The name Greenhouse Gypsy might conjure up visions of a fairy-like gypsy girl with beads and daisies in her hair, floating through sunlit lush ferns, surrounded by exotic flowers covered in butterflies - with a basket full of fruits, veges and berries. Well you aren't far off the mark. Greenhouse Gypsy is a new cafe opening 5 weeks ago in Mona Vale on Sydney's Northern Beaches. This wonderful cafe was created by Amy Hart who is definitely an earth goddess who has a passion for nourishing people with everything wholesome and healthy.
Cafe owner Amy Hart was flat out busy but took time out to say hello and tell me what inspired her to open this cafe. Amy has done extensive study in nutritional science and wanted to use her knowledge to follow her dream and open a healthy vegan cafe for the local community. I had to admire her as she is also a busy mother of two young children and happens to look like a model. I could clearly see that her healthy eating patterns had paid off with her youthful complexion and clear sparkling eyes.
Sustainable agriculture and the environment are important factors in Amy's menu design. Using only plant-based products, she selects ingredients that are free from genetic modification, organic and raw where possible. The menu is full of interesting options, from fresh juices, super-food smoothies and macrobiotic soups to coconut wraps, Mexican pinto beans, tomato casserole, nori rolls and much more.
The younger generation, especially teenagers upwards are embracing vegan food. My 20 year old daughter was the one to tell me about this cafe and the news was spreading like wildfire amongst the local Gen Y residents. I believe the majority of the residents of the Northern Beaches, especially further up the peninsula share a similar philosophy in life - eat green, eat vegan, value and protect your environment and live a healthy long life.
I happened to drop in rather late around 3.00pm but was still able to order a delicious collard wrap. This is a vegan wrap full or protein and iron. The leaves are wrapped around a pumpkin, rice and quinoa salad with a home made dipping sauce. I also ordered a masala chai latte made with infusing herbs in a pot, no powders or syrup are used.
The other dish I was keen to try was the nori wraps - seaweed wrapped around organic market fresh veges. Apparently seaweed is the perfect choice for regulating and purifying your blood. It is also much higher in calcium than milk. Many of us have grown up thinking milk is the best choice for calcium, when in fact several foods have a much higher calcium level.
If you are wanting a healthy lunch to take to the beach or park you can order delicious vegan lunch boxes. dehydrated falafel, homemade pumpkin hummus, spiralised veggies and edible flowers.
Take away vegan lunch boxes - image Greenhouse Gypsy FB
There is so many delicious healthy vegan dishes to chose from on the menu and also in the grab and go refrigerated display cabinet. Even if you aren't normally into vegan food you will find yourself easily converted after trying out such tasty healthy food that is bursting with flavours. If sweets are more your thing, you can also enjoy home-baked treats with edible flowers and Hippie Lane cakes by Taline Gabriel.
Before I could leave Amy insisted I try her cocowhip. This is also a vegan, bio fermented coconut soft serve ice cream made with 3 secret ingredients that Amy wouldn't disclose. It was topped with home-made cacao sauce with nuts and honey. You can get the cocowhip with different sauces - cacao, caramel or berry for $6.