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Category: Rumours

The Spring Food and Booze Round-up!

by The Editor

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Spring has certainly sprung in Canberra, and as we stow away our gloves and scarves in exchange for dresses and shorts, it’s time to celebrate the best season of the year.

Warmer weather means its time to get out and about to explore some of Canberra’s new food and drink offerings. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s caught our eye in the bright

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White Rabbit Cocktail Room
(now open)
Jolimont Centre, Northbourne Avenue
Canberra City

This is bar designed for a ‘what’ and not a ‘who’. That ‘what’ is Instagram. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, everything from the cakes to the cocktails to the fitout is pretty and perfect for phone photography. Nick Tuckwell has done a great job of refurbing the tired-but-well-oved Kremlin Bar into a new space that takes the city’s bars in a brand new direction.

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What they’re saying:

Curiouser and curiouser…

What we’re thinking:

A welcome break from the previously blokey trend in Canberra bar design. Thank God there’s finally a new place to party in a frock and heels since Hippo went all ‘Baxter’s Inn’. It’s been a long two years…

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(open 22 October)
16 Iluka Street
Narrabundah

The owners of this new Asian experience speak of it as a vision. Given the months of planning and extensive refurbishment that has gone into the Narrabundah venue, we’re pretty pumped to see how the dream has become a reality.

XO-Interior-BWWhat they’re saying:

XO delivers an innovative, modern approach to traditional South East Asian cuisine that is grounded by a commitment to unpretentious, honest food.

What we’re thinking

This site in grungy Narrabundah has a proud history (Das Kapital, The Artisan). It would be great to see another venue re-invent the dynamic flavours of the region to our north. The big question is this: Can the outer-Inner South dish up another restaurant that is worth travelling to?

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Highball-Express-Logo-BWHighball Express
(open late October – maybe?)
Melbourne Building, Alinga Street
Canberra City

First there was Molly. Now, Highball Express looks to introduce a brand new experience of a Cuban hacienda with big balconies and a light and breezy feel.

Highball-Interior-BWWhat they’re saying:

Cocktail bar in the heart of Canberra’s CBD with over 500 rums and a dedicated function space.

What we’re thinking:

The small and dark (Molly) is going big and bright (Highball) on the ‘difficult’ side of Northbourne Avenue. Last time, the boys put together a beautiful whiskey vault. This time we dream of a cigar section to match all of those rums.

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Other rumours? How about a sports bar in Kingston? Mombassa seems to be getting a long-overdue makeover, and we hear that one of Canberra’s most experienced bar owners is heading to Lonsdale Street.

Stay tuned!

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Slipper Gate – A Vinsiders Investigation

by The Vinsiders

Recently, there has been some well-publicised controversy surrounding Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper. It’s been alleged that Mr Slipper used a Cabcharge to visit a number of wineries within the Canberra region.

With so many competing stories, it’s difficult to establish the facts and make sense of Mr Slipper’s actions. So, while the police, courts and public opinion do their best to ascertain the innocence or guilt of Mr Slipper’s alleged taxpayer-funded jaunt, the Vinsiders decided to undertake their own investigation and follow the trail of the Golden Slipper!

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Mint Road Cafe and Dolce e Salato and Autolyse

by The Editor

Mint Rd logoYears after Silo had the Canberra bakery set pretty much sewn up, it appears a number of new players are moving into the cafe/bakery scene.  Be it with a focus on Italian cuisine, the sourcing of products from across the region, or classic French style, it appears there are plenty of options across the tree-lined avenues of Canberra for those seeking their daily bread.

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C Dine. Pioneers of the Kingston Foreshore

by The Editor

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When we first heard of Canberra’s latest dining venture – C Dine – we were taken immediately back to a cheesy French revolving restaurant we visited during a trip to Perth last decade.  Fear not, for this is certainly much closer, and definitely more stationary. Importantly, C Dine is the first full blown restaurant to make it on to the water down at Kingston Foreshore.

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Farewell Foreshore… for sure?

by The Editor

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Over the last couple of weeks, word was circulating that perhaps we’d seen the last of Foreshore. Surely Canberra’s favourite festival had a secure future thanks to a dedicated crowd that had repaid the dedication shown by the event’s organisers? Yesterday, perhaps the first nail in the coffin was delivered.

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The 2013 Parliamentary Mid-Winter Ball

by The Editor

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Ah, the Parliamentary Mid-Winter Ball – possibly THE social event of the year in Canberra, and one that is largely attended by, um… non-Canberrans.

Still, as far as a let-your-hair-down event that celebrates the activities of what the broader Australian public considers ‘Canberra’ to be, it’s one hell of a ‘knees-up’!

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FashFest – The Mystery Continues

by The Editor

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Last night the organisers of Canberra’s impending FashFest were busy with Form Haircutting photographing models in an underground carpark.  How do we know this?  Well, as series of photographs appeared online via the @fashfest Twitter account (see images after the jump).  Clearly activity is building prior to the shows that are scheduled to occur in early May, we just seem to know where and how.  Hmmm…

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Autolyse – Braddon’s Latest 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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So, what does this mean for the little post-industrial suburb of Braddon?

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Southside Update: Who’s Doing What Where?

by The Editor

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There’s a fair bit happening on the Southern side of the lake – mostly around Kingston.  It seems that one of the oldest areas in town is set for a whole lot of activity along the Jardine Street strip.  This week will see off an institution, while some long-rumoured mega-venues take shape.

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FashFest 2013 – Canberra’s New Look

by The Editor

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The New Year has started with a bang for a little project aiming to lift the profile of Canberra’s fashion scene to a whole new level.  Last year’s Avant Garden event by Hannah St James as well as an incredibly well received Kinetic show from the CIT graduating students proved there is an appetite in town for both conceptual and mainstream shows.  Perhaps there is opportunity for something even bigger?

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