Thursday, January 23, 2014

Salads, scallops and sparkling rose in lovely Launceston

On a trip to Tassie the week before Christmas, Bruce and I spent a couple of days in Launceston where we discovered a number of good cafes and restaurants with gluten-free (GF) food.

Last time we were in the apple isle's second largest city it was winter time so I didn't get to swim in the First Basin Pool at Cataract Gorge but this time I did.

And while we were there we had coffee and gluten-free cake at the Basin Cafe that overlooks the spectacular spot where lyrebirds strut around and show-off their colourful feathers. .

Later that day we had takeaway GF lunch of roast vegetable salad with quinoa, beetroot relish and aioli from the retro vegetarian cafe, Fresh on Charles which we ate in the lovely Princes Park.

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We also discovered the Milk Bar Cafe on John Street which serves gluten free cakes and salads.

And the Garden of Vegan, which is a couple of doors down from Fresh on Charles.  

It offers a range of delicious sweet and savoury GF treats including a Vietnamese green papaya salad which we devoured for dinner.

Sweet treats at the Garden of Vegan. 
At the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery the next day where we saw an exhibition called 'Into the Wild: Wilderness Photography in Tasmania' and one on the art of William Charles Piquenit, we enjoyed a GF frittata with salad for lunch.

For dinner that night we went to the Metz Cafe Bar at 119 John Street which offered a variety of gluten-free options including these lovely scallops washed down with a glass of Joseph Chromy sparkling rose.

And last but not least, on a drive up the West Tamar Highway to Bass Strait I was pleased to discover that Weiss Bars are GF and so I could join Bruce eating an ice cream looking over Greens Beach.