Category Archives: Food and Wine

Friday Night Footy

Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Football or “footy”.  Out of the 17 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL) about half reside in and around Melbourne.  When we arrived one of the first questions posed to us was “Who is … Continue reading

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Children in the vineyard!

Here’s a brief description of what my children did while we (my husband and I) tasted Australian wine in the Yarra Valley. The kids ate ice cream (bribery can be sweet), ransacked an autumn/winter display,               made … Continue reading

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Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s most prestigious wine region and only about an hour east of Melbourne.  We needed to go and without any Australian holidays in our near future now was as good a time as any.  Plus, it was … Continue reading

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Cake for the Queen

Since Claire had seen the royal wedding live on TV (it was on primetime 7pm-ish in Australia) she was very interested in the Queen’s birthday.  “We must have a cake.”  OK, I think I can handle that.  “Are we going to … Continue reading

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Mornington Peninsula: Maze n’ Wine

The Mornington Peninsula is only about an hour’s drive south from Melbourne and has lots of beaches, wildlife, outdoor activities and its own wine region.  We had a day to explore the area over our long weekend celebrating the Queen’s 85th … Continue reading

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Old McDonald Had A Farm…

We bounded down to Collingwood Farm this morning.  It is a sweet children’s farm where you can see and touch farm animals, watch peacocks strut their stuff, milk a cow and have a delightful lunch at an adorable cafe, with … Continue reading

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Grocery Store Musings

Ah, the Australian grocery stores.  We engage in a love-hate relationship, drawing battle lines as I approach its entrance.  Some days I win, and others I am beaten to a pulp.  Being a stay at home mum, I spend lots of time at the … Continue reading

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Magical frogs

Walking through the shops and arcades of the CBD already felt like a time warp but then a quick turn, an invisible door and, quite possibly, it turned into Diagon Alley or even train platform 9 3/4! Chocolate frogs suddenly appeared in … Continue reading

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Meat Pies and Lamingtons

Another Australian check box checked: eating a traditional meal of meat pie and lamingtons for dessert.  While in Queenscliff a few weeks ago we came upon The Rolling Pin Bakery and decided it was time to try this thing they call a meat pie.  … Continue reading

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It’s official, I purchased Vegemite

While on holiday, another hotel guest suggested I try Vegemite at breakfast.  Of course I was game.  He proceeded to take the tiniest dab on his knife and spread it on a corner of toast.  “A little bit goes a loooong way,” … Continue reading

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