Chilli Cheese Hotdog

SYNDIAN CHILLI CHEESE HOT DOGS

Ever since the Syndian sausages were released in hundreds of Coles Oz wide, I have seen them all over my Instagram feeds. So I wanted to celebrate and spread the love with this super simply, easy and affordable chilli cheese hot dog. 

These are the perfect item to have at a BBQ, birthday party or just a Friday night in. I mean lets be real, do we honestly need an excuse for hot dog? Kick up your feet and cook this tasty meal up in under 20 minutes. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

So I only made two hotdogs, if you are making more make sure you collect enough bread rolls to make however many you require.

-Hot dog bread rolls
-Syndian hot salsa
-Syndian smoky chipotle sausages
-1 brown onion
-1 fresh sliced chilli
-Splash of olive oil
-Vegan parmesan
-Chilli flakes

HOW TO:

1.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
2.Heat a splash of oil in a non stick pan and cook syndian sausages on a low heat, turning them halfway
3.Meanwhile, slice and cook onion on a medium heat with a splash of oil.
4. Cut bread down the centre and scoop two tablespoons of hot salsa in the roll then layer with onion, a sausage and sprinkle with parmesan, chilli flakes and salt and pepper.
5.Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until crunchy. If you prefer it soft, just bake for a few minutes.
6. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh chilli and salt and pepper.
7. Serve with a salad, slaw or homemade sweet potato crisps.

If you want to find out where you can get the sausages closest to you, click here.

Hope you enjoy this recipe and as always please tag us on your socials! 

LOTS OF LOVE, RENEE.

Syndian Sausage Roll Recipe

SYNDIAN SAUSAGE ROLLS

To celebrate the amazing news that Syndian sausages will now be available in Coles throughout Australia, I thought a little party was necessary. Say hello to the new flavours hitting the freezers at Coles. You can enjoy their spicy chipotle sausages and cheezy kale & cashew without having to go too far. 

But what is a party without some sausage rolls? Let’s be honest things always taste better when they are homemade. 

I have been a HUGE fan of these sausages for quite some time. One of my favourite products from the entire range is the cheezy kale 
& cashew sausages, so when I found out they would be available at 450 + more Coles supermarkets I was so happy. Lucky for me, I live right near a Coles that is stocking them as well. Obviously this is a massive step in the right direction in terms of catering for vegans and gluten free diets.

The good news is, Syndian’s entire range if GF, vegan and made with natural real ingredients. So no GMO at all! Just real vegetables and ingredients that are good for you and the earth. After all that is their philosophy.

A huge congratulations to my amazing Syndian family who have been making beautiful veg based food for the people of Australia for over 12 years. Their products are literally the best on the market. To have these two flavours of sausages available in a leading supermarket, it’s just so  awesome to see. 

To check out where these will be stocked as of July 1, click here.

RECIPE:

It all depends which flavours you want to make. I couldn’t help myself so ended up making both! I have written recipes for both below. I do hope you enjoy this really easy dish that tastes AMAZING!

If you are making the cheezy kale sausage rolls  you’ll need:

1 Box of cheezy cashew & kale sausages
1.5 sheets of vegan puff pastry
1/4 cup of vegan cheese of parmesan
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of soy milk
3 stems of thyme
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
Salt and pepper
Tomato relish or sauce (to serve) or if you can access Syndian dips, this one would taste delicious with beetroot relish

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2.Slightly defrost sausages in microwave
3.Slice pastry into 1/4 squares then place a sausage on one end, sprinkle vegan cheese, salt and pepper and thyme and then roll tightly (repeat with all 6 sausages)
4.Place onto a baking tray with baking paper and seal the pastry with olive oil and brush with soy milk
5.Cook for 25 then take out and add sesame seeds on top, cook for an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown.
6.Slice with a sharp knife into bite size pieces and serve with dip of your choice.

 

If you are making the smoky chipotle sausage rolls, below is the recipe.

 

 

You’ll need:

1 Box of smoky chipotle sausages
1.5 sheets of vegan puff pastry
1/4 cup of charred capsicums (with oil strained)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of soy milk
1 tablespoon or sriracha 
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of chilli flakes
Tomato relish(to serve) or if you can access Syndian dips, this one would taste delicious with their hommus or tzatziki.

