Top Vegan Bali Eats

WHERE WE ATE IN BALI

 

First of all, be prepared to be overwhelmed with choice. Everywhere you go, you will find vegan options. It’s really normal in Bali and very much the “new norm”.

In all honesty, we tend to avoid the touristy areas and headed straight to Ubud and Canggu. Both of which have incredible options. Where does one even start?

P.S The below are in no particular order.

 

UBUD 

Earth Café: A really beautiful place to wind down and enjoy a meal of any cuisine. They have everything from pizzas to traditional Indonesian food.

If you are after a place to collect some tasty treats or goods, this is the place to go. They even have movie nights, where you can enjoy a raw slice and chill out. 

Zest:

The favourite of the trip! Absolutely love the atmosphere, space, vibe and of course the food. Spoilt for choice, from savoury to sweet. A space to sit for hours and look over beautiful Ubud. In terms of the menu, you really cant go wrong. However we went twice and ordered the tapioca flat bread. Our theory is to always try and order something you can’t make at home.

There is PLENTY of yummy raw cakes and healthy tonics too.

Clear Café: The space is very inviting, with a real Instagram worthy vibe. If you crave healthy, raw food… this is the place for you. Plenty to choose from, including all different types of cuisines. We enjoyed a burrito and a raw pizza. P.S Yay for having wine bottles full of kombucha.

Falafel Warung: Got to get your falfel fix when on holiday! These guys know whats up. Build your own pita pocket or salad. Add a pita this and a pita that. For fresh, healthy food that’s quick, this is one to pop in.


Image by Falafel Warung

Kokolato World: Raw, healthy vegan icecream. We went here twice, it was really light and refreshing. Not Bali prices, you pay for the product but it’s a really refreshing spot to go after a big dinner.

Vegan Cooking Class: Thisis a MUST DO! For an incredibly authentic, unique experience, make sure you book this.

You’ll get to visit the local organic market and try all the fruit, then go to the organic farm where you will pick your own organic herbs and veggies. And we haven’t even gotten to the cooking yet! You will prepare, make and taste 2 starters, 3 mains and a dessert. We suggest going hungry! Amazing value and you get to walk away with all the recipes to cook back home. You can review our experience here.

https://balifarmcooking.com/

 CANGGU

 

GIVE: Love, love, LOVE this place. It is owned by the same people as KYND, except does things a little differently.

With a mission to change the way people eat, think & GIVE. 100% Plant based with 100% of donations going to people and places that need itmost. Delicious and affordable Indonesian food, smoothie bowls or just a really relaxing place to enjoy a coffee. We left feeling very content, grateful and reflective.

Peloton Super Shop:

A mix of different food, from healthy Buddha bowls, local cuisine to a mock meat burger, there isn’t much this place doesn’t offer. If you like to eat the rainbow, you’ll love this! We found it hard to choose, as it all just looked so good.

Take a few friends and order a spread. You won’t regret it!

 

Plant Cartel:

A newer kid on the block, but not one to be missed. Think American Diner (but 100% plant based). All those meals you crave when hung over, but take away the animals, fat and replace it with plant-based products. The ultimate space to take a boyfriend, dad, or friend that doesn’t believe vegan food can actually taste good. We tried a range of burgers, loaded fries, sides and shakes. Our top pick was the jackfruit chickn nuggets and the cheeseburger.

 

Merah Putih: Blown away with the incredible vegan options. We went here for a fancier dinner and could not fault it. The space, the service and the food were insanely good. Recommended to us by Plant Proof. The dishes are made up of vegetables, traditional cuisine and flavours. Total proof that vegetables can be incredibly satisfying and versatile. Make sure you try the tempeh pancake. Great place to order a heap and share.

The Shady Shack: If you only have a bit of time in Canggu, add this beautiful shack to the list! It offers an earthy vibe with good quality food. Plenty of snacks, raw treats and killer smoothies! Take a book and wind down in the relaxed space. Whatever you do, GET A COOKIE! Maybe 10… and bring us home some too.

