Archives for category: lunch

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I just got back (well, on Monday) from two weeks in Canada.  I spent the first week in Vancouver, where I found some yummy things to eat.  I had some time to kill on my first day before I could check into my hotel, so I walked to Kokomo in Chinatown and ate a Breaky Bowl, featuring tofu scramble, spicy tempeh crumble, roasted squash, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, rice and seeds.  A very healthy and tasty start to the day (and a nice change from airplane food!).

The next day I planned a walk specifically to grab brunch at Edible Flours, a vegan bakery in Kitsilano.

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So many vegan treats, both savoury and sweet, and several gluten free options. Not a great photo (below) because of the reflections, but you get the idea.

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I had a spinach, tofu and artichoke roll (right) and a cinnamon roll (left) with a coffee: from memory, an oatmilk latte.  All were delicious.

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Then it was time for the conference which I had come to Vancouver to attend.  Imagine my joy when I noticed that there was a hole-in-the-wall selling vegan puddings, just across the road from the conference venue!

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The people at Vegan Pudding & Co are really onto something. I had a strawberry pudding, topped with whipped coconut cream and double-chocolate sauce.  It was rich and creamy and I wish I could eat another one right now.

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My last lunch in Vancouver was at Nemesis where I had the vegan version of the Raddest Cauli Hash.

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My friend had the non-vegan version and she was jealous:  I got avocado on top of mine and a really fresh pesto underneath. This dish was a really nice mixture of flavours, colours and textures.

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I bought some za’atar mix a while ago but hadn’t used it yet. Then one lazy weekend I decided to make Lebanese za’atar pizza (man’oushe bi za’atar).  I followed this recipe from SBS and served it with cucumber, tomato and mint (though if I had any vegan haloumi I would have included it).

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We ate this as a late-afternoon snack and really enjoyed it.

The recipe said to just brush the rolled-out dough with oil and then sprinkle on the za’atar, before pan-frying.  Other recipes I have seen say to mix the za’atar and oil first, then brush on: I think more would have stuck on that way, so next time I make this I’ll try that approach.

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I was pretty busy for the second half of last year, and I confess that this post is about a visit I made to Glebe Markets, Sydney, back in September!  But it’s better late than never, I think, to mention that this was the first time I tried arepas. It is a kind of gluten-free bread made out of corn, sliced in half and filled with yummy stuff. In my case it was filled with black beans, plantains, sliced cabbage, avocado and some salsa. Very tasty. If you find yourself in Glebe Market, Sydney, I recommend you wander right down to the end of the food aisle to see if La Reine “Queen of Venezuelan Arepas” are serving lunch.

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Three months ago I went to Canberra for a few days for work.  When in Canberra I always try to have lunch or dinner at Au Lac Royal Vegan Cuisine.  This time I was in a group of three, and we shared three delicious dishes:  crispy honey chicken (bottom left in the photo), chicken with basil leaves (at the top) and tamarind fish (at right).

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All the food was really tasty but the standout dish was the tamarind fish. According to the Au Lac menu, this is “soy fish drizzled with rich tamarind sauce and onion”. According to me, this is heavenly food which made me very happy.  Three months later it still makes me happy, just thinking about this meal.

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We visited the Cruelty Free shop in Glebe recently and when I saw that they had the Beyond Burger in stock, I couldn’t resist.  We had it for dinner that night with roast vegetables, steamed snow peas and a Greek salad, made with a vegan feta that I also purchased at the Cruelty Free shop (unfortunately I don’t remember which brand).

The Beyond Burger really is kind of amazing.  The  taste and texture is very realistic.  It’s almost too realistic.  We all enjoyed it and I’m glad we tried it, but I don’t think I’d want to eat it *too* regularly.

The feta tasted nice but kind of melted into the tomato and cucumber, as you can see in the photo.  So I ate up the rest of it by spreading it on toast when I wanted a savoury snack, and it was delicious.

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This post from the Fat Gay Vegan, entitled “Leeds gets super vegan”,  reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about my trip to the Old Red Bus Station on my last day in Leeds, back in July.  This place is a bar and a venue and hosts Cantina, “Leeds first all-vegan eatery”.

When I visited, there was a large meet-up happening and food was available only from the bar. I settled in with a beer and awaited the arrival of my lunch: a Ve-bab, described in the menu as “Seitan Kebab served in a Pitta with Salad, Garlic Sauce & Chunky Chips”. You can just see one slice of seitan in the photo, sticking out under the lettuce on the left side. The seitan and pitta were delicious and I really enjoyed the garlic sauce.

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I’m really glad I ate here, it’s a cool place.

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If you find yourself in Leeds centre, this place is just north of the Headrow on Vicar Lane.  Look on the right side of the road as you walk north: when you see a sign in an upstairs window that says “HAIL SEITAN”, you’re there.

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I have been wanting to visit Humpit at the Corn Exchange in Leeds ever since I read the Fat Gay Vegan’s blog post about his visit, nearly 3 years ago. I usually visit Leeds every couple of years but I don’t always get to the city centre. Imagine my joy last week, while visiting Leeds University, to find out that there was a Humpit on campus!  Finally I was able to enjoy a bowl full of gorgeous hummus, topped with a felafel, mushrooms and spicy salsa. It was all really tasty, and so was the accompanying pita. I also enjoyed their homemade pink lemonade, which you can just see in the photo (not very pink though).

The aesthetic of the place is really cute too. I like the cartoon falafels.

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