Yesterday was my birthday, and I can’t imagine a more beautiful day than what I had. In our family, everyone gathers in our room first thing in the morning and gives gifts. The boys make their own cards and buy presents with their own money. (Back when they were little we used to take them shopping and let them choose something from a bargain store – the results were always sweet and almost always hilarious.)
Mick and I set off on this glorious morning for the Hunter Valley, about an hour up the road from our beloved Central Coast. We arrived at Tallavera Grove winery a little early for our lunch reservation so went go to the cellar door and sampled a fairly wide range of lovely wines. There’s something special about sipping on a wine while looking across the terrace to the very vines that produced the grapes.
We headed across to the restaurant, which has tables inside and out. I chose Bistro Molines because I came here once about three years ago and had very fond memories of the location, the service and the food. I’d been looking for a reason to get back here and it seemed like the perfect choice for my birthday lunch.
We were warmly welcomed and seated on the terrace overlooking the vineyard and the beautiful blooming jacarandas. After the intense couple of weeks we have had weather-wise, with terrible fires and wild storms, the blue sky, perfect temperature and light breeze seemed too good to be true.
There are so many beautiful French dishes on the menu that I needed some advice from the waitress to choose. What followed was a blissful couple of hours of truly beautiful food, fabulous local wine, and warm, attentive service. Robert, the lovely owner and head chef, sent out some extra things for us to try, which were very gratefully received and well enjoyed.
After lunch we cranked up the music and headed home. Mick and the boys made a beautiful lasagne with salad and garlic bread for dinner, all topped off with Grandma’s Never Fail cake as my birthday cake. Along with all the beautiful phone calls, messages and well wishes I received, it has been truly a beautiful birthday and one I will always remember.
Thanks to my family, beautiful friends, the team at Bistro Molines and Tallavera wines, Nikki and Wade for growing amazing roses, and especially to my wonderful hubby and partner in crime Mick who made the day so special. I’m so grateful for everything and I love youse all.