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Katie and I received a night at the Shores Resort in Daytona Beach as a Christmas present from Kathy and Mac – Katie’s Parents. We’d stayed here for 3 nights after our wedding before flying off to Hawaii for our honeymoon (almost 8 years ago!) so it was really lovey to go back for a night. And let’s not forget – It was nice to have a night off from the baby for once! We both made sure to sleep in the next morning. Ah, uninterrupted sleep…

 

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We did have a nice view from the room..

Anyway – so the in-house restaurant at the Shores is called Azure – I vaguely recall eating here on our honeymoon and thinking it was ok but it was a long time ago so my memories are somewhat vague. We had toyed around with going somewhere else but then decided it was all too hard and we should just eat in. Since it was very much the off season for Daytona Beach we didn’t worry about a reservation and had the pick of the best tables when we came downstairs around 8pm. Of course Katie made us move a couple of times until we got the right spot…

The first thing that hits you when you open the menu here are the prices – just a warning, they are astronomically high. I guess you have to expect high prices at a resort, but to be honest these seemed very over priced. Being as it was a special occasion we threw caution to the wind and ordered without thought of the prices… Well at least we told ourselves not to worry.
Katie opted for a starter and a side for two as her meal – she chose the lobster mac and cheese which was a side for two ($13) and the small plate of crab cakes ($17).
The Crab cakes were apparently very good – although you only get two – so small plate means small… The lobster mac and cheese was apparently a little fishy – just not that great, although you do get a generous serving – it would be more than enough as a side for two.

I decided to got all out and choose the New York Strip which came with brussel sprouts with bacon lardons and a parsnip puree ($37). I ordered my steak medium rare – although it was probably more on the medium side when it arrived (I’m not that picky if the steak is rested enough it should still be ok). The steak itself was nice – well seasoned and rested – a juicy enough steak, although as with all strip steaks (What we call the porterhouse back home) it is on the tough side. The pay off is that you get a stronger beef flavour and a lovely strip of fat. However, for some reason the chef had removed the best part of the strip – the fat. Coupled with the fact that the steak itself wasn’t the best quality, lacking in intramuscular fat – or marbling – the result was a fairly tame cut, with none of the buttery, sensuous mouth feel that you can get with a New York strip steak. The Brussel sprouts were actually just the leaves separated and toasted through with bacon pieces not lardons, scatted over the top of the steak and the parsnip puree – which itself was quite nice – smooth, rich and buttery. I probably didn’t help maters with my wine selection – the wine that I had ordered, a Californian Zinn, wasn’t great, far too jammy and on the sweet side, no real tannin or length either – just all fruit up front. But either was – at the end of the day the steak just didn’t deliver for the price they were charging. At half the price it would have been fine – just not at $37 before tax and tip!

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So dinner was ok, but nothing to write home about – the problem is that you really don’t have much of a choice down this end of Daytona Beach. It’s probably the only real option to be honest. We did order breakfast to our room the next day and that was actually quite nice and not ridiculously over priced. Look, if you’re here on vacation and staying at the resort, it’s a nice enough restaurant – just be aware of the prices. If you are not staying, then I’d stay away and find somewhere else up the other end of the beach.

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I’ve visited Fordham’s in the past for brunch – and I’m a fan already. However, I’ve always wanted to try their burger – well, today I got that chance. As most of you know – I’m broke. it’s really not Awesome. So going out and about is far less common that it used to be. However, Taz (Poppy Taz) hadn’t visited Lucy for a while and had offered to shout us Lunch. I’ll never pass up the shot at a free lunch – and of course it is always nice to catch up with Taz.

It wasn’t too busy at Fordham’s – we arrived a bit after the Brunch rush so things were starting to settle down – we got a table inside and had the menus out and food ordered pretty quickly. I got the double cheeseburger, Katie – the steak sandwich and Taz went for the scotch eggs. The scotch eggs looked amazing and according to Taz, were pretty good.

