Life in Canberra

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Unwrapping Shoalhaven – Breakfast and beach combo

by Rosemarie John and Joseph Ellis October 1, 2017

We woke up in our cosy wood-fire heated cottage and took some time to soak in the view of Pigeon House Mountain in the distance. The sun had risen and its crepuscular rays streamed through the gaps in the clouds—it was refreshing. While we could have cooked up breakfast in our fully-equipped kitchen, we decided to eat out and found […]

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Viva Mexico at Hyatt Hotel Canberra

by Rosemarie John and Heather Wellard September 16, 2017

September is an electrifying month for Mexicans. One early morning on 16 September 1810, in a small town named Dolores, a priest rang the bell of his church and uttered the Grito de Dolores or Cry of Delores which launched the Mexican War of Independence. Father Hidalgo y Costilla’s Grito cry is re-enacted every year throughout Mexico and celebrated by […]

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Savouring Victorian wines at the Tastes of Two Regions

by Gem August 15, 2017

Unlike Rosemarie and Joseph, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to travel, so when a region showcases the delights of their area in my home city, I jump at the chance to savour what they have on offer. Tastes of Two Regions went one better, the King Valley and Rutherglen winery regions joined forces to exhibit their delicious food […]

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Molto Italian on the Kingston Foreshore

by Rosemarie John August 2, 2017

Lunch at Molto Italian on the Kingston Foreshore was a lovely immersion into one of the most popular cuisines—Italian! With Molto’s firm believe in simplicity and respect for good produce, my afternoon was filled with deliciousness. Carlo Tosolini who head’s Molto, describes each dish as it was served, enticing me to dig in. But what caught my eye was that […]

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Breakfast at Ricardo’s

by Rosemarie John July 1, 2017

Do you have a favourite haunt? Well, ours is in Belconnen and it’s not because we live there. There is something special about having breakfast at Ricardo’s. It’s almost like a ritual… you wait to get seated, you scan the menu, walk up to the register to order, pick up a bottle of water and then get hypnotized by their […]

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Hot Air Ballooning in Canberra

by Rosemarie John June 17, 2017

Gently floating upwards on a foggy morning, we waited for Air Traffic Control to give us clearance to be wafted into the clouds (literally). We were in a basket, drifting into the sky to admire Canberra’s landscape from up above. Whoosh… the burners went… and the higher we soared. Looking down on State Circle, we felt blessed with the beauty […]

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Lunching at Natural Nine

by Rosemarie John May 9, 2017

I’ve been looking for a Chinese restaurant close to work that would serve a good hearty porridge and I was excited to hear that Natural Nine did just that.

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Enlighten 2017 – A Canberra art and food festival

by Rosemarie John March 11, 2017

It’s that time of year again when Canberra lights up and the night noodle markets offer up a delicious fare! Held from 3-12 March, Enlighten 2017 is one of our favourite festivals. We even try to sneak a quick visit on work nights. This year, our favourite displays were the light projections of Questacon and the National Gallery. Food wise, […]

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National Multicultural Festival 2017 – Canberra

by Rosemarie John February 19, 2017

The only thing we look forward to in summer (we’re not a fan of the heat) are the myriad of festivals that take place in Canberra and the National Multicultural Festival 2017 is one of them. Celebrating diversity since 1996, through the showcase of food, music, dance, costumes, culture and friendship, Joseph and I have always made it a point […]

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ACT Multicultural Awards – Travel and Beyond wins the Media Award in Canberra

by Joseph Ellis December 22, 2016

I was stunned to hear the announcement. “The Media Award goes to Rosemarie John and Joseph Ellis.” As we walked up to receive our awards from the Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Rachel Stephen-Smith, my mind was blank and Rosemarie’s eyes were a mixture of joy and disbelief. I think we were both simply awestruck. The winners in the other categories […]

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