Monday, 22 February 2016

Eating Out: Charlie's Raw Squeeze at Greenslopes

A while ago I tried out the Greenslopes location of Charlie's Raw Squeeze after doing one of my bikram yoga classes. I went for lunch, but also picked up a few things to take home for dinner and the following day. I tend to try and buy a few things at any visit now!

As I had just done a lot of sweating in yoga, some rehydration was in order with this Tropicana Juice ($7 for large). It has watermelon, pineapple, kiwifruit and mint. Unfortunately the pineapple and kiwifruit were the overwhelming flavours. It was fine, but I was really in it for the watermelon and mint.

Tropicana Juice from Charlie's Raw Squeeze Greenslopes

I also tried out one of the Bowls. This is the Bubblegum Bowl ($15 for large): Acai, red dragonfruit, banana, coconut water and coconut chips. This was so yummy! Definitely one of my favourite bowls so far (I have tried others that I will talk about at later posts). As you can see, you get a lot of fruit on top. This bowl included a fig. I haven't eaten a fig since I was little, when I got awful ulcers when I ate one. I approached this fig with caution, but thankfully remained ulcer free afterwards! Everyone raves about figs. I thought it was OK, wouldn't go out of my way for one. Would go out of my way for this bowl

Bubblegum Bowl Charlie's Raw Squeeze Greenslopes

I picked up a salad to take home for dinner - the Falafel and Kale Salad bowl ($12.95). This is my favourite of all the salads I have had from there. So good! I did have to pick out a fair amount of capsicum from the kale salad part, but it was worth it. As well as kale salad there was a healthy serve of falafel, heaps of tahini sauce and some pickled radish. So much yum!

Felafel Salad from Charlie's Raw Squeeze Greenslopes

I also grabbed a wrap for lunch the next day. This is the Taco Wrap ($9.50). Unfortunately the girl who was at the counter was new, so didn't know what was in the wraps, so I didn't know until I bit into it the next day that it had corn chips in it. And unfortunately they were of course mostly soggy by then. The flavours were still OK. I would have liked more avocado and sour cream like they have in the taco bowl.

Taco Wrap from Charlie's Raw Squeeze Greenslopes

Finally, I also picked up a couple of cupcakes. They stock the Cloverly Cupcakes ($10 for 2). This was the Turkish Delight and the PBJ. The PBJ was definitely my favourite, although the amount of jam actually in it was tiny. If you are filling a cupcake, fill it good! But I love the PB frosting. The turkish delight was OK, though the frosting was very sweet and could have had more rosewater.

Turkish Delight and PBJ Cloverly Cupcakes from Charlie's Raw Squeeze Greenslopes

Charlie's Raw Squeeze - 47 Old Cleveland Road, Greenslopes, Queensland

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

The beautiful face of Gizmo

The reason I was at yoga and Charlie's that day, instead of being at work like I normally would be on a Thursday, was because it was the four year anniversary of Gizmo's passing (the 14th of January... that is how far behind I am in eating out posts!). I always take that day off work, because it makes it extra hard to mourn the loss of your own cat while dealing with health issues of other cats. Over the years, I have dedicated the day to the memory of my love, of course, but also to self-care. It took me a while to not feel guilty about doing things that I enjoyed on this day, but it is important to look after myself on a day that brings intense sadness. I miss my Gizmo, always and forever.


  1. It looks like a lovely day. I think Gizmo would definitely want you to have a self love day. What a sweet picture!

  2. Aw, that's great that you've made the day of Gizmo's passing a day off work and a day of self-care! What a lovely way to honor his memory. The falafel salad looks amazing! Wish I had one of those right now! Also, corn chips in a wrap sounds like a great idea (but def would be better to know in advance so they wouldn't get soggy).

    1. The falafel salad is definitely the best of all their salads.

  3. I appreciate that you're gentle with yourself on the day of Gizmo's passing. Instead of trying to push the thought aside, you make room for it to take care of yourself and feel what you feel.

    That's interesting that they put corn chips in a wrap. I've never heard of anyone doing that. If you'd eaten it fresh, I wonder if you would have enjoyed the extra crunch.

    1. I definitely appreciate having the day to do nice things but also to reflect on my sweet Gizmo. I think about her every day anyway, but particularly on this day.

      There was one non-soggy corn chip, and the crunch was quite nice! But then the rest of them were soggy and sad.

  4. They were clearly marketing the smoothie for me as I would have preferred the pineapple and kiwifruit to overpower it ;p
    CUPCAKES! I also prefer my cupcakes not be filled too much haha. I wish I could try this place out. The Bubblegum Bowl looks amazing.

    Never feel guilty for taking time to yourself. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you take the day to yourself for self care.

    1. Thank you. So often I think people are made to feel kind of selfish for taking time to yourself, or doing self care, but it is so important!
      But let's get back to the serious matter of not having much filling in cupcakes... it is like I can read the words but they make no sense. ;)
      Come visit and we can get Bubblegum Bowls and under filled cupcakes. ;)