Monthly Archives: January 2015

Summerside Festival—Canberra Wine Region

What better way to celebrate late summer than with a Summerside Festival. Food and wine, wine tours, lunches and fine dining, and music in the vines are just a part of what’s on throughout February in the Canberra wine region. Here’s a quick selection of what’s on offer, and don’t forget to book your wine tour with Vines & Wines.

Canberra Wine Region Summerside Festival - February 2015

Canberra Wine Region Summerside Festival – February 2015

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Canberra’s Healthy Breakfasts!

In our Year of Eating Healthy we’re looking at café breakfasts around Canberra. We’re huge fans of a good breakfast, and any café who can do the perfect poached egg—which is not as easy as you might think; offers a gluten free option on the toast, and has the nous to offer an all-day breakfast, gets our vote. Surprisingly the latter are thin on the ground with most places moving to lunch around 11.30am, and in our opinion a good breakfast for $15 or so, is much (much) better value than lunch for upwards of $20, so a big tick from LFW to those who offer all day breakfasts.

Home-made poached egg on a bed of garlic spinach served on GF toast

Home-made fried egg on a bed of garlic spinach served on toasted Italian Ciabatta

Here are LFW’s five fave north-side Canberra breakfast spots.

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Eating Healthy—Australia Day!

What’s on your healthy Australia Day table? We’re going with roast rack of lamb, mangoes and delish Australian avocados!

Fresh organic fruit and veggies from Choku Bai Jo Canberra (Lyneham and Curtin)

Fresh organic fruit and veggies from Choku Bai Jo Canberra (Lyneham and Curtin)

In our year of eating healthy we’re not just looking at looking good and getting fit. We’re also focussed on what we’re actually eating, and to that end will be seeking out fresh, organic and Australian grown produce. Is there anything better?

Prawn, mango and avocado salad (serves 4)

Prawn_Mango_Avocado

 

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Easy-Peasy Ice-Cream!

In our Year of Eating Healthy LFW brings you Easy-peasy Ice Cream!

Home-made mango ice-cream with black cherries

Home-made mango ice-cream with black cherries

No other sweet treat beats ice-cream on a hot day! We have various dietary requirements at LFW so it’s often tricky to get a decent dessert that doesn’t contain wheat flour, dairy, sugar or additives, so we’ve been experimenting with a Cuisinart processor and making our own. This is a super-easy basic home-made ice-cream/sorbet that you can whip up in no time. Plus you can add other ingredients to ring the changes. Note that you don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe.

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FASHFEST 2015—So You Want to be a Model?

So you want to be a model?

FF model call out

Not tall enough? Not thin enough? Think again! FASHFEST 2015 has put the call out for all runway models, and you don’t have to be 6 feet tall or a size 6.  FASHFEST organisers, Andrea and Clint Hutchinson, are once again auditioning men and women of any size, any nationality, and any age.

No experience is necessary but all models must walk in front of a panel of judges and be assessed on their presentation and confidence on the runway. All models should bring a printed head-shot to the audition, and females must have a pair of heels.

FASHFEST 2015 Model Casting, National Convention Centre, Sunday 1 February 10am

Models must pre-register for casting at models@fashfest.com.au

 

Rockstars and Royalty gowns from FASHFEST 2014

Rockstars and Royalty gowns from FASHFEST 2014

FASHFEST started out in 2013 and is the biggest fashion event held in Canberra, and getting bigger and better every year. The event includes talented local designers and CIT graduates as well as students from the University of Canberra Faculty of Art and Design, and The Australian National University School of Art.

FASHFEST 2014 broke the mould with models aged from 17 to 80 years, and included plus sizes across the board. We saw gorgeous gowns, clothes and accessories for all ages, menswear, millinery and everything in-between parade on the runway to great music from local bands and DJs.

Character fashions for the 'young at heart' from FASHFEST 2014

Character fashions for the ‘young at heart’ from FASHFEST 2014

FASHFEST 2015 will be held over four nights from 13 – 16 May at a brand new location! Put this in your diary now!

Menswear on a roll from Perpetually Five at FASHFEST 2014

Menswear on a roll from Perpetually Five at FASHFEST 2014.

Hijab House Fashion  from FASHFEST 2014. Photo by Avon Dissanayake

Hijab House Fashion from FASHFEST 2014. Photo by Avon Dissanayake

Shoes by Pure Pod model at FASHFEST 2014

Shoes by Pure Pod model at FASHFEST 2014

Photos from FASHFEST 2014 by LFW unless indicated

http://www.fashfest.com.au

LFW—Eating healthy for 2015!

It’s 2015 and time for those New Year resolutions that we never keep beyond about a week … but this year LFW is focussing on healthy eating—that doesn’t mean dieting peeps, it just means watching what we eat. So we’re not totally giving up the yummy stuff; we’re just paying more attention to what’s in what we eat, monitoring what’s on our plate, and where you can get the good stuff. So we’re kicking off with a couple of great ideas for breads, cakes and sweet treats! Enjoy!

DEEKS delights!

DEEKS delights!

DEEKS

Deeks is a fantastic local little bakery, located in Canberra at the Dickson and Phillip shopping centres, and all their produce is grain free—so for gluten free/wheat free people (like me!) it’s a treasure trove! Continue reading