 

Mad Pops Bali: It’s no gelato blue, but we love the atmosphere and choice of flavours. All their gelato is vegan and a vegan cone option is available to. It’s too hard to choose one flavour, so we recommend a double scope. Because…HOLIDAYS

 

 

SOME HELPFUL TIPS WHEN GOING TO BALI:

  • Do your research!
  • Always wear a helmet 
  • Avoid high tourist areas (if thats your thing)
  • Be cautious of your possessions
  • Don’t get your money exchanged at a back alley money exchanger (we learnt the hard way)
  • Plan your foodie spots, there is a LOT!

    If you are heading to Canggu, we strongly suggest checking out LILA .

 

Baked Breakfast Beans

Banging Beans that will satisfy all your breakfast dreams.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 x Tin of chickpeas (drained)
1 x Tin of cannelloni beans (drained)
1 x tablespoon of tomato paste
1 x tin of crushed/diced tomatoes
2 x tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 x Cloves of crushed garlic
1 x sprig or rosemary (not chopped)
1 x bayleaf
2 x tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO:

Preheast oven to 190degrees
1. In an oven friendly dish, on a stovetop add your oil, garlic once heated place both tins of beans into a dutch oven.
2. Cook on a medium heat for 2 minutes, then add in your tomato paste, followed by tinned tomatoes, rosemary and balsamic
3. Stir until mixed through, then add your bay leaf, salt and pepper (remove bay leaf after you take dish out of oven)
4.Put a lid on your dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, after 30 minute remove the lid and bake for another 5 minute.
5.Serve on sourdough with sliced avocado ( you could even try coconut yoghurt as well).

Don’t forget to tag @sydneyveganguide @wholeheartedrenee #bangingbeans

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My Top 5 Dinner Spots In Sydney

We are so lucky that Sydney now has so many incredible places to eat out at night. Whether you are a vegan yourself or just keen for a plant based feed, you won’t struggle to find something delicious. I am a big Inner West girl, so it is not often I get out of that area. But when I do, I always do my research. You’ll be surprised at the amount of places that can happily cater to vegans.

Dinner is my favourite meal of the day, especially when it involves going out with friends. There isn’t any cuisine I don’t like, so I am always up for something new. The vibe and feel of the venue plays a big part in my selection below.

Alright… here we go.

1. GIGI’S PIZZERIA
Newtown 

No surprises here! Gigi’s is worth your time, travel, pennies and even lining up. It is incredibly authentic Italian pizza joint. I suggest going with a small group of people to maximise the amount of things you can order. Trust me, you want to try it all. Entree’s, mains and desserts too.  The team are on the ball and the music is always on point. Good vibes, delicious drinks and the best dam food.

My favs: Pumpkin calzone

2. EMMAS SNACK BAR
Enmore

You may or may not have heard of Emma’s, but it is a real winner! Delicious lebanese food, hidden in a cute space in the back of Enmore. Almost the entire menu is vegan/ vegan friendly and is designed to share (so go with friends). Their groovy space tends to get super busy, so ensure to get in early. Enjoy a glass of vegan pinot noir, whilst devouring their quality homemade recipes.

My favs: GET THE POTATOES, ALSO THE BRUSSELL SPROUTS (YES I AM YELLING)

3. CHINESE NOODLE HOUSE
CBD and Enmore

Otherwise known as “grapes on the roof” or the “the best eggplant dumplings”. There ain’t nothing like a menu in a plastic sleeve folder, but honestly it’s so great. There is a fair few vegan items on the menu, just ask the staff if you are stuck. I am a big fan of the quick service. Be prepared to wait for a table, but it usually doesn’t take that long. I love just ordering a bunch of dishes and sharing it all. Everything is super affordable and full of flavour. BYO is available.

My favs: Eggplant dumplings and braised eggplant.

4. BANGKOK BITES
Bondi and Newtown

Not your most well done venue, but it is a good one. The main reason I love here is their quality of food. It is super fresh, colourful and the best part…HUGE! It is really good value for your dollar, sometimes I even pack a container to take half home. Just ensure you ask for the vegan option, asking for no fish sauce etc. The service isn’t always up to scratch but all up, pretty good. BYO is available.

