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Nimble’s Daily Habits: Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Anyone?

This week Nimble launched an internal initiative called, Daily Habits. Through Daily Habits, the Nimble team will be working together to make more sustainable and environmentally friendly choices in our day-to-day work.

 

Our first change that we made this week was making the swap from supermarket purchased, brown-water-esque coffee to deliciously ethical coffee beans from Toby’s Estate. It’s Organic, it’s Fair Trade and it tastes good in the mouth as well as the heart.

 

Why choose Fair Trade?
Did you know that 90% of the world’s coffee production takes place in developing countries with the top three producers being Brazil, Vietnam and Cambodia? Working conditions in the coffee industry have often been described as ‘sweatshops in the fields’.
By choosing Fair Trade, we help the change by providing the growers in these developing countries better working conditions and a higher cut of the profit. 

 

 Why choose Organic?
Organic coffee means that it is grown without using any synthetic fertilisers or pesticides and without the aid of any genetically modified organisms. It also benefits the environment. With no chemicals being used in production, processing or packaging – it does not pollute the environment.
By choosing Organic, we are making positive changes to our own health as well as preserving the environment.

 

If you’d like to make the same change, we highly recommend the Fair Trade and Organic range at Toby’s Estate found here.fto_blend_1_1

 

25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Sydney

We recently teamed up with The Urban List to bring you a mouth watering list of the ultimate cheap eats around the city. You’re welcome!


Some may call it thrifty, others may call it tight-assery, but there’s something to be said about a Sydney restaurant that leaves you full, satisfied, and with some dollars in your pocket.

Whether you’re scrambling for change before payday (found a gold coin? Good on you!) or simply don’t want to spend more than $20 on a meal, we’ve found some of the best cheap eats in Sydney.

  1. Hong Ha, Mascot – Sure, you may have to wait in line but it’ll be worth it when you get your hands on one of Sydney’s best banh mis.
  2. Paul’s Famous Hamburgers, Sylvania – This is Sydney’s iconic burger joint. For under $10 you can get stuck into a burger with the works – It’s messy, so stock up on serviettes.
  3. Gyradiko, Bexley – Put fries in anything and we’re happy campers. The gyros here will give you change for a tenner, leaving you enough money for a soft drink. Win!
  4. Duy Linh, Cabramatta – This vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant has over 100 delicious menu items, most of which are under $13.
  5. Soda Factory, Surry Hills – Head into this Sydney bar on Tuesdays for $1 hot dogs. Yes, one dollar! This is Sydney cheap eats at its almost cheapest.
  6. Chubby Girl’s Bunz Shop, Ultimo – Yes, yes, it has a funny name, but it also has tasty, tasty $1.50 beef, pork and vego bunz.
  7. Sea Bay, CBD – A go-to dinner option when you want to catch up for dinner and drinks (BYO is free) but don’t want to spend a fortune. Our tip: order the fried dumplings.
  8. Lucky Pickle, Surry Hills – $10 will get you a wonderfully fresh roll filled with all manner of tasty ingredients.
  9. Old Mate, Surry Hills – A new Sydney café offering up $9 sourdough sandwiches. For $2 extra, you can get a coffee too!
  10. The Gretz, Enmore – This inner west bar serves a mean shrimp roll. Coming with a side of potato chips, this bad boy will only set you back $15.
  11. Bake Bar, Alexandria – Newly opened and already popular with the locals, grab a sandwich and a little potato and mushroom pastry for fun (only $2).
  12. Ramen Ikkyu, Haymarket – Slurp your way through one of Sydney’s best bowls of ramen in this nondescript food court.
  13. The Yeeros Shop, Marrickville – The lamb yeeros is juicy and tender and will set you back less than $10. Pro-tip: save some room for the fries!
  14. An Restaurant, Bankstown – There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of pho to make you forget you’re low on cash.
  15. Don Don, Darlinghurst – This classic cheap and cheerful Sydney Japanese restaurant serves up simple rice and noodle dishes, and their fresh made hand rolls are some of the best (and cheapest) we’ve had!
  16. Suzie Q, Surry Hills – For lunch on the go, pick up a take away sandwich from Suzie Q. They change regularly, so you won’t be stuck with the same old sambo every day.
  17. Sushi Rio, Haymarket – A favourite sushi train of The Urban List crew, most plates are a wallet friendly $3 meaning you can stuff your face with as much grilled salmon nigiri as you can afford.
  18. Out of the Blue, Clovelly – This Sydney burger joint brings you big, big burgers. You will end up messy, but that’s okay – you can just jump in the ocean afterward to wash off all that burger residue.
  19. Mr Bao’s Buns, Bondi Farmers Markets and Glebe Markets – Ohh Mr Bao, your pillowy soft buns are the kinds of things we dream of at night (get your minds out of the gutters, people).
  20. Ito’s Malaysian, CBD – For your fix of authentic Malaysian food in the city, Ito’s Malaysian do a mean laksa and Hainanese chicken rice (yes, we know it’s more Singaporean, but it’s still good).
  21. Beach Burrito, Bondi – A big, delicious burrito is always a good idea. If you’re feeling a little more cashed up, splash out and add guac – it’s always worth it.
  22. Sushi Suma, Surry Hills – Known for their big serves, this Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills is always full. Order a massive combination set for less than $20, BYO wine, and call it a night.
  23. Baker Bros, CBD – Smashed avo that costs more than $10 should be outlawed. Fortunately, the smashed avo with tomato and Danish feta at Baker Bros costs only $9 and tastes damn good, too.
  24. Bay Ten Espresso, North Sydney – A small menu with small prices. Pick up a sandwich for lunch for an even ten – we love the salami sandwich made with their special onion relish.
  25. Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood – Michelin starred food on a budget. Load up on dumplings and still have money for the train ride home.

