It’s truly inspiring to see someone’s passion become a tangible thing that other people can enjoy, and this is precisely the case for Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen….
Located on Given Terrace in the charming suburb of Paddington, Paleo Café provides not only fresh, nutritious and delicious meals + drinks, but also a supportive community for customers on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Perfect for those with food intolerances & sensitivities, the Paleo Café menu is completely free of dairy, grains, gluten, refined sugar and preservatives. But even if you’re not Paleo or don’t fall under the aforementioned categories, you are guaranteed to enjoy a fresh, nourishing meal or drink that doesn’t compromise on taste.
Serving breakfast until 11.30am, the Paleo Café winter menu boasts Warm Chia Seed Porridge with Apple, Dates + Berry Swirl; Smashed Avocado + Poached Eggs on Paleo Toast; Eggs Benedict; and Bacon + Poached Eggs with Sauteed Baby Spinach + Sweet Potato Rosti.
This morning for my brunch visit I ordered the Banana Pancakes, while my boyfriend went for the Australian classic — Smashed Avocado + Poached Eggs on Toast.
Having enjoyed the Banana Pancakes before, I knew I was in for a treat. Though not your typical pancakes, the flourless Pancakes — with slices of ripe banana cooked in the pan and served with Berry Compote + Whipped Coconut Cream — were divine.
The Smashed Avocado was also delicious, but not being Paleo ourselves, we did miss the usual thick sourdough rye. In saying that, the absence of bread and za’atar for some spice was certainly made up for by Paleo Café‘s famous Salted Caramel smoothie and a Berricool smoothie, which was packed with berries, mango and pineapple.
I’ve been wanting to brunch at Picnic Café for a while now as I’d heard amazing things, and as expected, my first visit was nothing less than splendid.
Located on the quiet, charming Martha Street in Camp Hill, Picnic Café is a welcoming space which positively oozes a cosy picnic vibe with its wood + white interior, outdoor-style tables and little wooden boxes + falcon enamelware mugs holding cutlery at each table. Geometric splashes of turquoise, salmon, blue and green paint on the ceiling act as a lovely finishing touch to the Venzin Group café.
Open for all day breakfast and lunch, Picnic is a family-friendly café where food lovers can take delight in fresh, seasonal meals and delicious smoothies. Their breakfast menu boasts scrumptious items like Oat + Chia Bircher with Coyo and Seasonal Fruits; Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes with Pistachio, Berries + Burnt Vanilla Maple; Green Chilli Scrambled Eggs with Polenta Chips; Smoked Salmon + Potato Hash with Poached Eggs + Roasted Tomato; plus more!
As I looked over the impressive menu, my eyes immediately fixed on the Smashed Avo topped with Za’atar on Rye Toast.
In harmony with the café’s picnic theme, the Smashed Avo was presented on a wooden board and looked utterly delectable. Perfectly ripe + creamy avocado, thick + earthy rye toast, flavoursome za’atar, smoked salmon and grilled tomatoes — just divine.
The staff were also incredibly accommodating to my dairy & egg intolerance. It was so hard to resist the Poached Eggs and Feta that the original meal comes with, but I honestly didn’t feel like I missed out. My meal was not only succulent but left me feeling satisfied and content.
Picnic also offers a fridge full of freshly baked cakes, including gluten free options, as well as mouthwatering Nodo Donuts. I’m eager to return to try out the other breakfasts, as well as the lunch items, cakes and smoothies.
With its charming interior, friendly staff and scrumptious food, Picnic is a delightful café which deserves its superlative reputation.
Green Bees Organics is a café you know you’ll come back to after just the first visit. It’s a café where you feel comfortable staying to read your book or chat to the friendly staff while you sip on your delicious smoothie or enjoy a nutritious meal.
I had driven past Green Bees Organics a few times and wondered why I hadn’t noticed the charming green café before. That’s because this wholesome West End café is only three months old, though you honestly can’t tell — the organic, gluten free and dairy free menu is fresh & refined, the staff are easygoing, and the meals are seriously spot on.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Bees Organics offers health-conscious and food-intolerant folk a place where they can delight in fresh, nourishing food & drinks that are gloriously tasty.
