Tour Down Under: The Foodies Guide

 The Tour Down Under brings together the best of the best in the cycling world, but what you might not know is that the tour is not all about the bikes and cyclists, there’s also something for all of you foodies out there. I was invited to check out the food on offer at this years village, as well as watch a cooking demo by the host of River Cottage Australia; Paul West.

Paul West shared that he didn’t even know how to make fried rice, but after training as a chef at the age of 23 at Vue de mond, the best restaurant in the country at the time, he learnt so much. Paul was growing produce before becoming a chef, he decided to train as a chef because he wanted to complete the cycle (no pun intended) of creating food. He was working 90 hour weeks at glamorous fine dining restaurants, but hated the amount of work he had to put in for hardly any reward. Not long after he decided to apply to be the host of River Cottage Australia, and out of 1200 applicants, he landed the role. He believes that he got the job because he was a real Aussie guy growing produce and cooking with it. Paul is here in Adelaide with Subaru, hosting cooking demos at the Village….I highly recommend checking him out.
Also in the village are some food stalls including, Coal cellar & grill, Kerou and Co, Veggie Velo, Saint Espresso, All Fired Up Pizza, and 48 flavours. There are so many yummy food stalls, so why not check out the village during your lunch break…that’s what I did!
 

The Tour Down Under 2016

The Mile End: a stylish pub night out

My family and I enjoy going out for a pub meal once in while, but I have to say it’s not a very stylish affair. For me, going out for a pub meal means getting into my comfy clothes and preparing myself for a giant schnitzel and many visits to the salad bar. When I received an invite to The Mile End for the launch of their new look, I was expecting the typical pub experience, nothing too fancy.

To my surprise as I entered The Mile End, I had a feeling I was in for something a little different, and boy was I impressed!

The Mile End has been around for 175 years…that’s a lot of years right! They recently had a make-over to bring out the natural beauty of the space. They have done an amazing job in making the space inviting and cozy…It has the feel of a mountain lodge….not that I’ve ever been to a mountain lodge but I can imagine! Anyway you will see what I mean through the photos below!

So the food is what impressed me the most, yummy food that looks fancy…..I couldn’t ask for anything more. You will see below some of the dishes we were treated to, including roast beetroot, pear and haloumi sliders, warm chicken, pancette and pear salad, crab linguini and chocolate urge. I actually can’t pick a favourite, they were all delicious in their own way. I would recommend trying them all out….why not!?

The Mile End