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Jaffle Degustation at 54 Benjamin

12 Feb

In the last few years, the Belconnen Town Centre has grown and changed in more ways than many of us could have imagined. One of the best parts about that has been the number of new businesses that have opened. 54 Benjamin is one of these: a hole in the wall cocktail bar at the bottom of the Churches Centre which just recently celebrated its first birthday. Its wide-ranging menu, convenient location and late-night jaffle menu makes it a favourite among residents and workers alike – and I’m proud to call it my local!

I have to say it wasn’t until Two Before Ten started showing up with their van and breakfast jaffle menu at the Aranda Shops – as it was developed to make way for the new cafe and the Bolt Bar that I was reminded of just how good the humble jaffle is. It’s the warm sandwich that doesn’t fall apart, with no end of delicious fillings. The only risk is a burnt tongue depending on your fillings – tomato, I’m looking at you – but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.

54B – as it’s known – has brought jaffles back in a big way, with butter chicken jaffles and alphabetti-cheese jaffles proving a hit: so much so that 54B decide to shake things up a bit by kickstarting their Thursday night ‘event’ series with a jaffle degustation.

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Two Before Ten, Aranda Shops

11 Jan

From little things big things grow. That’s certainly the case for Aranda Shops. After sitting basically empty for almost 15 years, big things are happening. Think a cafe, and a pub, and a community library which connects to the pub so you can take your glass of wine in and read a book. Think providore and pizza cafe with fancy wines.

But that’s in the future (but not too far, thankfully! I don’t know about you, but I’m chomping at the bit). In the meantime, popular coffee purveyors Two Before Ten (formerly of Civic) have put their Juggernaut van out the front with a few umbrellas. Out of this little van are big things: generous opening hours (8am-4pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-midday on Sunday), fresh coffee and a small menu that still manages to have half of Canberra salivating at 10am.

Having been fortunate enough to have a tour of the awesomeness that’s unfolding in the shops last week, this morning on the way to a few errands we steered our car past Aranda Shops on Bandjalong Street. There’s a large parking slip lane and, despite the rain, already a few customers – both promising signs.

It’s the jaffles that get me – ham, cheese and baked beans or butter chicken. We both agree on butter chicken and a large flat white and chai and in the time it takes for a quick sticky beak behind the van, they’re ready to go.

Eating jaffles and drinking coffee in the car, watching the rain

The coffee’s hot without being scalding and the bread is fresh. The butter chicken is creamy with a bit of zip but it’s not spicy – it’s 10am after all. From the comfort of the car’s front seats we watch the world go by – or more accurately, the steady stream of customers dropping into this unsuspecting little van.

If this morning is anything to go by, Aranda Shops proper is going to be huge. Not everything’s going to open at once, but we should be hopeful of a cafe opening in late January. I can’t wait.

Date: Sunday, 11 January 2015

Cost: $24 for two jaffles ($8 each) and two coffees

Value for money: High (especially when you factor into the convenience)

Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile

Want more? I can almost guarantee you’re not going to miss this opening – it will be huge – but in the meantime drop by the shops and see for yourself!