25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Brisbane

We recently teamed up with the team at The Urban List to bring the great people of Brisbane a list of Ultimate Cheap Eats. Eating cheap doesn’t mean eating nasty!


By now you’ve probably noticed our dedication to sourcing Brisbane’s cheapest eats is bordering on unhealthy, but there’s a good reason. Every week (following our usual bender of Beluga caviar and Kobe beef) we find our appetites whetted for splendid repasts but with barely enough loose change to hit up Maccas. Not willing to drop the palatable standards to which we’ve grown accustomed, us valiant few have braved the menus of every reputable (and non-reputable) thicket of Brisbane’s foodie wilderness to forage for sustenance that is both wallet and tooth friendly.

The struggle is real.

Fortunately Brisbane’s jazziest restaurateurs have rewarded our tenacity and kindly dotted their menus with utterly delicious and satisfying meals that save us from burrowing into our shoe budgets.

Here are our picks of Brisbane’s ultimate cheap eats: delicious feasting that costs less than the cab fare home:

  1. $1 oysters from Iceworks.
  2. Heya Bar‘s Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, $4 each.
  3. La Vosh’s Breakfast Bagel with bacon and egg, $6
  4. Chur Burger’s Baja Fish Tacos with jalapeño mayonnaise and cucumber salsa, $7
  5. Pork Xiao Long Bao from the Fat Dumpling, $8
  6. Four Cheese Jaffle from Spring’s tuckshop with cheddar, mozzarella, Jahlsberg and brie, $7
  7. The Bun Mobile‘s Wagyu Bun with pickled shitake mushrooms and Red Dragon sauce, $8
  8. Kiss the Berry’s original Açai Blend Bowl, $9
  9. Gelato-Filled Brioche from La Macelleria, $9
  10. Mrs. Luu’s Roast Pork Bahn Mi, $9
  11. Red Hook’s NYC Dog: cheese Kransky, BBQ onion, American pickle and crispy fried shallot, $9
  12. Bread and Meat Co.‘s Beef Brisket Dip Sandwich, with horseradish aioli and jus, $9.50
  13. NYA Curry with pork or chicken from Motto Motto, $9.50
  14. $10 Peking Duck Pancakes at Sichuan Bang Bang
  15. Miss Kay’s Cheeseburger, $10
  16. Trang’s Rare Beef Pho, $11.90
  17. PJ’s Steaks‘ Chilli Cheesesteak Hoagie: American-style chilli with beans, Wagyu beef, jalapenos, and fried onions, $13
  18. Lamb Souvlaki and Salad from the Little Greek Taverna, $15
  19. Lock ‘n Load‘s Green Eggs and Ham with pancetta and poached eggs, $16
  20. 2-for-1 Parmys at The Flying Cock on Wednesdays, $19.99 for two.
  21. All Day Big Breakfast at the Regatta’s Street Café, $18.90
  22. Pork Banh Mi with apple chilli sauce at Wham Bam Banh Mi, $9
  23. Tippler’s Tap: 5 sliders for $20
  24. Half a Jamaican chicken from Jahh Tiger, $22
  25. Kinkawooka Mussels steamed with chorizo, chilli, and cherry tomatoes from the Fox Hotel’s Fish Lane Bistro, $25

25 Top Breakfast Spots in Melbourne

We recently teamed up with the crew at The Urban List to bring the awesome people in Melbourne a list of the city’s ultimate cheap breakfast spots. Keep scrolling and prepare to drool:


We love a bargain breakfast here at The Urban List HQ, and word travels fast when one of our team has discovered a top brekkie spot that does a delicious meal for under $10. To help you stay smart with your cashola, we’ve compiled 25 of the city’s top breakfast cheap eats from some of the best restaurants and cafes in Melbourne—go forth and save, people!

1. Breakfast deal, $10, George St Café | East Melbourne

This cute corner café does a great weekday deal before 10am. You earlybirds can get scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and a kickass coffee for only $9.90.

2. $10 Takeaway Menu, St Edmonds Café | Prahran

The entire St Edmonds $10 takeaway menu is great, but we especially love the smashed avocado on toast with tomato, feta, radishes and chives—one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a healthy start to the day!

