Monday, March 31, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS TRAVELS TO THE VICTORIA PENINSULA FOR LABOUR DAY WEEKEND, EATS AROUND THE TOWN & HITS THE PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS.

I have been meaning to do a piece on my long weekend in Sorrento for a while now. It's an area that I am hugely fond of and love every opportunity to get down there as much as I can to relax. This time however a group of us decided to hit the area renting out a large 6 bed room in a house just a stones throw from the main street. Called Sorrento Beach House, it was pretty basic but had everything we needed for a short trip.

We started our weekend away with breakfast at The Joinery in Elwood. This has become a regular hangout spot for the group in recent months and this particular morning I loved the Full Of Grace granola I ordered. By the time we reached the peninsula, we spent most of the afternoon at the Peninsula Hot Springs which is a short drive from where we were staying. Strolling around half naked among a host of strangers is my idea of hell but I took one for the team and actually liked the experience to be honest.




Feeling relaxed, we spent the evening together having drinks on the deck of the house with the intention of hitting a local spot for dinner, that was until a lovely girl from the local bakery dropped off a box of pies for those staying in the house. With dinner sorted, we got ourselves together and made our way to The Continental Hotel for a few drinks. A few drinks lead to a few more and before we knew it we were smack bang in the centre of the Conti Disco with the kids from "Planet Toorak". I didn't last that long (I never do) and I headed back at midnight for some sleep however the others lasted until 3 or 4 from what I can remember.





The next morning I grabbed my running shoes and made my way around the area and ended up having coffee at The Sisters Cafe on the main street. It's one of my favourite caf├ęs, not just in Sorrento but Victoria as a whole. However more on The Sisters later. By the time the others had awakened we had switched venues and decided to brunch at Cake & Ale. 




This place, from what I recall opened late last year and has been a success with locals and visitors. All the others ordered omelettes which we were told take a while (not sure why considering what arrived) and don't get me started on Kevin's corned beef and boiled egg on toast. A nice portion of succulent corned beef sat on a lonely slice of toast with a single boiled egg rolling around the plate, it was a bizarre dish with a hefty price tag. I, myself ordered the spiced gingerbread with lemon curd and mixed berries. It was a lovely dish however the gingerbread just didn't do it for me. Gingerbread to me is dense, moist and sticky but this was none of the above. A shame as the cafe itself would get 10 out of 10 for its fit out.


We hit Portsea next, enjoying the waves and sun at the back beach. I'm not particularly fond of the sea but I made my way into the water and thoroughly enjoyed the crazy waves. Water time over and a nice pink glow radiating off me, we made our way to the Portsea pub for some fish and chips. This place is absolutely packed during the summer months and that day was no exception.


On Sunday evening we decided to hit Morgans Beach Shack for dinner and drinks. The restaurant itself screams everything one could want in an affluent beachside town - chilled out, relaxed, fresh, easy, part Californian, part Hampton's. However this is one place that is 100 percent style with zero substance. I would honestly never go back to this place again. We ordered one burrito and one portion of fish tacos at the bar and were told it would be 30mins for food. I was fine with that, it was a busy long weekend. However, 30mins turned into 60mins and eventually after enquiring a few times with the staff, our food arrived. My burrito wasn't bad but not exactly worthy of the 60min wait or the price tag and Kevin's tacos were beyond bad. Three tiny soft taco shells came with three tiny pieces of fish, a large bunch of coriander and nothin else really. Disgraceful. Next time I'll head next door to the Italian.




Catching an early night, the next morning feeling all fresh we headed back of my favourite spot, The Sisters Cafe for some food before the drive back to the city. I ordered the beautiful folded eggs with mushrooms and toast along with one of there amazing coffees. Seriously, it's the best coffee in Sorrento. Definitely the best spot for food along the peninsula.

All in all, a wonderful weekend away with some great friends, great conversation and not nearly enough trips to The Sisters Cafe. Until next time.

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