cold mornings, the glorious days so far have me convinced that we may – may - have even completely missed false spring (please, please).
But first – what did I enjoy of what I recommended last time?
I don’t often associate restaurants attached to hotels with award-winning experiences, but Monster Kitchen and Bar in the Nishi building – and part of Hotel Hotel – has been scooping awards since its official opening a few months back – and yet has just a 52% approval on Urbanspoon (at the time of writing). At a catch up with a group of old friends on a cool Saturday in August, I put it to the test.
I love seeing suburban cafes grow and thrive, and better still there’s plenty of new ones in Belconnen making a real go of it (like Little Oink). Tommy & Me is ‘way out west’ in Macgregor, but rumours of enormous cupcakes (and I mean it literally), a great venue and good coffee sees us out there on a Saturday afternoon.
I’m after a Canberra hill or mountain I haven’t done before; one that’s close to home, and one that I can knock over quickly. My very good friend (who happens to be a surveyor and knows all the mountains in Canberra) suggests Old Joe, near the border. I’ve never heard of it. On reading about it, it seems like the Mt Ainslie that no one’s ever heard of. I expect a return walk in an hour or so, through a nature reserve – Goorooyarroo (confusing number of Rs and Os) – I’ve never set food in. Win, win!
There’s a new
kid cafe in (Belconnen) town (centre).
C Dine Bar is the recent winner of the AHA Award for Best Restaurant in Canberra. It has a prime location on the Kingston Foreshore, and I’ve always admired its vast outdoor seating and heard rumours of its excellent seafood.
10 minutes after arriving at the Foreshore we’ve taken advantage of the bright warming sunshine on this cool day and we’re sat outside with menus and views.