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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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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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I have had a cold/flu for the last week, so I haven’t done much in the way of exciting cooking. But I’ve got some lovely photos from back in July, when we spent a few days in the Blue Mountains and finally, *finally* visited Rubyfruit in Leura.  I’ve been wanting to go there for so long!  (Last time we tried, they were full and we couldn’t wait, for some reason which must have seemed important at the time.)  It’s always a great feeling to visit an all-vegan cafe or restaurant, knowing that I can order anything on the menu without the need to ask lots of questions.

Since it was lunchtime, we had lunch there. I had the Southern Fried Chickn Burger with sriracha mayonaise.

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This tasted fantastic. Look at the great texture on their chickn seitan. I really enjoyed my side salad too: grated beetroot, grated carrots and some pumpkin seeds.

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My partner had the Mexican Burger with chipotle mayonaise, and a coleslaw side salad, and enjoyed both. The coffee was good too.

Next time I’m in the vicinity, I will strive to go to Rubyfruit around afternoon tea time so I can try one (or more!) of their famous sweet treats.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you’re ever in Brisbane, get yourself to the Green Edge, Windsor for some delicious food.  This was on their specials board last time I was there (which was back in April, I’ll admit, but I’ve been busy!!)…. a Louisiana Po Boy, shrimp-style deliciousness with very yummy sauce, mayonnaise and salad. I greatly enjoyed eating this.

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I also love the sign they’ve got hanging over the window through to the kitchen.

 

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Ah, Melbourne. I love visiting Melbourne, where I lived for three happy years, quite a long time ago now. I love walking around the streets of Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood… and I really love going to new vegan food places. I’d heard so many good things about Smith & Deli, on Moor St, not far from Brunswick St in Fitzroy… I knew I had to try it. By chance I got there just before 11:30am, which is when their extensive sandwich options become available: more than 30 sandwiches to choose from! You can see the two blackboards full of sandwich choices in the photo above. Everything in the whole place is vegan. Bliss.

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I chose the Temple of Doom: (vegan) turkey, jalapenos, roasted corn, pickled cabbage, (vegan) cheese and chipotle aioli. So good! So delicious! I savoured every moment of eating this sandwich, sitting on a bench in a nearby park among the autumn leaves.

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You can buy lots of other treats at Smith & Deli, including croissants!  I chose a chocolate croissant and enjoyed it immensely. It was my first croissant since I became vegan more than 3 years ago, in fact. Now I just have to figure out when and how I can get back to Melbourne to work my way through more sandwich options…. or possibly to book a table at Smith & Daughters. One day…