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Mint Garden Bar and Sage Restaurant: Canberra, ACT

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Last Saturday Phil surprised me with a booking at Sage Restaurant in Braddon for my birthday. I had heard a lot of good things about Sage, and wanted to try it since arriving in Canberra- what I didn’t know was that connected with Sage Restaurant was their more casual outdoor bar Mint Garden Bar, which shares a kitchen with Sage and dishes up woodfired pizzas and nibblies.

We had a few drinks at Mint Bar while we were waiting for our reservation. Great place! I highly recommend it for a clear summer/spring evening. The outdoor area is filled with fairy lights, mint plants, and the bartender plucks fresh flowers and herbs from miniature terrariums hanging from the ceiling to use in cocktails.

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Posted by on Mar 21st, 2014 in Food and Drink | 0 comments.


Knee Deep Winery Restaurant: Margaret River, WA

Knee Deep Winery Restaurant: Margaret River, WA

Knee Deep Winery Restaurant: Margaret River, WA

Sweetcorn custard with charred sweetcorn, smoked cheese, brown butter, and potato

Sweetcorn custard with charred sweetcorn, smoked cheese, brown butter, and potato

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Posted by on Feb 3rd, 2014 in Food and Drink, lifestyle and health, Photo Diary | 2comments


Bread In Common: Fremantle, Western Australia

Bread In Common: Fremantle, Western Australia

After we drove down to Freo to escape the oppressive Perth heat, we decided to have dinner at the newly opened wood fired bakery/restaurant on Pakenham street. Bread In Common is housed in a old warehouse space with high ceilings and exposed original brickwork- it has a warm, cosy ambiance which makes it a very enjoyable place to spend an evening.

Fun fact: Bread In Common have two ovens built from volcanic rock sitting side by side- a “brother/sister duo, fondly named Hansel & Gretel”. 

  Bread In Common: Fremantle, Western Australia

Chilli, basil, capsicum and cherry tomato mussels

Bread In Common: Fremantle, Western Australia

 Slow cooked lamb ribs were out of this world amazing. 

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Posted by on Jan 23rd, 2014 in Food and Drink | 0 comments.

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Poachers Pantry, ACT

When Phil and I were working in Canberra, Phil was working a crazy 13 day fortnight (it was his own fault for agreeing to it, but I did feel pretty sorry for him). On the first Sunday that he had off work, we decided to take everyone’s advice and drive up to the ACT wine region just 30mins north of Canberra- who knew the ACT had a wine region?? (I’m sure lots of people knew actually).

For lunch we headed to Poachers Pantry– a family owned country smokehouse and cellar door. We started our visit with wine and smoked meats/smoked cheese tasting, followed by a REALLY FRICKEN DELICIOUS lunch. Who knew that smoked meats could work so well as a main meal? (I’m sure lots of people knew that)

 

I had the Poachers smoked lamb rump with honey heirloom carrots, du Puy lentils and Bredbo black garlic relish 

Phil had the Poachers smoked turkey breast with maple roasted pumpkin, jewelled quinoa, $35 cranberries and candied pecans.

Poachers Pantry, ACT

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Posted by on Jan 15th, 2014 in Food and Drink | 1 comment


Photodiary: Fremantle, Western Australia

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Yesterday we drove to Fremantle from Perth. We watched our 2nd Western Australia sunset, then spent the evening eating cheese at Whisper Wine Bar.


 Best Sunday.

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