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An interesting take on the old scotch egg – Taz felt that they were surprising – but in a good way. Katie’s steak sandwich was apparently very good, she didn’t give me any so I can’t confirm. I ordered the burger, which comes with big chips – nice and soft in the centre and accompanied with some very nice dipping sauce. The burger is advertised as the double cheese burger – I normally think double beef when I hear that, but on this occasion it meant double cheese. I would have liked another patty to be honest – next time I might order it that way. Anyway – the burger comes pretty standard – meat, double American cheese, pickles, tomato, sauce. For a cheese burger, it’s very good. You know my position on bacon, so I feel as though it could only be enhanced by a couple of crispy slices – but aside from the lack of bacon – it’s quite good. So good in fact that I had to keep it away from Lucy:

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The bun in this burger was well toasted, a little on the sweet side for me, but balanced well by the other elements. The patty was cooked all the way through, I think it would have been better with a hint of pink. Even still, it was juicy and tender, and most importantly – well seasoned. There were quite a few pickles and a fair whack of sauce – when coupled with the double cheese – this gave the burger a really, juicy, saucy kind of feel which I really liked. A bit on the small side for me – however the elements are there for a great burger – and considering the place is a brunch place and not a burger joint – I’m impressed. I give it a 7.5 – which is a solid score – add bacon and I’d say it would be an 8+.

 

 

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Judging by the frequency of my posts of recent times, it would appear that fatherhood has placed a bit of a handbrake on my food adventures… These days, when I do go out, it’s not often that it’s on an adventure. You’re just never sure what the environment will be like, and whether it will be baby friendly etc. Oh well.

Since it was fathers day today (my first) Katie decided that heading out for brunch would be a good option. Low key, normally baby friendly, and there’s plenty of good options. Maling road is a quaint little heritage listed district not far from home with a plethora of cafe’s to choose from. We wondered into Bombaleros (as we spied a high chair – must be baby friendly), and proceeded to set up for brunch. We have to set up these days… Not that I would swap things for the world – but there was a time when things were much more spontaneous. Anyway, Bombaleros, unbeknown to us, is a Spanish/South America inspired cafe. The menu is short and sweet for the bunch options – most have that south American vibe. I would normally go with a big breakfast, but on this occasion it would have been too expensive. They don’t offer a big breakfast, so you would have to construct your own, by adding to the eggs on toast. When these are north of $10 already and your side will set you back between 3.5 and 4.5, then my usual would have come in around $27… Normally the big breakfast option is a bit of a discount so the build your own option was just too pricy here. I was forced opt for a more creative option, which I usually want to do anyway, I’m just always scared I wont get enough to eat. I ordered the Columbian Burrito, which was filled with mushrooms, bacon and chorizo mixed with scrambled eggs wrapped, on the side was guacamole and Pico de Gallo. To be honest – somewhat bland, needed something to really give it some zing.

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Mum and Jo ordered the Serrano croquettes which came with roasted tomato, bacon, wilted spinach, poached egg, aioli & chimichurri. These were excellent, and thankfully I had a fair helping of mum’s as she wasn’t all that hungry. And Katie just went for Bacon and eggs.

Quite a nice place, and an interesting take on Brunch. If I were to go back I definitely opt for the croquettes, they were delicious. Not a bad way to spend fathers day – and Lucy only cried at the end. Success!

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It’s been so long since I’ve updated the blog that I forgot my login details… Anyway, lets enjoy this moment while it lasts. Christopher and Mum decided they wanted to shower Lucy with some more baby presents, so we thought Brunch could be a good idea. Katie visits the Food Republic with her mothers group every Wednesday so we knew the place was fairly decent and not too far away, so it was an easy choice.

I’d suggest booking for Sunday brunch, as the place was packed and there was a wait when we arrived. Thankfully I took my own advice and we had booked a table off to the side so we could fit the baby capsule. The staff here are very accommodating and efficient and the table they had chosen for us was well located with plenty of room.

Christopher, Katie and yours truly all opted for eggs of some sorts and Mum went with the super sized schnitzel sandwich. Looking around the restaurant I was a bit envious of the lunch options coming out, and I think I’d probably opt for one of those next time, as they all looked amazing.

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I ordered the big breakfast however as I hadn’t eaten and it seemed wrong to jump straight to lunch. I went with scrambled eggs – as the waitress had recommended them  – and they were very good. The big breakfast was around $22 I think,  and overall it was quite nice. However, there was nothing really that made it stand out. I think there needed to be something different – some baked beans could have done the job – you know how I love my beans. It comes with mushrooms, bacon, tomato, pork sausage, plenty of toast and I got some potato rosti as well.

First impressions and it looked the part – a good serving size – although, the first thing I noticed was the bacon. I’m not a fan of short cut bacon – and although this was a nice smoky bacon, it just lacked the crispy fat that I was really craving. Nice mushrooms, with a nice rosemary hit, and a lovely whole grilled tomato. The rosti wasn’t the best I’ve had, and the sausage was ok – I had Christopher’s as he didn’t like it. As you can see a bit hit and miss. On the other hand, Mum’s schnitzel sandwich was very good.

It’s a nice place, with very good, friendly staff and a good honest breakfast, and some very good lunches. Well worth a visit.

