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This gorgeous plate of vegan (tofu-based) fish and chips was lovingly prepared for us by the good people of The Ship Inn at Ouseburn in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

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This pub switched to an all-vegan menu at some point in the recent past (last couple of years) and this was our first visit. They also had several vegan beers on tap. As well as the fish and chips, which my partner greatly enjoyed, another member of our party sampled the Lucky Taco (below)…

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… and I had the Aloha Teriyaki Burger, which was very tasty.

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Great vegan food, relaxed atmosphere, dog-friendly, and with a cool exterior. I definitely hope to eat here again and highly recommend that you drop by, next time you’re in the north-east of England.

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I have just come to the end of a really, *really* busy couple of weeks at work. I haven’t got any photos of lovely food that I’ve made recently, mostly because the food I’ve made recently has all been stuff that I’ve posted about here before.

But I’ve had this photo sitting around, waiting to have its moment in the sun. That moment is now. This is from lunch at Sweet Bones in Canberra… from back in July. We spent a few days in Thredbo with my sister’s family, and I jumped at the chance to have lunch at Sweet Bones on the way home, to show my partner and kids why I love to eat here whenever I can, usually when I visit ANU.

My lunch (pictured) was, I believe, their Tempeh Reuben. I definitely remember that it was delicious. I have praised Sweet Bones before and I bet I’ll praise them again.  The only problem with Sweet Bones is that they are so popular, you usually have to wait for a table. But it’s worth it.

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I spent last week at ANU: the Australian National University, in Canberra. The student union building is being rebuilt, so we ate lunch at a new area with several pop-up stalls serving food. I enjoyed these vegan “Peruvian-style” burritos from Mr Papa. They serve omni food (in fact, mostly meaty) but their Chica Fina burrito is vegetarian and can be made vegan: described as “pumpkin and mushroom locro with snow peas, sibaris sauce and lettuce”. These burritos were fresh and tasty. The chips and hot sauce on the side were yummy too.

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A little while ago I went to an evening lecture at the University of Sydney. Beforehand I needed some dinner, so I seized the opportunity to go back to Bliss & Chips, Newtown. I ordered vegan calamari and some salad, and enjoyed it all greatly.  It’s fun to eat tasty vegan fish and chips, or in this case, vegan calamari and salad.

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Just around the corner from where I live there is a place called The Shack Market Cafe. It’s omni but always has at least a couple of good vegan options. They’re all about wholefoods. This is the Earth Burger: the patty is made of kale, quinoa, tahini, grated carrot and other yummy things, served with sweet potato fries, salad, tomato relish and grilled tofu. I liked it.  The coffee is good too.

They have three locations: Newtown, Monterey and Gymea. You can see a couple of other things I’ve eaten at the Shack here and here.

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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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