I have wanted to see whales from land for a long time. I’m always looking, but hadn’t had any luck so I looked up the best places to see them in the world and one of those places happens to be from an island just off the coast from Brisbane. How convenient.
Humpback whales migrate up and down the East coast of Australia every year and pass by very close to the the Eastern point of North Stradbroke Island on the “whale highway”. So I booked an Airbnb right in Point Lookout for a couple nights to maximize our chances of seeing them.
It was a bit of an epic journey to get from Surfers Paradise to Point Lookout by light rail/train/train/taxi/ferry/bus, but it was relatively pleasant.
The first thing we did after dropping our bags off was head out to do the Gorge Walk. We saw whales almost right away! A few blowholes and we even saw a whale swim REALLY close to shore right below us. Another person said that whale had a calf with her but we missed that.
Life goal complete! I was already satisfied.
We walked down to Cylinder Beach to go to what I thought was a pizza restaurant but was actually a food truck in a parking lot. Everyone else was just driving up and getting takeaway but we didn’t have that luxury so instead we ate in the dark on a concrete bollard. The prawn and chorizo pizza was delicious and I didn’t mind the ambience tbh.
We bought some oysters and salmon to eat by the seashore while watching for more whales. We saw SO MANY. Like 25+!! Whales everywhere!! Some of them breached so nicely that we could see the white parts under their mouths. We saw turtles and dolphins too.
Check out those maniacs! They were jumping off the end of the rocks and then swimming back to the beach. Bonkers!
Eventually we decided we saw enough whales and walked down to the RSL for a cheap drink. We still saw even more whales while sitting on the balcony!
We bought some fresh Spanish mackerel and veg on the way back to grill for dinner. So nice. I love seafood so much.
Brunch at the Blue Room to cap off a very relaxing and satisfying couple of days on Straddie. I had avocado toast and Scott had a maple bacon dutch baby. Both were very tasty with a lovely view from the patio. Yes, we even saw a couple more whale spouts while eating.
May #SMAJ was a gelato appreciation class at Gelato Messina in Fitzroy. We got to learn a bit about Gelato Messina and how to make gelato, eat a three course gelato degustation menu, scoop some ice cream, decorate and eat an ice cream cake, and taste as many of the gelatos as we wanted.
It’s expensive, as everything from them is, but it was a pretty cool treat activity. Plus we got two cookbooks, cooler bags, and a tub of ice cream each to take home.
God Save The Quince: speculaas, toasted milk skin, quince puree, cultured yoghurt gelato
First time seeing milk skin in real life. It was crunchy! I really liked the tanginess of the gelato.
The Italian Rhapsody: crispy eggplant, mascarpone cream, Amaretto Disaronno jelly, espresso gelato, chocolate crumble
Served in a flower pot. The crispy eggplant was actually really yum. Like chips!
Magma Mia “Here I Flow Again”: salted passionfruit and white chocolate curd, black sesame seeds gelato, dark chocolate sauce, green tea moss, crystalised sesame seeds, yuzu pudding
This one was crazy. The rocks were made of chocolate and each filled with something different. I loooved the salty passionfruit curd.
Scott scraping some strawberry gelato into a bowl.
(A slice of) Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom Cake: dark chocolate gelato, peanut cookies, dulce de leche, flourless chocolate sponge, popping candy feuilletine grass base, red chocolate glaze, white chocolate dots
This cake was good. We learned how to assemble the different inner bits and do the glaze and attach the dots on the outside. Looked fun. I suppose now I need to step up my ice cream cake game!
We chose pear and rhubarb, blood orange, pistachio crumble and Giant’s Milk (milk gelato with milk crumb and milk jam) to take home. That last one sounds really plain but was actually really tasty. Pistachio crumble is definitely my favourite regular flavour from them.
Really weird looking restaurant. It was a stone brick motif on the wall, and neon outer space carpet on the ceiling?? It looked like it could have been a bowling alley in a past life.
Hot Stone Pot Bibimbap with mozzarella. I truly appreciate that Koreans like to add cheese to dishes that many other people would not try. But, and this really pains me to say (see blog tagline), the cheese in this case was not necessary.
I think my sister just fainted.
Bibimbap is good on its own! Although we’ve been making this a lot at home lately and I think I like my homemade version better. This one had too much rice for the amount of toppings.
1/2 Cave Salt wings, 1/2 Sweet Lava wings. Very crispy. Quite inconsistent sizing, some of them were huge and some were actually quite tiny.