When it comes to my work day lunches, I sometimes find it a bit of a challenge to think of something to eat. It’s fine if I’ve brought my own – usually leftovers from the night before – but if I have to buy my lunch, my choices are a bit limited.
Over the last few months I’ve been a little bit excited about some new cafes that have opened up nearby – but never quite as excited as when a new juice/smoothie/salad café opened its doors recently.
Green Press is hidden away in a group of eateries set back from Little Collins Street, between William and King Streets, at Shop 7, 525 Little Collins St, Melbourne. It specialises in cold-pressed juices and vegan treats (according to Urban Spoon) but I also saw at least one meat salad, so it’s not all vegan.
When I finally made it in there last week, I was interested in just one thing: a green smoothie. There were two smoothies on the menu, and it took me a while to choose (it always does). I settled on the Kale, spinach, mint, banana, agave and almond milk smoothie. I wasn’t too sure about it, because I’ve never had a green smoothie with a milky base, but it was great. The slightly creamy consistency and mild minty flavour reminded me of the mint Aero bars we used to buy from the kiosk at Flinders Street Station when I went to the city with Mum as a child.
The smoothie would really have been quite enough for my lunch…but then I noticed the vegan treats in the display cabinet. Just one small one wouldn’t hurt, would it? OK, perhaps I’ll have one of the larger bars… I chose a Ginnie Bar made of dates, almonds, coconut and salt (from memory). It was cutely wrapped in paper and tied with string, as I’ve seen done in some of the groovier cookbooks and food blogs.
It was really sweet and delicious, and much more filling than I had expected. I probably should have settled for one of the smaller balls. There were also bananas spread with nut butter and sprinkled with coconut that looked damned good too.
All this, and I didn’t even spend a moment checking out the salads and fresh juices. Next time.
I chose Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman from the bookshelf (I’ve heard so much about it, but never read it), and made myself comfortable on a stool at the bench. Probably my ideal lunch break – I suspect I’m going to become a regular.
Vegan Black Metal Chef
When I got back to work, one of the lovely Sarahs sent me a link to the Vegan Black Metal Chef’s website. I’d never heard of him, but his videos are hilarious and his food looks great. He’s coming to Australia in March for the Sydney Vegan Festival…along with ISA CHANDRA MOSKOWITZ AND TERRY HOPE ROMERO! I wonder if we can we get them to drop down to Melbourne while they’re here?