Heading north

We’ve just got back from a little road-trip up to Victoria’s north west, following the Murray River along the NSW/VIC border, returning through a monoculture desert of wheat fields the size of towns, that covered mile after mile after endless mile.

mildura roadtrip 10-2015

2000k later …

I know that I’ve only just got back from overseas, but poor Mr Eleanor couldn’t join me due to that unfathomable concept called work. So I promised him we could take a break when I got back. I know! Who’d have my life, hey?

We saw loads of beautiful birds …

Red-rumped parrot

Red-rumped parrot

But don’t expect you wanna hear about that, so here’s the food!

Considering that it is renowned as a “gourmet” region, we were disappointingly lacking in good eats for the week. I think (hope?) this may have been down to poor judgement on our part, but … ? A few exceptions were:

Milawa Cheese Company

The service in the café was SHABBY, but we took some cheese away with us and the Milawa Aged Blue just blew me away. Think gnarly, crusted PROPER cheese – none of your sweaty bits of rubber wrapped in plastic which the Aussies have a tendency to gravitate toward. I think that the ageing gave it a more rounded, sweeter flavour than the usual bitter tang of a blue. It was DELICIOUS! More please!

Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers are well known for making sickly sweet styles of wine and fortifieds – I noted that they have done quite UNSPEAKABLE things to perfectly innocent and unsuspecting whites. But this is all forgiven because they also make this Shiraz which is quite superb.

Although …. it does go to show that they really do know what they are doing which makes THIS crime even more unpalatable …

The River Thai

The final mention goes to The River Thai in Moama. Whilst their food was delicious and enjoyable, what made it my favourite meal of the trip was the friendly, welcoming staff who took the time to chat with us rather than treating us like just another lot of grockles. AND they had a separate gluten free menu. So thank you!

Now to plan the next trip …

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