Nicci Peverill runs food tours across the Macarthur and Southern Highlands, and invited a group along to do a city run. We were thrilled to be escaping for a whole Sunday! We received the most delightful goodie bag before we departed, containing samples from Macarthur's providores, including Natasha Flynn herbal tea and items from The Epicure Store. Our driver, Steve, didn't know what hit him as the gaggle made themselves comfy. Our first stop was the Black Star Pastry at Rosebery. Their pastries were stunning! I selected the orange Persian love cake, and a robust coffee.
Persian Love Cake
We found seats and the vibe was so comfy, it was a wrench to leave. Our next stop was Bourke St Bakery, Alexandria. The place was buzzing! It was organized chaos inside the little shop. There were pies and rolls, and much more. I chose a lentil roll. These guys make everything by hand. No wonder it is busy!
Our next stop was Salts Meats Cheese at Alexandria. We were blessed to have a private 3 hour pasta making class with the wonderful Massimo Mele. After our pasta had been placed on the dryers, Massimo cooked up a batch prepared earlier. The salad, spaghetti and ravioli was out of this world. We drank wine and had a merry time. We also received a healthy discount on products after the class. We went wild! I bought Violet candy, teas and much more. I have a hankering to make all my pasta from scratch, after tasting the difference between that and dried pasta.
Look what we found when we left Salts Meats Cheese?
Our next stop was Formaggi Ocello at Surry Hills. The ranges of cheese was extraordinary. Cheese aged in caves, cheese matured in hay. I asked for advice and selected a sharp Dorset cheddar. We then arrived at Mr Fox, Surry Hills, where we ordered the most decadent cocktails. I couldn't resist the Hendrick's Sublime, which is Hendrick's gin shaken with caramelised rosemary syrup, Messenez violet liquer, lemon juice and muddled fresh cucumber. Nicci conducts tours around the Macarthur and Southern Highlands for grownups, and also runs mini food tours for the kids and parents during school holidays. She is a delight, and everyone has an absolute ball. My love, knowledge and respect for food and where it is sourced has been strengthened by this lovely lady. I can't wait for the next tour! To book a tour or to find out more, visit madeinmacarthur.com.au