TAKE 10 WITH BRODIE THE YOGI

Yoga is one of those things you really need to do a few times to give it a proper go. Between the omming, the downward dogs, and the happy babies at first, it can seem a little bit much. But trust me - go back a second time and then even a third and you'll be hooked. To give you a little insight into the happenings of a yogi I interviewed Brodie Rees. Hip Hop dancer by night and yoga lover and instructor by day, our girl Brodie shares her story with how she found yoga and why you should just give it a go.

If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?

That's a hard one! Personality wise - bubbly, loving and trustworthy

When did you first fall for yoga, was it an immediate passion or something that you grew into?

I initially walked into my local Yoga studio looking for just another way to get fit and tone, focusing on the more physical side of the practice as most people tend to do when they are starting out. With a background in dance, it seemed like something that would be right up my ally movement wise and I guess I thought I would be 'good' at it. 

It wasn't until a one month stay in Thailand many years ago now that I immersed myself in the yoga culture over there and suddenly there was this huge focus on breath, and mindfulness, and spirituality and once I went a bit deeper into the practice that's when I started to reap the real benefits of Yoga, finding more peace and balance in my life, and the rest is history, I was hooked! 

Health and fitness are clearly important to you, other than yoga how do you choose to keep fit? 

Working out at a gym has never seemed to appeal to me, but funnily enough after training hard leading up to my wedding last year, I am really enjoying jogging (outdoors preferably but in these colder months its been the treadmill). I am drawn towards forms of exercise that are fun, and my body doesn't respond well to the same exercise routine day in day out so I have learnt to switch it up. I love dance, group fitness classes, and any form of exercise where I can connect breath and movement. 

What keeps you feeling balanced and happy while you busy with trying to keep your clients feeling balanced and happy? 

When I first entered the world of Yoga teaching I heard 'your own practice will be the hardest thing to keep up' and its true, when you are teaching so many classes a week it takes a lot of motivation to get on the mat for your own practice, but its the most important and valuable thing you can do for yourself and your students. 

I try and make at least one or two Yoga classes a week to enjoy being a student again, that's what makes me happy, keeps me grounded and fills my cup again so I can be the best, balanced, healthiest version of me for my own students. 

Which KTB bowl would you chose to keep you going on a crazy day when it would've been easier to just namas'tay in bed?

Can I have all of them? My fave is actually the low sugar bowl, I have a MASSIVE sweet tooth so I don't need any extra encouragement but never want to miss out on my KTB bowl so that's definitely my go to! 

If yoga could take you anywhere in the world where would you dream of going?

If Yoga could take me anywhere then it would take me EVERYWHERE...A one-way ticket traveling the world with my husband teaching Yoga would be the ultimate. I am lucky enough to have created Temple yoga with my beautiful friend Lisa, a retreat experience that offers our clients the chance to take time out and reboot, which shouldn’t be a luxury but a necessity for a more happy, fulfilled and productive life. This year we are mostly holding these in my most favouirte place in the world - Bali. For more information on Brodie's retreats click here.

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Sunday Self Care

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Can you count on one hand the things you intended to get done this week, yet failed to accomplish? If you can well done, however, if your anything like us, we dream BIG but being organised and accountable is the only way we can execute these dreams of ours into reality.

Sundays for us may seem selfish to some, as we clear our diaries for a little ‘me time’ to provide space for our minds, bodies and souls to reset and prepare for another week. Understanding that we truly cannot help others, before we help ourselves is oh so important and our loved ones will hopefully respect this fact.

Sometimes sitting still is the only way forward’, ‘sometimes sitting still is the only way forward’, ‘Sometimes sitting still is the only way forward’  repeat these precious words for as long as you need.

Yes reaching your dreams takes a little bit of hustle, but prolonged days of hustling will only come back to bite you (trust us we know). Take time to do ‘nothing’ I know it may be scary for some as we are so used to the go go go mentality. Doing ‘nothing’ will vary between each one of you, but simply allowing yourself to clear your schedule for at least 1 afternoon a week will do you wonders, and you will find it easier to breathe again.  

