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| BNE January/February 2017


Café bliss

Jacqui Toumbas ditched a 9-to-5 job to study nutrition and hasn’t looked back.

After getting her degree she used her new knowledge to make energy boosting

‘Bliss’ balls from a range of nuts, dates and natural seasonal ingredients, minus

the sugar and preservatives of other ‘energy’ snacks. Now she presides over the

burgeoning Miss Bliss Wholefoods business which includes catering, a café in

Vulture Street, West End and the new Bliss Lane, opening in South Brisbane

next month. One of Toumbas’ favourite dishes on the menu is the Nourish Bowl

which changes seasonally but for summer is filled with spiced chickpeas, beetroot

noodles, beetroot hummus, roasted pumpkin and one of the soft ‘n’ gooey eggs

Miss Bliss is famous for. Café open seven days. For more information and times



Take it slow

The Soul Pantry Kitchen in Newmarket is a sanctuary that doesn’t just feel like

a Queensland backyard it is a backyard where artisan baked goods and iced

teas and coffees are served under vintage umbrellas. The pantry is stocked with

locally-made jams, chutneys and honey from a neighbourhood hive, sauces,

spices and gourmet provisions to buy and organic milk in the fridge. But that’s

not all that’s good about Soul Pantry. The café is a charming extension of owner

Patricia Foley’s real talent which is making terrariums and flower arrangements.

Since starting workshops in her very special art three years ago, classes

have blossomed from one a month to three a week and have attracted groups

like Slowella that look specifically for ways for people to slow down and do

something for themselves. “They want to relax and this is a way to take time out

and focus on something that matters to you,” says Foley. The Soul Pantry will

reopen after holidays on 23 January, at 1A/19 Kelvin Street, Newmarket. For

open times see


Appetite for superfoods

Pineapple Express is proof there is a growing appetite for superfoods – and not

just in Brisbane. The café is the brainchild of marketers Tom Sweep and Jonathan

Ford who teamed up with three friends to open the first café 18 months ago in

Fortitude Valley, quickly followed by another at Portside Wharf, Hamilton and

they recently opened two new locations in Dubai. There’s everything from açai

bowls to a vegan-friendly Coco Whip dessert on the menu and new dishes are

added regularly, like fruit-laden Turmeric and Lemon Pancakes or Green Tea

Soba Noodles with three kinds of mushrooms, chilli, tofu and ginger. Kitchen

open seven days. For times see


Drink up

Boost Juice makes it quick and easy to get a dose of healthy nutrients on-the-go

with its Two and Five juice, inspired by the national campaign to encourage

adults to have two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables a day. The Two and

Five is a mash-up of apple, orange, carrot, celery, cucumber, beetroot and spinach

plus one of Boost Juice’s custom vitamin ‘boosters’ and in a study of 21 on-

the-go drinks recently it beat out all rivals with the highest Estimated Nutrient

Quality score. It’s just one of the combinations of juices made from more than a

dozen fruits and vegetables on the Boost Juice menu or you can also choose your

own blend. Boost Juice is on Level 3 at International Terminal, Brisbane Airport.

For more stores see


Healthy food delivered

If you needed proof that healthy food made easy is what we want you need

look no further than the skyrocketing success of 5point4 – the latest winner of

the Lord Mayor’s Business Award for Business Growth. As it celebrates its third

anniversary in February, it can boast a delivery of about 50,000 meals a week

across a network that now includes Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne as well

as South East Queensland and a turnover that has jumped from half a million

dollars to $10 million. It’s easy to see why. Customers can order from a choice of

five meal plans (for weight loss, muscle gain or healthy maintenance for example)

to meet four key goals (such as health, convenience and affordability). New

research shows it’s the number one prepared meal program for Millennials who

pay around $75 a week for two meals a day on a basic plan, and you won’t find

any bread, white rice, cheese, cream, white potato or heavy sauces on the menu.

Most meals are high protein, low carb and tailored to men or women. Each

person is screened to make sure they get the meal plan best suited to them and

they are assigned a personal coach who tracks their progress and results over the

period of their plan. For more information see






ways to

eat wise