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Any place that has Black pudding on it’s brunch menu gets bonus points in my book. There’s just something to be said for a good blood sausage to get the day going.

As Katie and I were in South Melbourne to pick up some baby related things that Katie had bought off EBay, we decided to grab some brunch at Dead Man Espresso. I didn’t know anything about the place, but Katie had heard some good things. We got there at about 12ish, so a little bit after the normal brunch rush and grabbed a seat inside. The one issue I have with a lot of café’s is that their tables are just too cramped. With Katie being 39 weeks along, it was pretty hard to navigate through the tables let alone sit down at the cramped bench table- although the waitress was very friendly and helpful. Once we had finished with the human Tetris process and had finally squeezed in, we ordered our tea and coffee and browsed the menu. When I saw the Campfire hotplate item on the menu had Black pudding I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting – it came with bacon, potato and kale hash, mushrooms, tomato’s, toast & fried eggs along with the Black pud ($22.50 from memory). Katie opted for the Potato & kale hash which came with grilled kaiserfleisch & fried eggs($19.50). Neither of the items were on the cheap side, but I guess these are more interesting than your usual fare so I figure it’s worth the slight premium.

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My Brunch came out on a sizzling skillet – great idea… Except on the tiny table, which was already overflowing with my tea pot and tea cup, Katie’s coffee and the water jug, glasses etc… the skillet becomes this dangerous burning plate of pain. I scalded myself a couple of times… but it was worth it. The plate was overflowing with food – the toast didn’t even fit, and the hash and black pudding were hiding underneath. It started to look like value for money to be honest. The black pudding was lovely, well spiced with a slight sweet note to counter the richness. The bacon was good quality, smokey and thickly cut – but they only gave me the short cut, would have been nice to get the streaky section. The Potato and Kale hash was also delicious, and with the mushrooms and tomato’s rounding out the dish I think we have a winner here.  Yes, there are a lot of great brunch options in South Melbourne, but I tell you what, I wouldn’t be complaining if I found myself at Dead Man Espresso for Brunch again.

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Katie and I love brunch – it’s possibly the most stress free dinning experience there can be. It’s slow and relaxed and you can just take your time, sipping your tea or coffee (gross – don’t even try to tell me coffee taste good). There just a ritual kind of aspect to Brunch that I like – it makes the day so much easier to face. Today’s brunch destination was in Camberwell – or Surry Hills – I’m a little confused as to which suburb this café is situated… Anyway, it’s a short drive down Riversdale rd. Katie did a little research and found All Blue Espresso, so this turned out to be the venue for our “Valentines day date”. I placed that in  “” because Katie is really the only one who would refer to our brunch as such. I on the other hand refuse to bow to this commercial hallmark holiday!! I’ll buy my wife flowers and shower her with attention when ever I feel like it thank you very much. Of course I’m hoping she doesn’t read this – Katie is after all, American, and they tend to take these things a little bit more seriously than us Aussies. Add in the fact that she’s pregnant… Well let’s just say that this valentines day I had to make more of an effort to shut my mouth (Debatable as to wether I succeeded).

All Blue Espresso is quite a small café, located in a row of shops off Riversdale rd. On arrival we were a little worried that we may have need to book – not to worry though, we managed to find a table inside easily enough, and were soon hungrily perusing the menu. After some indecision, Katie selected the corn fritters and I decided to go with the same dish I get just about every time, just about anywhere we go for brunch – the big breakfast. The “I’m Hungry” breakfast comes with chorizo, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, toast and eggs. No baked beans with this one, which is a bit of shame as I do love my beans. The breakfast itself was pretty standard, I liked the fact that they had buttered my toast – strangely enough so many places don’t these days, this just makes me annoyed. Who wants dry crusty toast? The mushrooms were almost a dice, but they were quite flavourful, and the tomato was a whole tomato, not halved, still spherical, and roasted which I really liked. The chorizo was lovely although a little spicy for me – but so nice that I kept eating it. What I didn’t much care for was the fact that the bacon was just the short cut:

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I may as well have a piece of ham – it’s the fat that gets crispy and tastes so good. Why leave that out?? Oh well. Katie quite enjoyed her corn fritters and the service was quite good. The price was also pretty  reasonable. We both got drinks – a pot of English breakfast for me – which was lovely, and a coffee for Katie. All for less than a $50. Whilst good, I’d say there are many great choices in the area, so I’d probably not go out of my way to go back just for Brunch (Or I’d try something different). The hunt continues…

 

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Located right down the end of Main Street Mornington, Boyz 4 Breakie is a popular place to get that bacon and egg fix so often needed on a Saturday or Sunday morning after…  After a big day spent adventuring down the Great Ocean road yesterday, none of us felt much like cooking so the decision was made to head down to Boyz 4 Breakie. A good time to get a late breakfast before heading back up to the city and saying goodbye to Melissa and her Mum, Maria as they return to Sydney. I’ve been a few times to Boyz 4 Breakie and it’s always packed – probably because the food has always been pretty decent.

