Tuckshop Tamada: the sumptuous Thai grab-and-go that is winning over the tastebuds of Canberra
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by Michelle Taylor
1d ago
Three generations of restaurant experience. Photo: Kazuri Photography. If you want to know what three generations of restaurant experience tastes like, drop into Canberra’s brand new and most delicious hole-in-the-wall Tuckshop Tamada. “Our family has been in the food business for a really long time,” co-owner Nat Yota says. “My grandma opened one of Canberra’s first Thai restaurants when she migrated from Thailand. Later, my parents ran their restaurant in Woden until my father passed away. And now Tuckshop Tamada is a small family venture between my mum, my brother and I.” On the day I pop ..read more
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From a lockdown idea to sweet treats on a Braidwood street
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by Claire Sams
2d ago
Oscar’s Donuts started with an idea in lockdown. Two years later, the Parsons family prepare sweet treats for all on a Braidwood street. Photo: Oscar’s Donuts Facebook. Many of us used lockdown to learn a new skill or get cracking on that project we’d put off doing around the house. Judy Parsons’ son’s grand idea was starting a business – Oscar’s Donuts. “Brodie got into cooking donuts through lockdown,” she said. “We were living in town in Braidwood at that stage and he experimented with some recipes in the kitchen. “It was trial and error, but he had fun doing it.” After teaching himself h ..read more
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Everybody needs a Good Neighbour
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by Lucy Ridge
3d ago
Love thy neighbour … when they bring you a good latte. Photo: Lucy Ridge. The owners of local institution Gus’ Place have opened a new cafe in Kingston to the delight of locals. Gus’ Place is ‘on hiatus’ while the Garema Place site is under construction, but owner Fish Zafar just couldn’t stay away from the hospitality game. The result is Good Neighbour, located on Wentworth Avenue between the Kingston Foreshore and Old Kingston shops. Along with his co-owner and wife, Hazel, Fish is excited about the opportunity to do something new. “Gus’ had a lot of history, so we had to pay respect to th ..read more
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Five Minutes with Andy de Groot, Queer Food
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by Lucy Ridge
5d ago
Queer Food Founder Andy de Groot. Photo: Lucy Ridge. Who are you? Andy de Groot, I’m a trans man. I started out studying law, and I’ve swapped between working for community organisations and following my passion for food, but now I’ve managed to integrate both of those things into running my passion project, which is Queer Food. I’m also the product manager at the Canberra Food Co-op. Tell me about your business. Queer Food is a sustainable queer catering company that runs on three pillars: 1. We tell the stories of historic and current well-known queer people in the community through food ..read more
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La Mellabella vita: Local gelato maker heads to Italy to sweeten her skills
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by Tenele Conway
1w ago
Melany Batley is the owner and chief gelato maker at Mellabella Gelato. Photo: Eunie K Photography. When Melany Batley, owner of Mellabella Gelato, first hit the Canberra events scene with her vintage Gelato carts in late 2019, she quickly had her first lesson in “location, location, location”. The pop-up space she booked at Regatta Point for her first outing appeared to be a great idea on paper but, in reality, it was hard to get a gelato into the hands of active Canberrans out for their morning run. Since then, Melany has mastered the Canberra gelato market. You’ll find her gelato carts pa ..read more
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Closing the book on Muse
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by Lucy Ridge
1w ago
Dan Sanderson and Paul Eldon are the owners of Muse in the East Hotel, Kingston. Photo: Lucy Ridge. After nine years, a much-loved cafe and bookshop, Muse, is coming to a close. The owners of the culinary and cultural institution, married couple Dan Sanderson and Paul Eldon, have decided not to renew their lease in August. EAST Hotel will open a new Italian venue in the space. Paul Eldon says that it’s a “natural conclusion” to the business and is looking forward to taking some time off. “Apart from lockdowns, we haven’t closed at all since 2015. It’s been nine years of serving breakfast 365 ..read more
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Brewery in a paddock in the middle of nowhere bubbles with success
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by Edwina Mason
1w ago
Mike Coleman’s interest in brewing beer was ignited in the UK and Germany, then Melbourne where, using a backyard set-up, he experimented with different flavours. Photos: Bulla Creek Brewing Co. Build a brewery in the middle of a paddock off a beaten dirt track in the NSW South West Slopes and they will come. They may have been 40,000-45,0000 feet in the air on a jet midway between London and Melbourne when the idea came to them, but Mike and Steph Coleman reckoned they were onto something. Now, Bulla Creek isn’t known to many, bar the historically interested local few, but the skeleton of t ..read more
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Cider house rules: Construction underway on the Snowy Valleys next tourist attraction
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by Chris Roe
1w ago
It’s been years in the making but Dave Purcell is hoping to open the new Apple Thief Cider House in 2025. Photo: The Apple Thief. Work has finally begun on the Snowy Valley’s highly anticipated new visitor destination – The Apple Thief Cider House. After several years of planning and approvals, orchardist and Apple Thief founder Dave Purcell said he’s looking forward to completing the project early next year. “It’s certainly taken us a while to get to this stage so it’s been a big relief and obviously we’re very excited to say the least,” he said. “We’ve already started cider production on-s ..read more
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Queanbeyan’s favourite butcher snags a surprise record
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by Sally Hopman
1w ago
Queanbeyan’s Peter ‘Butcher’ Lindbeck shows off the green snags he made for the Raiders when they got into the grand final. Photo: Michael Weaver. Peter ‘Butcher’ Lindbeck always reckoned he had a few years to go before having to plan the 100th birthday of his Queanbeyan butcher shop, Lindbeck’s Butchery. That was until he went to a family reunion recently. “Someone there told me the shop actually opened here in 1924. I always thought it was 1928 and that we had a bit of time to organise a shindig,” he explains. Apparently not. READ ALSO: Breathtaking ocean views on acreage mere minutes from ..read more
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Au Lac takes its street food to the open road!
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by Michelle Taylor
2w ago
Can, Tony and Linh are spreading joy through their food van. Photo: Kazuri Photography. Au Lac’s deliciousness has been delighting Canberran tastebuds since 2000. Delighting and confounding, with dishes like sizzling beef, duck in plum sauce and massaman beef curry that all taste like the real thing but are, in fact, entirely vegan. Owners Can and Linh have steadily grown a staunch following that sometimes surprises them. “One time we were walking through the night markets in Hong Kong,” Can tells me, “And we overheard someone say. ‘I can’t wait to get back to Canberra for some Au Lac!’ We c ..read more
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