 

Method:
1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2.Slightly defrost sausages in microwave
3.Slice pastry into 1/4 squares then place a sausage on one end of the pastry, with 2 or 3 pieces of charred capsicum, salt and pepper and a little sriracha and then roll tightly (repeat with all remaining sausages)
4.Place onto a baking tray with baking paper and seal the pastry with olive oil and brush with soy milk
5.Cook for 25 then take out and add chilli flakes on top, cook for an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown
6.Slice with a sharp knife into bite size pieces and serve with dip of your choice

Syndian Falafel Stuffed Capsicums

FALAFEL STUFFED CAPSICUMS

Perfect comfort food for cooler nights. This recipe is simple, yummy and hearty. Feel free to use different capsicums, but for this one I went with red ones. 
This recipe is vegan, gluten free and low in carbs. Enjoy them as a side dish or double up for a main dish.  If you use this as a main dish, it should serve approximately 3-4 people. 
What you’ll need:
3 red capsicums, halved and seeds removed
2 zucchinis
½ red onion
2 tomatoes
2 kale stalks (leaves)
1 tin of crushed tomatoes  
1 box of Syndian super green falafels
1 Syndian tzatziki
Handful of coriander 
2 stems of spring onion
1tsp of sumac
1tsp of cumin
1tsp of chilli flakes
1 tbsp of olive oil
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Method:
1.Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
2.Place the capsicums on a lined baking tray and cook for 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, dice onion, zucchini and tomatoes. Then heat a pan and add oil, herbs and vegetables. Cook for 3 minutes then add tin of tomatoes.
4. Cut falafels in half and then add them and kale to the remaining vegetables and cook on a low heat for additional 2 minutes (See tips and tricks for a crunchier alternative).
5. After capsicums are done, remove and stuff them with the ingredients and bake them for another 20 minutes. 
6. Serve them with topped with chopped spring onion, coriander and big dollops of tzatziki. I like to add a side salad because I am all about that hot and cold combo. 
 
Tips and tricks:
-You could definitely add some brown rice or quinoa if you wanted to bulk it up. 
-If you want the falafels crunchier in the recipe, slightly bake them before adding to the mixture.
-Adding seeds or nuts would help add in some textures as well.

If you make this recipe don’t forget to tag us @sydneyveganguide @syndiannaturalfoods.

Vegan Burger Stack

Vegan Burger Stack

 

 

I am back with another recipe for my favourite humans over at Syndian. Who needs a burger when you can have a stack, right?

This  recipe is gluten free, vegan (of course) and dam delicious. Don’t worry, I tested it out amongst friends and it got the tick of approval. 

I’d say this recipe serves four people but if  you guys are extra hungry it will only serve three.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant

1 large zucchini

2 capsciums

½ pumpkin

1 Syndian brown rice burger patties (you’ll need all four)

1 Tbsp cumin

1 Tbsp Chilli Flakes

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

 

To serve:
Handful of greens (Rocket and Spinach)

Cherry Tomatoes

½ lemon (squeezed)

2 Tbsp of Maple Syrup

Vegan Feta (if you  wish)
1/4 Fresh chopped chilli

¼ cup Syndian tahini

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

2. Slice all the veggies to match the same thickness as the capsicums. I also peeled the pumpkin.

Place the eggplant and pumpkin on a tray together and a good drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and ½ the cumin and chilli flakes. Place in oven and then repeat with the zuchinni and capsciums. Bake for 30-40 minutes until crispy on the edges.

3. Meanwhile cook the lentil veg  burgers as instructed (I cooked mine in a pan).

4. Whilst they are cooking, put ¼ cup of Syndian tahini in a bowl, with a splash of hot water, lemon juice and maple syrup (stir until its a sauce consistency). This will be used as a drizzle later on.

5. Once patties and vegetables have been cooked, scatter greens and tomatoes on a plate leaving a small space in the middle. 

6. Here the fun part starts. Stack your veggies and layer them as you wish.
7. Finish by drizzling the tahini sauce, vegan feta and garnish with fresh chilli and salt and pepper


Notes: 
-Feel free to add additional vegetables to roast. Squash could work well.
-If you can’t get Syndian Tahini, any brand will be fine.

