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.

The Spot, Beaumont Street HamiltonThe Spot, Beaumont Street Hamilton

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

Vege Nachos

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

vegetarian pizza , hungry wolf, Terrigal

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!).


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One advantage of having a mother who is a crazy Swans fan is when she offers to take you to Melbourne to see the AFL grand final…. let’s ignore that my team (the Bombers) apparently only had one player all season! I was there to cheer the Swans and do some heckling!

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Starting with a flight out from an airport with terrible coffee and a logo that reminds me of the new one for

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My first Jetstar flight. Yeah, what leg room?

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A bumpy ride and a drizzly cold grand final parade.

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Grill’d for lunch

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Myer’s dizzying heights

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Soy Gelato for dinner

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And back on the City Circle Tram, to the Docklands Travelodge.

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Dressed for the game Saturday morning. Showing my true colours.

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Coffee and breakfast at Hardware Societe.

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Rice pudding!

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Following the crowd to the G.

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As the weather gets worse and the ponchos come out.

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Fortunately we were sheltered.

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Some post match celebrations:

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Dinner at Baci at Crown

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Pizza for breakfast! One with a black rice base, the other polenta. Both gluten free from the QV Markets

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Awww poor Hawks….

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Been a couple of years since I went to Blue Water Pizza, but it was time to go back again. They have gluten free bases for a $5.20 surcharge, but they are nice bases!

Blue water pizza, Warners Bay

Started with a garlic crust. Which initially came out with cheese, despite a specific request for no cheese.

Blue water pizza, Warners Bay

Vegetarian – Mykonos Pizza

Blue water pizza, Warners Bay

Chicken and Prawn – Rio Grande (they were meant to bring out sweet chilli sauce and sour cream for it, too, but that didn’t arrive until we were halfway thru >:|)

Blue water pizza, Warners Bay

Supposedly a greek salad. But it had sundried tomatoes instead of fresh ones, and some other roast veges from jars, and no red onion. It was.. weird. Oh and the plate was cold, so I think it had been in the fridge plated up all day ready to plonk on a table…

Blue water pizza, Warners Bay

They did pass the soy latte making test this time though! :p


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Eat Love Pizza

Why are all my dinners at Darling Harbour ‘quick’ ones?

Eat Love Pizza

Oh well, The roo pizza at top I’m told was delish, and my seafood gluten free pasta went down well, as did this different take on chicken parmi.

Eat Love Pizza

Eat Love Pizza

mm crispy.

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Home cooked glten free pizzas

The housemate had a box of Woolies gluten free pizza base mix she’s been bugging to use, so we put it to use over the weekend.

Home cooked glten free pizzas

It needed to be rolled thinner, but otherwise worked well :)


Dinner at the Oatley Hotel

September 1, 2011 · 3 comments

Oatley Pub

Feeling very welcomed by my flatmate. We went with some of her friends to the Oatley Pub for dinner. After digging into some hot chips, I went a much needed salad for dinner, while the others raves about the pizzas.

Oatley Pub


So, my dear, you all want to hear the story behind why I arrived home on Thursday to Flowers from Crust Pizza?

As happens in the blogging world, arrangements are made at times for bloggers to try things, in the hope that they’ll like them and blog about how awesome they are.

This was the challenge for Crust, when their PR company accepted my challenge that a pizza could still be awesome when on a gluten free base, and without the mozzarella… (I, of course, then select a vegetarian pizza on top of that – but have feta, because it rocks and I’ve decided that I’m eating it regardless)

Crust Pizza

But why is the pizza reheated? And so crispy?

Well… the problem with getting PR to order, via the main office, then getting it delivered by the local franchise… is well, sometimes payments are miscommunicated, and Fiona and the pizza boy spend 20 minutes on the porch trying to sort it out, while Fiona almost cries in her panicky anxious everything always goes wrong way.

But it sorts out. PR company works their charms.

And the pizza was nice. Liked the pumpkin sauce. And the toppings. Will steal that idea for my home made pizzas!

Not sold on the base yet – probably because it was singed black by the time we ate it? Maybe next time my pizza will be hot from the box.

2 days later, I get home… to flowers on the doorstep!

Flowers from Crust Pizza

Who are they from? Usually it’s my parents or Rish’s parents (or various lovers, of course)…

Flowers from Crust Pizza

aww. They made me smile.

Flowers from Crust Pizza

(shame I’m currently without a vase, and they’re living in a cereal server Decor box! oh well!)


Picasso’s Pizza (and our replica)

October 2, 2010

It feels like such a Sunday evening (except, it’s not! and there’s TWO more days in the weekend!), sitting on the couches, reading, listening (well, rocking out to :p) Triple J Hottest 100, Volume 4 (disc one and two… Who else has fond memories of Underground and Pepper??) and making Pizza! In Brisbane last Saturday […]

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How was your Sunday?

July 11, 2010

Woke up to the news that the kettle was dead…. so went down to the local shops, but no luck in woolies, The Reject Shop, Aldi or Homeart. There were some in Target, but they started at $60. Uh, no thanks! Headed into the Canberra Centre around lunch time, and success at Big W – […]

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Homemade Pizza with Friends, and Kinky Olive Oil

March 18, 2010

Our olive oil is bought in massive 20L tins, so we needed something more manageable to decant it into. Fortunately, Rish came across this Kinky brand of rum. We used it at the cocktail party last year, and now use it for our olive oil :) Olive oil of course being essential for a home […]

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Deluca's Pizza, Darby Street

January 11, 2010

Another “oh yum” place on Darby Street. Can’t move back here, I will become a Sumo. Mmm… Impressed. Quite like the lamps.. Rose of some sort. Didn’t catch it.

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Delissio's (mm pizza)

July 25, 2009

For a friend’s birthday last weekend, we had a bit of a rolling afternoon/evening. Started with lunch at Delissio’s in Braddon. I ordered gnocchi and Rish went for a vegetarian roast vegetable pizza. I wasn’t overly fussed on the gnocchi (it was okay) but OMG the taste in the pizza. I happily stole a couple […]

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