My fav: Satay noodles!

5.THE HOLD
Manly

This place is a real winner! A fabulous place to go for a birthday, boozy dinner or just a friday night catch up. Healthy vegans, this isn’t the place for you. A ship like venue, that offers an entire vegan menu. Think burgers, chips, sides, mock meats and yummy cocktails. The burgers are well thought out and actually taste as good as they look. The staff do their best to help navigate the best options to suite your tastebuds.

My fav: Anything that has the mac n cheese onion ring on it.

Hope you enjoy my top picks (it was hard narrowing them down). If you dine at these places, please tag me @sydneyveganguide or @wholeheartedrenee. I love seeing where you guys go!

Go To Hummus

Simple, easy and so much cheaper then supermarket bought.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 400g can of chickpeas
1/4 a cup of liquid from can of chickpeas
4 tbsp of lemon juice (depending on taste)
1.5 tbsp of tahini
2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon salt
2tablespoons olive oil
Sprinkle of paprika or dukkah (garnish)

HOW TO:
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid rom can.
Combine remaining ingredients in a food processor.
Add quarter of a cup of liquid from the chickpea can.
Blend for 3 – 5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Place in a bowl and finish with paprika or dukkah and a drizzle of olive oil.
We love to serve it with toasted pita bread, carrot or celery sticks.

3 Step Almond Butter

Never again will I buy almond butter from a store. This has to be the easiest, most affordable way to enjoy healthy, creamy nut butter.

RECIPE

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

500 grams of raw almonds (double it for a bigger batch)

1 tsp of salt

HOW TO:

1.Bake almonds in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
2.Once you start to smell the almonds, take them out of the oven and place in a food processor
3.Add your salt in and allow to blend for 10-15 minutes or until creamy.

Place in a glass jar and store in the pantry!

Self Care Routines

What works for me, may not work for you. I am a creature of habit and often don’t practice what I preach. So writing this is not only for for you, but also for me. So many people encourage physical health and well being. But what about mental health?

To me it is just important (if not more important) then obsessing over your physical appearance.

I think the first step in this conversation is allowing yourself to be vulnerable, honest and real. I really struggle to hold a genuine conversation with people who aren’t real with me. So open up… before you read this. Have a think about the last time

 

GET OFF YOUR PHONE

I recently got a new mobile phone that tracks how long I stay on my phone each day (Scary AF). My job is in social media and blogging, so I do naturally spend more time on my phone than others. But, the other day it told me I spent 7.5 hours on my phone… and that doesn’t even include my second phone. So get off it! Lock it in a draw and see if you can survive 2 hours without it.

 

MOVE YOUR BODY

Your body is the best, it allows us to do almost anything! So look after it. Not everyone loves running, so chuck on some 90’s bangers and GROOVE! Dancing off the day is always a fun way sweat a little. I highly recommend putting on some musicals too.
Find what works for you. Yoga, F45, crossfit or just a walk in the park. Honestly can someone tell me the last time they did a workout and regretted it? No ma’am.

 

COOK FROM SCRATCH
If you think about what our grandma’s used to do for entertainment or fun was to do things like cook or knit. In todays society we are somewhat obsessed with “doing something”. But lets get back to basics. Grab a recipe and bake the afternoon away. I am guilty of procrastibaking (aka the act of cooking instead of doing what you should be doing).

 

TAKE A HOT SHOWER
Have you ever been at a festival and felt dirty, grubby and ready to go home? If not, it truly makes you appreciate how good showers are. And, how lucky we are to have hot running water. So take one, take your time… and try practicing some mindfulness during it. Think about the water hitting your body, and how your body feels as a result. Sometimes being is the shower is where I come up with my best ideas.

HAVE A CONVERSATION

Oh gosh, this is one of my favourite! I see a psych and am very open about that. Not that I have anything “wrong” with me, but I am don’t believe you can put a price one self improvement. Having a conversation with someone who doesn’t pass judgement and is there to listen to just you is a really valuable thing.

Hope you enjoy some of my favourite ways to show myself self LURRRVVVVVVV.

