Canberra’s 5 Best Macarons

Macarons- sweet morsels of chewy, delicious goodness that err on the lower side of calories … if you can stick to one! (The average macaron contains less than 100 calories, but who’s counting?!)

We went on a mission to find Canberra’s Best Macarons, and this is what we discovered …

5. The Flute Bakery, 8 Barrier St, Fyshwick ACT 2609.

The Flute Bakery macaron- a Canberra classic!

Perfect in its uniform consistency, the macarons from The Flute Bakery are delicious.  Tiny and adorable with a variety of flavours makes this one for the macaron connoisseur.  The Bakery has a lovely outdoor area, and there’s plenty of room inside, too.  They also do great coffee.  if you’re looking for something savoury before endulging in their macarons, rumour has it their pies are fabulous.

4.  Le Bon Melange Patisserie, G09/48 Gungahlin Place and Bruning St, Gungahlin ACT 2912.

C’est délicieux!

Le Bon Melange is an adorable place to visit, and their macarons are exquisite!  They have an incredible burst of flavour.  I sampled the strawberry and vanilla flavours.  Le Bon Melange is a bustling patisserie and a perfect place to take the family.  They have games for the kids to play while you wait, and delicious hot meals in addition to their baked goods.  A great all-rounder, that caters for everyone.  My eldest child was super impressed with their donuts, too!

3.  Créme n’ Sugar Patisserie, Local Markets.

What a handful!

Créme n’ Sugar had me with their baby-sized macarons.  Super cute!  They are available in little packs, with a variety of flavours contained in each.  Bonus points for the 100’s and 1000’s!  They would look great on a grazing platter, as cake decorations, or when you’re in the car driving home from the markets!!!  (Some of us find them a little too tempting … ) You can find them at Capital Region Farmers Market, EPIC, Flemington Rd & Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell ACT 2602 on Saturdays and Southside Farmers Market, Canberra College, Launceston St, Phillip ACT 2606 on Sundays.

2. Veganarchy, 33 East Row, Canberra ACT 2601.

Macarons with the Midas touch!

Veganarchy has a great ethos.  They create “egg free, dairy free, 100% vegan indulgence”.  We first met Veganarchy at Handmade Canberra Markets and they have now established themselves with a shopfront in Civic.  It’s a great little place to grab something sweet when you’re in the city.  Their macarons are aesthetically gorgeous- I was suitably impressed with their gold dusted macaron.  And the taste!  I sampled an Earl Grey flavour, which had a divine sweet quality.  Subtle and indulgent! Whilst they source their macarons from The Wright Macaron in Albury, NSW, Veganarchy is a local Canberra business.

1.  Dream Cuisine, Local Markets.

Dreamy macarons from Dream Cuisine!

Dream Cuisine macarons are recommended by so many of our followers- and now I know why!  The fillings have an intense flavour burst that blew me away.  The salted caramel was rich and gooey.  The raspberry macaron sweet/sour combo was extraordinary. Owen, the owner of Dream Cuisine, puts a lot of labour and love into his raspberry jam filling!  First, he painstakingly sifts out all of the raspberry seeds.  Then he puts  3% of the seeds back in the jam to give it just the right amount of crunch.  With this level of detail, it’s no surprise they take prime position in our Top 5 Canberra Macarons list!  You can find them at the Old Bus Depot Markets Kingston, Capital Region Farmers Market and Southside Farmers Market.

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5 of our Favourite CBR Street Food Vendors

 

Street food- the best kind of food!   Ready-to-go meals from a variety of cultures have a cult following.  Canberra is always on the ball when it comes to the foodie scene and we have an abundance of street food in this great city!  We’ve hunted down 5 of our favourites- in no particular order.

Gyoza Guy.

So delicious!

The Gyoza Guy gyoza are pretty damn tasty!  Served steamed or fried, this the perfect snack to eat whilst browsing the markets.  There are a variety of flavours, but we went with the fried pork gyoza.  The service is quick and friendly, and the gyoza are delicious!  Accompanied with a choice of sauces, we recommend the chilli sauce- it has the perfect amount of bite.  This is street food at its finest- authentic, ready-to-eat and delicious! You can find the Gyoza Guy at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, EPIC on Saturdays and the Southside Farmers Markets, Canberra College on Sundays.

MOMOs Taste of Tibet. 

Get in my belly!

Momos- the name just rolls off the tongue.  And these momos can roll straight ONTO my tongue!  The bite-sized dumplings taste authentic and are a perfect snack.  A few chilli flakes sprinkled on top and they sum up street food at its finest.  You can find MOMOS Taste of Tibet at the ANU Pop-Up Reunion Village, ANU Campus, Canberra ACT 2600.  They can also be found at various local markets and events.

Phat Panda Urban Asian Food. 

Holding off eating this to take photos was so hard!

Tucked away in Greenway, Phat Panda is the ultimate in street food fusion. With so many choices and experiments going on, every visit is a new experience!  From bao, to rolls and stir fry bowls, there is something to please everyone.  Their puff waffles with gelato (otherwise known as an egg waffle) is a definite standout!  Once the puff waffle is cooked and filled with creamy gelato, then come the toppings.  Crushed cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate-dipped pretzels- you name it, they have it!  My two taste-testers were big fans of the taro and bubble gum gelato.  The instagram-worthy end result requires patience if you want to snap a few pictures first.  Otherwise, dig in.  Filling and delicious!  You can find Phat Panda at Shop 175a/210 Anketell St, Greenway ACT 2900 and local events.

La Empanada. 

