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Hydrangea Cottage and Stefano Cafe Bakery – Mildura Part 1

As promised my Dearest Readers :) I’m sharing with you part one of our Mildura weekend away, work has been absolutely insane, leaving me no time to do what I love most and that’s blogging but I’ve managed to squeeze some time out because we had such an amazing time.

Mildura trip

Mr Bao and I have traveled quite a bit together, however, this was Cupcake’s first trip and he was going to go on the plane with us! I was actually quite nervous because I’ve never had a done before let alone organise his plane ride, fortunately it turned out to be rather simple and Virgin Airlines was really helpful. I won’t go into too much detail but if you would like to know more, please feel free to drop me an email :)

Mildura

After a short one hour flight we have arrived in Mildura! Oh yes before I forget, for overseas Readers Mildura is a rural city on the boarder of New South Wales and Victoria, it is known for their local produce especially oranges, wine and of course FOOD! That’s one of the main reasons why we decided to visit ~  I was so happy to see the blue skies as we walked onto to the tarmac.

Perfect Weather!

We picked up our rental car, punched the address of the house were staying into the GPS and off we went. We were welcomed by more perfect weather, this photo has not been filtered or edited in any way, I love the reflection of the blue skies in the Murray River ~

Hydrangea Cottage

Source: Hydrangea Cottage

This is our home for the next 4 days, a self-contained two bedroom cottage only a short 5 minute drive from the city centre of Mildura. Once again, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be difficult to find pet-friendly accommodation, so I was glad when Hydrangea Cottages allowed dogs to stay and also inside the house. The pets are not allowed on sofa or beds as it is hard to remove pet hair, but there is a large pet sofa right outside the toilet. The cottage had everything we asked for, clean bedsheets, tidy kitchen, TV in lounge room. But what really impressed us was the bowls and toys for dogs. Our only complaint was the house only had heating in the lounge room, and our room was a little cold at night. Electric blankets were provided yet I think it would’v been better if there was a portable heater available.

Stefano Cafe Bakery

After settling in, we were all feeling a little hungry so off we went to our first food stop! I did some research and knew Stefano De Pieri was the name in Mildura ~ we managed to go to all his food outlets but missed out trying the food at the Mildura Brewery at least we got some nice beers.

Stefano cafe bakery

With Cupcake with us, we decided to take a seat outside, but you can see that the restaurant is rather spacious inside. The weather was still lovely with blue skies, but it was a little chilly and probably colder than I expected. Because I was told by friends who have lived in Mildura before that it was supposed to be warmer than Melbourne.

Latte $ 3.8

Latte $ 3.8

When travelling I can never go without my 3 essentials and that’s my sunnies, coffee and camera (which I was obviously using to take this photo :P). I forgot to ask what coffee they use here but I’m going to make a wild guess and think it’s Genovese because I’m sure I’ve had this coffee before, it was probably a tad too warm for our liking but great full bodied flavour.

Beef cheek lasagne with salad $16.90

Beef cheek lasagne with salad $16.90

I chose the beef cheek lasagne as I felt like something comforting, it came in a small Tapas bowl and served with a little garden salad on the side. Between the lasagne sheets was a thick Bachemel sauce sandwiched with slow cooked beef cheek and topped with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.

Beef Cheek Lasagne

The beef cheek was cooked until it’s so tender, flavours were wonderful and definitely filled me up. While Mr Bao said that the serving size was a little small and slightly cold, however, this may because we were sitting outside and I took my time taking photos ~ Either way great idea to use beef cheek as the meat inside a lasagne.

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips $23

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips $23

Mr Bao chose the pulled pork burger with coleslaw inside and sweet potato chips on the side. The brioche bun was lightly toasted, with the soft pulled pork. I found it wasn’t as tender as the beef cheeks, and lacked a little seasoning. The sweet potatoes were a favourite of ours, it was the thick cut type with the soft centre. We did find it to be a little overpriced for a small burger at $23.

Cupcake

I think Cupcake wanted a bite of the burger too hahaha but too bad puppies can’t eat human food. I nearly gave in to those eyes!

Coffee cake with cream cheese frosting $7

Coffee cake with cream cheese frosting $7

Couldn’t leave without something sweet especially since it was close to 3pm, and I haven’t had my sweet fix. We chose two, first being this coffee cake with cream cheese frosting because I knew Mr Bao would appreciate it. It was three layers of coffee sponge caked with cream frosting in between and cacao powder sprinkled on top. A very moist and lightly dense cake the way I think coffee cakes should be ~

Vanilla Slice $7

Vanilla Slice $7

The waitress also recommended the Vanilla slice which is one of their best sellers and I grabbed the last slice before it was sold out :) I’m so glad I did, because this became the high light of the mean, the crisp puff pastry on top and bottom with a luscious rich vanilla custard between. I definitely wouldn’t mind having this again or getting the recipe!

