Tag Archives: Canberra

Bánh mì – or Saigon roll – with pork

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Bahn mi from Florey shops – Canberra

On my first visit to Vietnam I did what comes naturally to me – I bought the Lonely Planet guide and researched food like there was no tomorrow. And as soon as I saw the picture of the Saigon roll in my Lonely Planet guide, I knew I had to find one. A couple of issues there, starting with the folly of trying to locate food places in a very ‘dynamic’ country using a print version of a book that was four years out of date. Unfazed, I researched the best place in Ho Chi Minh to find the best Saigon roll and it happened to be a little stand located on a little street, which in spite of my best pre-breakfast efforts (and the herculean stamina and patience of my travelling companion) I could not locate. I needn’t have worried as pretty much every Saigon roll in Vietnam is wonderful (and I had a few!).  Continue reading

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Two Before Ten, anyone? Aranda shops – sneak peak

The Juggernaut van - complete with cute wooden spoons

The Juggernaut van – complete with cute wooden spoons

Who would’ve thought… it figures

That immortal line by Alanis Morisette says it all for me. I have been a regular drive-past at the Aranda shops for near on ten years now, as both my kids have gone through primary school there. Forlorn, abandoned, crappy. Overrun by the activity at the nearby Jamison shops, which was nearly overrun by Belconnen Westfield and has only recently risen from the ashes. Almost everyday for ten years now I wished they would just do something with those shops, anything, but leave that hideous eyesore with broken windows and boarded-up doors. But what would you know, the irony of it, in September last year, just as I was about to farewell my youngest in year 6 to the big world of high school, a wee little pop up of a cafe opens at the Aranda shops. Not just The Juggernaut – for that’s what it’s called – but the super duper promise of so much more….  Continue reading

Catching a rainbow before the rain

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While out on a ride this morning, I caught this rainbow from the Australian-American memorial looking over Parliament House….

…just before the sky turned dark and I was caught in the rain!

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I was at the Australian-American memorial at Defence. We (very affectionately) call this imposing landmark ‘the chicken on a stick’.

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Image courtesy of: http://on-walkabout.com/2007/09/06/on-walkabout-at-the-australian-american-memorial/

Canberra misty morning and gratuitous flowers

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Summers in Canberra can be unbearably hot. This week, we are about to get a taste of things to come with a predicted top temperature of 36 degrees C on Friday. Though I shouldn’t whinge, as the poor souls in Adelaide are getting it worse! One of the nice things about Canberra summers is that the mornings can be so cool and sweet.

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Here’s a morning shot of the mist and sun from my morning run in north Canberra. See the teeny tiny Telstra tower?

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Here’s also some gratuitous shots of flowers. Lovely stamen!

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Malted banana split – Ricardo’s

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The latest from the wonderful world of Ricardo’s – malted milk mousse – banana marshmallow centre – malted peanuts – injected with a chocolate syringe

There’s one word for this: genius

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Ricardo’s – malted banana mousse with chocolate injector!

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Chocolate lava flow – post injection

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A light malted banana mousse encapsulating a fluffy marshmallow centre on a light chocolate sponge

Perfect day – for a walk and churros

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School starts again tomorrow (boo) and to see off the last day of holidays, with the sun shining, we couldn’t resist taking off for a walk around the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin. The air was so clear and the water so still. OK, it was hardly 10°C, but it felt pretty nice outside.

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Afterwards, we felt we deserved a nice treat, so we went to San Churro Chocolateria the shrine to Spanish chocolate.

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It was pretty busy, but the service was nice and friendly. No surprise we ordered the specialty of the house – churros.

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Lovely deep fried Spanish doughnuts dusted in icing sugar and cinnamon. We had ours served with white chocolate and dulce de leche.

As my son said: This place would be in heaven. I tend to agree!