Where do Australia’s top foodies love to eat when someone else is cooking? That’s what we asked entrepreneur, personal trainer and wholefoods lover Valeria Ramirez, who took us to her favourite eateries in Brisbane and explained what keeps her coming back for more.
Being a busy mama and business owner, my life now revolves around daycare hours. When my son is at daycare I try to pack as much as I can into that time which usually involves lectures at Endeavour and seeing my clients.
Squeezing in a healthy bite on the run can be challenging because healthy options are not always around. While I try to pack my own food where possible, sometimes I do get caught out. That’s when I give my girls at Pressed Juices in the city a call so that they can pop aside my beloved Kelp Noodle and Rainbow Slaw Salad or a Buckwheat and Mushroom Wrap so I can grab it and go.
The Kelp Noodle salad is packed full of living goodness that every body needs. Kelp noodles are a great source of vegan iodine, which most people tend to be low in. The salad is a wonderful way of getting a variety of fresh, crunchy and oh-so-colourful veggies into your day, plus they come in the cutest jars you can recycle for later use.
The buckwheat and mushroom wrap is a new addition. I grew up on buckwheat in Russia, so I am very excited to see it become hip and trendy some 20 odd years later in Australia. This gluten-free bundle of deliciousness is brimming with digestive enzymes and protein that fills me up and keeps me going until dinner.
On the weekends I like to press the pause button and clock in some quality time with my husband and friends, and what better way than over a nice healthy breaky. I am loving Billykart in West End at the moment. Set under the largest green wall in the Southern Hemisphere, Billykart offers a beautiful seasonal, quality produce focused menu. It can be a bit of a wait on the weekends, but there’s plenty of space to sit down and chat while you wait, or why not get lost in all the tasty morsels and house made goodies next door at Billykart Provisions.
My breakfast favourites at Billykart include the poached fruits, orange blossom almond milk curd, with heavenly malted house granola. It’s the perfect dish for something sweet. Crunchy and fragrant, the nutty granola is packed full of nutrients, fibre and good fats while the almond milk curd is a great alternative to traditional yoghurt. For something savoury I love the sprouted seed loaf that is perfectly complemented by avocado tahini, taramasalata, pickled green tomato, and fragrant fresh herbs.
Each meal is perfectly balanced and just the right portion to fill you up without making you feel too full.
214 Adelaide Street Brisbane
Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 6:30pm and Sunday 8am to 5pm.
Billykart West End
2 – 4 Edmondstone Street South Brisbane
Open Sunday and Monday 7am to 5pm and Tuesday to Saturday 7am until late.
About Valeria Ramirez
Valeria is a holistic health coach, nutrition student and founder of The Well Nest, a cosy place for mothers to learn to nurture themselves and their families.
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