The Wicked Cheese Company – Wicked By Name Wicked By Nature

What better way to start a Saturday morning than drinking coffee and eating cheese?  It just sets you up for an awesome weekend, so we took a drive to one of our favourite places– Wicked Cheese Company, Richmond Tasmania.

The Wicked Cheese Company  is a family owned boutique cheese factory near Richmond,  where you can purchase cheese that is made on the premises as well as a number of other locally produced delights such as olive oil, chocolate, locally brewed wines and spirits, jams, honey, dukkha and so much more.   One half of the shop is the retail space while the other half is a café where you sample some of Tasmania’s finest food.   We have visited the shop several times since arriving in Tasmania but we had never tried the café.

The owners are clearly music fans.  The wall of the cafe are lined with an eclectic mix of rock memorabilia, mostly Beetles.  We sat at a glass topped table decorated with poster art from various classical musicals such as The Sound of Music, and What’s New Pussycat?  An interesting theme for a cheese shop I thought.

The menu has a range of light meals from soups to bread and cheese platters.  There are also some amazing cakes and desserts, and ice-cream.  I am all about the cheese so along with my latte, I chose the cheese platter with a selection of mini toasts and water crackers.   The platter included a delicately light blue vein cheese, an aged cheddar and creamiest brie you could imagine (I was not surprised to find out that it was an award winning brie).

My cheese platter half eaten before I took a photo.

Paul decided it was a dessert morning for him so he chose a warm chocolate cake covered in warm chocolate sauce.   According to Paul this moreish cake was so light and fluffy that he felt satisfied with out that weighed down feeling that sometimes follows over indulgence.

 

 

The kids chose rainbow ice cream in a waffle cone.   J allowed me

Ice cream as it should be

to sample some of his in return for a large chunk of my blue vein cheese and it was a pretty good swap.  The ice cream was exactly how all ice-cream should be full of flavour and extremely creamy.

After a delicious morning tea it was time to venture back through the cheese shop to get a selection of cheese (and chocolate of course) to take with us.

The Wicked Cheese Factory is on the Richmond Rd which is the main route from Hobart to Richmond Tasmania, and offers free tastings of all their cheeses.    If you are heading to Richmond I recommend a visit!

Now I am off to prepare my afternoon tea –blue cheese and crackers of course!

The Wicked Cheese Co,
1238 Richmond Road,
Richmond TAS 7025

I Have Found My New Coffee and Food Utopia

I think I am in food heaven….

Richmond in Tasmania is a quaint little town with a total population of 880, it is 20mins drive from the nearest Coles or Woolies and you could stroll from one end of town to the other in less than 10 minutes but when it comes to good food Richmond offers cuisine to rival any upmarket city restaurant, as we found out when we visited Czegs, a quaint little café in the middle of town, for a bite to eat on a cold wintry afternoon.

Dont be fooled by the quiet exterior Czegs Cafe is buzzing inside.

Despite the quietness of the street outside Czegs café was absolutely buzzing with people inside.    We found a table by the roaring fireplace and sat for a moment staring in wonder at the eclectic collections of silver tea services and fine china cups displayed in the cabinets, around the room.  S immediately spotted the old children’s novels that lined the shelves around the fireplace, and wanted to pick them up and read them immediately.   I would have liked to flick through them myself but fear of the ancient yellowing pages disintegrating into dust between my fingertips was enough to curb that impulse.

After soaking in the ambience it was time to order.  The moment I spotted

There are no words for this seafood chowder from Czegs

the seafood chowder I became blind to the rest of the menu and as soon as it arrived I knew I was not going suffer food envy today.    There are no words in my vocabulary to describe this creamy little bowl of heaven, filled with large chunks of fish, huge prawns, and mussels.

Paul chose the pork belly with the crispiest crackling ever.  When I asked him if he enjoyed it he replied “there is nothing left on my plate is there?”

There is no separate children’s menu but that did not worry our kids with J choosing the croque monsieur, yes I know that is a ham and cheese toasted sandwich but that did not stop him squealing with delight as sumptuous gruyere cheese ran down his chin.  S went with salmon on Turkish bread and did not allow the adult size portion stop her from polishing off everything on her plate.

All this delightful food was washed down with freshly squeezed juices for the kids and the most amazing café latte and cappuccinos we have had in recent memory, I am pretty sure this is going to become my regular morning coffee stop after school drop off.