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My Melbourne Holiday menu #2

Our sojourn in Melbourne is drawing to close. Our grand daughters, now in their teens, have willingly visited the Victorian National Gallery and the Immigration Museum, spent a day bush walking in the Yarra Ranges, and explored the gritty inner Melbourne suburbs seeking out independent book shops, street art, quirky vintage wares and artisan gelato. It used to be that all they’d choose from a café menu was hot chips but now thankfully, they’re much more adventurous.

rainforest near Cambarville

rainforest near Cambarville

Since my last post our eating experiences have been many and varied. We’ve eating delicious home cooked meals prepared by family and friends but a clear stand out was salami prepared last winter by foodie friends. I can’t wait to try their first vintage of Heathcote Shiraz.

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

The Collingwood Children’s Farm used to be a favourite place for a leisurely weekend breakfast. Thankfully nothing has changed. The little cafe was abuzz with families and lycra clad cyclist dodging the wandering poultry scratching for grubs. The high quality ingredients used to make the delicious offerings at the Farm Cafe are all sourced from Victorian small artisan producers so it was hard to go past plain old bacon and eggs on toast, rare breed pork, free range poached eggs, sourdough toast and tomato chutney prepared at the farm.

After an arduous hour or two browsing shopping at Readings, our favourite bookshop, sustenance was needed. Luckily just across Lygon Street, Brunetti’s offered a Roman holiday experience. This enormous Italianesque cafe offers great coffee and an endless choice of delicious Italian cakes and pastries. Together we’d scoffed a hip spreading almond croissant before I thought to take a photo.  The clean plate says it all.

Melbourne is truly a cultural melting pot and the multiplicity of ethnic cafes make up significant part of the vibrant food scene. Friends chose a bustling Japanese cafe for our get together. The salmon sashimi was sensational. 

The Stables at Stones

The Stables at Stones

The glorious autumnal days of clear blue sky days with temperatures in the mid 20s tempted us back to the Yarra Valley for a second Sunday lunch. At the Stable at Stones both the floor staff and the kitchen were well prepared to accommodate dietary issues without compromise to quality or creativity. We feasted on pork, quail and prawns fro entree, lamb and trout for mains. The desserts, all bite sized were delicious.

Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina

As to the the aforementioned gelato our grand daughters were insistent we tried every shop we passed, Fritz Gelato St Kilda, Lavezzi Gelateria Ringwood and Gelato Messina Richmond, not once, not twice but three times. All were all wonderful.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

16 comments on “My Melbourne Holiday menu #2

  1. chef mimi
    April 14, 2018

    What a great trip. My grand daughter is 3.5 years old, and as much as I don’t want her to get older, cause she’s adorable, I can’t wait till she’s old enough for me to take her to France. Only an hour after she was born I whispered to her that I would do so. Hopefully she’s a well-behaved teenager!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      April 16, 2018

      I hope so too! The under 5s are all adorable, it’s a shame they have to grow but teenagers are interesting too, fun and frustrating at the same time

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  2. Mae
    April 14, 2018

    You are lucky to have quality time with the granddaughters! I think my two are around the same age, and also love to explore fun shopping places. And are increasing their interests in food, though they’ve always been pretty adventurous.

    Have a great time!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • ladyredspecs
      April 16, 2018

      We’re home Mae, exhausted but happy. It was a great holiday..

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  3. Debi @ An Evolving Life
    April 13, 2018

    Must be wonderful being back in Melbourne- even for a little time. All that food makes my mouth water. Especially envious of your visits to Gelato Messina. Great to share this with the next generation.

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  4. Gather and Graze
    April 12, 2018

    Oh my… that double scoop of gelato from Messina looks fantastic! I’ve been trying to get through the evenings without dessert lately, but I’m totally craving a scoop or two of gelato right now. Looks like you’ve had a wonderful time away Sandra and must have been lovely to spend time with family and friends.

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  5. fergie51
    April 12, 2018

    So many changes over the years, I hardly recognise, no I don’t recognise Melbourne and surrounds at all these days. All for the better I think.

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    • ladyredspecs
      April 12, 2018

      Yeah lots of changes, not all for the best sadly. Small quirky retailers in the major shopping strips all seem to have disappeared

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  6. katechiconi
    April 12, 2018

    Oh, the nostalgia! Saturday morning coffee in Lygon Street….

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    • ladyredspecs
      April 12, 2018

      Sadly Lygon St is very down at heel. The only bright spot is the Cinema Nova / Readings / Brunetti / Jimmy Watson’s block,

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  7. Francesca
    April 12, 2018

    Some lovely spots visited across Melbourne. Just as you think you’ve lost the little ones, they come back to you and embrace your food passions and pastimes. Must get out more!

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    • ladyredspecs
      April 12, 2018

      It’s great fun playing tourist in a familiar place, esp with young people in tow. Need to go home now and lose the added kilos

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  8. Sherry
    April 12, 2018

    oh it all sounds wonderful. all that lovely melbourne food. how nice to have your grandchildren growing up and being able to indulge in it all with you.

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    • ladyredspecs
      April 12, 2018

      It’s great to spend quality time together, I’m kinds glad they’re no longer kids

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