Last summer getaway for 2013

Happy New Year to you and thank you for taking the time to read all of my blog posts in 2013.

According to my WordPress annual report, my blog was viewed 5,300 times from visitors from 76 different countries and one of my most popular posts was Homemade Milo Ice Cream.

I’m excited to say that Al and I are just about to embark on a wonderful trip, travelling to Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. During our time away, I don’t expect I’ll be blogging, so I’ve invited my friend Fiona from Tiffin – bite sized food adventures to guest post on For the Love of Food with one of her favourite recipes. Fiona is a wonderfully creative cook. Check out her latest post Summer ice block adventures, Seussicals, it’s great!

Al and I recently attended a beautiful post Christmas wedding on Mt Tamborine.

DSC00725It had been a few years since we’d gone any further up the mountain than Songbirds and although there has been some changes with a new shopping centre development, the charm and character of the mountain still remains.

We stayed at Camelot for two nights where you have the choice of a self-contained cottage or a room with ensuite. Surrounded by avocado trees, it was a very restful setting. The rooms are well maintained and tastefully decorated with french doors that open onto a large verandah. The perfect place for a glass of wine and a cheese platter.

The night before the wedding we dined with our friends, the Hamblyns at DeliVino. It’s a deli at the front and a wine/tapas/restaurant at the back. It was fabulous. For starters we ate salt & pepper calamari ($13.90), Greek lamb pizzetta ($17.90) and pan seared Hervey Bay scallops with wakami salad ($21.90). The pizzetta was tasty, the calamari tender and the scallops plump and fresh.

Our mains were beautifully presented and for want of a better word, delicious!

Twice cooked, shredded confit duck with buttered linguine, mushrooms, peas and spinach ($29.50), grassfed eye fillet with caramalised onion tarte tartin, pommes puree and buttered spinach ($33.50), Sticky pork belly and bbq prawn salad with plum and ginger dressing ($28.50) and Moroccan spiced warm chicken salad with Israeli cous cous, mango, grilled flatbread and sumac spiced yoghurt dressing ($28.50).

The pommes puree was some of the best I’ve ever tasted and the pork belly and prawn salad was indeed sticky and moreish. The Moroccan spice on the chicken could have been more punchy but it was still a very satisfying meal.

The dessert menu (all $13) wasn’t particularly inventive but it was well executed except for the top of the creme brulee which didn’t have the much anticipated crack. The pannacotta with kahlua anglaise was rich in flavour and the trifle flambe was impressively flambeed at the table and had plenty of poached berries, mascarpone and passionfruit curd.

Make sure you try the Wattle Toffee liqueur with dessert. It’s made on the mountain and absolutely divine!

DeliVino

12 Main Western Road, Tamborine Mountain

Bookings: 07 5545 0406

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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