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Stuff I Ate

Delayed again with the weekly What I Ates! Stuff is still super busy around here and I have been making quick meals and not bothering to photograph them. Or maybe too much time has been spent trying to de-stress with a bunch of Dolly Parton music videos. And then more time spent trying to look up metal covers. I did enjoy the process of introducing my nine year old daughter to Dolly because she thought the song was called Trollene. It was a sad day when she started pronouncing Britney Spears correctly and was no longer saying Brick Knee of Spheres. Just like when my son thought Shortbread Creams were Shortbread Crimes. ANYWAY.

First up, the leftover lemongrass tofu from Huong Viet with veg and soba noodles:

Tabouli Rasa Vegan & Vegetarian Food is a market stall. I got this falafel and salad lunch box from the Coburg Farmers Market. Really lovely and fresh:

One of the quick meals was some roasted eggplant, tomatoes and basil from the garden:

Another quick meal, this time a load of veg, brown lentils and a curry paste and tomato base, served over brown basmati rice:

This was the only green on St. Patrick’s Day, a mint smoothie made with frozen banana, oats, Prana On Supergreens (mint flavour) and a couple drops of green food colour for the novelty factor. I also managed to place it on the part of the marble slab that has those weird stains I can’t remove:

And that’s really about it. Quite uninspired and mehhhh (the veg lentil curry looks way better than it tastes), but very quick and easy. Rice cookers really are amazing.

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Vegan Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

You know those people who hate drinking coffee but love coffee flavoured anythings? That’s me. I never drink the hot stuff but coffee flavoured cake or iced coffee are another story.

During the summer I suddenly decided I needed some iced coffee or mocha in my life. This recipe came about as a result of simply chucking stuff in the blender, and discovering it was actually pretty good.

And that’s really about it. Creative genius at work…

Use as little or as much coffee as you like. Whatever works for you!

And urgh, my recipe plug-in is still displaying weirdly. Sorry.

Vegan Mocha Breakfast Smoothie
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A simple iced coffee/mocha smoothie: get your morning coffee and breakfast in one!
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Vegan Mocha Breakfast Smoothie
Print Recipe
A simple iced coffee/mocha smoothie: get your morning coffee and breakfast in one!
Servings
1 serving
Servings
1 serving
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Mix the coffee with a little hot water to make a coffee liquid. Add everything to your blender and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The amount of coffee and cacao is up to you, I won't judge.

The sweetness level is of course up to you as well. I use overripe bananas and Prana On protein which is quite sweet, so I don't use additional sweeteners like dates.

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Girls And Boys in Fitzroy

Girls and Boys is the latest venture from the owners of The Vegie Bar and Transformer. Located right next to The Vegie Bar, Fitzroy has scored yet another all-vegan affair.

The pictures I’d seen online certainly looked good enough and there were some great reviews about the soft serve ice cream, so on a hot day I dropped in and ordered the Baklava Pimped Out soft serve ($12).

It was way bigger than I’d anticipated and I wasn’t able to finish it so next time I’d share. But this was really good soft serve icecream– I’ve never had a vegan soft serve and I’m fussy about ice cream in general. The filo sheets were nice and crunchy and there was a sweet lemony sauce with pistachios and walnuts. Close up!

There’s also a selection of beautiful looking/sounding small cakes (with unrefined sugars), smoothies, housemade gelato, lattes, coffees and juices. There are gluten free options though I’m not exactly sure which are GF:

You can also grab some Vegie Bar take away from the next counter and fridge.

There’s a flavour-of-the-day special for the Pimped Out soft serve, and on the day I went it was a mango-something.

Having a 100% plant based dessert bar is a great addition to Melbourne and although Fitzroy is a bit of a public transport hike for me, I’d make the effort to go and try some of the cakes and another soft serve.

You can read another review over at Where’s The Beef?

Girls & Boys

382 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

http://girlsandboysfitzroy.com/

 

 

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Quick Lunch at Huong Viet in Footscray

Huong Viet is a recent newcomer to the veg*n restaurant scene and it’s great to see another ‘vegan’ sign at restaurants in Footscray!

This will be a short review because I’ve only been to Huong Viet once when passing through Footscray. I took a detour so I could have some lunch here, after seeing good reviews on Facebook and pictures of awesome Vietnamese food. Usually I like to visit a place at least twice before blogging, but I won’t be in Footscray again for a while.

I love lemongrass tofu, so that stood out for me. I anticipated it would be exactly what you see, which is a more dry dish, which is fine by me. I got some rice on the side and ended up taking half the tofu home because it was a very big serve.

This was beautifully flavoured and I was so glad to have leftovers the next day. I think this would make a fantastic option for a share dish.

Service was very friendly and if I were around Footscray often, I’d be going back to try more of the menu. I can’t remember what I paid, but the serving was generous and it wasn’t expensive.

Huong Viet

36a Leeds Street

Footscray

http://www.facebook.com/huongviet.vego/

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Vegan Burgers And Fries at The B.East in East Brunswick

B.East in Brunswick has been mentioned often in vegan circles, and the reports I’d heard were pretty complimentary about the vegan burgers and fries. I’m hit and miss with burgers and really have to be in a burger mood, but I’m always interested to see how not-vegan places do vegan burgers. When patties are made in-house, I’m more interested!

And so, some of the fam and I headed along to B.East in Brunswick East recently. The outside tables were full because it was a nice day, and I was happy to sit inside because of the blaring old school G’n’R soundtrack (though the noise level made it hard to talk, still, You Could Be Mine is one of my favourite songs so no way am I going to complain because she’s not my mother TODD and I didn’t have a mulleted friend with me and I can’t do pull-ups Sarah Connor style or any style but anyway, moving ON).

Okay, so the vegan burgers are the Neil (smoky BBQ bean and red lentil burger, vegan cheddar, caramelised jalapenos, crispy sweet potato fries (in the burger), cos lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli, $15) and the Morrissey (southern fried mock chicken, sweet corn relish, cos lettuce, tomato and jalapeno salsa, $13). I figured the southern fried chicken might be the sort used at other places for the ‘fried chicken’ dishes so I went for the Neil. Picture at the top there.

In short, it was a pretty good burger. The patty was a little soft and kinda mooshed everywhere but it wasn’t a big deal, plus it was a big generous sized patty and nicely flavoured. I recall I wasn’t really in a burger mood when we went, but I was glad I had it.

We ordered a side of sweet potato fries (gluten free, menu says $5/$8.50  but I can’t remember what we paid) with vegan lime chipotle aioli ($1) which were very well done:

We also ordered the beer battered fries ($4/$7) with BBQ seasoning (not GF unfortunately) and agreed these were some of the best fries we’ve eaten:

I would happily go back to try any new vegan burgers or special I hear about. I’m guessing the lunch and dinner times are really busy, we went well after lunch and had no problem with a table inside though outside was full. My dining buddies said the music was way too loud but ehhh, depending on what’s playing, I don’t mind so much.

The B.East has been visited by Where’s the Beef? a few times, you can read about their most recent visit here which links to their previous two visits.

The B.East

80 Lygon Street

Brunswick East

http://www.theb-east.com/