Barista Steven’s on the ball

Barista Steven John Ball... bringing his tricks of the trade to Tosolini's. Photo by Silas Brown

HE’S only been in the job a week, but Tosolini’s new barista Steven John Ball is ready to leave a mark on the coffee hot-spot.

Steven, who’s been a barista for the past seven years, may be recognised from his previous work at the fast-paced Urban Pantry in Manuka.

He’s welcomed the slower pace at Tosolini’s and hopes to bring a few new tricks of the trade to the popular cafe restaurant.

“I’ve just got to convince [owner] Carlo to make a few changes,” he says.

One of those being micro-roasting – where beans are roasted in small batches to customise flavours. Sounds good to “CC”!


Coffee and culture

AND on the other side of the road, the Canberra Museum and Gallery has opened its new cafe.

After several attempts over the years to bring coffee drinkers into the gallery space, it looks like new director Shane Breynard may be on to a winner.

The cafe, run by barista Grant Dumigan, offers pastries from Croissant D’or and free wi-fi.

CMAG has also convinced librarians at Civic Library to support the new business; library card holders can break the rules and bring their take-away coffees into the library.

At the moment, the cafe is on a four-month settling-in period and if it continues to do well, CMAG will look at getting a liquor licence for after hours events. Now we’re talking! enjoys the advertising support of "The Canberra Times"... go figure

‘Times’ takes some space

KNOWING how uncomfortable the daily paper finds it to ever mention our name in its news columns, you can imagine our surprise to see “The Canberra Times” choosing to run paid advertising on our website,, extolling the virtues of theirs! Flattering as it was, we’ve spared any future embarrassment and filtered them out of our daily, breaking news site. But if anyone else want to follow their lead, Greg Jones is happy to help on 6262 9100.


Ottoman’s Kingston outpost

KINGSTON is set to welcome a new (and much-needed) watering hole thanks to Ottoman owner Serif Kaya.

To open in November, the wine bar/grill/steakhouse will be situated in the old St George Bank building on the corner, next to the IGA.

Ottoman manager Clarence Beale says the concept for the new venue is still being refined and a name hasn’t been decided on yet.

The much-loved Ottoman restaurant in Barton will close for the months of June and July for a refurbishment.

Clarence says the restaurant will be modernised but “maintain the classic style that Ottoman is known for”.

Morrissey to show all

FASHION designer Peter Morrissey has just been confirmed for an upcoming Diabetes ACT fundraiser.

Word has it, the multi-award winning designer will fly into Canberra especially for the charity.

Guests will get a sneak peek of Morrissey’s latest designs in this one-off fashion parade to be held at the Hellenic Club in April.

“CC” believes Channel 9’s celebrity trainer Lee Campbell will MC with Canberra personality Lisa Ridgley.

WIN TV’s Ellena Midgley has apparently been cast as one of Morrissey’s models.

Morrissey has dressed many A-listers over the years including Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, Michael Hutchence, Geoffrey Rush and Elle Macpherson.


Clip your heels

TWO left feet are welcome at the Monaro Folk Society’s Shearers’ Ball at the Yarralumla Woolshed, on the evening of Saturday, March 31. Publicity officer Barbara Court says: “All dances will be taught and called on the night, so no bush dancing experience is required.”

The look is daytime colonial wear – long skirts and frilly blouses for the ladies, and moleskins and waistcoats for the gents. Sydney fun, bush band Southern Cross is providing the music and, apart from bringing a plate of supper, the cost is $24. Email your interest to


Time to look silly... the iPad as a wrist watch.

Looking like a Wallee

HERE’S possibly the world’s silliest iPad accessory… Melbourne tech accessory designer StudioProper has launched the Wallee Hand Strap, which turns an everyday iPad into a… wrist watch!

“For just $19.95 with free global shipping, anyone can use iPad’s 9.7” screen to create an arguably portable, undoubtedly attention-grabbing wrist watch,” the publicity pants.

Designer Alon Tamir promises that the Wallee hand strap can be used in other ways and using it to turn an iPad into a wrist watch is, mercifully, just one of them.


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One Response to “Barista Steven’s on the ball”

  1. March 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    I went their for my birthday on saturday night and the service was horrible, took us one hour and 10 mins to get drinks menus and not to mention entrees, then i walk inside and staff are standing around cuddling each other whilest we weren’t being served. I WILL NEVER GO BACK

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