-Nuts are a great addition to sprinkle on top as well.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag us in Instagram: @sydneyveganguide, @melbveganguide and @syndiannaturalfoods

 

Syndian Italian Sausage Pasta

Syndian Italian Sausage Recipe

 

 

You’ll find me over here creating recipes for Syndian every month. I am so excited to be their first ever ambassador. 

It’s no surprise that I love their range and I hope you will too. If you are unsure of where to get your hands on their goodies, get in touch here.

 

This pasta was an absolute hit amongst the vegan and non vegan people that shared it with me. It’s the perfect comfort meal that is full of simple, yummy ingredients.

Feel free to add more herbs  to suite your taste. Hope you enjoy this one and of course, don’t forget  to tag us on Instagram if you make it.

 

 

What you’ll need:


1 Brown Onion

3 Red Capsicums

2 Tins of crushed tomatoes

1 Box of slightly defrosted Syndian Italian sausages (cut into quarters)

750 grams of pasta (I used rigatoni)

 

Herbs and things:

 

1 Tbsp minced garlic (can sub for fresh)
1 Tbsp of dried oregano

1 tsp  of dried rosemary

¼ Cup of water

2 Tbsp of tomato paste

2 Tbsp of balsamic

1 fresh chilli (sliced)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Method:
1.Chop your onion, chilli and capsicums into small pieces
2. In a large pan, add the oil and cook the onion  and capsicum over a medium heat, until they are tender.

3. Add in your  seasoning, garlic and chilli. Followed by tomato paste, balsamic, water and tinned tomatoes. Stir and cook on a lower heat.

4.Meanwhile cook your pasta as instructed.

5. Then, whilst the pasta is cooking add your chopped sausages and chilli. Stir through and cook until heated (Be careful the sausages don’t fall apart).

6.Strain pasta and serve with fresh basil.

 

Notes:

 -Can be made GF by subbing the pasta for a gluten free option.

-I served mine with a rocket and parmesan salad and homemade garlic bread

-If you are after a cheesy taste try adding nutritional yeast, this helps with B12 as well.

Beyond Burger Review

HERES WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE BEYOND BURGER…

 

LOOKS, COOKS AND TASTE LIKE THE REAL BLOODY DEAL!

Being vegan for over four years, we never really craved that “meaty” taste. Nor did I miss it. First of all, according to the company the the beyond meat is designed to “look, cook and satisfy like real meat”. It can be found in selected grocery stores and used in chains throughout Australia,

My initial reaction when I put the patty into the pan was, ‘its too much’. It really is a product that looks, cooks and taste like actual animal and to me… I was freaked out.

When it got to the tasting part, I almost wanted out. Straight away I questioned, how is this vegan? (I am sure you may have had the same thought). The more I ate, the more it grew on me. However I still had this guilty feeling in my stomach that I had just consumed the real animal. Lets just say, if I was served this at a restaurant I would have sent my meal back assuming it wasn’t vegan.

Now for the facts. The mince is loaded with a whopping 20g of protein (per serve) and uses no GMO. It offers double the amount of iron with more protein than a. beef burger. And of course, so much better for the environment.

The demand for the product is only growing and you can now find it on the global market. How good!

Now for the next step. You know those people that just assume us vegans don’t shower, eat kale and carry around animal stickers in their bag? These are the types of people I want you to feed this product to (just don’t tell them its vegan). 

There is plenty of ways to cook the mince, but I reckon the best way to enjoy it is on a burger, grilled on the BBQ, in tacos, meatball pasta or even just some good old sliders.

For more visit https://www.beyondmeat.com/products/view/beyond-burger

Top 5 Vegan Eats in London

Gone are the days where being vegan was difficult to eat out. London has you covered from vegan burgers to healthy salads. Be prepared to be overwhelmed!

If you are visiting London, we strongly suggest jumping on a forum on Facebook and asking for opinions, or alternatively shoot us a message.

