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Port Fairy: Part 1

We visited Port Fairy on a weekend in the middle of the Winter, when it was too cold to go to the beach or hike through the nature parks. We did some sightseeing by car, but the rest of our time was spent eating. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!

Our favourite foods that we tried were the pizzas at Coffin Sally (see below), as well as the desserts at Clonmara Tearoom (Part 2 of this blogpost will be about the Tearoom). Brunch at The Farmers Wife was alright. The takeaway Thai curry from Lemon Grass was decent, but we didn’t get any photos of that because takeaway curry isn’t photogenic.

The Farmers Wife Harvest Cafe

Smaller towns don’t have the same competitive brunch scene that Melbourne has, so their options are more limited. While there are definitely better brunch places in Melbourne, The Farmers Wife was enjoyable enough. The brunch dishes were around the $16-19 mark which is pretty standard, but the sizes were not that big. The service was friendly.

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Choc drinks at Cacao Lab and lunch at +39 Pizzeria

Cacao Lab

Cacao Lab is one of the cafés owned by Cacao Fine Chocolates and Patisserie. They have many cute éclairs, cakes, macarons and chocolates but we were most interested in trying their de-constructed iced chocolates. They’re served divided into three separate beakers, and then you mix them together… kind of like the lab experiments we do for our chem eng subjects, except more edible 😛

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iced choc salted caramel

Iced Chocolate – salted caramel (~$9)

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Italian food at D.O.C Espresso, Lygon Street

D.O.C. Espresso is part of the D.O.C. group, which has restaurants in a number of locations. Because it is a bit more commercialised it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as some of the more “family-owned” style restaurants on Lygon Street, so we probably wouldn’t come here for dinner. However, are also open for breakfast, lunch every day. They have a range of options on their menu including breakfast dishes, focaccias, piadine, pasta, salads and snacks.

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Ani ~ I ordered the traditional lasagne with meat sauce and bechamel. When the dish arrived I was so excited (because I love lasagne) that I forgot to take a photo of it for the blog! But it doesn’t matter too much since it just looked like normal lasagne. It was pretty tasty, with a good balance between meat and bechamel, but it wasn’t amazing enough for me to justify the $18 price. You can easily find lasagne of a similar quality at a much lower price elsewhere (i.e. not on Lygon St). Continue reading