One Delicious Sunday
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 très 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben and I then drove home, discussing Wedding details. Best. Time. Ever.
It truly was One Delicious Sunday...