It all started when tiny, baby Natalie turned 26! That officially happened at El Burro (dammit, it's always so delicious) though and not on any hills or in any valleys in Elgin.
But that weekend I headed out to Elgin for the night...
First stop, Old Mac Daddy. I had never been before so I'm so glad I finally did because it is such a rad place. I'm very excited to be going back for the night later this month.
I had a delicious mushroom risotto for lunch but there were some pies and pizzas around me that gave me major order envy. You don't have to be staying at Old Mac Daddy to enjoy the restaurant, FYI.
Nat and I.
After lunch we went back to our house in Grabouw to settle in for the night.
This is Bear Trap Lodge. It looks tiny from the outside but it actually sleeps 10 people.
Waste no time, crack open the wine! This I picked up at Peregrine Farm Stall on the way in.
Bear Trap Lodge is quaint but not short on one lovely old fireplace.
The next morning I went on a quick mission to Charles Fox. I adore their Vintage Brut Rosé and needed to pick up a bottle. Quick tasting compulsory.
I also picked up a bottle of their very delicious Pinot Noir. Stupidly only one and it is of course both really good and finished now so I shall have to return for more soon.
We then headed up to where Everson's Cider is made. I'm not a huge cider drinker but I love the little operation they have going on there and I was able to taste and buy some wine by William Everson. Everson's is in a unique Grabouw neighbourhood that is made up of interesting small holdings, where vegetable gardens and a simple life are the way of the land. There was a little bit of bread, home-cured meat and smoked cheese in this visit too - so good it's worth mentioning, even thought it's not quite on the tasting menu. It pays to know people who know people.
Our last stop was Platform 1 Eatery at Elgin Station for lunch. I had a really good steak, yo.
Until next time...
I value the time I get with my friends so much. These girls are so kind and easy to love.