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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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I spent last week in London and Leeds. It was a work trip. In London I was staying in Bethnal Green, at a hotel chosen by my host. It was a very lucky choice for me because it was close to the Gallery Cafe: an all-vegan cafe serving this really special vegan breakfast.  In fact, my first day in the UK went like this: land Heathrow 6am. Clear customs, get bag. Make way directly to hotel, dump bag. Walk to the Gallery Hotel and mooch around outside until they opened. Eat delicious vegan breakfast.

From the menu: “A Classic breakfast comprising sourdough toast, pan-fried mushrooms, herb-roasted tomatoes, sausages, scrambled tofu, fried potatoes, sauteed kale and homemade baked beans in a rich and flavourful tomato sauce”. The beans were particularly good but really it was all amazing. Definitely recommend. No need to get there as early as me though: they serve breakfast until 12pm on weekdays and until 1pm on weekends.

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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 (?).

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The decor at Handsome Her is pretty amazing too.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.