Hello to all my new readers! I promise when I get back home that I will be able read and enjoy all your wonderful comments, please don't think that I am ignoring you, I just haven't got access to quality technology this week.
Today we went to St. Kilda for breakfast. Phamish was the spot, Jessica and I discovered it last year whilst holidaying in Victoria and we loved it so much that we returned for breakfast three times in the one week. We decided that Mum's trip to Melbourne would not be complete without enjoying breakfast in this beach esplanade spot. I had delicious oatmeal with caramelised banana that was perfect for starting out this chilly morning.
We then headed down Acland St. for some retail enjoyment, passing by the gorgeous European cake and pastry shops and taking in the sight of the sugary confections displayed for passing customer's delight. I particularly liked the look of the white chocolate and hazelnut flourless cake and the towers of macarons in one shop window.
We caught a tram back to the city after making some purchases and headed to our high tea at the Langham Hotel. The atmosphere inside the hotel was beautiful; chandeliers, marble and sumptuous carpeting. The gluten free high tea was wonderful and Mum and Jess report that the classic high tea was just as lovely. I really enjoyed the almond and chocolate layer cake and the traditional scones with jam and clotted cream.
We then took a slow walk back to the city centre, stopping to marvel at Federation Square (pictures to come, I promise) and the city skyline. After some more coffee to brace ourselves against the cold we wandered through the laneways a little and picked up some bits and pieces for those at home and then made our way back to change for dinner.
Mum, Jess and I met some family friends at the RACV club for dinner, and everything was lovely. I had eggplant and ricotta involtini dressed with a tomato and capsicum puree for my main meal and a chocolate mousse for dessert which was so divine that it somehow all disappeared from my plate very quickly!
Tomorrow we are off to explore the laneways that define Melbourne, and do just a little more damage to our credit cards. No doubt there will be more delectable food tomorrow as well and I'm hoping to squeeze in a quick run in the afternoon, one of my favourite ways to see a city other than my own.