5 Food Moods and how to Satisfy them
Some days you’re feeling super-healthy, other days you just want to let it all go and indulge. It’s natural, we get it! From comfort food classics to lean, green and everything in between, we’ve got the answer to your next big craving.
Published 14 August

Ever been struck by that feeling that you just have to eat a very certain something, like now? You can’t think straight, you have no patience for options, you’re on a mission! 

When it comes to food cravings, our body and mind can be a very powerful and persuasive duo, convincing us – with great urgency – that we simply must eat that pizza, cake, salad or smoothie that our body craves. 

The good news is, no matter what kind of mood takes you, we’ve got a big, delicious world of flavours and cravings to explore. Hungry for something super-specific? Heed the call, follow your mood and satisfy your craving right here at Canberra Centre.

In the Mood for… Hot and Spicy

When it comes to being addictive, spice is up there as one of the most powerful food groups. Maybe it’s the mood-boosting endorphin hit, maybe it’s the risk of the unknown – whatever it is, spicy food sure knows how to deliver an instant, legal rush that some of us just keep going back for. When your mood is screaming ‘spice!’ there are plenty of options to satisfy the urge, from Indian curries and Thai salads to spicy fried chicken and Mexican beans. And if it doesn’t quite hit the mark, just ask for an extra serve of kimchi, chilli, salsa or sriracha on the side. 

Hot and spicy

1. Gami Chicken & Beer
2. GYG
3. Kinn Thai


In the Mood for… Classic Comfort Food
In the category of classic comfort food, there’s usually one thing that unites them all: carbohydrates, and plenty of them. From pies, pizza and pasta to fries, noodles and mash, carbs have the power to truly satisfy. Science says that carbs increase the amount of mood-boosting serotonin in the brain, which means that carbs really do equal happiness! Hard week? Broken heart? When you’re in the mood for comfort don’t fight it, get your carb fix and feel the joy. 


Comfort food

1. Vapiano
2. Grill'd
3. Dobinsons

In the Mood for… A Healthy Green Fix
Veggies and salad aren’t usually the first things to spring to mind when you mention the word “craving,” but there are definitely times when your body will crave healthy food – especially so if you’ve just done a massive workout or if you’ve spent a bit too much time off the healthy eating wagon. If it’s been a while, sometimes even a bowl of steamed broccoli can seem like a revelation. In most cases, your healthy food craving is your body’s way of signalling a nutrient deficiency – so tuck in to those greens. 

A healthy green fix
1. Acai Bros
2. Stanton
3. Soul Origin

In the Mood for… Fish & Seafood
From sushi to pokè, mussels to oysters and even good old fish and chips, there are endless ways to enjoy the ocean’s bounty, if that’s what you’re craving. Wonderfully versatile and adaptable, fish and seafood marry up beautifully with a range of different cuisines and are high in protein and nutrients, and chock-full of health-giving omega-3 fatty acids, which are said to boost brain function, balance moods and reduce depression. Feeling flat? Could be time for a fish fix. 

Fish and seafood

1. Sushi Sushi
2. Nosh
3. Soi Noodle 

In the Mood for… A Real Dining Experience
After all the interruption and uncertainty of the year so far, it sure is nice to be able to return to some of the rituals we love. For many, that might be as simple as booking a table at your favourite restaurant, getting dressed up, being waited on by attentive staff, indulging in beautifully prepared food and relaxing into a proper night out. No matter what kind of cuisine you fancy, the slow pace of a fine dining experience is sure to put you in a good mood.

Real dining experience with CBD, Raku, Alter Ego

1. Raku
2. CBD Dumpling
3. Alter-ego

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Published on 30 November, 2022