Monday, 17 October 2016

Great Eats: Govindas, BSKT Cafe + Charlie's Raw Squeeze.

Today I thought I would start a new blog post series called 'Great Eats' where I talk about some of the restaurants I have eaten at recently. I will normally try to talk about restaurants that are completely, or almost completely, vegan, but will occasionally mention a standard restaurant if I discover that they have some cool vegan options.

The first place I want to talk about is a Vegetarian, buffet style restaurant on the Gold Coast called Govindas. Situated in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Govindas boasts a number of vegan options at incredibly decent prices. When visiting with my besties last weekend I picked up a medium size tub (the bottom tub pictured above) of rice, mixed vegetable curry, lentil dahl curry and cauliflower pakoras with chutney, and all for $11. I was very impressed and completely satisfied. I'd give Govindas a 9/10 for taste and price. If they had more vegan options, or all vegan options, I would absolutely give them a 10/10.

Not long after our lunch at Govindas, my friends and I decided to go to a cute little cafe in Mermaid Beach called BSKT Cafe. We went here solely because Google told us that they sold cocowhip icecream, and they didn't disappoint. Each of the tubs pictured above were $8 each, which isn't too bad considering that they were 1) healthy 2) vegan and 3) delicious! Now while I didn't check out the restaurant enough to give it a rating out of 10, I would happily give the cocowhip an 8/10. If the price was a little bit cheaper, I would give it a 9/10 based on taste.

Later that week I met up with a new vegetarian friend of mine that I made through work at a 100% vegan juice/snack bar in Kenmore called Charlie's Raw Squeeze. We originally came in for donuts, only to discover that they only stocked donuts on Saturday, so we instead bought a loaded banana nicecream and raw treat each. The nicecreams were $12 each, and the raw treats were discounted to $5 each. Sadly I wasn't a huge fan of the loaded nicecream. It was way too thick and banana tasting, and I couldn't finish it. Next time I think I will try their gelato. Their raw treats however were absolutely delicious. I got the cookies and cream and my friend got the mint pattie. So yum! Now for my rating. If there were more lunch options, particularly hot lunch options, and donuts available during the week as well, I would easily give this store a 10/10. As it stands though, I would have to give it an 8/10. Will definitely be going back on a Saturday though. ;)

Have any of you guys eaten at any of these restaurants before? How were your experiences?

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Snap Happy Sunday // The Past Month.

Following my recent move back down to Brisbane, I thought it would be nice to share a picture heavy post of the past month of my life. It's crazy how quickly the time has flown by.

The four photos above were taken on the 6th and 7th of September during my roadtrip back down to Brisbane. I was accompanied by two of my best friends Anita (shown in the photos) and Jaana, as well as my dogs Ellie and Nala. On the first day of our trip we drove from Townsville down to Rockhampton, stopping at Bowen and Mackay along the way. We stayed the night at a pet friendly motel in Rocky, then set off early the next morning for the 8-9 hour drive back to Brisbane. All in all it was a safe and moderately enjoyable trip. I am so grateful to Anita and Jaana for accompanying me, as well as for helping me pack for the move. I couldn't have done it without you girls.

I  arrived home on the 7th at around 4.30pm, where we were greeted by my Mum and brother. The next few weeks were spent settling in and spending time with family and friends. My furniture hadn't arrived at this point, so I spent the next few weeks living out of my suitcase. I was feeling pretty depressed during this time. I found that going for lake walks helped quite a bit, but my depression was still always just beneath the surface, and still is to an extent. Although I am no longer on welfare (and haven't been for over a year now), the fact that I am still not completely financially independent is really hitting home now that I am single. I am constantly worrying about my future and hope to find some peace in this area soon.

Since moving back I also had some blonde added to my hair by my best friend Katie. I'm really loving how it looks at the moment, which is very natural, but I'm thinking of getting some more blonde added soon to brighten it up for summer. I'm also really loving having my full fringe back. The forehead acne is a pain in the arse though!

About a week after moving back my brother and I drove to Toowoomba for our step sister Lexi's 18th birthday dinner. It's crazy to think that Lexi was still in Primary school when we first met. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a vegan salad on the menu, and man did it taste delicious. I was even more surprised to find I'd won $67 on the pokies after putting my first dollar in. I rarely ever gamble at all, so I took my $67 and ran haha!

Finally, eventually, after a month of waiting.. my furniture finally arrived. I'm really lucky that Mum turned the front room of our house into a storage room because I have at least 15 boxes currently being stored in there. The only furniture I brought with me was my computer desk, dressing table (which I will eventually replace with one that matches my desk) and a coffee table that my Dad made me. I am currently sleeping in a single bed in the smallest room of the house. I could just barely fit my desk and dressing table in, but I'm happy with how my room is looking now that I have pulled some of my stuff out of storage. Like I said earlier, I'm really scared for my future at the moment if I can't get more hours at work. As lovely as it is to be back with family, I really do crave the independence I had living out of home. I know I could always look for a share place, but it is really difficult with the dogs as I am super protective  and don't want them living with random strangers. I guess I just need to take each day as it comes.

Other things I've been up to lately:
I started my new job on the 28th of September.
- Anita, Jaana and I attended my friend Bianca's wedding on October 1st.
- I saw Bridget Jones' Baby, twice, and laughed my arse off both times.
- Went to a Sea Shepherd fundraising festival and met my vegan idol, James Aspey.

So what have you guys been up to?

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

One Year Veganniversary.

You can purchase this shirt created by famous Australian Vegan activist James Aspey here.

One year ago to this day, while I was down in Brisbane visiting my family, I made the life changing decision to never consume, use, or intentionally support the exploitation of another animal again in my life. It was on this day that I became Vegan.

I knew when making this decision that my life would be turned upside down. I fully expected friends, family, coworkers etc to bombard me with questions, lame jokes and criticisms. What I wasn't expecting was just how many people would support me in my decision, and who. Without naming names, some of the people I thought would support me didn't at first, but with time grew to accept my decision. Alternatively, those who I thought would never understand supported me from the get go and some even began to follow in my footsteps. I also stepped outside of my comfort zone and joined a local Vegan group that held weekly (turned monthly) potlucks, and made a whole circle of new friends. I cannot thank these people enough for supporting me in my decision, especially during those first few months.

Fast forward to today and it's as though I have been Vegan my entire life. What once seemed like such a daunting concept is now my every day way of life. The decision not to consume animals each day is no longer something I have to consciously think about, I simply listen to my body and eat whatever yummy plant based foods my body is craving at the time.. which can be anything from avocado and tomato on toast, to a completely raw salad dressed only with lemon juice (two meals I never would have eaten before going vegan!). I love my fruits and veggies so much more since cutting animal products out of my diet. It's like my tastebuds have completely changed. In fact, the smell and look of animal products completely turns me off now and actually makes me feel quite sick.. even cheese!

Never before have I been this interested in and excited about my health, cooking, eating out, supporting local businesses, getting involved in activism, keeping tabs on real world matters, etc. It's safe to say that Veganism has completely changed my life, 100% for the better. I have no idea what the future holds for me in regards to this new lifestyle change, but I am motivated and inspired to create more positive change in whatever way I can.

Watch this space! :)

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