Loving Hut [Richmond, Melbourne]

We made a trip to Melbourne recently, which ended up in tetris-ing the car with items from Ikea. FOUR TIMES. If you’ve ever bought more than you can take home (I’m looking at you, Shantael!), you’ll understand how stressful it is at the time – but how funny it is afterwards. We had to call someone with a ute to help, which was pretty embarrassing (thanks dad!). My boss likes to call Ikea “the relationship test”… I now understand why.

I was confident that the Ikea café wouldn’t have anything vegan for me to eat, so I did a quick Google on the way and found this post at Veganopulous about Loving Hut in Richmond. My eyes glazed over at the sight of the “lucky rainbow pockets”, so I insisted on stopping there, despite the horrendous traffic/lack of parking.

LH Outside

Loving Hut [Richmond, Melbourne]
10/242 Victoria St
Richmond, Victoria 3121
AUSTRALIA
P:(03) 9427 8916

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Guest Post at Smokin’ Tofu!

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Photo courtesy of Severine/Lentil As Anything

Check out my top 5 novelty places for traveling veg*ns to visit in Melbourne. It’s my first time guest posting on another blog – how exciting! You can read the article here.

If you’re interested in guest posting at Appetite Affliction, I’d love to hear from you. Simply get in touch via my contact page.

Mozartbar Café

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Mozartbar Café
217 Commercial Rd
South Yarra, VIC 3141
AUSTRALIA
P: (03) 9826 6162

A friend recently alerted (and invited) me to Mozartbar Café. Being the considerate, lovely lady that she is, she contacted the venue to get copies of the menu so I could make sure they catered to vegans – and boy did they! Their “classic menu” has both vegan and non-vegan wraps, salads, burgers and tapas – but what really blew me away and got me feeling all giddy was their “raw menu”. I really love that these guys are tackling the raw food niche in such a brave, robust way.

The vegan options on the classic menu aren’t marked, however a combinaton of the menu descriptions and asking the staff questions will help you choose what’s suitable to your dietary needs. The raw menu is clearly marked as being all vegan, gluten free, wheat free, live & organic. It’s a fairly good guide to what a basic raw diet includes – dips, blended soup, rice paper & nori rolls, salads, zucchini pasta & lasagna and a veggie burger stack. There’s also an additional menu for smoothies, juices and a small selection of desserts. It really is a raw foodies’ wet dream. Continue reading

Radio Mexico

It was my birthday last Friday. I took a week off from work and a week off from blogging – though I assure you I was thinking about food almost the entire time. My appetite really is an affliction; it’s rare for my brain to not be overwhelming itself with an overload of food related thoughts at any given moment. Anyway. We ate out a few times during my week off – but I’ll only share one of our experiences with you today.

Radio Mexico 1

Radio Mexico
11-13 Carlisle St
St Kilda, VIC 3182
AUSTRALIA
P: (03) 9534 9990

Open from 4pm on weekdays and from midday on weekends. Open on most public holidays.

I’ve been swooning over Radio Mexico for quite some time now (I’m talking more than 6 months here, guys), so when I knew I’d be staying the night in town, I made it my mission to finally eat here. It was an intimate dinner with only me, Mr. AA & a close, long-term friend of mine in attendance.

Upon arrival, I noticed that the restaurant was full and there was already groups of people spilling out onto the street waiting for tables. Some people might find this a bit of a turn off – I, however, found it to be a sign of excitement and dedication. Continue reading

Mister Nice Guy’s Easter Specials

I know, I know. You’re probably starting to think I have some kind of affiliation with Mister Nice Guy – but I swear, I don’t. I just really love these guys. When it comes to trashing my body with delectable sugary sweets, this place makes my heart sing.

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Caramel Chocolate Cupcake – gluten free

I had to pop in to the bake shop to taste my winning flavour suggestion and it was worth the two hour drive. I bought half a dozen of these – afterall, what’s the point in winning if you can’t share the glory. Am I right? Also – don’t you just love the muppet babies plate? It’s from when I was a child; I found it when rummaging around in my parents’ kitchen and couldn’t resist using it for the photo. Continue reading

Gasometer Hotel & Fritz Gelato

On Saturday, we made a late afternoon trip to Melbourne for lunch with friends followed by dinner & a show with other friends. After seeing Cindy & Michael from Where’s The Beef? write about Gasometer so many times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – yep, I wasn’t exaggerating!), I was convinced that I needed to pop in and check it out.

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Gasometer Hotel
484 Smith St (cnr Alexandra Pde)
Collingwood, VIC
AUSTRALIA
P: (03) 9417 5538

Of course, I sussed out their website first, and found the below information. While Gasometer isn’t a dedicated veggo venue, they’ve gone to great lengths to make veg*ns feel welcome. For a start, they have a vegan-only deep fryer! Hello, possible heart attack. I never thought we’d meet again! The pub-style food has an American theme/influence that’s great for a treat and/or a hangover.

“We have a vegan-only deep fryer. We only use ethically treated meat. All poultry is free range. All sausages are made by award-winning Andrew’s Choice. We don’t use any pre-made products. Please note that all meals are made to order so patience during busy times would be greatly appreciated. GFO = gluten-free option available VG = vegan VGO = vegan option available.” Continue reading

Shebelle: Ethiopian & Moroccan Restaurant, Café & Bar

African is the new Mexican. Well… For me, at least.

Shebelle 1
Shebelle
241 Barkly St
Footscray, VIC 3011
AUSTRALIA
Ph: (03) 9689 8188

The new, soon-to-come restaurant location: 33 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds, VIC.
My visit/photos are from the restaurant’s old location.

Shebelle 2

Although they share a continent, Ethiopia and Morocco aren’t exactly close in proximity. Their cuisine, however, pairs up pretty fantastically. Shebelle is just up the street from Lentil As Anything; look for the numbers on the shops, because the signage doesn’t stand out when you’re driving past. Continue reading

Grumpy’s Green

Firstly: Happy international day of the nacho, y’all! Not only is it world nacho day, but Melbourne is also celebrating Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” festival – for a week. Click here for info on events.

Today I went on a mission for Mexican food. Radio Mexico wasn’t opening until 4pm (I was only in town for lunch) and Trippy Taco had crowds of people wandering in, despite there being no tables available – so Mr. AA & I went for a little wander and ended up eating at Grumpy’s Green – a vegetarian, eco-friendly lounge/bar.

Seating Area
Grumpy’s Green
125 Smith Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
AUSTRALIA
Ph: (03) 9416 1944

Don’t let the name put you off – these guys aren’t grumpy at all. In fact, they’re pretty upbeat. The main bar/lounge/band area is dimly lit – which I imagine is great in the evenings, but it’s a little hard on the eyes during the day – So Mr. AA and I walked through the naturally lit dining area (pictured above) into a small, four-table intimate court yard. Continue reading