Our top picks (in no particular order)

 

  1. Deliciously Ella- It’s an obvious one to have this one on the list, there isn’t anything Ella can’t do. We are big fans of DE and have been for quite some time. We own her cookbooks, listen to her podcasts, so visiting her Deli for the first time was quite an experience. It’s slightly more on the expensive side, but you are paying for quality, location and their ethos.The deli is full of wholesome, plant based meals and delicious hot drinks.  If you own one of her cook books, you’ll be able to taste your way through Ella’s recipes. Don’t worry, there something for both sweet and savoury lovers! We LOVE the corn fritters and can’t go past a brownie on the go.

 

  1. Black Cat Café- Tucked away in Hackney, this is an all vegan café that is gives off a very hipster vibe. You’ll feel immediately like a local the second you enter this quirky space. The menu is written up on a chalkboard and gets changed up when needed. I went for both breakfast and lunch and prefer the lunch menu. They have a great selection of cakes and savoury goods. Portion sizes are really reasonable and its well priced.If you are a student or a freelancer, there is space to plug in your lappy whilst you much. If the vegetable pancake is on whist you are there, GET IT for us. Please and thank you! It’s a winner.
  1. Purezza- The place to take non vegans and don’t tell them it’s vegan! You know what we are talking about. The cheese is so good, they won’t even know whats hit them!Be prepared to wait for a while (it’s that popular). The dough is made from sourdough and is baked in a wood fire oven (how all good pizza should be). Take a few friends so you can try a range of different pizzas. P.S the cocktails are totally worth taking the tube.

 

 

  1. Eat By Chloe- Consider it a plant based diner, but fancy! You may have heard of this place or even visited them in New York. A delicious foodie spot with a fun, colourful vibe. They have everything from hot dogs, salads, drinks, sides and treats. You can’t go wrong with anything they make. Lets be real here… they have nailed the menu. Theres two locations to choose, Convent Garden and Tower Bridge. So you don’t have to travel too far for a delicious meal.

 

  1. Tibits- If eating the rainbow is your thing, this place is for you. An all vegetarian and vegan buffet, is a popular spot for a lunch. Choose from salads, hot dishes, a heap of vegetable and of course some dessert.

 

Sydney Vegan Guide by Cuisine

A question we get asked a lot! So here is a list we have curated (with the help of you guys)

Sydney is proudly a multicultural city that is made up of several different cuisines, so lets embrace it!

Please note, this is not every single place you can eat but this is a list of places put together based on what we enjoy or have recommended.

We have written a bit more info on the venues that are SVG picks.

THAI FOOD:

Bangkok Bites, Newtown/Bondi – Calling all satay lovers! You can’t go past their satay noodles (just ask without egg).
If you are all about big portions, fresh veggies at an affordable price… this is your jam!

Little Turtle, Enmore – 100% vegan restaurant that focuses on health conscious food. They offer a really authentic experience with an extensive menu. You will be overwhelmed with choice, flavour and quality of the dishes.

Other options:

Kindness Cafe
Atom Thai
Thai Pathong
Bay Hong
Oriental Healthy Redfern

MEXICAN:
Bad Hombres, Surry Hills – If you are all about authenticity, this is where you want to be! Hola Amigos, we are obsessed with Bad Hombres. Almost the entire menu is GF as well! It’s a fabulous place to enjoy some vegan wine,cocktails and hearty Mexican food. Take a group and order everything.

Other options:
Fondas
Manly Mexican
Montezomas

LEBANESE/ISRAELI 

Emmas Snack Bar, Enmore – Some of the best food in Sydney. Hidden in the back streets of Newtown, this venue is small but nothing short of amazing. A perfect place to enjoy a Lebanese feast made up of share plates. 80% of the menu is vegan, so you really won’t leave hungry. Make sure you order the brussel sprouts.

Manoosh Pizza, Enmore/Marrickville – Takeaway pizza, but that little bit fancier (and better). Whatever you do, get the vegan pizza with a zaatar base (it will change your life). Theres plenty of sides to go with it as well!

Other options:
Vegan Lebanese Street Food
Erciyes
Arabellas
Cairo Takeaway

JAPANESE:
Sunset Sabi, Manly – Slightly on the more fine dining side, but a delicious meal. A sushi bar, with juicy cocktails and a funky kitchen. A venue where you are encouraged to share amongst you and your friends. That way you can try it all!

Manmaru, Marrickville – We cannot speak more highly of this cafe if we tried. Owned by a lovely family that have put their heart and soul into their business. Plenty of vegan options to pick from as well. Don’t be shy to have a chat to the staff, we always enjoy learning the story and passion behind the finish product.

