Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dandenong Ranges


We first went to the Dandenong Ranges four years ago and I was not impressed. Yes there are quaint little streets and cottages but they were not that many or quaint enough to merit the hour-long drive, and we had the mandatory scones that were more like cakes or monkey bread at the over-rated Miss Marples. In this little English cottage teahouse, you have to line up for 20 minutes before getting seated at a little table, elbow to elbow to the next table. So this visit I told Hub there's no way I'm going to waste a day going there again. Guess what, we went to Dandenong again today, and I am VERY sure I won't ever go there again. Maybe I'm not fair to the place - an overnight stay and a bush walk would probably make the trip worthwhile. I did see a kookaburra sitting on a gum tree while we were drivimg up. It looked a bit like an owl.

It was really by default, because we were driving around looking at display homes. This is something Hub and I love to do when we visit other places. Display homes in Australia are very beautiful and inspiring. Unfortunately, all the large home builders like Simonds and Metricon have closed since Dec 17, until Dec 27, for the Christmas hols. We only managed to see 3 display homes by a land developer. Since we were about 30 minutes away from Dandenong Mts, up we went. We wanted to enjoy meat pies and Devonshire teas (English scones and tea) which the place is famous for, but we got there 5 min before 5 pm, and everybody was closing up (why can't they stay open longer in summer - the sun goes down at 9). I refused to eat at Miss Marples (too touristy) and Yi said Pie In The Sky is good but when we got there it too was closed for the holidays. Aiya. In the end we had to have fish n chips in Olinda, one of those small one-street towns. The Barramundi fish, scallops n chips (A$9 + extra for the scallops) were terrible, soaked and heavy with oil. The yiros soulavki was also yukky. Said it before and I'll say it again, I hate Greek food!


Yesterday, Yi brought us to this fab place for pizza. Bimbo Blonde (Brunswick St.) serves pizzas at happy hours (Mon to Thurs 12 noon to 4 pm, Sundays 7 pm to 11 pm) give-away price of A$4 each! The pizzas are - how shall I describe them- not the usual evenly topped pizzas but rather the chunky toppings were randomly scattered, and the pizzas were the best we've tasted so far. The Caesar pizza was a whole load of cos salad with a coddled egg thrown in, the funghi mushroom pizza (my fave) came with thick chunks of mushrooms, while the chocolate pizza, which had melted/grilled mascarpone and choc, was the least tasty of all. The place is funky (unkindly put, run-down) and hippy, almost like a drug den upstairs! Well, at least it was to me.

Caesar salad pizza

Mushroom pizza

Prosciutto pizza


Artichoke, olives and ham pizza

Melted chocolate, mascarpone and banana pizza


Smith Street for cheap clothing.

Their favourite - candy stores.


We found them passed out in the car. End of shopping.


Greg Wee said...

Yeah! Woohwoohwooh! That looks like what I'd be doing in the car while Nee shops!

Welcome back Aunty Terri. Nee has been missing your blogs & complaining to ME that how come you haven't been writing! As if I can do anything about it! Thank God you're back in business.

Precious Pea said...

Lovely looking pizzas. I can imagine how good it tastes. What i like is, they are so generous with the fillings! Yummzz.. you, we also loves looking around at those display homes. Steal ideas and to drool over it.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

gregwee: :0 i actually prefer tt hub waits in the car than hurry me. ai, i miss reading all my blog links but there's hardly any time!

precious: yes, every place we go the portion's big (tho not as big as those in US) n i fear going home obese like the women here!

Unknown said...

The Dandenong range has got amazing scenery that you wont forget in your lifetime. Colourful birds, tall fern trees, Mountain Ashes, beautiful gardens, lakes and flowers create a breathtakingly vivid backdrop of oranges, greens, blues, reds and yellows.
dandenong ranges australia

Anonymous said...

You really ought just stay at home with that you eyes sometime and really experience the places you go.

Shanthi Cabs said...

Impressive!Thanks for the post
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