Category Archives: Sweets

Darriwill Farm

After spending most of my morning at the gym I decided to head down to Darriwill Farm for a bite to eat. It had been a while since I’d been to Darriwill Farm for a meal, but I occasionally head in to check out the grocery that’s attached.  They have some delicious looking biscuits and chocolates, as well as fresh La Madre bread and have recently started stocking Irrewarra Natural Icecream. They also stock a range of other gourmet food and ingredients, as well as a range of kitchen utensils and gadgets. If you’re ever stuck for a gift for someone who loves to cook (or eat) it’s a good store to check out.

The cafe has a big selection of drinks on offer. I’m keen to try out the home made lemonade next time I stop by.

Non-alcoholic options available

Alcoholic options on offer

I decided on a pear Flying Brick cider that’s brewed locally on the Bellarine. I personally prefer my cider a little sweeter than this one.

I was a little unsure of how the service would be, as when we ordered drinks we had to wait longer than usual for them to arrive. In the end I was very happy with the friendly service and staff that didn’t mind having a quick chat.

The menu is quite extensive and has marked vegetarian and gluten free options. The breakfast menu is available all day and the lunch menu is available from 11.30am. In addition to the menu there is a board on the wall displaying the day’s specials. Today there was a Thai pumpkin soup with coriander yoghurt ($10.90) and a tart with chorizo, artichoke, roast tomato, pumpkin, baby spinach and red onion ($16.90). Other specials included a tasting plate, a pasta dish and terrine. We saw a number of tasting plates leaving the kitchen during our visit.

Breakfast menu

Lunch menu

We ordered from the lunch menu and I decided on a Tuscan salad, with others choosing the tasting plate and open chicken burger.

Tuscan salad with vegetables, croutons and Meredith goat's cheese

Tasting plate

The tasting plate today came with Asian coleslaw, quesadillas, risotto cake, beetroot dip and sourdough bread. I’m not sure how often the tasting plate changes; it may be different on your visit.

Open chicken burger with Asian coleslaw and potato salad

The Tuscan salad had a balanced dressing that didn’t overpower the ingredients. I found the salad very tasty and would definitely recommend it. The tasting plate had a good selection of items that were all seasoned well. Definitely an item for those who are having trouble selecting just one item from the menu. The chicken burger was impressive with salad stacked on top of the bread and grilled chicken. Definitely no complaints about this one.

We were hoping to have enough room for cake after lunch, but it turns out we were so full from lunch that we decided to give it a miss. However, I liked the look of the caramel slice so much that I took a piece home with me for later. For macaron lovers, head into the grocery on your way out to have a look at the macarons.

Details:

Darriwill Farm

Shop 10-11, 65-71 Barrabool Rd, Highton

Open: Monday-Sundaybreakfast and lunch.

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Newtown Farmers’ Market

I am taking the time to mention the Newtown Farmers’ Market that operates every 4th Saturday of the month – rain, hail or shine!

It’s a great opportunity to buy fresh produce straight from the farmer/producer. Products range from fresh fruit and vegetables to cheeses, breads, cakes, wines and more! I’ve been a few times, and while some of the stalls remained the same, I noticed some that weren’t there previously.

The market is great for those looking to support the ‘small guys’. Bring your calico bag down and join in on the old-fashioned way of shopping.

Details:

Newtown Farmers’ Market

Corner Shannon Ave and West Fyans St, Newtown.
(Head down the hill)

4th Saturday of the Month. 8am-1pm.

Note: You may want to double-check that the market is on over the Easter weekend. Market website and contact details are here.

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Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates

I frequently drive along Pakington Street, but rarely stop for a coffee or a quick bite to eat. I’m not too sure what I was looking for on this particular day, but I found myself walking into a chocolate shop, a few doors down from Rixon’s (River end), a pub and a couple of bakeries.

Hahndorf's on Pakington St

The store is a cross between a chocolate specialty shop and a cafe, with benches and stands full of chocolate goodies placed close to the tables and chairs. On these benches you’ll find things like licorice bullets, chocolate coated jelly raspberries and much more. I was surprised to see so much variety on offer.
If you wander towards the back of the store, you’ll see baked treats on offer, in addition to individual chocolates that are available, with no minimum purchase.

I ended up walking out with the following chocolates…

Selection of Hahndorf's chocolates

Left to Right -> Sticky Date, Devonshire Tea, Peanut Butter Cup, Lavender Heart.

I’m quite fussy with chocolate, having made my own and won’t settle for anything even average, so was eager to give these chocolates a go. The Sticky Date chocolate tasted of a good caramel, which reminded me of sticky date pudding sauce. Devonshire Tea was extremely creamy tasting. I was expecting more of a tea flavour that I’ve had in chocolates before, but really enjoyed the creaminess of this chocolate.  The Peanut Butter Cup was indeed peanutty, but not peanut buttery – as it should have been. It doesn’t compare to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup at all. I’d feel a lot better about this chocolate if they had called it a Peanut Cup, because it definitely delivers on the peanut flavour. The Lavender Heart had a light lavender flavour, which could have been made slightly stronger. Definitely an unusual flavour, but it wasn’t unpleasant.

The chocolates are good quality and melt well in the mouth. I paid about $5 for four chocolates, which I consider a good price for handmade chocolate.

I’m not sure how popular this store is, as I’ve never had a good look when driving past. There was only one table of customers when I was in the store, with another customer waiting on an order at the back of the store. I’d like to go back and buy some packaged lollies, such as the licorice bullets and see how the chocolate compares to the handmade chocolates I purchased. Some companies tend to concentrate more on quality of their chocolates produced in smaller quantities, and aren’t as focused on the quality of larger batches.

If you’re thinking of buying chocolates for a gift, come and see what’s on offer. There seems to be more variety in the handmade chocolate here than what’s on offer at The Chocolate Room, a few minutes down the road. Chocolate lovers are sure to like the chocolate sold here.

Details:
Hahndorf’s Fine Chocolates

354 Pakington St, Newtown.

Open 7 days a week.
Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm