The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - FOOD&WINE - Al Mina KYLIE FLEM­ING

DESSERT bars and patis­series are on the rise, but few of­fer the ar­ray of Mediter­ranean treats found at Al Mina in Blair Athol. Headed by fa­ther-and-son team Sam Mina Sr and Sam Jr (left), Mina has more than 200 baked sweets, in­clud­ing Turk­ish, Le­banese, Greek and French influences. Look out for kne­feh Le­banese cheese­cake, Turk­ish baklava, mam­moul se­molina dough pas­tries, petit fours and the pop­u­lar scalded cream pas­try rolls. Sam Jr, 39, worked in hos­pi­tal­ity be­fore team­ing with his fa­ther six months ago to open the patis­serie and whole­sale busi­ness. Sam says he’s “not just sell­ing prod­ucts but his­tory, too.” “I’m thank­ful for shows like

and be­cause they’ve made peo­ple will­ing to try new things,” he says. Al Mina also has a ”guilt free” range of baked foods, which are ve­gan and also dairy, gluten and su­gar free.

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