Week In Review


I don’t know if I am happy about doing these Week In Review posts, because they make me realise how fast the week has gone! Am I the only one who thinks time has moved too fast since about 2000?

I’ll start the posts in this Week In Review series with a cat photo. I know I’m not the only one out there who goes all squeaky at the sight of kitty paws! Up here we have what typically happens every time we break out a game. Punky insists on sitting all over the board, grabbing the counters and trying to swipe cards. Here he’s taking a break from cheating.

When I’m walking around Melbourne I always seem to take photos of the same stuff. Maybe that’s because I take the same route… One thing I do is look up. Always look up! I love our old buildings, our trees, everything here in Melbourne. When I worked in the city I don’t know if I looked up anywhere near as much as I do now:

Flinders bridge

We spent some more time at Library at the Dock. I love this building:

library at the dock

I met up with a lovely bunch of people for dinner at Yong Green Food. I got the Japanese curry again and really want to replicate this at home:


Arthur and DeeW had some friends over. Why walk down the street normally when you can be zombies?


There was a community event called Music For The People at a park in West Brunswick. We checked it out briefly but it was a bit too hot and the kids all wanted to zombie walk to get ice cream:


Articles and Other Interesting Stuff:

– Did you know you can search the records of the Old Bailey online? On this day in 1730 “Mary Gardener , of St. Peter’s Cornhil , was indicted for privately stealing a Watch, Value 4 l. from the Person of William Fan , the 15th of March last”.

– Sad news indeed with the deaths of Sam Simon and Terry Pratchett. Here’s an article Terry Pratchett wrote about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

– Some great images of cute little bugs and insects taken by photographer Ken Lawson.

– How many animals have you saved by being meat-free? I don’t know how this is calculated, but check out this calculator. For 36 months my result is 606.

Inflatable regatta down the Yarra! Will you be going?

Employment letter from 1939 shows workplace sexism.


Melbourne News:

For the past three days, Melbourne has been hosting the Arnold Classic, an international bodybuilding and sports event named after Arnie. I got to cheer on my coach (vegan of course!) Christiane Carvalho as she placed fifth in her category, and then watched her set a chinups record at the event. Here she is talking to the host and here’s his face when she said she was vegan. Ha ha! But he was good about it (I found myself bracing for some silly comments but it was all good):



– I’ve had this recipe for Coconut Belgian waffles bookmarked forever.  I have a Cuisinart Belgian waffle maker and I’m not very happy with it as it keeps burning the inner corners but the outer corners aren’t as cooked. So I’m keen to try this recipe as the waffle maker used is just about identical to mine.

– Another recipe I’ve had bookmarked forever is this Rainbow Rice Cake. Doesn’t it look brilliant!

– Angela from Oh She Glows is always coming up with fantastic recipes. Check out her 3 Layer Nut-Free Dream Cups. Then wish you could pluck them right out of your screen!


What I’m Reading:

I’m still on former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s book My Story. Apart from that, just my usual reading pile of cookbooks!


Listening To:

Nothing in particular, just whatever’s on the radio. I’m hearing a lot of Madonna’s new song and wondering whether I should see her live. Then again, who knows if she’ll pull out of coming to Australia (again)! Help me decide you guys: should I put “see Madonna in concert” on my bucket list? I’m leaning towards going, no matter how much the tickets cost, because I’ll probably regret it if I don’t go. I didn’t see Prince when he was here and I regret it!


As I sit here I realise that yet again I have failed to meal plan for the family’s week of food. Tomorrow is set but I need to work out the rest of the week tomorrow. Arthur is now trying every single thing, everywhere, including wasabi and sriracha!!! Sure, he spits out about 90% but it’s fantastic progress. I’m going to break out the big guns this week and make some rice. He won’t go near rice, so this will be a great experiment!


Dinner at Yong Green Food (again)

When I visited Yong Green Food last week, I took a menu home so I could work out what I’d have next time.  Next time was tonight and I stuck with my plan of the Korean BBQ served with biodynamic brown rice and kimchi.  Dessert was the raw lemon cheesecake.

I was so hungry and in a rush to eat that I didn’t bother fixing wayward grains of rice:




My friend ordered the raw Pad Thai kelp noodles and raw fudge for dessert:



I liked my Korean BBQ meal but would have preferred a little more zing to it.  I was expecting flavours to come out and punch me more, you know?  The kimchi was good.  Don’t get me wrong, the Korean BBQ was nice, just not something I’d order again but that’s okay because I was watching and smelling lovely looking dishes going past.  My veggies were just the way I like them which is with a good amount of crunch without being completely raw. The raw lemon cheesecake was pretty good although if it was served with a lemon wedge I would have used it all up  😛

My friend’s raw fudge was a surprise for both of us as we didn’t expect something so chocolatey.  She isn’t in to chocolate and would not have ordered this if she’d known it was… chocolatey.  We both assumed a different kind of fudge but I guess we shouldn’t have assumed  🙂  I had a bit and it was nice but not something I would personally refer to as a Fudge.  But hey, different strokes for different folks, right?  It was still pretty good.

After dinner we caught the tram in to the city to catch a free comedy debate at Fed(eration) Square.  The topic was “Australian TV is much better than we think”.  Pretty funny stuff and we had lots of laughs.  Who remembers channel 0/28?!


Yong Green Food is located at 421 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.



Dinner Sort Of At Yong Green Food

Tonight my buddy and I attended a little ‘do which involved buying dinner at Yong Green Food and taking it to a nearby park.  This was my first visit to Yong Green and I was looking forward to it because the menu I saw online was full of awesome.


I ended up settling for the $15.50 Japanese curry.  I really enjoyed this as Japanese curry has always been a favourite dish and this is my first vegan version.  I don’t like returning to a restaurant to order the same thing as I like to try different things, but I can see myself ordering this again (sorry about the grotty looking lid):


For dessert I chose the raw tiramisu.  I gasped a bit when I saw the size (after we arrived at the park and sat down to eat) because it cost $10.50 and well, it was smaller than I’d hoped.  But it’s raw, and fancyish, and probably one of the nicest desserts I’ve ever tasted in my whole life.  I don’t want to even try to replicate this at home because I know I’d eat an entire slab in one sitting:


My friend got the raw kelp Pad Thai, made with organic veggies and a creamy chilli cashew sauce for $18.50.  It looked fabulous and the fellow vegans who ordered it said it was great:


For dessert my buddy got the $8.50 raw lemon cheesecake.  Yummm:


I loved my meal and I hope I can go back soon.  Service was friendly but they were very busy with orders and slightly frazzled.  After ordering  my friend and I went for a ten minute walk and when we returned our food was ready.  Yay!

Check out these photos from other diners, and be sure to view the pics of the Menu of Awesome.  Now you see why I want to go back!

After we were done eating, my buddy and I caught the tram in to the city and wandered around a bit.  I loved this window display of a store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy:



Walking around the city.   This is Melbourne Town Hall:





A Victoria Police (Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria) van over there in the distance, hopefully placing KFC under arrest.  In the foreground here we have a ‘divvy van’, aka divisional van.  There’s a cute little door in the back and a cute little window for not-so-cute citizens to peep through.  In Australia our emergency services number is 000.  Not 911. This photo is purely for those of you who like pictures of foreign police cars:


We made our way to Federation Square to be greeted by shaded areas complete with deck chairs and bean bags for viewing the Australian Open on a really big tv.  My feet and my vegan sneakers:


And we were treated to this deck chair view before calling it a night and catching the train back home:


Yong Green Food is located at 421 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and right along a tram line.  I loved my meal which was also really quite filling.  Double thumbs up!