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Bakery Crawl

regret nothing

A bakery crawl, like a pub crawl, is just that; no regrets. A friend of mine and I took it upon ourselves to visit two vegan bakeries in Melbourne. Our first stop was at ‘Mr Nice Guys’ down on Union St, Ascot Vale. They say when finding a good place to eat, always go where there are lots of people. Mr Nice Guys was no exception. The place was packed! Walking in here was like walking into a playground of vegan awesomeness. Every awesome, crazy and almost unbelievable creation in this place is vegan.

In their glistening cake cabinet they have vegan cakes and cupcakes such as the ‘unicorn milkshake’, the ‘coffee and doughnuts’ cupcake, the ‘popcorn mudslide’ and the to-die-for ‘bronut’ (brownie-doughnut!). Closer to the counter they have an array of vegan pastries, such as their ‘potato, rosemary and bechamel danish’ and their ‘choc chip custard danish’ pastries. They have vegan biscuits and pies, they do amazing milkshakes and good coffee. My friend and I shared a vegan croissant and a pretzel ‘hotdog’ (also vegan). The croissant was soft and flaky and the pretzel dog was everything a pretezel should be; ‘tasty, salty goodness!’. The shop has cute tables and chairs both inside and out, with teapots as sugar bowls and a bowl of water by their sign out front for doggo. Mr Nice Guys is allergy friendly and stocks gluten free and soy free options as well. Well worth the trip, much recommended and would do again! Good brunch spot!

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After that we took the hour long drive from Ascotvale, down to Daniel’s Doughnuts, in Springvale. Daniel’s does both vegan and non vegan doughnuts. Again, the place was packed. The line inside the shop itself was at least three people deep and outside it was at least 10 meters out the door! It was well worth the wait though. I got a vegan jam doughnut and a vegan Oreo doughnut. My friend got the salted caramel and a cinnamon. Once you’ve eaten there, you can see why people flock to it. Their doughnuts are so light, fluffy and indulgent. We sat in the sun at their tables outside and devoured them. They were so good, I was tempted to line up in that epic line again. They’re open 24 hours (unbelievable right?). While Spring Vale is a fair hike for most of us (unless you’re lucky enough to live close by) Daniel’s Doughnuts would make for the perfect, late-night drive.

Toast to the Coast, on the Moorabool Vally

 

This is a ridiculously late post for this event (inexcusably so, to be honest…) but Geelong’s Toast to the Coast wine, food and music festival happens every year over two days on the first weekend of November. (Same weekend as Melbourne Cup). Every year Geelong’s local wineries throw open their doors to the public to come and taste their fabulous wines. Guest wineries and local and regional food producers also come and lay down everything they’ve got and local musicians get on board to get one of Geelong’s biggest parties started. Toast also run a bus service to help get you there and back again and so our you can create your own hop on-hop off wine tour. And while I haven’t tried private tours are available. With the three different wine regions, Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and Bellarine, open all weekend it’s one festival you really oughta try at least once (or more.). So I know it’s only February, and this year’s is still eight months away. But if you’re like me and already thinking about it, here’s some photo’s from last year to whet your appetite.

Toast to the Coast: The Surfcoast on Saturday November the 1st 2014.

This is a ridiculously late post for this event (inexcusably so, to be honest…) but Geelong’s Toast to the Coast wine, food and music festival happens every year over two days on the first weekend of November. (Same weekend as Melbourne Cup). Every year Geelong’s local wineries throw open their doors to the public to come and taste their fabulous wines. Guest wineries and local and regional food producers also come and lay down everything they’ve got and local musicians get on board to get one of Geelong’s biggest parties started. Toast also run a bus service to help get you there and back again and so our you can create your own hop on-hop off wine tour. And while I haven’t tried private tours are available. With the three different wine regions, Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and Bellarine, open all weekend it’s one festival you really oughta try at least once (or more.). So I know it’s only February, and this year’s is still eight months away. But if you’re like me and already thinking about it, here’s some photo’s from last year to whet your appetite.

From Geelong to Trentham

Go on a day trip from Geelong to Trentham, via Mt Anakie and Daylesford, straight up the Geelong Ballan Road (C141), with a few stops along the way. Happy travelling.

First stop, Del Rios Winery, Mt Anakie. Award winning wines. Pinot Noir with a 94 James Halliday rating. It’s a beautiful winery. Free wine tastings and restaurant with a Spanish influence. Perfect for a day out. Check their website for more at http://www.delrios.com.au/
Del Rios Winery, Mt Anakie. Llamas!!!!! They have llamas!!!!!
Cliffy's Emporium, Daylesford. Baguette and an awesome long black for lunch. Foodies will feel like a kid in a toy shop in here. Local produce, food and wine. They have their own bar with a really cool beer and wine list too.
Second stop, Cliffy’s Emporium, Daylesford. Baguette and an awesome long black for lunch. Foodies will feel like a kid in a toy shop in here. Local produce, food and wine. They have their own bar with a really cool beer and wine list too. check their Facebook page for more at https://www.facebook.com/cliffysemporium.daylesford?rf=143938252377008
Just down the road from Daylesford and heading towards Trentham, is the Musk Estate Passing Clouds winery. This is the coolest little winery. Check my feature page on these guys or visit their website, www.passingclouds.com.au for details on their wines and their upcoming annual wine release.
Third stop, Just down the road from Daylesford and heading towards Trentham, is the Musk Estate Passing Clouds winery. This is the coolest little winery. Check my feature page on these guys or visit their website, http://www.passingclouds.com.au for details on their wines and their upcoming annual wine release.
Never know what you'll find. Not sure what these guys were doing but it looked like  they were just out for a weekend drive.
Fourth stop, Trentham. Never know what you’ll find. Not sure what these guys were doing but it looked like they were just out for a weekend drive.
Cool, old cars.
Cool, old cars.
The cutest vintage clothes shop I've seen for a while. Gorgeous clothes, beautiful handmade shawls, cottons and collectors pieces, hand dyed lambs wool gloves and one off sample peices from all over the word, particularly from France. My immediate thought when I walked in was 'christmas presents'. Email Anne Moulding at annemoulding@bigpond.com if you want to find out more or visit Trentham The Spotted Pony Salon, 40 Trentham Rd Trentham, VIC, 3458
The cutest vintage clothes shop I’ve seen for a while. Gorgeous clothes, beautiful shawls and scarves, cottons and collectors pieces, hand dyed lambs wool gloves and one-off sample pieces from all over the word, particularly from France. Spotted Pony has new pieces as well, including the cutest summer dresses. My immediate thought when I walked in was ‘christmas presents’. Email Anne Moulding at annemoulding@bigpond.com if you want to find out more or visit Trentham The Spotted Pony Salon, 40 Trentham Rd
Trentham, VIC, 3458
Fourth stop, Trentham's Historic RedBeard Sourdough Bakery. Woodfired Scotch Ovens, good coffee, local produce, lovely courtyard and these awesome pizza slice things. Check the website for all the deets http://www.redbeardbakery.com.au/
Fourth stop, Trentham’s Historic RedBeard Sourdough Bakery. Woodfired Scotch Ovens, good coffee, local produce, lovely courtyard and these awesome pizza slice things. Check the website for all the deets http://www.redbeardbakery.com.au/