Gumtree Goodfood

Gumtree Goodfood is a boutique place in South Yarra, Middle Park, and Albert Park. Here they sell the best items and before the Covid19 they used to let everyone taste stuff. We loved tasting the wines and now when restrictions are lifted I would love to go back there and buy a bottle just for myself at home.

Here they sell the freshest food and the nicest cheeses. Pre Covid19 they let everyone try the cheeses and the wines. The wines were really lovely and are all local

They not only sell fresh food but they sell pantry goods and ready made meals. I loved buying snacks and other sundries from there.

Do support them as they need your support. They only stock the best food around and they support local producers,.


Rustica Sourdough

We write this as part of our Febfast where we gave up on added sugars!

Rustica Sourdough is a bakery in Melbourne and here they are really popular with the locals in Fitzroy. So much so that there is another store in Melbourne central. This store would suit International students and locals just fine as it is a healthy eating cafe.

The staff are lovely and down to earth and at 3:30pm when we went last time they were happy to serve us even though they have worked a long and tiring day. It’s always busy with people

I really liked their vegan breakfast bar as it is a good way to start the morning and they were Instagram worthy. Here they were not too sweet and aimed at 160-200 calories this bar is a must for those that want to lose the weight.

Also I love their teas and relaxed environment! It is in a shopping centre and it has some seating outside its store as well as inside. They also have a great range of coffees and I enjoy their cold brew.

If you are in Melbourne central do come by and check out their awesome coffees on Level 2 where all the clothing stores are.


Choosing the best coffee machine

Melburnians and other people love their coffee and are very particular about it. If you were to buy your coffee each day it would be about $28 per week or $1456 per year. That’s a lot of money and paper cups used if it is a takeaway one.

So most people prefer to buy a coffee machine and their capsules which can save them a lot of money over time.

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Budget

How much am I willing to spend? Am I willing to spend a lot or a little bit. Most Nespresso machines cost between $500-$1000. Where as a machine in Aldi costs about $90-$150. And don’t forget the capsules which cost extra

Maintenance

A coffee machine can last for years if you use it properly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. Do clean it after every use.

Most machines have a warranty period of one to three years. If there is a part that is not working properly and you did everything that you were supposed to, then you can take it to the manufacturer or retail store and get it fixed at no extra cost.

Try out the coffees before you buy.

This is a good idea to see how your prospective machine works and how to use it. Does it make good coffees or do they make crappy ones? A good cup of coffee is what matters to most people. Do you have to press many buttons to make the coffees. Does it make a lot of noise?

Most places will have test coffee machines and sales reps and you can see how they work. You can also ask them questions about their machines.

Do shop around for the best one. What works for one person might not work for others.


Society Melbourne’s homelessness report

This post was brought to you by the Salvation Army and other homelessness organizations for Homeless week.

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Society Melbourne is a not for profit homeless organisation which helps the homeless people find jobs. They started last year. They started off with one place and then they now have five places all of which are at Melbourne Uni and RMIT.

They just launched in December 2018 and they have a long way to go. In the last year they earned $530,000 in revenue. Their programs rely on volunteers and they have about 5000 of them. In that year alone they sold 44500 coffees and 17400 crepes within their five places.

People get referred to them by the housing service providers such as the Salvation Army and other places and from there they get work experience in one of the not for profit cafes. And then they train to be a barista at the Coffee cart. From there they train at Home.one and Home.two and then after that they find work.

“Meaningful employment can empower individuals (experiencing disadvantage), by increasing their independence, social relationships and mobility, and supporting their health and wellbeing.” – Centre for Social Impact report, Aug 2019, pg. 6

In 2016, 27680 young people were homeless and that number is growing by the minute. Society Melbourne has a training program for its young people to get back on their feet.

Society Melbourne’s aims are to educate people and to motivate them. They want to help people become more confident in the workforce. Confidence will help them to build their self esteem which is important for the workplace

Their programs thrive on Community and without it they wouldn’t be where they are today.

In the future ahead they hope to be more sustainable and have a vegan menu at Home.two. They are giving discounts for those that bring their keep cups. They are doing composting of the coffee beans and food scraps which is good for the environment.

With the inspiration from the volunteers and customers they “Dream big”, just like Melbourne Uni do.

Please donate to this charity and you can help the homeless get back on their feet. You can simply pick up a coffee or a crepe at their Carte Crepes or Crepes for change. You can pick up a coffee at the Home.one and Home.two which are their community hubs in Melbourne Uni. Or if you’re at RMIT, The Coffee Cart is based at RMIT training. Now I know all these places do wonderful coffee.


The benefits of drinking organic coffee

We explain the benefits of drinking organic coffee vs the normal stuff

We bought Organic coffee from Aussie health products and now we want to try and see if it’s worth the price paid. The jar cost us $14.95 online. Normal coffee is twice as big and it costs about $10-$15 per jar depending on the brand and where you buy it.

The Clipper Coffee that I had is awesome. This is a ground coffee which means that it is grown sustainably. It’s clean and it leaves no mess and I love the earthy and fruity taste of the coffee. The coffee also smells really nice. It’s strong as well. It also has a lot of energy as well which we need.

I ran much better times this week with 30kms in four hours. I normally complete it within 5 hours.

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The normal coffee is just your plain average one that does not do much. Coffeeandteacorner says that Instant coffee is not real coffee beans.  They don’t support the farmers growing the beans. These beans are grown in unsuitable conditions says buyorganiccoffee.org. And the normal coffee uses fertilizers to get rid of the pesticides which for some people can lead to a lot of health problems. According to Livestrong.com Instant coffee has a thing called acrylamide which is potentially harmful. Acrylamide is a food contaminant known to cause dysfunction of the nervous system.

