As winter rumbles around the corner it’s harder and harder to motivate ourselves to get out the door. This particular Monday was chilly, with clouds overhead and the smell in the air promising rain. However, copious amounts of donuts had been consumed within the previous 48 hours and I’d begun to feel as rotund as my muse, so needed to get out.
We took our bikes along the tramline towards Glenelg, pushing against the wind with aching thigh muscles. The wind got colder and stronger the closer we got to the coastline, nipping in our ears and catching our breath. We arrived in Glenelg out of breath and around lunchtime, hungry and ready for another treat.
Glenelg revolves mainly along the seafront and main street of Jetty Road. No matter what time I’ve been it has been thriving, with different generations filling its sidewalks and filling Glenelg’s many eateries. The pigeons have gotten chubby and lazy, filled with many chips thrown on the ground, and getting in everyone’s way. Glenelg has a certain charm but is threatened by an overriding, cheesy, tourist-based sea-side theme.
Orange Spot Bakery, in Glenelg, sits away off the main drag – yet for lunchtime on a Monday was doing a busy trade. Filled more with sedate, older locals meeting over a coffee, than eager tourists snap chatting their every bite – it felt more like a small town bakery which was refreshing in such a hub of Glenelg.
The decor was old style, warm and cozy. The glass shelves displayed goods proudly and in great quantity. The donuts were to our left as we queued, large in size and looking deliciously tempting. The clear pride and joy of the bakery were its pies and pasties, with an impressive range of trophies lining its back walls and even spilling over to the front counters. No matter where you looked inside or out you were greeted with a written reminder of the number of awards the bakery had accumulated over many years.
Taking our donuts and a delectable shiraz, beef and caramelised onion pie to share we sat outside in the cold damp, nearly inhaling these baked goods. Happy, warmed and full once more we headed home and in no doubt that should we be in want of bakery in Glenelg, we now knew where to go.