Ok, so we actually went for this little trip in March but it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to play on my new computer to blog about ALL THE THINGS.
It started off one Friday evening with me saying “I don’t want to spend all day on the computer tomorrow…”
Oh, the irony.
To which the Manbeast replied, “Well, what would you like to do?”
To which I replied, “I have no idea!”
To which he replied, “That’s not very helpful!”
And so it continued, with me looking up all the farmers markets or events in the usual places we like to go, only to find out that they were happening either the week before or the week after our intended visit. Much annoyance. Eventually the Manbeast got fed up with the to-ing and fro-ing over where to go and decided to make the decision for us and surprise me with a trip to Somewhere.
As it turned out, Somewhere turned out to be a little foodie tour of our favourite country spots, Trentham and Daylesford and some of the surrounding areas in the Hepburn Shire.
So our first (and longest) stop was in Trentham and wouldn’t you know it? There was a farmers market on.
So while we listened to the fun music…
… we shopped. And we bought food…
Real peanut butter made with real peanuts. Giant cookies and cured gourmet meats… Omnom!
What I didn’t take pictures of was the jerky and the home-made raspberry jam that we also bought. Hand-made and local produce really is the best.
But then I found a stall selling shortbread. Real shortbread. Made by real hands in a real home kitchen that’s probably much neater than mine…
Look at the magnificence that is the shortbread:
The shortbread shortly after I got it home… Yes, there is a piece missing. Call it ARTISTIC LICENSE. And I was hungry.
Another gratuitous shortbread shot. Drool. Oh, the flakey goodness. More drool.
Our food adventures weren’t to stop there as the Manbeast was also taking me somewhere nice for brunch. And as it turned out, we were going to Redbeard Bakery.
This is my new favourite place, ever.
The food… ALL THE FOOD!
Seriously, it’s a lovely little cafe bakery with a great range of produce to buy and goods to devour on the spot.
But the highlight of brunch, and indeed the entire day out was this, the Vanilla Slice.
Behold, the custardy goodness! Yes, I attacked it before I took a photo of it. I couldn’t help myself.
I had an existential moment over this vanilla slice.
Or it might have been an orgasm.
I’m not sure which.
It was bloody good, though.
After recovering from the vanilla slice moment, the Manbeast whisked me off to a few more places (which fortunately had nothing to do with food as I was extremely full by this stage) but I will save those images for another time.
Now, one cannot go to Daylesford without visiting the Chocolate Mill. All year round (except February), the Chocolate Mill is a must-go destination for those who love good Belgian chocolate. And they have a great little cafe that does the nicest hot chocolates.
Our recommendation is the dark chocolate for hot chocolates. It’s the yummest by far.
The Manbeast “posing” with his chocolate… and the sign to more chocolate… which I ate most of before thinking to take another picture. I suck as a food blogger.
So if you’ve made it all the the way to the end without drowning your keyboard in drool, tell me what you think! Do you know any other places (in Victoria) worth a visit to go and stuff my face at?
I’ve already got a certain chocolate factory in the Yarra Valley on my list…