Food + Drink

Hats Off to Vegan Salsa: Q+A with Max Jared Einsohn of Top Hat Salsa Co.

Happy food dances will always ensue when Mexican vegan food is involved and it’s common for Melbourne’s vegans to head to restaurants and bars around town to get their fix. But what happens when Melbourne vegans want to emulate authentic vegan Mexican flavours at home? Melbourne vegans can now rejoice because Top Hat Salsa Co. …

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Café Culture: The Grassroots of Mainstream Veganism in Australia

The number of cafes across Australia has expanded dramatically in recent years. According to IBISWorld, the success of cafés in Australia is the result of “strong consumer demand for high-quality and convenient food and drinks”.  Specifically, the number of cafés in Australia rose by 1.5% between 2015 and 2020. What is special about the café …

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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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