The morning after the Baileys dinner we rose to a very cold morning but the sun suggested that the day might warm up a little. Our traditional Sunday morning omelette allowed us to procrastinate a little more before we headed off to Milawa to sample its gourmet delights.
We had no sooner started driving than the phone rang and since we were on a back road Greg pulled over to take it. It was Greg’s sister Angie who was staying at our home along with Greg’s Mum. The hot water at home was not working and water was flowing out of the hot water system! This did not sound good at all. After discussions Angie turned off the gas to the HWS and attempted to also turn of its water supply. To be safe a plumber was called out. This all took time and this saga spread out across our day. Eventually the plumber confirmed that the HWS had been made safe but it was finished and needed to be replaced. Angie took a photo of the quote that he provided and sent it via email, so now we have a way forward even if Mum and Angie
are without hot water at our place. Weird how these things always seem to happen when you are away or at very inconvenient times. We had a sense of de-ja-vu as something very similar happened while we were in Japan recently.
At the dinner we had been told that we absolutely had to try the lemon tart at the King Valley Café in Oxley. Well OK, if we must. When we got there we saw many motor bikes parked outside and it was obvious that they would be very busy. A quick decision was made to delay the tart until after lunch.
Our next stop was Brown Brothers in Milawa and they did not disappoint. If anything the quality of their wines had improved over what we remembered. After a generous number of tastes and with the 4wd a bit more loaded we looked for some sustenance.
Lunch just had to wait as the Milawa Mustard shop was just too good to pass. Tasting whole seed mustards is a good way to liven up your tastebuds after wine and the mustards here are brilliant.
The Milawa Cheese Factory
was next and we worked our way through tastings of a number of yummy cheeses. The young lady who was serving had particular challenges with the brie as it was so soft and runny that it kept escaping. It was stunning and we just had to buy a half round. We also found a lunch option of Szechuan squid that delighted our taste buds and settled us for the afternoon.
After wondering through an attached art gallery we headed back to Oxley where we settled in for coffee and the famous lemon tart. It did not disappoint and the coffee was also top quality. The blow torched sugar crust on the lemon tart was a delightful surprise and added a wonderful textural contrast. This was indeed worth stopping for.
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