I recently spent a glorious, child-free weekend away in the gorgeous coastal town at the end of the Great Ocean Road, Port Fairy. Port Fairy is a low lying coastal town in SouthWestern Victoria, 4 hours out of Melbourne. It has long been one of my favourite, beach side vacation spots in Victoria due to its beautiful beaches, picturesque historic riverfront port and thriving arts and food scene. Continue reading
Pear and Chocolate-Chip Muffins Recipe
This recipe is a great way to use fresh pear in your baking. Just peel and dice 1-2 fresh pears and they can go straight into the mixture. This recipe makes a delicious after school snack or even an occasional lunch box treat and like all muffins, they are best eaten straight out of the oven.
Home made almond & honey muesli recipeThis is a simple and really delicious recipe for home-made almond & honey muesli.
I have been buying muesli in a box from the supermarket for a long time, but after messing around with a few home-made nut bar recipes, I discovered that it was really very easy to make my own muesli too.
When I make my own muesli I know exactly what goes into it and I can have it exactly how I like it. Continue reading
Limestone Gallery and Cafe Port Fairy
Port Fairy has a vibrant and thriving arts scene and a great way to experience what it has to offer is by visiting the Limestone Gallery and Cafe.
Limestone Gallery and Cafe is a little gem on the outskirts of town in Port Fairy. A passion project of artist in residence Meg Finnegan, this is a great place to view a selection of art from local artists, and then enjoy a bite of lunch or a walk in the garden when you are done. Continue reading
Looking for great coffee in Notting Hill? Then look no further than Inchmeal Cafe at Our Little Caravan. Newly opened, Inchmeal cafe is serving Dukes coffee, Tea Lady tea, fruit toast, pastries and sweet treats all in the gorgeous setting that is the Our Little Caravan Collective Store.
Owner and barista, Anne Ngo has previously worked as cafe manager at the stunning 1932 Cafe and Restaurant in Collins St, Melbourne. She has now achieved her dream of opening her very own cafe in the heart of Notting Hill.
I love to discover gorgeous little cafes in quiet, unexpected locations and Inchmeal Cafe is exactly that. Visit to try an ethically sourced coffee or tea and stay to check out the wares of local and independent artists, designers and craftspeople in the beautiful collective store that shares the building.
Inchmeal Cave at Our Little Caravan: The Collective Store
39 Westerfield Drive
7:00 am – 3:00 pm
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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The Full Pantry Store and Cafe
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a teacher in possession of a new curriculum is in want of a gigantic cup of tea.
Every so often in the life of a teacher there comes a time when the powers that be decide to change the entire VCE curriculum of a certain subject, requiring a huge overhaul of texts, teaching activities and teaching program.
Basalt Cafe and Wine Bar
On the road between Warrnambool and Port Fairy near the volcano at Tower Hill is the most delicious surprise. Tucked neatly down the end of a driveway and surrounded by vineyard, farms and tapering hills you will find the Basalt cafe and wine bar.
Housed in what was once a winery shed, this is a surprisingly cosy cafe with a simple but impressive menu.
Proprietor and chef Shane Clancey is ex Portofino on Bank and whatever caused him to move on, it was not the lack of talent when it comes to running a eating house.
We were invited by Great Ocean Road tourism to come and taste the best of what the Port Fairy area had to offer. Our menu for the day was in the hands of Shane who delighted us with a delicious tapas style lunch featuring local produce brought together to great effect. Abalone, smoked eel, home grown kale and freshly pickled beetroot. Shaw River cheese from down the road and all of it accompanied by a selection of the award winning Basalt wine.
Once we were comfortable at the bar we dove straight in with a delicious glass of riesling accompanied by a little bowl of warmed olives.
A great dining experience is often really all in the details and this simply perfect opener was a sign of good things to come.
We Will Rock You
Last night I was invited to enjoy the preview night of “We Will Rock You” Melbourne. After receiving rave reviews overseas and in Sydney, the musical featuring Melbourne favourites Casey Donovan and Brian Mannix has now made its way to our home town. Continue reading
Are you like me, feeling sick of reading horrible, nasty and negative news every day in the papers and online? Then join me in my love a blogger challenge. Spend a little bit of time reading some of the thoughtful, inspired and intelligent writing on offer by your favourite blogger. They probably don’t have a degree in journalism but they won’t have a Masters in Snark either. Most bloggers just write for the love of words and a desire to create something beautiful.
