On a frigid weekend morning, the family and I decided to take a Sunday morning drive. By the time we approached Toowoomba, creeping fog had covered most of the road and our growling bellies reminded us that we hadn't eaten breakfast. Suddenly, through the mist, we saw a flash of what appeared to be brightly coloured birds.
Danish Flower Art is a 'beading Mecca' that incorporates 'shopping, food and the countryside'. As we parked and entered, we caught a sight of hundreds of brightly painted gourds, an Aladdin's cave of homemade goodies, and, of course, thousands and thousands of glittering beads. But we didn't have time to stop and look. Breakfast beckoned.
The Gourmet Cafe is a quintessential Aussie country cafe, the sort of place that you imagine has its own Country Women's Association in the kitchen. The homely yet modern interior, with its bright colours, quirky decorations and comfy couches, provided a relief from the miserable wet weather outside.
The menu provides a selection of serious comfort food - chicken parmi, nachos, creamy chicken and mushroom soup - as well as an all day breakfast menu. It's pretty standard fare, nothing particularly fancy or different. I ordered the waffles.
They were exactly how waffles should be - crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Not knowing how big they would be, I ordered two and barely finished one.
Something that was a bit different and exciting was the impressive scone selection. I'm a huge fan of scones, so I deliberated carefully. Sweet (triple choc, white chocolate and raspberry, oats and honey) or savoury (spinach and feta, sweet potato with caramelised onion)?
In the end, the choice overwhelmed me and I stuck with what I know - buttermilk.