Author: OutInCanberra

Dickson heats up

With a fit out to be rivalled, a talented team to be treasured and an innovative menu to be enjoyed, Firestone Pizzeria Bar in Dickson only opened 6 weeks ago and has already secured itself as a trendy Canberra destination. Owner Scott is certainly in the know when it comes to hospitality having worked in the industry for 15 years. His career has taken him around the nation’s capital, from kitchen hand at cafes to sous chef at Old Parliament House. “I cooked with Fiona Wright (successful local restaurateur) for 3 years; she is the champion of hospitality, a true genius.” Scott said. The most important piece of knowledge Scott took with him is that staff are the key to any good business. It was ‘now or never’ for Scott who always fantasised about opening his own restaurant. So when walking through Dickson one day, Scott and his wife noticed the ‘for rent’ sign in the shop window of his would-be restaurant and jumped on the opportunity. “We gave them a deposit and we stupidly went from there!” laughed the charismatic Scott. Firestone offers the best of wood fired pizzas, indulgent pastas and assorted sharing plates. “We like to stick to a few specific things and do them incredibly well instead of doing a million half heartedly.” The team have just welcomed talented head chef Ash on board, who’s...

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Welcome to Canberra fashion

The growth of exclusive Canberra boutiques has not only opened many doors for young local designers, but for shoppers it has unlocked a door to a new world of fashion, right here in Canberra. No longer is a timely interstate trip required to enjoy high end designer pieces, and quirky one offs. You can now do that right here in the Capital, with more boutique-style fashion variety than ever before. To celebrate Canberra’s often unspoken and unrealised fashion diversity OutInCanberra brings you a fashion section where you can check out exclusive Canberra boutiques specialising in a variety of styles. Canberra has a great deal to offer in the way of unisex high end fashion. Locally owned boutiques Momento, tucked away in Manuka and Soho Designz, Canberra Centre, have been leading the Canberra style scene with their extensive array of Aussie and international high end designer labels for more than 3 years. Both stores owned and run by business and fashion entrepreneur Roslyn Wright, stock cult labels such as Alice McCall, Bettina Liano, Diesel, Wayne Cooper and Camilla and Marc. Canberra Men have been enjoying luxury weekend style and designer corporate wear with John Hanna nd Blades Menswear serving Canberrans for decades. John Hanna located in the city offer corporate elegance with labels like Pierre Cardin and Versace Classic. Blades Menswear offer high end style with labels like Hugo Boss,...

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Winter style guide

The cooler weather doesn’t just bring bouts of the flu and cold feet, it also ignites a warm fire in fashionistas and street smart Canberrans alike, that no heater could compete with. Tweed hats, leather gloves, chunky knitted scarves, and vintage suede ankle boots are all things that brighten the cold days and open up the doors to a warm world of Winter Fashion, where the outfits designer, and your wallet, bottomless. But what to buy? Don’t fret, the OutInCanberra team are up to date with what’s hot and what’s not for Winter, and are here to educate both Men and Women. Women, you don’t need to be a pro or a starlet to look great in this season’s fashion, and you don’t need to spend hours in a crowded shopping centre looking for it. Think all things knitted, cute layered pinafores, warm scarves, and knitted long line cardigans. Knitwear doesn’t only have a fantastic element of warmth practically, it also looks incredibly stylish. itrip iskip have a great range of bright knitted cardigans, dresses and jumpers, in wool and other warm textures. Boots from ankle to knee high are a must have this winter. Steer clear of pointy toes, and lean towards a rounded point or a 60’s inspired round toe for a vintage look. The team at Soho and Momento can help you venture into this trend,...

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You’ll be in your Element

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. Roland is the personality at the front of house and brings along years of experience from taking part in his family’s restaurants and his part-ownership of Ginseng in Manuka. “I grew up in hospitality,” he said. But when it comes to the food, he puts his trust in the hands of his close friend and partner, Executive Chef Shane Delamont. Roland and Shane started working together in their college years at Roland’s family-owned takeaway. Since then Shane has spent nine years at Belluci’s before teaming-up with Roland, and is now enjoying the freedom of owning his own kitchen. Add Manager Ryan Davies to the mix, and you produce a winning team and the ingredients for a winning restaurant. The trio have taken the restaurant’s name literally and have produced a restaurant with all the elements that makes a great dining experience; great...

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