Sadhana Kitchen Bondi

Review – Sadhana Kitchen, Bondi

Sadhana Kitchen Bondi

Sadhana Lasagne and Carrot Walnut Falafel Plate

Sadhana Kitchen, Sydney’s first organic, vegan, raw, wholefoods café has officially opened their second store location on Warners Avenue, the doorstep of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach.

Sadhana Kitchen Menu

Sadhana Kitchen Menu

The raw, vegan and organic foods culinary trend is quickly gaining momentum across Sydney, with the opening of Sadhana Kitchen Bondi cementing its place in mainstream dining. The new café is set to become a population fixture among locals and visitors alike.

“We always knew there was a demand for our food here in the Eastern Suburbs,” says Sadhana Kitchen Founder and Director, Maz Valcorza. “We had a lot of customers from the Bondi area travelling to our flagship store in Enmore and telling us how much of a hassle it was. Now we can service the inner west and the east as well.” said Valcorza.

It has taken two years for Valcorza to find the ideal beachside location, which has been found at the site once occupied by Nina Ploy’s Thai restaurant. They have kept the space’s industrial feel, showcasing the exposed brick and harnessing the chic appeal of bare copper piping, while incorporating bursts of colour from plants and deep ocean blue tiling.

The Sadhana Kitchen, Bondi store will provide a range of in-house and takeaway dining options including their signature raw, vegan high-tea and 7 course, raw, vegan degustation. The café will also offer a daily menu of breakfast, lunch, sweets, juice, smoothie and cocowhip x SK dessert items. The menu is packed full of Sadhana favorite’s including the pitaya bowl of dragon fruit blended with frozen strawberries and banana, served with fresh fruit and Sadhana’s original blend granola (featuring buckwheat, goji berries, cacao nibs and shredded coconut); and the “Cheezeburger” made with a nut-free vegan patty (also known as “Neatloaf”) and topped with homemade vegan cheddar cheeze.

“I want to make vegan food more accessible. Sadhana Kitchen exists to make organic, plant-based wholefoods and raw food accessible to everyone, no matter your background. By making these foods and services available, I hope that people will cultivate a mindful connection to what they are putting into their bodies.  I want them to have the knowledge, and experience to make kinder, healthier, and more ethical choices for themselves, and our world.” said Valcorza.

All Sadhana Kitchen menu items are crafted from raw, plant-based ingredients with everything prepared at temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius. “We wanted the least amount of refinement to our dishes. We work hard to make sure that everything we serve is still hearty, familiar and indulgent. I don’t want people to feel like they’re just going out for a salad,” says Valcorza. “When people leave here, they’re going to feel full.”

Sadhana Kitchen Bondi

Sadhana Kitchen Bondi

Sadhana Kitchen Bondi, 132 Warners Avenue, Bondi Beach
Open Daily 8am–4pm

www.sadhanakitchen.com 

Little Gunga, Milton NSW

Review – Little Gunga, Milton NSW

Little Gunga, Milton NSW

Little Gunga, Milton NSW – http://www.instagram.com/cafegunyah

Billed as a “coffee/art space” Little Gunga is one of the many coffee offerings in the buzzing tourist village of Milton on the South Coast of New South Wales.

My husband’s family is from Ulladulla and while visiting one weekend a few years back his sister insisted we visit the newest cafe, obligingly we went along with the promise of good coffee, and we weren’t disappointed. As we walked in the door we were greeted by the welcoming face of a barista I had worked with many moons ago at a cafe in Cronulla, so immediately I knew we were in for a coffee treat. Blake has since sold the cafe, however the new owners have employed a lovely lady, Rhiannon, I went to high school with who is still pumping out high quality coffee.

Little Gunga is nestled in an ally leading to a car park but has much more charm that one would expect to find from that description. Hosting an eclectic mix of seating and well lacquered wooden bench tops, paired with a beautiful bench front composed of reclaimed timber off-cuts, you immediately feel at ease in this relaxed space.