Our top tips for a Sunday are;

1. Plan your meals for the week ahead to ensure your providing your body with nourishment all week long, your providing your mind & body with diversity and you keep within your budget

We like to collect our fresh produce from our local farmers market, this doesn’t have to be done on a Sunday, find your local farmers market and go from there.

2. Write down your 3 Big Rocks and what you would like to achieve from them this week

                For example they could look a little like this

                  Big Rock No. 1: Work

                  Big Rock No. 2: Health & Fitness

                  Big Rock No. 3: Blog

3. Whip together a DIY face mask - see recipe in the previous post

4.  Diffuse a relaxing blend of essential oils, we love combining doTERRA lavender & frankincense in our living room and bedroom

5. Lay out your workout clothes for the morning OR place them in your bag so you have them on hand after work

6. Write down in a notebook

   - The best thing that happened to you today

   - Something you learnt today

7. Sip on Digest Mayde Tea after dinner to help your body digest your food effectively and allow your body to use its energy to restore overnight. This tea is a beautiful blend; it’s sweet, soothing and fresh, containing the most favoured carminative herbs to help soothe the length of the digestive system (Try our Mayde Tea range in store)

8. Give yourself a self-massage with black sesame oil. This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice to nourish and nurture your body. This practice not only helps your skin, hair, nails and joints healthy but it stimulates and balances the energy points throughout your body. Purchase organic black sesame oil from your local health food store.

9. Stretch yo body or foam roll while you listen to a podcast or watch Netflix. It’s not always about taking things away berries, start introducing these nourishing practices and watch the old ‘habits’ naturally fall away

10. We know you already know this one, but….. switch off your electronic devices by 8:30pm. They mess with our circadian rhythm which has a longgg list of negative health impacts with hormonal disturbances sitting at the top percentile.

We hope that helps berries!

Get your girls together and keep each other accountable. We LOVE to see how you take our info into your own life,  simply tag #berrywellness to share the loveee

Happy Sunday Berries

Lots of love

XXX

Oh Honey

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Did you know... 

'Without bees, there would be no food...

Without food, there would be no human existence', our little buzzing bees just gained a whole new level of appreciation right?

We are proud to announce that we work closely with the incredible Jack, founder of Bee One Third to have access to our very own KTB rooftop honey. 

Bee One Third - Neighbourhood Honey is an urban and regional beekeeping organisation working to increase local bee populations within the urban and peri-urban landscape. 

Be One Third reconnects communities with the reality of what pollinators do for our food system, our health and our overall well-being.

Here are some crazy facts for you; Globally, Bees contribute directly to 1 in every 3 plates of food that we eat, meaning, one-third of our global food system is wholly reliant on bee pollination. How crazy is that! 

On a larger scale, bees contribute to over 97 percent of the global food production - from seed manufacture, all the way through to the growing of vegetables, nuts and fruits. Mind-blowing isn't it! 

Therefore, ensuring we get behind beekeepers like  Jack is super important to ensure our environment and food supply flourishes naturally. 

Why apply it to your skin?
Firstly because our skin in our largest organ, it absorbs anything that it is exposed to, good or bad. Honey is an incredible tool to help your skin glow from acne to ageing.  Raw honey is naturally antibacterial (helps to combat acne), is jam-packed full of antioxidants ( great for slowing down ageing) and helped to boost the moisture in your skin to promote a glowing complexion. 

Drop by one of our stores to pick up our very own KTB raw rooftop honey pot. 

Berry Well Face Mask

Makes a mask for your girlfriend & yourself

 

INGREDIENTS
 


1 heaped teaspoon of spirulina

1 teaspoon of chlorella

2 tablespoons of organic coconut yoghurt/ organic goat yoghurt

2 tablespoons of our raw honey

A good squeeze of lemon



+ a pump of jojoba oil (optional) 

+ 1 tsp bentonite clay (optional) 

 

METHOD

1. Gently place all of your ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir together with a wooden teaspoon.

2. Once combined use your hands to apply the mixture to your face evenly.

3.  Leave the mask on for about an hour, in this time it should begin to harden, before washing it off with warm water.

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A U S T R A L I A DAY

While some of us may look forward to an all-day saga of beers in the pool, sausages on the BBQ and Triple J's hottest 100 playing in the background, others like us have different plans for Australia Day.

