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365 Places: Mollymook

Day 176: Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia

Image credit: http://www.breakersmollymook.com.au/?/attractions-and-activities/mollymook-beach
Image credit: http://www.breakersmollymook.com.au/?/attractions-and-activities/mollymook-beach

Today’s place is a little gem on the south coast of NSW with a great name – Mollymook. I first remember visiting Mollymook, when I was about 20. Not long after moving to Sydney, I travelled there for a long weekend. I remember it was a wonderful journey: a girlfriend had borrowed her boyfriend’s old VW Combie and we cruised our way down the coast on the old Princes Highway, singing along to Fleetwood Mac on the way.

The Australian Traveller website gives Mollymook a great writeup and also has some clues about how the place got its name:

It’s thought that the name Mollymook is a variation on “mollymawk”, the slang name sailors use for a type of albatross (from the Dutch mallemugge, meaning “foolish gull”.

Image credit: http://www.breakersmollymook.com.au/?/attractions-and-activities/surfing
Image credit: http://www.breakersmollymook.com.au/?/attractions-and-activities/surfing

We stayed overnight with some friends in Ulladulla and then spent the next day at Mollymook beach. I remember thinking at the time, that this beach was very beautiful and great for swimming and bodysurfing. Here is a blurb from the Visit NSW website:

Mollymook Beach is one of the South Coast’s most popular beaches. This golden stretch of sand has ideal conditions for experienced surfers, body surfers and anyone keen to learn how to surf.

Mollymook has more recently become famous as celebrity chef Rick Stein has a restaurant there – Bannisters. This restaurant is famous for fabulous seafood with an incredible ocean view. I haven’t been there yet, but it would be wonderful to experience this place.

365 Places: Brindabella Hills Vineyard

Day 42: Brindabella Hills Vineyard, New South Wales, Australia

The Brindabella Hills vineyard is just a little further along the road from Surveyor Hill, a vineyard I talked about in an earlier post for 365 Places.

Image Credit: http://brindabellahills.com.au
Image Credit: http://brindabellahills.com.au

Yesterday, we headed to Brindabella Hills vineyard for lunch before going to Surveyor Hill for the night, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The cafe has only been open for around 6 weeks and it was great to go somewhere close-by for lunch, where could enjoy some fine food and wine while taking in the stunning western views of the Brindies.

Image Credit: http://brindabellahills.com.au/
Image Credit: http://brindabellahills.com.au/

We opted to try a number of the entrée sized tasting plates so we could get some ideas about what to order next time.

This was our lunch order, which was accompanied by a glass of very good Pinot Gris:

  • Ciabatta Bread with Homeleigh Olive Oil, Caramelised Balsamic and Two Girls Dukkah $7
  • Chorizo, Potato and Mozzarella Croquettes with Two Girls Tomato Chutney and Rocket $16
  • Zucchini and Haloumi Balls with Two Girls Chili Jam, Mint Yoghurt and Rocket Salad $16/$24
  • Popcorn Shrimp with Black Salt, Spicy Aioli and Lime $16/$26

It was all totally delicious, and we followed it with sharing some Sticky Date Pudding and Coffee.

Here are some pictures of Brindabella Hills vineyard.

What I love about having a weekend in this area is that although we are about 5 kilometres from home as the crow flies, it feels like we are a million miles away.

This morning after a delicious breakfast at Surveyor Hill, we headed over to the monthly Hall Markets. This month was a bit of a disappointment as many stall holders and market goers stayed home as it was a rainy Sunday.

Vineyard Cafe
Opening from 12th October for lunch on weekends and public holidays

Bookings essential – phone 02 61619154 or email cafe@brindabellahills.com.au

365 Places: Ardeche Restaurant, Canberra

Day 10: Ardeche Restaurant, Civic, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Today the remarkable place I wish to share is not a town or a country – it is a restaurant: one of my favourites in Canberra. Ardeche for us is a place we hold dear, not a place we go to every week or month but to mark special occasions. For example, we had our son’s 18th birthday there and it was top-notch. We were so impressed with the level of service and attention to detail, which helped to make this event so memorable for all of us and especially our son.

Although the restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, don’t let that fool you. The service is always impeccable, though thankfully not pretentious or arrogant – unlike so many other Canberra restaurants and cafes. The food is simply divine, we always think that we will have room for dessert, but there is always a wee little corner left for soufflé.

Tonight was a special dinner for the family to acknowledge our son moving out of home. This is his favourite restaurant and the home made omelette option just could not compete with dinner at Ardeche.

Here is what we ate tonight:


Soupe à l’oignon $13: ​Traditional french onion soup served with a parmesan Croûton.

Escargots à la Bourgogne $20: Pan fried snails, garlic, butter & white wine, served in a puffed Mille Feuille, finished with a sweet pepper coulis.


~Main course~

Poulet flambé au Pernod et sauce au safran $26.50: ​Breast of chicken- char-grilled and oven baked, flamed in Pernod, white wine, saffron, mushrooms, cream and served on bed of saffron risotto.

Poulet Tagine $25.50: North African Style Chicken with dates, lemon, chick peas, served with spiced Couscous & minted yoghurt.

Boeuf Bourguignon $26.50: Traditional French beef casserole with mushrooms, onions,​ carrots, bacon & red wine, served with a side of pomme purée.



We had the blackboard special – Chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier  ice cream

Crème Caramel: Crème Caramel, grand Marnier passion fruit  coulis and served with Vanilla ice Cream.

Desserts $14.50

Considering the quality of the food and the service, we consider the price to be reasonable by Canberra standards. I will have to think about another special occasion we can mark by going back to this little gem.

365 Places: Paris

Day 4: Paris, France

Today’s lovely place is none other than Paris, one of my favourite European cities. Rather than writing a story about this magical place, I will let the images speak for themselves. These photographs were taken in September 2013, when we spent a wonderful week traipsing around the city, eating gorgeous food, visiting many galleries and walking along many avenues.