3. Yoghurt Jar, $8, Grace café | Fitzroy

One of our favourite hidden gems, Grace café in Fitzroy serves a delicious yoghurt jar with home made coulis, toasted muesli, goji berries & cacao nibs for $8. Bargain!

4. Raison Bagel with the works, $7, Manchester Press | Melbourne CBD

Calling all bagel fans! At $7, the raison bagel with mascarpone and jam at Manchester Press comes with our stamp of approval, and the coffee ain’t bad either.

5. Bircher Muesli, $10.50, Pavlov’s Duck | Fitzroy

It’s worth shelling out that extra fifty cents above the $10 mark for Fitroy café Pavlov’s Duck’s bircher muesli with natural yoghurt, poached plums, toasted coconut and mint, which is $10.50 a pop.

6. Banana Bread, $6.50, The Joinery | Elwood

This toasted banana bread is perfect with some butter, plus their Supreme coffee is only $3.30 a cup!

7. Cashew chocolate bagels, $7.50, Union St Brewers | Brunswick

This hidden gem does a cracking line of bagels, and you get TWO per serving!

8. Breakfast BLT, $9, The Banff | St Kilda

This St Kilda Breakfast BLT is legendary—smoked bacon, rocket, tomato and aioli on Turkish bread, all for only $9.

9. Fruit toast with lemon and vanilla ricotta, $8, Kinfolk | Melbourne CBD

Kinfolk is one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a CBD snack. Their fruit toast comes from Dench Bakery in North Fitzroy, and their strawberry compote is only a dollar more. Delish.

10. Ricotta hotcakes with rhubarb and poached strawberries, $10, Cornershop | Yarraville

The title says it all.

11. Bacon and egg brioche roll, $7.50, Piccolo | Prahran

This comes packed with cheese, bacon, egg and chutney—such a great flavour combo, we could eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

12. Toasted pide, $9, Small Block | East Brunswick

Enjoy a vego breakfast of roast pumpkin, pesto, feta and fresh spinach—a healthy start to any day.

13. Peanut butter cookie sandwich, $4.50, North Carlton Canteen | North Carlton

Alright, so this isn’t the most nutritious breakfast, but the peanut butter cookie sandwiches at North Carlton Canteen are PERFECT if you need a sugar hit to chomp on with a coffee.

14. Fruit salad with honey and yoghurt, $10, Yellow Bird café | Windsor

Fresh, tasty and natural…A good option for you clean eating folk.

15. House Crumpets, $7, Hortus | Docklands

These Dr Marty’s crumpets come served with espresso butter and espresso infused caramel sauce, all made with Seven Seeds coffee. Yum.

16. Banana bread with yogurt and strawberries, $8.50, Sourdough Kitchen | Seddon

The yoghurt that tops this toasted banana bread is lemon-infused, giving its sweetness a perfect citrus kick!

17. Home-made Bircher, $9, Roller Door Café | West Melbourne

Nothing beats home-made bircher with natural yoghurt, honey and cinnamon nuts. Extra almonds, please!

18. Brown rice porridge, $9, 1000£ Bend | Melbourne CBD

If you need something to keep you going all day, the brown rice porridge with toasted sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar and doris plums at CBD favourite 1000£ Bend is a winner.

19. Steamed egg with Vegemite soldiers, $9.50, Mr Tulk | Melbourne CBD

A nostalgic classic. Need we say more?

20. Breakfast Quesidilla, $9, Brighton Soul Espresso | Brighton

Start your day with this tasty ham and cheddar quesadilla, which comes with spicy relish. If you’re really scrimping or aren’t in need of a big feed, you can get a half-slice for $5 too. Easy!

21. Vanilla Porridge, $8.70, Finn | St Kilda

Tuck into Finn’s deliciously creamy vanilla porridge with honey, sultanas, banana and pepita seeds—the perfect clean-eating fuel for your day.

22. Breakfast Roll, $9.50, The St Kilda Dispensary | St Kilda

If you’re a hollandaise sauce fan, you need to get your hands on this tasty roll, which comes stuffed full of bacon, egg, rocket and a hefty portion of that buttery sauce of dreams.

23. Mushroom Bagel, $8, Pocket Café | North Melbourne

A whole baked mushroom comes on this bagel, which is served with a fried egg, feta cheese and rocket, making it one of the best vegetarian breakfasts in Melbourne for less than a tenner.

24. Fresh pastries, various prices, Boundary Espresso | Preston

Sometimes we simply can’t resist starting the day with a cherry-filled Danish, no matter how good we’re trying to be! Boundary Espresso (one of the best cafes in Melbourne if you’re in the more northernly northern suburbs) keeps a range that are all worth trying.

25. Anywhere in Centre Place | Melbourne CBD

Situated adjacent to Degraves Street, Centre Place is home to many a cheap brekky find. Have a wander and see what takes your fancy—we’re sure you’ll find something delicious that’ll only cost pocket change!