¡Esta empanada es muy rica!

The ANU Pop-Up Village has a great bustling, relaxed feel. It’s the perfect spot for a quick, informal lunch or dinner. The empanadas at La Empanada are handmade on the spot and the proof is in the empanada, as we like to say!  A crispy pastry shell gives way to delicious fillings.  We tried three flavours- Beef, Spinach and Cheese, and Chorizo.  They certainly hit the pspot- tasty and filling.   La Empanada is at The ANU Pop-Up Reunion Village.  You can also try them at the Capital Region Farmers Markets on Saturdays and the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston on Sundays.

Tikka Stand.

This Tikka Chicken is sizzling!

It is almost rude to call this street food, it feels more like a restaurant dish served in a disposable container.  The secret tikka sauce is amazeballs! Seriously, once you try the tender tikka marinated chicken from Tikka Stand, you will start to have dreams of needing more tikka goodness in your life!  Go get some, you won’t regret it.  You will find them at the ANU Pop-up Village.  You can also find them at various local markets and events.

The Canberra Moon Festival, 2018. A great event, with plenty of local street food vendors.

As each culture embraces cheap delicious food-to-go, so too does the range of street food on offer in Canberra. Get amongst it, people- it’s super tasty!

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.

 

5 Great Canberra Burgers, in no particular order.

(With a countdown for dramatic effect)


I am going to have to start by saying that this is not the ultimate Top 5 Canberra Burgers list, but more of a good start. With so many good burgers around town, this is clearly a work in progress!

Number 5. The Mookie Deluxe Burger at Mookie. $15

Mookie – Genge St, Canberra City.

The Mookie Deluxe Burger comes with additional options, and needless to say, I added maple smoked bacon and pickles to this already delicious fusion burger. It appears simple, but it is anything but. The fusion is all in that secret Mookie sauce, which was extraordinary. The 100% Angus hormone-free beef is ground daily and hand massaged to deliver the perfect fat percentage every time.

Let there be no doubt- I will be going back for this simple, but super tasty burger.

Menu listing:
100% pure grass-fed black Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese & Mookie sauce.
Mookie Deluxe: Add maple smoked bacon & pickles for $3.

Number 4. Cheeseburger at Ona Manuka. $21

Ona Manuka – The Lawns, Manuka.

This is one super delicious cheeseburger and has a well-deserved place on my list as one of the best burgers on the menu in Canberra at the moment. Every element was fantastic- a whopping great big juicy patty with plenty of cheese, amazing pickled onions, covered in bacon jam, and house-made BBQ sauce.

Overall, I was left speechless, full and very impressed! Thanks, guys.  Side note: the fries were super crunchy and delicious.

Menu Listing:
CHEESEBURGER GF-O 21 beef patty, cheddar, zuni pickled onions, bacon Jam, house-made barbecue sauce, cress, fries.

Number 3. Greasy at Grease Monkey. $15                                 

Grease Monkey – Lonsdale St, Braddon.

I love going to this place. Their Greasy (or Double Deluxe) is one of my go-to burgers when I am in the city. The extra tasty Greasy’s sauce and GM relish transform a simple juicy cheeseburger into a smashing feast for one.

Wash it down with a Greasy lager and you are onto a truly winning combo!

Menu Listing:
Greasy- Beef patty, lettuce, cheese, onion, pickles, GM relish, Greasy’s sauce (GF*).

Number 2. Brod Burger at Brodburger. $14.50

BrodBurger – Capital Brewing Co. Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

From the original red caravan down by the lake, now based out at Capital Breweries, I was trying to keep with a cheeseburger theme, so I grabbed a Brod burger with the cheddar option. The bread was soft, the cheese was cheesy and the aioli-topped flame-grilled burger was juicy and tender. Everything was as it was meant to be, and I was a happy chappy.

Next time, I will be going back to my old favourite- the brie- just to make it even richer!

Number 1. Cheesy Americano at Boss Burger. $13

Boss Burger – Blackall St, Barton.

This new kid on the block won’t stay that way for long! The food truck is parked in the carpark on Blackall St in Barton, which is pretty good for all those public servants who know “what is what” with their burgers. The chef behind this truck hails from a wealth of Sydney fine dining experience and is all about packing flavour into his menu. The Cheesy Americano was spectacular, with its American pickles flown in from Detroit, super smokey bacon and that homemade mustard mayo. Definitely one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

Side note: I hear they have a new Lamb tzatziki burger coming out, and I will absolutely be getting down there to taste that baby!

Now if your favourite burger isn’t here on our list- do not panic, do not despair. I know there has to be another list of amazing burgers. I’ve heard too much about some other burgers that I need to give a good hot go! And also- who am I kidding? I will always want to try new burgers!

Happy eating.
-Miguel

Who is TheCanberra5?


Who is The Canberra 5?
A 5 piece jazz band hailing from the fine boroughs of Canberra?
A Canberra-centric family blog, consisting of five family members?
No, none of these.

Delicious burger goodness!

The Canberra 5 is the newly established epicentre of Top 5 lists. What makes us unique? Our high-quality vlogging.

Professionally produced videos accompany each of our Top 5 lists. Waiting in the wings is a highly contested list of the best burgers in Canberra, 5 great local beers, 5 “kid approved” family friendly eateries and much more!

Behind the scenes action!

Michelle and Miguel hail from Canberra, both with media backgrounds. We share a passion for delicious food, new experiences, living life and raising our families in this great city.

Join us on our adventures as we explore this great city of ours!
– Michelle & Miguel