Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published July 21st 2020
Totally hooked by great fresh bulk foods
For the last few decades, people have become more aware of what we eat and what products we use in the laundry and kitchen, which has brought about a search for organic and healthier options. It is now being considered that long term use of some chemicals can cause breathing and lung problems and this is another reason why consumers are shopping around for different choices.
Naturally Hooked, located in the Victoria Point Lakeside Precinct, is just the place to go to purchase local Australian products at very reasonable prices. Owners Jason & Tamara pride themselves in offering a huge range of quality products, including bulk purchase items, such as dishwashing liquid, detergent, flour, salt, nuts and dried fruit to frozen fruit, milk and a range of dairy-free goodies for those with allergies. You can either shop online and have your goods delivered free if you reside in the Redlands area, or pop into the shop. Anyone living outside the Redlands area can still purchase online with low shipping costs.
Take A Seat, Sip On Coffee and Relax (Author's Photo)
While in-store, you may like to take a seat and have a coffee. The day I visited, I had a Single origin certified organic coffee from Peru, and it was indeed a genuinely nice coffee. You will not be able to go past the delicious cakes in the display cabinet. With dairy and gluten-free options available, they truly are very moreish. Why not take a selection home for afternoon tea?
I have tasted many kinds of honey over the years and have taken a dislike to some. I was surprised to learn from Jason that we should eat the honey pollinated by bees in our local area, the reason being that our noses and sinuses get climatised to the pollen being produced by the bees all around us and that is why the taste of other honey varieties are not so palatable. Honey can be purchased in bulk with containers available instore, or bring your own container in to be filled.
Buy in Bulk and Save Money (Author's Photo)
Some people with allergies, and especially asthmatics, may be sensitive to dried fruits that have used the preservative sulphur. Naturally Hooked sells sulphur-free Turkish apricots packed by an Australian supplier. As I am a big fan of dried apricots, I can tell you these are delicious. The sulphur gives the apricot the colour, so when you are looking for sulphur-free apricots, you will notice they are brown/black in colour. The range of dried fruits at Naturally Hooked does not stop with apricots, a list of other products can be seen here.
Originally situated next to Westpac in Victoria Point, the move to the atrium right at the entrance to the Victoria Point Cinemas has been a fruitful endeavour with more walking traffic and access to car parking nearby. There are also plans for extending Naturally Hooked outside to accommodate small functions, parties and gatherings, where seating for twenty or standing for forty will be managed.
Huge range of Dried Fruits, Nuts and more (Author's Photo)
There are so many items to purchase at Naturally Hooked that it may be best to pop on their website and make a list before you visit, but do not expect to come home with just the list, as there will be always something you spot that you need to purchase as well. I visited for laundry detergent and chocolate items and came home with deodorant as well. The range of items in the shop is:
Massive Range of All Things Yummy & Healthy (Author's Photo)
The best part of purchasing from Naturally Hooked is that there is no membership or subscriptions, just an abundance of natural wholefoods ready for your consumption. The more you purchase, the cheaper your order becomes. On the website, go to the Blog page, where you can download heaps of yummy recipes to try.
The Place To Be For All Your Household Needs (Author's Photo)
For more information, you can also find Naturally Hooked on Facebook and Instagram. Naturally Hooked is open seven days a week – Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.00pm, Saturday 7.00am to 2.00pm and Sunday from 9.00am to 12.00pm. Pop in to see Manager Ash and her lovely staff, who will welcome you in with happy smiles.
The address is Shop H15b, 11 Bunker Road, Victoria Point. Telephone 0421 734 020. It won't be too long before you are totally hooked!