How do you choose to spend this iconic day on the Australian Calender? I'm sure we can all agree that the music is on point, but instead of boozing away we are heading to the beach, to enjoy some good old sun, sand, surf and an acai bowl of course. Our Southbank and Burleigh stores are open with a nice little addition of live music, so come on in, escape the heat and enjoy a bowl and live music with us in store. 

In the spirit of 'Straya Day' we thought we would share our top 3 recipes for you to take along to your shindigs wherever that takes you. When it comes to your health, it can be challenging if your friends have different priorities, trust us we have been there. However, the magic is created when you can combine both worlds into one. Rather than feeling obliged to eat and drink things that don't agree with yo body or isolate yourself from it all together, because let's face it, neither one of those options is serving our greater good. 

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GRAPEFRUIT + PASSIONFRUIT + MINT SPARKLING TONIC

(serves 4) 

INGREDIENTS

2 Passionfruits (pulp) 

1 Grapefruit (grated zest and then slice into circles) OR we love using 5 drops Doterra Grapefruit essential oil 

1 handful of fresh mint washed

1 L Sparkling mineral water 

ICE

METHOD

1. Add the sparkling mineral water, fruit and mint to a large glass water jug, stir with a wooden spoon to combine 

2. Add a handful of ice to four glasses and fill with the tonic mixture 

 
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RAW LAMINGTON SLICE w ACAI CHIA JAM 

(serves 12) 

INGREDIENTS

'Sponge'

3 cups raw cashews soaked overnight 

2 cups desiccated coconut

1/2 cup coconut cream

2 tbsp hulled tahini 

½ cup rice malt syrup/ maple syrup

 

Acai, Lemon & Chia Jam

3 tbsp acai powder 

1 cup frozen raspberries 

1 tsp lemon zest 

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp rice malt syrup/ maple syrup

 

Cashew cream

1 ½ cup cashews, soaked in water overnight

½ cup coconut cream

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp rice malt syrup./ maple syrup 

 

Topping

 1/2 cup coconut cream, ⅛ cup rice malt syrup  ⅛ cup cacao powder

1/2 cup coconut oil 

2 cups desiccated coconut

 

METHOD 

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. To make the 'sponge' blitz your cashews in a food processor until it becomes fine crumbs. Begin to add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse until just combined. Keep a close eye on the mixture, as if you over process it, it will become too solid. Transfer the 'sponge' into a lined baking tray and use the back of a metal spoon to help smooth it out over the tray, place it into the freezer 
  3. To make the acai chia jam, blitz the acai, raspberry, lemon zest and rice malt syrup in a small blender for 10 seconds, add the chia seeds and leave it to the side to allow it to thicken. Once thickened take the baking tray out of the freezer and spread out the jam evenly over the 'sponge' layer. 
  4. For the cashew cream, carefully drain and rinse the cashews, begin to add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blitz until it's nice n creamy. Remove the baking tray from the freezer and carefully spread the cashew cream over the acai jam layer. Place the slice back into the freezer
  5. For the topping, carefully melt all ingredients except the desiccated coconut over a double boiler and continue to mix until well combined.
  6. Remove the slice from the freezer, pour over the chocolate topping and sprinkle the coconut over the top.
  7. Freeze for at least an hour, cut the slice into 12 slices and  keep in fridge until ready to eat, otherwise, the chocolate may end up everywhere 
 
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Macadamia + Lemon Myrtle Crusted Chicken  

(serves 2)

 

INGREDIENTS 

2 Free range chicken thighs

20g macadamia nuts roughly chopped

Zest 1 lemon 

1 Handful flat leaf parsley roughly chopped 

1/2 TBSP cold pressed organic coconut oil + 1 tsp for frying 

1/2 tsp Murry River lemon myrtle salt (available from The Source Bulk Foods) 

Pinch black pepper 

 

METHOD 

1. Combine the ingredients (excluding the chicken) in a medium-sized mixing bowl

2. Place a non-stick pan over a medium heat, while your waiting for the pan to warm up begin to trim off any excess fat around your chicken thighs

3. Transfer the chicken thighs into your mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and use your hands to coat the chicken

4. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil to your pan, once melted begin to transfer your chicken to the pan, cook for 4 minutes either side or until golden brown

We love serving this chicken with some fresh greens and mango, avocado, cucumber, mint and red chilli salsa

 

Have a beautiful Australia Day Berries and don't forget to tag us in all your creations.

