A few weekends back Sylvia and I visited my friend Nicki and her new baby and toddler. I had planned to take Sylvia for a play outside afterwards. The weather was so foul that we headed to the Station Street shopping strip in Fairfield instead. For lunch we stopped at a cosy little cafe called the Station Street Foodstore. As we seated ourselves at our table with some delicious food, the rain came on outside and I knew I had made the right decision.
Most of the food was on display in a glass cabinet but there was a breakfast menu that included standard items such as bacon and eggs and pancakes and lots of side dishes. I was tempted by the lasagne and fritatta on display. Eventually I chose the gf pumpkin fritters with yoghurt and a rice salad with dill, goats cheese, baby spinach and carrot (see top photo). It was a delicious combination. I meant to ask what held the fritters together so well but Sylvia distracted me by running out the door at that moment.
Sylvia wanted chips but I was sort of glad they didn't have any. Instead she had toast with cheese. Most of our time in the cafe was spent trying to convince her to eat some. All she wanted was a little cake with sprinkles. Our conversation went along these lines:
S: could I have a little cake with sprinkles
J: eat some toast and some cheese first
S [takes fairy bite]: could I have a little cake with sprinkles
Finally - while kid wrangling - I knocked over a glass of water and the effort seemed too much. We left. I only just remembered to pay. At least I enjoyed my meal.
We had a lovely time at the shops. Every time we left a shop, Sylvia asked if we could go into another one. And we did! We bought spring onions and chocolate and muesli. We bought soap and greeting cards. We bought kids books and Sylvia's first umbrella. I looked at the other cafes and thought that if I return, I might like to try the interesting tofu on the menu at Alfios Cafe.
If in the area again, I would return to the Station Street Foodstore. The staff were friendly, there were kids books in a corner, and the cake display was very tempting. If Nicki hadn't plied me with Greek biscuits I might have had a fudge brownie. As it was we left with two cute cakes in a paper bag. One for E and one for Sylvia. She was very pleased.