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HOT: The Fat Carrot, 179 Boundary St, West End

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Smack-bang amongst the plethora of cafes and bars that give West End its livelihood is a little piece of juice and smoothie nirvana.  The Fat Carrot (or perhaps it should be The Phat Carrot?), stuff has a lot more to offer than your everyday down-the-road-produce-store.

This little gem on Boundary St is flanked by a gourmet Swiss deli selling pastries for the sweet toothed and cafes touting fried breakfasts for the hung-over masses.  For those who fit into neither of those categories on a Saturday morning (or any morning for that matter) and like to start their day with some of nature’s own goodness, treatment you need to visit this hole-in-the-wall gem.

I was quite concerned on my most recent visit when I learned that the original owners had just sold their fruitful business, discount after 6 years of very early mornings and long days.  However, the new owners continue to run a tight little ship at The Fat Carrot – nothing has changed except for the faces you see behind the counter.  Whilst their shelves are packed to the rafters with locally grown, rainbow-coloured range of organic fruit and veg, The Fat Carrot has really made a name for itself by way of a kick-arse menu of fresh fruit juices and smoothies that contain a perfect balance of fruity goodness that is strangely irreproducible at home!  You can hear the blenders churning from the street and the constant, but not too lengthy line up is a sign of good value.  My personal favourite is The Banaman – a perfect blend of ice, bananas, cinnamon, milk and ice cream or yoghurt.  I have not found a better banana smoothie anywhere.  The juice menu is huge and if you can’t find what you want, you can choose your own juice adventure.  Hand over 5 bucks, and you’ll walk away with breakfast in a cup, and be tip-top ‘til lunchtime.

I’m a big believer in supporting small businesses, particularly when it comes to produce that is grown and sold locally.  The Fat Carrot team work serious hours to ensure their shelves are stocked with fresh, good-looking produce and they provide great customer service.  Best of all, their prices are fair.  This is the destination venue for your all-natural, sugar-high cravings and if you struggle to keep up with the “three-fruit/five-veg” per day intake like me, kill all these birds with one stone by getting a smoothie or juice from The Fat Carrot to kick start your day.

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