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4th of July at the US Embassy 2014*

12 Jul

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!

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4th* of July at the US Embassy

4 Jul

I’ve never been to the US Embassy in Canberra before. The building – situated among plenty of other embassies in the leafy suburb of Yarralumla – is instantly recognisable, with plenty of red bricks, white fences and white railings. It’s also recognisable by its sheer size. When I hear that there’s an opportunity going to be part of one of their biggest parties of the year – their 4th of July celebrations – as a ‘roving social media reporter’, I’m keen. To my surprise and delight, I get the gig. What follows, dear reader, is what I can happily describe as a whirlwind experience.

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Enlighten: Members’ Guests Dining Experience

11 Mar

With Enlighten Canberra comes the offer of experiencing dinner at the Members’ Guest Dining Rooms at Parliament House. We figure, at $90 a head, why not? It can’t be worse than our $75 pp experience at Siren Bar.

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A day (and night!) at the cricket

8 Feb

Lights + Manuka Oval + a handful of tickets left = a genius Christmas present for my dad (and an opportunity to see him outside of my usual trip home for Christmas).

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Passionate about The Pinnacle

16 Dec

My love of Mt Painter is well known. I try to spend a lot of time there, and spend probably even more time telling people about how magical it and its views are.

With that in mind, I think it’s safe to say I’m having an affair.

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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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Eden Road 2009 Shiraz – The Seedling

13 Apr

Shout out! The Canberra Harvest Wine Festival is on this weekend! If you like wines (and if you like the sound of this wine), you may like to head along!

Eden Road - The Seedling - 2009 Shiraz
(note the marks on the bottle aren't from me!)

The Eden Road 2009 Shiraz – “The Seedling” – was purchased from the Belconnen Bottle-O. (It’s worth noting that the Belco bottleo is open til 11pm most nights, which is later than almost anywhere else in Canberra – it’s a great default if you’re off to a late night party!)  Fortunately, most bottleos in Canberra (even Dan Murphy’s) have dedicated sections of their stores to local wines. If you take a look, you’ll notice that the Canberra region is particularly partial to producing a good shiraz. This is great news for the Canberra wineries, because shiraz is still Australia‘s most loved wine.

Since my first review of the Jeir Creek Riesling last month, I’ve been on the look out for wines from the Canberra region which are $20 and under. From my completely unscientific research, there are very few. There are plenty of Canberra wines between $20-25, for just very few under! Given the wine glut and just how many wines are even $15 and under, I do wonder if Canberra might be a little unrealistic. To that end, all wines <$20 will be favoured until I run out! This wine was a perfectly reasonable $15.95. I’m not sure if this influences others (and particular people of my generation), but I really am influenced by a wine bottle‘s label. Eden Road’s labelling is great – simple and elegant – though the different wines end up looking quite similar!

 

A sniff of the 2009 “The Seedling” makes me think of mulberries and green chillies. It’s deeply coloured – purple-black. A first sip of the wine is almost fizzy on the tongue. I don’t recommend swirling this wine around in your mouth – it’s best enjoyed slowly sipped. I enjoyed this with a creamy blue vein cheese (from, you guessed it, Belco Coles!). Any creamy cheese (but particularly those with sharp flavours) would be well offset by the tang and fizziness (there’s no other way to describe it!) of this wine.

(For the record, the wine is described on the bottle as: “The Seedling Shiraz has aromas of blackberry and dark cherries that lead onto a plump and juicy palate with great length and elegance”. I don’t read these blurbs before I review the wine – largely because they don’t make sense to me.)

Cost: $15.95 from Belconnen Bottle-O

Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile. Will buy again. Support Canberra industry (more support = cheaper prices, right? Right?)

Want more? http://www.edenroadwines.com.au/ (They were recently rated a 5 star winery by James Halliday – props!)

 

 

 

Revisiting Mount Kosciuszko

7 Apr

With visiting parents, I thought it might be quite lovely to take them down (and up) to see Mt Kosciuszko. We’d sworn ‘never again’ to the Main Range Track walk (>20km) which we’d done in early January, but had thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and thought it would be a nice tourist spot. We settled on taking the chairlift up from Thredbo (we’d walked from Charlottes Pass on the previous occasion) and walking the 13km return track from there.

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Dominating Mt Tennent

16 Feb

Mt Tennent in the distance

Mt Tennent is a bastard*. There’s no other way to put it. The first time I braved it was August 2011, and on finishing it I made the promise myself to never, ever do it again. That was until I got my new Heart Rate Monitor, which piqued my curiosity – if Mt Tennent is such a hard slog, how many calories does it burn? Of course, the only way to find out was by doing it again.  And that’s how, exactly six months later, I found myself back on Mt Tennent, and cursing it.

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Main Range Track in the Snowy Mountains

17 Jan

Summer months = hiking, in T1’s world. Winter months also mean hiking, but there’s not as much on offer in the winter months. In particular, it’s quite difficult to hike the Snowy Mountains in the winter!

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