This past week, Mum and I decided we had had enough of reality, and escaped to my Aunt and Uncle’s property down in Margaret River for the weekend. Things have been pretty hectic around here lately, what with me preparing to move to Italy (2 weeks today!), so it was nice to take a break and just relax a bit. I love going to stay with my Aunt and Uncle – I don’t get to see them as much as I would like, because they live a 3 hour drive away, so it’s great to spend some time with them, and their property is gorgeous. I have so many great childhood memories there, from running around the bush with my cousin, to attempting to build a go kart, to wanting to go swimming in the dam – when I was younger, I thought having a dam was the coolest thing in the world. If you had a dam, you’d totally made it in life. My parents didn’t have one (seeing as we lived in the city this really isn’t a surprise), so basically my Aunt and Uncle way overtook them in the cool factor.
Dam’s aside, the Margaret River region is great. It has some of the world’s most amazing beaches (which you might have seen over on my Instagram), and is one of Australia’s best wine regions. Now, I’m not a huge fan of wine (shocking, I know), but where there is good wine, good food tends to follow. And I am all about the food. This time, we decided to try out a restaurant Mum had been wanting to try for a while, Flutes, at the Brookland Valley Vineyard. I can’t tell you much about the wine (Mum gave it a big thumbs up), but the food. My god, the food. We had the pumpkin soup with feta cheese crumble and baguette, the sweet potato gnocchi with kale, spinach, goats feta and cherry tomatoes, and the arancini balls with truffle flavoured cauliflower puree, salad, and shaved grana padano. I can be a bit fussy when it comes to eating out, as I’ve been quite spoilt with food growing up, because my Mum is a great cook and my whole family loves nice food, but let’s just say I ate way more than I probably should have. Stuffing my face with delicious food? That’s a day well spent in my books.