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Bar 9 on Glen Osmond Road

Bar 9 Glen Osmond

Bar 9 on Glen Osmond Road is one of those places that I’ve been to so many times and have loved for so long that it hadn’t even crossed my mind to write about it. Everyone knows it, right? Everyone loves it there, right?! They even opened a second café in the CBD so, peeps be all over it yeah? The recent and all-too-brief visit to Adelaide of a friend who moved interstate and his excitement and insistence that we have our final breakfast for this visit at Bar 9 was just the thing to remind me that I’d been taking this amazing place for granted just a little too much recently. Silly me.

Menu’s inside old Little Golden storybook covers and street-style artworks adoring the walls. Light pouring in through the giant glass windows, lighting up and warming the well worn floorboards. An old, original, fully functional Nintendo complete with Mario Bros game set up by some couches, ready to go for your playing pleasure – what could possibly make this place any better?

The food. Bar 9 has a standard menu with delicious breakfast, morning tea and lunch time treats available (refer to aforementioned Little Golden storybook covers), but there is also the changeable menu up on the wall, written on brown paper, awaiting your perusal. A few items on the changeable menu are also somewhat regular, but there’s a very, very good reason for that. Because, amazing. Avocado on toast with goats curd and corn salsa? Mmm hmmm. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! But what could possibly make this place any better?

The coffee. Bar 9 do everything they do well, but it’s their coffee that takes the cake. Two different blends are available daily, with a wide array of brewing methods for the real coffee connoisseur. For the average Jo who just likes their latte, you’re always guaranteed a perfectly brewed and blended cup, regardless of your preference.

Plus, the team at Bar 9 are super friendly and ridiculously good looking. What more could you want?!

Where?
96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside. Check it.

When?
Week days from 7:30am until 4pm and weekends from 8:30am until 2pm.


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Taylors Behind The Scenes Winery Tour

Taylors Winery

On the day that we visited Taylors Winery winter was putting it’s best foot forward, with frequent showers of rain and a decent chill to the air that made rugging up *really* well absolutely essential. Nonetheless, we were excited about our ‘behind the scenes’ tour and weren’t going to let a little wintery weather stop us. Besides, we all know that fluorescent saftey vests go better with knits!

Arriving at Taylors, we quickly marvelled at it’s castle-like appearance (it was raining) as we rushed inside to the warmth and welcome of the cellar door. Greeted immediately by our host for the morning, Jacqueline, we were quickly taken through to the first working area of the winery, donned our fetching safety vests and our hard hats, and the tour was underway!

The first half of the tour took us outside to the grounds of the winery, where we could see the vines, the crushers, the tanks and a beautiful view over rolling vine-covered hills. Jacqueline talked us through the processes involved in producing Taylors’ wines, providing insight into the working life of the winery and a little of the history of the three generations of Taylors’ who have worked hard to craft these wines over the decades.

Moving into the barrel shed, we discussed barrel making and wood, barrel ages and the methods by which they ensure the barrels are kept at a constant temperature throughout both winter and summer – no mean feat considering the size of these sheds.

After one final dash through the rain from the barrel shed back to the main building, Jacqueline guided us through into the bottling area of the winery, explaining the impressive set up of conveyer belts and mechanical wizardry that bottles the wine before sealing it, labelling it and singing it a lullaby*.

*That last bit may not actually happen…

So now that the grapes have been picked and crushed, barrelled and bottled and labelled, you might be forgiven for thinking that the tour would be over. Well, hold on to your hard hats people because we’re not done yet! The final highlight of a tour of the Taylors’ winery is that at the end, you get to sample three of their wines and then, according to your taste, use those three wines to blend your own little take-home-bottle! Who would have thought that a syringe could be so much fun?

So, if you happen to be in the beautiful Clare Valley, whether in rain or shine, and you fancy a behind the scenes tour of a long-standing family run winery that bottles and labels it’s own wines, was one of the first to adopt screw-cap closures and is very environmentally conscious, I highly recommend getting in touch with Taylors.

Where?
On Winery Road near Auburn in the Clare Valley.

When?
Tours take place on weekends and public holidays only, however the cellar door is pretty much always open with hours as follows:
– Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm
– Saturdays and public holidays from 10am until 5pm
– Sundays from 10am until 4pm.


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Market Week

Market Week

From tomorrow, for the second time ever in the entire history of the whole wide world (wowsers!), the iconic Adelaide Central Market will be shimmying into it’s prettiest apron, shining up its apples and opening wide its doors for a week of foodie fanatic heaven. That’s right – it’s Market Week time!

Last year the inaugural Market Week was more popular than a stick of butter at a bread convention so it was really a no-brainer that the Market Boss’ (like mafia boss’ but with bananas instead of tommy-guns) decided to make this an annual event.

Running from Tuesday to Saturday, Market Week will offer up cooking classes and demonstrations, appreciation sessions and tastings, happy hours and pop-up entertainment including (but not limited to) the State Opera of South Australia.

