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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Friday night dinner – Santorini, Terrigal



Saturday Breakfast – Caffe Jam, East Gosford

Bacon and Egg Roll – simple just good

Mushroom “bruschetta” – maybe too much mushroom!

Saturday Dinner – Tali plate at Royal Sweets Blacktown


Sunday afternoon tea – Chocolates del Mondo, Burwood

Tropical Sundae – with mango and passionfruit icecreams :)

Sunday Dinner – Cafe Bello, Westfield Burwood

HUGE seafood marinara.

Vege burger

I work 3 days a week in Terrigal, a gorgeous beach suburb on the Central Coast of NSW. There seems to be a million cafes there for me to try, and so far the two I’ve tried, selected on convenience and the brands of coffee sold, have had yummy soy lattes.

lotus coffee terrigal

The first place I went to try was Lotus, on Ocean View Drive Wamberal. I drive past there each day, and the lure of Toby’s Estate coffee lured me in. $4.20 small, $4.80 for a large soy latte. Yum.

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The other place I’ve been to so far is Zanzibar, Church Street Terrigal. $4 for a small , $5 for a large, these Campos coffees go down well.

So I have two coffee places I’m happy with so far in Terrigal. More to come.

Plus I need to find decent coffee in/near the Tuggerah Business park for my other two days work. Suggestions???

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