When we arrived today, Melissa spotted another table finishing off what looked like three burgers – I was of course intrigued. Further investigation revealed that one of the menu offerings was the three Breakie Burger Sliders! Happy days I thought, I grab those thank you very much. Melissa ordered the same, with Katie getting a big Breakfast type of arrangement and Maria ordering the Pancakes. Katie really enjoyed her breakfast and I was lucky enough to sample a little bit of her plate. The chipolatas were really good and the scrambled eggs were lovely. Maria enjoyed her pancakes, and everyone thought their coffees were nice – god I hate coffee… But I wont go off on that rant – I had a T2 Tea, in a pot, English Breakfast, just the way I like it – a civilized way to start the day.
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The Breakie Burgers came with Black Angus beef patties, bacon, fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomato relish, all served in-between three rather generously sized, white bread, sesame seeded slider buns. The patties were more of a back note – cooked medium and lightly herbed, put together with good quality meat, not overly beefy – they worked well, allowing the bacon and eggs to be the stars of the show.

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The eggs were fried, still runny, one exploded on me and the yolk went all over my hand and arm, thankfully missing my clothes – I love that runny egg yolk on a burger – so good. The bacon was salty and had a nice grill flavour and light char marks, and the relish really rounded out the sliders. All in all, one of the better burgers I’ve had recently – and it was for breakfast. Great way to start the day, I give them a solid 7. Very nice.

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A little while back Katie and I caught up for lunch/brunch with Paul and Ness on the way back from some house hunting. Ness suggested Crackerjack Café right on Carrum Beach as it was hot as hell and they were headed to the beach anyway. Crackerjack is located in the new Carrum bowls club, and the name stems from the fact that some of the scenes from the movie “Crakerjack” were filmed here. Anyway, so the café is up stairs and has been designed to make the most of the view – you get uninterrupted views of the bay and the beach here is also pretty nice. We organised to meet at the café but didn’t think to make a booking – unfortunately when we arrived there were no tables inside. It was a very hot and windy day, the conditions weren’t the best out on the deck – our menus were blowing all over the place. Thankfully the friendly waitress did mention that it shouldn’t be too long before a table was ready and we could order our meals and then move inside when a table became free. We didn’t have to wait too long and we were soon inside in the air-conditioned comfort ordering our meals.

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Paul and Ness were looking at the lunch items and Katie wanted a few of the smaller plates – I had skipped breakfast however so I really felt the need for eggs of some description. I ended up ordering the crackerjack big breakfast which was quite nice, it comes with your choice of two eggs, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, bacon, chipolata, hash brown and hollandaise sauce pretty standard big breakfast – however I only realised on the drive home that they forgot to give me any bacon – I must have been effected by the heat to not realise that… Oh well, and if I didn’t notice it during the meal then it can’t have been too badly missed – that or I was distracted by the great conversation and company (More likely).

I liked the addition of the hollandaise, not so much for the eggs – since mine were scrambled – but to dip the hash browns in, quite tasty actually. The breakfast itself as a whole was average, the eggs were over cooked and a little dry and the chipolata was dead and rubbery. I’d probably go poached eggs next time to be safe and the hollandaise would make sense then. The hash browns were the frozen kind, they were the ok I guess, but not winning any points here. The mushrooms were uninteresting and could have used some herbs or seasoning although the spinach and tomato’s were both quite good and well seasoned. To be honest, it was standard suburban breakfast fare – I make it better myself at home and it doesn’t cost me $22, however I don’t have the view and it’s nice to have someone make it and then clean up. I should mention that everyone else enjoyed their meals, so I guess mine could have just been the odd one out – but then no one was raving about it afterwards. Would I go back? Probably, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.

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I’ve been to Tully’s a few times to pick up some fresh produce and visit the deli, and they always have a really good selection and great quality fresh food. When Katie suggested we try brunch at the cafe next door I figured that at the very least they’d have good ingredients to start with so brunch here must be half decent.

