Author: OutInCanberra

Two El Dorado Decades

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. A local man, Petre was trained at the Rex Hotel where he was taught the art of cooking by Gerhard Stein. Unlike the name would have you believe, El Dorado is not a Mexican Restaurant. “People come in and see we don’t have tacos or anything like that on the menu,” laughs co-owner Johnny. “We offer a relaxed steak and seafood casual dining experience instead, and we are child friendly.” Owners Johnny and Chris took the business over 2 years ago. “Taking on such a popular restaurant was exciting. I was working here as a Chef for 4 years prior to buying in and I still find myself in the kitchen on those busy nights.” El Dorado has kept the same structure, same great quality and cheap prices for 2 decades. “We are just newer and...

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Diabetes 000 To the Rescue @ The Hellenic Club

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. Hosted by Mark and Lisa from Canberra’s 106.3, the event gave guests the opportunity to see their local firemen, ambulance services personnel and policeman strut their stuff on the catwalk in and out of uniform all for a good cause. The toned service men took to the stage wearing designer threads. Gorgeous women were in tow, donning everything from playful lingerie to bridal gowns. The parade featured stunning designer fashions from local Canberra shops such as David Jones, Sugar, Momento Dezigns, Soho Dezigns, Man to Man, Black tie by Xavier, Stephanie’s Lingerie, Ambia Designs and more. The evening wrapped up with a series of auctions that saw our single service men being auctioned off for dinner dates, with some keen women bidding up to $2000- all for Diabetes research of course! Finally the public were able to meet and mingle with celebrity trainers Shannon and Michelle from Australia’s Biggest Loser and have heart-throb servicemen sign the new 2008 ‘All fired...

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Heat it up

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.  You may feel intimidated by the chili pepper, and you should be, if you’re too heavy handed with our spicy friend, it will have you in a sweat. But in contrast, once you have learned to tame the pepper you’ll discover how to enhance the flavours in your food and enjoy a new found kick in your cooking. Morgan Wood, Chef at Legends Spanish Restaurant, warns that chili can make or break your meal. “If you don’t use it properly, chili can really overpower a dish,” said Morgan. “The best thing about it is the mild to spicy effect it can give to foods and the flavour enhancement properties it gives to other foods when used properly.” Morgan, now a master at manipulating the pepper, uses it everyday in traditional dishes that require extreme care when seasoning. “We use a variety of chili peppers in Spanish cuisine. Ranging from the spicy birds eye chili through to red and green capsicums...

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SmokeFree Dance Fest 2007

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. It is a one of a kind experience where students participate in all aspects of the production; including working in teams to develop dance concepts, costumes, lighting, working backstage, performing, filming the event, and hosting the performance evenings. Dance Fest, which is organised and presented by Ausdance, celebrated its 23rd year with theme Reflection. Ausdance ACT Director, Roslyn Dundas, she said the theme Reflection was chosen because it was an opportunity to reflect on what dance means to us and the students, as well as to reflect on ourselves. The 15 schools which performed on the final night interpreted the theme very differently. The dances reflected on the choices teenagers must make between their good and darker side, how beauty and body image is reflected in the media, dreams and the imagination, and the rollercoaster ride that is teenage-hood. The Canberra Theatre’s curtain opened with an engaging performance by the Youth Choreographic ensemble Quantum Leap. The...

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Attack of the Barbies

It’s hard growing up and with shrinking sizes and aggressive advertising enforcing confusion and negative self-perceptions in the minds of our youth, counsellors and mental health professionals have had to get creative. “Body image issues have been around for at least a generation,” Jenni Savigny Project Coordinator, Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) said, “I grew up with them and sometimes I feel like not a lot has changed. So much has been written on the topic in a pamphlet style way, and it just doesn’t have any impact.” Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Messenger program in association with MIEACT is working hard to shatter the negative perceptions of young people. With the already booming success of last years ‘Body Image, Body Scrimmage,’ which won the 2006 Yogie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Participation, the next publication is set to cause a stir. ‘Attack of the Barbies’ will be unveiled on the 13th of October by Sydney playwright, Sue Murray. The book contains a collection of stories, poems and drawings about body-image and self-esteem from young people aged between 14 and 18 from Erindale College, Lyneham High School, Gold Creek School, Amaroo School, Wanniassa High School, Calwell High School, Lanyon High School and Alfred Deakin High School. Stories from ‘Attack of the Barbies’ and 2006’s ‘Body Image, Body Scrimmage’ were workshopped by students into scripts under the direction of Dianna Nixon...

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