The Canberran

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Category: Cafe

Winter warmers: where to get cosy with your coffee

by Barrister Barista

 

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Whether or not you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, it’s hard to deny that Winter is Coming. Every year circa Anzac Day, white breath and windscreen ice start to become routine for Canberrans. Consumption of warm beverages increases, as we cling on to cups just to warm our hands. And there’s no more of this perching on milk-crates; if you’re drinking warm drinks, you want it to be doing it somewhere warm.  Where’s warm in Canberra?  We’ll tell you.

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From the Vegan’s mouth: Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe

by Barrister Barista

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There’s a party going on in Braddon. No, not a house-warming party on Ijong St, a cafe-warming party on Lonsdale. Since Sweet Bones Bakery and Cafe opened in November 2012, the invite reads Vegans (and All) Welcome.
Now then, what can we tell you about our [metaphorical] hosts?  We know a bunch of things…

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Bienvenue: Autolyse French Bakery

by The Editor

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Autolyse is an optional dough process. It refers to a period of rest after the initial mixing of flour and water, a rest period that occurs sequentially before the addition of yeast and other ingredients.
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Unlike the French, it appears activities along Lonsdale Street show no signs of retreat. Now we’ve been treated to new Gallic experience in the form of Autolyse French Bakery.

Pourquoi?

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Bittersweet in Kingston – is it all about the coffee?

by Barrister Barista

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“Coffee in Kingston?  Where shall we meet?’  Inner-South Parl-Tri Canberrans may have asked each other these questions – and may have struggled for answers.

On Silo’s off days (when they’re closed, we mean) Kingston’s Green Square assumes the status of a Scene.  The op shop’s real close and parking’s sometimes possible – oh, and the Essential Ingredient is still awesome, despite the own-brand product overload.  It shouldn’t be hard, in a thriving little business district like Kingston, to settle on the source of your next cup of joe.

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Everything Old is New Again – Debacle

by The Editor

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Debacle is dead!  Long live Debacle!

Like any good dynasty –  such as the Windsors, the Kims or The Phantom – it takes a good death to refresh the family lineage.  It was therefore with some sorrow but a healthy dose of anticipation that on 23 February we bade farewell to Debacle at its old site north on Lonsdale Street.

So, where to next?

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The Weekend Cometh: 5-7 April 2013

by The Editor

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Here we go, beautiful readers. It’s time to launch ourselves headlong into the last two evenings of daylight savings. Before you know it we’ll be reaching into the back of the cupboard for gloves, scarves and hats. It’s time though for one last hurrah: let’s see what’s on offer around the Nation’s capital.

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The best of both beans – coffee at Koko Black

by Barrister Barista

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Is it just us, or is there something depressing about supermarkets at Easter time? Tossing discounted (still expensive) Lindt and Cadbury into the trolley next to iceberg lettuce and jalna yoghurt just doesn’t say I love you, let’s get into a food coma this weekend.

We’re snobs, and we live in Canberra, so we passed on the supermarket queues and did some destination Easter shopping this year.  Aside from eggless / dairyfree / carob at the hippy grocery stores, our options boiled down to Canberra’s chocolate destination – Koko Black, Canberra Centre. While we were there, we had a coffee (or two). Passing up St Ali coffee is something our snobbery just doesn’t sanction.

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Easter Thursday – The Hot Cross Bun Survey

by The Editor

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The Canberran’s Twitter feed is a curious beast. Increasingly it becomes a multi faceted conversation on all manner of subjects regarding our town and it’s culture. Recently though, we were confronted with one of the big issues – where in Canberra are the best Hot Cross Buns. The question came from avid reader Amy Woods, and we felt it well within our powers to call in our followers to assist with her request. We threw the question out to the Twitterverse, and various suggestions came from @Swamp_Ophelia, @Miffyg, @beneb, @clairek_g, @msbhavur, @thecanberralife, @afl4act.  Armed with that info, our correspondent went off to investigate.

So, let’s hand over to Amy:

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Double Parked at Loading Zone

by The Editor

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Loading Zone, situated in the Odgers Lane – the access lane for traders in The Melbourne Building – is the first business to really attempt the lane-way feel in Canberra. Would we discover a fresh injection to the local scene, or instead some sort of contrived urban chic?

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Rant: The Department of In-House Hospitality

by The Editor

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Office perks: Customs’ $9K coffee machine spend

…screamed The Canberra Times’ headline yesterday (Monday 18 March 2013), taking a well-earned break from putting the boot into the Centenary. ERMAGHERD!!! How could such a thing be justified?

Well, the fact Customs spent all this money to entertain guests – especially when they are located in the middle of nowhere in rural Victoria (yes, even further than Brindabella Park) – in a day where a couple of scoops from the 5kg Blend 43 tin probably no longer cuts it, is hardly a sensation… is it?

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