I’m sure I’ve still missed some, but now to just find a morning to fit it all in
By Nicole Murphy
For as long as people were there to listen, I have been rabbiting on about how much I hate going out for breakfast.
As far as I was concerned it was all the same, same, everywhere. Not a fan of milk on things and although I can eat and enjoy bacon and eggs, it just gets a bit boring and I can make them at home myself.
Then, I went to some amazing Middle Eastern number in Melbourne and my rant changed and it wasn’t that breakfast was the problem, it was that Bendigo had no interesting breaky options, and so I continued.
Apologies! I was so very wrong and I’m not even sure how long I’ve been misrepresenting this town for, but I suspect, quite some time.
So, I write now to make up for this terrible slander.
Recently I went to the Old Green Bean for the first time. Gasp, shock, horror etc.
I know there should be no excuse, but here’s mine: I’d heard how great their coffee was, but I thought it was literally just that, a coffee place. I don’t drink coffee. More gasp, shock etc.
Anyway, some celebratory reason found me out for dreaded breakfast and, as I was meeting with a coffee lover, we went to the Old Green Bean where I had, wait for it, the best breakfast I think I’ve ever had. Mmmm Breakfast Burrito’s, how I’ve dreamed of you since.
Zoe and Chris Waddington opened up The Old Green Bean just over two years ago and have received overwhelming patronage from Bendigo at their gorgeous little cafe-cum-vintage-store in Lyttleton Terrace.
Chris is originally a stockbroker from Edinburgh who fell in love with coffee, and Zoe, while travelling. He had decided he’d go home and open a roaster in Scotland, but was correctly persuaded by the new love in his life that it was too cold there and that sunny old Bendigo was a much better option. He might not think so after this winter but thankfully he chose to stay and give us this little piece of joy.
I’ve since discovered (now that my eyes are no longer closed to breakfast) that it’s not just The Old Green Bean who are stepping out with different breakfast menu ideas.
The Wine Bank has a tomato and chickpea ragout with poached eggs, the Cornerstore Cafe and the Brewhouse let me choose from an all-day menu, you can even start the day with a breakfast martini at The Dispensary, or if you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go past T’hooft’s Belgian waffles.
I’m sure I’ve still missed some but now to just find a morning to fit it all in.