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March 7, 2016

Travel | Broken Hill: Bell’s Milk Bar

Before I begin, I’ll confess I did find this at the bottom of my ‘drafts’ folder, and may have forgotten to post about it. I’m leaving the best for last I guess?

One of the few remaining 50’s milk bars left in Australia, Bell’s Milk Bar is an attraction itself in Broken Hill. Not only is it fitted out with vintage 50’s style decor- there’s also a milk bar museum out the back!

And what’s a milk bar without milk shakes and spiders? Boasting over 50 different milkshake and spider flavours, the choosing one is definitely a difficult task. And for those who don’t have enough time to try all the flavours, they also have their flavoured syrups for sale so customers can recreate their drinks at home.

Vegetarian Lasagne ($7.95)

We popped by to check it out, but as we had no car our long cycle took left us quite hungry and wanting something a little more substantial than a milkshake.

There’s not much on the menu in terms of food, but there is a small display fridge of pies and other small snacks. The vegetarian lasagne is surprisingly tasty, and quite filling too as it consists mostly of potatoes.

Hawaiian Delite Milkshake (Sml $5.85)

Milkshakes are available in small and large, and after much indecision I settle for the Hawaiian Delite which is a blended mixture of pineapple, coconut and chocolate powder. It’s a rather refreshing combination, and I quite enjoy the addition of chocolate powder- just enough to add some sweetness and flavour without overpowering the classic pineapple coconut pairing.

Peaches and Cream Waffles ($7.95)

Because one visit wasn’t enough to try all the flavours we wanted to, we came back a week later to have another taste of the menu. We’d had our eyes on the waffles from the moment we read their menu online, but unfortunately their waffle machine had been turned off the first time we visited (they turn off their machines about half an hour before closing!) so we returned again at an earlier time to make sure we’d get a chance to try them!

Trash Spider (Small $5.65)

This time we’re after the spiders, which are mostly a mix of their flavoured syrups with soda plus a scoop of ice cream to top it off. I’ve had coke and lemonade spiders before, but nothing like the variety of flavours they offer on the menu here!

In attempt to try just about everything in one go, I try the Trash Spider- which is a mix of every flavour except for Sarsaparilla, Lemon and Ginger Beer (which is just as well as I’m not too much of a fan of those). I can’t say that I enjoyed this flavour combination too much- it’s a bit of a mess as you’d imagine.

Sarsaparilla Spider (Sml $5.65)

Sarsaparilla is a curious flavour offered on the menu- I’m not a fan of sarsaparilla myself, but my friend who ordered this seemed to enjoy it.

Bell’s Milk Bar  
Address: 160 Patton St, Broken Hill NSW 2880
Phone:(08) 8087 5380
http://bellsmilkbar.com.au/

In Australia, Burgers, Dining, Travel on
February 9, 2016

Travel | Cairns: Apex Milk Bar,

Happy New Year Everyone! Perhaps a little late, but better late than never I hope? 
Getting back into blogging after a hiatus is a bit of a hassle so I’ve been putting it off for a while, but I’m back!! For anyone who follows me on instagram, you’ll probably have noticed that the hiatus was because I went on holidays over the new year period- and it was a blast! More posts about that soon, but I thought I’d start off by blogging about where I headed off to first, which was Cairns. 
 

Cairns was a bit of an unexpected stopover as we’d left it too late to book cheap direct flights from Sydney, so this was the next cheapest option. With a one day stopover, there wasn’t quite enough time to do the typical Cairns tourist things so we wandered around town instead, which wasn’t particularly eventful.

 
It probably wasn’t the best idea to dine at a milk bar with no air conditioning in the 40 something degree heat, but hey- the pictures on facebook looked appealing!
 
Colonel Schnitty Burger $7

The menu mostly consists of burgers and hot dogs, with a weekly rotation of burger specials. When we went, the “Colonel Schnitty” was the special of the week and at only $7 for the burger it’s quite a bargain!
The combination of crumbed chicken breast and crunchy slaw seems a little odd at first but it works perfectly. The slaw is of the more creamy type, but seems to pair nicely with the chicken and the soft bun. It’s so good, I almost ordered another one!

Fisherman’s Basket ($16)
 
I would have happily tried the rest of the burger menu, but unfortunately the rest of the party aren’t particularly keen on burgers. There’s not a particularly extensive selection of food apart from the burgers, so we decided to try the fisherman’s basket which was smaller than we had expected.
 
The basket is your typical fish and chips shop fare- it comes with battered local mackerel, calamari rings, fish cake, coconut prawns and hot chips.
 
Spicy Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce ($12)
 
We’d originally been keen on trying out their fried chicken didn’t have any, so we picked the next closest thing- the buffalo wings. It’s not quite what we’d expected as it’s not very crunchy and we’re not too fond of the sticky sauce, but the blue cheese sauce was something different!
 
Onion Rings ($6)
 
Their onion rings are impossibly large- a result of more batter than onion. It’s quite nice when they’re fresh as the batter’s nice and crunchy but it does soften quite quickly!
 
 
On the way back to our hotel, we spot this mango tree full of unripe mangoes. If only we had one in our own backyard! 🙂

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