I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published July 20th 2013
Bringing Glamour to Groceries
It's unavoidable, we must all eat and therefore we must all shop, more than likely at a supermarket. I know that for some people the idea of a stroll through the aisles is exciting, maybe comforting, perhaps even enjoyable. But that's not me. I find the whole ordeal daunting and often I feel claustrophobic stuck between the endless shelves, the wayward trolleys, the unhappy babies, the fluorescent lights... why are there no windows?
Because we all love good food.
However, it's a chore I must factor into my week. Hats off to those who manage to shop fortnightly or monthly and prolong the time between visits, but even their milk will sour, their kids will inevitably eat all the school snacks before the weekend ends and the tomato paste they know is in the pantry somewhere, really isn't! So when I can't muster the energy to tackle Safeway, Coles or Aldi, I head to Thomas Dux on Bridge Road Richmond and bring a sense of style and grace to this otherwise mundane task.
Shopping at Thomas Dux is an experience. You still walk down aisles debating, thinking, pondering, reading price tags, comparing salt and carbohydrate levels, but this smaller scale, upmarket grocery store prides itself on interesting, unique and often quirky fare. Of course there are the daily staples, but not necessarily from the regular brands you are used too seeing. They stock quality names like Maggie Beers, Tom and Jerry's, and Yael and Phillippa's, to name drop just a few.
Over 100 cheeses to choose from
Thomas Dux shares their passion for food by sourcing the best produce available and all fruit and veg comes straight from the markets in Melbourne.There's a strong emphasis on what's in season and even recipe ideas to help you succeed with using them. They also continue to add variety and creativity to your palate by introducing delicious new items.
There is a push towards a healthy and nutritious lifestyle and attitude towards food by providing a large selection of gluten free, dairy free, organic, free range and preservative free products. Not to say there's no room for indulgence as well - you can choose from an extensive number of cheeses, around 30 different types of antipasto, artisan style breads and macaroons in every colour of the rainbow. I can't even talk about the ice-cream without drooling.
Macaroons in a rainbow of colours
On Saturdays the store becomes The Dux Market. Here you can meet and chat with growers and suppliers and there are always delicious samples to munch on as you cruise around. Now if that doesn't inspire you to create a meal of magnificence, there are plenty of take away and heat and eat meals prepared all ready for you to enjoy at home.
Imagine all the things you can make with a feijoa
It's not a "cheap" substitute for a supermarket or market, so be prepared for your basket to cost as much as a trolley may elsewhere. But, it's the same theory as with a restaurant, you pay for the quality, service and the experience. Although look out for sale items which are bargain priced, I tend to visit Thomas Dux when I am looking for something special or our family likes to turn Sunday night dinner into a celebration of a weekend gone by.
[ADVERT]With five locations over Melbourne including Richmond, Black Rock, Armadale, Glen Waverley and Port Melbourne, there's sure to be one around you. And with flowers and liquor available to purchase too, this may very well turn out to be your one stop shop.
There is also an online shopping option if that's your thing, but if you do prefer to be hands on, the website has loads of other great stuff like recipe ideas, nutritional information and gift ideas to satisfy any hunger.
As it says in the window "Get a taste for the grocer that everybody is talking about," especially me and maybe you soon too.