For lunch today I rewarded my hard work at the gym with a trip to the Little Bird Unbakery, a raw vegan café in Ponsonby.
I ordered the Dosa (cooked), a fermented dahl and rice pancake served with fresh mango, coconut and ginger chutney and a sprouted chickpea and cucumber salad. I also had an Imperial Yunnan silver needle tea which was pretty fantastic as well.
Being a solo luncher, I sat at the large communal table where a number of people were busily chatting. It’s strange how some things take on added meaning when you hear them in a very angelic, vegan environment.
“My Dad is a hunter and for Christmas this year he gave me a card with a huge wild boar on it.”
“I’d really love to have some chickens.”
“They say it’s made with cacao not coco. Apparently they’re different but I’m not sure what the difference is.”
I also heard people nonchalantly throw healthy statements into their conversations.
“I’ve stopped eating red meat but you’re still eating mince aren’t you?
“I grow my own wheatgrass… And I have a juicer.”
“All I’ve been eating for the last few days is organic. But you have to wash everything really vigorously. Oh, and some kale.”
I’m not usually one to eavesdrop, but when it makes you smile and the people are sitting right next to you, what can you do?