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Journeys : April May 2009
Midlands munchies I love to watch hospitality businesses grow and evolve successfully over a period of time, and Zeps in Campbell Town is certainly a case in point. W hen Zeps opened in 2000, it was just a hole-in-the-wall café that served good coffee and food. I often passed through the Midlands and I always loved stopping in for a chat about motorbikes and food with Zep and Fausto. I also loved to get a crispy Italian roll filled with good ham, Ashgrove cheddar and mustard, so big it would last me all day! New life from the ashes through Canberra suburbs and surrounding forests just over six years ago. The message that comes from her dramatic images (like the one on the front cover of Motor News Journeys) is that even after the worst wildfire, nature bounces back – and as our fellow Australians in Victoria are proving, it’s in the nature of Australian people to do the same. P The book is available for sale direct from the author – for enquiries, email email@example.com. Win We have copies of Ring of Fire 2003 and A Tour Of Old Tasmania to give away. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Ring of Fire or Tour Of Old Tasmania RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271 Hobart 7001. Entries close on 4 May. hotographer Dianne Thompson’s superb publication documents the aftermath of the firestorm that roared Nearly ten years later, Zeps has grown into a full-blown restaurant/café with 20-odd staff and a vast array of cuisine on offer, so that anyone’s tastes can be satisfied. So it was that last Sunday morning I left home with a new Triumph to run-in and a date with Symmons Plains race track. After an early start, by the time I reached the outskirts of Campbell Town my stomach was growling nearly as loudly as the bike, and the parking gods delivered me a spot right outside Zeps. Local girl Jodie greeted me with a ready smile and a great coffee as a prelude to breakfast – not just any breakfast but with Sean Dunn, Gourmet Sleuth their ‘Farmers’ Breakfast’. It had it all – perfectly-cooked poached eggs, Huon mushrooms, spinach, sausage, bacon, tomato and crunchy ciabatta bread – and all hot! I managed to get through it all and I was fuelled for the rest of the day. After breakfast, Zeps’ menu spans gourmet café fare, with more substantial meals on a daily specials board, and of course, the boys being Italian, house-made pasta and great pizzas. The chef on the day was Kevin, whose CV includes stints overseas as well as local experience. All the produce including desserts and cakes are made in-house. And did I mention that only one item on the menu is over $20? Zeps offers great value – with its excellent food and service, it has evolved into a significant dot on Tassie’s culinary map and has provided Campbell Town with a real boost. Zip up the highway to Zeps, I’ll see you there. walking guides by Michael Tatlow and Charles Wooley. This time, along with historian Peter Mercer, they’ve compiled a fascinating and quirky collection of walks and driving tour itineraries that will help visitors and locals alike to discover some of Tasmania’s hidden corners and strange secrets. Ripper true tales of the past A Conveniently presented in regions, the book is jam-packed with intriguing and little-known Tasmanian facts and folklore. Did you know that an early Governor, Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, used his vice-regal residence in New Norfolk for naughty weekends with the gorgeous Julia Sorell, the grand-daughter of an earlier Governor? Or that escaping convict William Cripps strolled through a forest of wagging tails at the Eaglehawk Neck Dog Line? No problem – he’d been a dog handler there and had wisely made friends with the woofers. You’ll find the book at retail outlets around the state for a recommended retail price of $19. April / May 09 67 Tour Of Old Tasmania is the latest in the successful series of
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