Making a difference in your community can be as simple as eating out. Sophie dines out at the Heart Cafe, in Bondi, which is a social enterprise cafe run by the Wayside Chapel. One of the programs, run by the cafe, is The Wingspan Project which supports disadvantaged young people by giving them employment opportunities, as well as building confidence and self- esteem. Social justice aside, Heart Cafe is where you’ll also find great coffee, supplied by local legend Gypsy Espresso, and a range of delicious brekky, brunch and lunch menu options, including their famous Bacon & Egg Roll- made with an activated charcoal bun and free range eggs and bacon, a spicy Sultans Breakfast board with house-made labneh and chilli, and Fish Tacos that will have you coming back for more!
Just across town, on the southern end of Hyde Park, Sophie checks out another eatery with a huge commitment to social justice. Part of the Song Hotel, Song Kitchen, is a restaurant where every last cent goes to the charity YWCA with a commitment to gender equality, and housing vulnerable and homeless women.
A bright, happy space, featuring splashes of yellow, Song Kitchen produce a range of meditteranean-style dishes, with an emphasis on seasonal produce, including a Cured Duck Salad, Pasture Fed Scotch Fillet, Pan Fried Blue- Eyed Cod with Charred Greens, and a delicious Angel Hair Pasta with Blue Swimmer Crab. Song Kitchen strives for gender equality, right down to their wine list which features 50 per cent female growers and producers. This is food that not only tastes good, but does good!