Slowly slowly, cafes and restaurants on the Central Coast and Newcastle and venturing beyond having a single vegetarian item on the menu, and giving options for those who don’t want meat in every meal. Admittedly, most are still full of cheese and/or mushrooms (which is okay until your vegetarian date doesn’t like mushroom, or your friend is vegan) but they are getting there.

Here are a few (cheesy – so glad I’m back on the dairy, though my waistline might not be) vego options I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

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From The Spot on Beaumont Street, Hamilton: Corn and Feta Fritters with Mushroom, spinach and tomato relish. Oh so yum!

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From Cafe Pennoz in the Tuggerah Business Park: Vege Nachos. I had time to kill at work one day so I treated myself.

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From Hungry Wolf’s Pizza, Terrigal: Dom’s Special (Cheese, tomato, mushrooms, onion, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olives, garlic and chilli (optional) – minus the mushrooms and chili. It’s always a nice little delight to get artichoke on something. Way back when I worked in Tuggeranong (not to be confused with Tuggerah), there was a cafe downstairs at Homeworld that sold an amazing vegetarian foccacia with roast Mediterranean veges which I loved… and made me realise that I did like artichoke (from a jar anyway!).


Saturdays are for Eating

October 20, 2012 · 5 comments

Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay

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A surprisingly nice combo of fruits – no kiwi to pick out!

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Spanish Omellette

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Hippo Munch

And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal

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Gorgeous rice salad

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Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads

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Dips with Turkish Bread


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Rish’s Roast Pumpkin and Beetroot Tarte Tartin

And the string of 30th birthdays, engagement parties, weddings, and spawning continues. Something about the face that I graduated highschool in the year 2000, I’m told.

So, this time around, it was Jess’s turn to turn 30. Another lunchtime affair (showing our age ;)

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Baked Camembert

Paymaster’s Cafe Newcastle was our host, we had upstairs to ourselves, with little orange dots with a different number each allowing us to split the bill.

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Ahhh, telling dirty jokes. Us? Never!

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Grilled Eye Fillet of Beef

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The chef came up to fill us in on the menu, what was available, what was not. Unfortunately (for us and them!) they didn’t offer us desserts, only coffees… and so many of them looked tempting!

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Stuffed Squid

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Harrissa Spiced Lamb

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Special Chicken with Polenta

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Supreme Breast of Chicken

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A rather untouched Paymaster’s salad…

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Paella Before

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
And after :D

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With coffee to end! (I so stole Anna’s truffle!)


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So, I will be writing up the actual content of the Speech Pathology conference over at Speech n Stuff, but you came here for the food, right? Yes, I know you well ;)

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There’s always a risk at conferences, that it could be repetitive, day in day out, or perhaps the risk of the Melbourne conference, when I had two fruit plates and a leafy salad to live off for a day. But the catering crew at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart won.

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I share with you the gluten free offerings for the week.

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Noms all around.

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Rish and I spent Thursday wandering around Hobart, checking out the cute little houses of Battery Point, and eating lots of food.

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We stopped for lunch at Jackman and McRoss, a bakery in Battery Point. And, despite being full from breakfast still, we couldn’t resist their fresh offerings.

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Rish went for a delicious Lamb Shank pie.

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While I had a Frittata with a side salad.

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Washed down with the Citron Presse (juice f a lemon with sparkling mineral water) for me and a bottle brewed local ginger beer from Gillespie’s for Rish.

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Jackman and McRoss
57-59 Hampden Road
Battery Point TAS 7004
(03) 6223 3186

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Merewether Surf House Bar and Grill

A late lunch over the weekend at the fairly new (opened in November) Merewether Surfhouse. I both hadn’t realised that the original clubhouse had finally been torn down nor that this gorgeous new building with stunning views was just down from the Beaches hotel.

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With a rare break in the rain for the day, and the waves still deeming the beach closed, lots of onlookers were just standing and watching the waves come in, and the brave bunch of surfers out beyond the break.

