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The Snug Public House in Brunswick

Since my first visit to The Snug Public House in St Kilda, the vegan menu options at The Snug (both St Kilda and Brunswick) have really kicked off. I missed the vegan night back in November, where diners were stuffed with samples of the upcoming menu.

I’ve been to The Snug in Brunswick twice now. Both times I wanted to try the mushroom stout pie but it wasn’t available and doesn’t appear on the Brunswick menu, so perhaps it’s just a St Kilda thing. No problem though because there’s always a shepherd’s pie AS BIG AS YOUR FACE.

But first, an entree! I knew the main meal would defeat me if we shared an entree but I wanted to try the pulled jackfruit bbq ‘pork’. Usually I avoid ordering bbq-anything because bbq sauces are always so sweet for me and if I follow a bbq-something recipe at home I always cut the sugar waaay down. The Snug’s bbq pulled pork was pretty nice, sweet without being unbearably sweet and I was happy-surprised to see it sitting on top of hummus. There were a couple of flatbreads on the side and some pickles. I’d order this again with a group as it was a great sharing dish. I can’t make out the price on the menu photo I’ve found online:

I’ve said it before and others have said it before: the servings at The Snug are HUGE. The shepherd’s pie (about $23), shown up the top and just below is a big, big bowl of tasty gravy and veg (with TVP I believe), topped with a big pile of crispy mash. Hand cut chips were on the side, as well as some slaw and salad. The salad was really good, with a taste cumin dressing and I tried to eat as much of it as I could. But as always, defeated by the sheer enormity of the portion size.

Even without having had the entree, there’s no way I could have finished it:

Okay, here’s where the phone photos come in. On a previous visit with my son (and without my camera), he ordered the battered sausages. The kitchen had run out of sausages and so this was a half serve as it’s all they had left (our bill was reduced accordingly). The sausages are one of the vegan brands available, not sure which but my son enjoyed it regardless (mainly because there weren’t any vegetables):

The chips are the cheesy gravy chips (gluten free, $12). I really liked these and again would order them as part of a group to share:

The most massive meal I have ever been served is this Irish stew ($23). You know a regular size loaf of bread? This loaf was about 3/4 the size of a regular loaf. Jackfruit was used in place of meat, though it was pretty sparse compared to the mountain of veg. I swear, this was so huge that everyone who saw it come out just stopped and gaped. I’m sure there’s someone out there who has eaten the whole thing. Probably a superhero of some sort:

I don’t think I could ever face dessert at The Snug if I’ve eaten a main. Perhaps I should go just for a dessert– banoffles chocolate waffle ($12, gluten free) and the Guiness chocolate mousse with honeycomb and fennel biscotti ($12, gluten free) both sounded great and I’m curious to see if they’re massive serves too.

For the bbq pulled pork entree, a second entree and three mains (not all vegan) without drinks, we paid just under $100.

The Snug have about a million vegan options now. The pub is small compared to St Kilda’s Snug, but that’s really not a problem for me. Service and staff all great and you can see a lot of effort has been made with the vegan menu.

Since that first visit to The Snug in St Kilda, I’ve been impressed with the ever growing vegan options on the menu. Brunswick is closer to me so I don’t anticipate heading down to St Kilda Snug any time soon, but Brunswick’s Snug more than compensates.

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In My Kitchen February 2017

Not a big In My Kitchen this month. I did a big pantry cleanout and got rid of the usual suspects–goods that had a use-by date of years ago. I’m doing that thingy now where you only cook with ingredients you already have, rather than buying more stuff. Too bad the family won’t go near chickpeas, lentils and beans. I have heaps of those that need to be used up.

So the top photo up there is the smoked garlic in oil I bought from the Coburg Farmers Market. It’s really quite nice, though I keep forgetting to add it to my food.

I’m not in to buying drinks, I always carry around a water bottle and that’s enough for me but these two vegan milk drinks by Cor de Coco were reduced in the supermarket so I tried them out. They were okay enough (especially on a hot day):

I had to buy stuff from Iherb and bought these chipotle garlic onion chips by dang. They’re just too sweet and give you the stinkiest breath ever. I ended up throwing them out, but I also bought two packets by accident so I will gift the second packet.

Also part of my Iherb purchase was a packet of these Earth Balance puffs. We don’t have them in Australia and I hear people rave about them. We’re not in to buying snack kinds of foods at home, like chips/crisps or whatever but I thought eh why not. They were okay, I can say I’ve tried them now but not really keen to have them again.

Not much else happening in my kitchen, life has been extremely busy this year!

In My Kitchen is a monthly blog link up that is currently being hosted by Lizzy at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things Blog. I’m submitting this blog post of mine for December 2016. While not a vegan-specific event, anyone can join in and you can also discover new blogs, recipes, products, etc!

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Return To I Dream Of Sushi In Moonee Ponds

I blogged about I Dream Of Sushi back in March 2015. I’ve been back quite a few times, always opting for the tofu don ($13.50) because I like it so much. Tofu, beans, carrots and greens all on a nice big amount of rice with a tasty sweet sauce:

The vegetable gyoza are always a winner:

The past couple of times I’ve ordered something different from the vegan menu. The veg bento (about $14.50) was really quite good, with perfectly crispy tempura veg. A bowl of rice is included:

The agedashi lemon soba ($15) is made with a tasty shiitake broth with chunks of fried tofu. Photo at the top.

