// THE DRIVE

Hey guys,

Last year whilst I was filming a documentary shooting all around Australia, I came across a great find in what now is my favourite little country town… and that is… THE BEECHWORTH BAKERY!

Recently my lovely mother took a drive up to Beachworth to get some of their fab pies and after tasting these babies again for the first time in over a year (they really are the best pies I’ve ever eaten in my life) mum and I just had to go and investigate to see if they had any closer stores.

To our surprise, there was one located not too far away in our backyard wine country!

So today we took the drive to go out and have one of their fabulous donuts… yes… driving 2 hours there and back for a donut really was worth it.

These are the freshest donuts I have ever eaten in my life! Soft, homemade, thick icing and not one bit rubbery or greasy at all!

The homemade part totally made me feel less like a fatty when we opted to buy 3 of them for lunch to eat then and there… and bring some home for dessert after dinner :)

Here are some snaps of our little adventure today..

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Yummmmm!!!!

Sooo looking forward to devouring these babies again tonight… now matter how stuffed from the ones I ate today I already am.. :)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

El x

// a weekend away..

This last weekend I went on a little road trip getaway to the country with my family to celebrate my parents anniversary.

We stayed in a little town called Flinders and it was absolutely lovely. Lovely little cute cafe’s around, beautiful fresh food, amazing accommodation and due to the weather being so overcast which was a bit of downer since the beaches were so gorgeous, we spent lots of family time together instead eating, drinking and playing monopoly.

We’d have breakfast and then have 2nd breakfast at another cafe just to try the delicacies because they were so fresh and mouthwatering.

It was a lovely weekend away from the internet, tv, movies etc… so here are some snaps from the trip.

Congratulations to my parents on their anniversary and thanks are in order for taking us rugrats (my little sis and I) along to celebrate with them.

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Food highlight: The Turkish Delight Soufflé at the Terminus Restaurant. Filled with real chunks of turkish delight all through it, it was one hell of a dessert, no matter how full I was before, it was worth every part of the weight that was distributed to my thighs as I was eating it!

Yummmoooo!

xx

I left my heart in San Francisco | PART TWO

As promised, here’s part two of my photographs from San Francisco to follow on from part one

Hailing from a Greek family, I LOVE my food, so at almost every place I went to, I made sure I took a snap of all the places and delicacy’s I enjoyed.

Here’s just some of what was on my plate:


// G H I R A R D E L L I //

|| Ghirardelli Square, gorgeous location by the water and chocolate to die for! At every chance I got I would walk into the store as they had a new hazelnut choc flavour and were handing out freebies to all. I think in the space of one week I went in and had a total of 11 tastings :-)

P.s. their coconut shake was to die for!


// B O U D I N  B A K E R Y //

|| This place rocked!!! Constantly busy, all the bread was smoking fresh and conveyor belts were used to move bread to the counter straight from the oven to meet the demand! The oatmeal cookies were possibly one of the best ive tasted… the pastries were light and the sourdough bread animals were so detailed and HUGE! We bought a crab above and took it down to the pier to devour. It took 2 days to eat!!! I was also impressed by the use of raisins as eyes… a nice touch.


// C H O W D E R  B Y  T H E  B A Y //

|| Was so keen to try chowder as I’d always seen it but never heard of it before! I love my bread so the idea of soup being in a bread bowl for me to gobble up was brilliant! So I took a walk down Pier 39 and stumbled across a seafood place that claimed to have the best clam chowder. It was true, the chowder was delish! 


// C H E E S E C A K E  F A C T O R Y //

|| Okay so the cheesecake factory is a place I discovered and ate at nearly EVERY DAY. The food is just so so so good its ridiculous! Mini corn dogs were the best corn dogs I tried, the nachos were MASSIVE and full of  jalapeño’s which was a massive win, the pizza was thin crusted and full of flavour, also a massive tick there the tacos and lettuce taco’s weren’t messy and the tataki salad was amazing.


But it wouldn’t be called the ‘cheesecake factory’ without providing a 3 page menu with about 50 cheesecakes! So I took the opportunity to try as many as I could… here was my fave:

|| White choc macadamia and caramel cheesecake! oh. my. god. quite possibly one of the best deserts I’ve ever tasted! 


