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Canberra Cafe: Urban Pantry, Manuka

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It’s Steven’s birthday today and we are of course heading out for birthday brunch to celebrate. But I thought it appropriate, on this day of celebration brunch, that we share our latest Canberra cafe feature – Urban Pantry in Manuka.

It was a few weeks back that Steve and I spent a Sunday afternoon sussing out the newly revamped mainstay of the Manuka cafe scene. Urban Pantry has been kicking around Manuka for a while now, but it had been a long time since either of us had visited and we were keen to check out their new digs.

Their fresh new look is just that – fresh. They’ve gone for a Hamptons inspired interior, it’s laid-back, very white and a space that you want to spend time in. My favourite addition is the new deck outside, where Steve and I were seated after a short wait. It seems we weren’t the only ones who wanted to see what had changed that day.

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The menu has had a makeover too and we were faced with a tough choice. In the end, we both went for all-day breakfast and chose the two most indulgent items we could find. I had the madeleine ricotta pancakes ($16) with green apple, fresh berries and vanilla bean yoghurt, which came out light, fluffy and just the right amount of sweet. Steven ordered the brioche French toast ($16) with maple bacon, cinnamon mascarpone and toasted pecans, and by all reports enjoyed every last bite.

But the real hero of the whole revamp, in my opinion, is their new drinks list. With a big range of juices, smoothies, chilled organic teas and house made sodas on offer, they have something refreshing for everyone this summer. Their spiced chai house made soda is my pick of the bunch – an interesting flavour for a cold soda, but if you’re into your chai tea, then you’ll be into this.

Urban Pantry is located at 5 Bougainville Street in Manuka, they are open every day of the week and do all-day breakfast on weekends. You can also find them on facebook and instagram.

Oh, and happy birthday Steve! Love you little bro.

– Bec x

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Canberra Cafe: Muse, Kingston

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Ever since they opened their doors in August, I’ve been very keen to try the new part-cafe, part-wine bar, part-book store located at the East Hotel in Kingston – Muse.

Despite my best efforts, I hadn’t quite made it there until last weekend when Steve and I went out for a sibling catch up date. There was a short wait for a table when we arrived, but that didn’t matter. We ordered coffees and had just enough time to look through the book store and take cute photos of each other.

The entire menu was pretty tempting, but I couldn’t go past the “French Breakfast” – goats cheese, baguette, butter and jam, a choice of pastry, freshly squeezed orange juice and a little coffee. I went for the chocolate croissant as my pastry and was officially in French breakfast heaven. This is the perfect choice for people who like to graze when they eat – you can nibble on some baguette with cheese, have a corner of your pastry, sip on some OJ and then go back for more cheese. And for $20, it’s damn good value too.

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Steve was also pretty chuffed with his choice. He went for something a little sweeter and ordered the buckwheat and coconut waffles with banana, nut crumble and dulce de leche ($16). The banana came in ice cream form and was all kinds of delicious, tying the rest of the ingredients together in a breakfast that could almost be dessert. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like dessert for breakfast?

Muse effortlessly throws together food, wine and books in a way that works, and works well. I particularly love their attention to detail and their commitment to local and seasonal food. Their lunch menu changes daily to keep things fresh and they use locally-roasted coffee from Red Brick Espresso, one of my favourites. With different events scheduled regularly (think book launches and wine nights), Muse has you covered not only when it comes to good food, but arts and culture too. 

Muse is located at the East Hotel (69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston), and can also be found online and on facebook and instagram.

– Bec x

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Canberra Coffee: Two Before Ten

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With so many great cafes and some pretty top notch coffee roasters, there really is no excuse for bad coffee in this town.

If you follow me on instagram, you might’ve seen that I attended the 2015 Eat Drink Blog Conference the week before last. It was a weekend full of new friends, blogging tips and tricks, and all of the food, showing off some of the best in Canberra’s cafe, restaurant and bar scene.

Our final activity on the Sunday landed me at Two Before Ten in Aranda for a coffee roasting experience and some lunch. Two Before Ten is one of those top notch coffee roasters doing great things for Canberra’s coffee culture.

We met Jake, the in-house roaster at Two Before Ten, and he took us through the process of roasting coffee. Through the small glass window of the machine, we watched on as the beans went from pale green to that delicious coffee colour and Jake gave us the low down on how it all works.

