Ladies Who Lunch – The Lilo Cafe Edition

Right off the bat, this is not a sponsored post. This is a post about a lovely lunch date I enjoyed with a friend. I may rave about her cafe… let the reader beware! 


Yesterday I got to do one of my favourite things – go on a day trip! Well, it was an overnight trip actually, and stop number 1 was a lunch date with my Blog With Pip pal, Maryke. She and her husband run a fab cafe beside the seaside at Mornington (a gorgeous part of the coastline here in Victoria, Australia) so plans were made to meet there for lunch, and I set off on yet another bloggy blind-date. Exciting!

Now, these days, people often say that unless you ‘Instagram the shit of it’ things haven’t really happened. Well, I was so busy enjoying Maryke’s company that I neglected blogger rule #1 – thou shalt obsessively take selfies. Oops! You’ll see other shots on Instagram, fear not!

Maryke and I bonded during our Blog With Pip days, and since, over our shared love for the Mornington Peninsula, and we have become firm Instagram buddies.

Here’s a little insight into Maryke’s character – earlier in the year, ‘just because’ Maryke decided to send me a bulging care package, which was as much fun to unpack as any gift received on Christmas morning. What a legend! The dukkah (which she made herself!), oh my, so awesome….. and I’m still using the spices regularly. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving. Oh, see that wee jar of tomato chutney – GAME CHANGER!

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By the way, Maryke’s Instagram name is @missmarthamarthamartha and I totally recommend you follow her to see snaps of her lovely beside-the-seaside life, which she shares with her gorgeous boys and her husband Mark.

Mark & Maryke are the kind of people who have hospitality running through their veins, so their cafe by the sea – Lilo Cafe in Mornington – @lilocafe on Instagram – is a welcoming, warm, eclectic, emerald toned, light-filled yet cosy place to stop for a filling breakfast, spend a leisurely hour with a latte and the paper, or meet friends for a delicious lunch with a cheeky glass of wine. If I ever have a glass of one of the Peninsula’s many fine wines with lunch, I’m out & proud, but I know some people like to keep their pre-cocktail hour imbibing on the down-low.

Well, the weather outside was frightful, but the decor and food, delightful.

Lilo Cafe, Mornington
Lilo Cafe, Mornington
View from Lilo Cafe
We had four seasons in one day, again!
Lilo’s bejewelled spoon collection – oh look, there’s Maryke in the reflection. Selfie for the win!

I have said it before, and I intend to keep on saying it, one of the BEST things about blogging is the connections that you make. Whether that’s through an online course you might do, or a conference you may attend, or a good old Instagram crush, there are LOADS of amazing people out there, and this week I got to meet another one, hug her tight and chat with her over lunch.

Lilo Cafe
The Lady of the Lilo 

I loved meeting Maryke – she was exactly who I thought she’d be from our encounters online. Generous, interesting, creative, down to earth – and we only spent 90 minutes together! And if you think I just got a free lunch and great conversation, you’d be wrong, I came away with fresh eggs, a couple of lemons (she’d seen me bemoaning a lack of lemons on Facebook), another jar of her game-changing RELISH and a gorgeous notebook.

Thank you Maryke!

So, if you’re planning on heading down Mornington way, or even if you’re not, I highly recommend that you stop in at Lilo Cafe – as well as serving excellent food and bevvies, you’re sure to enjoy Maryke’s whimsical, eclectic, upcycled styling of the space.  The Lady of the Lilo will watch over you benevolently, reminding you that even if it happens to be pouring with rain, just across the road, the sea awaits.

As the clouds parted and I hugged Maryke goodbye, I felt so grateful for the ways that blogging has brought me out from behind my computer, especially when it lands me in one of my favourite parts of the world.

When was the last time you discovered a new cafe? Or made a new friend?

I’d love it if you’d share your stories, or recommendations for best latte in your ‘hood in the comments.

Are you a lady who lunches?

Do tell!




12 thoughts on “Ladies Who Lunch – The Lilo Cafe Edition

  1. I do love to lunch! I enjoy going to new places and moving outside of my comfort zone from time to time. I have a friend who lives on the Mornington Peninsula so we will have to try Lilo Cafe next time I’m down that way. Thanks for the tip 🙂 I am planning to sign up for the next ‘Blog with Pip’ online course so it’s lovely to hear about the many positive outcomes.


  2. Annette, it sounds like it was the ‘perfect’ escape for a day/night and recharge the soul. LOVE all your photos!! The logo photo of Lilo with the purple/lilac background is a beauty – as is her emerald green old wordily teaspoons – such jewels! I checked out her Instagram page and Cafe website thanks to your post – oh how I wish we had a cafe of that calibre here – everything looked so good. 🙂


  3. What a lovely looking store! Meeting fellow bloggers has been one of the great joys for me since I started blogging in 2010. As a non working parent of one I find it really hard to meet new people in the off line word but online everyone is so open and generous. Through blog meet ups and conferences I have made some lovely friends.

    Beautifully photographed post. And I love your blog design. Love the dark background with the yellow type. Love it!



    • Hi Vanessa! Rescued your comment, phew.
      I had a great time at Lilo and you’re right, it is a beautiful cafe. As for my pics, I just snap what I see on the trusty iPhone, I don’t want to get bogged down in too much technical stuff though I love photography, so I’m glad it comes across well on the blog. Cheers!


  4. I just love your little bloggy blind dates, Annette. What a sweet idea they are. Maryke seems like a wonderful person (and her green obsession is to die!). I’m not on Instagram or I’m sure I would have ‘met’ her before too. x


    • They’re so much fun! I’ve really enjoyed meeting different people from my blogging course – Maryke is awesome, we had a great time. Umm, you’re not on Instagram??? Oh I am in LOVE with Instagram, do try it!


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