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Our friendly and helpful waitress brought out break and warmed olives to start us off. Nice, meaty little olives :) These were nommed away on while we each ordered something different :)

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The catch of the day – Whole market fish from the grill with shellfish butter, crushed potatoes and a leaf salad ($33.50). The fish was cooked beautifully I’m told, however Liz wasn’t a fan of the sauce.

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120 day grain fed rump from the Rangers Valley, NSW. 300 gram ($29.50). All of the available sauces are gluten free.

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Pasture fed New York sirloin sources from Gippsland, Victoria 350 gram ($34.50). The steaks came out with double fried chat potatoes with rosemary
and pancetta salt and green beans.

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Crisp skin pork belly with seared scallops, mandarin, star anise glaze and herb salad ($19.50)

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Surfhouse ‘surf and turf’ – slow cooked glazed beef short rib and grilled half lobster tail with crushed potatoes, spinach and a horseradish dressing ($39.50)

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And my order – a piece of delicious ocean trout with creamed cannellini beans, braised fennel, roast truss tomato and lemon thyme oil ($29.50).

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Two of the Lemon and lime creme brulee with toasted coconut macaron ($14.50) were ordered. I scored one of the sweet sweet macarons and a few spoons of a tarty brulee.

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Washed down with a (very large) pot of peppermint tea ($4).

Do you prefer your surf or turf? x


Cafe Newtown

May 11, 2012 · 4 comments


Caught up with friends for breakfast/lunch/something after waaaay to long (hey they’d been to Korea and the US in meantime!) at Cafe Newtown near the train station.


I had a delish fruit salad, and a coffee of course.


My friends split olive tapende toast with feta and a burger.


So many cafes in Newtown, so little time!


4000 Hungry Heathens – The food of the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne Convention Centre, April 13-15 #atheistcon

April 17, 2012

The good people of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre were challenged to feed four thousand hungry, sleep deprived, opinionated atheists over the three days of the Global Atheist Convention. And, despite a few grumblings from the vegans, I think they did really really well! Welcome Reception Kicking off the weekend, armed with a couple […]

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Lunch at Raw Cafe, Hunter Street Newcastle

April 10, 2012

There are two sites for Raw Cafe in Newcastle. One at the very est end of Hunter street, near the Backpackers’ accommodation, and the other inside the gym I’ve been frequenting while staying up here. I stopped at the Hunter Street cafe for lunch this week, excited by their promise of a healthy chicken burger […]

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#dpcon12. In food.

April 5, 2012

Many others will discuss the content of the Digital Parents Conference. But I know what you want. You want FOOD PHOTOS. So, here we go! Tea and real coffee on arrival Gluten and dairy free muffins for morning tea. The Lunch Spread Afternoon Tea Conference Dinner

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Iku Wholefoods Mezze Plate

November 27, 2011

Wandering up to the 5th floor food court at the Westfield in the city, in need of lunch, brought me to this ‘Mezze Plate’ – gluten free, including some yummy polenta, rice things, rice paper roll, pickled cabbage and more.

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Newcastle Eats

May 25, 2011

A quick trip to Newcastle always means lots of food… A Lunch at the Toronto Workers Club.. Pasta special for the parents Parmy for Rish Asian salad for me Caesar salad for my sister Dinner with Rish’s family Coffee at Glee Roasters on Darby Street Gluten free Sultana Splitz biscuits from Freedom Foods (omg these […]

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Solar Springs Bundanoon – The Food

January 24, 2011

With 211 photos to look through, I’ve decided you can hear about my week away at Solar Springs bit by bit. And of course we start with important things, like the food :D Breakfasts There were more fruits on offer in a fruit salad, but I stuck to red fruit faves!

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Lunch on the River (Brisbane)

September 30, 2010
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Sakeena's Cups

March 26, 2010

What does it all mean? :) Doesn’t matter, I still will walk down for the Olive and Feta Wrap

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