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Primal Pantry: Cafe, Takeaway, Grocer

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published November 17th 2015
Me crave caveman crudités
Primal Pantry cafe & groceries
Primal Pantry, Hill Street, opposite Grand Central shopping centre.
It's nice out in late Spring to the sounds of pumping iron and 80s pop music including the alternate variety. Milk crates create a fun, casual garden.

Inside PRIMAL PANTRY the floor resembles packing crates stamped for travel. There is an inviting lounge and a tree mural, but the theme of this café is 'health' with a capital 'H'.

Strategically situated beside Christy's Angels gym, this clever eatery boasts: Eat Clean, 100% paleo, free of dairy, refined sugars, grains, soy and preservatives. Be aware however, it is not diabetic-friendly as there are other sugars in the cabinet offerings. Fruit and ginger drinks, for example, have no sugar other than what is naturally in the fruit itself.

Primal Pantry attracts regular clientele as well as work-out sweaters, plus the gay community. 'Love, dream, hope' is one of their slogans and the staff are fit, muscular and individual.
Goji Berry Brownie
A Goji Berry Brownie on what looks like a half-melted saucer.

Cabinet fare includes Goji Berry Brownie which is heavenly, juicy and served warm, orange and almond cake, protein balls and hazelnut slice.

All day breakfast may include dark chocolate. Try mince and egg on paleo toast, sautéed veges with toasted seeds or eggs bennie with kale mayo. A vegetarian version of the bennie is also offered. There are kids' breakfast choices including honey pancakes and scrambled eggs on paleo toast with aioli. 'Caveman Feast' was unfortunately off the menu but hopefully a replacement will come along soon for lamb neck with sausages, bacon, egg, sweet potato and BBQ sauce.

Lunch options include generously eggy Caesar Salad, raw broccoli and bacon salad, mushroom stroganoff, turkey bolognaise and butter chicken. The day's special was rib fillet with mushroom gravy and Dutch carrots.

The coffee is strong and creamy, delicious with honey, an essential if you wanted sugar or syrups due to there not being any available. A small grocery section also looks tempting if you feel the need to stock up on healthy supplies.
Paleo Christmas tarts
Scrumptious Christmas tarts ala paleo.

Primal recipes for things like Salted Caramel Brownies or Paleo Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts can be downloaded at Cook Primal.

Have fun discovering new, healthy food choices amid a friendly, upbeat atmosphere.
Primal Pantry Grocery
Mini G-roc-ery shopping.
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Why? Eat raw and healthy.
Phone: 7 3252 5960
Where: Hill Street, Toowoomba.
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