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Lifestyle : Spring In The Blue Mountains
1HERSA1 S002 Leisure Inn Spires is located at the top of Leura Mall in the spectacular Blue Mountains. The hotel features spacious studio apartments and self contained, one and two bedroom apartments with private balconies. A brand of the HOSPITALITY GROUP Blue Mountains Hotel HOT Deal! 100 Leura Mall, Leura NSW www.leisureinnhotels.com/smh email@example.com Book Now 1800 006 927 SPIRES BLUE MOUNTAINS From $135* Per Studio Apartment Per Night Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availabilit y. Valid until 21/12/10. Min 3 night stay. No cancellations permitted. Quote Metro when bo oking. Stay3 2 Pay L For a FREE Lithgow Visitor Guide Available 21 October 2010 www.tourism.lithgow.com Lithgow Visitor Information Centre 1300 760 276 or (02) 6350 3230 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Surpr s ly D v rs WILD WEEKENDS WITH RDMH $475 per person Limited Spaces Vaild to 20th Dec 2010 All meals + equipment Qualified guides Min booking for 2 2 days, adventures Abseil, climb, canyon, cycle Overnight camping 2/187 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780 Ph: 4782 6109 or 0410 619 086 rdmh.com.au CM Leura JOSOPHAN'S FINE CHOCOLATES Award winning fine chocolates freshly made in the Blue Mountains. 132 Leura Mall, 10-5 Seven days CAFÉ MADELEINE Serving Josophan's legendary hot chocolate, house baked waffles & cakes, breakfast & lunch. 187a Leura Mall, 9-5 Seven days www.josophans.com.au Harbour Feature To be published on Friday, 12 November, 2010. The best of Sydney's waterways feature will offer the perfect opportunity to advertise your business in a handy guide that readers will keep and use throughout the summer. For advertising bookings and more information, please contact Benga Ohunayo on 02 9282 1120 or email@example.com 2 Friday, October 8, 2010 smh.com.au Tasty wonderland Some extraordinary restaurants, cafes and boutique outlets lend a delicious edge to a trip to the mountains, writes Bruce Elder. Dine out . . . Restaurant Como owner-chef Grant Farrant and his partner, Rachel McNabb. Photo: Quentin Jones Chocolate treats . . . a selection from Cafe Josophan's. Photo: Quentin Jones Back in 1976, Michael Manners, one of the doyens of Sydney's emerging foodie scene, decided to move to Blackheath. The result: his famous restaurant, Glenella, became the essential gourmet weekend retreat and gourmands made their way up the mountains knowing they would be fed as well as anywhere in Sydney. By 1997, Manners had moved west to Orange. Committed foodies, wanting to eat the best in the Blue Mountains, were instead advised to head for two restaurants: Cleopatra, where Dany Chouet served French cuisine perfectly attuned to the European ambience of the mountains; and Vulcans, where Phillip Searle wove his magic for an exclusive clientele that never exceeded 30. Today you'll find similar gems to titillate your taste buds. While there are fewer fine-dining restaurants than in the city, the ones that make the mountains their home are truly exceptional. Take the case of Blackheath venue Ashcrofts, which was awarded one hat in the 2011 Good Food Guide.Its Umbrian rabbit fricassee with pork and veal fricadelles will send your taste buds into orbit. Then there's the ever-reliable Darley's at Leura, in the grounds of Lilianfels (one hat in the 2011 GFG); the sublime Lochiel House on Bells Line of Road at Kurrajong Heights, which won best regional restaurant in the 2011 GFG; Restaurant Como at Blaxland, with its $100-a-person degustation menu; and of course Vulcans at Blackheath, which, although only open Friday to Sunday, remains one of the region's unique dining experiences. But the creme de la creme of the Good Food Guide actually hides much of the appeal of the region because it is the cafes and boutique outlets that make a trip through the Blue Mountains so enjoyable. It is quirky delights such as Cafe Josophan's in The Mall at Leura, a handmade-chocolate shop and cafe where the high tea, for a modest $22 a person, offers excellent mini- sandwiches and delicious original chocolate and blueberry scones before finishing with a sampling of Josophan's fine chocolates. Or the wonderfully wacky Mystic High Tea at Lilianfels, where for $95 a person you can enjoy such delicacies as lavender panna cotta, sandwiches and leaf-shaped shortbreads and then score a 30-minute tea-leaf reading. Or the Blue M Cafe in Lurline Street, Katoomba, in which you have to walk through the kitchen to get to the dining room, where superb local produce is served with home-made creations such as caramelised onion jam, jalapeno chilli tomato sauce and lemon butter (you can also buy them when you leave). Beyond these are timeless attractions such as the Paragon Cafe in the main street of Katoomba. Now classified by the National Trust, it remains a superb example of an art deco cafe but the traditional Aussie cafe has given way to a chocolate shop with decidedly touristy food. It's an architectural experience rather than a foodie one. Equally, for those who come to the mountains for the view, it is hard to improve on Echoes (next to Lilianfels in Katoomba), where the dining room has views across the Jamieson Valley, and Solitary on Cliff Drive at Leura. Both serve excellent food -- and are listed in the 2011 Good Food Guide -- with the bonus of amazing views. The mountains are a wonderland of fine cuisine. The only challenge is to decide whether the view, the style of the cuisine or the uniqueness of the setting is your priority. A Herald Special Report. Editor Daniel Dasey, firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Tina Musumeci 9282 1003 Readerlink 9282 1569 SPECIAL REPORT
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