Oh hello (queue tumbleweed)
That seems as good a way as any to start the post after the impromptu hiatus I have been on. It was never intended, but after having a post-MoFo breather, a couple of short holidays and just general life happenings, suddenly it is three months later. And helllloooo 2016.
To be honest, I also lost a bit of my blogging enthusiasm. It’s not that I’ve got nothing to post, on the contrary there’s still recipes that I didn’t get around to posting during MoFo as well as a million other eateries. Yes, a million. But the longer I went without posting, the harder it seemed to make the time to sit down and come back to it. I’ve also been battling with technology a bit – I’m no photo editing pro – I just make it up as I go. However I’ve had some photos that I wanted to share that got drowned in a coloured light and I’ve been trying, failing, cussing at my computer and trying again to fix them but I’m just not getting anywhere. Unfortunately these photos, chronologically speaking, should be posted first as they were from my trip to Perth back in October, but as I haven’t been able to get them right I’ve just been really stuck instead of moving on and coming back to it later. Anyway, I’ve finally moved on and I’ll come back and tinker with them and hopefully share them with you all later. At least I’m back tap tap tapping away at these here keys again – it’s a start.
So today I’m going to share a bit of a riff-raff account of a few things that I have eaten around the place. Starting with an impromptu brekkie at V Series in Kew the other day.
V Series is the evolution of A Caterpillar’s Dream (which I visited once previously) – the place has had a makeover with some noticeable improvements on decor and dining ware. I particularly liked the little pots of fresh herbs decorating the tables. The menu we were given on the day had a breakfast page, drinks page as well as a 3-course lunch deal with a selection of dishes to choose from, however this differs to that available on their website where it appears you can order an individual item from the lunch menu and there are more items on offer.
The bear and I both ordered the same dish – the crispy tofu benedict, although he added an optional egg to his. I had not been feeling particularly hungry before spontaneously deciding to stop by for breakfast, so I probably could have done with just one of these stacks. That’s not to say I didn’t finish them both of course…
I was pleased with the generous amounts of mushroom, spinach and avocado layered atop the english muffins, the crispiness of the tofu was also satisfying although most likely deep fried. I appreciated the effort of the hollandaise but this was not quite on point – it tasted too sweet and heavily reliant on mustard for flavour, I had to add plenty of salt and pepper to combat the sweetness. If V Series could perfect the sauce it would take this to the next level.
I also ordered an iced coffee to share because you know, iced coffee is delicious, albeit filling alongside the massive brekkie.
As if we could walk out without taking some cupcakes from the cabinet – all of which are vegan. After far too much deliberation, we selected the classic cheesecake and the salted caramel cupcakes. Both were delicious – I’m a sucker for cheesecake so this went down well, but the salted caramel sauce and toffee flake were also impressive. I’m pleased with the evolution of V Series, and will definitely be back again, particularly after realising that our energy company had sent out a card giving discounts at certain eateries with V Series included. Excellent.
I was on Bridge Road recently on a hot summer’s day and stopped in to Fritz Gelato. Fritz have a sign on the wall indicating that all their sorbets are vegan.
The entire bottom row here, aside from the yoghurt flavour on the far left, are sorbets. Unfortunately I forgot to actually get a photo of the gelato I ordered, but I got strawberry and bounty – delicious!
Speaking of gelato, I stopped by Gelato Messina on Smith Street a while back and was pleased to find this vegan coffee sorbet with hazelnut praline, which I paired with the classic chocolate sorbet. I need to go back and see if they are still serving it, as this was divine – the crunchy praline just made it next level goodness.
When I started this post, I thought I would share some Smith & Deli treats I have enjoyed, but after sifting through my photos I think there is enough for a post of it’s own so I will just end this now before I have any more reasons to put this post off. Yeeehah!