It was a very windy Sunday morning so Katie and I elected to sit inside – the seating was quite squashy and I would imagine it would be really cramped if the place was busy – thankfully we were there pretty early so it wasn’t full. Both Katie and I were pretty hungry so we wasted no time in ordering breakfast. Katie ordered the eggs (scrambled) and bacon option, which also comes with sautéed spinach & tomatoes on sourdough bread $14.95. I ordered the Farmhouse Breakfast which comes with poached eggs fagioli (borlotti beans), sautéed mushrooms, pure pork bambino sausage, sautéed spinach, tomatoes, and ciabatta toast – $18.95.

The food was clearly good quality as you would expect when you are starting with top quality fresh ingredients – For example the spinach was exceptionally good – only just wilted, it allowed the star if the show, baby spinach leaves to shine though. The roasted tomato was so flavoursome and the mushrooms were lovely.  However, although the ingredients were clearly top quality, the dishes themselves needed a bit more attention to detail. Katie’s coffee seemed like it was rushed and the top of her latte, was just a mess. I know I’m no coffee drinker, but I’m always impressed with the patterns on the foam – this one was just a mess of ugly bubbles (Apparently this has no effect on the flavour).  My poached eggs… well they didn’t seem like poached eggs – they seemed like my Nana had made them in her special poaching mold, which really steams the eggs which gives a different texture than poaching them. The bread wasn’t buttered, and no butter was provided which I find a little bit annoying, although the bread itself was amazingly good. Whilst the breakfast was enjoyable, the end result just didn’t deliver on the potential, a bit hit and miss for me.

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Another lovely Spring day in Elwood – the leaves are starting to come out and the sun is starting to shine more frequently – Saturday in particular started off pleasantly – a nice day for a walk I thought, and a perfect day to head down to Ormond Rd. and find a café for brunch.

It’s not a long walk from my place to the Ormond Rd shops, so off Katie and I went – 15 minutes later we were seated inside at Wild Café. I’d walked past Wild Café countless times, but I’d never been in, it’s not the most popular of the café’s on Ormond Rd. and that always makes you a little wary about going in – is there something that people know that I don’t one tends to wonder. That and the ambiance doesn’t seem all that enticing, I’m not a fan of the layout. Anyway, since we were both hungry, we made the decision to give the place a go, Katie was getting cranky and I was getting there myself. Katie sat down and ordered some tea and coffee while I finished off some errands – but the time I got back the drinks were on the table and the only thing left to do was make a decision on the food. Easier that it seems. The Menu at Wild is confusing – I hate the layout, it took me way too long to figure out what I was looking at. Sure it looks pretty, but for those who have only just gotten out of bed or just aren’t too sharp to begin with it’s a little bit hard to read… Might just be me? Eventually I figured out that they do offer breakfast and so we made our orders. I went for the standard big breakfast (Not sure what they call it here), with Scrambled eggs, toast, sausage, bacon, tomato’s and mushrooms. I had to check with Katie first because she has this weird pregnancy aversion to mushrooms. She was ok with me ordering them, I just wasn’t allowed to mentioned them or acknowledge their presence in anyway for fear of making her sick at the table. Katie ordered the beans and baked eggs dish – although I was worried that the eggs would not be cooked through. I read somewhere that if you eat uncooked eggs when pregnant then, well I can’t remember, but I ‘m sure it’s bad… Possibly fatal. Thankfully, Katie and unborn baby survived. Here’s a tip – do not Google anything about pregnancy if you are a mother or father to be. Basically you will start to look at everything as being a potential threat to the life of both the mother and your unborn child. I’m sure this feeling of paranoia will only get worse once baby is born. Katie thankfully much less crazy than I am. Our child has a chance, small though it is, of being at least 50% normal…

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Ok, so back to the eggs – Katie’s baked eggs came with a nice flavoursome chili style baked bean and tomato ragù, a side of bacon and some house baked bread. The bread was a bit “cakey”, but otherwise she enjoyed her meal. My meal was ok, the eggs were cooked the way I like them, creamy, buttery, on a nice grainy sourdough that I’m sure had a drizzle of fruity olive oil and not butter – nice touch actually. The sausages were overcooked and a little burnt on one side so they were disappointing and the bacon was ok – again just not crispy enough for me – there were parts of my bacon that were just warmed, not fried. I don’t get it. At least it was the full rasher and not just the short cut. The highlight for me was the sautéed mushrooms. They came out late, on a separate plate – but they were worth it, a mix of mushrooms, including some Enoki and Shimeji and your standard Portobello and Button – all sautéed lightly in some butter, these were great on toast. As far a brunch places go this is certainly not the best option on Ormond Rd. however, it was enjoyable, so if you don’t feel like battling the crowds at some of the other places, Wild café is worth a shot.

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