Author: Alex Dickens

Baan Latsamy: A Lao local to call home

Not often do you walk into a restaurant and feel completely comfortable with the staff and aromas wafting out of the kitchen. But, Manuka’s Baan Latsamy has made its customers feel at home in the precinct for almost eight years. The word Baan in Thai literally means ‘house’ and with such a hospitable owner, you can feel the love and passion put into the place by owner Latsamy herself. A great example of this is the presence of a single rose on every table that, like a hostess in her own home, was part of a bouquet sent to...

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A local wine for every course

So picture this, you’ve invited around a bunch of your best friends for a meal that you have delicately prepared – a degustation so amazing that even Maggie Beer herself would envy your talent! You pop the top on a bottle of red that you’ve been saving for such an occasion and then you realise … you’re serving fish and that bottle of red has ruined the entire meal! Wipe away those tears Canberrans, I have been around the aisles of Uncle Dan’s enough to consider myself a novice expert of local wines of the season and how to...

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Bienvenue Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017

Kicking off on 9 March, Palace Cinemas will be hosting the 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival. The festival presents a thrilling 45 film line-up featuring the best of French cinema and indeed, some of the finest acting talents. For four weeks Canberra foreign film lovers will enjoy a wide variety of French genres. Kicking off the festival is Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey – a biopic about celebrity oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Following on are plenty of comedy films including Lost in Paris and Souvenir starring academy award nominated actress Isabelle Huppert. A Journey Through French Cinema (Bertrand Tavernier) guides viewers through...

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Movie review: xXx Return of Xander Cage

Calling it now; xXx 3 will be the standout comedy of 2017, although I don’t think the filmmakers meant for it to be. I have never been so ambivalent in my hatred and love of this putrid movie. The acting was terrible, the writing somehow more terrible, and yet it was an entertaining way to spend a few hours with your brain checked-out. It was great watching Vin Diesel play a lamer version of his Fast and the Furious character in a blatant rip off that I’d call foul if he wasn’t a Producer on both projects. So Vin...

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A fascinating display at Canberra’s premier race day

As local ladies put together the perfect race day outfit, blokes are scrolling through the tab.com.au race schedule to get hot tips for the race that stops the capital, the Black Opal Stakes. Now in its 45th year of racing, the Group 3 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes will be off and racing at 11:30am Sunday 5 March 2017, ensuring a great line-up of action on and off the track. Off the track, fashionistas will hit the runway for the annual Myer Fashions on the Field competition before heading on to the Food Alley for a number of delicious food...

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