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Vegan Eats At Fatto A Mano In Fitzroy

Fatto A Mano Fitzroy

Fatto A Mano Organic Bakery was initially a happy accidental discovery for me. My son and I had gone to lunch a few doors up, and met my husband and daughter in the car. My daughter was eating a croissant and said it was vegan. Which of course meant I was like WHERE FROM. Actually that might have come after GIVE ME SOME NEEEOOW CHILD. We were parked right opposite Fatto A Mano, it was a freezing day and the rain was bucketing down but I did my vegan duty and got drenched in pursuit of croissants. Though there were quite a few great vegan options, I ended up buying a peanut butter choc ball along with a croissant  and planned to go back as soon as I could. The croissant was lovely toasted at home later on and the peanut butter ball was peanutty chocolately crispy goodness:

Fatto A Mano Fitzroy

On my second visit, I bought more croissants. These are quite nice, not just bread shaped like croissants. There were also chocolate filled croissants and some apple pies (which I was sorely tempted to get):Fatto A Mano Fitzroy

There was a chocolate cake and this lovely looking pie:Fatto A Mano Fitzroy

I couldn’t resist another of the crispy lovely peanut butter balls:Fatto A Mano Fitzroy

I had a great chat with the staff about aquafaba– gotta love spreading the word!

As well as these goods mentioned above, there were also loaves of bread. You can see the display in the front window. I’ll be heading back for those apple pies 😀

Fatto A Mano Fitzroy

Fatto A Mano

228 Gertrude Street

Fitzroy

https://www.facebook.com/Fatto-a-Mano-Organic-Bakery-415863978501518/

http://fattoamano.com.au/

 

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What I Ate: Kitchen Cleanout Edition

gigantes sourdough

This What I Ate post is really the past fortnight. I’ve been doing a kitchen cleanout and have vowed to use up ingredients I’ve found before going shopping for other stuffz. We’ve also cleared out our little upright freezer, so I had even more stuff that needed to be used.

We had family over and for lunch I put out a bunch of sandwich fillings, condiments and spreads then we plopped it all on sourdough and put our sandwiches in the panini press. Up the top there is rocket (aragula), baby spinach and some canned gigantes (Greek giant baked beans). This next sandwich was a mix of roast sweet potato, balsamic red onions, thyme mushrooms, avocado, tomato relish and salad greens: grilled veg sourdough sandwich

My son has been requesting kritharaki, which (in this house) is the ultimate comfort food in cold weather despite being rather bland. My dad rates it as one of his favourite meals:

vegan kritharaki

I made a lasagna with other ingredients that had to be used up: textured veg protein (TVP), the last bits of shredded Daiya cheddar and a box of frozen spinach:vegan lasagna

Breakfast most days is a smoothie straight from the blender. I usually make a smoothie with a plant milk, Prana On protein, a banana, a five grain cereal mix and some blackstrap molasses, sometimes with ginger and cinnamon. Lazy shot here, usually I’d put it in a glass for a pretty photo but our dishwasher isn’t working and well, I wanted to save washing an extra glass:breakfast smoothie

This gross looking meal in hideous lighting conditions was actually pretty good. In the back of the freezer I found some miso tahini dressing, probably from an Isa Does It recipe. I noticed the dressing was quite grainy after being defrosted but tossed through tofu and green tea noodles, it was good enough:

miso tahini tofu

More tofu and green tea noodles but this time with red curry paste and a little coconut milk:tofu green tea noodles

There weren’t many veggies in those tofu meals but I was drinking veg instead. Here’s a kale, beetroot and carrot juice:beet carrot kale juice

And this is the Mean Green Juice from the Reboot With Joe website:mean green juice

I prefer to make juices with the whole fruit and veg wherever possible in my blender, because there’s way too much pulp left when juicing. When kale is $4 a bunch and you only get a wee amount of juice, wellll it makes more sense to me to blend the leaves rather than juice. I keep the pulp though when I use the juicer and this time I made it in to a healthier cake with wholemeal spelt flour and golden sultanas, using carrot, beetroot and pear pulp. It was a good snack food for the kids (despite the squishy layer at the bottom, hence no recipe for the blog!), along with banana dusted with cinnamon and powdered peanut butter:

pb banana pulp cake

I’ve already blogged about our meal at Trippy Taco in Fitzroy, so I’ll leave you with another shot of the vegan option sweet corn tamale with banana and maple syrup. This is soooo good:

Trippy Taco vegan sweetcorn tamale

It was pouring the day we went to Trippy’s, so all I could manage was this one photo before my camera started getting too wet!gertrude street fitzroy

 

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Trippy Taco Lunch In Fitzroy

Trippy Taco Fitzroy

Trippy Taco is one of those dependable places for me, where I know I will enjoy my food and walk out happy. I’ve reviewed Trippy Taco’s Fitzroy outlet long in the past but thought I better do it again because I really like this place and my past reviews and photos are pretty piss-poor.

Trippy Taco Fitzroy

We always get the Trippy Fries, no matter what. I love the smoky seasoning on these. A small is $4.50 (but quite a good size) and large is $6.50:Trippy Taco Fitzroy

Today I was in a taco kinda mood and ordered the Mixed Taco Meal ($13.50) which was one tofu asada and one black bean:Trippy Taco Fitzroy

Trippy Fries get my vote for my favourite fries anywhere:

Trippy Taco Fitzroy

My son loves the sweet corn tamale, served with banana, maple syrup and vegan-option ice cream ($12.00 on the website menu but the vegan ice cream option might be more). I pulled parental rank and insisted I have some. I love this too and every time I have some I regret not ordering one for myself:Trippy Taco Fitzroy

SEE WHAT I MEAN. HNNGGGGHHHHHHH:

Trippy Taco Fitzroy

Trippy Taco recently-ish opened a second outlet in St. Kilda at 6 Acland Street. I haven’t been to that one, as Fitzroy is more convenient for me. Service is always friendly at Fitzroy and I’m always happy to return, grab a bench seat and enjoy good food.

