It’s famous for its Wine Tasting and fine cheese, the “‘Hunter Valley” Region, located North of Sydney is a must do (If you haven’t already). I was a tad late, so I finally got to see it over the Weekend, with only a day to see all. Here are some of my recommendations (trust me when I say, you’ll thank me later).
TIP #1: For Breakfast, head to ‘Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen’ Restaurant – it opens at approx. 8 am, get there early so you can pick your outdoor seat overlooking vineyards, gorgeous and delicious food might I add.
TIP #2: If you enjoy a Fine Dine experience pre-book ‘Muse Restaurant’ for lunch or dinner. Highly rated so pick the three-course meal (you might as well), and they will surprise you with few additional small dishes.
TIP #3: In terms of activities, there are experiences you could do such as Hot Air Balloon or Helicopter Rides, but it’s not for all. On a pleasant sunny day, the ‘Hunter Valley Gardens‘ are a must see. An entry fee of $29 allows you entry for an approximate 2 hour walking self-tour to discover the themed sections of the garden. My favourite by far is the Storybook, I’ll forever be a kid at heart.
TIP #4: Wine, wine and more wine, yes. With limited time, here are the two I recommend:
The first Winery is called “Keith Tulloch Wines” – you pay a small $5 fee to taste 8 ranges of wines whilst being seated. This takes about 35-40 minutes and you also get to enjoy a beautiful lookout of vineyards.
The second is the famous ‘Audrey Wilkinson‘ Winery, it’s known for its wine and spectacular hill views overlooking the Hunter Valley (a good spot for those that like taking pictures). It’s also a small $5 tasting fee, however; it’s a standing bar tasting and takes about 25 – 30 min. For large groups, perhaps booking in advance would be good idea.
TIP#5: For my fellow cheese lovers, visit the ‘Hunter Valley Cheese Factory‘, you can select the cheeses you’d like to try out or alternatively pick their pre-selected board priced at $8 pp which has 5 pres-selected options.
FINAL TIP: Plan accordingly, there’s not too much to do past 5 pm. If you’re staying for more than a day I would recommend heading to a supermarket or a local store and buying some snacks to enjoy at your hotel, maybe some wine and cheese from your daily visits.
There are few other standout places like the ‘Muse Kitchen’ and ‘Enzo Cafe’, but I’ll get to them next time. If you’ve been, what do you recommend?
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Listen up ..
One of the most exciting things to happen is to make your dreams come true, no fluffing, no bull****. More rewarding in fact is to witness the successes of the leaders around you – to extract their energy in exchange for yours.
Lets talk, Tokyo ..
Home to thirty seven million people plus, the key to sanity is to go with the flow. My squad (no disrespect, but this is my time baby) and I are about to walk the streets in a city that has been on my bucket list ‘essentials’ for a while now. A place where it’s impossible to go hungry or suffer design, art, coffee or shopping withdrawals, need I say more ?!
Leaders I mentioned …
Strong, demanding, assuring, tough and rough and most to the core generous men and women; more of more and none of less.
Flow, what’s that about?
” The crowd is an electric mix of handsome young things and grungier, wizened, creative types” – can’t fool them, if you think it’s all over then the joke is on you *sings*.
Colour & ART?
Dance, the music is louder than the sound of your steps. You do know that time has past, is passing and will pass so the rest is whatever. Personally, I’m keen to be in a land where I can be a harajuku girl.
The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney
The Boathouse, Sydney
Mercato e Cucina, Sydney
Coogee Pavilion, Sydney
I’m no foodie, but I guarantee that my recommendations are as valid as if I were Jamie Oliver.
The balmy days of late summer encourage a visit to the The Boathouse in Balmoral. The Market fruit plate and avocado + tomato on charred toast is the perfect option for a light and fresh breakfast.
Travel to Italy down Victoria Road and visit Mercato e Cucina, a place that combines an Italian delicatessen, wine cellar, bakery, butcher, groceries, all authentic in one location. As a breakfast option, I recommend the pan fried eggs & omelette – both delicious meals.
When feeling green, It’s the poached chicken and farro salad at the Coogee Pavilion and the Ramzey’s salad at The Ground of Alexandria that will leave you satisfied. This is true, they are both high in protein and drizzled with a green goddess dressing.
On the naughty side of things, modern chinese at Ms.G’s is often a popular choice amongst the trendy food eaters in Sydney. After you finish picking the best of small dishes, make sure you be ‘The Boss’ and order this dessert to go with, I promise you won’t regret it.
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