Review: Zeitgeist Cuisine (Sydney CBD)

Sebastian was intrigued/worried when I suggested a plant-based cafe for a lunch catch-up. He offered to bring some jerky for me in case I passed out (I didn’t. I eat meat-free meals here and there and I’m fine).

Zeitgeist Cuisine

Zeigeist Cuisine

Zeitgeist Cuisine

Zeigeist Cuisine‘s philosophy is to offer healthy plant-based food in an area that desperately needs it (i.e. Sydney CBD). Their meals and treats are packed and ready to grab, but you can eat them there, too. Keep in mind the cafe is small.

Zeitgeist Cuisine

Zeitgeist Cuisine

Zeitgeist Cuisine

Small cafe, small menu. Not a bad thing when most items look appetizing; makes it easier to choose.


I don’t normally order smoothies but I figured I had to try one for the sake of blogging. The virgin espresso martini (cold brew coffee, dates, vanilla, cashews) was awesome: not too sweet, perfectly caffeinated.

Virgin Espresso Martini

The Raw Rainbow Pad Thai (rainbow zoodles w/creamy coco satay dressing) was our favourite. I loved the inclusion of spiralized beetroot (one of my favourite vegetables!), the variety of veggies in general, and the great sauce.

Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

Raw Rainbow Pad Thai – Main ($12.90)

The Green and Gold (roasted vegetables, spiced chickpeas, quinoa, activated walnuts, green leaves, chilli, turmeric dressing), while more “conventional” was great, too.

Green and Gold

Green and Gold ($14.90)

We were given free goodies to take home: a raw Znickers bar for me and a brownie for Sebastian. The bar is on the sweet side, so it’s best to cut in small pieces and share.

Raw Znickers bar

Raw Znickers bar ($4.90)

Zeitgeist Cuisine is a great new addition to the handful of healthy places to eat close to work. I’m glad we gave it a try.

Zeigeist Cuisine
B1/153 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000
0430 818 842

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Review: Fit and Fresh food delivery service

Sadly, 2 of my favourite meal delivery services (Feed Me and Go Paleo) have shut their services (don’t worry, RealFood Connection is still around). Looking for alternatives, I found Fit and Fresh, based in Newcastle. As it name implies, their focus is fuelling people for fitness and weight loss purposes. They offer both meal plans and individual meals.

The meal plans are awesome for people who are after a full week’s supply of food and don’t have the time, need or desire to decide what they want to eat at each meal. You can choose between 5 or 7 days, and also if you want breakfast + lunch + dinner or only lunch + dinner. You can also decide the size of your meals, (small, regular or large, which applies to the individually purchased meals, too).

Fit and Fresh

We’ve signed up for the 5 day regular-sized lunch + dinner paleo meal plan to help me out until life gets a bit less hectic. Dishes vary week to week and include soups, meat + salad, meat + vegetables and a few vegetarian dishes. Protein sources are varied, we’ve had beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish and prawns so far. Generally lunches are smaller but in general I would rank the meal size as decent to generous (remember we’re buying the regular size option).

Fit and Fresh

Fit and Fresh

Dishes that are not meant to have the meat mixed in with the salad/vegetables come with the meat in a vacuum-sealed bag which is great from a food safety, freshness and culinary point of view, but can get messy on the go.

Lemon chicken

Lemon chicken

Finally, I find the containers a bit too bulky and would love to see these meals packed in a non-plastic microwave-safe leak-proof alternative but I think it has not invented at the moment.

To find out more about Fit and Fresh and their meal plans click on the link below. You can find photos of some of their meals in my Instagram feed.

Fit and Fresh

Recipe: Fennel & apple soup with ham

This is a quick weekday recipe that combines two of my favourite things in winter: soup and fennel. Add one of my favourite things regardless of the season (i.e. pork, in the form of ham) and you have a rounded meal for 4.

Fennel & apple soup with ham
Yield: 4 servings

Fennel, apple & ham soup


  • 2 large (or 4 small) fennel bulbs
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 apple
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or fat of choice
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon rosemary salt (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary + 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 380g good quality ham, preferably not sliced


  1. Slice fennel, onion and apple.
  2. Heat ghee in a pot, throw in the fennel, onion and apple and cook until soft and slightly caramelised, approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Add broth and rosemary salt (or rosemary and salt).
  4. Blend the soup with a stick blender or in a regular blender in batches. Adjust seasoning.
  5. Dice ham and serve on top of soup.

Review: Pana Chocolate (Alexandria)

A while ago Pana Chocolate opened a shop in Alexandria but I managed to avoid the temptation until recently. Now that I’ve changed gyms I walk past Pana 3x week. They don’t only sell their chocolate bars, but all sorts of raw gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free treats. What keeps me from going nuts is the price but it is good stuff. Great stuff indeed.

