My contribution to this issue of the Bendigo Magazine covers some of my favourite things about Bendigo and surrounds that remind me of Paris. From shopping to dining, and where to buy snails or a croque-monsieur...hopefully you'll enjoy reading about my finds. You can read the full article here...
`Bush Kinder' on p.56...I grew up in a tiny primary school out in the bush and it was an amazing experience so this is a great idea. `Blessed Are the Cheese Makers' (p.105)...Tim's article about Holy Goat cheese makers (p.105) and how lucky we are to have them so close to Bendigo. Plus, these two gorgeous doggies (p.167) I know in real life...Lucy & Elli know how to work the camera! :)
Read on for more details, photos and extras from my article (p.45)
Mon Coeur is one of my favourite stores in Bendigo...I love that it takes ages to make sure you have checked out everything...and the attention to detail in the displays (and the setup of the various rooms throughout the store) is gorgeous.
Macarons...I will never tire of these sugary treats! They appear off and on at a fair few places around Bendigo, such as Cafe Essence, The Subtle Eye, Favourite Flavours, Masons, The Dispensary and El Gordo. The ones pictured above where found on a road trip to Kyneton at Monsieur Pierre...a sweet little cafe/deli. It is here I found the croque-monsieur...which I can only describe as a cross between french toast and a ham and cheese toastie, but once you've had one, you'll go looking for more!
We also ate at Bouchon who describe themselves a the `spirit of France in the heart of Bendigo.' It was our first time there and we are definitely going back...loved the relaxed feel (it's not an intimidating French restaurant!) and the food was delicious with an emphasis on local sources. Oh, and check out that creme brûlée...seriously the best I've ever had...with a maximum `crackability' factor :) You can read the article to find out my thoughts on the snails!
Thanks for reading. You might also like to check out the menu on the right hand side, where you can find all of my Bendigo related posts or a full list of every post ever. Lastly, I'm a little bit addicted to Pinterest...and have a board of my favourite Paris photos from all over the place here.