Canberra Cafe: Eightysix, Braddon

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It was our mum’s birthday a few weeks back and in true Cuzzillo style we brunched in celebration. Our destination: Eightysix in Braddon.

As a family we are well acquainted with the dinner scene at Eightysix and were looking forward to our first time trying out their breakfast menu. First impressions were good, with Matt and Steve each ordering a bowl of complimentary nutrigrain to start – yes, free nutrigrain. They also have free berocca on the menu for those who might’ve had a bit too much fun the night before.

Thus begun our multiple course breakfast. The boys all had the actually-quite-large “medium sized breakfast”, while mum and I shared three different dishes because we couldn’t make a decision. First we had poached eggs on toast with a delicious smoked chutney, followed by the decadent french toast with figs and vino cotto, and finally, the “sunday sundae”, which looked so pretty we almost didn’t want to eat it. We did though and it was our fave – a light and summer-inspired dish of rice pudding, yoghurt, mango and almonds. As if that wasn’t enough, we then finished with a second round of coffees and a serve of the house scones with vanilla cream and raspberry jam.

If you’ve had dinner at Eightysix it shouldn’t be surprising that their Sunday breakfast menu is this good. They are all about delicious food, quirky service and good vibes. It also helps that their coffee is great. Eightysix is everything you could ever want in a late Sunday morning brunch.

Eightysix is open for breakfast every Sunday from 9am. You can find them on the corner of Elouera Street and Lonsdale Street in Braddon, and also on instagramfacebook and twitter.

Happy birthday mama bear!

– Bec x

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On a side note, we ran into my very talented photographer friend Vishal and he took these gorgeous photos of our family. Check out his facebook page for more stunning photography of Canberra, it’s people and beyond.

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Lawn Bowls on a Sunny Afternoon

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It was Sunday afternoon, the sun was out to play and so were we.

Making the most of the last of the summer months, my friends and I went out for an afternoon of Pimms, lemonade and barefoot bowls at The RUC in Turner.

Forget the convention that lawn bowls is only for white-clothed, white-haired grandparents. We found ourselves out on the green with all-sorts – young families, uni students, young professionals and the odd pro player or two. 

The RUC is shaking things up with hot chips, jugs of beer and good vibes delivered directly to your green. It didn’t matter that some of us occasionally forgot which way the bowls turned and found ourselves collecting them from our neighbours green – everyone was out for a good time and the staff were great, hitting us up with plenty of tips. 

If the sun’s out and you’ve got some friends, I highly recommend you get your shoes off, your feet on the green and your hands around some lawn bowls at The RUC, found at 54 McCaughey Street in Turner.

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Note: I enjoyed this gorgeous afternoon in the sun at the invitation of Threesides Marketing and The RUC in Turner covered some of the cost.

South Coast Eats: The Rivermouth General Store, Tomakin

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In an effort to preserve summer for as long as possible, I am continuing with my coastal theme and sharing one of my new favourite eateries on the South Coast – The Rivermouth General Store in Tomakin.

On the Sunday that we visited, the sun was shining and it seemed that everyone in town had the same idea – soaking up the sunshine in the cute garden courtyard of The Rivermouth. This little cafe is all about the chill vibes and seaside location. You only have to look at their instagram to know that the team behind The Rivermouth love their surfing and coastal lifestyle.

They also love good food and good coffee – my favourite. The menu is fresh, simple and oh so tasty. Local produce is a big feature and they have a killer drinks menu with delicious juices and indulgent shakes. Did I mention their coffee is good too? And I mean, really, who can resist a takeaway cup with a good logo?

You can find The Rivermouth General Store on Sunpatch Parade in Tomakin on the NSW South Coast.

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The Sun House at Surf Beach

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So you may have noticed that I’ve been spending much of my summer flitting between Canberra and the South Coast.

