November 30, 2019

Summer is finally here (well in a few more days) which means a NEW MENU is in need! My chef and dealers have been working closely to ensure this menu is FRESH, CREATIVE, and SUMMER FRIENDLY! Don't worry, we kept a few of your trusted favourites but added some spice to others ;).

So what exactly is NEW and REVAMPED?


This guy is a crowd favourite and we couldn’t completely get rid of him. So instead, we added some flair, got creative and came up with a brand NEW option! We kept it nice and light for summer and ensured we used some of our favourite veggies to benefit your health. Topped with roasted eggplants, olives (rich in gut-friendly bacteria), pine nuts, za’atar (increases energy and digestion), feta, rocket, chili and finished off with FRESH Pineapple. 



We knew we had to keep this fella on the menu but needed some zest to it. Goodbye calamari burger and hello to our ORIGINAL ISRAELI FALAFEL PATTY! That’s right. We added pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds to make sure there is substance to this beast. Keeping it nice and fresh as we pair it back with tomato, lettuce, pineapple, red onion, pickles, and our HOMEMADE carrot ketchup. You didn’t think that was it did you? This Burger comes with our special Freekeh and quinoa salad (this is not your typical salad, trust us, you won't leave this behind).


We have become well known for our creative and healthy bowls- and this one is no exception. (don’t worry, our Nutrition Bomb will still be here). Introducing our NEW bowl made from buckwheat soba noodles (high in protein), edamame, avocado, zucchini, broccoli,  cucumber, kale and red sorrel. To finish off this bowl, we created a tempeh skewer marinated in nutritional yeast, tamari and spices topped with a lime wedge and Ingrid's SECRET Tahini dressing ;) 

All these vegetables are rich in Vitamin A,C and K to ensure your body gets the health benefits it needs!



Who said you can only have Tacos on Tuesdays? We believe Taco day is EVERY DAY (except Monday and Tuesday when we are closed). These Tacos are not your typical ones. They are made from 99.6% Australian Corn (with 0.04% salt) and filled with our black bean mix of cumin, garlic, onion and paprika, topped with seasonal mango, red cabbage, tomato salsa, lettuce and house made plant-based (yes PLANT BASED!) sriracha mayo. But that's not all. These tacos are accompanied by our NEW chickpea chips ;). TACOS AND CHIPS- YES PLEASE!



We have created the blue bowl of happiness. Imagine, blue bowl nachos loaded with our famous black bean mix of cumin, garlic and paprika topped with guac (don’t worry, we believe in generous servings here) and a parsley and pineapple hot sauce. Dare to share? You may end up ordering two lots if you do…


Your typical favourites will still be here aka; Positive pancakes (how could we ever get rid of these guys!), Smiling Avocado (we live in Melbourne afterall), Nutrition Bomb and both our Galaxy and Nutorious acai bowls (summer is here).

Come and join me and the dealers for the ultimate SUMMER menu! We love spoiling our happies* with choice. Don't forget, you can always PIMP up your dishes with one of our famous sides (we offer both sweet and savory ;).

Did I forget to mention our Hydration Boosters have had a REVAMP too? Iced GingerBread Latte, Iced Disciple Coffee, Wellness Smoothie… the list goes on!

See you this Summer!

Smiles, Emily Hazell

Founder and Head Dealer xx


November 27, 2019

Have you heard the big news? Byron Bay is getting a taste of SEROTONIN! No we are not opening up a cafe… just yet ;) but I have designed a Serotonin Villa. Introducing… Bohemian Bangalow 

Just 400m to Bangalow village you will find my Rainforest Retreat: a newly renovated 4BR, 2BA villa w outdoor bath, private rainforest, fire pit, BBQ & 2 car parks. I have maintained the similar aesthetics and qualities of my famous Serotonin Eatery by using mood stablising colours and textures to boost your Serotonin levels naturally, and incorporated my famous swings (as I know everyone loves the swings at the cafe!). Imagine relaxing on the balcony, swinging through life, listening to the rain on the palms, the sea breeze touching your face, hearing the rustle of the leaves and the birds singing away. This is the ultimate relaxation getaway.

