IMG_9181We decided to take a drive to Melbourne since we were already half way there. I have visited Melbourne many times, as my husband grew up there and many of his relatives still live there. It is a “foodie’s” delight as the food is excellent, the coffee is some of the best in Australia and the Victoria Markets are always wonderful to visit.

I don’t know about you but when I look for somewhere to stay, I am drawn to the more boutique style accommodation. I like bigger rooms and windows that you can open. I also like to stay in a hotel that reflects the city I’m staying in. The Grand Hotel Melbourne ticks all the boxes and I was delighted with a few extra surprises too. Some of the rooms at Grand Hotel Melbourne have just been refurbished with a fantastic new look and even a Nespresso machine.

If you would like to stay in this gorgeous Hotel, Grand Hotel Melbourne have a great deal for my readers. Just mention Everydaycook and you’ll also receive a free bottle of wine! Here is the deal.

Exclusive Winter Deal At Grand Hotel Melbourne

Perfectly located, the Grand Hotel Melbourne is only a short walk to Southern Cross Station, Docklands, Etihad Stadium and a direct tram ride to Rod Laver Arena, the MCG and iconic Bridge Road.

Call 1300 361 455 or follow this link and book now for our exclusive winter offer from just $199* per night including valet parking and a 12 noon check out.

Upgrades are also available from just $20 per night.

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The present building was erected in 1891 as the head office of Victoria’s railways. In 1985, the transport ministry moved and the grand old building was in limbo until it was converted into a hotel in 1998. We stayed in a one bedroom studio and enjoyed sleeping on a lovely soft bed that was on a mezzanine overlooking the living room and kitchen.

IMG_9330One of the really pleasant surprises was how amazing the breakfast was. You order from the menu and there are lots of great choices. We tried the Granola with Greek Yoghurt and Seasonal Fruit and Smashed Avocado and Sour Dough Taost with Feta and Oven-candied Cherry Tomatoes one morning which was so delicious. They also have great coffee and one of my favourites Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes with Yoghurt and Mixed Berry Compote.

IMG_9371This came with candied walnuts which I have given you the recipe before as they are such a great treat to have in the cupboard and serve as an extra in lots of dishes.

I am including the recipe for the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes below in case, like me you would like to serve them for breakfast at your place.

Recipe

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon on vanilla
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, egg, egg whites, lemon juice, lemon zest, and canola oil. Gently fold this mixture into the dry ingredients until flour disappears. Don’t over mix. The batter will be thick.

3. Heat a nonstick frypan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.  Drop about 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot griddle or skillet. Cook the pancakes until browned on the underside and beginning to set, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the pancakes on the other side, about two minutes longer. Continue making pancakes until batter is gone. Serve warm with a fruit compote and plain yoghurt as Grand Hotel Melbourne did.

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