Rob and I trotted off to the Mediterranean Wholesalers (482-492 Sydney Road, Brunswick) this morning to check it out. Two friends had recommended it to me recently- one of them advising me to ‘bring a large trolley’.
I must say, that place is a food lover’s dream. Set up just like a supermarket, MW sells food (and a small amount of non-food items) from all over Europe, but mainly Italy and the Mediterranean. Prices are cheap compared to what you would pay in speciality shops elsewhere in Melbourne. If you’re into pasta, there is a whole aisle dedicated to it as well as a huge range of cheeses, bottled and canned goods and a multitude of other things. MW also includes a great deli, bottle shop, bakery, and a small cafe.
After heading over to MSY so Rob could buy some computer stuff, we headed back to Sydney Rd to the A1 Bakery (643 Sydney Road, Brunswick) which is recommended in the Cheap Eats Guide. A quick google search will reveal rave reviews all over the net. I had the spinach and fetta triangle and Rob had the shamasomething which was a kind of savoury pastry with tomato, onion, and cheese in it. Both were great and came to $6.
It must have been over 35 degrees by this time, so after a couple more errands we carted our food home. Below are probably my favourite purchases (we spent $120)
Bottled stuff (included the mysterious ‘explosive mixture’):
Ingredients for tonight’s dinner (Margherita Al Funghi – Margherita being the pasta type above):
One of the best things I’ve eaten was a simple spaghetti al funghi at Tiamo in Lygon Street, so we’ll be attempting to recreate it’s garlicy, creamy goodness tonight for dinner thanks to the Mediterranean Wholesalers! Stay tuned!