Over our mid-semester break, we trekked back to my hometown- Townsville, in far north Queensland. The days were long, and the weather was glorious and sunny.
It was so nice to swim in the ocean and lay about on the sandy beach. It was still a QLD winter, despite it being 25*C and the locals thought we were crazy for venturing into the water.
Even when travelling, Regan and I make an effort to eat fresh and healthy foods. We came across a bustling little alleyway with new urban-industrial fittings starkly contrasting the quiet coastal mall and odd shops that make up the heart of Townsville. For a moment, that little passage made us feel like we were back in Melbourne.
Red brickwork, with fresh white and orange decor caught our eye, it was the ‘Paleo Cafe’, with the tagline ‘Eat Clean, Live Lean’ and I was sold. We met up with my beautiful friend, Cassandra (who originally introduced me to kefir).
The specials board out the front boasted an all day breakfast, which I couldn’t resist. I paired this with the pina colada juice, just to make me really feel like I was on holidays at the beach.
Regan got the deconstructed Lamb Burger, with sweet potato fries. We ordered at the front counter, and took a seat outside. The cafe was very quiet, with only a few other patrons lounging around. The weather was gently warm and there was a nice intermittent sea-breeze. And we waited. It seemed like an eternity, but really it was about 35 minutes, for our food to come.
My breakfast came out, with home made gluten free bread. The bacon was nitrate free, but cold when it was served. The bread was a bit stale, but I was happy to try something new.
My pina colada ‘juice’ was really a smoothie but tasty and fresh. We were keen to try an organic coffee, but the coffee machine was broken when we arrived. Cassandra ordered a raw salted caramel slice, which she really enjoyed.
We really wanted to love Paleo Cafe, but the quality of the food just didn’t reflect the price we paid. In saying that, Regan and I have realised that in Melbourne we are truly spoilt for choice. When we eat out, we like to enjoy our food (as we don’t eat out much) and for us, eating out in Melbourne has been an amazing experience.
It was great to have a healthy eat-out option, such as Paleo Cafe- however I must admit I was expecting more. It was great to catch up with my friend, after so many years and reminisce about old school days.
Our brief holiday was fun, and I enjoyed showing Regan where I grew up. It was so nice to catch a little bit of summer before coming back to chilly Melbourne. Thanks for the Adventure, Townsville!