Overdosa and Diwali Indian Festival of Light Melbourne


Today I went down to Federation Square for Melbourne’s Diwali Indian Festival of Light. I confess, I headed straight for the food and I was plenty pleased to see Overdosa. So many blogs I read have featured visits to Overdosa so I was really happy to finally get my turn!



I ordered the classic potato masala dosa with coconut chutney. Dosas are something I wish I could make properly. They’re just awesome, awesome, awesome:




Aaaaand then I went back for the $6 lentil poppers with tamarind date chutney. I loved these, they were light and just perfect with the chutney. As soon as I can, I’m going to visit Overdosa and eat my way through the menu:



I wasn’t going to miss the children dancing for anything!

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I walked around a bit more, wondering why there were sweaty people running around in green t-shirts, until I read one of the t-shirts and realised it’s for the Great Amazing Race:

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And finally heading home, determined to get back to Overdosa at the earliest opportunity!

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Overdosa’s Facebook page


A Reuben Sandwich At True North in Coburg


True North has been on my mind for so long. Since April in fact, ever since Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe blogged about her Reuben sandwich. I’m often in the area, though never really with the opportunity to sit down somewhere and have a quiet meal. Well folks, let me tell you that after my sandwich today, I’m gonna be going back as often as I can.

I went at a non-busy time and gave the menu a quick glance. The veganisable meals do sound quite good (check out the menu here) but I was set on trying the vegan Reuben so I didn’t spend too much time with the menu. I’ve never had a Reuben sandwich before and this was a bit of a cautious experiment, because even as a non-vegan I hated Reuben ingredients like corned beef (blergh) and sauerkraut. But hey, I like mustard.

True North has a relaxed vibe and I was very happy with the friendly, prompt service. Music was playing at a decent volume, staff were welcoming and I was happy to just sit there taking a few pics:

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True North Coburg

My Reuben sandwich came out in good time. At a glance, I could tell I was going to enjoy this. The bread was perfect, with bits of mustard oozing through (I had to keep wiping my hands but who cares, this was one great sandwich). Honestly, before I ordered I was expecting to be kinda ho hum about it, given the vegan pastrami (I always hated pastrami) and the sauerkraut. But it was delicious. One of the nicest sandwiches I’ve ever eaten.

Close up!

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True North is located right at the intersection of Sydney Road and Munro Street (about one or two shops away):

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I will definitely head back there as soon as I can to work my way through the vegan options. But I might get another Reuben before all that.

True North has also been visited by Where’s The Beef? and The Good Hearted.


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2A Munro Street





Today’s Op Shop Finds At Brunswick Savers


Today the family had their own stuff to do and I was tasked with going to Savers to start working out Halloween costumes. That was the official excuse but really, I haven’t been op shopping in ages and it’s kiiiiling meeee.

Savers was pretty busy and their Halloween stuff (not secondhand) is everywhere. Lots of people buying up but we’re having none of that this year. This year is all about piecing together costumes from entirely secondhand sources.

I had so much time to kill before Husband picked me up so I took my time looking around the little trinkets. I couldn’t resist that little wooden pig up there!

I had to take photos in a huge rush, they didn’t turn out as well as I’d like but I don’t want to miss posting this today!

A recent obsession is vintage Pyrex. We had loads growing up and my aunt was the Pyrex queen. My mum always had the kind of muted autumn colours, never the pink or turquoise that I now see being sold for megabucks on Etsy and eBay. So I was pretty pleased to see this, even though it has a few small chips and baked on stuff. I’ll give it a thorough wash but it will make a great bowl for some fruit. I’m always running out of places to store fruit:


Then I saw this gorgeous little yellow Pyrex bowl. It’s the perfect size for dips. I don’t have any proper ‘dip’ size bowls. They’re either too small or too big, so this is fab:


Me and my pineapples. No idea what I’ll do with this dish, but hey, it’s a pineapple. Maybe I could use it to serve… pineapple:


More yellow! My mum had the bright green Tupperware containers identical to this yellow one below. Savers also had an olive coloured one in good condition but I’m going more for the brighter, cheery colours:


