5 Milkshakes You Just Wanna Spoon! (Kid-friendly edition)

There is something incredibly comforting about a milkshake. Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up, sometimes you just want a filling, delicious drink … or sometimes you’re 4 years old and your entire world revolves around bubbly, chocolate milk and colourful straws! Either way, here are some great places to get your frothy fix:

5. Kettle & Tin, 71 Mawson Place, Mawson ACT 2605.

Check out those bubbles!

This hidden gem brings us yet another Top 5 entry (they featured in our Top 5 Eggs Benedict blog). This time, their delicious chocolate malt milkshake made the cut. They have a variety of flavours, including banana, which is also featured in this vlog.

4. Space Kitchen, 3G/12 Furzer St, Phillip ACT 2606.

Oreos … mmmm!

With so many options for shakes, it was hard to narrow it down. We ended up ordering two- the Oreo Peppermint and the Nutella Shake. Everyone knows that mint and chocolate are a brilliant combo, but putting them in milk with chunky cookie is genio (genius). I loved it! I got my resident Nutella Experts to drink the Nutella shake and they gave me a bigger-than-usual thumbs up. In fact, I couldn’t get any words out of the kids, because they were too busy drinking- clearly a good sign!

3. Ivy and The Fox, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.

All that chocolate syrup!

The whole family loves coming here with its big outdoor space. The kids love coming here for the milkshakes even more. I loved seeing all the rich chocolate covering the inside of the mason jars. With 3 scoops of ice cream, this milkshake was creamy, frothy and amazing. As I write this blog, I am still hanging for another Ivy and the Fox milkshake- even after consuming a very filling breakfast (which you can read about in a future blog!).

2. Patissez, 21 Bougainville St, Griffith ACT 2603.

So gooey, so good!

There are so many reasons to go to Patissez (and I am sure you will hear more from us about Patissez in the future). But for now, I will stick with the Freak Shake! This over-the-top, decadent piece of art milkshake is surprisingly delicate- even with its choc fudge, chocolate, a layer of liquid white gold chocolate, brownie and toasted marshmallow. It’s amazing they can get all that goodness into a shake. Guess that’s why it’s called the Freak Shake!

1. Stand By Me, 1 Lyons Place, Lyons ACT 2606.

Check out the malt!

This milkshake doesn’t require too many words. The secret to the success of this fantastic milkshake is its simplicity. I am not sure exactly what they do in that kitchen, but this is the creamiest, maltiest, milkiest and chocolatiest milkshake ever. It is simply tasty AF!

We haven’t even started on the Adults milkshakes with spirits and creams yet … I am a little scared of those. Please stay tuned and let us know if you know of a great milkshake, kid-friendly or of the adult variety.

Happy eating!
-Miguel

5 Must-Try Eggs Benedict!


When talking about Eggs Benedict, my mind fills with images of fluffy runny eggs, crispy bacon and creamy hollandaise sauce. Today, I am not even going to touch on the spinach, salmon or other variations. I’ll save that for another Top 5!

The history of Eggs Benny is somewhat controversial, but whether it was invented by Lemuel Benedict looking for a hangover cure, or Dominica’s in Manhattan, it is safe to say that it is the best invention ever. Or maybe that was pizza … or the wheel … or penicillin? Whatever, everyone loves Eggs Benedict!

With the New York history lesson over, here is our customary countdown.

A delicious combination of croissant and Eggs Benedict

Kettle and Tin, 71 Mawson Place, Mawson ACT 2605.
I stumbled across this cafe in Mawson completely by accident, a happy accident as it turns out. Their Eggs Benedict is certainly different. Normally, a classic Eggs Benedict is served on hot buttered English muffins. Here, they dispense with the buttered muffins and use half a croissant. It was rich and creamy- totally worth giving a crack. My tip would be to resist the other half of the croissant that comes on the side, it got a bit rich for me.

A delicious traditional Eggs Benedict.

Injoy, 39 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913.
If you wake up hungry, this is the place to go, their servings are generally big- really big. Which I am sure is part of the reason it was super busy, with a queue almost out the door. At the time, I did wonder if the quality might suffer, but I didn’t need to worry. The Eggs Benedict tasted great- they weren’t huge, but my waistline doesn’t need huge! The only issue I had was the yolks weren’t as runny as I would like.

