With Mothers’ Day just a few short weeks away, no doubt you’ve already planned the perfect way to spoil that special lady in your life (and win some brownie points in the process). If you’re still in need of a little inspiration, don’t fret, we’ve pulled together some of our best tips on treating your mum – from cooking classes and gourmet coffee beans, to lazy Sunday brunches followed by a walk on the beach.
If she loves to cook
Not all mums love spending time in the kitchen, but if yours considers herself a culinary aficionado, why not book her into a cooking class that sharpens her skills and makes at-home dinners more delicious for years to come? Drawing on her childhood memories of growing up in Bali, Juliana Mitry of Balinese Spice Magic restaurants runs a regular three-course cooking lesson where you can master the art of Indonesian spices, or learn alongside chefs Simon and Tom of Wollongong’s lauded Caveau Restaurant at their new Cookery School.
If she loves a good caffeine brew
As all good children know, it’s sometimes better to wait until after her caffeine fix to ask Mum for that special favour. If coffee is the secret ingredient to your happy household, pop past Delano Specialty Coffee on Wollongong’s Montague Street and bundle her up a range of ethically and sustainably sourced, specialty-grade beans, as well as all the tools you need to make professional brews in your own kitchen. If you think she’d prefer someone else to be serving up the cup, Son of a Gun at the Sifters Coop has a reputation for some of the best brews in the Illawarra.
If she loves shopping local
One of the best ways to spoil mum this Mothers’ Day also involves supporting local businesses in the region. If freshly-grown produce and hand-made artisan products are a staple in your kitchen, head to Earth Walker & Co General Store in Coledale, where you can package together a hamper of local delicacies, finished off with a bunch of fresh flowers (and a copy of The Illawarra Cookbook, of course!).
If she loves a nice meal
One of the nicest ways to spoil mum is ensure someone else is doing the hard work. If family lunches and dinners are too rare an affair, why not book a table at one of Wollongong’s tastiest establishments. Some of our favourites? For a seafood feast with a touch of class, Harbourfront is hard to beat. Looking for something more cosy and laid-back? Kneading Ruby’s rustic menu and wine list is perfect for a casual family get-together.
If she loves the beach
Chances are if you live in Wollongong, your Mum is already a fan of sun and sand. If her idea of a perfect Sunday is a lazy brunch followed by a stroll on the beach, you’re in no shortage of options. Try the laid-back boutique vibe of Lee & Me, who are currently showcasing their seasonal Autumn menu, or tuck into the all-day menu at Lower East Café, or North Beach staple, Diggies. The best part of the brunch-and-beach combo? Guilt-free eggs Benedict.