Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
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Published June 9th 2014
Like many families in Australia, we adopt a very strict household budget. Most of our shopping is done at one of the major grocery outlets, and sometimes we have to look at price over quality. When it comes to meat, our selection has to fall into that price range too. There are a few times we may "splurge" and buy something on the pricey side. Of course when you get just as much gristle and fat as you would with the cheaper option you begin to question the choice you made!
I had driven past Meat Lovers Paradise a number of times, however I could not front up enough courage to stop and have a good look. I had seen a number of specials that they advertised in their window, but that little voice kept telling me the same thing: "They are probably the same as everyone else!"
This past weekend, we decided to take the plunge and visit this butcher. With plenty of parking in the rear of the shop we made our way through the entrance. Immediately we were greeted with a warm 'hello!'
Everyone is greeted in a true hospitable Italian way!
I was a little taken back by how busy the store was. There were a number of good looking Italians having loads of fun while they worked. If there is one thing I enjoy, it is watching people enjoying what they do. I thought that the name of the store was befitting for the culture within: "Meat Lovers Paradise".
My husband picked up a vacuum pack of chicken breast and showed me the price - $7.00 per kilo. He had gained my attention. That is the same price I pay for beef mince and it had no fat on it.
I started to glance over the rest of the choices. The selection was far superior to anything I had seen before and the prices were competitive. I began to settle into the atmosphere while one of the men asked if he could help me.
I shyly pointed to my husband, and continued to look around. For the first time in many months I realized that we could literally have the best of both worlds. 'I could have great meat and eat it too.' I began welcoming the idea of saying good bye to gristle and fat.
Meat Lovers Paradise does not only meet your meat requirements, they also have a range of salads to choose from. I thought that is a perfect combination. For many couples there is one that loves meat and one that enjoy salads. Meat Lovers Paradise had created an environment to suit almost anyone.
OR - choose from veggies you can grill over the barbecue!
While my husband was keeping one of the very nice Italian men busy, I had a good look around. Although it was cosy with a great atmosphere, this butcher had given attention to detail. They had leather chairs for people to sit on while waiting for their selection to be custom cut and packaged. They also had a selection of other grocery items which could complement a meal. This selection ranged from fresh coffee beans to a selection of cheese and freshly baked bread. And as I had missed breakfast and lunch, the bread and cheese was very inviting.
I am thinking of a Meat Lovers Pizza from this selection!
That evening we had grilled a combination of steak and sausages. I don't usually purchase sausages because, for the most part, they taste like plastic. However I was open for 'new things' and I gave the custom created sausages a go.
It was a welcome to enjoy good steak without taking out the electric knife to cut it. And, though I am not a huge fan of sausages I can say that these sausages have won me over, just a little. I found the sausages rather tasty and could quite easily have them again.
Don't drive pass this butcher...you will miss out on an experience!
Meat Lovers Paradise is open Monday to Friday 7am-5.30pm and Saturday 7am-1pm. They also have an online ordering system which is a great idea for those who either drive past everyday (like myself) or don't have to time to stop in for a browse. The only downside to the online options is that you miss out on all those amazing goodies just begging for you to take them home.