Archive | September 2013

The Pavillion Cafe…Fitzroy Gardens


This is a family-friendly café in the middle of the Fitzroy Gardens. We weren’t sure if it was going to be expensive but were pleasantly surprised with their menu and prices. The waitress greeted us from behind the counter (approx. 5 metres away) as we walked in the door. That was the first surprise. I don’t think I’ve even been given such a friendly greeting. It was a really windy, warm day so we chatted about the weather. It was a hot topic because we were just starting to come out of winter and this was one of the first warms days we’d had.

We all ordered focaccias. Dad ordered a flat white. When it was served it had the cute pattern on top. I had a salmon focaccia which was really nice. Not too many capers.


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Word a Week Photo Challenge: Ornate


All of the buildings in these photos are quite old and have some really ornate features and facades.





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Weekly Travel Theme: Peaceful


There’s something very soothing and peaceful being high up on a mountain overlooking the rolling countryside. This photo was taken from Mount Buffalo in north-east Victoria. We were looking down to the towns of Bright and Porepunkah.

Travel theme: Peaceful

Wild Dog Winery, Warragul

Deconstructed lemon tart.

An impromptu lunch was called for on the last day of Winter. Although the calendar hadn’t flicked over to Spring yet, Mother Nature had decided it was Spring. She put on a gorgeous day. My friend and I decided to go out for lunch and chose this winery because it was one of the ones on our ‘to do’ list.

The winery is in Warragul which is 105kms from Melbourne but only about 35kms from where my friend lives. It’s a lush, green area of rolling pastures filled with olive groves and vines waiting to be filled with grapes.

We were really pleased with what we chose from the menu. The scallops I had for entrée were perfectly cooked. The Deconstructed lemon tart was very tasty. I love lemon tarts but they can be a bit heavy. Being able to mix each element myself on the plate was great. It kept the dessert very light.

And of course being at a winery we had to choose one of their wines. We both chose the Wild Dog 2011 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc. It’s a very light, refreshing sparkling wine in the traditional methode champenoise style.

The restaurant is featured in the 2014 edition of the Good Food Guide having been given a rating of 14/20.

This dessert is called Candyland. It is made up of a variety of sweet treats such as bubblegum ice cream and other pieces of deliciousness. It’s their brand new dessert; it has only been on the menu for a few weeks.

We sat on the deck on the far left, in full view of the sun.

The very relaxing view from our table.


My friend’s entrée. Roasted Root Vegetable Salad – sweet potato, dutch creams, baby carrot, parsnips, swede, fried garlic, onion, truffle salt, avocado oil, rosemary.


My entrée – Hervey Bay scallops, cauliflower puree, fennel, dill & cucumber, Yarra Valley salmon roe

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Fairies Tree – Fitzroy Gardens


The Fairies Tree is a magical part of the Fitzroy Gardens for children. There are a series of carvings in the stump of an old red gum trees in the gardens. The tree itself is over 300 years old. As well as fairies you will find carvings of dwarfs, gnomes, koalas, flying foxes and other Australian animals and birds.



This rotunda is in a very pretty setting in the gardens.

Model Tudor Village – Fitzroy Gardens


The Model Tudor Village was presented to Melbourne as thanks for sending food parcels to England during WW2. The buildings represent a Kentish village built during the Tudor period in England. I didn’t realise they had been there since 1948. The styles of the buildings include thatched cottages, a scale model of Shakespeare’s house, Ann Hathaway’s house, a church and barns.