Rosetta Latte Art

Cappuccino – Little Gunga, Milton NSW – http://www.instagram.com/cafegunyah

Go for: the coffee – around $4 for small

Stay for: I’m not going to lie, I usually order take away and wander through the local boutiques while sipping

Order: Coffee!

Bonus: check in-store for music acts and art exhibitions

 

Sadhana Kitchen - raw, gluten free, sugar free, vegan cake

April Loves

Sadhana Kitchen - raw, gluten free, sugar free, vegan cake

Let me start by sending a big apology for missing March Loves. I know that it must have been a real struggle for you to figure out which shiny, new products to try this past month. I had appendicitis, so you can blame my non-vital organ that was yanked out and kicked to the curb. What a jerk.

Without further ado, here is my round up of yummy finds to nom on this month:

  • Woolworths Select Ice Cream, Caramel Toffee with Biscuit Pieces, RRP $4.70 1L – Woolworths’ ice cream game is on point. There are a few flavours in this range but this one of by far my favourite. In fact, the words “this is the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten” spilled out of my mouth as a I was curled up on the couch, tub and spoon in hand. Sorry, not sorry.
Woolworths Select Ice Cream Caramel Toffee Biscuit 1L

Woolworths Select Ice Cream, Caramel Toffee Biscuit

  • Counting Sheep, Sauvignon Blanc, RRP $13, 750ml – this Marlborough Sauv Blanc is zesty, fruity and light. Its tasting notes proclaim cut grass aromas, which to be honest doesn’t sound all that appealing to me. I’d probably toss the glass if some lawn trimmings fell in. Never the less, this is a fine drop and is perfect for spring afternoons in the sunshine with friends and seafood.
counting-sheep-sauvignon-blanc-marlborough-new-zealand

Counting Sheep, Sauvignon Blanc

  • Sadhana Kitchen, 147 Enmore Rd, Enmore – You wouldn’t be the first to think you’d be craving a big, fat, juicy steak after snacking at Sydney’s original raw, organic, vegan cafe, but you’d be wrong. Stuff your pie hole with raw pad Thai, guilt free treats like “Better than Wagon Wheels” and wash it all down with a mylk chai or fresh juice. Even this carnivore waddled away with a full belly.
Sadhana Kitchen Enmore

Sadhana Kitchen, Enmore

  • Delicious Skin, Butter Cleanser, RRP $25 100mls – I was sold at butter for your body. Organic and it smells good enough to eat. I mean, who doesn’t want to rub butter on their body? In a non Homer Simpson kind of way.
Delicious Skin Butter Cleanser

Delicious Skin, Butter Cleanser

Enjoy!

Art of Espresso

Review – Art of Espresso, Young NSW

When I found out we were moving to the country one of my first thoughts was “…but, where will I get good coffee??”. After a quick google search I stumbled upon the brainchild of Adrian Capra, Art of Espresso – espresso bar, roastery and barisa school; located in none other than our new home town of Young.

Opening their doors in August 2010, Art of Espresso has gone on to become a haven for coffee connoisseurs and inquisitive novice’s alike. Their multiaward winning beans, like the house ‘kombie blend’ are fair trade, rainforest alliance certified and organic. Oh, and they have even made the Lonely Planet guide book as a must visit destination for coffee when visiting country NSW. BOOM!

Set in an old bakery, complete with pressed tin feature walls, funky beats greet you as you walk in and welcoming staff remember your order. The coffee here is second to none and there is a sipping chocolate that will make your diabetic heart beat with desire.

Art of Espresso, Young NSW

Cappuccino – Art of Espresso, Young NSW

Go for: the coffee – $3.80 small, $4.80 large

Stay for: the staff and good vibes

Order: Coffee!

Bonus: the good folk at AOE also run barista classes so you can learn the tricks of the trade and music nights with the likes of The Audrey’s and Mia Dyson.

Enjoy!