 

Much love

KTB X 

Gratitude

GRATITUDE

noun - the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

How do we create a life driven by a place of love, over one of fear? The essence of this life we seek is found in the daily practice of g r a t i t u d e.

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It's easy to fall into the traps of self-comparison and low self-esteem with the world of social media at our fingertips, bombarding us with what we 'should' be doing and what we 'should' look like in order to conform. Although, have you ever taken a step back and truly dug deep into your life? When we provide ourselves with the space to do so, we are able to reconnect with our minds, our physical bodies and our souls.

In this place we surrender, surrender to the pain that we may have been numbing, face the negative stories we tell ourselves and begin to be open to the joy our life may bring. In order for us to heal, to work towards living o u r best life, we must surrender. 

Once we have reached this place, as daunting as it may seem I promise you there are brighter, happier and more fulfilling days on the other side. 

How to begin your gratitude practice? The best part of this process is that it's in your hands to mould it to what works best for you. W A R N I N G it may feel awkward at the beginning like any new venture, but once those days are over it will flow, it will be something you crave and cannot lay your head on the pillow before doing so. 

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Where to start? 

Set the scene, I like to do this by filling my diffuser with water, adding a few drops of essential oils, boil the kettle for a hot cacao or peppermint tea and listen to Connie Chapmans 'Slow Down Tune In' Playlist on Spotify. Take three long deep belly breaths, grab a pen and your dedicated 'gratitude journal' and begin to write whatever comes to mind. It will be messy, it will be raw and sometimes nothing will flow, in these times you can use the prompts below;

- What are three things you are grateful for today?

- What was the best thing that happened to you today?

- What made you smile today?

- What did you do to feed your soul today?

- What music calms you? 

- Who in your life could you not live without and why?

Start small, don't force it and enjoy the process of self-discovery and self-preservation.

Stay tuned for some exciting workshops on the horizon! 

Be kind to your self berries

xx 

 

 

Photography: @nourished.__

 

 

 

 

Our top 5 favourite rituals for 2018!

The New Year has already arrived and while transitioning into this new white canvas waiting ahead of us it’s easy to forget how important it to slow down, take a long breath and rejuvenate before the busy, busy times that are coming towards us. We can easily let ourselves feel overwhelmed with all of the plans, bucket lists and resolutions that it can sometimes affect us in a negative way. We simply forget to take time to nurture and take care of our own energy. How often during these intense periods do we mindfully dedicate time to ourselves? How would we like to feel each and every day of this New Year? It is time for us to get clear on what we actually want to accomplish during the next couple of months. And to do so, we need to take time to take care of our mind, body and soul.

Here are five rituals and spots on the Gold Coast our Berries have found life changing during this time of the year!

 

1.      Morning Yoga and Meditation!

When The Studio Upstairs had opened just above our Burleigh Store, we have felt as if it was a sign for us to take care of our physical and mental health and spend more time practicing yoga. Waking up earlier just after the sunrise and dedicating an hour to flow in this beautiful white space has shifted our mindset completely. Being mindful about the way you ease into a day, spending some time to simply stretch and focus on breathing will regenerate your energy sources for the day and give you this famous post yoga glow! Both Elle and Bec have started The Studio Upstairs with a vision of creating a space for people to gather, relax and wind down. You can take part in regular yoga classes, workshops or book assisted stretching that will open all of the tensed parts of your body.

more info: https://www.thestudioupstairs.com.au/

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2.      Soul Food!

