Sunday 29 July 2012

Markets and more markets

This past month I've been out and about visiting markets …

Lismore Showground in northern NSW where I met up for a few days with Jan and George (and Dookie and Lukie their terriers).  Jan & George travel on the caravan show circuit where they sell lots of goodies for motorhomers like myself.

The most interesting lunch was at the Hungarian kurtosh stand. Thin strips of yeast pastry are wound around a wooden cylinder and baked in a rotisserie oven. 

They can be served as a sweet or savoury. Hazelnut with nutella; cheese, olives and herbs with salsa dip; garlic and sesame with yoghurt dip.

Marina Quays Village at Hope Island on the Gold Coast.  Don't be put off by the rather tired appearance from the outside, this is a terrific place with lots of atmosphere.  First stop was Cafe Bonjour run by Carol-Anne and Rainer in conjunction with their Fantasy Art studio Kozik Art. The menu changes each week and there is a wondrous selection of cakes as well as main meals. I had the pumpkin lasagne which was the tastiest ever.

Carol-Anne also creates these amazing "art to wear" knitted outfits.  

His majesty Prince Oscar was very at home at Cafe Bonjour.

Next stop was The Dog Bakery much enjoyed by Skye and Oscar and also the girls who loved their Babycinos. This is a really great spot to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee with your favourite pooch and where they can meet other canine friends in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

The only human food available here is coffee and Tim Tams, but you can have a great lunch at Cafe Bonjour or there is a good Japanese stall next door who make really good sushi at very reasonable prices and the Dog Bakery lady doesn't mind if you BYO.

Doggy treats here are amazing … Skye and Oscar loved the sausage wrapped in pastry, along with their special "Mutt Shake" (black strap molasses and lactose free skim milk)

Liver Chip Muffins will have to wait for the next visit