I was recently introduced to the work of Defne Inceoglu, a talented young artist, from St. Catharines, Ontario. I was immediately attracted to her animal rights watercolours, which she describes as humorous and insightful, and knew I wanted to feature them on my blog.
When I announced my newfound vegan lifestyle to my best friend about a year ago she decided we would never dine-out together again. For some people, the words “vegetarian” or “vegan” denote healthy lifestyle and environmental awareness. For others, the words are synonymous with “pretentious, top-knot wearing, yoga loving, aggressive hippy who doesn’t eat bacon or anything else delicious in this world”.
This post is a continuation of Camping in Queensland Pt. 1 which you should read to learn about all the other awesome camping spots in the sunshine state.
Six weeks. A bundle of summer clothes. Good hiking boots and more rolled oats than any one person should consume in their lifetime. If you look into driving North from New South Wales up through Queensland any given travel guide will insist you visit Cape York. For many people in Australia, going all the way to the tip via the Old Coach Road is the final frontier- the adventure to top all adventures. While it certainly comes highly recommended, especially if you have the right vehicle, the experience sounds a touch overrated. Over the years, Cape York has become one of those coveted tourist destinations that travelers seek out for its “authenticity”. This has only led to over-development and crowded campsites during school holidays. We decided not to go. That being said, there are a number of beautiful places to visit along the way.
I love stopping at Newtown Markets on Saturday afternoons. Vintage, vegan and good people watching are not in short supply at this tiny but lovable community market.
The night I discovered Newtown Pies it was New Years. We had been drinking and Will was desperate for a snack. I was disappointed because I would have to settle for hot chips and I wasn’t in the mood. Then, the menu came into focus and it was love at first sight. More than one vegan option. All my dreams had come true.
Will and I have never eaten in the restaurant because the temptation to enjoy take-away in the comfort of our own home cannot be overcome. We always order two veggie boxes packed with felafel, homous, garlic potato and our favourite- the kale salad.
If you are wondering where I got the bagels for my vegan lox recipe then look no further. Tucked away down a little side street, right near Central Station, so you can pick up a bagel on your morning commute, Brooklyn Hide is the place to go if you’re on the hunt for some New York style bagels in Sydney.
Yet another business has succeeded in corrupting the healthy plant-based diet with amazingly delicious plant-based junk food. This morning, Will and I walked up King Street to check out Doughnut Time— a little hole-in-the-wall hipster doughnut chain as Will aptly describes it. I’ve walked by this place a million times and there is always a queue of people drooling over the colourful-glazed delights in the display case. I never thought about trying it myself. I figured they wouldn’t have any vegan options. Not true.
Perhaps, our most delicious meal (although it is debatable that homemade tofu in nut butter was better) took place in the late afternoon at Ms. G’s in Pott’s Point. This place looks kind of small and unassuming from the outside but it opens up to a four-level dining space with a sunny upper-floor that feels like a greenhouse. The servers were super friendly and accommodating when it came to our long list of dietary needs and the communal table upstairs actually sparked a funny conversation. How often does that happen?