I was recently in the Australian capital Canberra with some friends and came back, happily, a couple of kilos heavier! Whenever I am in Canberra I get shown the best places in town to eat, and this weekend was no exception. A few years ago, as one of my first posts on UrbanDuniya, I wrote about Australia’s culinary capital and today I bring you part two!
When we arrived our friends had already prepared a cheese platter; crumbly cheddar, camembert, Persian feta and blue served with crusty fruit bread, quince paste, luscious dates and a pot of olive oil with balsamic vinegar. Yummmmmm!
Breakfast the next morning was at the Local Press Cafe in Kingston, where I chowed down on the Green Brekky Plate. I’m not normally a fan of a green breakfast – especially while I’m cutting loose on holidays – but this was something special. Crumbled feta, quinoa, hard boiled eggs and spices along with a whole heap of sauteed spinach and avocado. It was filing, tasty and wholesome, all washed down with some seriously good coffee!
This was only outdone in ridiculousness by the breakfast the next morning; Patissez‘s famous FreakShakes. These over-the-top milkshakes started a craze in Australia that has now hit the rarefied cafe atmospheres of Sydney and Melbourne.
I had the Cookies and Cream FreakShake, while my friend went for the Nutella FreakShake – hers was considerably richer and unfinishable than mine! The others in our party went for a more conventional vegetarian breakfast.
Patissez also have a huge range of colourful, crazy cakes too – check out their pastry cabinet.
Dinner was also special; we went to Baan Latsamy, a Lao-Thai restaurant with some awesome noodle soups and creamy, rich Massaman Beef curry.
About an hour’s drive from Canberra is the New South Wales town of Jugiong, recommended to me by my parents, for the simple but well-stocked Long Track Pantry. This old warehouse/shed-looking place is home to a cafe, diner, craft shop and sweets stop – well worth a visit if you’re in the area, or a great place to stop if you’re on the way through on the Hume Highway.
Back in Canberra, down on Kingston Foreshore, I have also been to 38 Espresso on a previous occasion where the coffee was excellent. I also love their menu board;
Almost next door is Max Brenner, where I met friend and fellow blogger Anna Johnston! Anna is the brains behind ShenANNAgans, and is a Canberra fan, as evidenced by her guest post on UrbanDuniya earlier this year!
Finally, it wouldn’t be a catch up in Canberra with my friend Kate without some reminiscing about the 1990s! While they’re not only a Canberra special, who remembers Zooper Doopers?
We do! And we’re planning to have them next time we catch up! And as Kate said, they will probably taste like plastic and give us a terrifying sugar high. Stay tuned for another blog post!