Originally posted 2010-03-22 14:56:00.
My days pretty much went like this:
Run. Meet. Kiss. Hug. Drink. Eat. Gab. Drink. Eat. Gab. Drink. Gab. Drink. Repeat in two hours.
All in all, a wonderful time, I was able to do everything I set out to:
The wedding was beautiful.
My birthday was grand.
Catching up with old friends was fantastic!
I met some fabulous hip and strong women who were old school chums of hubby’s and new partners of old friends! (Gotta love an Aussie sheila!)
La Diva ate seafood and Asian food until I could take no more…..(just one more wafer thin prawn cracker?! blech!)
I had a tranquil few days out of the city with gal pals and took a fabulous bushwalk.
I drank my weight in Aussie and New Zealand wine and sparkling.
Went to many beaches but only swam once.
Sang with a good friend at the pub on a Sunday arvo in front of friends I’ve known for 20+ years.
But mostly, I ran, drank, ate, kissed, hugged, drank, ran, ate…….
Here’s what I did on my first day back in Ol’ Sydneytown:
Originally posted 2010-03-15 10:46:00.
Darlings!!! La Diva was recently watching globe-trotting chef, Anthony Bourdain, traipse around one of her fave cities, Melbourne, Australia, when I was completely enraptured by the food porn dishes from a country restaurant featured called the Royal Mail.
As I watched dish-after-amazing-dish come out of the kitchen to appease Bourdain and Melburnian chef Paul Wilson, La Diva was enthralled by the prettiness of the platings and eager to share with you. Being an artist herself, La Diva has a keen eye for detail and color and was impressed by how aesthetically pleasing these divine dishes looked and found the use of pretty petals, micro-herbs and garnishes to be exquisite and thoughtful.
The Royal Mail restaurant is located in the town of Dunkeld, Victoria, a good three hour drive west of Melbourne and located at the foot of Victoria’s Grampian mountains.
Like so many other fabulous Aussie restaurants, the Royal Mail is part of a hotel. The hotel was established in 1855, though the restaurant and hotel itself have been refurbished and boast architecturally designed facilities that take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings.
One may choose a number of packages and activities offered by the hotel taking in the flora and fauna of the area which includes yoga, horseback riding and hiking.
Fresh from the Basque country of Spain, Chef Dan Hunter brought his creativity and passion back to his homeland to the Royal Mail restaurant in 2007. You can learn more about this talented chef by clicking on his photo.
Taken directly from the Royal Mail website as La Diva couldn’t describe it any better:
The Royal Mail Restaurant offers a unique, nature-based cuisine focusing on modern culinary techniques and the highest quality organic and heirloom produce. Multi-course tasting menus follow nature’s cue to change with the seasons and are designed around vegetables, fruit and herbs collected daily from the restaurant’s own kitchen gardens.
More than 150 varieties of organic and heirloom vegetables, leaves and herbs are produced by the restaurant’s 1500 square metres of kitchen gardens each year. Orchards and an olive grove surrounding the hotel provide stone fruit, apples, pears, berries, figs, quince and olives while fresh eggs are collected daily from free-range laying hens.
The restaurant is also home to the award winning Royal Mail Cellar which houses one of the most comprehensive and varied wine collections in Australia. Guests are offered an extensive selection of Australian and imported wines including Australia’s leading collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy.
The Royal Mail wine collection focuses on wines that are ready to be taken from hibernation and enjoyed at their peak. The extensive collection has been cellared in ideal conditions and presents as close to perfect as can be achieved. The aim is to provide depth of vintage at all levels and the informed wine team is available to assist in the selection of a future treasured memory.
La Diva SO wishes she was back in Australia to experience this fabulous restaurant and hotel! Darlings, if you DO get a chance to get “down under,” don’t hesitate to make the effort to dine at the Royal Mail but be sure to book in advance as La Diva is certain the Travel Channel plug has given the restaurant an additional boost in reservations! And if you go, you MUST share all the details with La Diva!
Are any of my darling readers aware of any other beautiful food being presented with divine style that La Diva needs to know about?
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Originally posted 2009-08-10 18:28:00.