Life in Canberra

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Dobinsons in Belconnen

by Rosemarie John January 3, 2018

We have always been a fan of Dobinsons Bakery and Cafe. In fact, it was the only excuse to head back to the city on any given weekend. But today, we’re happy to report that Dobinsons has opened its doors in Belconnen! If you’re a north-sider and love their sandwiches, cakes and a whole range of baked goods… you’ll be […]

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Celebrate Christmas at Muse in Canberra

by Rosemarie John and Gem November 30, 2017

Picture this! You are in a small well stocked and curated bookshop whiffing at the vanilla-almond like scent of old and new books. Now imagine yourself chowing down a mouth-watering spread of cuisine or sipping an array of wines. Welcome to Muse, Canberra’s hangout joint for bibliophiles, gourmands and oenophiles. Located in the chic East Hotel and nestled between Kingston […]

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Song Canteen – Canberra Cheap Eats and $10 lunches

by Rosemarie John November 25, 2017

Eating out can be expensive, especially if you do it every day. I try my best to pack lunch to work but sometimes what you’ve got in that office fridge isn’t going to cut it. I start thinking about lunch around 11 am and try to convince myself: “just eat what you’ve brought”. Somehow, I find my will to listen […]

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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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