Harvest Mylor Cafe

Hello,

recently I was on going for a country drive through Mylor and stumbled upon the Harvest Mylor Café. Tucked underneath some majestic oak trees, this charming cottage has been transformed into a vibrant modern café, whilst retaining it’s rustic charm. The outdoor dining area is a lovely cosy set up; with wooden tables and chairs accompanied by inviting colourful crocheted blankets, to keep toasty on those chilly mornings. Such a lovely location in a leafy and peaceful setting, certainly a way to experience the slower-paced lifestyle up here in the Adelaide Hills.

The menu is full of healthy wholefood options, ticking most dietary boxes. Harvest emphases their use of locally sourced seasonal produce, mostly made fresh in house. One of the things you will notice when exploring local cafes in the Adelaide Hills is the frequent warm personal service, Harvest is certainly true to this.

When we arrived late morning, my daughter already had a little breakfast at home earlier but was slightly peckish. We were served by Danielle who went out of her way to chat to my little one, suggesting to make her a custom mini egg and bacon slider to satisfy her little craving, at a smaller cost than the larger one on the menu. She kindly also made her a babyccino on the house which was not expected but a lovely gesture of her warm hospitality.

I ordered the buckwheat waffles topped with Harris smoked salmon, a softly poached egg, creamy hollandaise, dressed in a generous amount of sprouts and garnishes. It was delicious, nourishing and plated well, providing a lovely harmony of textures. My husband ordered the breakfast Brioche bun filled with fried eggs, crispy bacon, greens and served with a house made spiced relish …. and he certainly enjoyed every mouthful of this comforting breakfast, particularly the relish! We also enjoyed a coffee with our breakfast and I must say it is worth the trip up just for their amazing espresso, their crème was perfect. They also had an additional sweet waffle menu (not pictured) that will certainly satisfy those with a sweet tooth with several decadent options.

A trip to Harvest Mylor Café is a perfect way to start your weekend if you are keen on a little country exploring, and a great alternative stop on your annual pilgrimage to Hahndorf this Autumn (Mylor is only 10 min away). Visiting Mylor also offers the opportunity to check out the local Strawberry Farm ‘Walker Family Farms’ or go for a hike on part of the Heysen trail. Harvest Mylor Café is located on the main road of town, with plenty of parking next to the café and across the road at the main oval.

Harvest Mylor Café

240 Strathalbyn Road, Mylor

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday 8:30am – 3:30pm

 

I hope you enjoy some lovely adventures in the hills this Autumn.

Have a lovely day,

Jacqueline

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A local treasure: The Stirling Hotel

Hello,

One of the great things about moving to the Adelaide Hills is discovering all the great food haunts; be it quaint little cafes, trendy hotels or classy vineyard restaurants. I will be sharing with you the worthy mentions, starting with the award-winning treasure of Stirling: The Stirling Hotel.

The Stirling Hotel is a beautiful and trendy venue, nestled at the end of the main strip in Stirling (Mt Barker Road). It’s charming ambience draws in crowds all year round. However since Spring has arrived visitors have been flocking here to enjoy their modern menu, whilst basking in the sunny weather we have had lately.

I have dined here several times; for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the service and food has been consistently exceptional. Their bistro menu caters to the traditionals, with some classy pub grub, to more modern experimental tastes with their tapas and signature burger menu. The multi-complex hotel caters to all moods, with a restaurant, a bistro, a pizza bar and a unique licensed patisserie that is located at the rear within the cellars (offering a wine or coffee with your fresh croissant!).

Breakfast has been my favourite time to venture here, to avoid the city crowds coming up during the day and evening. One of the highlights of breakfast is the pancake station that allows you to indulge in unlimited pancakes for $7.90, but get in early to avoid queuing up. My children love this and it is their usual breakfast choice when we come here. Recently I was here with them and we sat outside along the bench with the beautiful view of the main street all greened up on a sunny Saturday morning. I ordered the avocado and haloumi on sourdough dressed with dukkah and vincotto that gave it a lovely texture, it was delicious. For families, the deck area is ideal as it faces a lovely garden and lawn area where kids can run off their energy whilst waiting for their meals to arrive (yet remaining in full sight). I’m yet to experience the bar at night however I have taken note of their interesting cocktail menu, and inviting Sunday sessions on the deck (during my evening walks around town).

Visiting Stirling in Spring also offers the opportunity the wander around town which is right now in full bloom. The magnificent oak and druids provide lush green canopies and colourful bursts of floral hues are on display all throughout the town. A walk down the lovely leafy archway on Druid Avenue is definitely a must this time of year.

The Stirling Hotel is a great spot to mark on the “To Do List” this Spring and a great idea for those who wish to impress visitors or a new date. You can find it at: 52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling.

Hope you have a lovely day,

Jacqueline

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Hiking Adventures in the Austrian Alps

Hello again!

