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Weekend Getaway – Tasmania with Aden

Another week, another weekend getaway :) This weekend I jetted off to Tasmania to spend the weekend with Win Win and her in laws. That’s 8 adults and 2 kiddies hahaha I haven’t travelled in such a large group for a long time ~ it’s so hard to organise accommodation, transportation and most importantly meals!

Wrest Point Hotel

Wrest Point Hotel

They started their Aussie tour in Sydney and then came to Melbourne and now off to Tasmania. I wasn’t going to join but I couldn’t exactly turn down an all expense paid for holiday :) They arrived early Friday while I arrived after work ~ I’ve visited Hobart a few times so am quite familiar with it. We checked into the Wrest Point casino hotel in Sandy Bay.
Mewah Chinese Restaurant

Mewah Chinese Restaurant

Just like our parents, Win Win’s in laws only like Chinese food especially at night they need to eat rice 😂 so for our first meal we ended up at Me Wah one of the famous chinese restaurants.
I didn’t bring my camera but my Brother in Law who’s a much better photographer has done the honour of taking the photos for me. So once I get the photos I ll be able to blog about it in full. But to summarize, we quite liked the dishes especially the roast duck but found it to be rather overpriced.
Hotcakes - PB crumble, banana and chocolate with salted caramel and double cream $15.5AUD

Hotcakes – PB crumble, banana and chocolate with salted caramel and double cream $15.5AUD

Next morning we headed over to Salamanca Place. I have been told by many including BBFF (Shellie) and Colleague (Barry), that I have to go to Machine Laundry Cafe for brunch and have been warned about their long queues. Having 10 adults and 2 kids… I was not hopeful that we’ll get a table, but luck was on my side and after a short 10 minute waiting we scored the one and only large communal table.
The highlight for me was definitely this Banana and chocolate hotcake, with peanut butter crumble and salted caramel sauced finished off with double cream! Blog post to come :D
Salamanca market

Salamanca market

We then strolled around the Salamanca Markets, which only opens on Saturdays and is actually Australia’s largest outdoor markets. There was a variety of stalls there, ranging from art/craft, clothing, vegetables and fruit to honey and vintage antiques. I did end up getting a few props for the blog and something for Mr Bao as he didn’t come hehe
Smith's Specialty Pies

Smith’s Specialty Pies

I couldn’t leave without getting one of Smiths scallops pies! If you haven’t had scallop pie before and you like scallops I seriously urge to find one or make one yourself. The flavour and sweetness from the scallops it’s really something special!
Scallop Pie $6.5AUD

Scallop Pie $6.5AUD

It was then followed by a revisit to Doctor Coffee, one of the first places I actually blogged about ~ I really like their mocha, it’s more like a hot chocolate with cinnamon, so best way to describe it would be a hot chocolate chai! Whatever they want to call it, it’s delicious and am looking back to go back just to drink this and their other coffees!
Doctor Coffee Mocha $4AUD

Doctor Coffee Mocha $4AUD

It was now time to leave Hobart and start making our way to Launceston, but on the way there, we did stop by Richmond Bridge, that was built in 1843AD! Even though I’ve already visited a few times, I still think it’s gorgeous and feels like I’m in Europe and not Australia.

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge

Half-way to Launceston, we also stopped by a small town called Ross, not sure if you have heard of the Japanese Anime movie ‘Kiki’s Special Delivery’ by famous animator Hayao Miyazak, he actually visited Ross a few years ago and found inspiration for the movie at the local Ross Village Bakery!

Ross Village Bakery

Ross Village Bakery

They’re not only famous of the Anime, they also have what is described as the ‘best’ Vanilla slice ~ my brother-in-law who claims he doesn’t like sweets, was excited about trying. It’s the first time he’s tried one, and he really liked it! In fact he liked it so much, I didn’t even get the chance to have a bite and the whole slice disappeared :P So of course we had to order another one! It was a really nice slice, with an extra creamy not too sweet custard filling.

Vanilla slice $3.5AUD

Vanilla slice $3.5AUD

Finally we made it to Launceston in the evening, and immediately checked into our hotel, the Peppers Seaport Hotels. I was totally taken by surprise because I expected a tiny hotel room, but instead we got a huge self-contained apartment! And I got a whole Queen size bed to myself :D Thanks Win Win!

