Author: Brent Ford

Brindabella Hills alive with the taste of wine

There is nothing that says ‘fancy’ quite like sipping on a Sangiovese, tucking into a Ploughman’s Platter, while sitting on a back deck overlooking the Murrumbidgee River, surrounded by the natural amphitheatre created by The Brindabellas. The Fireside Festival was the perfect way to say goodbye to winter, and indulge with friends at one of the best hidden secrets in the Brindabella Hills Winery – that’s not in Canberra – but a short car trip down the road to Wallaroo. For someone like me,  the afternoon far exceeded my expectations, especially when you consider my taste in wine never...

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Local Rider Rises to Ultimate Challenge

Last year when the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its data into the leading cause of death in 2016, suicide was the number one cause of death among people aged 15 to 44 years. When she was just 24 years old, Canberra local, Courtney Chapman could have become part of that statistic. “In 2015 I faced one of my hardest battles yet after struggling with depression for many years. I was a broken, fragile girl in the clutches of an all-consuming depressive episode. My autoimmune disease, Crohn’s, was rampaging my body, and I had been hospitalised seven times in...

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Pop Yum Cha possibly too cute to eat

It takes something special to stand out in Canberra’s food scene and Natural Nine, located inside Casino Canberra, has found the right balance with their ‘Pop Yum Cha‘ offering. The team at Natural Nine have created a menu that incorporates a unique style of both food and design, combining local produce with a signature pop Chinese flare. The highlights of the menu are the Crazy Chilli Chicken and Piggy Pork steam buns, while the unique Smoked Duck Sticky Rice Cigars and Chicken and Lemon Myrtle Taro Cakes will have your taste buds dancing. As for dessert, I won’t spoil...

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All you can eat Korean BBQ

If you’re on top of what’s hip in Canberra, you’d be well aware that Lonsdale Street is the epicentre of everything that’s cool about our Nation’s Capital. But, just a hop, skip, and a jump (literally) from Lonsdale Street is Hannara Korean BBQ in Moore Street, a relatively new restaurant, that will soon be adding something special to Canberra’s bustling food scene. From July 23rd, the restaurant will officially launch the revamped all you can eat Korean Buffet for $39, which means you can enjoy an unlimited quantity of 10 hot and 15 cold bar dishes. Having only previously...

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The hashtag that made drinking alone cool

Last week it was distressing to see tabloids across the country run a story about former Test Captain, Steve Smith, drinking alone in a New York Bar. It says more about this day and age that someone would rather pull out their phone and take a photo, than pull up a chair and have a beverage with a former Australian Test Captain. This incident made me think of all the places I have had a beer alone in Canberra since my wife went overseas. In solidarity with Steve, share a photo of yourselves having a bevy alone at one...

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