For brunch lovers like myself, their all day breakfast menu items include Zucchini Omelettes served with Beetroot Hummus + Greens; Poached Eggs, Avocado + Baby Spinach on grain free toast; and Vegan Pancakes served with hazelnut ice cream, chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries — heaven!
Green Bees Organics also offers lunch & dinner meals such as a Lamb, Pumpkin + Cashew Open Pie; Sweet Potato Chips; and a Vegetarian Open Pie with kidney beans + pumpkin — as well as a fridge full of fresh salads, raw cakes and vegan cupcakes. For my first brunch at Green Bees Organics I ordered the Açaí Bowl as well as the Protein Punch smoothie, which was packed with banana, cacao, raw protein powder, chia seeds and vanilla. The flavour brought back fond childhood memories of drinking Milo, and I was overjoyed that I’d come across a nutritious alternative.
And because I clearly can’t help myself, I ordered a raw vegan Chocolate Slice. No regrets here, it was damn tasty.
As for the açaí bowl, it was divine — Green Bees do not mess around when it comes to açaí bowls. Not only was the açaí thick and delicious, but it was beautifully decorated with slices of banana, apple, shredded coconut, chia seeds, heart-shaped strawberries and not one but TWO layers of chocolate granola. Just as I thought I’d eaten my way through the granola on top, I found another generous layer buried beneath.
With nutritious, delicious food and a beautiful green + recycled wood decor (complete with cute succulents and plants), Green Bees Organics has quickly become one of my go-to healthy Brisbane joints.
My first encounter with SOL Breads was back when I was growing up in Byron Bay — on our way back from the beach, my mum would buy a loaf of fresh SOL Breads sourdough from the local fruit & veg shop as a treat, and I have fond memories of coming home and watching eagerly as mum cut thick slices to have with lunch.
But SOL Breads has grown into more than simply a supplier of beautiful, healthy and naturally leavened organic sourdough bread. From humble beginnings in a garage in Brisbane’s West End, the SOL family has established multiple cafés around Brisbane, all which boast a wholesome, delicious breakfast and lunch menu — as well as the full range of SOL Breads products.
SOL’s most recent venture is Sol Natural Foods, a café located in the eclectic Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. True to the SOL philosophy, Sol Natural Foods offers fresh, healthy and deadly delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think hearty salads, soup, tarts, savoury muffins, sandwiches and cakes — with many options to cater for those with food intolerances and dietary requirements. And although I frequent all three SOL cafés, I have even more of a soft spot for Sol Natural Foods in the Valley because of their incredible organic pizzas (with amazing vegan and gluten-free options).
Pizza aside, Sol Natural Foods offers an incredible breakfast menu — as well as its own vegan menu. The most difficult part of going to Sol Natural Foods is picking just one thing to eat. The breakfasts include Fanned Avocado on Sourdough with Danish Feta + Salsa Verde; Toasted Organic Banana Bread with Caramelised Banana + Walnuts; and the impressive Sols Breakfast Board (perfect for when you can’t make up your mind!) which consists of Avocado with Dukkah, Soft Boiled Egg, Sourdough, a Mini Croissant w/ Jam, and a Yogurt Berry Muesli trifle.
On my most recent trip to Sol Natural Foods for brunch I ordered something I hadn’t yet tried: the Tomato + Basil Salsa on Sourdough with Hummus, Avocado and Balsamic Reduction.
I was so glad I tried something new because my meal was delightful. The sourdough bread was hearty and fluffy, the hummus fresh and creamy but not overpowering, and the avocado was perfectly ripe. The tart balsamic reduction and lemon cheek cut through the creaminess of the hummus & avocado, and the Tomato Basil Salsa brought the dish to another level. Topped with fresh micro greens and paired with a chai made with house-made almond milk — just perfection.
The Sol Natural Foods café itself is what interior-lovers’ dreams are made of. The exposed ceiling and overall industrial style create an open yet welcoming space, with the wood and metal accents — as well as the pops of yellow on the walls — brightening up the space beautifully. This together with friendly, smiling staff, chilled music, and the comforting sound of the coffee machine all make for a beautiful and delicious café experience.