Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lunch in the Sun - Marina Tavern on Hamilton Island

During our recent trip to Hamilton Island (I'v already told you about our great breakfast at Manta Ray), we rented a dinghy one morning to explore the surrounding islands. When we got back to the marina we were pretty hungry and thought a quick, light lunch would be perfect during the heat of the day.
The local pub, The Marina Tavern, was just across the road from the port and still had space on the terrace overlooking the port.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Breakfast on Hamilton Island - Manta Ray

I have just come back from four amazing days on Hamilton Island. It was very hard to get back on the plane to head home. This long weekend was all about spending time with L's family to celebrate his father's birthday. We also explored the island, the beaches and the food it had to offer.
One morning L and I went out in the search for a café to have breakfast at. Driving along the waterfront Manta Ray seemed like a great choice. 
We were seated at one of the many tables on the balcony overlooking the harbour.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Brunch at Freestyle Espresso

A few weeks ago Freestyle Espresso was recommended to me and I have to admit I didn't even know it existed until then. It's hidden away off Coventry Street in South Melbourne and can get easily overlooked with Chez Dré and Giddiup just around the corner.
I had been nagging L that I really wanted to go and last Sunday was finally the day! We were greeted by a very friendly waitress and had a choice of either sitting inside or out. We chose one of the tables outside in the mini courtyard which is nice and sheltered.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dinner at Fonda Mexican

Last Friday I met with some girlfriends for a girls night out. We started with dinner at Fonda on Flinders Lane. I had been to this one and the one on Chapel Street before so we knew we would definitely get a table fairly quickly and still get yummy food.
I started off with one their "Basil, Darling?" frozen margarita before choosing my food. We had tortilla crisps with guacamole and smokey salsa to begin.
I loved the smokey chipotle flavour of the salsa and I'm a sucker for guacamole so this dish always ends up on my table when I go to Fonda.
Next we had some tacos, my favourite is the fish taco with chipotle aioli, pickled carrot & onion and cabbage. (I get that one every time I go to Fonda).
The braised pork one wasn't too bad either but the fish tacos just hit the spot every single time.
My Kiwi friend M and I shared a marinated kangaroo, mixed sprouts, sweet potato, peas, baby spinach and sherry vinaigrette. It was delicious and super fresh. I don't eat kangaroo very often but I really enjoyed it. I might have to try to recreate this one at home!
Some of the girls shared a mushroom burrito, which also had charred corn, panela cheese and baby spinach in it as well as chicken quesadilla.
They weren't overly impressed with the burrito as it was a bit bland but the loved the flavours of the quesadilla.
We also had some chips for the table which came with a delicious chipotle aoili. I think I have discovered chipotle for myself, I really liked all the dishes that used this smokey flavour.
Fonda is great for groups as everybody can just go up to the bar and order (and pay) for their food. The food was fresh and delicious, it's one of those places that I will definitely go back to again and again as you don't have to line up for hours on end as you usually have to in the city.

Fonda Mexican
31 Flinders Lane 
Melbourne, VIC 
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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Taste Of Melbourne 2014

The Taste of Melbourne has been on since Thursday night, I got my first smell of it when I was going for a run around Albert Park. Bad decision, I got so hungry jogging past the side where all the tents were set up with all these delicious smells wafting through the park. But we had set Saturday lunchtime set aside to get our own little fix of Taste.
Looking at the Menu Card online showed that there would be lots of places that I would like to try. We arrived at the Taste at mid day, when it opened and started eating our way around the tents and marquees. First up was Mr Claws where we got a Chunky Miso Wasabi Lobster Roll which came in a brioche bun. It was absolutely amazing and one of my favourite of all the dishes we tried.
Next door was Huxtaburger where a line was already starting to build (it was ridiculously long later in the day). We chose the Claire Jr Burger; southern fried chicken burger with slaw & jalpeno.