The normal coffee that I have sometimes tasted like petrol which is bitter and burnt. The ones I have at home are of poorer quality.

Organic coffee grows in much more sustainable conditions such as under trees. They are grown in much smaller farms. The organic coffee is free from pesticides and is free from health risks. It is sustainable for the farmers according to thenibble. Great coffee beans grow from great soil and these beans are easily compostable.

They have a higher caffeine content which might explain why I could not sleep some of the time. I found it difficult to fall asleep.

Yes, the organic version is pricier than the nonorganic one but this is so much better. Do buy the organic version if you value your health more than anything. And yes you can’t drink too much of this


Friends of the Earth cafe

I have been here a few times and enjoy their organic foods. This cafe is located along Smith st.

Here they are run by volunteers.

The food is seasonal meaning that you’ll get the best quality for food and your health. Here they have cheap food and drinks. My tea was only $4. I ran to this store from the city.

They cater for a vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free diet.

Here they use everything that is biodegradable. This is great for the environment. And they don’t waste anything. Here the meals change each day and so does the bread,

You can use your own jar for filling up the goods. The goods on offer are teas barley, nuts, oats etc.

The other day the volunteer gave me free cake. It was at the end of the day that I went and I had my usual tea and muesli slice. The cake was homemade by a company called Crumbs bakery and it was yummy. It was not too sweet and it was gluten-free

The muesli slice as a takeaway was quite nice too. It was nutty and had the right amount of good fats in there. Which is what women need.

Do come by to Friends of the Earth Cafe

Find it at: 312 Smith Street, Collingwood, Melbourne


Olivia Springs cafe

This is a down to earth cafe in Moonee Ponds. And it is pretty rare to find a health food cafe here. They had been open for three months now.

Here they serve breakfast and lunch as well as Vietnamese classics. All without meat of course, but instead mock meat. They have BLT with mock meat. And because it is a vegetarian place there are no egg dishes.

The music is calming and relaxing- it is just like what I hear during a meditation class.

The service was friendly and down to earth. But a bit slow. And there are no toilets here- you have to go across the road to the bus terminal where they are.

Since everything is cheap, they are a cash only place. All the food is under $15 and they make their own sweets.

Seeing as I’m trying a high fiber diet and am on the Sugar-free September, I went for a homemade orange juice and scrambled tofu on toast with avocado. Fans of Here’s the veg will like this place. The Annoyed thyroid will also like this joint as it is right up their alleyway.

The juice was freshly squeezed and was not too sweet.

The scrambled tofu with turmeric was a little bit spicy but I enjoyed the spicy kick. I made a mess of it- I’m sorry.  Fans of Consider the Sauce will love this dish. The bread was from Bakers delight across the road.

At least this place fares better than the place next door which I have to say looks a little bit old and outdated. Oh, and they sell junk food which I’m not a fan of.

Where they are at: 637 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

 


Daley & Co

Daley and co have just opened up in the same place as Shape up. I have walked by it for some time but had not gone in. Moreover they were still settling down.

I went there for a coffee the other day and enjoyed it. Now I am back for lunch. Normally this would go on a food blog but seeing as this is a salad/health food place I figured it would be better put here. Go figure.

Here they have lovely staff that will assist with your decision and you can put all meals with a salad. Most of their meals is $12 and under. The waitresses were friendly to everyone.

For a Thursday lunchtime there were steady but not busy. Most people went to other eateries around that area.

The chef had gone home so I was not able to try out their egg dishes. Moreover Daley and co had just started on social media.

I got the salmon bagel with a feta and beetroot salad which was freshly made. Here I loved that they did not use the canned beetroot but fresh beetroot which is less sweet. They also use lemon in their bagel which I do not like. I just don’ like the tanginess of lemon in a bagel.

My friend loved his sausage roll. They are big and filling. And he enjoyed his pasta salad. Pity they didn’t have chips that day. If you are around that area, why not check out this place and Shape up upstairs?


STREAT cafe by AKIRA

STREAT cafe is a a social enterprize which helps the homeless. I have been there a few times but not for a while. Since I am assisting the homeless I thought that this would be a great idea to write about the place. Kinfolk is another.

They are in Melbourne Central shopping centre in the city on the ground floor. They are open on the weekends. They do takeaway as well as eating in. The menu for food is limited and its whatever is there in the cabinet.

The place is run by lovely staff and volunteers all of whom are friendly.

Here all the profits goes towards the homeless and a coffee and crossaint is $6.80. I got a watered down latte (that’s ok as who needs all that milk when they are trying to lose weight fast) but that bitter flavour was there.

My crossaint which was almond by the way was simply good. It was not too sweet which is great as some of us and maybe yourself cannot have too much sugar.

 

Do come on by for your breakfast fix in the city and help those that are less fortunate. You can also help by donating here.


Lets move 365: Middle Child

Middle Child is a healthy café in Maribyrnong across the road from the park. It is run by a north Melbourne supporter and here it is dog friendly. They have Puppycinos and dog friendly treats just for dogs.  They have many dogs and people over the weekend enjoying their coffees and brunch.

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It was open three weeks ago and already they are seeing many of the Boathouse’s unhappy patrons. Patrons don’t like to wait 45 mins for their coffee or a table hence they come here and they can borrow a rug or two and buy coffee to enjoy in the park.

The barista is friendly and knowledgeable. They support many AFL teams over the weekend and many gym patrons during the weekdays.

Unlike the Boathouse where they burn their coffees, here their coffees are stellar and you can choose the milk. Unlike the Boathouse they treat their pets well. The Boathouse does not have puppycinos.

They have vegan pies which I would love to try one day.

 

Do come by for the coffees rather than the Boathouse as you’ll love the friendly service and the lovely coffees and biscuits.