Biota and Eshalot awarded hats in the 2013 Good Good Guide


My taste buds always get excited when The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide comes out. The 2013 list has just been released this week with Biota Dining (Bowral) receiving two hats and Eschalot (Berrima) receiving one hat. Biota also received an award for sustainability.

The Good Food Guide reviewers also dished on their favourite finds, with two mentions for the Southern Highlands.

Longest drive for great French food

To Berrima for Eschalot’s parisienne gnocchi made on choux pastry dough sauced with beurre noisette.

Most surprising (and best regional, for me)

”Lon” John Dory and steamed pandanus leaf with lime-flavoured tapioca jelly at Classical Thai Cravings, Mittagong.

Sadly, Classical Thai Cravings closed its doors suddenly a few months ago, with the owners returning to Thailand for family reasons. It was a regular favourite of mine.


Nature’s way of showing off the Southern Highlands


Nature has put on a spectacular display over Mittagong and Bowral in the past week – naturally I had to share.

First up was the most amazing double rainbow. I have since learned that the second rainbow in a double rainbow has the colours in reverse – amazing!



This double rainbow was followed a few days later by the most amazing clouds I have ever seen. As my five year old son put it, “Mummy it looks like a gigantic spine!”

Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Rockin’ Christmas at Mittagong RSL


One of the things that I love sharing with my kids in the Southern Highlands is the great kids shows that come to Mittagong RSL. It also means they can also enjoy the concerts with all their friends too!

It seems that each year now Play School and Dorothy the Dinosaur pay us a visit.

So time to get excited – Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Rockin’ Christmas Show is coming to Mittagong RSL on 13 December 2011.

Dorothy and friends will meet Santa Claus in this festive show with all our favourite Christmas songs.

But get your tickets now as they’re selling like Hot Potatoes! Tickets $20 each, available from Mittagong RSL’s reception. Contact: 02 4872 6700

The sails have finally breezed into Lake Alexandra in Mittagong


Finally the kids playground at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong can now be used in the middle of the day thanks to the recent addition of sails over the playground to keep it a little cooler and protect our precious kids from the sun.

The playground used to be deserted in the middle of the day as the equipment was too hot to use and is now thriving again!

Huge thanks to Wingecarribee Council – money well spent (this time!).

24 hour gym coming to Mittagong as well ……


Well it seems 24 workouts in the Southern Highlands is catching on. Further to my last post about a 24 hour gym opening in Bowral, there is also one coming to Mittagong as well (different chain). It will be based somewhere down near Highlands Marketplace.

According to my sources, the one in Bowral will stricly be a gym with no classes, but the one in Mittagong will have Les Mills classes on offer.

There’s no excuses now people – get moving!

Neeny’s in Mittagong will be closed 27 April-4 May


Children’s indoor play centre Neeny’s is about to undergo a massive upgrade to its equipment and will be closed 27 April-4 May. It will re-open on 5 May with lots of new fun activities for the kids.

Where: 1/227 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong

Ph: 02 4871 3750

Saturday night fun with friends and kids at Mittagong RSL


For any parents looking to get out on a Saturday night with some friends, but have no where to leave the kids. Well I have a solution for you!

Mittagong RSL ……….. OK I hear your saying strange place to take the kids on a Saturday night, but never fear it has a kids club that runs from 5.30-10pm for 2+years. The club is fully secured so our little munchkins can’t get out and no strangers can get in without the help of the club supervisor.

The kids room has games, climbing equipment, TV and toys, along with fun activities like musical chairs. The hard thing is actually getting the kids out of there.

For us to put four kids in for half an hour it was $8. Not sure how much it is for longer, but it isn’t expensive.

So pop into the bistro for a bite to eat with the kids beforehand (keep your expectations purely at an RSL level on the food!), drop the kids into the club and off to the bar for a drink, game of pool and much needed adult conversation.

The Mittagong RSL bar was recently renovated transforming into a modern lounge haven, which will be fabulous in winter with its big fireplaces. Very swish for an RSL indeed! I believe the bistro is next in their sights.

Just another option for some fun on a Saturday night in the Southern Highlands!