Eat me / Drink me, Wineries / 21.10.2016

Had ‘that crazy feeling’ first foot in the door here. From that rare angel side of Lou and The Velvet Underground’s Sunday Morning greeting to the sun-shiny counter welcome – good vibrations from the get-go. If you’re looking for soul food and a place to eat – and taste test some top-notch local vino in the mix – Bellbrae Estate Wines and Café won’t disappoint. The cauliflower and blue cheese soup was a light and luscious smash. Longboard Pinot Gris was the suggested accompaniment. Big Brother went the...

Eat me / Drink me, Great Eats / 20.10.2016

The Farmer’s Place is a consolidated farm-to-plate affair for local farmers and producers of fine artisan condiments and delicacies. You’ll find Timboon ice-cream here for afters, along with the perfect children’s menu. There’s a specials board, as being seasonal, things change depending on the time of year. The cauliflower and fennel soup looked divine, but that’s for another time. We took home the most amazing – and never seen before anywhere – little handmade shortbreads topped with berry coulis. ...

Eat me / Drink me, Wineries / 20.10.2016

Not technically on the Surf Coast’s immediate radar, the 40-minute drive from Torquay to Basils Farm is one of the prettiest this side of Provence. In spring and early summer, the acres of butter-cup‑coloured canola pastures on the road to Barwon Heads-Ocean Grove are something from an Impressionist’s sketch pad. Basils Farm is an art house movie set in the waiting. The view across Swan Bay to Queenscliff is breathtaking. Browse the potager gardens dotted about the property. Some interesting artwork adorns the walls of the farmhouse...

Eat me / Drink me, Great Eats / 20.10.2016

All hands on deck THE best fish and chippery in Torquay –make that on the Surf Coast. Fisho’s is no ordinary fish-and-chip experience. It’s more your five-star, high-end, healthy affair. But no need to don a bow tie or ball gown. This is a casual, family, Thongs ‘R’ Us thing, if you want it to be....