Overall, we enjoyed at visit to Stefano Cafe Bakery, surprisingly though the sweets outshined the savoury, can’t wait to share with you our visit to Stefano’s restaurant which will soon be renamed as Jim McDougall soon ~

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With our sunnies, matching leader jackets (even Cupcake!) we were ready to go and explore Mildura! Until the next post have a wonderful day and even better weekend :D

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Grand Opening – Dream Cakes Cafe

*Brrrr* It has been so cold and wet in Melbourne lately >_< I really miss summer when we were able to go out without a jacket and just wear a t-shrit… it’s now only the start of Winter but already it’s FREEZING! Hope you guys in Melbourne and Sydney are all rugged up and don’t get sick like me! :)

Usually when the weather’s so horrible… I like to stay home, turn the heater on and BAKE lol hate going out when it’s raining…but a few days ago Ms Melody a friend from Uni messaged me asking if I’d like to catch up and go to the Grand Opening of Dream Cakes Cafe on the 1st  of July ~ Despite the horrible weather I can never downturn cake :P

I remember Dream Cakes Cafe from the Good Food and Wine show this year ~ and I bought their Mille Feuille and thought it was so yummy and made a notice to myself to go when their store opened up on Chapel St :)  For those who have not heard of Dream Cakes Cafe before, they are a local cake shop run by the Katsaras Family since 2003, where they specialise in Greek and European type cakes.

Happy and Friendly Environment ~

I wasn’t sure where it would be on Chapel St and was really surprised to find it find diagonally across Burch and Purchese LOL that’s really dangerous because I know I’ll want to go to both next time I go to Chapel St hehe

Being their Grand Opening, it was quite hard to miss Dream Cakes Cafe because it was so busy and had blue and white balloons all inside and out :) Upon walking in, I was immediately greeted by a lovely waiter behind the counter and quickly placed my order and was led to a table in the back of the cafe. I asked if I could take photos and he said “Of course as long as people are all smiling in the photos” Hope he’s happy with this photo! You can definitely tell that this is a family owned business, everyone’s working so well with each other and I could hear them talking in Greek too ~

FULL of cakes :)

They had a row of glass cabinets FULL of cakes :) it was quite amazing hehe it was particularly nice to see the Greek desserts such as the Baklavas as well as fruit tarts and melting moments ~

Melting moments ~

I’m really sorry, it was too crowded in the store and I was too busy deciding on what to get…I didn’t get down the prices but I’m pretty sure these Melting Moments were $3 to $4AUD :) I bought Mr Bao one – he ate it before I could take a photo of it up close, and he seemed to like the soft texture and he’s a big fan of strawberry flavoured sweets so this was perfect for him. I didn’t like the strawberry flavour as much but liked the texture ~ think I’m gonna get chocolate next time hehe

What to get?!?

I seriously had trouble deciding what I should get…so I asked the nice waiter for some advice on what was the most popular and his favourite ~ He suggested the mille feuille and the pink yoyo ~ I remember trying the mille feuille at the Good Food and Wine Show and really enjoyed it so I decided to get whatever he suggested, he is the expert afterall :P

Mille Feuille $4AUD

I remember this cost $4AUD :) I find it quite hard to find ‘Mille Feuilles’ here in Melbourne, they’re a big thing over in Hong Kong nearly all patisseries there will have a Mille Feuilles ~ if you’re not familiar with mille feuilles they’re very similar to vanilla slices, but mille feuilles have more layers and the puff pastry is usually ‘flakier’ :) I like it more than the vanilla slice, because there’s more layers of that buttery pastry :P

This Mille Feuille was surprisingly light and definitely not sweet at all! Ms Melody said she could eat spoonfuls of this vanilla custard all day long ~ the pastry was kind of like in between a puff pastry and filo pastry :) puff pastry because it had many layers but like filo pastry because it was so light and soft.

Pink Yo Yo $3 – $4AUD

I am a little perplexed about this pink yoyo, on one hand I really like the yo yo ~ it’s like a soft sponge cake/whoopie pie with vanilla creme patisserie sandwiched in between. But then on the other hand, I really did not like the ‘pink icing :( Ms Melody and I both agreed that it was overly sweet and the strawberry taste was simply too overpowering. When we ate it without the pink icing it was lovely ~ so we’re definitely staying away from the pink yoyos next time and might try the chocolate yoyo instead ~

Chocolate Croissant?

