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Published August 13th 2015
A home away from home
Stopping in at Abitza is like visiting a home away from home. As you enter you are greeted with warm smiles from both staff and patrons. You'll see spectacular artwork on the walls, a library, a comforting hearth and there's good coffee and good food. The welcoming space is uplifting and you can't help but let time stop while you stay, sip and savour.
There is an array of food on the menu to suit the latest way to eat as well as honouring classics like hot chips. Abitza caters to Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Raw and Traditional food philosophies. So there is something for everyone.
Abitza is particular about the quality of their coffee and teas.
Coffee is sourced from Community Roasters based in Melbourne. Abitza has chosen this company for their traditional approach to roasting, which focuses on flavour and quality. Customers can opt to support Abitza's Suspended Coffee Programme. It's based on an Italian goodwill tradition. Suspended coffees are pre-paid coffees purchased at a participating cafe that enables you to provide a comforting cup of coffee to someone who can't afford it.
A local gourmet tea company called Ceylon Tea Bush supplies the tea at Abitza. Ceylon Tea Bush specialises in black tea, green tea, herbal and fruit infusions. All of which are available.
Check the cake display for a selection of cakes and treats to have with your coffee or tea, like Hazelnut Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls, Raw Cocoa Bliss Balls, Raw Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Muffins, Chocolate Cakes and more.
Hearty breakfasts are served from 7.30am. Classics like Eggs Florentine and Eggs Benedict amongst newbies like Abitza Paleo Breakfast Bowl.
For lunch, I couldn't go past the old classic BLT with a serve of chips. Yes I was indulging. We also ordered the well-stacked Paleo Burger with layer upon layer of goodness. As the menu says it is Paleolicious with eggs, grilled vegetables, beef patties, avocado, home made tomato relish and fresh herbs.
There's a kids menu, smoothies and hot chocolate of course.
Now we've come to the healing menu. There's homeopathy, reiki, massage, tarot readings and many other modalities on offer. Abitza has relaxing and serene rooms out the back for some body and soul food. To have a look at the full list of practitioners and therapies click here.
Do you need to buy a gift? What about treating yourself? There are aromatherapy products, crystals, jewellery, incense, paintings and photographs by local artists.
But that's not all. Abitza also hosts regular events.
Grey Milton will be performing on the last Sunday in the month from 11.30am - 1.30pm from August through to November 2015. There are also monthly workshops. Check out Abitza's Facebook Page and website for more details on upcoming events.