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate

Grapefruit, surprise cake

Grapefruit, surprise cake ($43 for both)

Blueberry & salted caramel, raw lamington

Blueberries & salted caramel, raw lamington ($15 for both)

Pana Chocolate
21 Fountain Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
1300 717 488

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Holidays in Perú (July 9 2015)

Our friends Victor and Vivi, who live in Belgium, happened to be in Lima at the same time as us. We met for lunch at ámaZ, a gourmet spin on food from the jungle by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, who also owns Malabar.


There was a jar of ajíes encurtidos (pickled chilies) and salsa criolla on the table to spice up the food.

Ajíes encurtidos

Ajíes encurtidos

Salsa criolla

Salsa criolla

Most dishes come in two sizes: whole and half. We ordered a half serve of cecina a la grilla (salted and dried pork tenderloin served with majado – cooked plantain that is mashed and mixed with pork chicharrón). A more refined version of the classic “cecina con tacacho”, very tasty but not for big appetites.

Cecina a la grilla

Cecina a la grilla (S/. 48, $20.43 for 1/2 serve)

We also shared a half serve of abruto tu paiche (grilled river fish served on a mash made with a fruit called “aguaje”, with chorizo and sweet chili sauce). Again, nice flavours, delicate presentation but not huge.

Abruto tu paiche

Abruto tu paiche (S/. 75, $31.93 for 1/2 serve)

Later on we met Alvaro’s kung fu teacher for a chat and a snack. We went to Don Belisario, a Peruvian BBQ chicken/grill franchise. Alvaro and I shared a plate of anticuchos (marinated cow heart, served with potatoes and corn). Not bad.


Anticuchos (S/. 15.90, $6.77)

Then we went to the Buddhist centre and had post-meditation drinks at our regular: Huaringas Bar.


We had a few chilcanos (a drink made traditionally with pisco, ginger ale, lime juice and bitters). We tried a few flavours: brujo de camu camu (quebranta pisco infused with coca leafs with a fruit called camu camu), sauco (a berry), mandarina & kión (mandarin & ginger), and aguaymanto & hierbabuena (a fruit called aguaymanto & mint). All delish.


Chilcanos (S/. 22, $9.36 each)

Nibbles included yuquitas (cassava in slices, chips and balls) and anticuchos. Good stuff.





Av. la Paz 1079, Miraflores
+51 1 2219393

Don Belisario Miraflores – 28 de Julio
Av. 28 de Julio 1005
+51 1 6284771

Huaringas Bar
Ovalo Bolognesi 460, Miraflores
+51 1 2438151

Review: Cross Eatery (Sydney CBD)

The healthy eating scene in the CBD is getting bigger and better. One of the newest additions is Cross Eatery, whose early reviews got my attention thanks to the words “Feather & Bone” and “kombucha on tap”. To find this place, look for the sign in the photo below.

Cross Eatery


Salads, sandwiches

I heard the coffee was good but was not my type. Not bad, just not as smooth for my South American palate.

Long black

Long black ($3.50)

As I mentioned before, they also offer kombucha on tap. Hopefully more cafes will follow this trend.

Kombucha on tap

Kombucha on tap

These guys make one of the best paleo-friendly breakfasts in the area: a Cross breakfast salad bowl with raw sprout, kale salad, probiotic cabbage, activated nuts and poached egg. I added a (generous) serve of Feather & Bone pastured raised ham and called it a meal.

Cross breakfast salad bowl, Feather & Bone ham

Cross breakfast salad bowl ($12), Feather & Bone ham ($6)

Feather & Bone pasture raised ham ($6.00)

For lunch, they have a few specials and a roast meat (I missed out on the lamb and the pork belly) with two salads. The day I visited, they had pulled beef brisket, made with Feather & Bone grass-fed beef and serve with house made pickles, which was very tasty. The serve was a bit small, FYI. I had it with broccolini, chilli, garlic & mustard dressing and burnt Brussel sprouts, citrus, walnut, and witlof.

Pulled beef brisket and two salads

Pulled beef brisket and two salads ($17.50)

This same meal can be ordered in a box to take away as in the photo below. They also do a box with two salads plus F&B ham.

Pulled beef brisket and two salads, takeaway

Pulled beef brisket and two salads, takeaway ($16)

Cross Eatery
155 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9279 4280

Product review: Kehoe’s Kitchen sauerkraut

Now that fermented foods are in fashion (yay!) there are quite a few new interesting brands popping up. This bright pink jar in my local health food shop caught my eye, especially when I read the ingredients list: red cabbage, apple, garlic & fennel seeds.

Kehoe's sauerkraut

I really liked this sauerkraut, I didn’t find the garlic too strong at all. The only downside, as with all good fermented products, would be the price (I paid $19.95).

Kehoe's sauerkraut

Kehoe’s Kitchen

Magical Multipurpose Paleo and Primal Dough discount code

Last year our Italian friend and chef by trade Ferdinando and I made gluten-free pizzas at home. I have had a few GF pizzas here and there and they all have been crap. Not only the toppings are normally low quality but the dough does not resemble real dough by any length of imagination. The pizzas we made not only pleased me (which is a hard task) but our non-paleo friends as well, including chef Manzo himself.

