Primal Pantry – Toowoomba Adventure

During our time away in sunny Queensland, we visited our old haunts and tried out some new places. Primal Pantry has come up numerous times in my social media, so when my sister asked where I wanted to go for breakfast… Well, we all know what I said.

My sister, Hannah <3
My sister, Hannah ❤

A perfect, Wednesday blue sky kinda morning for a late Paleo breakfast was everything I needed after a long few days of work & travel.

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A philosophy based cafe; Paleo mantras on the wall, high airy ceilings with lots of natural light made me feel right at home.

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There is nothing more joyous than eating out, in a place aligned with my personal beliefs around food and health.

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Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, whole foods. Woohoo!

A choc power smoothie with kale, banana, cacao and protein satisfied my liquid breakfast cravings.

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A sneaky, holiday coffee with coconut milk was delicious.

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My gorgeous sister, Hannah had banana choc chip bread, with berry coulis and coconut cream.

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Reasonably priced, with cabinets full of fresh raw slices and bliss balls Primal Pantry did not disappoint. On par with similar cafés in Melbourne in food quality and the fine details like rapadura sugar on the tables.

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*I even went back for a take-away smoothie the next day*

Meeting a deficit in the sleepy Toowoomba market for whole food eats, Primal Pantry has created a lovely niche that many people have been waiting to be filled. Bringing hope for the beginning of a new era for Queensland’s South East.primal pantry1

Well done, Primal Pantry!

A Quick Trip Home: Toowoomba

Sometimes it’s nice to go back to where you came from. It’s funny how both you and a place can change in small but significant ways that can only happen over time. Going back seems to make them more apparent.

So there we were, driving from Brisbane to Toowoomba, into the sunset. It would have been rather poetic, if the Golden Arches weren’t so prominent.

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We surprised my parents with a knock on the door (how we managed to keep our trip a secret, I will never know). The video of my mum getting the fright of her life when she saw us standing there will be something I will relish, and probably won’t share… “Don’t you put that on Facebook!” Were the first words she said that made sense.

We time shared between friends and both sides of the family. Tried some new places, popped back in to old ones. Meals around the family dinner table and catching up face to face is always the best. I wish I had of taken more photos with the Osborne side of the family.

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Me, Mum, and Hannah

Regan played a gig at The Mort Estate, a hotel that has been bought and upgraded by some of our loveliest friends. If you are in the area, support some locals who are putting a lot of effort in to make Toowoomba a classier place.

The only thing missing was my dear girl, Kayla. My feline bestie since I was 3 years old. She lived a long, rich life that can only come with traveling all over Queensland and winning fights against dogs more than twice her size. It was the first time I had been in the family home without her, for as long as my memory stretches. She passed into pet heaven last year, after 20 years of service to the Solomon family. Forever loved and missed.

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My Kayla girl

Regan and I came home to Melbourne, sporting new haircuts and hearts full of happiness at seeing people, places and animals that are dear to us. What a trip! And now onwards into year 2/5 of University.

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Not A Melbourne Adventure: Paleo Cafe Townsville

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.

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Townsville beach

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

paleocafe5Regan’s Lamb burger was a bit of a disappointment. The lemon aioli had split and his food was cold.

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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.

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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.

It was so good to see you, Cassandra!
It was so good to see you, Cassandra!

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!