Aboutlife, Rozelle, Sydney

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Wholesome
Food: The menu literally oozes health and nourishment
Service:  No frills & no complaints
Presentation:  Clean and functional
Ambience:  Neighbourhood meet up point for the health conscious consumer
Location:  High street locations, part of the About Life whole food stores
Value for money: Just under $16 for a macrobiotic bowl or vegan burger
Worth a visit?:  Absolutely, we struggled to find reasonably priced wholesome food in Australia, and this place fits the bill perfectly
AboutLife...

AboutLife…

Situated on Darling Street in the heart of Rozelle in Sydney, discovering the little gem that is Aboutlife and made the end of our stay in Sydney bearable!

We’d spent much of our time eating in mediocre cafés dreaming of something better…and that something was exactly what we found at Aboutlife; a huge whole foods grocery store with accompanying café.

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The Skip Garden, Kings Cross, London

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Enterprising
Food: Proper local, home grown, home cooked, rustic and full of flavour
Service:  Unobtrusive
Presentation:  Urban rustic, with skips! 
Ambience:  A little garden oasis
Location: Just take a stroll around the back of the King’s Cross station
Value for money:  Good, with profits going back into the initiative
Worth a visit?:  Get down there to support an awesome initiative and chow down on truly local fare!

The Skip Garden in Kings Cross regeneration area is a community gardening initiative that serves home grown, home made food from their onsite kitchen, the Hatch Café. The Skip Garden is an organic gardening initiative by Global Generation, a charity focused on skilling up youngsters by encouraging the values: I, We, The Planet; the development of the sense of self, of building community engagement, and taking a global perspective.

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Amba Estate, Ambadandegama near Ella, Sri Lanka

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word:  Refreshing
Food:  A delicious healthy change
Service:  Fantastic
Presentation:   Simple, elegant, no frills
Ambience:   Colonial calm
Location:  A little tea plantation house on the top of a hill overlooking the vibrant green Sri Lankan hills as far as the eye can see
Value for money:  Absolutely
Worth a visit?:  Yes, please go a visit these guys, buy as much tea and jam as you can carry in support of the Amba Estate, their business model and the initiatives they support.

We visited Amba Estate Tea Plantation near Ella in the Uva Central Provence of Sri Lanka on the back of a recommendation from a couple we’d met during our stay at Polwatte House in Kandy.  The couple talked about the estate’s ethos for sustainability, organics and community initiatives.  I was sold.  Amba Estate sounded right up my street so we booked ourselves in for lunch and a tour of the estate.

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