A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky in my own backyard.
Published July 29th 2016
Food to nourish the body and soul
With our favourite CD in the player and the windows down to let the wind blow the cobwebs away, we set off to drive the 1-hour journey from Brisbane through the picturesque Scenic Rim to the town of Boonah.
Poppi's Wholefood Cafe - Image from website
Poppi's Health Food Store and Wholefood Café is worth the drive. Located in Boonah's High Street, Poppi's is a family owned and run café with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We enter the spacious, airy café with its large wooden tables, odd chairs and lounging sofas. Children are quietly swinging in hammock seats suspended from the ceiling, while their parents relax over coffee. Through the back-door we spy outdoor seating, umbrellas, flower pots and green grass. Families, grandparents, couples and old friends sit in the sunshine, chatting between mouthfuls. I think to myself, 'This is where I want to while away an hour or two'.
We arrived at that moment when breakfast blurs into lunch, so luckily for us, were are given the choice of two menus. My dining companions opted from the breakfast menu, with its choice of plump mushrooms severed buttery smooth on ciabatta bread, smashed avocado on sourdough, farm eggs benedict with Poppi's own kale and apple cider infused mayonnaise or omelettes served steaming in their own pan with various fillings, including ripe red tomatoes, juicy pink ham and fresh garden herbs.
The lunch menu is extensive, as is the showcase of farmhouse quiches, lentil slices, savoury muffins and pizzas both round and wholesome. The standout was my choice of salad - a lunchtime favourite of farmer harvested vegetables, roasted with halloumi and polenta. It was an artistic display of colours and flavours that had everybody staring appreciatively while I savoured the crisp earthy flavours of carrot, eggplant, tomato and sweet potato, tossed with rocket and topped with a beetroot and sesame cracker. This was exactly why I had travelled to this generous part of the world, and I was not disappointed.
We decided to take the long way home via Queen Mary Falls, so of course needed coffee and a treat to delight us along the way. The sweets cabinet was full of raw, exotic and sugar-free slices, pies, brownie and cakes. My choice was an exotic ginger and turmeric slice, and although the aroma of coffee was divine, I opted instead for a Dirty Chai (chai with a coffee shot). Poppi's also offer an array of herbal teas, fresh juices and indulgent smoothies.
Queen Mary Falls
With its focus on locally grown, homemade rustic flavours coupled with a fresh modern approach, Poppi's Wholefood Café offers local, healthy, organic lunch food to nourish the body, mind, heart and soul. They also ensure no one is left wanting as they offer a generous selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free. Something to tempt every soul.
They are open daily. Check website for times and menus