Immerse yourself in nature as you light up the outdoor fire pit under the sky and wait to catch a shooting star so you can wish you never have to leave. Want to relax even more? Draw yourself a warm outdoor bath (or if you prefer indoor use our indoor one) and sip on some local organic wine with some vegan cheese. This newly renovated Byron Hinterland heaven was designed by a renowned Melbourne based Interior Designer to ensure every part of this retreat offers something unique- we wanted you to experience everything.

This lovingly restored cottage sits within the village of Bangalow - a unique and inviting little Byron Shire town, with a historic streetscape and modern mix of cafes, restaurants, and shopping. Enjoy morning walks as you take the charming old rail trail 400m into town to access Bangalow and enjoy great coffee and eats, browse the mix of retail options including high-end homewares, handmade ceramics, and local wares. Don’t miss the Bangalow Markets, and stock up at the local farmers market. Buy some local ingredients that are fresh, high quality and actually fuel you the right way (they haven't been kept in a refrigerator for months) and stock the brand new bespoke kitchen; with a new oven, stovetops and luxury finishes. Don’t feel like cooking? Head to town to find one of the local restaurants that I have recommended here in a past blog. 

Take a trip to nearby Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park or grab a beer at the historic Bangalow Hotel. Just 15 minutes to the center of Byron Bay, Bangalow is equal parts charming and cool- live like the locals and enjoy the Byron life without the hustle and bustle.

Come and experience this Hinterland heaven nestled within tropical gardens in the center of quaint and charming Bangalow village. With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, large outdoor areas, stained glass windows, hardwood floors and decorative ceilings this escape is perfect for families, friends or if you want to get away a have the place to yourself DO THAT! Escape the hustle and come and experience the relaxation and calmness this place has to offer.

Warning- you will not want to leave and I won't blame you!

Looking forward to hearing your experience at this magical retreat.

Smiles, Emily Hazell

Founder and Head Dealer xx

What brought me to Yoga- by Alex Tsindos

November 21, 2019

I began my Yoga practice a few years ago, to avoid undergoing a 2nd back operation before the age of 30. What started as minor rehab exercises, has now turned into a regular practice. This love lead me to complete a 200hr teacher training and a Yoga for Mental Health course.

To try to put it in simple terms, I love the feeling of space Yoga gives me.

First, I notice the space between my breath.

Then, space in my muscles as they lengthen.

Followed sometimes by a nice pop as the space within my joints is noticed.

This space proceeds to work its way upwards until it sits between my ears, sometimes for a moment, sometimes for a minute. The concentration of that meditative focus can also be described as ‘Samadhi’.

The cultivation of this space, for me, is Yoga.

When I first started going to classes, I couldn't touch my toes - or bend far forward, due to the intense sciatic pain (forget about sitting cross-legged!). As a young guy who’s supposed to be capable of doing these movements, it was very humbling to see women and men twice my age with three times the strength and ability I had. 

I was so worried about being judged as “bad at yoga” but the reality I’ve found is: No One Cares! Everyone is fighting their own battle on their mat, too busy to worry about what anyone else is doing. 

Instead of freaking out about what other people may think, we can turn that focus inwards. It’s hard to be bad at something you're only comparing yourself to, but a much more accurate scale of progression: Can I bend a little more today? Is sitting easier? Can I take a deeper breath? Noticing these little improvements can be a much better feeling than worrying about what that person on Instagram can do. 

Once you've become familiar with finding paths to that feeling of space, you can start to notice yourself using them outside of the classroom. 

You could be sitting in your office, your car in traffic or simply going for a walk and notice those moments of peace. Watching how you take a few breaths, noticing how you're sitting in your chair or feeling the ground beneath your feet. The next thing you know - you have a daily meditation practice! It’s a great way to supplement any existing training or sports you compete in, aiding in skill development as well as recovery, due to Yoga benefiting both the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. 

There’s a wide range of different types of Yoga asanas to try such as Vinyasa, Yin, and Ashtanga. With classical paths such as Jnana (path of knowledge), Bhakti (path of loving devotion) and Karma (path of action) available to pursue as well, there’s a method of Yoga to suit anyone’s disposition.

So if you've been entertaining the idea of trying a class, sick of having a sore back, stiff legs or had enough of doing your own head in, please go find a place that interests you - they usually have some sort of trial! 

Try something that scares you a little- you won't regret it.

About Us

At Serotonin in Melbourne, we provide a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. As optimal health requires a holistic approach, Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery, an Exercise Centre and has an Education platform. Our ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best.


November 30, 2019