Highlands Merchant

Walking into Highlands Merchant is like walking onto the set of a Nancy Meyers film (and we all know how much I love those!). All of my It’s Complicated, The Intern, The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give interior fantasies came true when I walked into this Moss Vale eatery. Duck egg blue walls, pink French doors with leather handles and superior soft furnishings immediately made me contemplate living in The Hamptons, as surely, this is what it would be like. RIP me because I actually died when I saw the black and white window shutters as well as the giant peony mural that adorns the outside wall of the store.

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Exquisite interiors and exteriors aside, Highlands Merchant offers the best produce and products (yes, they sell homewares too!) the Southern Highlands has to offer, plus the all important Allpress coffee. Think preserves and honey, books, candles, handmade soap from Mittagong and organic chicken bone broth from Bowral (I feel healthier just writing that).

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With an ‘Everyday Basics’ menu as well as daily ‘Superstars’, Highlands Merchants utilises local and fresh produce to create meals worth waiting for (the pineapple relish on the bacon and egg roll deserves an Academy Award for best supporting role). And wait you will, as the line was continuously out the door when we visited on the weekend. Give your name and number to the owner, Lisa and take yourself to peruse interiors heaven next door at Suzie Anderson Home whilst you wait (a surprisingly quick 10 minutes). Or, you can stand in Peony Lane and get your friend to take 23 a few photos of you in front of the floral mural (who me?). It’s definitely worth braving the cold for this Insta-worthy capture.

If time’s not on your side, or you simply want to grab something to eat at home whilst you binge-watch Netflix, Highlands Merchant has a range of sandwiches, salads and freshly baked goods to take away that are oh so delicious.

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BRB, just going to ring my mate Nancy to let her know that I have found the set for her new film.

Highlands Merchant is located an hour and forty-five minutes away from Sydney at 405 Argyle Street, Moss Vale. It’s well worth the drive!

Open Wednesday to Friday: 8am – 4pm and weekends: 9am – 3pm.

Happy Weekend

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TGIF. Finally. What a week! This weekend will be spent doing assignments. I live off adrenalin and always leave them to the last minute so I’ll be finishing two off before I start studying for an exam next week. Ivy is also having the gals around on Saturday night for a movie and pizza night (Cafe Affamato now delivers!!), where wearing pajamas is compulsory. Sounds heavenly! Prue & Olive turned 1 this week, so we are celebrating with a Sunday lunch at the Top Pub in Uralla with the team.

I hope you all survived the week, and have a fun weekend planned!

Bisous x

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Happy Weekend

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Ah, Friday afternoon, so good to see you! This week has been pretty good, actually. A bit of uni, a bit of work and lots of leisure. I may or may not have spent Thursday in bed watching The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I’m super excited for this weekend as mum is going away to Sydney for a food & wine expo so Prudence and I get to look after William! The plans are to go to breakfast at Prue & Olive (corn fritters, yes please) on Saturday morning and dinner at Cafe Affamato (best prawn fettucine and garlic pizza in town) on Saturday night. Armidale’s Markets in the Mall are on Sunday, so we’ll walk down to get our weekly almond croissants, and am hoping to get these Eiffel Tower earrings from Anna at The Eclective. Other than that, I’ll be starting uni assignments and watching movies (I really want to see The Invisible Woman).

What are you up to this weekend? Anything exciting?

Bisous x

P.S. Don’t you love ending the working week on a good note? Zoe and I have been laughing all day!

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Sunday Drives

Ivy and I have been dying to visit Trina’s Cafe (best chicken burgers and BLTs) in Uralla for months now, and whilst waiting in the longest queue at the cinema on Friday night, we decided Sunday was the day to do so. Instead of driving on the highway, we took the scenic route via Gostwyck. Gostwyck houses the most divine little chapel in a tree lined street, about twenty minutes out of Armidale. Twenty minutes, if you don’t get lost. It took Ivy and I about one hour. 

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The colours of the trees at this time of year in the New England are spectacular. The leaves blanket the ground with the most gorgeous shades of red, pink, orange and yellow.

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Can you imagine having your wedding at Gostwyck Chapel in Autumn? It would be to die for. Apparently, you can’t get married there unless you regularly attend their Sunday services. I better start attending then, just in case – ha!

We finally arrived at Trina’s and the food was so yummy, I didn’t take any photos. Ivy and I both had the chicken burger and highly recommend it. 

I hope you all have a lovely week!

Bisous x