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  1. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    What happened to the pollies and which restaurant or pub do they normally get smashed in? 🙂

  2. Emma

    Hah, that ice cream and stick cookie layout truly is great. I’d get territorial and aggressive over that bizness.

    I don’t know how I’ve stayed away from Canberra as long as I have, it’s just so damn enticing. Between lots of space, pups in cones, and gradated fat men on stairs, there’s really everything that anyone could want in this town.

    Oooh ooh but when I was at my conference the other week, there was a man from Canberra, so I learned how to pronounce it:) Now it’s like I’m there, right? Although I realize I’ve forgotten how already.

    1. Andrew

      The correct English pronunciation of Canberra is just how you would expect. Can-ber-ra. However, if you want to say it sounding Australian, it’s more Caan-bra. 😉

      1. Emma

        Ahh yes, that’s how it was. As it were. As you do.

  3. Miss Adriennely

    how sweet of you to sing for ur grandparents! I will never have the courage to do that in front of an audience ;(

  4. Kath Lockett

    I can’t think of any Canberra-specific questions right now – am still rendered mute by the colour of the cheesecake!

  5. Three-Cookies

    I spent a whole 15 minutes at the bus station in Canberra so I think I know the city relatively well:) I didn’t come across those green cheesecakes or the brother and sister music band doing live free performances!

  6. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog

    All of those desserts looks delicious! 🙂

  7. Louise

    I’m with Kath and still boggled by the cheesecake. I’m really not sold on the whole green tea dessert thing. I had some of the best examples of the trend in Paris last year, and it was a huge struggle to finish them. I find them unpalatable and cloying. Glad someone likes them. Silo is of course fabulous and we usually darken their doors on any Canberra visit. I haven’t had the raisin infested thing either- too many fabulous lemon or rhubarb or berry things to eat instead. Rabid magpies are one thing, but how cute are the baby swans?

    1. whisperinggums

      Oh Louise — Green tea and Coffee are the best flavours going. Or perhaps you’d prefer Black Olive Cheesecake!? Now THAT’d be up your alley.

  8. Sara @ Saucy Dipper

    What a fun post. I learned about Canberra and am now hungry for cheesecake 🙂

  9. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Teehee. You read my mind. 😉

    You look SO BEAUTY-QUEEN-GORGEOUS in that photo with your brother!

  10. Mike

    Well, here is Canberra’s best kept secret. If you do go for an early morning walk around our city lake you may be lucky enough to get a brief glimpse of our very attractive, long legged, pink throated, choco holic bird. And if you listen very carefully you will hear that bird humming “I Believe I Can Fly”. It is enough to make your heart soar like an eagle.

  11. Leah

    Ahh Canberra. I’m sure it started my fear of birds. I will never forget walking around my suburb of Pearce, and having maggies swoop on Chucky and I!!!!! Still get shivers thinking about it!!!! 🙁
    Loved Silo bakery 😀

  12. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Oh dear lordy, that last point is not funny. Birds are terrifying! I love the term “Jazziest” friend, good work 🙂 Silo sounds like a dream! I have no Canberra questions, Ive been a few times so I feel I know it is not such a strange place. It just has scary aggressive birds.
    Heidi xo

  13. Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or Less)

    Lovely photography … and I LOVE banana ice cream!

  14. Lizzi


  15. Errign

    Aw you and your brother have the same smile 🙂 My brother once interrupted a whole restaurant of diners to put on a show – singing some weird patriotic songs, but we were far younger and way less cute. haha.

    I’m not sure if I’ve got any Canberra questions…

  16. Jasmine

    Such a lovely post on Canberra! Puts a smile on my face from someone in Canberra. 🙂

  17. Andrew

    you did *not* warn me.

    and i’ve been compromised!

  18. Andrew the 2nd

    I recognise this; it’s the Hannah-has-had-a-chance-to-get-photos-off-of-her-phone-and-is-making-the-most-of-it blog edition. 😉 They’re great photos!

    “Not-too-sweet” is an understatement for that green tea cheese cake from Iori. In my mouth, it tasted so very bitter. I tried my best to find appreciation of it… but no, I guess it’s just not for me.

    What’s happened to your puppy-bear??

  19. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    You might have put me off with the bird side of things 😛 I am terribly prone to being swooped. Sometimes I think I’m just in their flight path, but the experience is equally horrifying. I’m not so paranoid I sometimes imagine wings flashing over my head when the bird is miles up in the air…but then again the suburbs near me are pretty bad so perhaps Canberra is no worse.

    Birds aside, I love this post! Desserts included 🙂

  20. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Ahhh, sunburn after walking around the lake – I’ve had that a few times myself!

    Loved the post, but I have to say Silo has kind of faded for me since I discovered The Flute Bakery. Still it is open on the weekend and Flute is not so it has its own delicious place.

  21. Fi

    1. Why is there no ocean?

    2. How did the massive yellow thing at the National Museum get past the NCA ‘burley griffen’s vision’ planning approval people?

    3. When are you going to buy yourself à parasol, missy?


  22. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    I have seen the magpies become territorial and aggressive. And it was quite entertaining 😀 (And I’m not talking about Collingwood- boo)

  23. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    For some reason that sign about the birds made me laugh really hard! Territorial and aggressive… sounds like my own bird 🙂

  24. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe now I had no idea that your birds were insane enough to get warning on sugar canisters! Now if they could somehow get the sugar out, that would be quite the trick! 😛

  25. Catherine

    I love your blog Hannah! Very curious to hear more about Canberra and crazy food. I’ve fallen for your vegan slice recipe and today will be hunting down an avocado. Amazing!

  26. Lou

    Viper gets attacked by magpies on his cycle to work… he’s so scared of them, it’s kind of cute. He’s put all these spikes over his bike helmet, geek. I did go to Canberra once, but can’t really remember. All I know is you can buy porn and fireworks. woooooooot.

  27. Libby

    I’m not usually a fan of cheesecake but daaayem, that green tea and mascarpone cheesecake looks simply divine!

    As for my Canberra question, are there many good-looking guys in Canberra, not including your brother? :p

  28. Lisa

    ugh magpies. my nemeses….that is all 😉

  29. Rach

    Note to self : avoid magpies… haha!

  30. Johanna GGG

    my questions about canberra – do they deliver those chocolate bouquets interstate and why didn’t I go to the revolving restaurant while I was there ????

    love them glimpses – you have a lovely city that is often undervalued!

  31. msihua

    The first thing that came into my head when I saw that gloriously arranged ice-cream was POPPYCOCK!! LOL… errm… Angle Babe, question for you… Where would be the best rake sway places be that we rake sway and can sing Disney songs together all night?

  32. ASHLEA

    Fund adventures! And I love banana ice cream!!

  33. ASHLEA

    Oh gosh… typing to fast… meant to say fun!

  34. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice

    HA hahahahah that magpie “public service announcement” cracks me up!

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