Friday, 25 June 2010

NSW South Coast

Of course I love the beach in summer, swimming, reading a book in the sun (and sunscreen) and just enjoying the warm weather.  But I also really enjoy spending time at the beach in Autumn, Winter and Spring for other reasons. No matter the season I love walking along the beach, dipping my toes into the water (if I am brave) and looking for shells or interesting pieces of smooth glass.  G and I took a trip to Ulladulla/Milton in May and, among other things, ate amazingly well.  

We began on Friday night at Pilgrim's Cafe in Milton, it's on the main highway in the Milton shops (no website though).  On Friday nights Pilgrims only serve Mexican food, and its BYO all alcohol.  I had an enchilada and G had soft tacos.  $15 each, and a fresh juice to share, and we were very happy.

On Saturday we drove up to Berry, which is too trendy for a beachside town!  It was packed, and very difficult to find a carpark.  We ate lunch at a cafe called Berry Woodfired and enjoyed an amazing pumpkin and goat's cheese soufflé ($14):

The coffee after was delicious, and then we wandered into a lolly shop that sold old-fashioned lollies, current sweets (at inflated prices) and a selection of imported foodstuffs (L&P soft drink for kiwis, a range of poptarts, reese's pieces, bovril etc) at reasonable prices, so we indulged.

That night we went to Rick Stein's at Bannisters for dinner (link here).  Truth be told, we made a restaurant reservation a couple of months in advance and then looked for accommodation.

We started with oysters to share:
I usually talk G into sharing an entrée and a dessert - quite frankly, I do not need to eat a 3 course meal but I like to try as many things as possible when we go somewhere new or somewhere I'm unlikely to return to in a hurry.

For main I had a beautiful piece of blue eye covered in truffle and potatoes:

G enjoyed a bourride:
The red is harissa which G stirred in.

Of course, Rick Stein is known for his seafood cookery but I cannot imagine how to incorporate seafood into the dessert course.  Apparently Rick Stein can't either!  He did manage to come up with a decadent chocolate fondant.

The 'after' shot really speaks to how delicious this dessert was -

In case we weren't full, petit fours were served with coffee:

We finished the next morning with breakfast at our self contained cottage (Milton Country Cottages), bought some fudge at the fudge shop in Milton and headed back to Canberra

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