360Qs new chef passionate about his craft

Istvan Ulman’s passion for food began with his mother in Hungary where they enjoyed cooking together. “We’d spend hours making Sunday lunch and I loved making custard that’s still a favourite of mine.” At the age of 15 he trained in Budapest then worked in kitchens across Scotland, Ireland and England and taught cooking in […]

Rolling Pin’s Midas Touch

Over its fifteen years entering competitions Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes have won over 400 meals. This winning streak began with Geoff and Susie Chalker when they took over the bakery and continues with their two daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey and Todd Lincoln and Kristy and Nathan Williams. Stacey looks after the finances, Todd is […]

Rolling Pin Bakery has the Midas touch

Rolling Pin bakery went for gold at the recent 29th Great Aussie Pie Competition and came home with 13 Gold Medals and Two Silver from 15 entries including Best Game Pie, the Crocodile Korma. General manager Nathan Williams said it was the first time Rolling Pin had entered the game category and they were delighted […]

Battle of the Bay – Friendly wine rivalry at 360Q

Another good example of how restaurateur Barry Iddles has breathed new life into the cuisine on offer at picturesque Queenscliff (and supporting local producers) is his latest creation ‘Battle of the Bay Wine Degustation Dinner’. Iddles has invited two winemakers located on either side of the Port Phillip Bay to showcase their respective wines accompanied […]

The Little Mussel Cafe

Tracy Bold, owner operator of The Little Mussel Café in Portarlington, will never suffer from empty nest syndrome. When three of her children left home she decided to bottle and sell some of the mussels her husband Peter owner of Advance Mussel Supply farm gate produce had left over as she hates waste and loves […]

Friendship and Cafes

In one of our lovely local cafes I overheard two elderly men discussing their friendship. They have been meeting each Tuesday morning for years. They enjoy coffee and cake, chat for an hour and then go their separate ways until the following Tuesday.  This encounter made me think of others I have noticed who meet […]

The Q Train – a true complement to The Bellarine Taste Trail

The Q Train has only been operating for 4 short months and already is the talk of the town. And not just our town as evidenced by the number of bookings from across the Bellarine, Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne. Seems the Dinner Train Service operating on The Bellarine Railway just 15 minutes from Geelong is […]

Merne – a hothouse of local talent

After only being operating for a short time Merne at Lighthouse has been crowned Victoria’s Golden Plate winner. Merne also won Best Contemporary Dining and Best Customer Service awards. Golden Plate Judges said that Merne was a ‘hothouse of local talent’ owned and operated by Matt Dempsey, Caleb Fleet, Graham Jeffries and Josh Smith. “This […]

The Brewhouse – so more than just a pub

‘As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St Ives?’ And what’s this conundrum got to do with The Brewhouse? Nothing really except that seven […]

The Q Train – a journey of delights

Drysdale was buzzing Saturday night the 23rd of September with the launch of The Q Train, a progressive dinner train serving a 6 course degustation menu. The menu is complemented with local produce from farms and suppliers of the region. “A true complement to the taste trail, and supporting local business is double bonus,” said […]