Green Park Dining
815 Nicholson St, Carlton
You know what a really fun way to start your weekend is? With a best friend brunch date. I love my husband and all, but I’m also lucky to have some really close girlfriends to hang out with. The added bonus is that they all love to brunch!
I enjoyed a particularly delicious brunch date last weekend with one of those lovely ladies at Green Park; I hadn’t been there since our Scarf Dinner last year, and heard they did a mean breakfast, so off we went. It was beautiful at night for dinner, but sitting there in the sunshine made it even lovelier – it’s the vintage books and knick knacks décor of my dreams…
Talking food, the menu is fantastic, and picking one dish was difficult. So I went with the breakfast platter ($18.00) and got a bit of everything! The platter comes with fresh caraway rye bread, butter, Maffra cheddar, marinated feta, a boiled egg, avocado, beetroot, ham & cured sausage. Exceptional value for money, and every single item was delicious. The coconut milk panna cotta and 63° egg with thick cut bacon sounded so good, but I’d be hard pressed to go past the platter again!
After breaky and a good chat, we still weren’t ready to head our separate ways and be adults, so we got more tea and dessert (duh). Chocolate brownie cheesecake was the pick, and it was the right decision. I’d highly recommend chasing up your breakfast with one of these!
Green Park isn’t shiny and new, but it should still be on you to-eat list. And even if you’re not there for breakfast (or lunch or dinner), you can enjoy some good tea or coffee and pastries. It’s literally your one-stop shop for weekend eats!
Billy van Creamy
Food trucking around Melbourne
Once upon a time, before burgers and tacos and jaffles and creme brulee were being trucked around the cities, there was the good old-fashioned ice cream truck. Remember them? The ones with the tinkling music that got louder and louder as it got closer to your house, trailed by kids with money in hand and smiles on faces… Well, two brothers are reviving the fairy-tale ice cream truck that us kids of the 90s remember so fondly. After a light bulb moment in a bar and an ice cream making course with Gelato Messina and a lot of practice thereafter, they got their truck on the road and have been selling delicious, handmade and natural gelato ever since.
After yet another, recent visit to my favourite burger truck, 1090, I was pretty stoked to see that dessert was parked right next door! If you haven’t hit up Rucker’s Hill on High St, Northcote on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday night, you’re missing out – I know it’s a little fuzzy, but check out that view (above, left) of the city all lit up at night… amazing! Know what else is amazing? A big, warm, fudgy, nutty chocolate brownie with a massive scoop of peanut butter ice cream on top from Billy van Creamy. Not only was the scoop, as promised, smooth and creamy and tasting like heaven, the guys can whip up a bloody good brownie, too! You can check out the truck’s latest location on their Facebook page, and they are worth tracking down; this is the perfect way to end the day! So, as we make our way into another Monday and we’re already needing something to look forward to to help us get through the week, keep Billy can Creamy in mind when you need your sugar hit this week!