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Brooks of Canberra pop-up dinner

2 Nov

I’ve taken a few days to write this post, because I wanted to make sure the superlatives I’m about to use were really justified. I’m happy to say they are:

Brooks “of Canberra” is the best dinner I have ever been to.

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Canberra Nara Candle Festival

27 Oct

Packed. Cold. Massive food lines.

These are my first impressions of the Canberra Nara Candle Festival.

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Wine blending class at Mt Majura

27 Oct

After sampling and experimenting, our table has put together a winning TSG blend which we’ve submitted to our judges. It’s just a matter of time before they announce the winner – and we know it’s going to be us*.

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SPIN Saturday

19 Oct

I wasn’t really sure what Spin Saturday was. And, after spending a few hours there, I guess I’m still not really sure. From what I can tell it was all about cars and wheels, loosely tied to Canberra and the Centenary celebrations. That said, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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Canberra International Riesling challenge tasting

14 Oct

I’m loathe to write about this event. And not because it was bad. No.

I’m loathe to write about it because it was so very good.

(And part of me doesn’t want to share it.)

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Malamay Great West of China dinner

13 Oct

It’s Good Food Month in Australia, and Canberra hasn’t been spared from (a handful of) the events. The first event we book into is the Great West of China dinner at Malamay. We visited Malamay back in January, and, while I rated it worthwhile, we were a little underwhelmed with the experience. It didn’t leave us with the wow factor that we expect – and experience – at other Canberra restaurants of the same reputation (and price tag!). I’m more hopeful this time around: the chef from The Chairman restaruant in Hong Kong has teamed up with Malamay to bring this special dinner.

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Mt Majura

9 Oct

I’m not sure whether Boyfriend still hasn’t forgiven me about stretching the truth re our last walk being ‘mostly flat’, but he disappears to play golf the next time I mention a leisurely afternoon walk. It’s a shame, because I think Mt Majura might now be my new favourite walk. (And that is a big call.)

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Murrumbateman Moving Feast

6 Oct

I’m a big fan of Canberra’s wineries, and Boyfriend and I have somewhat systematically been working our way through visiting every single one. The Canberra Region Wine Harvest Festival is permanently marked into our calendars (with visits in 2012 and 2013), and we’ve wined and dined our way through Lerida Estate, Lark Hill, Surveyor’s Hill, Capital Wines, Poacher’s Pantry and Mt Majura. Phew! You’d think we’d know what to expect, but the Murrumbateman Moving Feast still threw up some surprises. So, herewith are some lessons learned:

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Oktoberfest at EPIC

5 Nov

Oktoberfest doesn’t really need an introduction. The festival is usually held from late in September into October in Germany, and the event is replicated throughout the world (and throughout Canberra).

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Black Mountain Tower in Spring sunshine

1 Oct

Today was a great day. It was Monday. It was the beginning of October. Most of us weren’t at work! And the SUN WAS SHINING. This is what Canberra is about!

Boyfriend and I got on the scooter for the first weekend ride in months and decided to make good use of the 2012-13 Canberra Entertainment Book’s two-for-one voucher to head up Black Mountain Tower. After five years in Canberra, I’ve never been! We’ve always said we’ll do it after we’ve done a walk up Black Mountain (given if you don’t you just end up in a carpark with no views!), but we’ve done that once and you can’t take dogs, and we’re loathe to go anywhere without our Whippet. A ride was the perfect opportunity!

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