There’s this shop called Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! in Mornington. It doesn’t lie on the main street, instead sitting parallel to it a few streets back.
They are a small business that strive to keep their ingredients as organic and free-range as possible. And with non-GMO gluten-free Australian corn tortillas, and salsas made from scratch, you can be sure the difference in taste would be evident…
And it WAS. It was so yummy, something I can’t wait to have again. And unlike other takeaway, I wasn’t left with that heavy, bloated, sick feeling afterwards that happens so much with junk food.
But today we headed out to grab our last, in-store, sit-down, cafe experience…
Along with the rest of the town.
I mean, really July. What trickery are you fooling us into? How gorgeous was today? And it’s meant to continue for 2 more days… only for the sunshine-y days to return again next week!
Ahh, Winter. You’ve made me kinda like you again.
You know, I have to say… it is A BIT annoying. And I think I am allowed to say this, because last I heard, our shire had NO current cases of coronavirus.
And yet we are suddenly part of ‘metropolitan Melbourne’ (only when they want us) and yet our neighbours across the Port Phillip Bay in Geelong have 2 CURRENT CASES, and are exempt from this lockdown.
Kilometres wise, they are further from the city than we are.
It does not make sense.
I’m not gonna focus on it too much though. We have to do what we have to do. And if too many shires are given reprieves (ahem, Geelong) well then no one is going to listen, and they won’t be happy, right?
I’ll suck it up.
Baby girl took my cue from the other night, and had stuck this note on our bedroom door last night:
I mean, we couldn’t say no to a 6 year-old, right?
Everyone was out and having their last lunches, last drinks, last cuppas…
They were all still social distancing. Counting numbers inside and outside the cafe. Sanitiser was within reach. It was very much across the board.
And the coffee was GREAT. But, it all felt a bit surreal. I mean, you could tell people were getting in their last whatever’s before midnight tonight. I could hear the cafe owner telling loyal customers they would be open for takeaway every day.
We enjoyed it. And then we left. Walked down the main street…
And to the PARK.
Poor baby girl. Poor all kids. They have to go through this shitty time again. Look I get it, we have to do this. Baby girl is actually amazing and totally understanding of what we have to sacrifice again.
But, I wanted to let her run. I wanted her to play.
And she did.
I’ll see you all on the other side… but stay for the gratitude journey, of course, as always. 🙂
Tonight, amidst corona cases rising rapidly to 108 in Victoria, we went out to dinner.
In our town. Some blocks away. Dining at a table where no one was near.
Sanitiser within reach. Waiters prepared to leave your food at the empty designated table next to you, so that they weren’t getting too close.
It was our concession.
We all have them. We will cry “stay home!” to all that we know ’til we’re blue in the face, and yet we have these things that are helping us stay sane in the face of possible further, and tougher, and meaner restrictions.
You’ve got them. I have them. We do the right thing, we stay home, we wash our hands, we don’t see family…
But then, we might go out to get a coffee. Support local.
See that friend that you’ve been dying to catch up with, and hey, you’re both staying 1.5 metres away and not touching so technically that’s a pass.
You might still see relatives, so your kids can play together.
You might still be getting your hair done, because you have to physically be at work, and CAN’T work from home.
You might just want to go out and have a God-damn nice dinner at your fave restaurant like we did, because the last time we were there it was March, the sunshine was pouring through the window in the evening, and although corona was on the near-distant radar, there were no lockdowns.
We were by a window again tonight. But the umbrellas dotted amongst the outdoor seating outside were bound tightly, spotted with rain that had not stopped all day. The night was black. The restaurant wasn’t packed.
Corona, corona… the bloody virus was a reminder, everywhere.
Tonight. Our concession. Whatever it is that you do sometimes, to keep yourself happy, to keep your family happy… it’s okay.
Do it. Despite all the fear mongering, if you avoid the hotspots, if you avoid almost all of your unnecessary ‘wants,’ if you’re doing your damn-dest not to go out and mingle and be social…
I think you are allowed a concession.
I had a great dinner tonight, and a great wine. This might keep me going for another 3 months, because let’s face it –
After standing on the Main street for a few minutes today, just looking around, going “where should we go?”
“Where should we go?”
“Where should we go?”
…I had to laugh to myself. We had so many options we actually didn’t know where to go.
I loved it.
Well we ended up in one place, where we hadn’t been to in ages… partly because of COVID. And as we took a seat by the window looking out onto the street – after writing down our names and numbers of course per the new protocol – we noticed that the cafe was a little quieter, there were crosses on the floor to advise where to stand and the place had had a recent fresh coat of paint amidst recent close downs…
But one thing, was the same.
The coffee was ah-may-zing!
And oh yeah, the almond croissant was pretty darn good too.
It was the kind of smooth but strong coffee that had me talking fast for the next few hours… and beyond.
I’m happy to report it’s another support local post! And you can not any more local than across the road, DOWN THE STREET, local.
I’m proud to say that Flock Café is our local coffee joint, and so conveniently close to home. However today was not one of those usual days that we could have walked there, what with the hellish weather and all.
So we jumped in the car and drove the very short distance over, to grab one of their cookie decorating boxes.
I saw they were promoting them some days ago, and amidst shop closures and takeaway ONLY, thought it was a great way to support local business, all the while finding something fun for baby girl to do, because God knows I need ideas!
She had so much fun, and I loved watching her get creative.
Ahh, creativity. I just love it. Those piles of sweet candy tasted insanely great upon the deliciously soft cookie base too. 🙂 ♥