Today we had a great lunch at the Mexican restaurant Mamasita in Collins St.
But first things first. I was up bright and early to walk to the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (MSAC) in Albert Park for a swim session, long overdue I might add. This was only a 15-20mins walk and a good warm up for my swim. I found out that I had just scraped in for early bird prices (before 8am I gather) and then the girl at reception said, “only the outside pool is available now”. Sorry? Did I hear correctly? The outdoor pool? It is winter….in Melbourne……not the warmest place at the best of times. She smiled ever so sweetly and said, “it’s heated.” What to do? it seemed madness to be swimming in an outdoor pool in late July but there were other people out there, swimming. And they weren’t wearing wetsuits. Ok, I’ll do it.
And actually it was ok. I didn’t notice the cool crisp air once I’d got in and started swimming. It was a 50m deep water pool. There was about 1-2 people per lane, so very civilized. It had been a while since my last swim session so felt a bit rusty and unco but managed 1.2km in total. Then after a shower and changing into dry clothes I walked home. Mission accomplished.
So as mentioned at the start we had lunch at Mamasita. They have a no bookings policy so we decided we’d get there soon as they opened for lunch, at 12 noon. We weren’t the only ones to have that idea as we were about 4th or 5th in the queue. This place is popular and we soon found out why. The food is amazing – full of fresh zingy flavours and very far removed from what a lot of people think of Mexican food. We shared a variety of small plates of foods, none of which required cutlery, beginning with elotes callejeras, which was “street style” chargrilled corn, questo, chipotle mayonnaise & lime, and was very moreish. This was followed by tostaditas de pollo (with chargrilled chicken, avocado, chipotle mayo & questo fresco), taco de pescado (soft taco with grilled fish, lime, achiole paste, red onion salsa & chipotle mayo) and taco de camarones (soft taco with marinated prawns, red chile & chipotle almond salsa). We finished with quesadilla de Cordero (braised lamb, queso criolla, mint & jalapeño herb sauce). Of course I couldn’t resist dessert & was talked into having the pastel de chocolate, a flourless choc cake with tequila white choc sauce & PX jelly. Fortunately it was a petite serve!
This was followed by some serious retail therapy! Not in Collins St mind you (not the Paris end anyway where you’ll find the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, Rolex……..you get the picture). My purchases came from my favorite boutique in Flinders Lane, Miss Lau. Beautiful clothes, many Australian labels.
Tomorrow: the plan is a weights session before breakfast, lunch with lovely Keren, and a bike session later in the day. SpartaJen should be happy with my efforts.