Last month I spent a long weekend in Melbourne with my two besties for my birthday.. nay, OUR birthday. Yes, one of my best friends and I share the same birthday. Highly convenient. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love Melbourne. The culture, the food, the people, the city.. everything about it is fantastic. I would move to Melbourne in a heartbeat. Anyone know any good jobs going down there? Hit me up. I have awesome skills.
Our weekend was predominately made up of eating and drinking. After a hideously horrible and exhausting flight through sever thunderstorms late on Friday night (I have a shocking fear of flying), we were in need of some serious sustenance on Saturday morning for our first official meal in Melbourne. Having received glowing praise from a few co-workers, we decided to head to Cumulus Inc. for a late brunch. Thankfully we didn't have to wait too long for a table, and the seating hostess was extremely friendly and helpful (we nicked named her 'the fox' cause she was so great at her job!)Soy mocca for the ladies, while I opted for a chai. I made the wrong decision. Bitterly dissapointing, this chai tasted like watered down milk.
Rebecca, however was very impressed with her coffee choice. I was not amused.
After a good 45 minute wait, and two separate attempts to chase up our food, we finally received our breakfast. Rebecca opted for the Wagyu corned beef & gruyere cheese toasted sandwich with tomato relish, $14. The relish was extra tasty, but the cheese was slightly over powering.. tough dish to finish.
Lauren, aka the other birthday girl, aka the vegetarian, ordered the Shakshouka - baked eggs with roast peppers and marinated Persian feta, $16. Seriously, put feta in anything and guaranteed Lauren will order it. She's all about the cheese. I don't remember trying this, but it resulted in squeals of delight from Lauren. A little on the oily side towards the end, and definitely requires more toast on the side for mopping up the peppery goodness.
I had read and heard great things about the Grilled lyonnaise sausage, smoked hock, braised beans and 65/65 egg.. I just couldn't resist. And it was perfect. The gooey egg was poached to perfection, the smoked hock was smattered throughout the beans, and the generous slab of sausage and toasted sourdough was the perfect vessel to hold it all together. If I could have licked the plate clean I would have.Bellies full, we ventured out into the Melbourne laneways for a spot of vintage book shopping, sunshine and posing in front of street art taking photos like the good lil hipsters we are! I am not ashamed.
It was well past midday, which meant we were already behind on our drinking so we stumbled into Beer Deluxe at Federation Square for a cheeky drink.. actually, a Cheeky Rascal Strawberry and Apple cider, $9. We drank A LOT more of these throughout the weekend. Super yummy, perfect for a warm Melbourne weekend!
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