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Fraser Place Melbourne – Summer Fun

Read my full review on Frasers Place here. I can’t believe it’s almost March, and have finally settled back down, that I can write a quick entry on my revisit to Fraser Place during late December. Late December was full of Christmas parties and when there’s a lot of partying, and living in the outer East, it’s sometimes easier to just book a hotel / serviced apartment. Having stayed at Fraser Place previously last year, I decided to make a revisit due to the proximity and the amazing service I received. I took up the Summer Fun offer where you receive a bottle of wine on check in, buffet breakfast, late check out and free wifi. All the essentials I need at a hotel stay. Oh, just as an update, if you’re a massive fan of cheese cakes, then check out Hokkaido baked cheese tart in QV or Melbourne Central (both very short walk from Fraser Place), by half a dozen, take it back to your room, crack open the bottle of wine and chillax! Perfect …

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Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard | Adelaide Hills

Nestled in the picturesque Adelaide Hills where apples, pears, cherries and wine grapes grows, is a beautiful vineyard that was established in 1992 – Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard. This chef hat awarded winning vineyard was one of the first Cellar Door to open in Adelaide Hills. I was excited to stop at Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard for lunch during my recent visit to South Australia. We were seated on table with breathtaking views and was promptly served with water before our 5 course degustation with matching wines. To start, we had a beautiful olive organic sourdough served with airy house churned butter. The sour dough was light and fluffy with pieces of olive laced through the bread. Shortly after, we were served a jar of pureed cauliflower topped with chicken thigh / roasted garlic floss. The puree was so light and airy with a subtle taste of cauliflower. The golden chicken/garlic floss added a dimension and texture to this starter. What a beautiful way to start the meal. Next we were served a colourful, fresh plate …

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Udder Delights | Hahndorf, South Australia

During my visit to Adelaide Hills, we made a stop at Udder Delights, an artisan cheese factory located in Hahndorf. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. It’s not difficult to locate Udder Delights, thanks to the big yellow cow at the storefront. Upon stepping into the store, you will of course notice the array of cheeses that they have to offer, but also their gorgeous rustic decor. I love the big tree branch with the different glass ornaments hanging from the branch. To my happiness, Udder Delight offers daily free guided cheese tasting. Udder Delights also offers a large array of regional produce for purchase, cheese wedding cakes for purchase, underground cheese flights, cheese fondue, high tea and cafe. After browsing the store, my tour guide and I sat down for the most decadent blueberry cheesecake and coffee before we made way to our next destination… Udder Delights  – Contact Details Address: 91a Main Street, Hahndorf, SA Phone: 08 8388 1588 Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Website

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Adelaide Hills

During my visit to South Australia, I had the opportunity to visit the picturesque Adelaide Hills, which is less than 30 minutes drive from Adelaide. There’s so much to see and do in Adelaide Hills. I wish I’d had more time, but in under 24 hours I managed to visit 6 different places. Had I not been in a food coma state by the end, I would have easily visited an additional two or three places. On the day, I was lucky to be driven by Ralf, who is the owner of South Australian wine touring company Life’s a Cabernet. Life’s a Cabernet provides exclusive wine tours around South Australia, whether it’s the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, the Coonawarra or Adelaide Hills. They take you around in comfortable vehicles ranging from a Mercedes Vianos, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Chrysler 300C, to a Mitsubishi Rosa. On the day I was taken around in a Chrysler 300C. Mount Lofty Scenic Lookout During my visit to the Adelaide Hills, we stopped by the Mount Lofty Summit, which is the …

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Restaurant Orana

The Grand Gelinaz is an event held every two years where 40 of the world’s most acclaimed, pioneering and creative talents takes part in an international restaurant swap. The chefs will exchange their lives, homes, pets and kitchen for three days before they participate in a 24-hour long dinner. In addition the ‘guest’ chef will find out who they are swapping with through the results of the Gelinaz ballot and will travel to destination and prepare a unique, unrepeatable 8-course menu. The chefs can only use ingredients from the country they swap with and use their culinary approach to create the unique dishes. As for guests, they will find out who the ‘guest chef’ on the actual day. During my short trip to South Australia, I visited Restaurant Orana. Restaurant Orana, one of South Australia’s upscale Modern Australia restaurant, was one of the restaurants participating in The Grand Gelinaz with chef Mikael Jonsson from michelin star restaurant Hedone London as the ‘guest chef.’ That night, Mikael skilfully used our beautiful native Australian ingredients to create dishes …