Ms Melody got this lovely pastry, I don’t know the name of it (SORRY) but it’s like a croissant filled once again with that light be yummy vanilla creme patisserie, toped with whipped cream and finished with chocolate shavings. If you like pain au chocolat you’ll definitely like this :)

Hot Chocolate $4 – $5 AUD

I had a little bit of a silent laugh when the waiter brought my hot chocolate, because I have the same set of cups at home :P I think I know where Dream Cakes Cafe got these from hehe ~ Anyhow it was a nice warm cup of chocolate, however, it lacked some rich chocolate flavour.

Chocolate cake ~

Overall, we enjoyed Dream Cakes Cafe and I would recommend anyone who’s looking for a good vanilla slice to come try their mille  feuilles or if you like Greek cakes and desserts you’ll definitely like this place :D

It was lovely to finally catch up with Ms Melody! We’ve been talking about it for over 8 months gosh I’m so bad, but I’m super glad we did it ~ can’t wait to do again, take good care of yourself xox

Dream Cakes Cafes*
720 Chapel St 
South Yarra, Melbourne
PH:  9544 5852

*They also have stores in the Dandenong Market and Oakleigh

Weekend Getaway – Beechworth Bakery

Hello everyone,

Before I get on with today’s post, I just wanted to say a BIG BIG THANK YOU to Cat, Maya, Michele, Emma, I-Hua and Lorraine! Who have all either emailed/commented and subscribed to this blog!!!

I don’t know  how to thank you all for the encouragement and support you have all given me! I never in a million years would I have the courage to start a food blog and move from a ‘silent reader’ to a content generating AUTHOR wow lol :)

Today, I wanted to give you guys a review of the Beechworth Bakery that I visited last week when my friends and I decided to drive up to Beechworth for the weekend. I’ve been waiting to go back to Beechworth for more than 10 years!!! Hahhaa I remember the last time I was in Beechworth…it was with my primary school for the Grade 5 camp…gosh I feel old…that was MORE than 10 years ago!

For those who aren’t familiar with Beechworth, it’s a small town about 3 hours away  from Melbourne in the High Country region. Nice place to go for the weekend and go back in time with the historical buildings and museums all around.

The Beechworth Bakery is a chain of bakeries in regional Victoria, created by Tom O’Toole in 1984, even though they all used the same name ‘Beechworth Bakery’ this is the original one. I just HAD to go and try hehe bread is one of my guilty pleasures…I try to do the right thing and ‘stay away’ from all the ‘white starchy’ breads…but it’s just TOO hard to resist :)

Look at all the different types of CAKES :) It took me a good minute to take everything in hahaha I simply couldn’t choose what I wanted! I was tossing in between a pie or a quiche or maybe I should just omit the savoury and have all sweets lol I was taking so long that Mr. Bao ordered first without me!
How rude! I ended up asking the nice lady behind the counter for some advice and here’s what we got:

Mini Quiche

Ned Kelly Pie

I convinced myself that 2 mini quiches were less ‘fattening’ than one big pie, I’m pretty sure it’s not true…but doesn’t matter it made me feel better that it has the word ‘mini’ on the label. The quiches’ were alright…nothing special really…and even though I liked the filling, I thought the pastry case was too thick. Mr. Bao got the infamous Ned Kelly Pie which has a filling of egg. bacon and potato on top really rich but he seemed to enjoy it :)

Now to the SWEETS:

Vanilla Slice

Beesting so nice!

I quickly scoffed down the quiches and rushed back to the counter to get all the sweet things I wanted to try :) the nice lady came back to me and suggested that I get the vanilla slice and their famous beesting! I was a little skeptical of the beesting at first…but boy I was SO wrong it was soooooooooo NICE! For those who don’t know the beesting is a sweet bun cut in half, sandwiched with vanilla custard in between topped with toasted flaked almonds and icing sugar! SIMPLY DIVINE!!!

Now looking back, it was a little silly to get the vanilla slice because it’s quite similar to the beesting… and it wasn’t as good, the pastry was once again too thick…I still think The French Lettuce has the best vanilla slice in Melbourne! Will hopefully write a post about that next time I visit :)

I highly recommend anyone going to Beechworth to stop by at the Beechworth Bakery! It’s not a patisserie so they don’t have really fancy things but DEFINITELY go try the beesting!

Overall, it was a great weekend away with friends after our exams, it was a little bittersweet because most of my friends are leaving Melbourne for good in the next couple of months. Glad we were able to spend some time together before we go our separate ways.

Thanks again for all the comments and support!

Much appreciated!

Daisy

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