Matt’s parents, the beautiful Mick and Christine, have recently moved to a property at Surf Beach on the NSW South Coast. Not only does the move mark a change of pace and scenery for Mick and Chris, but it also signifies the beginning of a new and exciting venture as owners of the Sun House at Surf Beach.

The Sun House is luxury and relaxation all wrapped up in a king-size bed and served with a side of complimentary champagne. It’s a private self-contained bed and breakfast perfect for one couple. With a big bathroom, enormous bedroom, kitchen and living room, I’m not being biased when I say that the Sun House is lush.

My favourite is waking up with the sun and spending time getting lost in their beautiful gardens. Palms and ferns are my absolute fave and they are everywhere. There’s a bridge that overlooks one of the ponds, a shady lane of magnolia trees out the front, a rogue pumpkin vine sprouting from the compost and six resident chooks. Of course, there’s also the tennis court and pool.

Inside, there’s the giant bed and private spa, but the main event has got to be the fridge – Mick and Chris always stock up on local produce for their guests. There’s the usual suspects like bread, cereal, bacon and eggs, but there’s something extra special about having the option of making your own pancakes or downing that first early morning coffee straight from your own espresso machine. And if you’re anything like me and you enjoy something sweet with your coffee, Chris has you covered with fresh home baked goods awaiting your arrival.

If you’re looking for some lush accommodation on the South Coast, call 02 4471 1152 and Mick and Chris will sort you out. You can also find them on Facebook.

Note: All photos are by the very talented Canberra-based photographers Damian and Sarah.

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Canberra Cafe: The Cupping Room, Civic

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Last week we took a little trip into the city to visit one of the trendiest cafés around town – the Cupping Room.

As this was our first cafe review for 2015, we thought we’d mix it up a little and allow Matt (the guy that lives with us) to tag along and witness and enjoy, not only the food and bevvies, but the good company of Bec and myself.

As for the food, we all got a burger of some sort – I got the beef, Bec got the veggie and Matt got the chicken. All in all, everyone was pleased with their choice. For the bevvies, Bec ordered herself a fresh watermelon juice that looked pretty refreshing, while Matt and I indulged in some glorious thick shakes. Matt got the caramel popcorn and I got the splice – it was the business.

Coffee is the Cupping Room’s main game, but after smashing down burgers and thick shakes, we were well satisfied. Having had many a-coffee there before though, I can tell you that they serve up some of the best coffee around town.

The Cupping Room is busting with good vibes, the staff are cool and the menu is a-popping. It’s definitely one of my favourite Canberra cafés so far.

The Cupping Room is located at 1/13 University Avenue, Canberra City.

– Steve

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Secret Beach

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I love swimming in the ocean on a really hot summer’s day. There is nothing better than the refreshing cool of the sea and the feeling of the sun drying salt water on your skin as you lie on the warm sand.

Matt’s parents have recently moved to the South Coast, which means we are there every other weekend and practically locals by association. This weekend, we went out in search of a secret beach.

Matt had heard about this beach – it is relatively unknown, even to locals, and is only accessible on foot. It didn’t take us long to find but once we did, we had the entire beach almost to ourselves. We spent a few hours cooling off in the ocean, drying off in the sun and exploring the rocky little alcove around the corner. A secluded beach on a long weekend in summer is a pretty rare find.

This little beach is one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets. And a secret it will remain – I’m not telling you where it is.

– Bec x

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Buy Local: The Fix Cold Pressed Juice

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I have so much love for local Canberrans doing cool things. When Lucianne from the Fix, Canberra’s first cold pressed juice company, approached me to try their juice and share my thoughts, I was pretty pumped.

I met Lucianne for coffee one morning last week and was thus inducted into the world of cold pressed juice. Over a soy cap or two, Lucianne shared with me her passion for the cold pressed process, life in Canberra and travelling the world, as well as the exciting news that they are opening up a new shopfront in Fyshwick soon.

1. Define the Fix in five words.

Seasonal health in a bottle.