I’ve been looking for a bathroom liquid soap dispenser in op shops without much luck. Then I saw this. Sure, it’s for the kitchen and I’m not going to be washing my hands with mustard but hey, it has retro yellow and retro vegan food:


DeeW likes bits and bobs for her sewing kit and I never seem to have a particular colour thread when I need it. Hopefully this solves that problem:


Something for a fancy tea. Now I need to start having fancy tea:


After being out of op shopping action for what seems like forever, this was a bit of a splurge. I did exercise some discipline though and put a few things back, seeing as I’ve been decluttering lately and don’t want to bring more stuff in to the house. I did find some clothes that can be used for Halloween costumes (and hopefully worn again after that!) but I’ll leave those for a Halloween post. In the meantime, I’m trying to drum up enthusiasm for all things Halloween. I think my costume will be a tired frazzled hag…

Here’s a pic of a building I love on Sydney Road. Who doesn’t love a bit of TARDIS blue!

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I am sending this post to Woman In Real Life‘s Vintage Bliss Tuesday. Joann has awesome thrifty finds and it’s always a blast for me seeing people on the other side of the world with the exact same vintage stuff I have!



World Event To End Animal Cruelty, Melbourne 2014


(this is a photo-heavy post!) I’m loving this time of year! Super vegan-y events are on and we get to see and share in lots of fantastic amounts of vegan awesomeness. From the Animals Matter To Me rally, to the Sea Shepherd Bake Sale, to November’s World Vegan Day, Cruelty Free West Expo and Sea Shepherd Ocean Defence Tour you can see how Melbourne is one fab city for vegans. Today’s super event was the World Event To End Animal Cruelty (WEEAC), held at CERES in Brunswick. CERES is a non-profit sustainability centre in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, built on a decommissioned rubbish tip. CERES have produce gardens, event and conference facilities, meeting rooms, classes, a cafe, education programs and more: ceres1 ceres2 ceres4


I arrived half an hour before the scheduled start time so I walked around taking photos with a growling stomach, when I turned a corner and saw Gopal’s were already dishing out their fabulous food (I’ve written about their city restaurant on the blog). I got this massive plate for $10, plus the lemon mint drink for $1. I love Gopal’s kofta. The halva dessert was great and not overly sweet. It was so filling I couldn’t finish it (I did of course manage to finish all the halva, I knew you guys were counting on me):

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The Compassionate Kitchen had a stall with their delicious treats. Their banana bread is great (so is everything else really!). Their products freeze really well too. It’s hard for me to choose a favourite, so I was going to take care of that today by purchasing the slices I haven’t tried:

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I was glad to hear A Vegan Smiles would be at WEEAC, because I’ve been waiting to try the products for ages. I loved all the samples on offer and made up my mind to buy a few things towards the end (it was a warm day, even though I packed a container with an ice brick, I didn’t want to carry too much stuff around as my bag was already heavy):

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I bought these biscuits for my mum’s dog, who will be our honoured guest for a few days:


Continuing with the theme of deliciousness, we have OMV Bakery. Some of my friends rave about the birthday cakes they’ve ordered from OMV and I’ve been very keen to try their products too:




I’ve been admiring Hello Vegan’s beautiful jewelry for a while now. Check out the online store and you’ll see why! Being a cat lover, the sweet cat earrings are on my list and I love the bird and bunny wood necklaces:




And soon after this, something awful happened. What I thought was a spare $50 note in my purse turned out to be a $#@! piece of paper. It was bad you guys, real bad. I’m still smarting. This meant I had no money to go buy any of the baker treats, or A Vegan Smiles, or a necklace. All I could do was just hang around feeling sad and pathetic.  Oh well, guess it just means I spend more at the November events. Take THAT, universe!


I had planned on getting dosa from Dosa Joy but that Gopal’s meal filled me up for hours. The dosa looked delicious, I was really tempted to ask people if I could photograph their plates but that might have been on the slightly creepy side. Or maybe not. What say you? I mean, awesome VEGAN FOOD, right?


