Thank you all for your kind wishes and positive comments regarding my imminent trip to New York to be with Miss Arabella who now knows, solo-travel is not for everyone. It’s truly lovely that so many of you have offered to catch up with us, if only we were in your part of the US. If only we could stay longer we would be able to visit you all. I’ll have to get Miss Arabella to pull this stunt more regularly.
Meanwhile, I must tell you about a fabulous organic produce shop and cafe in Bowral in the Southern Highlands, Raw and Wild. I’ve been there a few times and it is one of the most exciting shops I’ve visited in a long time.
Stretching from the main street in Bowral through to the rear lane, the front entrance of the shop leads you to the fresh flowers and organic fruit and vegetables. All are beautifully displayed, vibrantly coloured and incredibly fresh.
Moving further to the back of the shop there is a refrigerated section with organic meats and dairy products with great variety and prices that are reasonable given the farming practices and quality.
There’s a large range of honey, grains, nuts and seeds, and all are in containers where you decide how much of product you need rather than having to purchase pre-packaged goods. There’s also cosmetics, skin-care and a naturopathic dispensary. Something for everyone to be sure.
As much as I love the look of the shop and as much as I love browsing and shopping in these sorts of stores, I do wish the women on the front counter were a little more friendly. I certainly wasn’t warmly greeted nor were there any smiles.
The final third of the premises is dedicated to the licensed organic Wild Cafe. We’ve had snacks there a few times but haven’t dined. The cafe is open every day but on Friday and Saturday nights dinner is available from 6pm. The focus is on shared plates with a casual and informal dining experience. The cafe uses only market fresh, seasonal organic and top quality natural ingredients. Organic beer, cider and wine is available but you can BYO wine.
The cafe is minimalist in style with a polished concrete floor which is a lovely look but with the metal stools and chairs, there’s a fairly abhorrent scraping sound as customers drag their chairs across the concrete.
Lunch in the cafe serves dishes like celeriac and apple soup, tandoori chicken wraps, pumpkin and sage penne, salmon with ginger sauce and homemade lemonade sweetened with agave nectar.
There’s an outdoor section to the cafe which is very sunny and in cold weather blankets are provided as well as outdoor heating. No one was dining there the day we were there but we arrived on a day that would be one of the coldest Bowral would ever experience.
Raw and Wild is definitely a shop and cafe worth visiting when in the Southern Highlands. The shop is clean and tidy with a wonderful variety of products and the cafe is a great place to sit and relax over a warming drink and a delicious snack. I don’t think anyone could walk into this store and not make a purchase, even if it’s just a coffee. Raw and Wild: 250 Bong Bong Street, Bowral NSW 2576 Ph: 02 4861 3129
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