2. How did you get started and why?

We want to make a genuine healthy alternative available to people.

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3. Why is cold pressed the best?

Simple. No heat is ever introduced during the extraction process. There is no blending. No oxidation. No preservatives. No additives. Just juice. Nothing, but the juice. Because it stays raw, you get loads more nutrients. Up to 6 times more!

4. What does buying local mean to you?

There is certainly a growing trend of buying local in Canberra. We love that! When you buy local you get a superior product. You can hold the maker accountable. You get better customer support and finally, you support your local economy. Overall, when you buy local, you are making a decision to invest in your local community, into people you see face to face. I think that is special.

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5. What do you love about living in Canberra?

Canberra is not like other cities. It is more like a big village. Everyone is connected and happy to lend a hand. A community of people with a growing entrepreneurial spirit.

6. What was the last place you travelled? Describe it in three words.

Micronesia – Tropical hidden paradise.

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Lucianne and her partner in life and in business, Jovan, have carved out their own piece of juice heaven in the local Canberra market. I’m most excited for the upcoming opening of their new shopfront in Fyshwick. You can follow the Fix on facebook and instagram for updates.

After my soy cap date with Lucianne, I came home with a box of the new summer range, ready to get my Fix and get my tastebuds around some of their unusual flavour combinations – tomato, watermelon and strawberry, anyone?

I spent my weekend taking photos of their cute new packaging and slurping down all of the juices. After all those vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, I literally bounced out of bed this morning.

Overall, the seven juices in the summer range are pretty flippin’ delicious. I particularly love that being a seasonal range, the produce is local, fresh and their fruit and veg combinations are pretty inventive – I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had rockmelon in a juice before.

Here is what I thought:

Grow – filtered water, cashews, almonds, mixed berries, agave

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This cashew almond milky goodness is one of my faves. Grow is just the right amount of sweet and the perfect balance of nutty. It is the perfect juice for a mid-week breakfast on the run, a late weekend morning lazing about in bed or even a little sweet treat for after dinner.

Glow – valencia oranges, carrots, lime, turmeric, ginger

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This little number is all about healthy glowing skin and is my pick of the summer range. Glow is sweet, bitter and a little bit spicy all at the same time. I can see myself starting every day with a little pick me up in the form of this juice.

Energise – rockmelon, beetroot, cucumber, zucchini

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Energise is my new workout friend. This dark purple juice is rich and earthy, but still surprisingly light and refreshing. I could easily smash one of these before a sweaty summer gym sesh or sip it slowly by the pool after an early morning run.

Elevate – tomato, watermelon, strawberry

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Elevate is a juice that just screams health. It is both sweet and savoury at the same time, with an unusual but yet completely addictive flavour. I drank the entire juice in about 5 seconds flat and found myself slurping an empty bottle in the hope a little extra might appear.

Optimise – filtered water, pineapple, lemon, ginger, cayenne pepper

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Just like the bright yellow colour suggests, this juice is light, refreshing and oh so zesty. It starts off sweet and ends with a real kick in the tastebuds. Optimise is the perfect anytime, anywhere juice.

Detox – rockmelon, cucumber, zucchini, celery, romaine, parsley

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If health had a taste, this juice would be it. Detox is a dark green juice that will make your insides smile. The rockmelon gives it just the right amount of sweet, taking the edge off all those healthy greens and making it taste real good.

Hydrate – honeydew melon, cucumber, zucchini, celery

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With a hint of sweetness, Hydrate is light, refreshing and super tasty. It’s thirst quenching goodness made it the ultimate partner for an afternoon walk with my dog, Leo. We stopped for a few cuddles along the way, but Leo seemed way more interested in the delicious juice I was slurping down.

The Fix juice range is available for purchase online, as well as in selected dispensaries around town. Keep an eye out for their new shopfront opening soon in Fyshwick and just get your mouth around their juice. It is seriously good.

– Bec x

Note: The juice in this post was provided by the Fix.