Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Kurrajong
When I was little, Goodie Goodie Gumdrops lolly store was a thing of fantasy.
Run by two gay men at a time in the 80s when being out and proud wasn’t necessarily a thing, this couple created something I had only dreamed of reading Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books.
As an adult, I always wonder how much of my recollection is real: was the ceiling painted with clouds? Was the room always dark so the fairy lights in the trees adorning the wall could sparkle?
When you’re a small child, everything can seem like a magical forest with a bit of imagination. I definitely didn’t imagine the walls of jars of lollies, I can remember that from the spoils we’d take home.
Almost 30 years later, Goodie Goodie Gumdrops is still opening in Kurrajong Village. The owners have since changed, and the interior is airy and bright, sans cloud paintings and fairy lights.
North Nomad and I went here for brunch semi-recently on our list trip to Australia, and I was amazed (pleasantly so) at how vegan and veggie friendly my old lolly shop was!
And not only could I eat, but North Nomad had a wide variety of meals he could have to. It’s an unusual, but successful day when North Nomad and I can both be happy with a meal eating out together.
North Nomad orders a rather North American breakfast: pancakes, ice cream, strawberries, coming with a side of bacon. He also gets a chocolate milkshake.
He reports that the chocolate milkshake is delicious. His pancakes are also very good, as are the strawberries and ice cream. His bacon is disappointing, but this is a fault of Australia, not the lolly shop.
This may come as a shock to Australians who haven’t been to Canada, but the bacon is very different. Canadian bacon (real Canadian bacon, not what Americans call Canadian bacon) seems to crisp up almost immediately. Australian bacon almost seems like ham in comparison.
Being vegan, I haven’t experienced this personally, but it’s an interesting difference North Nomad laments when eating bacon in Australia.
My meal is the Vegetarian breakfast I ask for it without eggs or any dairy (i.e. – butter on the bread), and our waitress asks me if I’d like to have some extra tomatoes or mushrooms instead of the eggs. I choose the tomatoes, which are very good, but I wish I’d thought to ask for spinach to get some greens in at brunch.
The veggie breakfast also comes with focaccia, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, and some little hashbrowns. It’s a simple meal, but very, very tasty. Because my breakfast is half healthy (mushrooms, tomatoes, beans) and half naughty (white focaccia, baked beans), I decide to stick with naughty and get a coke zero with it.
Both satisfied, we have a peruse of the lollies and chocolates. North Nomad comes away with a haul, but I abstain. Between carmine, cochineal, and sugar processed with bone char, it can be a bit of a headache trying to figure out what’s vegan friendly lolly wise. The chocolates do look rather tempting. Next time I’m in town, I might have a closer look to see if there is dark chocolate available.
The lunch and afternoon menu also looks good and dietary requirement friendly: burgers, fish and chips, veggie wraps – another meal North Nomad and I could have together!
Tell me, is there a place you worshipped in childhood that you’ve come back to as an adult?
Location & Contact Details: 2 / 1147 Grose Vale Road, Kurrajong, New South Wales 2758 Australia (Ph) +61 2 4573 1007
Opening Times & Days: Every Day (except for public holidays and the occasional school holiday day off), 8:30am to 4:30pm.