It’s always nice to visit loved ones, with no real plans other than to just catch up and spend time together. I did just that in Melbourne when I spent a few days hanging with my Uncle and Aunty.
I arrived early Saturday morning and the cooler temperature (low 20s) of Melbourne was quite a shock having suffered an incredibly hot Friday of 39 degrees in Sydney. YOWZER.
Note to self: Always pack warm clothes when visiting Melbs.
In the afternoon we drove along the freeways featuring brightly coloured art installations, to the Mornington Peninsula (just over an hour south-east of Melbourne) to spend a couple of nights at their beautiful holiday home in the seaside town of Rye. The Mornington Peninsula has a beautiful coastline and lots of small wineries and olive groves.
The next day we headed out for Sunday lunch and so it seemed, had everyone else in the area. Most of the restaurants and wineries were full and it took a few stops for us to find a place we liked and could get into.
We ate lunch at Montalto, a vineyard and olive grove in Red Hill with beautiful sculptures around the property. Montalto has two eateries – a fine dining restaurant (which was jam packed) and a relaxed piazza cafe with lots of seating in the garden amongst plots of growing vegetables and fruits that are used in both kitchens. Sitting in the sun with a glass of pinot grigio, a trio of dips and fresh pizzas is my idea of a perfect Sunday.
The next morning my Uncle and I took lovely Lulu for a walk to the shore and along Rye pier. It was nice to see how sleepy and quiet the town was on a Monday once all the weekenders had headed back to the big smoke. The water is clear, shallow and calm, making this a popular beach for families in the summer.
When I stepped inside it was exactly how I remember old-school milk bars with essentials on the shelves including cooking oils, flours, packets of pasta, sauces and spices. Below the counter is a kids dream with lollies, sherbets, gums and chocolates.
Milkbar’s menu is updated seasonally and includes lots of fresh, local produce. It reminded me of the type of dishes that would appear on the menu of a trendy inner Sydney eatery.
I ordered off the ‘Milkbar Favourites’ section of the menu and had the crunchy grilled broccolini, crushed peas, avocado, toasted almonds, main ridge feta and I was able to swap out the poached eggs out for grilled tomatoes. Such a simple dish, beautifully done and so good that I didn’t leave a scrap on the plate.
I really enjoyed my brief visit to the Mornington Peninsula, it’s such a beautiful part of the world and I would love to spend more time exploring this part of Victoria. I think I need to add a drive along the Great Ocean Road onto my travel to-do list!
Friends, have you been to the Mornington Peninsula? What’s your favourite part of the area?
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