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Published October 3rd 2012
Far be it from me to complain about having to find things to do and see with the kids when they're home on school holidays. I was running out of ideas and am doing things on a tight budget. I decided to drive up to Leura for the day, just to stop the nagging and to get out of the house. I picked up my best friend on the way, just so that I could have some adult company and to traumatise the kids with us singing along to my 80's mix.
Turning off the Great Western Highway, we were welcomed by the blossoming trees lining the middle of the main street, they were very pretty and pink against a very blue sky and warm day.
The one place I am very accustomed to in the area is the Leura Gourmet Cafe & Deli. I have to admit that I visit this café every time I'm there. I was hanging for a coffee and I remembered how good their coffee was. We weren't sure what we were going to do for the day, but we always started with coffee.
We were greeted by Andrew, the barista as we walked in, but before we sat down, my 'team' was in awe of the way the food was displayed. They had everything lined up, piled up and placed around the shop front.
The cold food window filled with cheeses and other delights that looked way too appetising made my mouth water . We had just had breakfast but the sight of the food made me feel hungry.
Cheese? Oh yes please!
We were lucky enough to have a seat by the window with a view. We ordered our beverages, then my best friend, Faye, decided to have cake, a flourless chocolate mud cake heated in a raspberry coulis, topped with fresh fruit and cream. Kill me now!! I had to have some, I really wanted to have a healthy day, but alas, my eyes got bigger than my tummy and once again I had to succumb to the wonderful treat that was laid out in front of me.
The devil made me do it!
The warm cake melted in my mouth giving me sweet pleasure. The tang from the raspberry coulis took from the richness of the cake and just made the 1 million calories a spoonful worth it.
We sat, chatted and took in the view while watching patrons order the signature dish, the chicken, leek, and potato pie served with green salad. I had the dessert; I couldn't fit a pie in.
It was a great way to start the morning but I needed a nap after the cake. We were off to find things to do but reserved a table for lunch before we left.