Other options:
Sushi n Blue
Sushi Train
Sushi Sushi

ITALIAN:
Gigi’s, Newtown – We have travelled the world, but never have we found a place quite like this. If you know Sydney, you know Gigis. The place where everyone goes and happily lines up, just to get a bite of the best pizza in the world. Make sure you save room for dessert, it’s always worth it!

Borrusos, Northbridge/Crows Nest – We helped design this awesome plant based menu. With pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts you will have to visit more than once. Our favourite thing is the tandoori cauliflower pizza! It is a MUST.

Mark and Vinnys, Surry Hills – We only recently discovered this hidden gem, tucked away in a small space in Surry Hills.Good news is, almost the entire menu is vegan or can be made vegan upon request. Honestly some of the best food Sydney has to offer. The zucchini flowers are to die for!

Other options:
Good Pizza
Gigis Balmain
Salts Meats & Cheese
Otto Fine Dining
Mario Pizza and Pasta
Marina Lunga
Assembly Bar CBD
La Favola
Rustica Pizza
Marina Lunga

GREEK:

Nikos Kitchen, Dulwich Hill – If you miss those hearty burgers, gyros and chicken wings… look no further. The owner has gone to all lengths to create some boss ass vegan options at super affordable prices as well. Head in after the beach for a feast!

Other options
1821

CHINESE:

Bodhi, CBD – One of Sydney’s best! All vegan venue serving up yum cha, faux meat dishes and boutique wines all under the beautiful fig trees and hanging lanterns. Don’t ask questions, just make sure you add it to your list! Perfect place for a wedding, function or special occasion.

Chinese Noodle House, Haymarket – Cheap, greasy good Chinese food is what this place is all about. After all, could you want anything more? Their eggplant dumplings are almost too good to be true. Be warned, it gets packed out… but is totally worth the wait

Other options:
Madame Shanghai
Chin Chin
Mr Wong
Chinese Dumpling Master
Seabreeze
Din Tai Fung
Biang Biang
New Shanghai

HAWAIIN
Momo Manly, Manly – Wholesome, hearty and just darn good food! They offer a range of poke bowls, you can even design your own too. It would be rude not to order some of their famous Momos when you are there as well!

Other options
Fishbowl
Poke Bowl
Nudefish

VIETNAMESE:

Eat Fuh, Marrickville, Chatswood, Darlinghurst – Okay okay, we are pho real when we say this has to take the cake! Despite it not being 100% vegan, their pho is incredibly authentic and hearty! The owners are passionate about creating more vegan food in the near future.

Vina Vegan, Newtown – In case you missed it, this place is 100% vegan. f you want to escape city life and teleport to Vietnam, head to Vina. The vibe reminds us of the country itself. Banh Xeo is a MUST order, don’t ask questions… it’s too good to not try.

Golden Lotus, Newtown – You may otherwise know this place with the “Veganism is Magic”sign. A popular destination for those that are into mock meats! Don’t worry they have us veggie lovers covered too. Duck pancakes will blow your mind, we reckon they can even trick omnis.

Other options
Green House Asian Salads
Hello Auntie
Great Aunty Three
Nourishing Quarter
Hello Auntie
Allans Cake Shop
Delish Juice Bar
An Nhien Cabramatta
World Vegan Cabramatta
Just Green Cabramatta
Loving hut Cabramtta
Simple Vegetarian Canley heights

MIDDLE EASTERN:

Shenkin, Multiple Locations – You won’t have to travel far to get to a Shenkin! They are all over Sydney and we can totally see why. Their menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner (we even helped design some of their recipes). The family owned and run business is constantly evolving and growing, catering to the vegan community has always been their priority).

Almond Bar, Kings Cross – Traditional Syrian food that will lift your taste buds to whole new levels! An intimate space that offers amazing service and recipes that have been passed down through generations. We could vote them the best falafel in Sydney (big call, we know).

