Author: Maryanne Irhia

Q&A with interior style queen Simone Haag

Top three must-haves in a home? Glowing lamps in lieu of overhead downlights, chunky upholstery wherever you can get it in and ceramics everywhere. What inspires you? My clients – their trust in me, their killer homes and their stories. I am also inspired to find unique pieces that aren’t seen everywhere that show a level of curation. What would your dream house look like? Haha – for now I live in it as I am in a lovely mid-century home surrounded by my gorgeous girls, husband and Great Dane and pieces  I have collected over the past few...

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5 Minutes with Kathy Lette

Bestselling author Kathy Lette is a trailblazer, writing her first novel Puberty Blues at the age of 17.  She has since written fourteen more books and become a feminist icon.  Maryanne Irhia caught up with Kathy at MoAD (Museum of Australian Democracy) at the launch of the newest exhibition Breaking Through: 75 Years of Women in Parliament. Maryanne: How are you enjoying Canberra? Kathy Lette: I like everything about Canberra – especially that you conquer the Great Indoors – the National Museum, Gallery and Library with its fab Bookplate café (books of course, are a mental macchiato)… Although I also like the...

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Three courses of truffles makes one decadent feast

I recently had the pleasure of joining an intimate dinner of food bloggers to celebrate truffle season at the Courtyard Restaurant, Mercure Canberra. The event was hosted by Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines, who produce the Black Perigord Truffle just up in the Snowy Monaro. Now, I am not kidding when I say this – truffle makes everything better.  And I mean everything! They are a rare delicacy and quite expensive, because they’re so hard to farm and only do well in specific climates and soil. But what a delight to the palate! Entree Ricotta and Egg Yolk Stuffed...

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Cheers! Enjoy a Choctail for Easter

Shorty’s has some egg-citing news for Canberra. In the spirit of Easter, they are releasing three Choctails: a delicious blend of chocolate and cocktails, which could just be the best combination known to humankind! There is something for everyone, ranging from milk to white chocolate. Crunchie Martini – Caramel Vodka, Baileys, Chocolate Honeycomb, Cream This one is my favourite. It is both rich and thick – a warm hug from the inside. The blend of ingredients is effortless and well balanced. The rim is lined with chocolate syrup which can get a bit messy but each tantalising taste makes...

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5 Minutes with Luke Nguyen

Creating a dish that tastes good up in the air and appeals to Australian and Vietnamese tastebuds is no mean feat, bestselling author and TV host Luke Nguyen said at a special event for Vietnam Airlines. “Menu planning sky high is very complex,” Luke told the audience at the Hyatt Canberra. “We lose about 15 to 20 per cent of our taste at 50,000ft and finding a food offering that has authentic Vietnamese flavours to suit different passengers isn’t easy. I look forward to the challenge.” The three year contract will see Luke develop eight of his own culinary creations...

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