Past Two Weeks In Review

vegan health fitness mag

I’ve been aiming to publish my Week In Review posts on a Sunday evening, but last Sunday I had to work on my Mantra Lounge vegan cruise post instead. And since then I’ve been busy. So ah, here’s my Fortnight Week In Review of the last two weeks.

Arthur and I went to a presentation on getting humans to Mars in the next decade. Really interesting stuff and there was some brief talk on growing plants on Mars. Naturally, my vegan ears pricked up, then my vegan brain started dreaming about a planet where all food is plant based. Vegan Mars or bust!

Arthur I went on a tour for kids at the Australian Synchrotron. A synchroton is a machine that accelerates electrons to (nearly) the speed of light. The electrons are deflected through magnetic fields, creating really bright light which is then sent down beamlines to experimental workstations for research purposes. In short, it’s bloody brilliant. The Australian Synchrotron scanned this portrait of Henry VIII (sent by a gallery). Henry’s hand was originally painted with the little finger bent. The synchrotron was able to ‘see’ the bent finger under the final layers of paint:

synchrotron henry VIII painting

The synchrotron has also scanned eucalyptus leaves and found specks of gold, when the tree’s roots have gone down in to gold rich areas.


Arthur and I went to a Socratic discussion group. We both enjoyed it but coming up with Socratic definitions of words was very challenging! We had a good time (and Arthur loved the refreshments so naturally he wants to go back for those too).

I captured this photo on my phone, through a dirty tram window:

Elizabeth and Collins Street

Don’t blink, DeeW! Here’s the Reuniting Family sculpture:

reuniting family

Melbourne and Victoria News:

Magic Milk Bar will be running Uncooking classes in April. I’ve been to Missy’s cooking/uncooking demos and she makes some great stuff. Check Magic Milk Bar’s Facebook page.

– The central Victorian sun powers world’s first concentrated solar power station.

– Don’t forget my sidebar on the blog here, listing upcoming events in Melbourne!

Articles and Other Interesting Stuff:

A video with Jamie Oliver giving his thoughts on veganism.

To Be A Feminist Is To Be a Vegan.

Disney World Gets A Gluten Free and Vegan Bakery

– Germany says ‘no more chick shredding’

Dutch nursing home lets students live rent free


– I’ve been making a few recipes from Ricki Heller’s new book Living Candida Free. I’ll blog about that soon!

– I still haven’t made these Mostly Raw Hazelnut Mocha Mini Cheezecakes from Veganosaurus. How is that possible?! Mocha! Hazelnut! Bad Veganopoulous!

– I’m trying to think of what to make for our family’s Easter lunch next week (my parents are Greek Orthodox so they’re hosting lunch). These vegan Easter ideas by Nava Atlas are great.

From Other Bloggers:

– Vegan cookbook author (who also blogs) Dreena Burton appeared in the Daily Mail. The article is pretty good but some of the comments are ridiculous which sadly is often to be expected. Lesson of the day: don’t read the comments!

– Kari from Bite-Sized Thoughts has blogged about her trip to Dublin and surrounds. You can read about those here!

– Check out this awesome fennel smoothie from Vegan Miam. I love fennel and picked one up yesterday, just to make this smoothie.

Where’s the Beef? have put together this fab tour of Melbourne’s inner north featuring fooooood for veg*ns. And bird watching!


– the Vegan Health and Fitness magazine you see in the top pic.

– also reading some webpages on low/zero waste living. I’m mindful of too many bags and packaging in general when I do the shopping but of course there’s so much more to it. So I’d like to explore that more and change shopping habits.


Listening To:

– Just random stuff on YouTube whenever I think of a song, like old school Madonna clips. I think the last video I watched (or was forced to listen to) was the Nyan Fart Cat parody with the kids… that was Arthur’s choice, people!


– Arthur and I have started watching episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yeeeears ago my dad bought the whole series on video cassettes. That’s about two episodes per tape. Aaaaand about a big bookcase worth of cassette covers. My mum is happy they’re finally out of the house and I’m looking forward to having them out of my house too. They take up so much space (bwahaha space!!! See what I… never mind).


It’s Easter Sunday today and nothing special is going on here at home. I hope that your day, whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, is as awesome as Captain Jean-Luc Picard!

picard meme



8 thoughts on “Past Two Weeks In Review

  1. Love it – always so much good reading of these posts and so many interesting links that it takes me ages to get to the end. Sounds like you have been to some great talks lately. Though you did miss the chance to say you would like to see a Vegan Mars Bar 🙂

    • vegan mars bar!!! My goodness yes what a missed opportunity! If I had done that I would have had a good snicker!

  2. Hooray for Star Trek TNG! that’s my favorite of them all followed closely by Voyager. Thanks for the Jamie Oliver video, nice to see his comments!