Cheats and treats at Box on James | Gourmand and Gourmet

Cheats and treats at Box on James

Whether you’ve stuck to your guns all week and are ready to chow down on an epic amount of chocolate and carbs for cheat day or just want something sweet but guilt free to get you through another afternoon, there’s a new spot on James Street in Fortitude Valley that you can pop into for both. Box on James is the first of several shipping container hot spots set to arrive in Brisbane in the near future, providing a home for not one, not two, but three new spots to grab a bite to eat. Whether you can decide between the healthy and not-so-healthy treats on offer is another matter entirely. Treats at Flourish Flourish is the newest superfood bar to hit the Brisbane food scene with acai bowls, raw goodies and smoothies on their short but super satisfying menu. Perfect for an early morning or afternoon nutrient hit on the run, you can choose one of the six acai bowls like the original, mango, pina colada or our favourite, the double choc chip (with plenty of cacao!), which come with a variety of toppings including your choice of three seasonal fruits. These generous bowls are not only completely Instagram worthy, but also refined sugar and dairy free. A guilt free and tasty way to cool down during summer? Yes please! There’s also a selection of eight different smoothies with the optional extras of protein powder for a wholesome and nutritious post-gym recovery. And if that’s not enough to win you over, we guarantee the beautiful raw slices from Raw Lovely Two will! Cheats at Brezel Co. If it’s a cheat day sweet you want, cheat-worthy sweets you will find at Brezel Co. From the team behind King of Cakes comes German pretzels like you’ve never seen them before. Freshly baked pretzels are topped with all manner of sugary goodness, from black forest chocolate to cookies and cream and some are even filled with Nutella. If you’re not feeling like sweets there’s also plenty of savoury options, with plain pretzels, bagels stuffed with cream cheese and salmon and even loaves of bread to munch on. Pair it with a coffee from The Shed on James on the other side of the box and you’ve got yourself a well rounded meal. You’ll find Box on James at 76 James St New Farm, open 7 days a week. Words by Kat Gridley and Ranyhyn Akui