How often do we start the New Year with an intention to get fitter, to lose those last couple of kilos, to slim down and just simply look better? This time we have decided to do it in a loving way. With a mindset all about embracing our beautiful bodies, we have decided to nurture them in the right way. Our main purpose within Kiss The Berry is creating the most nutritious bowls, that taste heavenly and bring all of the health benefits you are dreaming of. Variety of our bowls provide all necessary micro and macro nutrients and we always stock up on all of the possible superfoods. Acai itself is a little miraculous berry from Amazonian forest that is well known to boost your immunity and provide with vitamins and minerals. This year we would love to invite you to see one of our stores and discover why are we so passionate about our mission!

check out our menu: http://www.kisstheberry.com/menu/

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3.      The Bath House!

When our beautiful friends from The Greenhouse Canteen and Bar decided to open The Bath House, we almost cried from happiness. Is there anything better for your mind and body than a day full of treatments, sauna and maybe even an amazing massage? It’s time to give back to your body all of the love and care it gives us each and every day, to unwind, relax and restore. After one day spent in this heavenly space, you will clear your mind and feel ready to start reaching towards all of your incredible goals and desires.

more info: https://www.greenhousefactory.com.au/the-bathhouse

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4.      Escape the gravity!

Freeing your mind from all outside distractions in a sensory deprivation tank can be an ideal environment to completely and utterly restore and rejuvenate. Allowing your body to float weightlessly, free from gravity takes the pressure off your bones, muscles and joints. How does it work? Float tanks are based on a very dense Epsom Salt mixture in a flotation pod in which you lie down in lukewarm water. It promotes peaceful relaxation and eliminates fatigue that we may feel after our New Year celebrations.

You can experience how your body will react to this way of relaxation in Freedom Float Therapy and Wellness Centre just around the corner from our Burleigh Store.

more info: https://www.freedomfloatcentre.com.au/

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5. Reconnect with Nature!

One o our biggest intentions for this year was to spend more time in the incredible Nature of Queensland. We are fortunate enough to have the most beautiful National Parks just a short drive away from our Burleigh Store and it’s just the right time to mindfully take a moment to switch off, explore and reconnect. While visiting Gold Coast, make sure to take yourself for an adventure to Springbrook National Park, swim under the Purling Brook Falls, discover the Natural Bridge and walk through lush, green tropical forests filled with singing parrots under the blue sky!

more info: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook/pdf/springbrook-guide.pdf

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Happy New Year, Berries!

xx

 

Photography: Autumn.Studio

Featuring: Lululemon

 

Our Holiday Sweat Schedule

We have partnered up with The City of Gold Coast, The Australian School of Meditation & Yoga and our good friends The Studio Upstairs to bring you fitness classes for you and the family this holiday season. 

PLUS, attend any of the below sesssions and we will help you refuel afterwards with $5 off any Acai bowl or smoothie!

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Community Yoga

Join us every Tuesday 4-5pm for 60mins of stretching practice with Elle, designed for all levels. Class cost is $13 and is in the beautiful space above our Burleigh store. 

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Kids Yoga

Bring your family along to enjoy an hour of movement and fun during our special kids friendly yoga practice. Games, stretches & snacks included! Classes are FREE and are on every Wednesday 8-9am. Meet at the Burleigh Memorial Park on Connor Street.

 

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Sweat Sea & Soul 

Join us for a free fitness session for FREE every Sunday from 7-8am. Every session is a little bit different. Meet at the Kiss the Berry Burleigh store. 

 

 

Surviving Winter 3 & 4

 Showroom Brisbane - Photography by  Autumn.

Showroom Brisbane - Photography by Autumn.

3. Showroom Brisbane

Our next tip would be taking a little time for you, we just love the creative space at Showroom Brisbane and think you will too. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke and escape upstairs at 104 Edward Street. The gorgeous shop is filled with light and lots of little bits and bobs to treat yourself to or maybe a gift for a friend or lover. Below are a few of our favourites (it was hard to stop at 5), head to their website or instagram and see for yourself.

Dosha Balancing Kapha Tea
We love the "Dosha Balancing Kapha Tea" when we are looking for something cosy and nourishing but have hit our daily quota for caffeine. The Broad Place's herbal tea blend is an invigorating mix that kick starts the mind and body and will warm you from the inside out. Find it here.

