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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!
Servings
1 serving
Servings
1 serving
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/

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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.