Adelaide :- South Australia
Whilst in Adelaide we packed quite a lot in during our few days there, we went to the Barossa Valley, the Lights of Lobethal, which you can click the link to read. We also went to the Haigh’s Chocolate Centre and had a tour round the factory. Now we’re used to the Cadbury’s tours which are quite expensive but do take quite a while to do, this was only about 20mins but was free.
We we’re given the background story into the chocolate, how they started, how they expanded etc. Compared to our local brand which is totally international, Haigh’s only supply Australia, although you can send it abroad if you want to, if it get’s to the packaging stage without being eaten!! They take so much care with wrapping your chocolates, you feel very special
The chocolate has a very strong Lindt influence which you can taste, we were given samples of both the milk and the dark chocolate so we could compare them. I still say Cadbury’s UK chocolate is the best by far!
That didn’t stop us purchasing a few speciality chocolates along with some dark mint buttons and some honeycomb milk chocolate.
We also went to FruChoc, which we’d never heard of before but it is like fruit centred chocolate balls! Odd I know but they do really taste good, they also offered us a tasting which made us want them even more, Ian even managed to blag us more of them, well we all know he’s got the gift of the gab!!!! We managed to stagger out of the store with all manner of different products!!
Fudgeit is a local fudge company who make some lovely flavoured fudges, we were given samples to taste and also very kindly shown behind the scenes where all the action happens, from mixing, cooking, chopping the nougat to all the hand wrapping of the products.
Yet again we brought a few to try at a later date! Well we may be Poms but we aren’t rude to our convict friends! Lol
Now it seems as though all we did was eat whilst we were in Adelaide, which is about right, we also ate at 2 different types of restaurants that we had never eaten before, a Korean and a Mongolian restaurant.
I managed in both to eat with chop sticks, Ian would’ve starved if he’d had to use them!
The Mongolian was certainly an experience, you choose the meat you wanted, on the night we went they had calamari, kangaroo, beef, pork and chicken, then you choose the veggies you want, there was cabbage, courgette, been sprouts, peppers, onions and carrots, then you could choose from different oils, flavourings, including chilli, garlic, parsley to name a few.
Then you take your bowl to the chefs who cook it stir fry style on a large block of red hot wood and with deft hands stir fry it to perfection and with a quick swipe of a pair of huge chop sticks they pop it all back into your bowl. The you sit back and enjoy it.
I did try a bit of Kangaroo, but I couldn’t get my head around the fact I was eating Skippy!!!! It was ok, very liver flavoured, so I’ve tried it but never again!!!!
Next stop is Kangaroo Island