Tag Archives: Kingston

Durham Little Creatures Lunch

12 Nov

We’re a little worse for wear after a big Beer Day Out the day before, but amidst the pouring rain we bundle into The Durham Castle Arms in Kingston for the next beer event. This is an afternoon advertised as food matched with Little Creatures beer. We’ve done this before – in late 2011 and early 2012 – and enjoyed each time, and expect similar. We shake ourselves out of the rain at 12.25 for a start time of 12.30, and they’re still setting up. We’re left to stand in the corner while they work out where we should be sitting. Our arrival beer is a Roger’s (with no food accompaniment). Little do I know, bu it’s going to be the highlight of the event.

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Me and Mrs Jones versus Bodega de Pintxos

13 Dec

It’s December, the days are long, the weather is (finally?) warm (hopefully for good!), and what better way to catch up with friends than to venture down to rejuvenated Kingston?

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Beer and food matching at the Durham – take 2

30 Mar

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Earlier this month I blogged extensively about our last (October) beer and food matching experience at the Durham, so I’m going to save repeating myself here about the details of the experience.

Instead, I figured I should concentrate on reviewing what we were actually there for: did the foods actually match the beers (if you just want the yummy pictures, scroll through the slideshow above!)?

  • The mussels marinara matched well with the White Rabbit White Ale, but the beer came out a little too early, so most of my table’s beers were finished by the time the meals came out! For those who haven’t tried mussels before, they taste like a combination between chicken and fish. I think.
  • Lamb belly with moroccan carrot puree and Rogers beer – lamb belly was very chewy, but tonnes of flavour. The pureed carrot and sauce were excellent, and the Rogers beer was … curious. It’s not a very carbonated beer. I’m not sure I’d have it again.
  • Char-grilled chicken with lemongrass and lime paired with White Rabbit Pale Ale – the table was in agreement that this didn’t really match, and, separately, the chicken was probably the most disappointing meal of the day.
  • Stuffed pork steak with pear and walnuts wrapped in smoked bacon with Pipsqueak cider – absolutely superb combination – probably the best combo for me. While you’d think apple cider would work better, the pear cider worked beautifully. Not to mention, the stuffing was great. Lovely meal, and I don’t normally eat pork. The only downside is that the ‘smoked’ bacon was quite overcooked and dry.
  • Chocolate marquise with raspberries and marscapone cream served with White Rabbit Dark Ale – I think the purpose of this combo is that the Dark Ale is supposed to be able to cut through the sweetness, but it unfortunately didn’t. The beers and the dish were great on their own, but the sweetness did seem to dull the beer.
  • The final dish was a cheese platter with two types of beer (I don’t have a record of what it was though!) – I think made with two different types of water. There was definitely a difference in taste, which seems logical, but I didn’t mind either taste. The brie and the creamy blue vein cheeses mixed well with the beer, which was able to cut through the flavours.

It was another great day, but unlike last time, there were no prizes (and we all love freebies!). The host was very enthusiastic, but the cramped conditions and our position made it a bit hard to hear. At $59 it was still great value for money because it goes for a few hours and you get to try a whole lot of things you otherwise wouldn’t have tried (they even made marquise this week on My Kitchen Rules, so we knew what they were talking about!). If I’m having pork, I’ll know to serve it with cider.

Attendees: T1 + friends

Date: 24 March, 2012

Cost: $59 each

Worthwhile factor: Worthwhile

Want more? Apparently there’ll be another on in late April – stay tuned!

The Flute bakery

12 Feb

Canberrans and non-Canberrans alike will argue that Silo Bakery in Kingston is the best bakery in Canberra. I feel pity for these people, because that means they’ve never been to the

Mr Smith cake and 10 layer chocolate cake

actual best bakery in town: The Flute.

The Flute doesn’t do itself many favours by making a lot of the things we take for granted about bakeries – and even modern dining – and thumbing its nose at them. For starters, the bakery is in Fyshwick, hidden across the road from Super Toyworld and almost masked by trees and other industrial buildings. Add to that a crowded and confusing cashier area, opening hours of just 8am to 3pm (!), not being open on weekends (!!) and no Eftpos facilities (!!!), and you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re deliberately trying to put themselves out of business.

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Madam Woo, I do love you

25 Jan

I’ve written elsewhere that I think the restaurant ‘precinct’ of Kingston leaves a lot to be desired, with a whole swag of high priced restaurants and cafes which you leave feeling

Yum yum yum yum yum

like you haven’t got your money’s worth.

I have to clarify now that this is my general stance about Kingston. There are a few notable exceptions. Madam Woo is one of them.

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Artespresso in Kingston

18 Jan

Artespressois found in the Kingston dining precinct. I’ll state from the outset that I’m generally not a fan of the area – everyone bangs on about how many options there are, but it

Goat's cheese terrine (sorry for mobile photos)

doesn’t hide the fact that it is just a wide variety of mediocre. Artespresso seems to have bucked that trend, with it by all accounts seeming to be very trendy and came with a few good recommendations.

We arrived at about 7.30 and were seated straight away. The venue was busy but they still managed to seat us away from other patrons. Their menu is probably the perfect length and the waiter was skilful – chatty and welcoming without being overbearing.

We shared an entrée each, with Boyfriend ordering the Goats Cheese Terrine (roasted vegetables, goats cheese, avocado puree, capsicum oil, watercress) ($17) and me the Mushrooms (macadamia, cream cheese, honey filled, tomato sugo, fresh herbs, rocket, shaved parmesan) ($17). The Goats Cheese Terrine was lovely – a big size, and great flavours – and plenty for both Boyfriend and I to share. The mushrooms were also very tasty but rather small and just three.

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A ‘Spring Fling’ with the Fash ‘n’ Treasure market

14 Sep

* This post was by T2, a co-author of In The Taratory from 2011-2013. *

The cleverly-titled Fash ‘n’ Treasure market sells itself as ‘Canberra’s one and only fashion event,
bringing together local wardrobes, fashion designers, fashion shops, milliners and stylists
’. As a keen market-goer and fashion lover, the promise of two whole levels of clothing and accessories certainly caught my attention. Canberra isn’t particularly known for its wide range of shops, so it seemed to be a great opportunity to pick up a couple of unique, one-off pieces.

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