Food Junky – August / September

Everyone knows I have a sweet tooth. When I moved out of home for the first time, I often ate cheesecake for breakfast. And when I started working at a chocolate shop, it was game over – I was drinking Belgian hot chocolates every day.

These days I try to hold off on cheesecake until at least morning tea, and hot chocolates for when a coffee isn’t cutting it. Still, I think I’m a good person to give some dessert tips. Prepare yourself for a sugar rush.

The chocolate shop I used to work at was Koko Black, and their desserts continue to be some of the most delicious, but most deadly, I’ve eaten. Most people struggle to even finish a rich, creamy hot chocolate (hazelnut if you’re brave), but you should work your way up to a dessert degustation, because you’re worth it.

We aren’t out of winter yet, but if you have a hankering for something cold, try out Frugii for some creative flavour creations as well as the classics, Via Dolce Pasticciera (which also has a delightful assortment of beautiful pastries and desserts) or Goodberry’s in Erindale or Belconnen, who do frozen custards with mix-ins, as well as a host of other desserts.

I feel like I’ve talked about how much I love donuts, but I’ll mention it again. I definitely have expressed my love for Patissez’s donuts so I won’t rehash (I buy them five at a time), but it’s also worth taking a trip to the Capital Region Farmers Markets or Southside Farmers Markets for a donut from Bombolini – light, fluffy and filled with deliciousness. Ricardo’s in Jamison Plaza is also a must.

And finally, if you’re lazy, there’s Sugar Deli. It’s not exactly cheap – the minimum four treats plus delivery generally works out to around the $40 mark, but hey, sometimes you need to treat yourself.

Now, some foodie events happening in the next month.

Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory, National Arboretum. The Arboretum is one of my favourite places to visit in Canberra, and even better is getting to eat while I’m there. The afternoon tea menu is designed to showcase seasonal, regional produce. Every Sunday, 2–4pm, $39 per person. Bookings essential.

If you’re after a nice Saturday lunch, who better to host than Parlour? Saturday August 19, you can chow down on tapas provided by Parlour, matched with wines from Beechworth Wine Estates. $75 + bf, book online.

Eat Canberra is running a host of food tours, including the Braddon/City Walking Food Tour. $135 gets you all food and drinks and the tour guide – Saturday August 26 and Saturday September 2. And in keeping with our sweet theme, there’s even a Sweet Tooth tour on September 2, $80.

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