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Sunday, 14 July 2019
School holidays and Vegan 365: Vietnamese cafe in Coburg
I haven't knitted for years but as a student I loved to knit and made myself a few jumpers. Then lately I decided to knit a patch for a jumper that was falling apart. I decided to knit more. A friend gave me some unused wool. Firstly I made a beanie and decided to make more. We have been watching Line of Duty on Netflix late at night when I have made some good progress in my knitting (amazing albeit disturbing police drama). Meanwhile I have shown Sylvia how to knit so she can make a scarf.
Cat Cafe with E. On my day off in the first week while Sylvia was away, I met up with a friend Jane at Gopals. It is a long time since I have been there but it hasn't changed much. E and I went a lot before Sylvia was born and it was a challenge to take a pram up the stairs.
Jane and I were over ambitious with ordering the Feast menu for about $12. It was indeed a feast with lentil soup, kofta, korma curry, 2 salads and a sticky date pudding with custard (out of a squeezy bottle). I also had a dark green apple and wheatgrass juice which I enjoyed. It is a great place for cheap hippie food and it is all vegetarian.
The above dish is the Bun Chay (tofu and vegetables on vermicelli with spring rolls $14.50) from Dumpling 88 (88 Grattan Street, Carlton). It was delicious and so were the vegetarian dumplings. I figure that this place much be well regarded as we ran into another group from our workplace when we were there.
Purple Peanuts with Sylvia after she got back from my parents' place. It does such nice Japanese food. I bought a onigiri rice ball which was lovely but not appreciated by Sylvia. For myself I had the Japanese vegetable curry. It was fantastic. The tofu was nice and crispy. The rice, the almonds, pickled veg, carrot, potato and rice were delicious with lots of sauce that was spicier than other curry don bowls I have had.
Vegie Bar in Fitzroy with Faye for dinner on a cold wet weekday night. The sort of night I expect no one else to want to go out. But it was packed and we could only find a couple of seats on the communal table. We both had the Better than a Big Mac: "Two house-made 100% no-beef patties, special sauce, iceberg lettuce, vegan cheese, pickles & onion in a three-part brioche bun. Served with golden potato fries. $18" It wasn't quite as amazing as my first time. The burger patties seemed slightly mushier with less structure. But it was so fantastic. I really love a burger I can pick up and eat, and it does imitate the iconic Big Mac of my teenage years. We also had wonderful crispy rice balls with satay sauce. But it was too filling for us to have time for dessert.
Mom's Apple Cake. It uses an impressive 6 apples and bakes for 1 1/2 hours. I didn't have a big enough ring tin so I used two loaf tins, and I used lemon juice instead of orange juice. It was absolutely delicious with a layer of soft apple in the middle and on top but it was rather overbaked around the edges. My mum says the shape of my tin was to blame. But it is worth trying again (perhaps with a double lined tin). I also made a nut roast for a roast dinner. More about that later.
With regards to the film, I feel we (and Justine Clarke) have done a good job in Sylvia's musical education that she is quite familiar with the Beatles. The film is about a struggling musician who wakes from an accident to find he is the only person in the world who remembers the Beatles. There is a theme about fame and how it changes him. But the Beatles huge influence on music/fashion/cultural history is too big for the film to really grapple with. It does raise an interesting idea to ponder.
True North and then went for a swim. I have wanted to go to Vegan 365, a Vietnamese cafe in Coburg that opened earlier this year. Inside are tiled walls, plants on table, laminated pictures of the meals and vegan posters (stay calm and go vegan). It is clean and neat. Upon arrival we were given a thermos of green tea.
I would return to try the vermicelli noodle dish. Next time though I will take cash as the only other option was a bank transfer and mine was playing up so I had to go and get cash to bring back.
2 Munro Street, Coburg
Opening hours and prices change next week
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