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Category: Cheese

Australia’s Best Wines – Where are the Canberra Drops?

by The Editor

Canberra Vs World Affordable Wine

 

Canberrans are proud of our local wines. While only Mount Majura actually produces within the ACT border, we are more than happy to claim everything from Yass through to Lake George, it seems that we still can’t crack it with the best across the nation.

James Halliday – possibly the biggest name in Australian wine – has released his Top 100 Wines for 2015. Guess how many local wines made the cut this year…

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Walt & Burley Arrives at Kingston Foreshore

by The Editor

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Well, it’s finally here. After 15 long years of Kingston Foreshore’s vision, we finally have the opening of Walt & Burley – a bar in such prime position down by the lake that you’ll wonder why it’s taken half a century to decide this is probably a good use of waterfront land.

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A.Baker at New Acton – Lightning Review

by The Editor

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It seems like forever since our beloved Parlour and wine room suffered at the hands of an unruly pizza oven and burnt to the ground.  Not that it was in any way Parlour’s fault (the oven belonged to the restaurant next door), however since then, epicurean Canberrans have mourned their loss from the heart of the New Acton precinct.

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“86 That, Chef?” Dining at Braddon’s Brash, New Kid.

by The Editor

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We burst through the doors from the darkness of a chilly Autumn evening and into the warmth and hubbub of a busy restaurant on a Saturday night. The last thing one might have expected was to be grabbed in a headlock and taught a stern lesson before being turned out on the street.

At least, that’s kind of what happened…

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The Weekend: Cheese Expertise at Old Parliament House

by The Editor

We love cheese. Pure and simple. So much so, we even went to the effort to make what was the most delicious toasted cheese sandwich we’re ever likely to try. Still, there’s no need for imported gruyeres and brie to set up a decent cheese platter – why not look to some of the local producers?

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Toasted Sandwiches – Part II

by The Editor

Following our taste of what was the most delicious and indulgent toasted sandwich we had ever laid tastebuds on, The Canberran made good on the promise to attempt Heston Blumenthal’s ‘Ultimate Cheese Toastie’ from the new cookbook At Home.

The key ingredients for this outrageous snack include comte and gruyere cheese, an onion compote with smoked bacon, wine lemon juice (!) and a square kitchen sponge.  This was certainly going to interesting.  Whether it would be delicious was a question that remained to be answered.

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The Canberran on Tour: Toasted Sandwiches

by The Editor

Image: taste.com.au

“Toasted Sandwiches?” We hear you cry.  Good point – what the Hell are ‘toasties’ doing on a sneering blog such as this?

Well, let’s take it back a step.  Some of our best years were spent at uni.  We were young, we were thin, and follwing  a long evening chasing Happy-Hours around the city, there was nothing we couldn’t cook out of a jaffle iron.

And what fond memories they are – until you start recalling the searing plastic cheese or the sound of scrapingthe last baked bean out of the tin.  Fortunately for all of us, the humble ‘toastie’ has moved on.

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The Canberran on Tour: Melbourne Report

by The Editor

The Canberran spent the weekend wandering the streets of Melbourne in search of delicious tidbits for the eyes and for the palate.

We spent most of our time in the city, dodging trams and taking in the Hipster fashions.  Never in our lives have we seen so many young men wearing bow ties and prescription free glasses.  You know your movement has gone mainstream when, for eight bucks at Cotton On in Bourke Street, you csn pick up a pair of these:

Sigh.

Still, your correspondent was dedicated to the cause.  Check out the highlights after the jump.

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My Kingdom for a Toastie

by The Editor

As you may have noted through a half plea issued via Twitter this afternoon, The Canberran was in deep need of a toasted sandwich.  Continuous discussion over the deliciousness of melted cheese had me at the point where urgent action needed to be taken.

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