Monday, 25 November 2013

All of the food.

Theme of the week has been Eating Your Pain. Let the food begin.

Made felafel salad, it's a weekly feature over here. Yumi's sesame felafel balls fried up and served with mixed lettuce leaves, tomato, Spanish onion, kalamata olives, hommus, lemon and sesame seeds.

Came home for my lunch break and made epic noodles with stuff from fridge! Flat rice noodles, Chinese broccoli, tofu, bean sprouts, soy sauce, chilli garlic paste and sesame seeds! So delicious.


Cornish was needed. Jeff went mental and got the Double Down meal. Two chicken patties deep fried and filled with bacon, mayo and cheese. Lettuce also. Served with wedges and slaw, I think his heart stopped half way through. $20 investment, worth it.

I had the usual, can't go past the chicken, bacon and cheese burger on crunchy roll with chunky chips. $17 is more than I'd like to pay but we all know I'll keep going back for more because it is THE BEST. Especially downed with a few ciders.

Laksa King provided it's usual perfection. After years of $9.80 things got crazy, laksa has gone up. Pretty sure I paid $10.05 which seems very weird now but I swear we paid $20.10 for two... anyway, broke the bank. Seriously the best laksa in the world.

Actually tried something new from my To Visit list and went to United Arab Eatery (which everyone seems to love!). Sadly, I felt let down. We got the salad plate for $10 and the serving was just tiny. The cauliflower was awesome but there were only three small florets. $11 falafel plate was even more disappointing. The serve was SO SMALL, it only came with half a piece of bread. Half. Maybe I'm too used to the huge serves at Tibas, Middle Eastern and Mankoushe but this was seriously annoying because we left hungry and th felafel was average.

Moving on from my most disappointing meal in a while is THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER EATEN! I have been meaning to visit Tofu Shop for nearly two years but you know, Richmond. SO FAR from Brunswick. It's easy to get stuck and lazy and eat what you always do. Anyway I was in the area on Saturday and finally got to Tofu Shop. Got the $16 medium-sized bowl which was massive, took half of it home. There was seasoned rice, curry tofu, tempeh with broccoli, crunchy fritter things, grilled corn salad, tabbouleh, tofu cream, satay cream, salad things... it was fantastic. BUT it got better. I had a slice of raw cake (macadamia, banana and date) with pandan and coconut ice cream afterwards! Cake was good (and only $2!) but oh my god the ice cream ($4.50 for three scoops)... life changing. Best vegan ice cream I've ever had. I would consider moving east for this.

Yeah we were in the city, so... Camy Shanghai. Because it's physically impossible for me to not, even though I wasn't hungry. 20 fried and crispy veggie dumplings for $7.80 = correct. We went crazy and tried the veggie duck ($3.80), this was a mistake. The duck flavour was good, but it was served cold. So cold. That's not okay. Garlic greens of my dreams were PERFECT as always ($12ish). I really just wanted a whole plate to myself. Luckily we brought some home along with ALL of the duck and plan on frying it and serving with rice. Hot duck FTW.

Made rice paper rolls tonight because it's one month 'til Christmas and I have to rapidly lose 5kg... turns out ALL OF THE NOMS comes with a price, an uncomfortable one. So prepare for boring salad and rice paper rolls and soups 'til the new year! (or if I crash, prepare for all of the burgers ever).

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Raw pasta, eating in and eating out.

I saw this post on Oh She Glows and was immediately inspired to own one of these julienne peelers. Two minutes and a bit of Ebay later, it was on. I'd been making zucchini pasta with a regular peeler and it was seriously time consuming. Turns out this new peeler is also time consuming! The results are worth it though, check out my carrot and zucchini pasta! I think there will be a lot of this over summer.

Topped with satay tofu and mushrooms, YUM.

 Topped with French lentil bolognese, also yum.

While on the topic of home cooking, I made a seriously delicious treat last night. Garlic and pesto baked mushrooms with toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds served with herb and sesame seed fried greens on cous cous.

Also I went all out the other day (any excuse to spend an hour in the Asian grocer) and made pad Thai. Terrible photo of copious coriander (because it's awesome) but there is a world of nom under there. The pre-fried crispy tofu chunks were heaven.

Las Vegan yesterday was even more fantastic than usual. The special right now is a chicken, tempacon (THE tempacon) and avocado wrap. Wow. It also had vegan cheese, mayo and a good salad mix. This was insanely delicious and I think about $10. I added chips, naturally.

It's not right to go to Las Vegan without getting a huge take-away brownie to devour the moment you feel like you can eat again. Chocolate and strawberry dream.

Seeing as it's a weekend like every other, Gobbo was had.

Spot burger with chips - beef, bacon and cheese.

Sailor Jerry burger - fish, mayo and cheese.

Bogan burger - chicken, cheese and pineapple.

Nachos with all the good stuff - sour cream, cheese and guac.

Monday, 4 November 2013


Okay so something pretty exciting happened last Friday night. IL GOBBO opened, in ESSENDON! YAY! We moved from Brunswick to Essendon a few months ago and man does it suck leaving all the noms. We pretty much downgraded to a crappy IGA that stocks nothing interesting and a milk bar that is never open...

THEN we heard about new vegan place IL GOBBO and had to see it to believe it. Oh my god.

I got The Spot Burger - meat, cheese, bacon, onion, pickles, ketchup and mayo. The chips were fresh made which was a little too exciting for me. Actual potatoes cut up and fried instead of a bag of frozen chips. Man they were awesome. The burger... was actually the best vegan burger I've ever had. It was very LOTF but better. The bacon was not facon, thank god and actually had flavour and texture. I was immediately happy to live so close and very afraid to live so close.

Tess got The Bogan Burger (of which you can only see bun - sorry) - chicken, herbed mayo, lettuce, beetroot, pineapple and cheese. She says it was absolutely delicious. I was too busy scoffing my Spot Burger to steal a taste.

I already spent the whole weekend raving about this place and am waiting for the first moment I can sneak back. Do this guys, seriously.