The Two Before Ten premises in Aranda, however, are not only for roasting. They also have a great cafe that serves up a pretty mean toastie. After the coffee roast was complete, we were treated to lunch and gifted a bag of the freshly roasted beans to take home. As a result, my home brewed coffee game has been seriously good this week.

Whether you’re after coffee made by a barista or your own to take home and brew yourself, Two Before Ten has you covered.

Located at the Aranda shops (68 Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda), you can also drink their coffee at these local establishments or find them on facebook and instagram.

– Bec x

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canberra coffee two before ten

canberra coffee two before ten

canberra coffee two before ten

canberra coffee two before ten

Canberra Cafe: Silo Bakery & Cafe, Kingston

Often hailed as the best bakery in town, Silo Bakery and Cafe is a bit of an institution when it comes to pastries, artisan breads and a more than decent breakfast or lunch in Canberra.

Located on Giles Street in Kingston, the small shopfront is instantly recognisable with it’s orange chequered tiles and few tables scattered out the front. Being small and popular means that it can be hard to snag a table any day of the week, let alone Saturday mornings. They also don’t take bookings for breakfast, so when Matt and I rocked up for a sneaky breakfast, we were lucky to be seated straight away.

We ordered coffee and juices to start and then spent a bit of time gawking at all their beautiful pastries laid out on their marble counter. The good news is they taste as good as they look and can all be made to order. The only bad news is that once you try one, you’ll be going back for more.

Silo keeps things interesting with a killer breakfast menu, filled with dishes that show off their baked goods and words you’ve never heard of before. Maybe it’s just me, but ingredients like “rumtopf”, “piperade” and “kishik” just aren’t in my everyday food vocabulary.

Not one to shy away from something new and exciting, I ordered the grilled brioche with fried milk, rumtopf and creme fraiche ($15). For those not in the know, rumtopf is a delicious German and Danish dessert involving rum-soaked fruits, and fried milk, well that’s just my new favourite thing. I did my research (thanks wikipedia) and from what I can gather, it’s a Spanish milk pudding with a crunchy fried shell of flour and egg. What I know for sure is that it’s rich, creamy and oh so delicious.

Matt enjoyed his meal too, ordering the somewhat-more-conventional eggs florentine ($17). With a commitment to using only the best ingredients, it doesn’t really matter what you order at Silo, you just can’t go wrong.

On my way out the door, I had a quick peep at their lunch menu and am already planning my next visit. Luckily, they take bookings for lunch. Just don’t try to go on a Sunday or Monday – they are only open from Tuesday to Saturday, 7am to 4pm.

You can find Silo Bakery and Cafe at 36 Giles Street, Kingston. They are also on facebook and instagram.

– Bec x

Note: This article was originally published on the RiotACT as part of their Weekend Cafe Hot Spot series (see here).

Canberra Cafe: Tupelo Coffee Co, Civic

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The other day Bec and I were cruising the city streets on the hunt for a good ol’ toasted sandwich. It didn’t take too long before we found ourselves staring at a pretty comprehensive toastie menu. The menu, that also boasts other delicious items including doughnuts and muffins all baked in-house, belongs to the relatively new cafe Tupelo Coffee Co.

Tupelo is a hole-in-the-wall cafe located on Alinga Street in the City and I must say, it really kicks ass. I ordered the “You Bastard, Reuben” with slow cooked beef brisket, sauerkraut, mustard relish, swiss cheese and Russian dressing. Bec decided to go with the “Red Right Hand”, which was pretty much a margherita pizza in a toastie. We also got a round of coffees because, you know, it’s what we do.

Anyway, back to the toasties, they were absolutely amazing little parcels of heaven. I can’t speak for Bec, but Tupelo’s take on the reuben sandwich is definitely one of the greatest, if not the greatest sandwich, of any form that I have ever eaten, ever.

The barista makes a wicked coffee, we can vouch for that, and they also offer a pint of chocolate milk for the non-coffee drinkers out there, which I think is genius. All the staff were really friendly, cool and up for a laugh – definitely a plus.

Tupelo is a groovy little cafe that’s big on delicious simple food, good coffee and chilled vibes. Located at 92-100 Alinga Street, you should definitely check it out next time you’re in the city.

– Steven

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