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Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop

Baked Goods, All Vegan, Bonsoy, Cafe, Desserts, Gluten Free, Ascot Vale, West, Fructose free, RawThe Good HeartedComment

Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop
151 Union Rd
Melbourne VIC 3032
0424 422 878

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Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat - Sun: 9am - 5pm


Mister Nice Guy became known for their huge variety of vegan cupcakes when they first started getting their bake on back in 2010, however a visit to their bakeshop in Ascot Vale reveals that they have so much more to offer these days than cupcakes alone!

In addition to the cupcakes, the Ascot Vale bakeshop offers an array of dreamy all-vegan savoury options, with soy and gluten free options too. I'm a sucker for a bagel in any form, so was delighted to see a vegan 'BLT' ($8) on offer, as well as a vegan 'curried egg' bagel ($8). The BLT bagel was delicious with Cheatin' rashers and delicious mustardy mayo, along with the lettuce and tomato. The curried (tofu) egg bagel with homemade mayo, was also a delight, especially as I've never really tried a vegan curried egg alternative before. If you're after a gluten free bagel, (yes - they exist!) the cost is $9.

Other savoury options that have been popping up in the bakeshop are 'Dawgs in blankets' ($6.50) which are dough wrapped vegan hot dogs, 'Spinach cheezy scrolls' ($4.50) and the sensational cheezy garlic pockets ($5) which are doughy triangles filled with melty garlicky vegan cheese. Mm-mmm...

I can never go past a sweet treat at Mr Nice Guy and recently had my first 'Chocolate babka' ($4.50) which had swirls of chocolate through a lovely tender dough that easily pulled apart. The 'cheezecake' slices ($8) are also always tempting - especially if my favourite 'Peanut butter brownie' flavour is on offer.

Coffee is by Naked Espresso and you can choose from soy, almond, rice or hazelnut milk. The coffee is a little bitter for my taste, but the hot chocolate ($4.30) made with hazelnut milk is a decadent amazement. I'm also yet to try the homemade, self brewed chai-latte which I'm tipping to be a winner.

 

Shokuiku

All Vegan, Gluten Free, Northcote, Organic, Raw, Restaurant, Desserts, Inner NorthThe Good HeartedComment

Shoku iku
120 High Street
Northcote VIC 3070
0403 569 019

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Lunch served Wed to Sun 11:30am – 4pm

Dinner Sat only 6pm – 8pm

Cash Only


Shokuiku is a new raw, organic, macrobiotic, vegan eatery in Northcote that's created a flurry of curiosity amongst Melbourne's vegan community. Raw dining, where food is not heated above 48 degrees so that enzymes, vitamins and minerals are not destroyed, is a new experience for us, so we thought we'd better check out the April dinner menu in it's entirety in order to report back to you good (hearted) people.

Shoku iku is open for dinner only on Saturday nights at this stage and you must book a table if you want to partake. There are two choices available for each course (first courses $12, second courses $20, desserts $10 and side salads $9). We opted for the three course meal with side salad ($46) and were off to a great start with their 'Curried crepes w/ julienned apple and zucchini and plant-based yoghurt'. The vegan yoghurt made this dish something special.

A 'Whole tomato, stuffed w/ sunflower pate and served w/ walnut pesto' also arrived to compete with the crepes and it definitely held its own! The incredibly moreish walnut pesto (complete with garlic hit) gave the vegan yoghurt sauce a real run for it's money.

After a little wait, our main courses arrived complete with a side salad on each plate. The 'Vegetable ravioli, filled w/ plant based cream cheese and served w/ chunky tomato sauce' was accompanied by a huge serving of a 'green leafy salad w/ vegetable cous cous and red grapes w/ a fig and balsamic dressing'. The raw raviolis saw vegan cream cheese sandwiched between sliced radish and apple and it went down a treat, however the salad had copious amounts of a grated root vegetable (perhaps celeriac) masquerading as cous cous and while it was super vitamin hit, we couldn't quite stomach eating all of it.

The other main of 'Kelp noodle and vegetable pad thai w/ sweet and spicy almond sauce and activated teriyaki nuts and seeds' was more salty than sweet and spicy and I felt healthier just looking at all that kelp! On the side was a 'Marinated carrot ribbon salad w/ creamy curry spiced dressing' but again, there was rather a lot of it and there's only so much ‘carrot ribbon’ one can eat in a single sitting!

The evening peaked again when dessert arrived, delivering us an extraordinarily rich and creamy 'Peppermint and chocolate layer cake' along with 'Poached strawberries w/ lucuma (a subtropical fruit from Peru) and cupuacu (an Amazonian 'super fruit') sabayon and orange cream' which despite the extravagant description was a simple and refreshing dessert which was also garnished with strawberry leather (aka fruit rollup).

There are plenty of herbal teas ($3-3.50) on offer (warmed only) along with teeccino which is a herbal coffee served with freshly made almond milk or warmed cacao ($5). The teeccino and cocao is rather creatively warmed in a vitamix.

 
Shokuiku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sweetie Pie & Cuddle Cakes

Celebration cakes, All Vegan, Gluten FreeThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Sweetie Pie & Cuddle Cakes
0410 434 796
0401 484 767

hello@sweetiepieandcuddlecakes.com

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When dear friends of The Good Hearted got into a pickle and needed to order a last minute vegan birthday cake for their daughter's birthday party, Sweetie Pie & Cuddle Cakes came to the rescue.

I can't give Sweetie Pie & Cuddle Cakes a full review as I've only set eyes on the one cake, but I can give them a thumbs up for great service, as they were very accommodating with our friend's last minute request of a vegan rainbow cake. The cake looked like a child's dream - complete with sparkly, shimmery icing and four layers of brightly coloured cake. 

Sweetie Pie & Cuddle Cakes specialise in vegan cakes for people with dietary intolerances to nuts, wheat, gluten and soy. The vegan rainbow cake had delicious icing and was gluten free, which may have been why the cake was a little on the dense side. While the kids thought the rainbow cake was just fabulous, I think I'd like to try one of Sweetie Pie & Cuddle Cakes less colourful cakes (because I'm a boring adult…) - their Chocolate Beetroot Cake and Turkish Delight Cake sound very tempting.

Cake Prices:
Medium 8-10 slices) - $50. Large (10-14 slices) - $60. Extra Large (12-20 slices and double layer) - $70.

Cupcakes/Muffins Prices:
1 Dozen cupcakes or muffins - $44. 2 Dozen mini cupcakes or muffins - $38

Wholesale pricing also available on the website.