It’s March Favourite Finds time! My absolute favourite event of the month was moving back in to my apartment post-reno, but that will get a whole post of its own very soon. Instead, my March Favourite Finds are some of the most delicious things I have eaten this month. I’d love to hear about anything new you discovered this month too!
Eltham Farmers’ Market
I spent most of March staying back at my folks place in Eltham, and part of our weekly routine was a walk down to the Eltham Farmers’ Market. It was an excellent way to start our Sunday, not to mention to pick up some excellent fruit & veggies for the week ahead.
Best of all, you could get great coffee (and a discount for bringing a reusable cup!) and some delicious snacks like gozleme and crepes. I loved that it was regularly the same stalls so you could plan around what to buy, plus some surprises each week. It was great to be able to support local farmers, although it was a hilly walk back so we had to be careful how much we bought!
To celebrate one of my best friend’s baby shower I headed down to Werribee Mansion this month for a Sunday High Tea. We had our own room upstairs which made it even more special, and it was an incredibly beautiful setting.
The food was as amazing as the location, including savoury treats like tempura zucchini flowers and pumpkin and spinach b’stilla. The vanilla cream for the scones was particularly excellent as well! We got nowhere near eating all the cakes, but I was able to take some back with me so I was very popular at work the next day! All in all it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and celebrate the impending arrival of a baby that I can’t wait to spoil!
Ginger Garlic, Eltham
Ok so this definitely doesn’t count as a new find, but it certainly is a favourite! We’ve been eating at Ginger Garlic for as long as I can remember (as in, probably over 20 years) and so I couldn’t end my time back in Eltham without a trip there. We convinced some friends to come along with us (which took absolutely no effort!) which meant we could order more dishes which is always a win. The staff were as friendly as always, the food was delicious and we sat outside on the terrace in the sunshine – what more could I want?!
Vegan BBQ at B.East
As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the B.East in Brunswick put on a fully vegan BBQ feast. I went along with a couple of friends and it sure was a feast! It started with a couple of snacks, including some delicious mac & cheese balls, and a fancy plate of crudités and spicy carrot dip.
We were then serve light and delicious potato buns with a super smokey butter, and a side salad to try and balance things out a little. Then came the main event! A tray of BBQ (to be shared between two!) including southern fried chicken, brisket and sausage. The corn was an absolute highlight, covered in queso fresca and a burnt lime dressing. A large amount of mock meat can often be a bit overwhelming for me, but this turned out to be juuuust the right amount. I was definitely full afterwards, but not uncomfortably so. I think the brisket was my favourite of the three, the glaze was super tasty and the texture of the ‘meat’ was excellent as well. The additions of the pickles, mustards and sauce were all excellent, and we added some of their house made chilli sauce into the mix as well.
To round things out we were served these donuts filled with maple bacon ice cream and crushed cookies. It was quite the sugar hit, but the donuts were light and fluffy and the ice cream was creamy and refreshing, so it made for an excellent way to round out the meal. It was a lot of food, but we all left very happy!