Not enough to tempt you? What about over a tonne of free Adelaide Hills Pink Lady Apples? That’s right, a tonne! To be given out tomorrow to over a tonne of lucky market-going Adelaiadians!

Still not enough? How about thousands of beautiful spring flowers that will also be given away over the course of Market Week? Or the ‘Dude Food’ demo taking place in anticipation of Father’s Day? Or the children’s activities on the Saturday morning? Or even the Spring Market Party on the Friday night?

Whether you’re after amazingly fresh produce, some great entertainment, a good coffee, some hot tips for the kitchen, or whether you are just an avid people-watcher, Market Week at the Adelaide Central Markets is a little gastronomic gem that really shouldn’t be missed. Get on it Adelaide!

Where?
The Adelaide Central Markets are on Grote Street (like you didn’t already know).

When?
Market Week starts tomorrow, Tuesday 2 September, and runs through until COB on Saturday 6 September. Check out the full program of events here.


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Wined Bar

Wined Bar

The National Wine Centre will have been open for 14 years this coming October, but it was only a few months ago that I discovered the Wined Bar within.

With 120 different wines able to be tasted, Wined Bar enables you to sample each of South Australia’s wine regions without leaving the Adelaide CBD, and if that wasn’t incentive enough, the whole thing also works in a very unique way that turns wine tasting into somewhat of an interactive game! Each wine is displayed in a sealed case, assisting with temperature control, from which extends a short, silver tube. Above each wine you will see three prices – a price for a tasting, a price for a half glass of wine and then a price for a full glass. After handing in either your driver’s licence or credit card to one of the super-friendly bar staff, you will be given a tab-card that you then use to access each of the wines around the room. You can meander around, decide on what you would like to taste or quaff, then you insert your card, choose your measurement of wine, have it charged to your tab, put your glass to your lips and voila! You are in the Coonawarra! As I learned, this self-serve ability, whilst fun and unusual, can result in a fairly sizeable tab being racked up rather quickly – a glass of a delightful riesling over here, a sip of a delicious buttery chardonnay over there… a cheeky taste of the $120-per-glass Penfolds Grange…!

The bar staff at Wined Bar are well versed in the wines available and are always more than happy to offer you guidance or answer any questions you might have about the wine or the region from which it comes – if they don’t know the answer, they will find out for you. They will also quite happily bring you food, as Wined Bar offers a seasonal menu and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week – mind you, breakfast is slightly limited on week days so just be aware of that one.

With views over the Botanic Gardens and only a short walk through parklands from the East End, Wined Bar is certainly a novel way to enjoy some great South Australian wine.

Where?
On the corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, right here.

When?
Open weekdays from 8am until 9pm, Saturdays from 9am until 9pm and Sundays from 9am until 7pm – these folks work hard! The only days they’re not open are Christmas and Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Otherwise, go your hardest! Responsibly, of course.


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Cherry Darlings Bakehouse

Cherry Darlings Bakehouse

Not long after making the decision to transition to a plant-based diet, I discovered that a brand new vegan bakery had just opened – excited much?! I had seriously only just been lamenting to friends that I would miss visiting bakeries and not having ready access to pies and pastries and sweet bakery items because coming across those without dairy or eggs is nigh on impossible. But voila! Cherry Darlings Bakehouse is here!

The first time I walked through the glass door to the colourful interior of Cherry Darlings, I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the choice available to me in the pie oven.  Satay pies and curry pies and vegetable pies and shepherd’s-style pies and pasties and all of the things! There were so many items to choose from, I couldn’t even make a choice and I deferred to the lovely lad behind the counter and requested that he choose something for me (I may have done this on a couple of occasions now).

Then I moved across to the cakes and sweet-pastries counter and again was confronted with a huge range to choose from! Cupcakes and custard tarts and brownies and slices… I desperately wanted to try a slice of their turkish delight cheesecake (I’m a fiend for anything turkish delight) but, being short on actual physical in-my-hand cash and with them not yet (at that stage) having their EFTPOS machine up and running, I had to forgo the cheesecake and suffer my way through a delicious, chocolately, can-I-have-more brownie instead. Dem feels, right? (A happy side-note is that I did, later, make it back to Cherry Darlings armed with a more plentiful supply of cash and I did manage to get myself a slice of the turkish delight cheesecake – no surprises here – it was indeed delightful!)

But Cherry Darlings don’t just stop at their baked goods. There are milk shakes and banana splits, soda floats and sundaes – it’s your one stop shop for a delicious vegan bakery lunch where you won’t have to miss out on a single thing! And it’s not just for vegans and vegetarians either – don’t let the fact that there are no meat, egg or dairy dishes available trick you into thinking you won’t also enjoy their wares. Owners Tim and Sharleen have been catering to Adelaide vegans for quite some time and are passionate about creating recipes that are both cruelty free and delicious – I’ve even heard sworn carnivores comment on how good their food is! So give it a go – and if you get stuck with one of those brownies… half your luck!

Where?
Right near tram stop #4 at 5 Aroha Terrace in Forrestville. Ding ding!

When?
You can get your hands on some Cherry Darlings goodness from 9:30am until 4:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

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