Today we are meeting Helen from My Home Base (one of my favourites).
Dani xx Continue reading
Coffin Sally Port Fairy
When you take a weekend away in a beautiful, quiet, coastal location, it is not always possible to access the great dining options that are available in a big City.
But this does not happen when you visit Port Fairy.
Case in point is Coffin Sally which is owned and operated by Pete Charlton and serves great pizza that could easily rival Melbourne’s best.
With previous experience working at the much-loved Bottle of Milk and Pizza Pizza in Lorne, it is no surprise that Pete knows how to run a great eating house. Continue reading
We drove into Port Fairy late on Thursday night, footloose and childfree and high on the buzz of the first warm day that we have experienced for a long time. The moon was hanging heavy in the sky making everything glow with warmth and expectation.
Thanks to Great Ocean Road Tourism I was in town to experience some of the culinary delights on offer in one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Victoria; Port Fairy.
Bordered on two sides by the sea and with a plethora of gorgeous bluestone buildings Port Fairy is a perfect spot for a weekend away. It also has a gorgeous river running through it, a selection of great eating houses and a thriving arts scene.
We checked into our apartment right in the centre of town and headed out to our first rendezvous, Coffin Sally’s pizza bar. Coffin Sally’s is set up in what was once the undertakers building and what a spectacular building it is. Pete was our host for the evening and is also the owner of this excellent pizza bar. Roaring fire, amazing bluestone building and salty, delicious pizza made for an excellent first night.
The next day we visited Limestone Gallery for lunch in their newly opened cafe. Once we pulled ourselves away from the beautiful sculpture garden we were able to enjoy a reuben sandwich like no other.
Dinner that night was at the very impressive Fen Restaurant. We pulled on our best party frocks (Ok, that was just me) and headed out for dinner at this sleek restaurant beside the Stag Inn Hotel.
The highlights here were the Abalone with Shiitake Mushroom and a desert featuring native Australian ingredients that were out of this world. Chef Ryan has a focus on native and foraged ingredients and he combines them with thoughtful consideration. This was a very “Australian” dinner, in all the right ways.
Well today the sun is shining again (Yay!) and we still have a little sight-seeing to do fuelled by coffee and a great nights sleep. If only the wind and rain would leave us alone.
Not a bad way to spend the last weekend of my mid-thirties. **cough cough
Kubo and the Two Strings Review
I was delighted to be invited along to the Melbourne International Festival Kids Gala opening of Kubo and the Two Strings on the weekend.
Proudly sponsored by the delicious Cobs Popcorn, this was an extra special event because I got to bring along not only my eleven year old daughter but my sister and her daughter too.
Kubo and the Two Strings was a great movie with a big sweeping storyline and a stunning setting. It made me cry and it made me laugh and it made me feel a little scared too. Continue reading
Looking for some great meal ideas for the week ahead? Me too. I am always on the lookout for something new and different to keep me out of a cooking rut.
Week night cooking has to be healthy and pretty simple at my house as we tend to be a little rushed. Last week I asked for some ideas from the gang at my Eat My Street Cooking Club.
- Leigh suggested a homemade Chicken Schnitzel with a panko crumb and gravy which I thought was pretty delicious and so did the rest of my family. I just made up my own version but you could try this really yummy version from Taste.
Here are a few other suggestions from some awesome Aussie bloggers.
- Tonight I made this Biryani recipe from the talented Clare at The Life of Clare. I have never previously made my own Biryani and I was so pleased with this recipe. It was simple and my whole family enjoyed it which is quite the miracle.
- Then there is this simple lunch idea from Beth at Baby Mac.
- How about some delicious, cheesy chicken lasagne? This recipe is from right here at Eat My Street. I might be biased but I think it’s a good one. 🙂
- Then why not finish off with something sweet? Thanks to Amy from Grandpa Cat for this gluten-free recipe.