Boy, wasn’t that a fabulous long weekend?…
While I did have some work to do on Monday, at least I was able to snuggle up on the couch and work from home, fuelled by super-duper vegemite toast (that’s what my family calls it) and copious cups of tea. Not so shabby 😉
I was very well fuelled throughout the whole weekend, as it were….Each morning I started the day with breakfast and coffee at one of Melbourne’s fabulous cafes. What can I say? Ben and I were making up for lost time after his recent study-induced hibernation. We were itching to get out and explore our wonderful city. The long weekend couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
Saturday morning saw us venture to Three Bags Full in Abbotsford, arriving just after 8:30am so as to avoid the notorious queue. This was Ben’s first visit and my third, and I can safely say that Three Bags Full is now firmly a favourite in my eyes.
It’s quite possibly a favourite simply because of the riduculous, sublime Black Sticky Gingerbread (which is no longer a ‘special’, rather now a regular menu item). This heavenly dish, with candied cumquats and vanilla marscarpone, was as incredible as ever.
I also ordered a lovely skim Latte…
…and a super fresh Vegetable Juice.
Ben went with one of their specials, a Chorizo Ragu with Poached Eggs. The ragu had a really nice flavour, it was quite spicy! Although the dish came out not as warm as we’d have liked, it was still a winner.
Ben also ordered a Long-Macchiato…
…and a Strawberry Smoothie. Not the best smoothie we’ve had, but tasty nonetheless.
Sunday morning was a touch hectic, as we rose early to cook a beef rendang for our evening’s dinner party. But things began to delightfully slow down to the kind of pace a Sunday really should be, as we drove down to meet two friends at Somers General Store. As I’ve mentioned previously, this place is like home to me. We had a great time, catching up with my girlfriends and my friend’s gorgeous bub.
Ben and I both ordered the Big Breakfast (I went for poached eggs, while Ben chose scrambled). The mushrooms were probably the best part of the dish, they were tiny buttons – as cute as a…button…and absolutely delicious.
And beautiful coffee, as always (skim Latte).
Harriet ordered the Waffles with Blueberries and Ice-Cream, which was a long weekend special and looked amazing. I should have stolen a bite but alas, I was focussed on my eggs and Harribean is not a slow eater. Mental note, steal bites from friends at the start of the meal. These waffles were my second pick on the menu, but I wanted something bigger, clearly 😉
Jess had a berry Friand as a snack from the beautiful cake cabinet. I am in love with this beautiful fork.
We then browsed all the Vintage goods and I, with lustful eyes, resisted purchasing many gems. I leave for America in 7 weeks, and so I must restrain myself and save all my pennies. We did come home with a tin of beautiful smoked paprika, though, and some Chai tea for my friend’s birthday.
The beauty of the long weekend meant that come Monday morning, instead of heading off to work, we were free to venture out for yet another breakfast. This time we tried the popular cafe, Proud Mary. I had heard many great things about this place, yet Hannah‘s recent blog post cemented the fact that I simply had to go there…soon.
And so, Monday morning, we ventured to Collingwood. After a short wait, we secured a bench seat and promptly ordered two coffees! A skim Latte for me…
…and a Long-Macchiato for him.
Wow. This coffee is gooooood. Seriously good. Those swift baristas are mighty mighty skilled. Smooth silky liquid gold, my friends. I ordered two coffees over the course of our breakfast…and I never do that.
We also shared the Tina Juice, for some fruity refreshment. This blend of apple, pineapple, kiwi and strawberry was more than delightful. Nature’s soft drink. Nature rocks.
After a few cheeky wines the night before (at the aforementioned dinner party where beef rendang and lemon tart with lime mascarpone was consumed), we were both craving more savoury type dishes as opposed to the sweeter options. As increible as the ricotta hotcakes with caramelised figs, orange blossom, almonds and iced pistachio nougat sounded, I simply needed that potato hash. Like, straight away.
And so Ben and I shared said Potato Hash with Bacon, Spinach a Poached Egg and Bagna Cauda (bagna causa is a sauce made of anchovies, garlic, olive oil and butter)…
…as well as the Wild Mushrooms with Truffle Polenta and Parmesan Crumbed Poached Egg.
Both dishes were just delicious. Incredibly good food. The mushrooms were quite rich, so it was good to be sharing the dish. And even though I usually adore anchovies, the bagna cauda was a little salty for my taste. But boy were these two dishes beautiful – some of the best savoury cafe breakfast options I’ve enjoyed in a long time. I will definitely be coming back to Proud Mary.
We finished with another round of coffees. Another skim Latte for me, yet Ben, feeling rather adventurous, went with the Magic Mocha. It was rather magical. It came with two marshmellows after all…
So there you go. I had a Three Somers Proud kind of long weekend, and it was deliciously fabulous. While I did miss cooking breakfast at home a little, it was fun to finally relax with my man and enjoy a cup of coffee, or two, over a beautiful morning meal. We’re really spoilt here in Melbourne, we have so many brilliant cafes to choose from. I wonder where I’ll end up next…