Nude Sisters

Georgia Homer and Rebecca Askey are the nude sisters. Neither nude nor sisters, actually. It’s all about the concept; the dream of getting back to basics.

It was a vision that grew and changed with time; a commitment to learn and grow that evolved as their knowledge grew.

Georgia, who admits that she ‘grew up unhealthy’, longed to find out more about health and well-being. Having worked in hospitality since she was fifteen, she embarked on a degree in public health and nutrition, began making changes in her own lifestyle and cooking healthy cakes.

After meeting Bec at uni, their cooking commitments grew, and the two began Nude Sisters Food, supplying their cakes to ten cafes. Halfway through her degree, with a growing business and conflicting time commitments, something had to give. Their business won, the pair moving into fulltime wholesale business and catering for the Gold Coast Suns.

Their market stalls at Marina Mirage and NightQuarter markets helped them gather a base of regular clientele. Meanwhile, their cakes were being sold at BSKT, Burleigh Social, Bootleg, Billy’s Beans, Cleanse Kitchen and Pure Simplicity, Mt Gravatt.

But working out of commercial kitchens had its limitation and, while looking for a new kitchen, the ladies found their present shop at Mermaid Waters.

Persuaded by the growing food business and strong vegan presence in the centre, they started preparing the venue, stripping it back and painting it a clean fresh white. Although sleep deprived and exhausted on opening, when we spoke, they both say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done.

With the aim ‘to provide gluten free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free desserts’, the pair set out to inspire others ‘to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle with enjoyment and balance’. It’s a demographic very willing to be inspired – mostly young women with a splattering of older ones popping in now and then.

Nude Sisters, like its name, is a very feminine space. Plates and utensil holders add a touch of musk pink, tables are scattered with self-help books, fresh native flowers and potted plants in gorgeous Borrowed Nursery containers. White subway tiles complement the pale green sheen of the polished concrete floor. In all, it’s quite gorgeous, standing out as fresh, clean and bright.

The feminine touch doesn’t seem to be a detractor for the men, either, with several dining when we visited. After all, if you want to meet a gorgeous girl, it may even be here!

“We wanted everything to be great, to match the venue,” Georgia says about their menu, adding that they choose organic produce where possible.

Coffee would become a core product of their business, they decided, choosing Allpress’s ‘Brown’s Mill Organic’ as their house coffee, a coffee they already knew and loved. Great either served black or with milk, its chocolatey sweet tones linger on the back of the tongue. Think more colourfully and there are lots more option, including Reishi mushroom, beetroot, matcha and turmeric latte as well as hot chocolate. Tielka organic tea is the alternative, served in a pot, with a choice of seven different blends. Kombucha and smoothies round out the cooler options.

They’ve devised a menu of vegetarian standards as well as plenty of choice for vegans and those with food intolerance. Bestsellers for breakfast include Chilli parmesan scrambled eggs on sourdough, and Toast toppers with avo and feta, dukka and chilli oil. My brekkie salad is a hearty green breaky bowl of greens and avo, seeds and poached eggs, so finishing it off ends up being a group effort.

Lunch includes Vege burgers and Do-it-yourself Vietnamese rollups, with Lentil and chickpea curry with biodynamic rice or Nasi Goreng heating us up in the cooler weather. The menu’s short, but no one’s complaining.

The mainstay, of course, is their gorgeous cake cabinet full of raw, vegan cakes and slices that delight and intrigue us, some made to order awaiting pickup, others waiting purchase. Raw snickers slice, Cookies and cream and Banoffee – even the names sound indulgent. Nude indeed, I think, noticing their topping of cacao, nuts and fruit instead of cream or ice cream.

“Life’s too short, eat the cake,” says the wall scrawl.

With a healthy version in front of me, I might just do that.

3/90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach Ph: 07 5526 0891

Open: Mon – Fri 6:30 am to 3:30 pm; Sat – Sun 7am – 3pm

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