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From the Vegan’s mouth: Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe

by Barrister Barista

Sweet Bones - The Interior Exterior

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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Curious Canberra Menus

by The Editor

Cheeseburger in a Can

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve come across a number of menu items that have struck us as a little, well… odd.  With the appearance of alpaca burgers at the Canberra Show last week, we’re intrigued as to what else may be out there – perhaps on a more permanent basis.

So, with our appetite whetted for gastronomic games, we want to know what you’ve found in local restaurants, bars and cafe that raised an eyebrow or two.  We’ll spend a few days on this – both via the blog and our Twitter feed – and report back soon.

So get cracking, dear readers!  Throw your suggestions in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Yacht Rock – Christmas Eve at Knightsbridge Penthouse

by The Editor

  Yacht Rock imageCome Christmas Eve, the crew of the good ship SS Knighty will again host their Yacht Rock Spectacular.  For those not accustomed to the smooth and sexy stylings of white man’s soul, here’s a snippet from a recent entry to the captain’s log:

It’s all about 10CC, The Doobie Brothers, America,  Toto, Kenny Loggins, and the Beach Boys, with a hint of Fleetwood Mac and fair splash of Hall & Oates. It’s like a long, winding drive down the Clyde listening to 1053 2CA, a few buttons loose on the summer shirt, an arm dangling out the window, awaiting that summer breeze to hit you.

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NoLights NoLycra – The Xmas Finale

by The Editor

no-lights-no-lycra-logoWe’re big fans of NoLights NoLycra. For the uninitiated, the idea is to don one’s daggiest and baggiest (or whatever is comfortable), enter a darkened room and dance with all the freedom that anonymity brings.

Much like screaming your lungs out in a karaoke booth provides a certain form of catharsis, this is a form of release where egos are left at the door and a smile is put on your face.

After a successful launch of NLNL in 2012, the gang are sending off the year with a bang and hoping for one last hurrah before a well earned break. Tonight (Tuesday 18 December) sees the final soiree add a festive twist.  It appears the team is taking its band of merrymakers al fresco.

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Močan and Green Grout does dinner

by Barrister Barista

Ever tried to find a restaurant open Monday nights in Canberra? It’s difficult, or at least it was. Plugging a hole in the market, New Acton hole-in-the-wall Močan and Green Grout are staying open for supper, on top of their regular seven day breakfast/lunch trade.

There are four unique things about the Močan evening experience.  First, the horse’s mouth tells us that dinner is served only on Monday to Wednesdays, from 6pm to 10pm.  But why those days?  ‘It’s something different’, we learn.  It sure is, we think.  We reflect that staff probably don’t mind having Friday and Saturday nights free, either.  As it is, the relaxed late-nightish trade made our weekdays feel like weekends. New Acton, tastefully lit, is starting to feel like Canberra’s Southbank or Rundle St or Latin Quarter (okay, so that’s a big call).

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Designer Op Shop Braddon – Opening

by The Editor

“There’s a new little shop in Braddon”

We’ve all heard this statement over the past couple of weeks, with the opening of new micro stalls in the Lonsdale St. Traders precinct (what was formerly a tyre shop and fitters).

The gallery-style BOX shop has transitioned to the new venue, and in it’s place is a dainty little boutique filled with pre-loved items.  Designer Op Shop, run by Daniella Morr (who we last recall was vying for Miss World Australia and in a Dress Circle feature) and her family, can be divided into two categories: fashion and glassware.

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No Lights No Lycra – $HAKE YA MONEY MAKER!!!

by The Editor

You may have caught a glimpse of No lights No Lycra in a recent appearance in The Canberra Times and BMA Magazine. Originating in Melbourne, NLNL is the ultimate way to let your hair down and shake out all the stress of the impending Christmas season. It’s on again tonight, so come on down and shake your moneymaker to a bunch of tunes about cashola.

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New Orleans – Summer Cocktail Launch at Knightsbridge Penthouse

by The Editor

Ah… the Big Easy:  sipping rum and feeling the humidity roll in to the sound of brass horns.  That’s the romance of New Orleans – a city rebuilding itself in the hope of achieving former glory.  A city pretty much as far from our little bush capital as can be – both conceptually and geographically.  A city that is the perfect inspiration for an evening dancing your cares away with a refreshing cocktail in hand.

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Rant: The Tragedy of Kingston Foreshore

by The Editor

We were slightly bemused when reading an article by Catherine Carter in this week’s City News stating ‘Kingston Foreshore is exactly what Canberra needs’.  Ms Carter is the ACT Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, and is perhaps heavily vested in broadly owned developments such as the Foreshore.  What a shame the entire development is in fact a wasteland of empty streets and architecturally stunted structures.

If this is really what Canberra needs, we are destined to maintain our reputation of a city without a soul.  As proud residents we feel justified in raises a few issues, so allow us to go on.

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Dress Circle – Liz

by The Editor

Ah, Spring in Canberra. It’s that time when we cast off the scarves and overcoats of winter, don our best sundresses, and race outside only to find that, well, this is Canberra, and half the time there’s still a mighty chill in the air. But never fear! There is a stylish solution to keep you warm on those cool spring evenings, as we discovered when we ran into Liz.

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