Soak Society Soak
Soak Society's original wellness soak combines the freshness of peppermint, the cleansing qualities of rosemary, the calming and anti-inflammatory properties of juniper berry, and zesty bergamot to promote detoxification and soothe your soul. It contains 100% natural ingredients and we love it for a soak and relax after a big and busy day in the chilly concrete jungle. Find it here.

Ceramic Candles
In winter there is nothing better than lighting a candle after a long day, which is why we chose these gorgeous candles from "The Candle Library". We just love the ceramic mugs which are handmade by Australian potters and designed to be used long after the flame goes out. Our ideal situation would be a soaking in a hot tub with some "Soak Society" and one of these babies burning. Find it here.

Scarves and Wraps
The "Once was Lost" Ethopian hand woven scarves are our idea of a winter necessity. Perfectly paired with any outfit (for us it's our #activewear), whether you need an extra layer in the morning fog or just want to throw on a practical accessory Showroom has got you sorted. Find them here.  

Bee One Third Honey & wooden stick
As you know at KTB we love local and are using Bee One Third honey in store on our acai bowls. Bee One Third are Brisbane's urban beekeeping pioneers. With European beehives on rooftops, in backyards and community spaces, each jar captures the flavours of neighbourhoods around South East Queensland. You can buy your own little pot in store at Showroom and we could resist the honey stick too - I mean come on how cute is that! Find them here and here!

4. Shri Yoga Meditation Express

Experience deep rest and relaxation for mind, body and soul. Meditation is a rich and nourishing form of self-care and is perfect for balancing out your more dynamic practices. In these guided meditations you don’t have to still your mind or calm yourself down. Instinctive Meditation encourages you to explore your own natural rhythms, to find the most deeply replenishing ways to restore balance in your day.

Wednesdays at 4.30pm-5.15pm and Tuesday from 7.10pm-7.40pm. Express classes are just $10!

 Photo: Pete Longworth

Photo: Pete Longworth

Surviving Winter: 1 & 2

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing our best tips for surviving winter in Brisbane! First up is Barre Body Brisbane's newest class and our berry own KTB Chai Turmeric Latte.

1. Barre Body Brisbane
Why not try out Barre Body’s newest class! Barre Fit is a fitness based class, using big, dynamic movements and constant cardio, combined with that famous burn from our beloved body sculpting barre exercises. Using resistance bands at the barre, you’ll work your muscles like never before, while moving quickly to maintain a fast heart rate. The result? Incredible toning and fabulous cardiovascular fitness. If that doesn’t warm you up we don’t know what will!

Book in for a class via their website barrebody.com.au or find Barre Body on Instagram @barrebody 

2. KTB Chai Turmeric Latte
We are berry excited about our newest addition to the KTB menu our “Chai Turmeric Latte”. With all the anti-inflammatory benefits of a Turmeric Latte combined with the delicious and warming chai it’s the perfect way to cozy you up from the inside out on the chilly winter mornings (plus it’s super good for you!) Why not give it a try next time you visit either of our stores.  

Have a berry great week! KTB Team

Morning with our Produce Supplier Peter Marinos

 Peter Marinos from Big Michael's and KTB Co-Founder Keziah.

Peter Marinos from Big Michael's and KTB Co-Founder Keziah.

“Keziah! Special K! How are you?!” an upbeat and energetic voice shouts through the phone at me. I’m calling our fresh fruit supplier at 9am, just to check what fruits will be available next season for our new menu. I know he has been awake since 11pm the night before packing and delivering produce, so why is he so bubbly and excited?It’s because he is extremely passionate. He wants to know how we are all going at the shop, if we are having any troubles with the product and always assures me to always contact him if ever there are any troubles.

Peter Marinos is a young greek who has been in the fresh fruit and veg distribution business in Brisbane for 6 years. When he was 17 he had friends who owned restaurants and they would constantly tell him their problems in not being able to receive good quality fresh fruit and veg with quality service. Peter jumped at this opportunity and took his own ute out to the markets 2 days a week (as he was still studying and had his own job) only to supply these 2 very friends. 