Shop 4/26 Princess St, Kew
Mon – Fri – 8am – 4.30pm
Sat – Sun – 9am – 4.30pm
334 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Open 7 days – noon until late
237 Smith St, Fitzroy
Sun – Thurs – 12pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat – 12pm – 11.30pm
nice to ‘see’ you back! 🙂 funny how fast time slips by…
Far too quickly 😮
I haven’t been to V Series yet, it’s not an area I’m ever in but I really want to visit. Nice to see you back with tasty eats!
Yeah it’s kind of a random area….I never went this way much until I moved here!
Short blogging breaks easily turn into longer ones, I know that well. 😉 Glad to see you back!
I have heard some good things about V Series. Maybe one day I will get around to checking it out when I am in Melbourne.
Time just flies on by doesn’t it?
Yes, I’m keen to do some more investigation on V Series. It doesn’t have a huge presence among the Melbourne vegetarian scene, so definitely more research required.
Welcome back! It looks like you’ve been eating well. 🙂
Glad to have you back – that tofu benedict does look like a thing of beauty! As does the sorbet – a two scoop approach is always wise.
You’d be mad not to go for the two scoop approach! 😉
Welcome back, wondered where you had disappeared after Vegan Mofo?
Thank you, yes, time got the better of me!
Welcome Back! I think we went on a virtual vacay together! I just got back today too. 🙂 Your photos always look so delicious! I had to laugh because you had Iced Coffee. It reminds me of my first time in Australia and I ordered it. In America, iced coffee means coffee with ice cubes, not ice cream. 🙂 I was so shocked!
Ahhh my friend was saying this to me the other day – she was disgusted when she first arrived in Australia and got ice cream in her coffee. I’m disgusted when it’s not there! 😉
Hi! Welcome Back! I think we went on a virtual vacay together! I just got back today too. 🙂 Your photos always look so delicious! I had to laugh because you had Iced Coffee. It reminds me of my first time in Australia and I ordered it. In America, iced coffee means coffee with ice cubes, not ice cream. 🙂 I was so shocked!
Your description of how you wandered away from your blog sound very familiar to me — I was gone for seven months. It’s hard coming back because I think I’ve lost a bit of the discipline that used to make me write at least two posts per week. I hope you can find your blog enthusiasm again and keep writing!
It’s amazing how quickly the time passes, and how much harder it is to take the plunge and get back into it. I’m glad you’re back too 🙂
Hello little vegan bear, I can understand losing enthusiasm for blogging, I have days like that..but not so much cooking, that has to be done often. So Welcome Back!!!
Thank you Shaheen! I don’t lose enthusiasm for cooking as much, although I certainly have times where I just feel like cooking quick and easy dishes, nothing new or creative.
Thanks for great recipe 🙂
Did I know you were visiting Perth?! I can’t remember. Totally should have met up with you for some sort of deliciousness! If you tell me where you went, maybe I can send you new photos and overcome the editing issue, haha ;P Btw, totally get the frustration with editing. I know a lot more about the processes now which has helped, but I remember many nights where I just got so frustrated with myself I wanted to start over (your photos are always lovely though and I really love reading your posts!) . Go easy on yourself, if you’re struggling with enthusiasm I definitely advocate for more of a break. I did that for a few months last year and now feel excited about it again (well, mostly. It’s still work but I’m happy and interested again!) xx
You may not have! Apologies for the late reply by the way, I’ve been neglecting the old blog a bit (a lot). My last few trips over to W.A were very family oriented as my grandad was very unwell and passed away on our last trip, very sad. One day we will meet up though, I’m sure! xox
Haha Every time I see “iced coffee” in Australia I am brought back to the first day there. I ordered it thinking it was the same as Iced Coffee in America, ours does not have ice cream in it. So surprised when they brought out ice cream in my coffee. I almost cried since it wasn’t vegan and I just jumped off the plane and needed cold coffee.
My housemate was commenting on this the other day – she thought it was gross when she first ordered an iced coffee in Australia and it came out with all the cream and ice cream. I remember the flip side when I was in KL and ordered one and got a coffee with ice cubes in it – thinking that was very strange. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of the cream topping but I do love ice cream in it 😉