Recently, I was lucky enough to return to my first home in Australia, Melbourne!
There are so many great things about this city to love all year round. The significant difference between Perth and Melbourne is that Melbourne never stops!
Yes, you may experience all seasons in one day, however, it rarely halts events or your even own plans.
Anyway! I arrived late Thursday night for a friend’s 30th birthday weekend. This is the same friend who came to Ireland with me around the same time last year (Read more about that here). Our birthdays are a day apart so since our friendship started, we have always been together!
My birthday was on the Friday and I really wanted to return to the Hot Springs down the Mornington Peninsula!
Being a foodie, the only way to start the day was with breakfast. Ms. DeG took me to a quaint little spot in Balaclava called Hannah. By the time we made it out for breakfast, it was around 11am which meant that Hannah wasn’t too busy and we got a table very easily.
I had a quick scan through the menu, my eye drawn to the lower prices than seen on menus in Perth.
As Hannah was a new brekkie spot, I decided on my old favourite the Potato Roesti ($18) accompanied by my usual Long Black, I’ve missed good coffee!
Ms. DeG ordered the Smashed Peas ($18.50) and she is also a Long Black lover..
Our coffee arrived, oh how I’ve missed Melbourne coffee! Breakfast was good but not as scrumptious as that visit to Miss Jackson. The Potato Roesti was unusual in texture but the hollandaise kept the dish moist.
Ms. DeG has had the Smashed Peas before and reordered it because she enjoyed it so much. The eggs were perfectly poached!
We spent the afternoon at the Peninsula Hot Springs…It was just as amazing as I remembered! It takes approximately one hour to drive down from St. Kilda and is very worth it.
The Hot Springs is always on my recommendation list for friends visiting Melbourne. Visitors can stay for as long as they please to enjoy the various pools. My favourite pool has to be the highest pool which overlooks green fields and is extremely tranquil and relaxing. As you can imagine, winter is the peak time for the Hot Springs and booking is necessary. Depending on which day you want to go, the cost is $35-$40.
Saturday was Ms. DeG’s birthday party so we had a midday brunch at 95 Espresso on Acland Street. I ordered the Pulled Pork Benedict and Ms. DeG went for the same. I ordered my usual Long Black, as did Ms. DeG.
The coffee was great! I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I miss Melbourne coffee!
Breakfast was good but a bit of a let down when the coffee was so good. The apple puree was a nice accompaniment for the pulled pork but more hollandaise was needed to add moisture and flavour.
Following breakfast, we picked up a few last minute things on Chapel Street. It was a busy as ever!
Time to get ready!
Ms. DeG was lucky enough to have a friend come over to do her make up, I did my own!
Outfit is always important and mine was a multi way dress from My Designer Wardrobe.
I was gifted a set of hair extensions from Irresistible Hair. Yes, I have a lot of hair but I often struggle with volume due to the long length of my hair. The extensions were not my exact hair colour so I had pre coloured them to a lighter shade of red to add volume and colour. They looked great and the volume lasted all night.