Australia & NZ 2011 (15 March)

On our last morning in Melbourne we decided to get up early enough to have proper breakfast. Luckily, the other guys in my room left before me so I managed to do a bit of exercise before meeting Paola. It didn’t matter that we slept only 3 or 4 hours, we had a really good meal in a cafe a few metres away from the hostel.

Galleon Cafe is located on Carlisle Street, a few meters away from the beach. With funky vintage furniture and a great hippie vibe, it’s very popular among locals and backpackers.

Galleon

Service is great, you can tell that they really care about their customers.

Galleon

Having slept very few hours I really needed a coffee but the minute I read LSD in the beverages list I knew I had to try it. Latte Soy Dandelion (just in case you were wondering) was slightly sweet and very mild, a nice drink but I still needed coffee.

Galleon - LSD (Latte Soy Dandelion)

LSD, Latte Soy Dandelion ($3.70)

A short macchiato delivered the necessary caffeine hit. Nice flavour, a bit too much frothy for my taste. Paola had a latte and declared it a good one.

Galleon - Short macchiato

Short Macchiato ($3.20)

Galleon - Latte

Latte ($3.20)

Because I hadn’t had eggs for breakfast for a while, my choice was the truffled eggs with goats cheese and wilted spinach on pide toast. They were as good as they sounded. Of course for the price I wasn’t expecting shavings of black truffles all over the eggs, but rather a bit of truffly taste from infused oil. A bit of thinly sliced mushrooms gave the dish more earthiness and the salty and tangy goats cheese complimented the taste of the wilted spinach wonderfully. The pide toast was the only unhealthy item in the dish but I couldn’t help it and finish it all.

Galleon - Truffled Eggs

Truffled Eggs served with goats cheese and wilted spinach on pide toast ($13.50)

Paola had a fruit salad with yogurt that looked really good. The thick yogurt with passion fruit made it especially attractive.

Galleon - Fruit salad with yogurt

Fruit salad and yogurt

I was glad we had such a big and tasty breakfast because the next flight we caught was in Virgin Blue. Meaning: no food included.

We had a couple of hours to go home, take a shower and eat a snack (fruit and nuts) before heading to Campbell Cove, in the Sydney Harbour. We hired a boat for a harbour cruise with the whole bunch of Australians and international travelers. Our teacher gave a short talk, there were drinks on board, and we had not one but two rainbows by the end of the cruise. What else could we have asked for?

Rainbow

Dinner that night was at The Glenmore Hotel. We booked most of the tables of the rooftop and paid for the fixed-price BBQ, which included bread rolls, butter, salads (coleslaw, potato, Greek, rocket), lamb & rosemary sausages, beef steaks and onions, vegetarian skewers, and chicken. Pretty basic stuff but great for our hungry traveling gang.

The Glenmore Rooftop - Salads

Salads

The Glenmore Rooftop - Sausages

Lamb & rosemary sausages

The Glenmore Rooftop - Steak and onions

Steaks and onions

The Glenmore Rooftop - Vegetarian skewers, chicken

Vegetarian skewers, chicken

Galleon Cafe
9 Carlisle Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
(03) 9534 8934

Glenmore Hotel
96 Cumberland Street
The Rocks NSW 2000
(02) 9247 4794

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