I like that NASAA sign. It is also our farm's organic certifier and it makes me feel confident of the food we are about to order and the type of people who grew it, bought it and cooked it.
I like a menu that proudly announces the ingredients grown on the farm and also lists those that weren't. This menu lets you make your own informed decisions and doesn't try to hide anything or trick you.
I like the 'today's bread' menu. It feels wholesome and I appreciate the hands that kneaded, punched down and formed those loaves. So much of the bread we have come across on our trip is frozen and mass produced and I like this type so much better.
I like an open kitchen where you can watch and talk to the owner/chef. He can tell you his farming/cafe story and explain his trouble with bread dough that rises too quickly and must be popped in the over before the next order is made.
I also like happy, friendly staff that have time to stop for a chat and tell you their menu favourites, their personal stories of how they came to be there, where they are from and ask you about yours. I especially like it when they ask about my crochet and what I am working on.
I like places with baskets of Lego for the kids and shelves of magazines and newspapers and books for the adults.
I like foods with smells that remind me of home. Fresh rocket mmmmm...
I like it that when good food is placed down in front of my children, that I don't have to ask them to eat, they actually want to.
I like food that tastes wholesome. That you feel like it's doing you good as you eat it and you enjoy eating it.
I like a toilet with a story. Just for fun. This composting toilet is set on the right hand side of this room. While sitting on it you get an open aired view of the chook yard and part of the garden. I liked that it didn't smell and I didn't mind at all the many, many visits my kids made to have another look.
I like a place that welcomes our family and makes us feel at home. That encourages us to spend hours eating, drinking and hanging out.
And I like a place with hammocks strewn between the trees and a couch for when you just feel like laying back and relaxing and watching the world for a while.
Thanks 12 Mile Cafe for a wonderful afternoon.
I wonder what you like?
Happy travels. x