Other options:
Sultans
Shuk
Cairo Takeaway

MODERN/FINE DINING:
Cafe Sydney – fine dining, vegan menu – Circular Quay
Paperbark – fine dining, all vegan – Waterloo
Yellow – fine dining, vegetarian with vegan options – Potts Point
Deep Groove – Nothing fancy, but good hearty eats and drinks – Newtown, King Street

YUM CHA:

We are pretty lucky to have all vegan yum Chas available in Sydney. Check these ones out
Bodhi
Green Gourmet
Carlingford Vegetarian

PUB FEEDS:

Hive Bar, Erskineville – Intimate pub food with fun af vibes! Treat Yoself to the insanely good menu at Hive Bar.
The owner has nailed the amount of vegan options, so much so you won’t know what to get. Plenty of vegan booze too.

The Hold, Manly – A place to take omnis and not even tell them. The food is so believable they won’t even miss meat. Oh and it’s probably important to mention they have mac n cheese rings… on burgers! Yes, you heard us. There is an entire vegan menu to indulge in!

Other options
Funky Pies
Oxford Tavern
The Henson
Small Bar (Erskine St)
Lord Gladstone
Crow Bar
Green Lion (all vegan)
Murder Eats
The temperance -Summer Hill

DESSERT BARS:

San Churo
Peanut Butter Bar
Treat Dreams (order online)
Gelato Blue
Republic Gelato

INDIAN
Green Mushroom
Kurachee
Delhi ‘O’ Delhi

HEALTHY:

Conscious Feast, Bondi – A passionate fellow foodie has opened up a delivery service, that is now open for dinner as well. Think wholesome, plant based bowls that are full of colour and health. You’ll feel incredibly nourished after consuming their food. Don’t worry, it doesn’t lack flavour either.

Buddha Bowl Cafe, Newtown –  A cafe that deserves more recognition for their work. Ethical, sustainable and just genuinely good food. We admire the amount of passion the owners have for making the world a better place. We highly suggest getting the falafel waffles (YAS).

Other options:

My fruitologist
Orchard st
Cali Press
Bondi Juice
Flannerys
Nutrition Station
Verd
Bondi Wholefoods
Health Freak
Blackwood Pantry
Heaven Cafe
Preach Cafe
Modern Organic
Pure Wholefoods Manly
The Heights Cafe
Ora Manly
Bare Naked Bowls
Soul Bowl

AMERICAN/FAST FOOD:

Soul Burger
Dogma Cronulla
Lord Of the Fries
4 Ounces
El Indio (South American)

CATERING: 

Coming soon

CAFE:

The Copper Mill, Alexandria – Dam gurl, this is one of our favs! Homemade vegan mock meats, french toast, cookies, salads and plenty of other treats. Plus a cookie dough affogato (ahuh honey honey).

Shift Eatery, Surry Hills – When people tell us they have one day in Sydney, we say one thing and one thing only…SHIFT! Just go, experience Sydney’s best vegan deli. Killer sangas, salads and goodies to take home!

Other options:

Ruby Lonesome
COOH
Petty Cash
Two Chaps
Gathered Kitchen
Vida Surf Shop
Flour Drum

TREAT YOSELF FOOD:

Gathered Kitchen, Glebe – Known for their next level vegan sweets! Crossiants, pastries plus a heap of raw treats as well. All your sweet and savoury dreams come true at GK.

Nutie Doughnuts, Surry Hills/Balmain – Do NOT fear! These guys are here… and absolutely killing it. Now open in Surry Hills (even offering savoury options too). Couch potato has to be the greatest doughnut ever invented!

Treat Dreams -Order Online
Gigis Newtown (Dessert)
Naked Bakery – muffins, pastries ect
Gelato Blue – Newtown
Gelato Republic – Petersham
Riverena Gelato
Messina Gelato
Gelatissimo

FINE DINING/DEGUSTATIONS:

Indu, Wynyard – Escape to an underground dream dining experience. Experience traditional coastal village food in the heart of the CBD. Don’t worry, you will forget where you are in no time. The vegan options are hard to beat. Keep and eye out for monthly vegan nights as well.

12micron, Barangaroo – Taking food art to a whole new level. If you pay attention to the finer details, you will be blown away with presentation of the expert chefs. You will want to take photos (we cannot blame you). Combining flavours and textures in unique ways. We tried their vegan degustation and reckon its worth every single cent.

