Author: Nic Crowther

New Eateries in Canberra

Summer is coming, and so is a bunch of brand new venues. Here are four spots where you will be enjoying lazy afternoons and hot summer nights in the coming months. 88MPH Back to the Future is definitely the feel of the latest venue from Lala Hospitality Group (Molly, Black Market and Highball Express). “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” will be your catch-cry as you slump against the bar having worked your way through the retro-inspired cocktail list. Look for the two flaming tyre tracks in Hobart Place sometime next month. MOOKIE  Like Pearl Harbor (but...

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Be Blown Away by Hyper Real at NGA

Have you heard the term hyperrealism before, but never really understood what it means? Relax. Hyperrealism is everything that the name suggests. This is a fun, often funny and even controversial movement that has pushed artists around the globe to create ultrarealistic artworks that delight and disturb. The most familiar hyperreal artwork for Canberrans would be Skywhale – Patricia Piccinini’s enormous whale-shaped hot air balloon, created for the city’s centenary in 2013. Piccinini’s whale might look like any other denizen of the deep if it weren’t for her huge udders, splayed like wings, and – of course – the...

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Canberra Moon Festival 2017

If you’ re familiar with the Chinese calendar, you’ll be aware that many of the country’s biggest festival are aligned to the lunar calendar rather than the one that we use. As a result, the dates seem to float around. But hey, so does Easter. In late-September or early-October, Chinese (and Vietnamese, Thai and Korean) people celebrate the Moon (or Mid-Autumn) Festival. It’s a significant date in the northern hemisphere, as it signals the time of harvest and of families coming together. This is a time for prosperity and hope, and is marked with holidays in those Asian cultures....

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First float at Pure Zen

Life is busy. From dawn to dusk there are hundreds of people, messages and notifications competing for our attention. Sometimes it’s hard to pull yourself away and focus on ‘the now’… and sometimes we just don’t want to. For me, every day starts with the news coming on the alarm clock. Every evening finishes with me falling asleep to a podcast. Between those moments is all the other stuff and noise that makes up everyday life. The opportunity to spend an hour in one of Pure Zen’s flotation tanks was as exciting as it was daunting. How would I...

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Agostinis: Where on-trend meets nonna’s kitchen

Many of us have great memories of gathering in the family kitchen. A mix of food and fun times is intrinsic to that cosy setting… and Agostinis at East Hotel aims to replicate this warmth. Named after the mother of owners Dion and Dan Bisa, the restaurant builds on the heritage of Australia’s immigrant Italian community and brings many classic dishes into a contemporary setting designed by Kelly Ross’ sharp, yet meaningful eye for detail. Dion has fond memories of watching her grandmother, (or nonna) cook, and much of that experience forms part of this exciting new restaurant. At...

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