I don’t know a lot about whisky. I have even been known to spell it whiskey (rest assured I have been duly chastised; maybe I should just stick with calling it scotch). What I do know is that I like it, so it only seems fair that I should spend a bit of time learning more about it.
There are a few restaurants where I’m asked, “Have you been to such and such yet?” or someone presses, “You HAVE to go there?” followed by, “When are you going to review it?”
But there is one restaurant which is mentioned to me more than any other.
It is Morks.
Each July, the Australian Mushroom Growers runs a campaign encouraging people to cook mushrooms, and eat mushrooms when they’re out. This year, I was lucky enough to receive a $100 gift card to enjoy some mushroom meals around Canberra and post some photos on social media.
While I love mushrooms, a dish that features mushrooms isn’t my go-to dish when eating out, particularly at breakfast – I’m usually after hotcakes or something with eggs – but I’ll often order mushrooms as a side. This campaign means I’m seeking out dishes I might otherwise have missed.
It’s no secret that The Boathouse by the Lake is a favourite restaurant of mine – as it is now for many of my friends. So, if I trust a restaurant to do truffles right, it’s going to be The Boathouse. Thanks to fellow blogger Rachi’s organisation skills, a number of us secure seating together on one of the two long tables for the night.
We’re at Versatile Restaurant for a small birthday dinner. I’m always interested in dinners in suburbs I’ve never been; while I’m no stranger to Gold Creek, I’m not familiar with too many dedicated dining venues, and Versatile Restaurant’s reasonably active Facebook page and changing menu have previously caught my attention.
In 2013 I was extremely lucky to be selected to attend the Canberra US Embassy’s 4th of July celebrations and blog about it. While it was time to pass the mantle over to a new swag of local bloggers this year (Kylie, Tash and Michelle), as a bit of a thank you I got the swankiest invitation I’ve ever seen to attend as a guest! What an honour.
The above lovely ladies have done a pretty stellar job at documenting the celebrations (and got a good look behind the scenes!) – I strongly encourage you to check out the 4th of July celebrations through their eyes. As a blogger it feels odd to attend an event and not blog about it, so here’s a very quick peek at what the celebrations were like for me – as a guest!
It’s bitterly cold and I’m about to see a new phenomenon: more puffer jackets in one place than ever before. But, there’s food (including cake!), and wine, and fashion – and that seems to be enough to convince the rest of Canberra to come out at 3pm to New Acton, too.