Trippy Taco Fitzroy

Trippy Taco

234 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

http://www.trippytaco.com.au/
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What I Ate: The Smith & Deli Edition

Smith & Deli croissants

Wowwww I’ve been mega slack with the What I Ates yet again, so I’ve decided to make lateness with What I Ate posts a regular theme.

For this What I Ate, I’m featuring a mega backlog bunch of eats from one of my favourite vegan places, Smith & Deli in Fitzroy. I blogged about Smith & Deli shortly after they opened last year and you can read my review here. Since then I’ve had plenty of visits and still maintain that their Home Alone sandwich (which is like a roast meal in a bread roll) is one of the best sandwiches anywhere, any time. Here it is, I can’t even look at a photo of it without making big pathetic lovesick eyes:

Smith & Deli Home Alone

Then there was the exciting day where Smith & Deli had made a deep dish pizza. This was so good, I started eating it right outside instead of taking it home to eat it warmed up with salad on the side. Pffft salad. Ha ha, so good I started eating before taking a photo:

Smith & Deli deep dish pizza

They make a pretty good Reubenstein too:

Smith & Deli Reuben

The Little Havana. Look at all that meltiness! Birdy likes it:

Smith & Deli Little Havana sandwich

I probably took this photo sitting down outside somewhere, given the head-in-the-feedbag angle. This is the Wiggum:

Smith & Deli Wiggum

I loved the Maury Ballstein which is meatbally and another excellent offering:

Smith & Deli Maury Ballstein

The Truffle Shuffle has vegan ham, cheese and truffle oil. Tasty with excellent bread, but a bit too rich for me:

Smith & Deli Truffle Shuffle

Aaaand because I’m ages late with this What I Ate I’ll bombard you with some pics of Melbourne scenes (well, Brunswick, Fitzroy and Footscray specifically).

blue fencepostbackyard flowers old scale

footscray window Footscray housestreets and roads

Have a fabulous week folks!

 

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Fina’s 2 Vegan Restaurant, Fitzroy

Fina's 2 Vegan Restaurant Fitzroy

Fina’s 2 Vegan Restaurant is a relatively new-ish restaurant (about a year old) in the heart of vegan town– Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Like Fina’s Vegetarian Cafe in Richmond, Fina’s 2 boasts delicious Vietnamese cuisine, though Fina’s 2 is all-vegan.

The menu itself is the sort I appreciate most because there are pictures of everything. I make no secret of the fact I get more use out of cookbooks that have pretty pictures, but that’s not for here. Aaaanyway, moving on people, I went for my default in Vietnamese restaurants which is pretty much any kind of curry and a noodle salad. After ordering I realised I’d ordered the same (or similar) curry the last time I went to Fina’s in Richmond but that’s cool cos I really like it. This one didn’t disappoint either, though I did sneak some of the tofu from the vermicelli noodle salad in to the curry sauce just to up the amount of tofu. The photo is up the top and I had it with white rice.

The noodle salad was great too, full of tofu, chopped spring rolls and those beautiful fresh flavours of Vietnamese cooking. It’s served with a small bowl of sweet dressing, or you can dunk your spring rolls in to it:

Fina's 2 Vegan Restaurant Fitzroy

On one other occassion I ordered the satay chicken claypot with rice. This was really tasty though it’s only mock meat and no veg and didn’t have the kind of satay taste I was expecting. I ordered it by mistake, thinking I was getting the similar menu item with veggies. It’s the kind of dish to order when you’re with a group and can share it out:

Fina's 2 Vegan Restaurant Fitzroy

The kids wanted a drink and both decided on the strawberry frappe made with crushed ice. I tried a bit and it was nice, not sickly sweet as I was expecting. It was sweet, but not waaaay sweet. Arthur and DeeW said they’ll try the mango frappe next time:

Fina's 2 Vegan Restaurant Fizroy

We visited around 1pm for lunch and the place was pretty busy, though the two serving staff were great and our meals and drinks were on the table in ten minutes. Same with when we visited around 8:30pm. It was really busy at that time but again our food came out quickly.

Fina's 2 Vegan Restaurant Fitzroy

I can see myself back at Fina’s 2 any time now. It took me long enough to get there (almost a year… losing vegan food blogger points for that) so I gotta make up for it and eat through the menu. Problem is so much looks great, I’ll have to take a Nerf gun or something and fire randomly at a picture of food to make my choice. Other menu options included a banh mi, pho, grilled pork skewer, rice paper rolls, spring rolls, tofu dishes, stir fry veg with tofu, Vietnamese pancake and more. The desserts cabinet was heartily stocked with goodies from some of Melbourne’s great vegan businesses like The Compassionate Kitchen and Rawfully Healthy.

Fina’s 2 has been visited by Where’s The Beef? and Not My Bread and Butter.

FIna’s 2 Vegan Restaurant

339 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

https://www.facebook.com/Finascafe2

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Fina's 2 Vegan Restaurant Fitzroy