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CERES Cafe (currently closed for renovation)

Inner North, East Brunswick, Cafe, Gluten Free, OrganicThe Good Hearted2 Comments

CERES Cafe (located in CERES Community Environment Park)
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets,
Brunswick East, VIC 3057

Phone: 03 9389 0155


Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am - 4pm
Sat-Sun: 9am - 5pm


CERES Cafe is located in Brunswick East's popular Community Environment Park - where much of the produce used by the cafe is organically grown on the grounds and 90% of the menu uses certified organic goods. The vegan options at CERES cafe have become plentiful lately so we thought it deserved a fresh visit.

The 'Dukkah Eggs' ($15 GFO, VO) with tofu instead of eggs is fabulous. Fried tofu, homemade hummus, pumpkin sourdough, raw spinach and spicy tomato kassundi is a winning combination; however there is only so much undressed raw spinach that one will feel inclined to eat, and there was a little too much for my palate.

'Hot Indonesian Eggs' ($15.60 GF, VO) is an old menu item that is now offered with smoked tofu instead of eggs - hallelujah! Fried smoked tofu on brown rice served with chilli sambal, spring onions, mint, coriander, salad greens, roasted peanuts and a fragrant tamari dressing combine to make a fiery and filling breakfast. The chilli sambal can pack a punch, so beware if you can't handle the heat!

Another vegan option is the 'Green Eggs' ($15 GFO, VO), which also comes with tofu in lieu of eggs along with creamy rosemary white beans (perhaps inspired by A Minor Place) on toasted pumpkin bread, a macadamia parsley gremolata and raw spinach.

There are also some traditional 'Slow Cooked Beans' ($12.50 GFO) on offer, and a 'Quinoa and Roast Beetroot Salad' ($15 GF) which are available as vegan. The 'Tomato, roast vegetable and red lentil' soup of the day ($9.50) was also vegan on our visit.

Coffee is organic and fairtrade, with no soycharge for a soy latte ($3.80) using Nature's Soy.

The CERES cafe composts all organic waste, recycles plastic, paper and waste water and uses solar electricity and tank water. All profits earned from the cafe go towards supporting other CERES projects and programs.

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Also visited by: where's the beef?

The Breakfast Club

Bonsoy, Cafe, Inner North, Northcote, OrganicThe Good Hearted2 Comments

The Breakfast Club
206 St Georges Road
Northcote VIC 3070
0450 126 836

Opening Hours:
Tue to Fri 7:30am-3pm
Sat to Sun 9am-3pm

Cash Only.

The Breakfast Club is a sweet little cafe on St Georges Road that catches me eye every time I  pass it. After hearing that they have some vegan food on offer we thought we'd pop in for a late breakfast.

On checking out the menu, we see that eggs make a huge appearance and that we aren't flooded with vegan options - the couple of vegan options available are well labelled though which is great.

I tried the the 'Narna Date' ($9) which was toasted organic vegan banana and date bread with tofutti cream cheese. It wasn't a typical breakfast choice for me but I'm glad I had it as it was deeeelicious. Who would have thought that banana bread and cream cheese would be such a winning combination?!

My sidekick went for the 'Cuatro' toasted sandwich ($9) which had the option of an onion jam accompaniment instead of feta to make it vegan. With homemade mexican baked beans, coriander, baby spinach and onion jam on toasted Crumbs organic sourdough there wasn't much that could go wrong. The onion jam was a highlight of this toastie, but unlike the banana bread it was nothing to write home about.

There was also a chickpea salad with toast on the specials menu which could have had a vegan makeover, minus the feta ($12).

The Breakfast Club use Bonsoy and make a top notch coffee which are $3.50 and a not too steep 30c extra for soy. The majority of the seating is outside but well sheltered, with a couple of tables inside too. It's a really nice little place to visit so let's hope that more vegan options will pop up here in the future.

The Breakfast Club Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

TOFWD* (*the organic food and wine deli)

Cafe, Desserts, Melbourne CBD, Takeaway, Vegan Groceries, Sugar Free, Shop, Raw, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, OrganicThe Good Hearted5 Comments

*the organic food and wine deli
28 Degraves Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9654 5157

also at:

Orrong Park Tennis Centre,
Sydney St,
Prahran VIC 3181

Mon-Fri 7am – 7.30pm
Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm

Sometimes we're at a loss when trying to think of where to have an easy vegan lunch in the CBD (apart from the time-tested choice of Lord of the Fries) but now we'll always remember TOFWD* (*The Organic Food and Wine Deli) for their array of delicious and healthy meal options.

TOFWD have a range of pre-prepared organic salads, pies, sandwiches/wraps, nori, sweets and cakes. Almost everything is vegetarian and there are plenty of well labelled vegan options, as well as wheat free, sugar free and gluten free options. Seating is predominantly outdoors with a few seats at the indoor counter too.

I tried an organic vegan vegie & dahl pie with salad and chutney and my sidekick tried the tofu and mushroom pie with salad and chutney (both $12). The highlight for me was actually the awesome injection of salad goodness that came on the side - which had a lovely apple cider vinaigrette and was so fresh and wholesome (I clearly needed the vitamin hit!). The pie itself was made with maize pastry which made it gluten free, and it had a little spice to it. Without the awesome chutney to accompany it however, it may have been just a little bland. The tofu and mushroom pie was made with a rye sourdough pastry (wheat-free) and received much higher praise for it's flavour - it was quite delicious. Next time, I'd also like to try the tofu & carrot brown rice nori

We couldn't leave without taking a couple of sweets for the road and the organic raw lemon cheesecake ($6.50 & gluten/sugar free) along with a cashew brownie ($4.50 & gluten free) got the nod. It's not often that you feel healthier having had a dessert - but the raw lemon cheesecake just doesn't feel bad for you! It's lemony and light and not too sweet, whilst the chocolate brownie was rich without being sickly.

I also had a coffee which was about as good as a soy latte could get having being made with NatureSoy. (As mentioned in a previous post I'm quite the Bonsoy loyalist).

The Organic Food & Wine Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Crumbs Organic Bakehouse - North Melbourne Closed

Bakery, Baked Goods, Bonsoy, Gluten Free, Inner North, North Melbourne, Organic, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted4 Comments

Crumbs Organic Bakehouse
16 Errol Street,
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Mon-Fri: 6.30am-6pm
Sat: 8.30am-3pm

Cash Only. 

Takeaway (limited bench seating inside)

I've worked in North Melbourne for quite a few years now, and I can honestly say that my work life has never being better since Crumbs Organic Bakehouse opened up in Errol Street earlier this year.

Crumbs has become my daily takeaway coffee haunt since it opened. Not only because the coffee (with Bonsoy) is excellent and the people there are lovely, but the bakehouse is also pretty much all vegan! All of the bread is vegan and all of the cakes, biscuits, sourdough donuts, sourdough pizza slices, pastries and croissants are ALL VEGAN!

The almond croissants and lemon curd sourdough donuts are a particular favourite of mine and the tomato, mushroom and olive pizza is also my pick of the bunch for a lunchtime fix.

Thank you for making life so good Crumbs!

Price: Reasonable. $5.50 for most bread. $3.50 for muffins. $4.40 for large soy latte.