Pepper

Peppers Seaport Hotel

Dinner time…yup another Chinese Restaurant hahaha I don’t think I’ve had so much Chinese food since my parents left :P This time it was at the local Dynasty restaurant, when we drove past, we thought it was going to be a reasonably-priced, but nope, they were actually quite pricey at least $30 for a dish! They tasted alright, but we didn’t think it was very authentic so if you want Chinese food in Launceston, we suggest that you try somewhere else. Maybe Mewah as they have another branch there ~

Sheffield Mural Fest

Sheffield Mural Fest

Sunday morning we left bright and early at 8am to head up to Cradle Mountain, on the way there, we stopped at Sheffield a small town with a population of only 1000 people. But they’re quite famous of their mural wall paintings all around the town. The kiddies really liked the colour paintings and we were also blessed with blue skies!

Favourite mural

Favourite mural

This is my favourite mural ~ It’s so colourful and just looking at it makes me so happy!

Cradle Moutain

Cradle Moutain

That’s Cradle Mountain! It’s got lots of lakes and nice walks but unfortunately, the good weather gods decided it was time to rain…and began pouring as we got up to Cradle Mountain. So we couldn’t really see anything, which is a real shame! But hey people say ‘more reason to go back!’

Love him heaps!

Love him heaps!

I then had to rush from Cradle Mountain back to Launceston and to the airport to catch the 6:10pm flight back home. Turned out to be more like a 7:45pm flight as Jetstar decided to delay my flight again >_< even though it was another rushed weekend away. I really enjoyed spending time with this little man! They still have one week in Melbourne before they head back to Hong Kong, going to miss them so so so much, don’t get to spend this much time with them!

PS. Did you spot some of the pretty photos? They’re from my Brother-in-law, he’s recently picked up photography and I think he’s pretty good at it :D

Tassie’s Best Coffee – Doctor Coffee

HELP!!! I’m having SERIOUS coffee and muesli withdrawals :) I simply haven’t been able to find a place in Hong Kong that makes decent coffee or knows what Bircher Muesli is >_<  That’s why I wanted to take you guys back to Hobart and introduce you guys to the best coffee in Tasmania – Doctor Coffee that Mr Bao :) I’ve gotta give him credit because its his discovery hehe

Cute baristas ~

Doctor Coffee is located at the Salamanca Place, where they have an outdoor art and craft/flee market there every Saturday fro 8:30am to 3:30 rain or shine :) Last year I missed the Salamanca Market and went home on a Friday. So I made sure I stayed in Hobart over the weekend this time YAY!

The stalls ~

Really liked the music they played :)

The market sure wasn’t a disappointment, there was a variety of stalls ranging from those selling fresh local produces such as fruit and vegetables to the famous Tasmanian manuka honey. There were also quite a few stalls selling cakes and lollies, I bought some really nice homemade caramel fudge and some AMAZING boysenberry jam :) For fellow Melbourne bloggers I think this market is a cross between the St Kilda Esplanade market and the Caribbean Garden market in Scoresby. Definitely recommend those who’s visiting Hobart to check this market out :)

Anyhow, back to the BEST coffee in Hobart ~ Mr Bao stumbled across Dr Coffee when I was complaining about the rain and that I needed my 3pm pick-me-up mocha. Even though I had to wait in the rain for 15 minutes, it was totally worth it! Sorry I don’t have any pictures to show you, but the mocha had a PERFECT mix of coffee and cocoa, it wasn’t too sweet nor was the coffee overpowering! Best part is they added a little cinnamon which gave the mocha a twist that worked very well together!

BEST the muesli bar!

They also had the most OUTSTANDING homemade muesli bar I’ve had! I think it’s slightly over priced, $5.5 for such a small bar but I’m willing to pay $15.5 for that bar. It was SO delicious I went back the next day and bought 2 more to take home with me!!! I’m not sure if you can see it, but on the hand side next to the word ‘Doctor Coffee’, there’s a gold sticker, which says that their muesli bar has won a gold medal!

Going to try everything else next time :(

They had other goodies on display, but I was too full to try anything else….Damn! So I’ve promised myself next time I go to try everything else on their menu. I didn’t get to try their breakfast menu, but check out Ms Piggy’s post about Doctor Coffee, the breakfast looks SO scrumptious!!!

Next time you go to Tassie, don’t forget to try out their best coffee!
Ps. What are your plans for New Years? :) I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Doctor Coffee on Urbanspoon

Tassie Delight – Raincheck Lounge

Wanted to continue with another Tassie post because it seems like not many people have gone to Tassie before and I’d love to share with you guys all the hidden treasures I found in Hobart :)

Today, I’d like to introduce *drum-rolls please* “Raincheck Lounge” once again in North Hobart and conveniently across the road from Sweet Envy. Hahaha that’s how we found it! Mr Bao suggested we have breakfast at Raincheck Lounge because he liked the name when Googling for cafes around the area ~ so off we go!