Soon enough the word had spread around within the community and Peter decided to take on this business and run with it. “I’m very thankful and appreciate everyone who has supported me throughout my journey, especially to all my friends and family. The Greek community own a fair few restaurants and they really helped me out in the beginning. Greeks: we love coming together and eating together, we revolve everything around food, it’s a bonding experience. We eat, laugh, love and enjoy all of our beautiful foods together and I want others to experience this.” 

Upon arrival to Big Michael’s facility out at Rocklea, Peter is munching on a banana. “I’m lucky I have beautiful fresh fruits available all the time to snack on! I always turn to bananas though­ they’re easy and give me energy. I started work last night at midnight (it was now 10:30am the next day) so I need the help to keep me going. 

He’s quite a character, always has a smile on his face and loves to joke around. His favourite part of the job is stirring people up in the market place­ bartering and fooling around. The farmers send their produce to one end of the market and the buyers will check all produce and buy what they seek. Peter reassures me that he generally will only buy from the farmers he has a relationship with and knows where the product is coming from. He likes to buy locally so any farms within the South East Queensland range.

“I’m not concerned about the figures and the profit at the end of the day. I always make sure that my customers get the best produce at a fair price. I take real pride in my customers having faith in me and in return I will always provide them with a fantastic product.”

Big Michael’s has supplied KTB with fresh fruit and veg since 2014 when we first entered Brisbane City with our temporary pop up store on Adelaide St. Fresh fruit is such a major ingredient in our beautiful bowls, it’s very important to us that it is fresh, sustainably harvested and very important we are supporting the farmers. We like that Peter knows where the product is from and also that we are supporting local businesses. He delivers to the stores daily, fresh from the farmers markets.

“When the girls first approached me I immediately wanted to know their story. As a young business owner myself, I immediately had respect for them. It’s tough out there, but we both have the exact same passion, essentially. We’re both providing good quality fresh products for all consumers out there. We’ve both grown and expanded together so it’s been one hell of a ride for the both of us I think.”

5 Minutes with Dan from Fonzie Abbott

 January Supplier of the Month: Dan from Fonzie Abbott Coffee

January Supplier of the Month: Dan from Fonzie Abbott Coffee

KTB: Summarise yourself in one sentence. Who is Dan Pappas? What does he do?
Dan: Dan Pappas is a dreamer. 

KTB: Where did your passion for coffee derive from? What made you decide to start Fonzie Abbott coffee roasters? 
Dan: My passion started when I was working at a cafe when I was younger. It was a busy little cafe and I loved the challenge of different tasting coffee and how to change the flavour with different methods. 

KTB: How long has Fonzie Abbott been serving for?
Dan:
 August 2011 is when I opened the doors to my first espresso bar. It was 40m2 and had a 6kg roaster. 5 years down the track and I still have that original Fonzie Abbott espresso but have upgraded to a 25kg roaster as well as a roasting facility in Albion with a cafe attached.  

KTB: What keeps you motivated and passionate about what you do?
Dan: I love travel and surfing, I’m extremely passionate about experiencing the world and what it has to offer and I am lucky enough to be able to do those things together, travel to surf and source and taste more beans! I actually don’t believe there is such thing as a perfect coffee so I’m forever searching for new flavour profiles and trying different things!

KTB: What do you enjoy doing that keeps your life balanced?
Dan: If and when I get time to be balanced i like to surf or be in the ocean, motocross and boxing keep me fit and above all my 10 month old son keeps me very balanced.

KTB: Your favourite KTB Bowl? 
Dan: Original. Can’t take away from the original and the best.

KTB: What makes you most excited about now working with Kiss the Berry? 
Dan: It's great to work with two young business women who are delivering a product which is at the top of there field. The brand is tasty and based around lifestyle and feeling fit healthy and happy — and the girls rock! 

KTB: Where does your dream for Fonzie go from here?
Dan: From here we are going to try to import all our own coffee from origin, which means lots of travel to countries where there is great surf. Bigger dreams buying a coffee farm in Nicaragua, then a brewery... and then a gin/vodka distillery. 

Photography by The Autumn Co.