So I visited Hobart the other week with my bestie for our dual birthday celebration on our Hobart Foodie Adventure! As a first time visitors we knew we only had a weekend to explore the great land of Tasmania and like all optimistic travellers, we wanted to see and taste as much as possible.
So I visited to Hobart the other week with my bestie on our Hobart Foodie Adventure! As a first time visitors we knew we only had a weekend to explore the great land of Tasmania and like all optimistic travellers, we wanted to see and taste as much as possible. Can you believe Hobart is only 1.5 hours from Sydney?! For some reason, I thought it was so much further. As a side note, we probably didn’t choose the best time of year to visit (middle of Winter) as it was absolutely FREEZING but it didn’t stop us from doing what we came to do, and that EAT!
After settling in to the hotel Travelodge (we only travel in style) we made our way to the wharf for tasty late night dinner at Mures.
First up some fresh oysters with a sticky, sweet custard like sauce, it’s oysters like I’ve never tried before, like dessert oysters if there is such a thing. In the centre is my all new favourite wine – it’s a gorgeous Tasmanian wine that I spent all weekend trying to track down but alas, could not find. On the end, an amazing Kahlua pannacotta with strawberries, white chocolate and Persian fairy floss. Just, to die for. To celebrate being young and stupid, we contemplated testing out the bar or club scene in Hobart, but it turns out there really isn’t much of one. Well not with the effort of finding a place that we wouldn’t have to walk too far. You see, late night + stupidly full bellies + rainy, freezing drizzle + no car + walking = Back to hotel. Day 2 – Nice and rugged up, we decided to have brunch at the Salamanca Markets. On the way, of course, we got distracted. Hobart is made up of some beautiful architecture and even has some small resemblances to Paris, so lets call it – Aussie Paris…kinda.
According to Trip Advisor, one of the must stop places on the foodie map included the Daci & Daci Bakery – so nice they named it twice. To be honest, I really didn’t get to eat here – you see, we were on our way to the Markets, so that would have been silly… But everyting looked incredible, so bonus points for that. Also, they have the biggest, pastel coloured meringues I’ve ever seen!
Finally, the markets!
Everyday we’re trufflin’…
My bestie went truffle mad and bought some Truffle honey Mustard with Honey
I couldn’t stop pointing out all the Tazzy devils everywhere – so cute!
No hat, no worry. There were SO MANY hats, beanie, scarves, ponchos, jacekets – you name it!
This is where Brussels Sprouts are born. Right down the centre of the ally, you can see Mount Wellington top covered in snow. Look at this amazing coloured produce.
So for those of you who don’t know the tale of of the Anzac tradition of ‘Two-Up’ – here’s the short version. Two-up is a gambling game in which coins are spun in the air and bets are laid on whether they fall heads or tails. Since unregulated gambling is illegal in Aus, the game of Two-Up is exempt on the following dates: Anzac Day (25 April in any year), Victory in the Pacific Day (15 August in any year), and Remembrance Day (11 November in any year but only after noon). Learn to play it.
Salmon Sausages! Oh Hobart, you crazy. So delicious though. For all you Salmon lovers, there is an entire store dedicated to Salmon, I kid you not. This is where I bought some Salmon jerky, yep that’s what I said, Salmon jerky.
Fresh food aisle – so much amazing Tasmanian cheese!
After grazing for a while at the markets we still had room in our bellies we decided to hit up Smolt Cafe. These croquettes were incredible.
Back to the hotel for some R & R before our date with Monty’s on Montepelier. Yes, we’re eating again 😀 This is the dinner we reserved months in advance.
So we’re a little late to our reservation and a little lost. If you’re walking around aimlessly like we were looking for Monty’s on Montepellier, just head up the road, up the alley that looks scary and you’ll find it at the top of the small hill.
