Unleash the inner Foodie
Today was a rest day on the touring schedule and decided to treat the tastebuds rather than on the bike sights. Melbourne is known for their food delights so I rode to check out the hub of delicatessen and tongue pleasures – The Queen Victoria markets. Some of the oldest markets around founded in 1878.
Armed with loads of spare change and an empty stomach, I wandered along the deli stalls; a) first lap to get a feel for the place, b) to stake out as many free taste tests as possible to save some cash! 😉 I may be indulging today, but still trying to save $$.
The sights, colours, sounds, activity, smells…. SMELLS! Oh, my gosh. The smells were just tantalising every corner you passed. Just mouth-watering. There seemed to be stalls with foods from all over the world, and even some interesting sights too…Lol
Not something that I would be game to try, while I am on a motorbike, thanks!
After the first quick lap of the markets, and having mentally made a note on what I wanted to try and target, I went in for the kill…
With $14 I got:
- 1 banana and 1 apple,
- 1 bun,
- 2 delectable handmade chocolates (Cinnamon & Dulce de leche)
- 3 cheese wedges (from Tasmania, Great Ocean Road & unknown locality),
- Spanish Jamon Serrano
- Tastings of fresh fruit, dried fruits, flavoured nuts, other cheeses, dips, crackers, olives, and hams….
Not bad actually and ended up with a full belly too. A true Spanish tapas merienda was savoured today. Yum!
This place is good for a half day out from everything to a first date, to simply come and watch the human-zoo go past.
I hung around the city, went to look at some shops including the some bike shops, and waited for a friend to get to the city to help celebrate her birthday. She had a voucher for a dinner in a very trendy restaurant (Om Nom) to keep today’s foodie theme alive.
It was a lovely dinner, the restaurant was truly spectacular and the meals were just as the glossy, professional photos in their advertisements. The chef’s creativity was pretty damn good; and my friend even got a little message on her plate unexpectedly.