Delicious!

Ivy & the Fox, Old Canberra House, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.
Wow, this place just keeps giving. Another interesting take on Eggs Benedict. This feels like an Eggs Benedict that you might find in Mississippi or Texas. Make no mistake, it was great! The pork belly melted in my mouth and the spicy chipotle hollandaise was a refreshing variation. The cornbread did an excellent job of soaking up the chipotle hollandaise.

Eggs Benedict? Not strictly speaking, but jeez it was good.

Bucketloads of flavour!

EQ Café, 70 Kent St, Deakin ACT 2600.
I have always said that the best Eggs Benedict in Canberra are served in this cafe, located in the industrial precinct in Deakin. I have never been disappointed, and this time was no exception. What can I say- the eggs were perfect, the sauce was light and delicious, and it all came together with a bucketload of flavour!

It doesn’t get any better!

Doubleshot Café, 7 Deakin Court, Deakin ACT 2600.
I was well surprised when I started eating my breakfast. I had expected good- I have been eating there for some time now- but my expectations were totally exceeded. They looked and tasted absolutely amazing. The perfectly cooked eggs sitting on that super delicious crispy Pialligo bacon, covered in a creamy hollandaise on toasted English muffins were the perfect way to start my day! I feel life is going to be much harder now that I’ve eaten these eggs, finding someone else who meets their standards will be tough!

I don’t know if my quest for Canberra’s best Eggs Benedict may have some miles to travel, or if I have already found them. Only time (and TheCanberra5) will tell …

Happy Eating!

Miguel

P.S. If you have any hot tips on something amazing in Canberra, let us know. info@thecanberra5.com

5 Reasons to Check Out the Beef and Barley High Tea!

Burgers and High Tea?  It’s a unique pairing, with a masculine twist.  Naturally, we were intrigued when we heard of this new offering from Beef and Barley.

TheCanberra5 put on our best stretchy pants and made our way to Kingston to indulge in the meatiest of High Teas.  Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Check Out the Beef and Barley High Tea …

5.  Halloumi Bites.

Halloumi Bites- cheesy goodness!

These delicious morsels are the stuff of cheesy dreams.  With the right amount of salty flavour, they make a nice balance to a meaty meal.  Our tip is to eat them first, Halloumi is always better hot!

4.  The Drinks.

Beer and Bubbles.

A glass of bubbly or schooner of beer accompanies the meal.  If you’re serious about settling in for a session, an additional cost of $20 each will see your drinks become bottomless!*  That’s my kinda High Tea!

3.  Dessert.

Brownies, macarons & popcorn- oh my!

Every meal should be followed by dessert, and a delicious selection of sweet treats accompanies this burger fest.  These little bites of sweetness were perfect for the drop in blood sugar levels- which occurred after eating enough beer battered chips to fill the Tuggeranong Valley.  Speaking of chips …

2.  The Chips.

Amazing!

Crispy on the outside, piping hot and fluffy on the inside.  The chips almost deserve their own High Tea.  Seriously, these were some of the best we’ve ever had!  With a few secret spices thrown in, the beer battered chips have been on my mind ever since!

1.  The Burgers.

Beef and Barley sliders … delicious!

The number 1 spot on our Top 5 list goes to the feature item- the burgers.  Each Burger High Tea participant receives two sliders- the pulled pork “Miss Piggy” and the beef “Uncle Sam”.  Flavoursome, filling and just damn tasty. Miss Piggy may just have pipped Uncle Sam at the post. It definitely came down to a photo finish!

Another delicious item from the Burger High Tea- Guindilla pepper wrapped in prosciutto.


A massive High Five to the Beef and Barley crew for this fun and innovative concept.  It’s certainly bringing in the crowds, attested by the number of patrons we saw indulging in Burger High Teas.

Beef and Barley- proving Burgers and High Tea is a marriage made in burger heaven.

Burger High Tea $40 pp, minimum two people.  Beef and Barley, Kingston Foreshore, Kingston. Ph: 0261993366.  Bookings preferred.
*Conditions apply.