St Ali coffee & breakfast, halva, fresh produce and organic meat from Queen Vic markets – these are a few of my favorite things when I’m in Melbourne. And maybe after truffled scrambled eggs planned for tomorrow maybe I can add black truffle from Madame Truffles to that list.
But first I had an hour bike session to do. There were sprints, there were hard gears and easy. It was a hard session but by changing it up every now and then made the time go by relatively quickly. To pass the time I watched the traffic on the Westgate Fwy – that’s the view out the window. One other person came in while I was there to use the treadmill. In the end I had cycled 25.7km.
We had breakfast at one of my favorite coffee and eating places in Melbourne, and it’s just down the road. St Ali’s – awesome coffee and great food. I had a gluten free granola with natural yoghurt and medjool dates – yum! It was very filling which was great because I was starving. Rob had scrambled eggs with bacon & toasted sourdough bread. The coffee was top notch.
Afterwards we called into Madame Truffles, a seasonal shop specializing in Australian truffles. In fact it’s last day is tomorrow, until the next truffle season. I have long been curious about truffle, not ever having it. I’ve heard and read about truffles, black diamond as it is called (Brillat-Savarin called them diamonds of the kitchen) and often wondered what all the fuss was about. This morning the lovely Bernadette gave us a brief lesson in truffle and had us smelling different ones from Tasmania, NSW, Victoria and WA. What surprised me the most was the variation in odour. But to describe? I can’t think of any words or make comparisons with other foods that really describes the truffle odour – maybe musty, earthy, and one had a smoky odour. Anyway I bought a small amount that comes from Deloraine in Tasmania, which was found by Rex the dog. It will be used in our scrambled eggs tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it!
Later in the morning we visited Queen Vic markets to buy some fruit & veg and meat. I can’t go past the halva & bought a small chunk. Not the healthiest I know (it was the chocolate one) but given I don’t have it very often, a little bit won’t hurt. Well actually maybe it wasn’t such a little bit…….
Tomorrow the plan is to do a 16km run before a truly decadent breakfast of creamy truffled scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. A meal definitely worth running for!