One Delicious Sunday

February 19, 2012

Weekends are all about delectable eats. Well, that’s how I roll, at least. Breakfasts are no longer a solo affair, lunches are lazy and extended, and there are endless opportunities for dinner date deliciousness. Tasty treats, crafting in the kitchen – I love it all.

Those around me benefit by association. Although only rarely do I have to drag others to a cafe or cook-up, generally people are pretty amenable to weekend deliciousness. Or any deliciousness, really. Last Sunday was no exception.

On this day, Ben and I were ticking off many many Wedding related tasks for our upcoming big day of fabulousness. It’s a mere 6 days away. Just quietly, I can’t handle my excitement. Being the busy bees we were, we found ourselves resigned to the fact that we might have to eat out every meal that day *sigh*. While we rarely do three such social eats in one day (eating out all the time can obviously become trรจs expensive), I felt it was acceptable being a one off. And even more acceptable seeing as we were so busy Saturday night we ended up having wholegrain crackers, cheese and olives for dinner, with yoghurt for dessert. Oops. No, proper meals were in order on this day.

Join me as I take you on our journey of One Delicious Sunday

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We started at Whyte Cafe, our local.

Whyte has recently been taken over by the Artful Dodger team and had a bit of a revamp. The menu is now very extensive and funky. And while they really try to offer fantastic morning eats, sometimes I find they fall short of all the amazing Melbourne breakfast spots we have in this city, such as the likes of Proud Mary’s and Three Bags Full. I’m not a fan of their coffee either. But they’re trying, and they’re local, so we tend to cut them a bit of slack.

On my first post-makeover visit, I tasted the Apple Compote Pancakes which were yummy but lacking some jazz, I felt. This time I tried the Brazilian Acai Berries with Banana, Cardamom Honey, Spelt and Agave Granola and Strawberries. Oh, my goodness. THIS is what I’ve been waiting for. The acai, banana, honey mixture was thick and gloriously sweet, but not garishly so. The spelt agave granola was lovely and wholesome, not too rich – certainly a healthier option compared to a lot of those buttery granolas out there. Deliciousness.

This refreshing, beautiful bursting berry bowl reminded me of the Acai bowls my friends and I would eat in New York City….love.

Happy.

Ben ordered the Eggs Benedict, which he quite enjoyed. He said the hollandaise was very zesty, and the eggs were poached perfectly – love that, so simple yet so important! Plus there was a bagel involved, so yeah, he was happy.

Whyte’s their teacups are pretty darn funky, too, check this out!

All kinds of cool.

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After breakfast we headed to Chadstone to pick up a few bits and pieces. It’s the fashion capital after all. Here we ran into an uni friend who is a fellow foodie and actually gave us a cocktail idea for the wedding. Snap. So nice to see you, Ben! Ben appreciates weekend deliciousness.

After running into uni Ben I promptly took my Ben to Jones the Grocer for a bite to eat. I’ve visited this gem once before and loved their corn fritters (and I’m very picky). Jones the Grocer tends to impress, with so much beautiful produce on offer. It’s all I can do to take in the abundance of tasty chocolates and bread, extracts and preserves, biscuits and pastas and not walk out with a $300 bill. For lunch on this Sunday, Ben ordered the Lamb Kofta with Chickpeas and I dove into the Mussels with Chorizo and Toasted Sourdough.

My Mussels were so beautiful, as were the tomatoey base and my hunk of sourdough. Perfection. Only there was no chorizo. And no explanation of my missing chorizo. I was a little devastated, I’ll be honest. Unfortunately, we felt that Ben’s kofta were under seasoned, a bit bland. But they were still yummy. And my latte was really lovely.

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After galavanting around Chadstone, we headed down to the Mornington Peninsula (home) to meet our celebrant for a run through. Gah! It was awesome. I’m going to leave it at that and not bore you with my excitement. Just know that I can hardly wait. We also met my parents for a run through of where everything shall be set up on the day. We’re doing it all ourselves with the help of our amazing, incredible, talented caterer/organiser/superwoman, Anna. I adore her.

We then headed to my grandparents house for a quick visit. I can not explain how much I love my Nana & Roo. They’re truly divine. I love them more than I can put into words. My grandparents still, after all these years, have so much fun together. Love.

I also love my brother more than I can put into words. And what luck, he surprised me, dropping in as Ben and I were grabbing a bite to eat at D.O.C in Mornington. I love me an impromptu catch up! I haven’t seen Jackson in forever, he’s working very hard at the moment and I’m very proud. He’s all kinds of awesome, that boy.

Vino. Chianti. Delicious.

Do I really need to say how yummy D.O.C was? Well, their pizza is absolutely delicious. Along with the smaller, fantastic restaurant Get Down Dog, we’re really spoilt for quality pizza in Mornington. Ben and I shared the speck and mushroom pizza, a simple green salad and the sausage pizza with a broccoli base. Wedding planning stimulates your appetite, I swear.