Other options
Madame Shanghai
Alibi
Yellow
Otto
Pendolino

CHAINS

Hungry Jacks
Subway
Crust Pizza
Dominos
Gozleme King
Sushi Sushi
Sumo Salad

My Top 5 Lunch Spots In Sydney

OUR TOP LUNCH DESTINATIONS

TOP 5 PICKS FOR LUNCH

We are all about big brekky and hearty dinners, but theres always room for lunch. It was hard to pick only five, but if we had to choose here’s what we would suggest.

In no particular order 

Bodhi, CBD- Surely you all know by now that Bodhi has the most incredible vegan yum cha available only at lunch time. Take a bunch of mates and try it all! You won’t regret it. 

Eat Fuh, Marrickville/ Darlinghurst/ Chatswood- Fresh, healthy, fast and DELICIOUS. There’s a couple of locations over Sydney including, Manly and Surry Hills. The perfect place to explore a plant based meal. 

Nalinis, Bondi- A entire plant based, gluten free menu. Ayurvedic food for the body mind and soul. The cafe is run by a mother duo, who are passionate about health and good quality food. Explore the menu full of colourful wholesome eats. Highly suggest visiting their ice-cream bar Cha Chas as well.

Shift Eatery, Surry Hills- Sydneys first all vegan deli, and darn its a good one. James and the team have you sorted with banging toasted sandwiches that you crave from pre vegan days. Don’t worry, theres lots of salads, smoothies and superfood lattes for those after a healthier alternative. A MUST TRY!

Vegan Lebanese St Food, Bondi- A relatively new restaurant, but NOT one to be missed. Healthy Lebanese food has never tasted so good and oh so fresh. The owners have put their heart and soul into what they do. They focus on not using oils, without skipping the flavour. 

Why I Went Vegan

WHY I WENT VEGAN

This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked about my journey with veganism. And, if I am honest I love hearing everyones stories around the topic but here is mine.


For me, it was a simple one. I was already vegetarian and had my own Instagram foodie page (so I could stop annoying my friends with pics of my food). In September 2014 a blogger I was following commented on an Instagram post of mine that said ‘Keep Calm And Go Vegetarian’, saying “Why not try going vegan”. This was the first time I probably thought about dairy. Whether I was pretending to not fully confront the dairy industry, or simply didn’t think being vegan was possible… but I decided to give it a go.

For a month, I would trial being vegan. Let’s be real, part of it was because I had no self control around chocolate and needed an excuse to ditch the dairy. I instantly felt better and why wouldn’t I? Dairy doesn’t make us feel good. It’s always funny hearing friends say “I am lactose intolerant”. Well of course you are, we aren’t made to drink animal juice.

Eating vegan quickly became a habit and honestly I felt great. Energy levels increased, I learnt compassion on a whole new level and my friendship circle opened up. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard. I lived at home and my mum was and still isn’t very supportive of it. But I knew I was doing something good for me and my health so I didn’t let that get in the way.

It was only later I discovered the impacts of the dairy and egg industry and felt somewhat cheated. Why hadn’t anyone told me this? As a feminist I struggled with the idea we drink the mothers milk and in-pregnant cows for our own consumption.

I suck at watching documentaries and still haven’t seen all the ones on the “how to turn vegan” list. But thats okay. I think it is important to come from a place of love when speaking to people about the benefits of a plant based diet. For me, the best way to spread the message is just to be yourself. Live your life to the fullest and prove that you can’t not only survive but thrive off a diet that is based on plants. 

Whatever reason you may go vegan whether it be ethical, environmental, health… that is okay. You are on your own journey and the best part is… you did it!

I don’t believe meat eaters are bad people, that was once upon a time. I simply believe we are all victims of a society that knew no better. But the good news is, now we do. You have a choice. You either ignore it or not.

For more information on reasons that a plant based diet can improve your health. 

Visit these links below:

https://www.ecowatch.com/vegan-diet-health-benefits-2608604362.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/21/lifestyle-change-eat-less-meat-climate-change?fbclid=IwAR1s4aDzbVsk_28V0u-fuV1El1oFeZhWjePo4Iuugiqh71cvw0iGvYmA6gY

https://deliciouslyella.com/2019/01/02/why-we-care/

https://plantproof.com/eating-plans/