Top 5 Lunch Spots In Melbourne

How does one ever pick somewhere to eat in Melbourne? Its virtually impossible to pick.

We narrowed it down to our top 5 lunch spots (in no particular order)

Eka Wholefoods, Seddon – A wholefoods shop and plant based cafe, that offers a variety of dishes that will guarantee to satisfy! We can’t help but feel like we are in a home away from home every time we visit Eka. Choose from baos, falafel bowls or their signature tofu scramble.

Smith and Deli/Daughter, Fitzroy – If you know Melbourne, you know Smith and Deli! To the best sangas in all of the land! A very popular spot to pick up a pie, sandwich, toastie or shop for some vegan goodies. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Be prepared to line up though, its worth it!

Particle Cinnamon, Avondale Heights- Gluten free and 100% vegan baby! Take your tastebuds to vegan heaven (we mean it). One visit and you’ll be hooked! Enjoy the best of both worlds with a menu full of savoury and sweet options.

One for the Crow, Maidstone –  A newbie, but not one to be missed. If you are all about comfort and relaxed vibes… you have found your new favourite cafe. An entire vegetarian menu with HEAPS of vegan food on offer. Look out for the weekend food specials, they always blow our mind!

Lucky Lockett, Brunswick – Not the most well known, but one that deserves a lot of credit! Burgers, tofu scramble, muffins, pancakes and more. A spacey, chill vibe with genuine service. Oh, we probably should mention they have mac n cheese balls… that are VEGAN! Run.. don’t walk.

If you think we are missing somewhere from the list, let us know!

Don’t forget to tag us if you visit one of these venues @melbveganguide

Top 5 breakfasts spots in Sydney

Whether you are a hardcore vegan or just after some real good eats. Sydney’s vegan variety is becoming overwhelmingly good. And yes, there is more than just smashed avo on the menu.

If you are like us, you LOVE going out for breakfast. No judgement for the next line, but we aren’t huge  sweet tooths (except for the fact Renee’s url on myspace was “icecreamismiheaven”, back in 2008). So when we go out for brekky, we are looking for hearty, big and affordable savoury options.

We have spent time filling our bellies, spending pennies and investigating time to source the best vegan breakfast spots in Sydney and here they are.

Oh and before we continue, its probably important to mention that vibe and service is a huge part of the reason why we enjoy places so much.

The Copper Mill, Alexandria – Tucked away amongst chaotic Alexandria, Caitlin, the owner absolutely NAILS vegan food. A perfect combination of sweet and savoury food, complimented by good coffee and cute AF interior. The ultimate spot to brunch, munch and catch up with friends. There is space for pooches outside as well.

The General Eatery, Marrickville –

Not the most well known spot, but a personal favourite. The staff are really down to earth, good vibes and just dam good food! The chefs are creative and put together seasonal dishes that are full of flavour. If you are keen to give something new a go, get yo ass here.
The corn fritters are the perfect hangover cure, or if you are after a classic get the avo.

Gathered Kitchen, Glebe –

You would be crazy to miss this one. Bagels, croissants, big breakfast and pancakes are just some of the goodies you will discover on the 100% vegan menu. This place is living proof that vegans don’t miss out on anything. Don’t leave without getting a pastry… we promise you won’t regret it.

Ruby Lonesome, Petersham –

It only takes one minute to fall in love with this place! A vegetarian cafe built from scratch, by the lovely owners. Imagine a space where you can sit for hours, reading a book and enjoying a chai and slice of cake. Your’e welcome, your dreams just came true. The menu is 90% vegan, so goodluck picking just one thing (it’s all too good). They specialise in cakes as well, chat to the staff about ordering one for that special occasion.

Petty Cash, Marrickville –

The OG breakfast spot in the Inner West! And, probably one of the best in all of Sydney. The menu offers, hearty eats, baked goods, treats and some awesome specials (lasagne is a fav).However we can’t go past the tofu scramble. The cafe is very quirky, cosy and allows you to bring your pup (oh yes). Winter time is all about blankies, homey meals and sitting in the park. Stay weird Petty Cash!