This weekend was really a big mess of unexpected fun. Jack and I have both been sick so we thought the first weekend in Melbourne that’s actually felt like summer was doomed. But save Friday, it was one of those weekends where you lay in bed Sunday night and think ‘I did a good job’.
We started Saturday morning off with a late breakfast at The Joinery Elwood with friends. The cafe’s clever name comes from the fact it’s railroad layout joins two adjacent streets. The address is a tricky one. The interior is refreshing, there’s natural light streaming in, smooth wooden tables, green accents, and an long open kitchen. I got smashed avocado because I needed something light and fresh. It was exactly what I wanted, especially with onions, tomatoes and feta cut up into little squares as an addition, and a strong flat white on the side. Jack got the peanut butter and jelly toastie, which I was salivating for a bite off. It was “too good” though so he put it in the “off limits” category. Our lovely waiter let us know the cafe is actually expanding it’s menu, which will be double in size starting today (Monday!). This little cafe is one to watch out for!
We headed to the beach quickly after with full bellies, some extra napkins to blow our noses in, and advil for my headache. I was itching to get in the water though. For some reason my brain thinks that salt water can fix everything. Have a blister? Salt water will help. An unwanted pimple? Salt water is the key. An annoying cold? Dive right in. I guess it’s because I grew up in Florida where the water is always nice and warm. This is a warning to all Melbourne beach goers: just because the skies are clear and the sun is out it does not mean the water will be nice for a swim. It was freaking cold. Instead of swimming, I baptized myself and got out of there. It was more of a read-a-book-on-your-towel-and-get-yourself-ice cream-on-the-peer type of beach day, which was more than fine with me.
We then made our way to see my old friend the Stokehouse Cafe with Josh and Bree. It’s by far my favorite place in St. Kilda and the reason why I don’t get to visit many other restaurants in the area. The time was 5pm and there was a 45 minute wait to sit outside. It was popping! So many gorgeous people already sporting deep tans (who the heck knows how!) sipping on rose and champagne, dressed to the nines! I haven’t been there to just hang out yet, I should, but I can’t help ordering food. It always hits the spot! Jack and I shared the fried chicken, pork belly rolls and chips. Bree and I shared the chocolate mousse. Our waiter was extremely excited about us contemplating our desserts which makes me think I could maybe plan just a dinner and dessert date.
Fortunately, an early dinner makes for an additional late snack so we even got to add in our much loved USA Today pizza from Shawcross on Brunswick Street. Bonus Round!
It really was a fun Saturday by all accounts, but for a sick Saturday it was spectacular! How good is it when weekend food outings match up perfectly and you get to have ice cream for lunch?
St. Kilda Beach, 30 Jacka Boulevard, St. Kilda, VIC, Australia 3182