I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
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Published May 29th 2013
Going organic the easy Wray
Wray Organic market and cafe in Central Fair, Mt Gravatt
It's always nice to feel like your doing something good for your body, so this morning I decided to check out Wray Organic which is situated in Central Fair Shopping Centre on Logan Road in Mt.Gravatt. I must admit that part of the reason for my visit was, in reality, to have the opportunity to check out another coffee shop in my local area, and I was not disappointed.
A wander down the aisles revealed a variety of certified organic products which I never knew existed. Imagine, organic ice-cream in fabulously decadent sounding flavours. Meat, ham, bacon, milk, yoghurts and cheeses from local producers, and a massive floor to ceiling collection of organic nuts, pulses, seeds - and of course healthy things covered in chocolate.
Dry goods were also well represented, with plenty of pastas, cereals and flours, both for "normal" people and "gluten free" types. Bottles of olives, corn kernels, tomatoes and beans vied for room amongst organic chocolate offerings, biscuits and a wide variety of breads.
There were plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables for sale, with a variety of different potatoes, onions, tomatoes, apples, carrots, citrus fruits and leafy greens. It was nice to see a selection, rather than just the occasional organic offering from one of the big chain supermarkets.
A wide range of certified organic produce for sale
If you're really hard-core when it comes to organic products, then there is a full range of cleaning products and it was really nice to take my shopping home in a cardboard box - just like the good old days before plastic bags came and invaded our lives and caused land-fill problems.
Now all of that shopping led of course to a terrible need for coffee and cake, so it was time to sit down at the cafe and recover. There was a nice selection of cakes on display, as well as breakfast offerings and a lunch menu which looked fresh and inviting. Being early on in the day we settled on something not quite as rich as the delicious looking chocolate and beetroot cake. That one I will definitely have to go back and try on another day, that way my coeliac husband can experience one of the particularly scrumptious looking gluten free treats from the cabinet.
For my daughter I chose Banana Bread and freshly made apple juice. She was transfixed when it came out complete with a fresh Banana topping. I settled on an interesting sounding zucchini and lemon cake for myself, which tasted fabulous and was served with a good dollop of natural yoghurt. The coffee was great and everything was served with a smile.
Judging by the steady number of shoppers and cafe patrons coming through the door in what is normally a very quiet shopping mall, Wray Organic is breathing new life into Central Plaza. In a world where we are becoming a little more conscious about the way we do things and what we put into our bodies, this store makes sourcing some of the great organic products which are available a little more convenient. You can sign up for an emailed weekly newsletter on their Website.
The Mt Gravatt store is one of seven dotted around Queensland which were conceived by Gold Coast couple, Deborah Wray and Gary Davis. Their aim is to make affordable organic produce which is fresh and locally grown available to everyone. Taking a look around the Mt. Gravatt store, I would say that they are well on their way to achieving it. The store is open 7 days, 8-6pm on week days and 8-5pm on weekends. The coffee shop opens from 9-5pm on weekdays and 9-4pm on the Weekend.