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A few days ago I had dinnerĀ at Vina Vegan Restaurant, Newtown. I was by myself but still managed to eat three fresh rice paper rolls (very tasty) and almost all of this steaming bowl of vegan beef pho noodle soup. Just look at it, it’s gorgeous and it tasted delicious. They certainly know what they’re doing with their mock meat, it’s quite something.

Rubyfruit cheesecakes

Yesterday I went to Sydney’s Cruelty Free Festival for the first time. Somehow I missed it the last two years, and even for a couple of years pre-vegan I wanted to go, but didn’t. So I was really glad to finally get there. I’m having difficulty finding the right words to express how I felt, being one of many many people inside a large exhibition hall, all dedicated to cruelty-free living. I found it… quietly empowering. Somehow calming, to know you’re not the odd one out, but you are surrounded by like minds. Affirming. I get a mental image of a flat tire being pumped up: maybe the word I’m looking for is “replenishing”.

I ate several tasty tasty things, starting with a pie from Funky Pies which was consumed too quickly to photograph, and finishing with some tasty sticky rice from My Little Panda Kitchen (also unphotographed). But in the end, for me it was really about the vegan cheesecakes. I purchased two cheesecakes from Rubyfruit, including their famous turkish delight cheesecake (foreground): I think I got the last one! I shared these with my 8 year for dessert this evening and she just told me that she’d eat a hundred more if she could (-:

Rhubarb bakes cheesecake

While at the festival yesterday I also enjoyed this blueberry cheesecake from Rhubarb Bakes. Truly for the vegan cheesecake fan there is much to enjoy at the Cruelty Free Festival.

Herbisaurus sausage rolls

There’s a lot happening for vegans in the inner west of Sydney. But there is vegan life outside the inner west as well. Just down the road from where I live there’s an organic food market which happens every Saturday morning called the Ramsgate Organic Foodies Market. It seems to be attracting a growing number of vegan options. My current favourite is Herbisaurus. I enjoyed these sausage rolls for my lunch on Saturday. Delicious flaky pastry, yummy filling, very nice sausage rolls.

Herbisaurus lasagne

We also took home a Herbisaurus lasagne and salad for dinner and enjoyed both. The lasagne has a high bechamel sauce content, so of course the kids loved it.

Herbisaurus

The Herbisaurus folk are very friendly. On Sundays you can find them at Frenchs Forest markets. They also do home delivery and catering.

Ella's Wisdom banana and zucchini cake

Another all-vegan stall is Ella’s Wisdom. The main two ingredients in this cake are banana and zucchini. The cake was tasty, moist and had a good texture.

There are plenty of other vegan options that I haven’t tried yet… Will have to get out of the house on another Saturday morning soon to get back to the market.

Ramsgate Organic Foodies Market

Passionfruit doughnuts from Bodhi

When in Sydney, there are many reasons to go to Bodhi for vegan yum cha. The food is delicious and varied: make sure you skip breakfast so you have room to try everything. In particular, try to leave just enough room for dessert. There are several sweet options, but once I heard the words “passionfruit doughnuts” I knew what I’d be having. They really were lovely.

Revolution latte

Pretty! My soy latte at Revolution Foods, Enmore. A great start to my birthday lunch.

Viva la revolution!

When in Sydney, go to Enmore and eat at Revolution Foods. This is the lunch I had there on my birthday at the end of last month – seitan ribz. Delectable. The coffee was great too.