If you’ve been to Australia you probably noticed that they love their takeaway shops. There’s a mom-and-pop place on almost every corner, even in residential neighbourhoods. Though I really like to support local businesses, and would have loved to have a quick meal option near home, they often sold food that I would be reluctant to eat even if I wasn’t eating a plant-based diet. The standard Australian favourites like pies (chicken pot pies, beef pies, sometimes a vegetarian option thrown in the mix) were available, as well as the usual standby: chips and gravy. Definitely not the most healthy, nor were they very appetizing looking. In Melbourne they still had their fair share of these types of shops, but thankfully there were quite a few other options for food on the go. These three healthy takeaway shops are noteworthy in their quality offerings for vegetarians, vegans and people with food sensitivities or following specialty diets. As far as taste goes, read on to see which were my favourites.
I found Pressed Juices soon after I moved to Melbourne, and was impressed by their wide range of fresh green juices, smoothies and almond milks. They are a higher end shop -the one I frequented is on the iconic and expensive Collins Street- and their juices reflect this. At around $9.00 each, they’re a bit dear, but the evident thought and care they put into creating the juices themselves and the excellent shopping experience never left me feeling overcharged. I purchased the bulk pass a number of times, which sells denominations of eight juices at a slight discount.
I was itching to do a juice cleanse for a few weeks, but could never fully justify spending just under $200 on it. I decided that I would work at my job a couple of days longer than I had initially planned and treat myself to it in the week before I left Australia. I also cut back on my spending leading up to it by living a lot more frugally. The timing ended up being perfect. It felt really good to detox a bit and get myself in a new mind frame before I travelled and separated from Robi.