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WIAW Eating Out in Australia

4 Sep

Eating out in Melbourne and the surrounding area is pretty pricey. That’s why I always try to make sure the few times I do eat out are absolutely fabulous and so far they have been!

The first real meal I ate out obviously took place at the greatest restaurant in the Melbourne Area…The Vegie Bar. Before coming to Australia I had heard raving reviews about this place so I knew I needed to get there ASAP. A low-key friday night this past weekend was the perfect opportunity.

After looking at the menu for days.

I still couldn’t decide what to order first.

Everything looks amazing.

I couldn’t even decide what to order to drink.


Ginger Beer?


Fresh Juice?

I finally choose a fresh juice because I haven’t had a fresh juice in a while and was craving one. I went with the Super Juice which was combination of freshly squeezed spinach, beetroot, carrot, and cucumber! I was definitely impressed.


After that tough decision, I looked over the menu another 100 or more times going back and forth between options.


Tempeh Burger?

Soba Noodle Salad?

Raw Tacos?

Raw Living Stack?

It was a touch choice.

But I finally ended up going for the Raw Living Stack. The description on the menu states “layers of thinly sliced tomato, zucchini and squash, grated carrot, baby spinach, avocado, basil pesto, and cashew ricotta. All stacked on a marinated mushroom and finished with dehydrated herbed tomato, raw parmesan, and kale chip.



You can’t really go to the Vegie Bar and not get dessert. Obviously dessert was not an option. The choices all looked fabulous but this time the decision wasn’t too hard.



Raw Mango and Blackberry Cheesecake



Raw desserts are freaking awesome.

Sunday morning was the first day of spring in Melbourne. A few of my closest friends and I decided it would be fun to venter to the nearest beach and grab brunch. We choose a small cafe that’s been in St. Kilda for ages. The decor was cute, the water was served in absolute vodka jars, and the food was reasonable and delicious.

I started with a Emma and Tom’s Green Juice.


And filled my stomach with multigrain toast sandwiched together with smoked salmon and a generous portion of avocado.



Definitely having brunch more often.

So far the food in Australia has been fabulous. Can’t wait to share with you all what I eat next!

Now head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is eating lately. Hopefully the pictures are just as mouth watering as these ones are!


Are you a brunch person? What’s your favorite brunch item to order out?

Sister Chili

9 Aug

Over the course of the last few weeks Devon and I have come to the conclusion that cooking by ourselves just isn’t as much fun as cooking together.

The worse part about cooking by yourself is the fact that there’s nobody to help you wash the dishes after. Lets be honest, washing the dishes sucks. Life would really be perfect if we could all just buy robots who would clean up the kitchen after us, right?

That’s why we decided to “cook together” half way across the world style by making the same meal for dinner this week! Although it’s 95 degrees and sunny in Pennsylvania, it’s about 50 degrees in Australia which is where the dinner inspiration came from…chili!

Chili is awesome.

Chili is easy.

Chili is delicious.

[Although we do realized that we cannot actually “eat” this meal together unless one of us wants chili for breakfast]

Sister Chili (Serves 2; huge McKain sized servings)

1 can of Red Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of organic corn kernels (or fresh depending on the availability)
1 tsp. of chili powder
1/2 red onion, chopped.
1 can of diced tomatoes

1. Throw ingredients in a crock pot or low for 4-6 hours OR combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15.
2. Serve with avocado and tortilla chips for dippin’

Devon added some summer squash to her’s because she had a bunch leftover that she did not want to go to waste. She also forgot to pick up some red kidney beans, so she subbed white ones instead!



Kayla followed the recipe posted above and topped her chili with leftover brown rice and avocado!





Although we’d much rather be eating together, this is definitely the next best thing.

Spicy Power Bowl

2 May

Lately we’ve been all for simplicity.

We have come to realize that food is just so much more enjoyable without tons of other ingredients weighing it down.

This meal is simple, cheap, easy, delicious, and can be assembled in under 10 minutes with a little advanced preparation.

Rice & Beans (serves 2)

2 servings of red kidney beans
1 cup of spinach
1 small can of diced tomatoes with chilies
A dash of the following spices: chili powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground coriander, and cumin
2 servings of grain of choice (wheat berries, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) pre cooked
1/2 avocado, sliced
Grated cheese, preferably white cheddar or farmers

1. In a sauce pan combine spinach, beans, spices, and the can of diced tomatoes and heat on medium-high heat until bubbly.
2. Reheat rice in microwave safe dish.
3. In a bowl combine grain and bean mixture and top with avocado slices, and freshly grated cheese.
4. Enjoy!
The fresh avocado slices on top made this combination even more fantastic! A dollop of greek yogurt would have been great too, but we happened to not have any on hand at the time (shocker right?).

What is your favorite simple meal to make? Do you prefer meals with minimal ingredients or more elaborate creations?