I’m finally back with some adventures to share with you. It seems like moving to Stirling has only made us even more infatuated with all things related to forests, nature and mountain culture. Between August and September, our family travelled to the Austrian and Polish mountains in Europe, and we also visited the very beautiful city Krakow, in Poland.

In Austria we stayed in Zillertal in Tirol, in a lovely traditional ski chalet in the heart of the Alps. This part of our holiday was a family reunion for my husband’s side, and we stayed together with many of his cousins and their families. We spent most of our time hiking through the most magnificent forests, eating hearty Austrian alpine cuisine and drinking schnapps to recover those sore legs!

Our chalet was in little town called Ginzling, and we were a short drive away from the main town in Zillertal, called Mayrhofen. It was the end of summer and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking. The steep mountains lined with pine trees rose to the sky from left to right, and bright green meadows stretched across the valley for the ‘Alpen cows’ to graze on. I loved the lovely distant chime of the cow bells that all the cattle wore (I really miss hearing them, now that we are back home).

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The homes that are scattered throughout the valley are my favourite type of architecture style. These folk style mountain chalets are combination of timber and white rendering, with beautiful wooden balconies intricately carved out by hand in pretty ornamental patterns. Fortunately we were not too late in the summer season to see these balconies over flowing with the most beautiful geranium displays, in every colour combination you could think of! For me, a self-confessed germanium lover, this was truly paradise! I spent so much time captivated by these gorgeous balcony flowers. We don’t often see such floral displays in Australian gardens (except mine soon! hehe).

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We enjoyed a memorable hiking trip to the Schlegeis Basin to see the most brilliant turquoise coloured lake, surrounded by the steep rocky mountains and a permanent glistening glacier. Glacial water from within the mountain forms a waterfall that flows down into the luminous lake. Mark and I drank the glacial water pouring down the rocks, it was the most pure and crisp water we have ever tasted. We were also so impressed of our children’s effort in doing this hike with us, we spent all day exploring the path and hiking trails around the lake on such a beautiful and sunny day.

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We stumbled across a 200 year old wooden house where the musically talented Strasser children once lived. They became well known for travelling around the world singing Stille Nacht/Silent Night that has now become a famous Christmas hymn. This house is now known as the Silent Night House and has been restored into a museum to showcase the really old handmade tools and way of life over 200 years in Zillertal.

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A week after we left Austria the annual Almabtrieb festival was held where they bless and parade the cattle through town, before they are herded down to lower lying farms and barns before the winter snow arrives. The cattle are decorated with flowers and embroidered head-dresses with holy catholic figures and bells. Locals really adore and respect their cattle in Zillertal, as they provide the farmer’s their livelihoods and in turn the care is so evident in the happy and healthy looking cattle that we saw wandering freely everywhere.

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Another memorable day was when took three separate cable cars up to the Hintertux Glacier that had a peak elevation of 3250m. The view was spectacular above the tree line, with the enormous rugged mountain range overlooking the green valley below. It was so beautiful being at the top of Austria but I certainly experienced real vertigo on the viewing platform. It was very safe, but as a Mamma it was so difficult watching my children go to the edge and look through the railings into the steep mountain range. I could not help imagining the bolts breaking, and once my son noticed his poor mum in fear, he found it entertaining to keep going to the edge with his sister, much to the amusement of our family and bystanders!

It was lovely to experience glacial snow in summer and we had fun riding these tubes around and some snow play. At the bottom on the valley it was 31°c but at the top it was about 8°c. It is the only place in Europe where you can ski all year round and we were lucky to see saw the Italian ski team training that day.

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My favourite hiking adventure was a trek up to a little hut in a high mountain meadow called Max Hütte. I went on a ‘girls only’ trek with Mark’s cousins and his cousin’s wives, and it was so much fun hiking up with the girls; singing, laughing and enjoying the dark green forest and leafy passages on the way up. The path up was very rocky and it was both a mental and physical task to get to the top as each step was a calculated decision, particularly on the way down. Once we reached Max Hütte we were rewarded for our efforts with great coffee, delicious Austrian cakes and a beautiful view of the snow capped mountain and the cascading river flowing down into the valley. I loved the blueberry cake I ordered that was made with a blueberry yoghurt mousse that tasted so delicious.

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We had such an unforgettable week here in the Austrian Alps and we particularly enjoyed hiking so much that we want to travel on more hiking holidays in the future. In Poland we also went on many hikes in the Tatra Mountains that I will blog about soon. I really recommend travelling to Zillertal in Austria as it was one of my favourite overseas destinations to date, and the locals are so friendly and hospitable. There is so much to do, and a great holiday for families and nature enthusiasts. Stay tuned for the next instalment of our holiday, our visit to Krakow in Poland.

Have a lovely day,

Jacqueline