Article Archive

July 29, 2015

You’ll be in your Element

18/01/2008 by Amalia Ridwan

Hiding in between the fluorescent posters of the newsagency and supermarket at the Griffith shops, is a trendy little treasure that can often be overlooked. But once you step inside Element and are hit with the wonderful smell, you'll need to find your feet. Roland Cheung was browsing on the internet looking for a house when he came across Element; a restaurant and an opportunity he couldn't resist. Nine weeks later, he is the co-owner of a petit venue which has reinvigorated Griffith as a diner's destination.

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Two El Dorado Decades

18/01/2008 by Natalie Tsirimokos

If its good old fashioned service you’re after, you can’t go past El Dorado, serving heroic sized meals at great prices for 20 years. If you haven’t experienced El Dorado recently you’re missing out on a fresh and pleasant surprise. Coming into their 20th year, El Dorado boasts a new fresher fit out, vibrant team, and a brand new Chef with delicious tricks up his sleeve. Head Chef Petre Krsteski made the switch to Dickson’s relaxed dining haven a short time ago, leaving his position as Head Chef at Gooromon Park, in Hall.

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Diabetes 000 To the Rescue @ The Hellenic Club

18/01/2008 by Natalie Tsirimokos

Steaming hot service men, women in lingerie and celebrity trainers Michelle Bridges and Shannan Ponton from Australia’s Biggest Loser, 000 to the Rescue had something for everyone, all while raising precious funds for Diabetes ACT. Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease and with one hundred new cases diagnosed in Canberra each month Diabetes ACT uses events like this to raise vital funds while having a bit of fun.

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Heat it up

18/01/2008 by Natalie Tsirimokos

Some people like the zing and zang of the devil’s pepper, while some would rather turn up their nose and say ‘hold the chili.’ Whatever your preference, the chili pepper may be one of the most under-used peppers in the fruit & veg isle. Bursting with potential and rich in vitamin C, the chili pepper ranges in strength and taste and is used widely in cooking, from Italian to Indian. 

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SmokeFree Dance Fest 2007

18/01/2008 by Amalia Ridwan

The final night of the SmokeFree Dance Fest 2007 filled Canberra Theatre to the brim. If there was one spare seat it was certainly made up for by the audience’s cheering and the enthusiasm coming from the students on stage. Dance Fest is one of Canberra’s largest and most successful youth arts events. The festival has grown from one night to three nights of 47energetic performances by over 30 high schools and colleges.

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Tackling El Dorado

17/01/2008 by Nic Henderson

On my first outing I left my safe haven of Canberra’s south side and headed for the bright lights of Dickson to visit the iconic El Dorado Steakhouse Restaurant. For my first special guest I opted to take a close friend of mine, CA Brumbies and Wallabies winger Clyde ‘Can I have a visa?’ Rathbone. I wanted to start the search in true ‘forwards VS backs’ fashion and did so by inviting our illustrious import from ‘The Republic’.

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Radiating with Charisma

17/01/2008 by Natalie Tsirimokos

Café Charisma is tucked away at the North Lyneham shops. This charismatic family run business is bursting with home made Greek specialities and friendly staff. Owners, Con and Mary Kourpanidis take pride in recreating some of the best Greek dishes in Canberra, all baked home-made style using local ingredients and fresh produce. “We use old family recipes, the exact same way we cook it at home.” Con said. Café Charisma, does not just host a great range of Greek foods, they also serve broader Mediterranean cuisine and Australian favourites.

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Don't rock the boat

17/01/2008 by James Nicolson

It is no secret that not all restaurants are successful. Six in ten restaurants fail within the first year. When one, such as The Boat House, has been open for fourteen, and always 'at the top of its game', it’s worth raising an eyebrow and taking notice. The Boat House first opened its waterfront doors to the public in April 1993. The following decade saw the Boathouse host the likes of Bob Hawke to John Howard, with side serves of diplomats and foreign delegates, regardless of the political season; even Jamie Durie of Backyard Blitz, fame has eaten at Canberra's favourite venue.

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15 floors up and at its peak

17/01/2008 by Natalie Tsirimokos

BG Skyline Restaurant has been overlooking our nation’s capital from the 15th floor of Rydges Lakeside, for 2 years. The simple yet modern fit-out of the venue is enhanced by large windows, which stretch from the ceiling to the floor. The picturesque view gives patrons the opportunity to enjoy the sites of our nation’s capital in an intimate setting, 15 floors up. The concept is the brain child of Rydges Executive Chef, Vincent McAviney who alongside Food and Beverage Manager Peta Sarlos, has taken BG Skyline Restaurant from strength to strength.

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Little Brussels right in the heart of Canberra

17/01/2008 by Ben Graham

The Belgian Beer Café in the heart of Kingston is one of Canberra’s more unique establishments fusing traditional Belgian beer with Franco-Belg cuisine. Everything in the café from the polished wooden floorboards to the furniture with its own individual design comes from Belgium. The café’s walls are littered with antique maps and vintage goods from the old country, making the experience all the more authentic.

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