Posts tagged food
Posts tagged food
My latest review of the new addition to the Chairman group Malamay.
My local grocer, the ANU food coop, has recently moved into the brand spanking new premises of the Lena Karmel building at the ANU.
With a whole lot more space to use, the coop has been thinking about using a cosy nook of the whole space as a coffee shop. I first heard of this when chatting to the friendly folk when picking up my weekly vege box, but it looks like the idea has now fully developed.
This proposal was posted last week, and is out for comment at the moment. I seriously hope this gets off the ground. It’ll bring a sense of community to high density area, as well as providing students with jobs and skills. And for me, it’ll mean that LSR coffee is even closer than it already is at the main store in Braddon.
I seriously think it’s a great idea. A cafe run by people who aren’t expert at running it, in a part of the city where there is some seriously good coffee, could have seriously failed. The involvement of a business which is well-respected, thriving and a well-oiled machine will be a learning experience for everyone involved.
It’s amazingly community-minded of the LSR folk to get involved. Imagine what kind of vibrant community spaces we could have in Canberra if more local businesses were willing to share their expertise.
Brodburger is set to reopen in it’s brand new and fancy home at the Canberra Glassworks on Tuesday 27 March.
Andrew Barr, Deputy Chief Minister for the ACT, posted this today on twitter.
It’ll be interesting to see how the experience translates into a more “normal” venue. The photo Barr tweeted also mentions a new breakfast menu. I find this particularly curious. I’ll be fully supportive if this menu consists of breakfast burgers. But if they are branching out into a generic cafe, I’ll be a bit disappointed.
While it may seem premature for me to cast my judgement, and I know that the Brod owners have full-on chef qualifications and credentials, I’ve always been a fan of places staying true to what they do best, and cutting the rest of the stuff that is merely there to satisfy a variety of consumer choice.
It’s exciting to see that the Brod will soon be back in action. I don’t think anything can really replace the experience of lining up for a delicious burger from a dodgy looking red caravan, whether in the summer heat or the icy, howling lakeside winds in winter. But it’ll surely inject even more life into the booming foreshore area and create even more parking chaos. Not to mention, well, the delicious burgers that will satisfy the cravings of Canberrans for hopefully many years to come.
I like that this is getting more of a mainstream focus in food reporting. As we all know, good food doesn’t have to be expensive. And while we all love to induldge every once in a while, food is meant to be fun, to be shared over a catchup with friends, to be enjoyed.
Sad thing is though, it’d be hard to make a list like this for Canberra. There are only a handful of places that meet Sydney/Melbourne standards for both cheap and excellent.
The connection between food and travel may seem random, but it feels SO connected for me, it’s really a no-brainer. The cuisine of my childhood travelled from Europe (by boat, I might add). The cuisine of others from every other continent. Travel is the reason why Australia can be the proud foodie haven it is today.
I love this list for a few reasons. It floods back great memories of the cities I have visited. Of living in Bologna for 7 wondrous months, immersing myself in the food and gaining unknown amounts of carb-weight. Of all the new flavours introduced to me in Japan as a teenager, the memories of which are still so strong, I have cravings for the food I ate there ten years ago. Taste is an eternal sense. New York City, for its sheer scale and diversity, from endless, perfect pork buns at momofuku, to a simple hot dog, to being the launchpad of the hottest new food trend, whether Peruvian or macrobiotic.
It also inspires me, in this dreary exam period, to start considering future travel. Both Asia and South America will hopefully be my next new adventures.
I do really think Barcelona should be on the list though. Goodness me, the food I ate there. I am working on some posts on recent travel, and Barcelona will definitely be one of them.
One last thought - any way you think food and travel could be fused? Fravel? Trood? Favel? I can’t pick anything at the moment, but that’s the kind of writer I want to be. Not one or the other, but both at the same time.
I’ve been an Ottolenghi fan since his first cookbook hit the shelves of the bookshop I was working in at the time. Though the food photography in the first book (not that I am an expert) isn’t great - as Jules points out in her post - it knocks you over the head with what good food should like with vibrant clashing colours and the use of almost every vegetable around, and even some you might not know.
On a recent trip to London I was lucky enough to go to the sit down cafe/food store in Islington and also his new restaurant NOPI in SoHo. I will write about the amazing food I ate soon (I promise). It was everything I had imagined from the cookbooks and more.
So today when I checked my google reader and saw that one of my favourite food bloggers had blogged about one of my favourite chefs I was more than a little excited. Jules explains what Ottolenghi can teach you about healthy cooking. I’d go a little further and suggest that Ottolenghi can teach you a whole lot about food in general, healthy or not (though in general even the richest of dishes have are quite healthy, desserts excluded).
So if you haven’t explored the recipes and ideas of who I think is one of the most important foodies around right now, head over to read his weekly column and recipes for the Guardian and if you like them, you can buy the recipe books ‘Ottolenghi’ and ‘Plenty’.
Is it just me or does a roast chook scream spring? This recipe seems almost too good to be true - promising the perfect roast chook in an hour. Looks like a winner.
This healthy pilaf looks simple and delicious. I’m digging the spring-esque recipes so much lately- I have visions of eating them all outside in the sunshine. Bring it on!
My latest review for HerCanberra.