A food display case contains all the hand rolls. The vegetable varieties are $6. When you eat in, they’re presented like this eggplant miso roll:

I Dream Of Sushi is still my go-to vegan place in Moonee Ponds. It’s located at one end of Puckle Street right opposite Moonee Ponds train station. The vegan menu is on separate cards.

Seating inside is on stools, with I think about 10 stools in all perhaps. There are a couple small tables on the footpath. I make sure to go at non peak times and have never had trouble getting a stool.

This is good, authentic Japanese food and definitely worth checking out if you’re around Moonee Ponds!

I Dream Of Sushi (located opposite Moonee Ponds train station)

6 Margaret Street

Moonee Ponds

http://www.idreamofsushi.com.au/

 

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What I Ate Forgotten Blog Edition

The blog has been quiet but life has been intensely busy. When I remember, I snap photos of food but because I have been flat out, I haven’t had the luxury of time to make proper nutritious meals. But today I’ll take a bit of a breather and get some good food going.

Evidently, I need to clean my windows too. My usual early morning photography spot is the back of the couch because that has good light. And cat hair covered window frames. When I remember, I soak steel cut oats and chia seeds in soy milk overnight, then plop berries and nuts and stuff after I heat them up for beakfast:

Most days though, because I’m so busy, I make the smoothie version of the porridge bowl:

I thought I’d make the Borg’s vegetable pastry triangles for the kids. Of course, they didn’t like them. And Borg’s filo pastry is no longer vegan, though the ingredients panel for the triangles didn’t indicate anything non-vegan:

I had made a leek-garlic-onion mix to make a leek and potato pizza. After I ate the leek and potato pizza, I realised I had forgotten to put the leeks on it. It was a horrid pizza anyway. So I used the leeks with some pasta sauce in a jar for a quick no-proper-veggie-content lunch:

I did make the effort when my mum came over for lunch one day. One of my favourite soups is the split pea soup from Cadry’s Kitchen. I had made some coconut bacon and decided mountainous proportions would work best:

This year I was determined to make a Burns Night supper. I used the vegetarian haggis recipe from Green Gourmet Giraffe and for my own supper, I made some plain mashed potato. The haggis made great sandwich leftovers:

Part of the leftovers were eaten like this, the carrots are stewed maple glazed:

I also made cock-a-leekie soup. This was pretty similar to how I would make Irish stew, though this soup includes prunes. Those aren’t cobwebs, it’s steam!

Dessert had to be included so cranachan was the obvious choice. This is the version of cranachan where a very non-Scottish person has no idea what they’re doing. I toasted some oats with a little sugar, defrosted the bag of raspberries nobody but me eats and stewed the berries. Then made a parfait style thingy with coconut yoghurt:

And finally, lamingtons. I made a plain vanilla cake, a simple chocolate icing (cacao powder, icing sugar and hot water) and used the leftover raspberry sauce. We don’t celebrate Australia Day, but I know I made these on one of the days around then when it wasn’t too hot for the oven. One day I’ll use toasted coconut:

I might be a bit light on blogging in the next month or so, and I need to go back to starting my 30 day salt-oil-sugar free experiment *cough* We’ll see!

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New Vegan Options At Grill’d and Crust Pizza

Well, new-ish. The Veggie Vitality vegan burger at Grill’d has been out for quite a while now but I only got around to trying it this week. Grill’d is a burger chain and while they have had a few veganisable veggie burgers (like omitting the herb mayo makes it vegan), they now have an all-vegan burger.

I’d heard some mixed reviews, ranging from delicious to… not delicious. The patty is made with beetroot, sweet potato, spinach and quinoa and is served with a slice of grilled pineapple, avocado, lettuce and shredded carrot.

I’m in two minds about the Veggie Vitality. I did find the patty quite bland– it could really be zinged up with the simple addition of something like smoked paprika with a little chipotle powder. Getting a mouthful of patty with the grilled pineapple and avocado together was loads better, though the flavour really should come from the patty. Still, I like that it’s a ‘healthier’ option because my family go to Grill’d now and then, I would be okay ordering this again. I just might take along a little bit of smoked paprika.

Grill’d chips are still going strong, the rosemary salt combination makes them one of my favourite chains for chips, even if it means annoying my family because I pick at theirs instead of ordering my own.

The newest vegan + gluten free option on the Grill’d menu are the avocado chips, covered in a turmeric quinoa coating. I really don’t like hot avocado (or avocado in smoothies…yeeeech) so these for me were… interesting. Not awful, mind. I’ve heard lots of positive reviews about the avocado chips and while a serving was just too much for me, I’m happy to suggest you order these to share. I wouldn’t say no to one, because I liked the crunchy coating, but if you’re like me and believe avocado should never be hot, keep that in mind!

Crust Pizza are another chain and although you can build your own pizza (you can also do this online), they’ve recently introduced the Herb Crusted Al Funghi. This pizza is topped with a wild mushroom mix, vegan bechamel base, truffle oil and onions. Oh, and a bit of vegan cheese:

Well, I will say when I opened the box the pizza looked pretty fine. But after the first bite, I was all “where’s the flavour?” Because there was just no taste and it was incredibly bland. Waaah! It looked so promising. Most of the reviews I’ve read say the same, but that you can make it taste better by adding other toppings. Which is true, but the pizza really should be good on its own, not with additions.

While I appreciate Grill’d and Crust offering a dedicated vegan option, I’m disappointed they’re both on the very-bland side and do nothing to showcase how wonderful vegan food can be. I hope they can improve!