Archives for category: lunch

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I was in Toronto recently for a week, for a conference. (I already told you about the delicious cactus tacos that I ate while there.) Luckily, my flight home was late at night, and a friend from the conference was in the same situation, so we walked around Toronto for a day. Our wanderings were not entirely aimless because I knew exactly where I wanted to end up for lunch: Hogtown Vegan, 1056 Bloor St W. Please note the special advertised on the board: pulled ‘pork’ poutine.

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This is a (blurry) photo of the pulled pork poutine special. Poutine is a Canadian thing, chips with gravy and sauce, something like that.  It was so, so good. Their lunch menu was full of delicious-sounding items: I really wished I could stay another week just to sample 7 more meals!  I am actually salivating now as I remember how good this messy stuff tasted.

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On the subject of vegan food in Toronto, I’d also like to mention Rise Espresso, 107 Mutual St.  If you are looking for good coffee near Ryerson University then I suggest you make your way there.

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Here is their display counter of baked goods, almost all from Sweets From the Earth and labelled as vegan. I liked the look of the unlabelled bread-like item at the top left, so I asked what it was, and was told it was banana bread with chocolate chips.  “Is it vegan?”, I asked.  “Everything in there is vegan!”, the lovely barista replied. Hooray! The banana bread with chocolate chips was delicious, and their coffee was great.

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Last week I attended a conference at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. Lunch breaks were short, but luckily for me, Tacos 101 was close by to provide me with Nopal tacos. As confirmed in the photo below, these tacos are made from cactus! I don’t *think* I’ve ever eaten cactus before (?!).

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The Nopal tacos are made of cactus, refried beans, pico de gallo and salsa verde (I asked them to omit the cheese), and served with guacamole puree. They were very tasty tacos and kept me coming back. I also really enjoyed their aesthetics: it’s a cool space. You can sit inside or stand up at the benches outside. I definitely recommend a visit.

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I’ve made tofu scramble many times, but this is the first time I’ve ever made a chickpea scramble. I used this Mexican Chickpea Scramble recipe from Fettle Vegan. I didn’t have any cabbage in the house, but I added some chopped-up choy sum for extra leafy-green goodness.

I served this up for dinner, along with home-made Lincolnshire seitan sausage, baked beans and peas. The scramble was tasty and filling. Maybe I still prefer scrambled tofu, but I will definitely make chickpea scramble again.

 

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At the start of the year, we were heading back to Brisbane from the south and I realised that this was a perfect opportunity to visit the Loving Hut at Mt Gravatt, Brisbane. I had heard good things but had never eaten here. Now I definitely want to eat at Loving Hut again soon! Check out the amazing lunch I had: Seven Seas Delight, described as “crispy fried veggie protein and seaweed, dressed with a thick ginger and soy sauce”. It really tasted like fish. It was amazing, delicious and just gorgeous: very special food. I loved it.

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My partner cannot go past a thai curry, and he enjoyed his Thai Red Curry.

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The kids ordered a spaghetti bolognese each, but really could have shared one: it was huge and very tasty.

It’s always such a joy to be in an all-vegan establishment with many many items on the menu. Loving Hut is a global chain, so now I will look out for them on my travels as well. Two thumbs up.

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Happy New Year everbody! My first post for 2017 is about a lunch I had at Momo Newcastle about 3 weeks ago. I was in Newcastle for a conference for a week, before the holiday season kicked in, and found lots of yummy vegan food to eat. But Momo was my favourite and I was sorry I only made it there once.

I can’t find the menu online so I can’t remember exactly how this dish was described… but the tempeh was delicious and the salad it’s sitting on was very tasty, with yummy crispy bits. The textures and flavours all combined really well, everything tasted very healthy. This is an omni place but had a few vegan options: I would have tried the nachos with cashew sour cream but unfortunately they’d just sold out.

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The cafe is in a great space, which apparently used to be a bank: high ceilings, lots of light and added colour on the walls.  I look forward to eating at Momo again when I’m next in Newcastle.

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These are the most sausage-like seitan sausages that I have ever made. The recipe is from the Grumpy Sailor and it is a good’un. As you can see, I enjoyed my sausages for brunch (and also I had about the same thing for dinner, I mean brinner, once or twice). These sausages are also good sliced up in sandwiches, as the Grumpy Sailor rightly mentions.

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The seitan is wrapped up in foil and steamed. Maybe in the past I’ve wrapped my foil too loosely? This time the foil really did shape the seitan into sausage-like cylinders. The photo above shows the seitan after it has been steamed. Then you can fry or grill the sausages when you need them (refrigerate or freeze the rest).

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Just look at that texture! I was amazed and pleased. They taste very good too. I will definitely make these again.

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The other day I was working from home and didn’t have a plan for lunch. There was some leftover cooked brown rice in the fridge, and half an onion that needed to be used. So I slow-cooked the chopped onion, dry-fried some pumpkin seeds and then mixed together the rice, onion, pumpkin seeds, chopped semi-dried tomatoes and some chopped kale from the garden. I stirred it around until the kale wilted. At the latest minute I decided to add a few halved grape tomato, which I stirred through until they were just a little warm. It was a very tasty impromptu lunch.