Ferdinando was in charge of the toppings and I made the dough with Tara Grant’s (aka PrimalGirl) recipe. I used cassava as ingredient (the recipe calls for any mashed root vegetable) and it turned out perfect. Below are some pics of the results.


Chef Manzo at work


Pizza with ham, mushrooms, olives, capsicum


Pizza with rocket, tomato, mushrooms, olives, capsicum, prosciutto, shaved Parmesan

Tara has been kind enough to offer you a discount code for buying her Magical Multipurpose Paleo and Primal Dough Recipe, with which you can make rolls, hamburger buns, pizza crust, crackers and tortillas. Just enter the code LATERALEATING001 at or this link for a 15% discount.

Recipe: Smoked pork, mushroom, ginger & cabbage soup

This recipe is more a guide than an actual recipe. Yes, this is an excuse to be inaccurate with the quantities. The results will be great, give or take reasonable amounts of any ingredient. You can also use pre-made broth if you can find a good one.

Smoked pork, mushroom, ginger & cabbage soup
Yield: 6-8 servings

Smoked pork soup



  • about 1 kg smoked pork (bacon) bones
  • enough water to cover the bones


  • about 3 litres smoked pork broth
  • about 300 grams mixed mushrooms (I used oyster, shiitake and black)
  • 5-cm piece ginger
  • 1/4 savoy cabbage
  • about 2 tbsp tamari

To serve, optional

  • boiled eggs *



  1. Place bones in slow cooker, cover with water and cook in low 12-24 hours. Enjoy the smell in the process.
  2. Drain the broth. If your bones are meaty enough, separate the meat and keep for serving in the soup.


  1. Slice ginger, mushrooms and cabbage.
  2. Bring broth to a boil, add ginger, cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms, cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add cabbage, cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat, add tamari and adjust seasoning.

To serve

  1. Serve with boiled eggs and/or reserved meat.

* I opted for soft-boiled eggs and was too impatient to wait for them to cool down before peeling, hence the terrible presentation in the photo.

Review: Henley’s Wholefoods (Alexandria)

A while ago I reviewed Henley’s Wholefoods Bondi Junction without knowing or expecting that they would later open another shop walking distance from where we now live.

Henley's Wholefoods Alexandria

For those who don’t know, this is a paleo-friendly cafe that focus on good quality ingredients. Coffee, which you can have with almond milk, is great, and they also have a good range of Mayde teas and Botannica cold-pressed juices available.

Coffee gear

Teas, sweeets, cold-pressed juices

I’ve enjoyed my usual long black and a cacao mint tea. I have also tried Alvaro’s smoothies: the Henley’s Special (double shot of espresso, whey blend protein, CocoWhip, almond milk, ice) and the Good Green Stuff (Nu Zest good green stuff, banana, avocado, mint, coconut water, ice), both great.

Long black

Long black ($3.50)

Henley's Special smoothie, cacao mint tea

Henley's Special smoothie ($9), cacao mint tea ($5)

Good Green Stuff smoothie

Good Green Stuff smoothie ($9)

On the food front, I have a few favourites. The grass-fed beef burger (served bunless with caramelised onion, celeriac, red cabbage & parsley slaw, plus coconut flour dusted sweet potato wedges) is a paleo girl’s dream come true.

Grass fed beef burger

Grass fed beef burger ($19)

I love the salad plates, too, in which you can choose one or more of the available salads, and add some protein. We tried a mix of the autumn roast (roasted golden & red beets, kohlrabi, Brussel sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, ginger pickled carrots & toasted sprouted bread crumbs with a rocket & almond pesto) and purple power (Red cabbage, purple dutch carrots, beetroot, parsley, mint, pepitas & dried figs with horseradish & honey dressing) with miso ‘butter’ swordfish. Loved everything.

Autumn roast & purple power salads, miso "butter" swordfish

Autumn roast & purple power salads ($10), miso ‘butter’ swordfish ($8)

We have also tried the zucchini noodles (a.k.a. zoodles), served with preserved lemon, chillies, slow roasted heirloom tomatoes & garlic prawns. Great flavours, but a bit small for big appetites.

Zucchini noodles

Zucchini noodles ($19)

My least favourite of the dishes we have tried is the grain free pizza with roasted tomato sauce base, chorizo sausage, Spanish onions, tomato salsa & almond parmesan. Nice toppings, but the base needs some work. It tastes and feels like a giant cookie. We’ve made grain-free pizzas at home with Primal Girl’s recipe with way better results.

Grain free pizza

Grain free pizza ($16)

On our way out one day Alvaro stared at the muffin tray as I was paying the bill and we got one for the way home (12 minutes walking). These are delicious and truly healthy, as they have no gluten, dairy or refined sugar. They have a “rustic” texture, in a good way, and the right amount of sweetness for our palates. Will buy again.


Muffins ($5.50)

Henley’s Wholefoods
38 Mitchell Road

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