Tulip Time @ Corbett Gardens, Bowral, NSW

[Pops out from behind wall  👻]…BOOH-YEAH! It’s been a seriously long time. Thanks for sticking around even though I seem to have died for the last few months… I have been kept very occupied in Malaysia, but I’ve also been fortunate to go back to Sydney for a quick break where I met my Beau! 

Date:  October 3 2015

Since Beau and I had nothing planned for the October long weekend, Beau suggested that we drive to the Bowral to see the tulips exhibition while at the same time show me  where he spent most of his school holidays as a boy.

The tulip exhibition is in Corbett Gardens. Entrance fee is $10 per person, which I later found out is the only week that entrance fee is charged. Never mind that!  The seas of tulips were stunning! 🌷🌷🌷

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The rows and ROWS of tulips…in an amazing assortment of colours…

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Different varietals of tulips were exhibited.  Flaming Parrot is by far my favourite amongst the various varietals.

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Flaming Parrot

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Tulip with frayed edges

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I am able to recall that black tulips were all the rage over a decade ago (if you can remember that, then you are old too!😜) – a single stem costs up to $100 – an obscene amount of money…

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Black Tulip

 

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Beau said that this cherry blossom tree is a century old.  He could remember having picnics under that tree.

Some light entertainment under the rotunda…

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Jazz under the Rotunda

As with all public fairs, there were several stalls selling fast food, drinks and gourmet produces.

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1st Hotdog for Spring!😋

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Poffertjes with maple syrup

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Cider that we both enjoyed, which is also available at B&W liquor shops

We spent around an hour and a half in the Gardens, then continued with our road trip to Kangaroo Valley

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We stopped at Cambewarra Mountain Lookout for a quick break.  This lookout is 678m above sea level.  Some notable landmarks can be seen: Seven-mile Beach, Jervis Bay, Nowra bridge, Shoalhaven River mouth, St Georges head, St Gerges Basin, etc…

Cambewarra Mountain Lookout

We proceeded to drive back to Sydney on the Grand Pacific Drive via Kiama…

Biota Dining

Date of Visit: August 5, 2012

Biota Dining has to be one of my most memorable meal of 2012. Thanks to my FB page, where I had posted some pictures and notes, I still have the sweet memories to share in my blog.

In the days of yore, before the petrol price rocketed sky-high, my family would often go for long country drives. Nevertheless, last August, when my mom got her hot new European SUV, so we decided to take the car out for a spin. I had read the rave reviews on Biota Dinning, so booked a table online.

The drive from Sydney to Bowral took around 2 hours.

We got a bit of a ‘fright’ when mom pulled up into the parking lot in front of a motel and asked, ‘Are we dining in a motel?’. I hoped not, but hopped off the car to check the situation (I was a bit worried, because I have had made a few bad dining recommendations before). To my relief, 2 country-gentlemen came out from another walkway and said to me, ‘This is the best restaurant in Bowral!”. Phew! What a relief!

We were the first to arrive at 12 noon. A lot of reviewers referred the decor as ‘Scandi-chic’, but I thought ‘Bondi-chic’ – well, never mind, both tastes rely heavily on natural wood, white washes, striped cushions in a somewhat large bare-minimalist room. I think the ‘naked’ light-bulbs for lightning looked fun though.

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Main dining room

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The kitchen ‘theatre’

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The ‘Bar’ with a huge branch and tin bucket for cooling wines – pretty rustic

Quirky touches everywhere… on the wall

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Quirky chicks

…on the table…

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Egg shell resting on hay – deco only – do not eat!

Righto! To the food…Amuse Bouche and the customary bread and butter…

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Amuse Bouche: Salmon jerky impaled by thin rod in Himalayan salt

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Whole meal damper – butter served on stone, nice touch

ONE

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Pulled beef with beet root

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Picturesque Scallop with celeriac purée, zucchini and peas

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Duck egg on smoked puffed rice (a must-try)

TWO

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Lamb rump

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Pork neck painted in ash! So this is what the New York foodies are raving about ‘food with ash’!

Our Wine

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New wine discovery from Canberra – it has a good hint of pepper!

THREE

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Chocolate (Before)

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Chocolate (After)

Tea with Petit Fours

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Tea with Petit Fours

Just checking out the rest of the place..

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Informal dining area where they serve tapas and lighter plates

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Chill-out lounge with fire place (view 1)

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Chill-out lounge with fire place (view 2)

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Outdoor terrace with a real stove to make pizza (for summer)

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More outdoor sitting

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The garden with the famous resident geese

On the way home, we detoured to the tourist drive to check out the view of Bowral… Biota Dining was simply awesome and we will definitely be back!

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View of Bowral

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