Airline-induced stress aside, plenty of eating was achieved, sufficient drinking too as well as an obligatory visit to the flashy insides of Crown casino. I’ll round up a few of the smaller experiences together in the next week or so, as well as exciting visits to best restaurants of the year, dumpling havens, best new restaurants as well as some cheap eats and awesome drinks.
|Centre Place, Melbourne CBD|
|Cafe No.5, Centre Place, Melbourne CBD|
|Cafe No.5 frontage|
|Muffins and panini|
Having missed dinner the night before, I had a long fast to break so went with bacon and poached eggs – to be told that the weekend and weekday menus differed, and that neither roasted tomato nor mushroom sides were available.
|Poached eggs on toasted Turkish bread with bacon and tomato|
|Artworks on the wall behind the counter|
While macaron madness had well and truly taken over cupcake craziness a while back in Sydney, apparently Melbourne macaron madness is also stirring.
|The Cupcake Family frontage, QV Melbourne|
|Macarons by The Cupcake Family|
|Vanilla (back), green tea (left), mocha (top) and strawberry (right) macarons|
The mocha has a great heart-starting coffee kick while the green tea also has some serious bitterness amid the sugar. The strawberry was sweet and artificial - just as I liked when I was a little girl - and the vanilla was, well, rather vanilla.
Look out for more Melbourne wraps and restaurant experiences in the coming weeks.