I went to the cooking demo given by Missy from Magic Milk Bar. Check out the Magic Milk Bar Blog for beautiful recipes. Missy treated us to some vegan nutella which I didn’t get a photo of unfortunately, but check out this vegan cheese, every bit as delicious as it looks (I hope my photo does it justice!):


Missy made a green curry which I loved, but I was so full from Gopal’s that I just had a sample. But you know how you get home and you’re all damn, wish I had some more? That’s how I’m feeling now:


Dessert was a raw cheesecake scented with rosewater:


Look how stunningly beautiful this is! I loved it, and I usually hate rosewater. Looking at the photos, I’m doing another “damn, why didn’t I go for the second serving?”


Keep an eye on Magic Milk Bar’s blog as Missy will be posting up the recipes. I will definitely make this myself.

Now because this is Melbourne, we started off with a very warm day which soon changed in to much cooler weather, too cool for me to hang around much longer. After the blow of I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-fifty-smegging-dollars, I decided to check out the music and stall holders then head home. I didn’t get photos of all the stalls as there were people in the way (or I didn’t want to get them in a closeup without permission!) so my apologies to those I have left out. Halfpint Vegan Dairy were there but I couldn’t snap a pic (and of course, had no money to go get stuff)!

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And here’s what I bought today. I gave up trying to get a better photo of my Sea Shepherd t-shirt, BECAUSE CAT:


I bought the rainbow chocolates from The Compassionate Kitchen for Arthur and DeeW (her favourites now) but I kinda got to one first:



This WEEAC was great. Seeing new stallholders and new products is fab and I’ve mentioned before on the blog that in the time I’ve been vegan (since April 2012) there seem to be new businesses and great products popping up all the time.

It’s not all about the food and products though. I especially like the stalls with information where raising awareness of a particular issue is concerned and I picked up many flyers for the family to read and pass on. I had a good chat with The Orangutan Project and I’m looking forward to sharing all the info with my family.

I learn a lot from the stalls like this. Doesn’t matter that I’m already vegan, it’s not like one becomes vegan and suddenly all the awareness-information is beamed directly in to the brain. The more I learn about certain things, the more I realise just how much I don’t know and how important it is to keep learning and passing on the information.

Thanks to all the organisers, crew, stall holders, anyone that was involved with putting on Melbourne WEEAC 2014!



Our Visit To Polly Woodside


If you grew up in Melbourne, you probably went on a school excursion to see Polly Woodside. I certainly did and now, about thirty two years later, I figured it was time to go back. Those were the days where we didn’t have any bags or backpacks and the only thing we took with us was a cut lunch (i.e. sandwich) and a carton of juice and a snack. All in a plastic bag. Remember that?!

Polly Woodside was built in Belfast and launched in 1885. The ship was named after the owner’s wife– he had nicknamed her ‘Polly’ because she “talked often, like a parrot”. In the 1960s, restoration works began using mostly volunteer labour. The ship was restored for museum purposes and not for sailing and in 1988, Polly was awarded the World Ship Trust Medal for “supreme achievement in the preservation of Maritime Heritage”. Polly was the first merchant ship to be given this award.

As well as the ship, the museum area offers loads of information and some hands on activities. Cats!


This one cooking job I would happily pass on:

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My grandparents had a plate like this:


Naturally, I take photos of the ‘vintage’ stuff:


Unfortunately these letters were too far away to read:


This kitchen is bigger than mine:


I know you all wanted to see this:


I’ll be honest and say I went along purely for the kids, but I ended up enjoying it too. Our tour guide was fantastic and threw in a healthy dose of toilet humour.

Polly Woodside is easy to get to from the city/CBD area and is a short-ish walk from Southern Cross Station. The ship is open 10am to 4pm on the weekend, and daily on the school holidays. Some days are subject to change because of private functions so check the website before you head down there. Usually on the first Sunday of the month they hold Polly Woodside Pirate Day but again, confirm beforehand! I wouldn’t want you to rock up in your frilly pirate shirt and be all disappointed!


Polly Woodside is located at South Wharf, near the Melbourne Convention Centre. Check the website for opening times, events and pricing: http://www.pollywoodside.com.au/


This post is part of a series I hope to get going for family friendly activities in Melbourne. If you’re a visiting vegan family, leave me a comment so I can suggest nearby food places!