From little things, big things grow.
It’s ironic these lyrics were ringing out while interviewing the founders of one of Brisbane’s most exciting new eateries.
‘Kiss the Berry’ has fast become a hotspot on Brisbane’s health food scene, offering nutrient-rich breakfast bowls and smoothies filled with fruits, seeds and nuts.
The colourful, guilt-free berry treats make a great substitute for ice-cream for the young, and young at heart. Everything on the menu can be prepared gluten free, along with healthy dairy-free mixers like almond milk, coconut yoghurt and coconut water.
Beginning as a food stall 18 months ago, Kiss the Berry now has two permanent locations and even a fitness club for health-conscious berry bowl lovers.
It all grew from something small – the little acai berry – the key ingredient of every dish on the menu.
Before we get too far, Kiss the Berry founders Sarah Miller and Keziah Bossley clarify the pronunciation. It’s ‘ah – SIGH – ee’.
Originating from the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, the tiny purple berry is said to be one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet.
Containing high levels of essential fatty acids, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, a single berry boasts 19 amino acids and is a rich source of minerals and vitamins, including calcium and the skin-loving Vitamin E.
Acai berries are low in sugar and high in dietary fibre, making them a great snack option for children, delivering sustained and balanced energy throughout the day.
Sarah was travelling when she first discovered the fruit, and says she was hooked from the very first bite.
“I did some research on acai that same day and found all the amazing health benefits it has. I knew it was exactly what Brisbane needed.”
Sarah, 20, and Keziah, 22, were co-workers at a popular riverfront restaurant when they started selling their now famed acai bowls at the Eagle Farm Markets and The Odyssey Project in Milton. The buzz surrounding their fruity creations grew with a four-week pop up stall on Adelaide Street.
“It really demonstrated to us that this is what the people of Brisbane were craving,” says Keziah.
“The reaction we had was overwhelming, we never expected it to do as well as it did.”
Five months later, Kiss the Berry’s flagship store opened in Creek street, designed for busy city workers and shoppers to grab a healthy breakfast or lunch on the go. A second, larger venue has just opened in South Bank, and the locals are loving it.
Combined with Kiss the Berry Fitness bootcamps and eight-week challenges, the brand is committed to promoting good health and lifestyle balance.
“We like to think we are helping all of our staff and customers lead happy and health-conscious lives,” says Sarah.
Keziah agrees. “We’re not just selling you an acai bowl, we’re supporting healthy lifestyle choices. If you are passionate about your health, treat your body right and give it what it needs, you have the perfect recipe for happiness!”
Kiss the Berry
Brisbane CBD: Shop 11, 99 Creek Street
South Bank: ABC Building, 114 Grey Street