I also shared some bites with Jackson. That’s what siblings do.

Love him.

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Ben and I then drove home, discussing Wedding details. Best. Time. Ever.

It truly was One Delicious Sunday

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    so much deliousness indeed!

  • Sig February 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Yummmmmm! Too much deliciousness in one post! We have a Jones the Grocer near us at Doncaster so know the extent of delicousness they hoard there. Although never eaten there, but have bought many a cheese and nougat and spice mix ๐Ÿ™‚

    What a wonderful day – can't wait till next weekend!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Blithely Unaware February 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    That looks like the BEST Sunday… I'm mildly jealous!
    Still haven't gone to DOC in Mornington but I used to live literally a couple of doors up from DOC in Carlton and went there frequently – loved it.

    Your wedding isn't far away at ALL now!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

    xox

  • Elizabeth. February 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Sausage pizza with a broccoli base!!! Wow. That's going on my to-make list right now!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    What a great Sunday full of great food! And only 6 days away? That is SO soon! I'm so excited for you and I'm crossing my fingers for great weather for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hannah February 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Wow the acai/granola bowl sounds awesome & really unique- I've never seen that at a cafe! And with cardamon..such flavour ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Michelle Chin February 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Your brother doesn't really resemble you at all. Hehehehe

  • Hannah February 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    You deserve every Sunday to be this wonderful, delicious, and excitement filled! Oh my gosh, I'm feeling so jazzy myself about your next Saturday; can't even begin to imagine the way it must be thrilling through your soul!! Squee!!

    P.S. The Acai bowl looks INCREDIBLE, and fits perfectly in with my tendency to make smoothies so think I have to eat them with a spoon ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  • Emma February 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    LOL OMG as my Miss 9 would say. She and I went on a deliciousness foodie adventure this morning to…wait for it…Jones The Grocer at Chadstone and I had the corn fritters….shazam wonder twin powers activate. I was after a particular ingredient for the #reciperedux blog hop this week (can't say any more). Mr Surfer Dude and I used to visit Jones most Sundays in Woolhara at least 15 years ago….just like you love birds we ate and spent a fortune on food & I always had to be pulled out of the cheeseroom. Please go if you get the chance…it runs rings around Chaddy. Happy days for this week ahead. Emma x

  • The InTolerant Chef February 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Wow, one delicious Sunday indeed!

  • msihua February 19, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I can't believe it's this weekend!!! Yayy!!! Congrats again (I know I've said it so many times) But yayy!!!! And those eggs look so delciious!

  • Lisa February 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What a delicious day and how exciting that your wedding is this weekend. Gahh, so excited for you, have a brilliant week and an even better wedding!!!

  • Davao Information Site February 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Nom…nom…nom. Super delicious. Best wishes and congratulations.

  • CC11 February 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    That ACAI bowl is freakin awesome – definitely what I would order.

    And best of luck for your wedding day – I wish you plenty of sunshine with cool breezes and moments to stop and take it all in xx

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds February 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    We went to Whyte's in January and quite enjoyed it – we'll have to go back to see the post-makeover menu!

  • Heidi February 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Lisa – hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sig – I know, so soon!!

    Blithely Unaware – it was such a great Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ & OMG I KNOW!

    Elizabeth – it was the bomb! I'm all about broccoli puree bases now.

    Lorraine – thanks, lovely! You're the best.

    Hannah – yes, such flavour!! You'd have loved it!

    Michelle – we have the same lips…that is all hehe. Oh no wait, we also both have protruding rib cages, but that's just perhaps a bit too much info…

    Hannah – I LOVE smoothies with a spoon! Want one now… thanks lady, it's just too much excitement ๐Ÿ™‚

    Emma – shazam indeed!!! How fun to have a little foodie companion ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I can do the same with my daughter if I'm lucky enough to have one! Noted, I will absolutely put that on my list! & thank you so much for all your happy thoughts and kind words and general loveliness ๐Ÿ™‚

    InTolerant Chef – yup!!

    Msihua – hehe thanks, lovely. Not too much longer for you!

    Lisa – yay, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Davao – why thank you!

    CC11 – thank you for those beautiful wishes, I so hope for the same & will definitely be (attempting to be, amid all the madness) taking moments to cherish it all ๐Ÿ™‚

    Julia – yes you must!!

    Heidi xo

  • Leah February 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    What an amazing Sunday.
    Wedding soon OMG !!!! :):):) I'm sure it will be a gorgeous and lovely day, just like you Heidi. Pace yourself and try to take in every moment.

  • Ashley February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Awww, what a lovely Sunday! Wish I could convince Brad to spend all day eating out with me, but he has his limits ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I'm so excited for you and your upcoming wedding, so close!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    OMG wedding so close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! squeal!!

    All the best with the wedding, to both you and Ben of course! Have the most amazing day, as I know you will. You guys are just way too perfect to eachother! xxx

  • Anonymous September 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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