What better way to reminisce on a recent interstate trip than with a photo share!
As well as a couple of glorious days on the Mornington Peninsula, I also spent some time in Melbourne on my mini-break. These are some of the winning food stops from my visit.
It’s a funky little joint with a brightly coloured Mexican-inspired interior, lots of outdoor seating and a busy weekend trade. As they are licensed I expect they also do quite well in the afternoons and evenings.
Afterwards my Uncle and I took a stroll to Prahran to take a look at the fresh produce in Prahan Market. It’s a great undercover market, I can see myself shopping here for fruit and veg if I lived in the area.
I loved this display of mushrooms, and right next to this stand I bought a jar of wasabi coated sesame seeds and a bottle of yuzu juice. Keep an eye out for this Japanese citrus in an upcoming recipe.
I also picked up a box of mini cupcakes from Mister Nice Guy’s BakeShop, before they say goodbye to the stand at Prahan Market as they aren’t returning in 2015.
They make such lovely vegan treats – really moist cakes, fabulously creamy icing and lots of different flavours. It’s been one of my must-have snacks when I visit so I will miss them! The good news is that they have a permanent bakery in Ascot Vale and their cupcakes are available in a lot of Melbourne cafes.
On a Saturday afternoon I attended a Mediterranean cooking class at Gewürzhaus in Toorak with Greek cook Mary Valle. We made some fab dishes including paella, a lovely flatbread and this kataifi which I’ll be sharing my own version of soon.
Melbourne is the home of vegetarian fast food chain Lord of the Fries and even though we have a store in Sydney, I love visiting the ones in Victoria as they have seating so you can eat in! I’m hoping they’ll open a bigger Sydney store soon.
I enjoyed a serve of classic fries covered with French Canadian sauce (shredded cheese and hot gravy). It was just the right size for an afternoon snack. I really miss the chunky fries – they weren’t available here or at the Sydney store last time I visited.
On my last day I took my Uncle for a cheeky morning treat at Tivoli Road Bakery in South Yarra. I had heard so much about the oozy doughnuts so it only seemed fair to get one of each and try them out.
On the way to the airport my Uncle took me to Ripponlea where we visited Firebrand Sourdough Bakery, the place he buys artisan loaves from. The breads are baked in a 1930’s wood-fired oven and different types of breads are produced for each day of the week.
I bought a small schwartz brot loaf – a dense organic rye sourdough which was still warm and was perfect for a simple dinner of grilled cheese on toast.
As is always the case when I visit Melbourne, I go with a long list of places I’d like to check out and never get to many of them! The great thing about that is it gives me lots of reasons to keep going back. And of course I will because Melbourne, I’ll never have enough of you.
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