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Published May 20th 2016
Ground up & graffiti groove
Curious alley cats can find tasty stash not trash in Toowoomba's alleyways. Slink down to 1/476 Ruthven St to an alley signed 'To Central Carpark' to find the healthiest laneway café. Full of Life Organics has recently joined the trend in narrow and alleyway cafes. It exudes good health and friendliness and is a welcome respite from a stressful day.
Kids and grown-up groups welcome at Full of Life Organics.
The wall adjacent to the picnic-style tables is covered with art graffiti. The café offers processed sugar free, locally owned, one hundred percent gluten and dairy free, organically grown and smoothies. Children can colour in to their heart's content. Adult colouring books are inside. A touching slogan is 'One hundred percent made with love'.
Tofu & Vege Frittata and carob-sprinkled cappuccino.
Breakfast might be fruit loaf, fruit compote or coconut yoghurt. Tofu Vege Frittata with tomato puree for $9.95 is full of nutrients. Rock salt and coconut sugar add zing and subtle sweetness. The menu changes daily; try hearty salads, fresh cakes, wraps, Caramel Tofu Cheesecake, Nori Rolls, Lemon & Coconut Balls, Sunflower, Carrot and Apple Muffins at reasonable prices.
Cappuccinos are sprinkled with carob, medium strength. Coffee is an organic blend made locally by Two Moos plus Full of Life's own blend. Coffees for sale are Mexico El Chorro and Chiapas; and India Mysore Nuggets. Non caffeine drinks include Dandelion Latte.
Cold pressed juices are a specialty as cleanses and energisers. Full of Life Organics also offer health and workout coaching by qualified personal trainers, plus boot camps and group training.
Enjoy a healthy and relaxed atmosphere where the staff care about your wellbeing. Phone 0421 445 424, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 2 Club Lane off Margaret St in the shopping district, turn off at the Thai Majestic 215 Margaret St, to find three-week-old Skewers Indo Street Food. Indonesian food you would grab from a street vendor, sans buckets, if you know what I mean.
Giant Spring Rolls with Indonesian Bintang Beer. Image byhttps://www.facebook.com/Skewers-214006648946040/.
Skewers for $2.50 are chicken or crispy tofu with peanut sauce and sweet soy; soy bean cake deep fried in batter; and for $3 tender lamb with herbs and garnish. Giant Spring Rolls with veges or chicken under $4. Add Gado Salad to Lamb or Beef Rendang, Indonesian curries with rice and pineapple pickle. Meat or Vegetarian Platters with generous portions for under $20. Staff are friendly and attentive and know their Indo food. Dance music suits the club-feel sectioned seating and decor which includes a caged lounge area and twisty electric lights attached to wheels. A fun place for a group booking, especially for the well-travelled. Live music on weekends. Open seven days till 10:30pm. Phone 0432 508 854.
Don't be fooled by the alleyway, it's clean and yummy inside Skewers.
Ground Up Espresso Bar off Duggan St signed 'Walkway to Ruthven St' is still young with a regular clientele of socialites and business persons. Photos of folks decorate a shabby chic coffee window in the alley. Graffiti art at the outdoor seating is more dazzling than some. Outdoor bar heaters and a basket full of blankets are available for early morning chills.
Ground Up has a buzzy feel to it, posters for the arts and Tex-Mex decor with tumbleweeds. For sale: aeropress $45, hand coffee grinder $80, clever cup $25 and chemexes.
Lime, watermelon and celery juice is delicious and full of fibre for $7. Coffee is house blend 'Woolloomooloo' described as 'earth, cocoa and spice'. There is also Brazil coffee. Butterscotch and caramel shots and filter coffees available. Gluten free items were vanilla cake and brownies. Neapolitan cheesecake looked scrumptious. Coffee hits are strong.
The staff sing boisterously and the radio volume requires raising of the voice to place your order. Pseudo poverty looks with prices a little higher than some. Email email@example.com.
In the Heritage Plaza Arcade the frame of the now empty red phone box is artistically displayed. Under the atrium, the beautiful lead lighting of Australian birds remains and is worth a short stroll. Located across the alley at the rear of the Chronicle Arcade where Bon Amici Wine Bar & Café have tables in the arcade, 191 Margaret St.
Stroll to the Heritage Plaza Arcade for a quick look at these birds.