Posted on | July 27, 2014 | No Comments
Disclosure: Our visit was courtesy of the Rural City of Wangaratta.
You may remember Part 1 of Visit Wangaratta – finally, here is part 2.
After drinks and pizzas at The Precinct, we had a long, long walk to our next destination: out the door and to the left.
Yes, the Watermarc was quite conveniently located right next door.
The Watermarc is a contemporary bistro. The menu has quite a lot of options – there’s small things to start such as wood fired flatbread with flavoured butters, crispy pork scratchings, or oysters served three ways.
Then there’s entrees: seared scallops and calamari, just to name a couple.
Mains are rather hearty: house made pappardelle, braised pork belly or a slow cooked beef cheek and more.
And if that’s not enough, there’s also a small vegan section and wood fired pizzas.
We were treated to a walk through of the menu – and rather a lot of food came out! Most of it was good, though nothing truly shone.
I think the dishes needed either a bit more finesse or to be pared back a bit – they were a bit fussy.
Though, I must say, we did have quite a lot of wine with the food (to the chagrin of the rest of the restaurant) and hence tastebuds might’ve been rather dulled.
Desserts though, were pretty damn good.
58 Faithful Street
Phone: 03 5722 4000
The following morning we were up bright and early for breakfast at Cafe Prevue.
It’s a lovely cafe with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Ovens River.
My breakfast was the Goats toast: sourdough, fresh tomato, avocado, goats cheese and basil. I added bacon to it and that made it the perfect breakfast. We all know that I’m not a big fan of goats cheese, but it was a very mild kind.
The Prevue is a nice cafe – and it was lovely to breakfast with the sun streaming in through the windows.
Cafe The Prevue
68 Faithfull Street
Wangaratta VIC 3677
Phone 03 5721 2092
After a few hours of free time, we all piled back into the cars and headed to Glenrowan to visit Baileys.
They’re one of the oldest wineries in the region established in 1870, and are particularly renowned for their red wines and fortified wines.
Unfortunately we’d all had more than enough alcohol the previous night so none of us were up for any wine tasting. Soft, I know.
But during lunchtime, they also serve wood fired pizzas with thin crispy bases and several different toppings.
The mushroom pizza in particular was exceptional – if you visit, definitely make sure this is part of your order.
Baileys of Glenrowan
779 Taminick Gap Road
Glenrowan VIC 3675
Phone (03) 5766 1600
Our final stop was Black Dog Brewery, where we were greeted by Macca, the black dog. Yes, they do have a black dog, and yes the brewery is named after Macca, who also makes an appearance on the labels.
Black Dog Brewery is a craft brewery that’s part of Booth’s Winery and the brewer, James Booth, is also the winemaker for Taminick Cellars.
We sampled the ale, pale ale, IPA and the stout. I particularly liked the ale and the stout.
Tastings are on offer Thursday to Monday from 2 – 5pm.
Black Dog Brewery
339 Booth Road
Taminick VIC 3675
Phone (03) 5766 2282
And after that it was homeward bound. We had a great weekend in Wangaratta and I’m definitely keen to explore more of the region and (in particular) do more horse riding.
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Posted on | July 20, 2014 | 3 Comments
Hello, the chiffons are back! Did you miss them? (Y/Y.)
Well, I did even if no one else did.
After quite a long break, I got back into chiffons with a black sesame version.
Black sesame seeds are the unhulled seeds of the more common white sesame seeds, and are more fragrant and flavoursome. They’re mostly used in East Asian cuisine eg sweet black sesame soup, which is one of my favourite things.
Posted on | July 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
St Kilda Dispensary is a sweet cafe on Brighton Road – near the corner of St Kilda Road and Carlisle Street. The name is a reference to the original usage of the building, which was – surprise surprise – a dispensary. The cafe runs over two rooms, and while small it’s really cute inside, with a colour scheme of white and green, and decorated with lots of vintage pharmaceutical and medical items.
Posted on | June 30, 2014 | 4 Comments
Disclosure: Our visit was courtesy of the Rural City of Wangaratta.
Top reasons to visit Wangaratta:
It’s far enough from Melbourne to feel that you’re actually going somewhere and actually getting away from the city, but not so far you can’t visit in a weekend.
It’s located in North East Victoria, which is a gorgeous part of the state – think alpine valleys, mountains, rivers, wineries and gourmet food producers.
But the best reason – you can tell everyone you’re going to the Wang.
Posted on | June 22, 2014 | 4 Comments
Grab your bib friends, tonight’s post is all about ribs.
(Not whoop ass, like the photo might suggest.)
Ike’s Rack Shack is located in the back room of The Beaufort in Carlton and to really emphasise that shack theme, the floor is astro turf, there’s wooden picnic tables, and corrugated iron on the ceiling.
And racks? The menu focus is ribs – racks of ribs.
Posted on | June 15, 2014 | 6 Comments
Mama H went home this weekend. ;A;
For those not in the know, Mama H had been staying with me for the past two months, which resulted in TWO WHOLE MONTHS of me being thoroughly spoiled. Now that she’s finally gone home, I’m not quite sure I remember how to look after myself.
Needless to say, there was little (zero) cooking from me when Mama was here. Is making dessert considered cooking?
Posted on | June 12, 2014 | 2 Comments
Disclosure: I attended courtesy of The Westin & Q Strategies.
I have been to rather a lot of afternoon teas in the past couple of years, so it’s always nice when I go to one that’s a little bit different.
The Westin is serving An Eclair Affair in the Lobby Lounge every afternoon until 30 June – and the point of difference? Instead of the usual little cakes and sandwiches, the afternoon tea comes with savoury and sweet eclairs. There are still scones (it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without them, right?) with accompanying jam and cream, but the stars on the stand are the eclairs.
Posted on | June 6, 2014 | 4 Comments
Here is something you must know if you’re doing an op shop crawl: proper sustenance before you begin is very important.
Because if you do a trip that spans five hours and 15+ shops, you need to make sure your energy levels are up and your treasure spotting senses are on top form.
Posted on | May 30, 2014 | 10 Comments
Confession time. Who can’t function without a cup of coffee in the morning?
If I did a poll of people I know, I’m sure the majority would have their hands up. And mine would be high in the air because there’s not much about coffee that I don’t love: the aroma, the flavour, and even just the ritual of it. Coffee is so popular that it’s the second most traded product in the world (behind oil) which is pretty astounding.
In Australia, more people are focussing on having good quality coffee at home. Almost 40% of people in Australia own a device to make coffee at home, whether it’s something simple like a plunger through to a high end espresso machine (source: Roy Morgan).
My home coffee maker of choice is the Aeropress, so I’m always on the hunt for good coffee beans. Price wise it makes more sense to make your own coffee, with a cup costing a fraction of a cafe coffee, but what I like the most is that I can buy beans and make a brew that suits my personal taste.
Posted on | May 18, 2014 | 6 Comments
Have you ever made dulce de leche, caramelised condensed milk, at home? The most common technique – simmering the cans in a saucepan of water for several hours – is easy enough, but I’ve never wanted to spend the time babysitting the pot to make sure it doesn’t boil dry.
But making dulce de leche in the pressure cooker in 30 minutes? That I can get behind.keep looking »