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Last month, dear reader, I went to Melbourne. While there I ate two delicious meals. The first, pictured above, was eaten at Handsome Her in Brunswick. The food was gorgeous: this dish is called the Park Yeon-Mi. I quote from the menu: “Charcohl bubble waffle with crispy drumsticks, cucumber kimchi, turmeric infused daikon, pickled carrots, Korean sweet and spicy sauce, tofu emulsion and rainbow slaw”.  Wow. It was quite amazing. I think the drumsticks are tofu-based (?).


The decor at Handsome Her is pretty amazing too.


The next day, brunch at Ray’s Cafe. (A poem.) I had the Hash Savage: scrambled tofu, smoked lebanese eggplant, smashed peas etc. Very tasty.


The Grizzly Beer Fries with BBQ pulled jackfruit and miso cheese was also quite delicious. I think I’d go back just for these fries.


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.


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)…


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


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 (?!).


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.