It’s pretty much an charming old house that fits a quaint amount of foodies and nestles you between their 3 (!) fireplaces. Talk about warm and cosy. The lighting and mood was so cozy and smouldering, it was really hard to take some decent photos on my phone, but trust me, this was one of the best degustations I’ve ever had. This first dish, the amuse bouche was just, so amazing topped with a thin slice of truffle. Some dishes were so delicious that I actually forgot to take photos of them, ate most of it, then quickly tried to stitch together the dish to try to capture it’s beauty. Let’s just say, by the end cheese plate, all I managed to capture was a bit of cheese crumb that was left on our table. Worst. Food blogger. Ever.
Day 3 – It was the first time I’ve seen these amazing looking cabbage flowers, aren’t they gorgeous?
Since we’re fatties and decided we didn’t eat enough already, we hit the Farm Gate Markets also located in Hobart. Apparently this is where the REAL foodies come to get their produce.
I bought a Champagne jam for a souvenir from this stall. I thought the colour and chunk-less jam just looked so classy.
I’m such a sucker for bliss balls, I think my favourite was the one with dates, yum!
This is where mushrooms are born. Actually, this stall sells ‘grow your own mushroom’ kits, pretty neat huh?
All sorts of potatoes
Some of the freshest Oysters I’ve ever tasted. We opted for the jumbo ones of course at a whopping $2.50 each. My bestie was salivating at the thought of these babies. Truth be told fresh oysters like this aren’t normally cup of tea, but oh well, when in Hobart…
Delicious pulled pork and slaw roll
A really organic tasting/smelling Laksa. It was at the Laksa store that my bestie spotted Bianca from My Kitchen Rules and overheard that they had a stall at the market.
My bestie couldn’t help to buy some tasty Chicken pate and get a photo with the talented girls Bianca and Thalia from MKR.
This was one of the longest lines at the market – this Sushi Chef hand makes your sushi to order. Amazing right?!
This Black Shipping container is where you can get your tickets to MONA and where you catch the sassy Ferry to the unique Art Musuem
The outside of the ferry is painted in grey camo and on inside the sassy ferry, you will see things that you’ve probably never seen in your run of the mill ferry – notice the explosion of graffiti sprayed on the stairs shaft, you can snack on some delights including wine and a tasty treat and just outside on the deck you can sit on decorative poofs or if that is too ordinary for you, you can take a seat on my favourite, ornamental sheep. Because, why not.
Frosty Mount Wellington in all its glory.
When you arrive to the ferry dock, you will notice a set of stairs that seems never ending (why does the brochure not warn you about this) THIS IS AN INSANE AMOUNT OF STAIRS or maybe I’m incredibly unfit, or a bit of both. Once you reach the top, take a moment to take it all in. You can see a gorgeous view from the top.
Now unfortunately I was trying to conserve my phone battery so we could access our boarding passes for our trip home later in the night, so I would have loved to have taken more snaps, but until they come up with an endless source of energy, this will have to do.
The Musuem is mostly underground and have been carved into sandstone and has a real Batman Cave feel about it. A centred cylindrical glass elevator that takes you past levels you never imagined were there but if you prefer the walk, there are a bunch of optical illusion looking stairs that join the levels together and I think intentionally resembles that crazy stairs art work ‘Relativity’ by M. C. Escher.
This was one of my favourite pieces of art that I think I’ve ever seen in my life. You can’t miss it, it’s a giant black skull in the corner of the lower level with cracks allow you to see inside. Looking Inside reveals a giant entanglement of wires, twigs, birds and body parts and what looks like the inner workings of a mind or a body or both. With the flickering strobe light, everything inside the skull is animated and dancing to the hypnotic rhythm of the speed of light. It’s just incredible.
So conserving phone battery was kind of a big deal by the end of this trip so this was all the snaps my camera could manage. We ended our cultural exploration with a cider at the bar and enjoyed seeing free Roosters, Chickens, Guinea Fowl, Peacocks roam the rolling hills of MONA.
If you’ve been to Hobart or live in Hobart, what’s on your ‘must do’ list?
Love, Festival Girl