// D R I N K S //

|| One thing about America, their coffee’s and alcoholic drinks are literally triple the size and amount of a standard drink here in oz. In the case of Alcohol, this is kinda awesome… you literally buy one cocktail which is half the price of what we’d pay here in Oz and they definitely don’t hold back on the potency! Oh my gosh! 

As for the coffee, well, definitely had some interesting experiences where I’d order a medium and get a coffee in a soup bowl or a jug! Its nuts! Loads of froth but Unfortunately this is the only downer when it comes to the food in the USA, it’s extremely hard to find a coffee thats creamy, thats balanced, that just rolls off the tongue and doesn’t look and feel just like foam dumped on top…. Interesting experiences though.


// B R E A K F A S T //

|| Such a cute little indie place we stumbled across! I wanted to try everything on the menu! What impressed me was the little dog biscuit tin at the counter!!! My mum, sister and myself decided to share a breakfast burrito which was oh so yum but oh soooooo filling, and a breakfast bruschetta! Good thing we went for a long walk after this and with the streets of San Francisco being so steep and hard to walk up, I’d say by lunch it was safe to say we had well and truly burnt off this meal… score! :)


// L A  B O U L A N G E //

|| Across the road from the breakfast place above there was another little bakery we thought we’d give a try. A beautiful little french place a great atmosphere and extremely fresh food. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of my fruit and yoghurt bowl above..

Went back here a few times and also tried the Croque Monsieur.. simply exquisite! Not heavy at all!


// J A P A N E S E //

|| The Japanese gardens.. absolutely beautiful. Saw a wedding take place which was fun, the ponds were full of beautiful Koi fish enjoying the sunshine, and I tried a delicacy called ‘mochi’ for the first time. Let me tell you, if you havent tried this, get yourself to an Asian grocer this second and get some!!! Basically a bite of ice cream in like a rice cake later…. i think its safe to say I’m now obsessed with this stuff …

|| More mochi at another fab Japenese place down by the pier…

|| Another lovely Japanese place we checked out was down at Pier 39. Mum and I got a bit tipsy on the cocktails and the desert was to die for! Green Tea ice cream on the side is always so refreshing after a beautiful meal..


// H A I G H T  S T R E E T //

|| This was hands down no doubt about it my FAVOURITE place to eat in San Francisco. I really have no words to express how good the food was, the pics of the layout, the juiciness and the cleanliness of each dish above says it all. Such a random find coming across this gorgeous place in the middle of the hippiest street in town! What I will say is that I LOVED how hot fresh and spiced pop corn was served when we sat down and had the menu handed to us!!! The atmosphere was beautiful, the bar was lovely…. shame this place denied me a drink even though I’m 21!!! Yes it happened to be the ONE TIME I forgot my passport at the hotel and my drivers licence was not accepted… not happy. But all in all, I was very impressed with this cute little find!!


// M E X I C A N  A D V E N T U R E //

|| On a gorgeous day my mum, sister and I took the ferry across to Saucelito and  stumbled across the place with the BEST Mexican food I’ve tasted. Great fresh chicken cooked for hours right behind you, great nachos with crunch chips, light desert, what more could you ask for?


// M A R K E T //

|| Took a stroll down the wharf and stumbled across a market where the food looked and tasted so good I wanted it all! One thing I noticed was the fruit, it was huge, whole, juicy and MUCH better than the fruit here… so I bought some blackberries and strawberries for lunch, sat on the pier in the sun and let the juices explode in my mouth :)


// B L A C K  &  W H I T E //

With the above post brings on a handful of black and white photos that I took from the market and along my explorations over this 2 week period in such a beautiful and unique city.

2 weeks in San Francisco and I was had clearly fallen for this city. The views are stunning, the people are lovely and the streets and houses are gorgeous. There really is no other place like it.

Sure it got a tad cold with those Alaskan winds coming through, especially over the bridge but it wasn’t enough to throw me. I also noticed that there was a huge focus on cleanliness here, I’ve never seen the streets so clean in my life! And everyone makes an effort to throw their leftovers in the trash! The cinemas and even the stadiums when attending the baseball all have notices about the focus on a clean and healthy lifestyle in the city which was really great to see.

If you were to give me the chance to head back to San Francisco right now I would jump! 

Beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful architecture, what a pleasant experience.

xo