Raincheck Lounge is a nice medium sized cafe on the main street (Elizabeth Street) with a hippie type of atmosphere, it offers the usual cafe food but BETTER :)

It was packed when we arrived at around 10:30am. We had to wait for a few minutes because we needed a bigger table to fit 6 people, the staff there were quite friendly and gave us a nice spacious table ~

We ordered from the breakfast menu, but they are open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday and I overheard another table complimenting the Tapas were really good! Damn! I was flying back to Melb the same day…guess there’s always next time ~

Most of us ordered something different and I was able to taste everyone’s dish YAY for me hehe but I have a thing for muesli so I got the Bircher Muesli ~ it was SO good lol! I loved how they used real vanilla beans to make the homemade yogurt! Yum yum YUM!

Mr Bao and his mate KP got the Big Breakfast ~ a little TOO big for me, but they seemed to really like it!
Ms W got the Eggs Florentine – she’s never had it before and she really liked it, even though she thought the hollandaise sauce was a little too rich ~ I had a taste and liked it! It was a good balance between the lemon and butter flavour :)
While Ms E and Mr Chef got the Eggs Benedict which they really enjoyed! I’m such a meat lover! I liked the Eggs Benedict more than the Florentine :) And i forgot to mention the eggs to perfectly poached ~ Sigh i’ve failed so many times at home lol
One of the disappointments were the coffees, not really that exciting…my mocha (on the left) was quite bland and even though it looks quite pretty with the chocolate dots on the side…it just wasn’t as nice as I expected it to be. While Mr Bao thought his cappuccino wasn’t strong enough.
Overall, a very nice cafe and even though coffees weren’t great, the food was to die for! So don’t miss out and maybe you can try out their tapas and let me know if they’re any good :)

Raincheck Lounge Cafe Wine Bar Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Enjoy!
Ps. Only 9 Days till Christmas!!! So excited!!

Tassie Trip – Sweet Envy

Wanted to take everyone on a flight back to Australia with me and head down to Tasmania with me today in this post :) even though I’m physically still in Hong Kong and will be for a while ~

In August this year, Mr Bao and I went down to Tassie for the first time together with some friends . It wasn’t my first time, I had gone for the first time last year with my family and even though so many people have told me how boring Tassie is…I really enjoyed it :) Especially Port Arthur! It has both a serene yet eerie atmosphere and I love all the historical buildings.

Beautiful scenery at Port Arthur

But unlike last year travelling with my parents who only eat ‘Chinese food’, I was able to explore Hobart with my friends and that’s when I found Sweet Envy! It was totally by luck, we were have breakfast at the Rain Check Lounge (will be another post about that later on) and VOILA Sweet Envy was just across the road, just begging me to go check it out!

My friends taking pics :)

I remember rushing across the road while poor Mr Bao was looking for me hahaha I was already inside choosing what I wanted to try and what to take home ~ you can’t blame me! Just look at all the goodies they have!

She was the nice lady who served us and is the sister-in-law of the owners and creators of all these lovely sweets Alistair and Teena who are Tassie natives, did their training here before moving to Melbourne and even worked in London for Gordan Ramsay!

There was simply TOO much to choose from! Ranging from their freshly made savoury sandwiches through to their cupcakes, cakes, macarons, cookies and how could I forget the ice-cream!

I had my first honey ice-cream then and there at Sweet Envy! The honey flavour wasn’t overpowering and it was just right! They had some other unique flavours too like Raspberry Rhubarb and liquorice :) but the honey was by far the best!

We all ordered and shared different flavours of  ice-cream and after some nagging Mr Bao and I took the Hazel Nut Caramel Brulee cake, the Crounching Strawberry Hidden Pandon (gotta love the names) and half a dozen of macarons to enjoy on the flight back home.

We enjoyed the cakes they were both pretty nice especially the Hazel Nut Caramel Brulee yum yum I particularly liked the different flavours each layer offered cream, the hazelnut cream was very delicious!

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the macarons at all…sorry forgot to take photos of them! They were really big and dry, when you bite into them they’re empty and just crumble in your fingers.  This was a major disappointment as we really enjoyed the other desserts they had to offer.

I would recommend anyone going to Hobart to visit Sweet Envy, they have so much to offer you wouldn’t want to miss out! And remember you HAVE to try their ice-cream!

Sweet Envy on Urbanspoon

Before I go I just wanted to say a huge thank you to my friend Kirk for his wonderful photos that I’ve used in this post and another thank you to Faith from An Edible Mosaic for sharing her story about Copyright Infringement. I’ve decided to put a watermark on all photos used on my blog from now on :)  Everyone else please be careful because your recipes and photos can easily be stolen.

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