Sunday, 11 December 2016

Snap Happy Sunday // Brisbane Vegan Markets.



One of the best things about being back in Brisbane is all of the awesome vegan events that keep popping up all over the place. So far I've been to a Sea Shepherd event at Southbank, Eco Fest on the Gold Coast, and then today I went to the Brisbane Vegan Markets in West End. Whilst the markets weren't as exciting as the first two events (Eco Fest was by far my fave! I had such a great day) the food options were beyond amazing. From mac and cheese, to "chicken" drumsticks, to custard tarts, there was something there for everyone. Sometimes I wish I had a second stomach just for these events - I always leave disappointed that I couldn't try everything.

Icecream made with liquid nitrogen

Vegan "chicken" drumsticks and nuggets
As much as I wish I had my Townsville vegan tribe here to enjoy these events with me, I am lucky enough to have found myself some lovely new vego babes to share in all the awesomeness. Brooke (pictured below) couldn't get over the fact that we weren't actually eating real chicken. It's pretty incredible how closely we can imitate real meat these days.




The rest of the markets, food aside, were pretty good as well. I wish they'd had a few more stalls though. I really wanted to buy one of the dainty pendant necklaces pictured below but with Christmas coming up I decided I should probably save my money. Definitely purchasing one of these in future though. First I just need to decide between the banana, avocado and watermelon design. They were all too pretty!




After the markets we spent the rest of the afternoon bumming around Southbank. It was such a nice day for it. Although I do miss the chilled atmosphere of Townsville, there's definitely something to be said for city living. If it wasn't for my dogs I would totally consider moving even closer.

It's funny, actually, how I never appreciated Brisbane for what it had to offer when I lived down this way previously. I was always so daunted by the idea of catching public transport in or trying to find a park that nine times out of ten I'd just give up on going in completely. Lucky for me the new guy I've recently started seeing lives right along the river, just a short walk from all the hustle and bustle, including one of my new favourite vegan restaurants (yay!). Visiting him has definitely helped me to get over my fear of driving around the city. More on this new budding romance of mine another day though. ;)

 
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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Here's to New Beginnings!



After well over a month without access to a computer after my old computer decided it was time retire to computer heaven, the one thing I really missed the most was the freedom to just sit down and type out my feelings on this little old blog of mine. Now that I am back in the blogging business though I'm finding it oddly difficult to pick a topic to talk about. You see, during my hiatus I had plenty of time to go back over my old and incredibly cringe worthy blog posts, and looking back I feel as though I was painting a false reality and not being as honest with my readers (or myself) as I could have been. So going forward I feel as though I owe it to myself to pick up my game when it comes to telling my story. The last thing I want is to look back on this blog another five years from now and be just as bored reading it as I found myself recently.

With that being said, here's to new beginnings - both in life and blogging!  It's good to be back. x

 
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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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