It’s the talk of town, and I can see why. Milk and Honey is a new concept in the Hamilton cafe scene. Milk and Honey is quite literally – priceless! You choose from the food on the table or in the cabinet, order your coffee and – here’s the eye-opener – pay a donation that you believe will cover the cost of your food and throw in a bit extra. All the profits go to charity.
It wasn’t just the coffee that warmed the heart. Milk and Honey profits go to the TALKINGtech Foundation. I picked up the promotional material for just two of the organisations supported.
Books for Babies aims to improve the bonding between parents and babies using books and story-telling to encourage the interaction. The organisation was founded in Auckland and now runs in the Waikato. In 2011, 5400 babies and toddlers benefited from the programme. Working in collaboration with the Well Child services enables Books for Babies to keep programme costs minimal.
Milk and Honey’s support extends way beyond the Waikato. The TALKINGtech Foundation supports mobile health clinics in Chennai, India. A 42-seater bus is refitted as a mini hospital on wheels. A doctor and supporting staff carrying stocks of medicines visits various areas six days a week providing medical assistance to the poor. In addition, a dental clinic on wheels provides dental hygiene education, oral examinations and dental treatment.
I’ve mentioned the cause, the ambience, the coffee, the view, and the entertainment. You’ll be wondering about the food. The food should be right up at the top. The selection was not wide and it did not need to be. The offerings were perfection. I had a wonderful grainy roll filled – not too large and bready – covered with pumpkin seeds. It was filled with a generous serving of meat, tomato, cucumber, camembert and a delicious dressing, accompanied by chutney which I think had pomegranate seeds in it.
I am avoiding sugar right now so passed on the slices. However, a big bouquet to Milk and Honey in this department, as well. A small triangle of a sweet slice is just right for rounding off a delicious lunch. Milk and Honey provided what my grandmother would have called “an elegant sufficiency”.