I'm no connoisseur, so these 'must eat' places are chosen not just for their tasty food but for the memories of time spent with family and friends. In the movie, The 100-foot Journey they say, "Food is memories". Food eaten in community provides nourishment both physically and emotionally. Long after the food has been digested, we can still savour both the delectable flavours and the connection of those with whom we share a meal. These are my ritualistic food haunts in Melbourne. They're always delicious but even more so when shared with family and friends.
- Peppermint tea and something delicious; this time it was pumpkin soup but there's a wonderful range of sweet and savoury and I love the intimate atmosphere of Sugardough Bakery. Be aware that Sugardough is closed on Monday. My last long weekend's final breakfast wasn't as I'd planned!
- Nougat covered in dark chocolate bought from Haigh's in Swanston Street. Yum! Haigh's hails from Adelaide but has been in Melbourne since 1965 where it originally opened in Collins St.
- Yum cha in Chinatown, Little Bourke St.
- The city's best gelato (and the ultimate highlight for me!) at the Gelobar . You can have three flavours on a cone; I can't ever miss the chocolate but can also recommend honeycomb, banana and lemon.
- Pizza in Lygon St. Last trip we ate at 400 Gradi to try their prize winning pizza. We definitely gave it the thumbs up.
- Cheese and spinach borek from Queen Victoria Market. I'd love to add a jam donut as well but I do bypass the van these days. I remember as a kid that the hot donuts oozing with jam and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon were the incentive for hanging out at the market with Mum. Perfect for winter! The long waiting line helps keep my resolve strong.
- Coffee and cake at Brunetti. I can't believe how huge their new store is and of course they've branched out to other places including Myer, Bourke St. Last time I was in Singapore I saw they had a store in Tanglin Mall, too.
Do you have a food ritual when you visit Melbourne or when you go home?
Are any of these places on your list?