My friend Hazel refers to their weekender as “our house in the vicinity of the beach” – true enough, as to get to the beach one must hop into the car, but staying at the house always provides a perfect excuse for lazy days, and, of course, much eating. The need to celebrate the birthdays of two of our girlfriends is what finds us driving down the Mornington Peninsula freeway on a late Friday afternoon, anticipating a weekend of indulgence, and much hilarity. Both of which we achieved.
We eat in Friday night – Moroccan fish stew – and present the birthday girls with the gifts we had fortuitously discovered in the gift shop of an art gallery in Lisbon, of all places. Perfect we thought when we spied them, and perfect they turned out to be.
After a sluggish start the next morning it is into the car and a short drive to the wonderful Boneo Market (Cnr of Boneo Rd & Limestone Rd, Boneo, held on the third Saturday of every month, Oct-March 8-12, April-Sept 9-1). So many stalls to browse.
Next up is the birthday lunch at the Whispering Vines Cafe at the Trofeo Estate in Dromana (http://www.trofeoestate.com/cafe). Great food in a pleasant, albeit noisy, environment.
Sunday dawned overcast but the rain held off as we walked along the beach towards Dromana.
Our destination was Dee’s Kitchen (http://www.deeskitchen.com.au ) for brunch. I chose the smoked trout chimiraki (not a word I had ever seen before ), with a poached egg on the side, and very yummy it turned out to be (although I took some convincing that it was in fact smoked trout and not smoked salmon):