My thoughts about Ora

Hi all!!

I apologise for my lack of posts lately. It really has been a while since I’ve written on my blog… Now that I am back at uni and getting into a bit of a routine again I promise I will be better!

Today, I would like to share my thoughts about a cafe which I discovered on the weekend called ‘Ora‘, located on Whistler street in Manly. Now Ora is not your typical cafe… Nope, definitely not. It is quite different actually, starting from the fact that no paper napkins nor plastic straws are to be found there for example.

So, what is Ora in a nutshell?

Ora is an organic cafe in Manly which thrives on the idea that you can eat yummy healthy food.

What type of food do they serve there?

The cafe serves breakfast and lunch, including drinks and snacks. Although the food options are rather limited, the menu caters for a range of taste buds and the drink list runs for a few pages. Whether you are more of a sweet tooth, enjoy a typical bacon and egg sandwich or fancy trying something different, Ora has got you covered. However, what struck out to me the most was the original meal options like the savoury porridge served with bacon for example (see photo below!). In terms of drinks, naturopathic teas are the cafe’s go-to as well as the novel ‘Tumeric Latte’ which I got the chance to try!

Tumeric Latte

Overall experience?

I really enjoyed having breakfast there with my family on a fine Saturday morning. The vibe is relaxed, the staff is friendly and attentive and the design of the cafe rocks! Plus you will definitely feel nice and full after your meal as the portions are generous which is always a bonus.

Thumbs up?

What I liked the most about Ora is that the place definitely centres around serving organic and nice food but, most importantly, it is not about ‘cleansing’ or being ‘vegan’ or anything extreme like that. Ora genuinely aims to create yummy wholefood which is sustainable, makes you feel good and is delicious! The package deal really. And price wise, dishes costs $20 or under so not too bad!

So, Ora, you have my thumps up!!

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Delicious Dairy-Free Muesli

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When I woke up today I felt a bit tense/nervous because I had an interview for an internship later that morning. I’m not going to say which company I applied for because it is not guaranteed that I got the position so let’s not spill anything too early. But one thing is for sure, I was very excited to go to my first ‘proper’ interview (as opposed to casual bar job interviews or things like that) but I was also very anxious. I will be over the moon if I do get the internship though because the company works in the field of health and wellbeing and is tied up with charity work as well – couldn’t have wished for a more ideal workplace that matches my interests. So fingers crossed!!

But let’s not get too side tracked! The reason for which I wanted to write a blog post is because I made a delicious breakfast to fuel my body up with as much goodness as possible before my interview. Inspired from smoothie recipes from The Blonde Vegan and from the muesli I once had at Pure Wholefoods in Manly, this rather big breakfast is ideal to begin your day in a positive manner. I can guarantee that you will feel nice and refreshed after such a yummy dairy-free muesli.

Essentially, my breakfast comprised of a fruit salad with muesli but instead of having yogurt I blended some fruits (like I would when I make a smoothie) and I used the mixture as my yogurt – the result was fantastic to say the least!

Here is the recipe: (this is just a rough recipe, you can play around with the ingredients as much as you want, it is just to give you an idea!)

For the fruit blend

Ingredients:

– 1/2 banana

– small handful of frozen raspberries

– small handful or frozen blueberries

– 1/4 apple

– 1 tsp flax seed meal

– 1 tsp green powder

– 1 kale leaf

– 1/2 cup of coconut water

– 1/2 cup of almond milk

Method:

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender! Note that this will give you quite a large amount of mixture so you can use the left overs to sip on like a normal smoothie

 

Fruit salad and muesli

Ingredients:

You can use what ever fruit you like really but I personally used:

– 3/4 apple (note that it was a really small apple)

– 1/4 banana

– fresh blueberries

– fresh raspberries

– Homemade granola (for my ‘chocolate muesli’ recipe click here and for my normal granola recipe click here).

Method:

Place the muesli at the bottom of your bowl and then spread the fruit on top. Use the apple to segment the bowl in two parts so that once you pour the fruit blend it won’t go everywhere.

 

Tips: you can add some roasted almonds or coconut flakes on top for an extra crunch ;)

 

Enjoy!!

Happy discovery of the day: Raw organic food bar in Byron

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Lucky enough to spend my holidays in Byron Bay, I have been enjoying the many encounters with healthy/green/organic food and juice places. Today I discovered the ‘perfect’ (well, in my opinion) cafe. This wonderful place is called ‘The Naked Treaties – rawganics living food, loving vibration’. Raw, organic, vegan, fair-trade, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and handmade, this place portrays Byron in a nutshell! As a matter of fact, this food brand was hand created in Byron Bay ‘with blessings and love’. I am referring to it as a brand because any cafe can actually stock and sell some Naked Treaties products.

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As you walk past the cafe, it is simply hard to resist to have a quick wonder around. The laid back, colourful decoration is very inviting. Once you are in the shop it is even harder to walk out without trying something (if you are able to make a decision on what it is you would like to have as you may be overwhelmed by the range of choices!) Some of the things which may attract your senses include the raw chocolate bars, the fridge full of delicious looking food (including salads, muesli, fruit salads, etc) or, of course, the array of juices and smoothies available.

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I decided to have the ‘I am compassionate’ green superfood thick shake which comprised of (Zesty Vanilla Lime Pudding) Lime, Avocado, Banana, Greens, Almond Milk and Cinnamon. The drink was delicious. Quite strong in cinnamon flavour which I particularly enjoyed. However, I did find it quite substantial and since I already had a green smoothie that morning I may have overdosed on bananas and rich smoothies which made me feel a bit too full!

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I feel like I should have opted for the kale pizza instead which incorporated a safran and flax seed base with kale, tomatoes and olives topped with a yogurt and cashew dressing (YUM)! Mum bought the family some raw chocolates which were incredibly tasty. I had the ‘bounty’ one which was a pure coconut mixture covered with dark raw chocolate. Other flavours included cranberries, sneakers (caramel and almond) and praline with macadamia – DELICIOUS!

Here is a photo of my mum sitting down in an outside area of the cafe where her and I enjoyed relaxing while I drank my smoothie :)

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It looks like it snowed on my green smoothie

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After doing this cleanse my body felt so amazing that I now always try to incorporate as much greens and healthy foods to my diet as possible. For example, I have a green smoothie every morning and it is so delicious! I love having my smoothie with home made granola as a topping. On Christmas Eve I decided to sprinkle my smoothie with granola and coconut shreds which made it look like it had snowed on my smoothie! Clearly, I was in a very ‘christmassy’ mood.

Yum yum yum

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