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Vegan Cheese and More: Q+A with Melissa Murphy-Webster of AVS Organic Foods

Non-vegans lament they can’t eat cheese if they decide to go vegan. However, the vegan cheese movement is booming. AVS Organic Foods’ founder Melissa Murphy-Webster has been at the forefront of commercial vegan cheese-making in Melbourne since 2013. In recent years, her artisan vegan non-dairy cheese company has expanded to food products including sausage rolls …

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Melbourne’s First Vegan Pizzeria: An Interview with Red Sparrow Pizza

Melbourne is famous for its multicultural cuisine and a fondness for Italian food. Melbourne is also the third most vegan-friendly city in the world. So it makes sense that Melbourne has a vegan Italian pizzeria. Red Sparrow Pizza is Melbourne’s first 100% vegan pizzeria, with locations in Prahran and Collingwood. Red Sparrow Pizza founders and …

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It’s Fire & Tea’s 10th Birthday This Week! (Plus, a special gift for you)

This week marks Fire & Tea’s 10th Birthday. You may not know, but Fire & Tea started out as a travel story blog so I could share the stories I wrote while out on the road or when I returned home. I was moved by the people I encountered, experiencing different cultures to mine, and …

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Belgrave: A Leafy Vegan Oasis in the Dandenong Ranges

Less than an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD, you’ll find the leafy hillside suburb of Belgrave. Belgrave is commonly known for the Puffing Billy steam train, but it’s now becoming a favourite with vegan travellers. Belgrave is a vegan oasis, nested high in the lush Dandenong Ranges, and it’s is easy to get there …

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The Art of Being your own Vegan Travel Agent and a GPSmyCity Giveaway

We live in a time when travel is as easy and as accessible as ever. We travel when we want, where we want, and at a budget that’s suited to each of us. I remember when I first started my travels – without my parents – back in 2000. I remember having to visit a …

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How Can You Support Vegan Businesses During Lockdown? Buy a Gift Voucher!

The lockdown in Melbourne has been rough on local vegan businesses. However, the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing and World Vegan Day is on November 1; only one week away. Furthermore, Christmas is just around the corner. Melbourne’s vegan community looks forward to its favourite vegan businesses in Melbourne fully re-opening, …

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Can Alcohol Be Vegan? Yes! Here’s What to Look Out For…

Vegan food is easy to identify because you can see and taste meat or dairy or eggs. When it comes to alcohol, it’s trickier to know what’s vegan. There are those ‘unseen’ ingredients and manufacturing practices you need to look out for. When it comes to finding vegan alcohol, a little more investigation work is …

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