Bianca: With a baby incoming and COVID turning the world into a literal horror film, the husband and I thought we would treat ourselves to a week away in Port Stephens. A short 2 hour and 30-minute car ride from Sydney.
Our home away from home was a 1 bedroom swim-out apartment at Oaks Pacific Blue Port Stephens. I quite liked the idea of flopping my pregnant self into the pool from the swim out deck like a sizeable seal…suffice to say the idea was nice but I didn’t use the pool once. But it was purdy to look at.
Most of our meals geared towards breakfast/brunch as I progressed further into my pregnancy I really didn’t like going anywhere! We did have a stunning meal at The Poyers which I will write about separately.
Our first spot of breakfast was at the popular cafe, The Little Nel. Expect a wait for a table if you visit during peak times. Julian went for the Sambal Chilli Scrambled Eggs $20 + a side of Hash Browns $4 (my new obsession). He also thoroughly enjoyed his Iced Chai $5, which he later majorly regretted…
Another popular spot with locals and tourists alike, In House Kitchen. They can be found attached to The Home Interior, a tres cute home decor boutique.
Pretty as a picture, Eggs Benny w/ Chorizo, hollandaise on brioche $23. Which got a big thumbs up from Julian.
The Staple was more up my alley, switching to scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, tomato relish, avocado, Two Bob’s Sourdough $22 + a side of Hash Browns $4 (one of which was liberated by my husband…). Solid choice with the addition of the tomato relish, elevating perhaps a stock standard cafe dish.
For those wanting easy access to the beach, you will love Longboat Cafe in Fingal Bay. Which fronts on to Fingal Beach. We tried to tie a visit to the beach but there were shark warnings and we didn’t want to tempt fate.
Julian went for the Eggs Benedict -w/Bacon $21+ Halloumi $5. A generous side serve of halloumi, we only wish there was more caramelisation on the outside.
I’ve mostly avoided sweets during the pregnancy but couldn’t look past the Buttermilk Pancakes -w/ raspberry cream & sweet dukkah. A generous serve, the pancakes were nice and fluffy but these really should come with a pot of maple syrup on the side as they were bone dry!
And our final meal to say farewell to Port Stephens, Crest Birubi Beach in Anna Bay. A gorgeous spot overlooking Birubi Beach/ Stockton Beach. It was overcast and rainy during our visit but the alfresco dining area would be perfect for soaking up a sunny day come Summer.
To fuel up for the trip back to Sydney we had a breakfast for champions. Julian going for the Crest Big Breakfast $21 + Halloumi $4.
My eternal battle of Pancakes vs savoury ultimately led to my behemoth Smashed Avocado -w/ a side of halloumi & bacon (which doesn’t appear to be on the menu any longer). A super generous portion of bacon on the side. It’s a great spot overlooking the beach and would make for a perfect lunch pre or post-swim when the sun’s out!