Dec 18
Food, Glorious Food!
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Rach and I have just returned from what was essentially a three day eating trip to Melbourne. Here’s a rundown.

Day 1

Having risen at 3:15 AM to get the 6 o’clock flight from Newcastle, we arrived in the city around eight feeling peckish. Eggs and bacon were required so we located the nearest cafe and chowed down – scrambled for me, Benedict for Rach. A quick nap after checking in to our hotel and we were ready for more.

Rach wanted to have lunch at the Mekong Vietnamese restaurant in Swanston St, a place she had eaten previously. Mekong is famous for having a sign on the window that says:

President Bill Clinton Had 2 Bowls
How Many Can You Have…

Sadly, the sign – which refers to Clinton downing two bowls of phở, the Vietnamese meat and rice-noodle soup - is only a half-truth. Clinton has never eaten at the Mekong, although he did make a pig of himself at Phở 2000 in Saigon, Vietnam.

Anyway, the food at Mekong was underwhelming. Rach gave her phở the thumbs down and my broken rice and chicken was so-so.

In the late afternoon we saw the film American Teen, which was great, as were the choc-tops at Dendy Kino! For dinner we stopped in at an Irish pub and had Guiness and beef pie (yum!) washed down with a rather enormous looking pint glass of Beck’s.

Day 2

Breakfast of eggs and bacon at a great little diner style cafe in an arcade opposite the Town Hall. Then to Prahran and a hit of record shopping before setting off to St Kilda. There Rach introduced me to my new best friend, the churro – a delicious Spanish doughnut – which we dipped into melted dark chocolate. Lawdy mama. Then a lunch of sushi washed down with an ice cream.

For dinner this night we decided to splurge a little as a Christmas present to ourselves. We decided on Greek and had a look along  the restaurants on Lonsdale St before deciding on Tsindos. Good choice! I hadn’t eaten a lot of Greek food, so was pleasantly surprised to have one of the best meals I’ve had in years. We started with melinzanosalata, a zingy eggplant dip, served with fresh pita bread, and the absolutely delicious saganaki, which is pan fried kefalograviera cheese. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. For mains Rach chose the slow-baked lamb kleftiko (amazing!) and I had Cypriot meatballs known as sheftalies (stupendous!). For dessert I was desperate to try the galaktobouriko, but was disappointed to find out it was all gone. That didn’t stop the waitress from spending ten minutes describing how mind-blowingly delicious it would’ve been. I settled for the best baklava I have ever tasted. All this – with beer and wine – for under $100. When in Melbourne you have to go to this restaurant!

Day 3

We were starting to tire by this point. After a sluggish start to the day we stopped in at a tiny cafe in a lane off Little Flinders St, where we had toasted sandwiches and tea/hot chocolate. Then walked it off in the National Gallery of Victoria before heading to Fitzroy for a last bout of record shopping.

For our final lunch we decided on Italian, so headed for Lygon St and were almost dragged into one of the many eateries on this strip. Luckily the food was pretty good, I had risotto and Rach had pasta. A yummy cup of gelato a few blocks later signalled the end of our trip. Before heading for the airport we ducked into the Bull & Bear pub for a farewell beer. I hesitate to mention what we ate for dinner at the airport, but I will for the sake of completeness. Rach had a $6 slice of pizza while I played food poisoning roulette with a tray of airport sushi. 

I now closely resemble the Goodyear blimp and vow not to eat again until Christmas Day.

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