Taken in 2006!
I wanted somewhere delicious. I wanted somewhere serene. And I also wanted something symbolic, something that would signify a fresh start - not just another plate of smashed avocado. Enter Rhubarb Wholefoods.
When she was a baby, every Friday I used to put my oldest child in the occasional childcare on Buckley St kind of opposite (it has since closed). I would drop her off and walk past May Hong, feeling free as a bird, down Victoria Street to brunch at Le Chien. It's not an exaggeration to say that I lived for those few hours on a Friday morning.
Rhubarb is going to sell organic dry goods and they already have a quite decent range. There are herbal teas, including Chai Walli chai...
...and local raw Maidstone honey - totally trying this.
Not pictured is the fridge full of cashew cream, chocolates, and various pickled things.
The full menu is not yet up and running but they have a small spread in the meantime. This was everything I wanted and more. A big wedge of great sourdough, spread with tahini, and surfing on top gorgeous springy slices of mushroom in lemon and hot paprika, loads of perfectly cooked kale, and tangy, bursty pomegranate seeds. This wasn't your average soggy, undersalted "health food". You could tell that the cook knew their way around a pan.
There's no espresso here - only stovetop (this was had by @cubbieberry who I ran into - hiya!)...
$3.50 plus 50 cents for soy
...but there is chai which is more the authentic Indian style vs a chai latte. It was delicious.
Meet Natasha, the owner. The plan is to have a spread of different salads at lunch that you can make up a plate with, and an Indian night once per week. I love this kind of food - I can just feel my liver vibrating joyously at the sight of it - but if you can't imagine brunch without poached eggs, bacon and a latte, this is probably going to be the wrong spot for you.
This year is also a new beginning for me as I am taking my life in a new direction. I have decided to return to university in 2016 to pursue graduate study in linguistics. Languages are a deep and abiding passion of mine. I was raised in a bilingual Australian Signed Language/English home, became fluent in French through eight years at school, and did an undergraduate degree majoring in Arabic. I'm spending 2015 getting all my languages back to the standard they were at before kids took over.
So what else did I do on my fresh-start Friday? What else but have a flotation tank? No, I do not like to do anything by halves! And I look forward to bringing that same attitude to my new direction.
Rhubarb Wholefoods (Facebook)
129 Buckley Street, Seddon
(I'll add the hours next time I'm there!)