If you’ve been to Australia you probably noticed that they love their takeaway shops. There’s a mom-and-pop place on almost every corner, even in residential neighbourhoods. Though I really like to support local businesses, and would have loved to have a quick meal option near home, they often sold food that I would be reluctant to eat even if I wasn’t eating a plant-based diet. The standard Australian favourites like pies (chicken pot pies, beef pies, sometimes a vegetarian option thrown in the mix) were available, as well as the usual standby: chips and gravy. Definitely not the most healthy, nor were they very appetizing looking. In Melbourne they still had their fair share of these types of shops, but thankfully there were quite a few other options for food on the go. These three healthy takeaway shops are noteworthy in their quality offerings for vegetarians, vegans and people with food sensitivities or following specialty diets. As far as taste goes, read on to see which were my favourites.
I found Pressed Juices soon after I moved to Melbourne, and was impressed by their wide range of fresh green juices, smoothies and almond milks. They are a higher end shop -the one I frequented is on the iconic and expensive Collins Street- and their juices reflect this. At around $9.00 each, they’re a bit dear, but the evident thought and care they put into creating the juices themselves and the excellent shopping experience never left me feeling overcharged. I purchased the bulk pass a number of times, which sells denominations of eight juices at a slight discount.
I was itching to do a juice cleanse for a few weeks, but could never fully justify spending just under $200 on it. I decided that I would work at my job a couple of days longer than I had initially planned and treat myself to it in the week before I left Australia. I also cut back on my spending leading up to it by living a lot more frugally. The timing ended up being perfect. It felt really good to detox a bit and get myself in a new mind frame before I travelled and separated from Robi.
Melbourne is high on the list of the world’s most expensive cities. In 2013, The Economist listed it at #5, tied with Oslo. Melbournians (not Melbourne-ites, according to a hesitant consensus of the locals I asked; and properly pronounced, Melb- URN-ny’ns) seem to embrace it. They love their trendy and expensive café’s and restaurants. They love their expensive designer and vintage shops. They love their music scene, which is also as you may have guessed, expensive. Having said that it is a big tourist destination and there are a number of free activities on offer in the city at any given time, and some places that cater to the budget-conscious.
We all know at this point that it’s easy to live a very conservative financial lifestyle while on the road. There are all kinds of travel and life hacks for that. But what if you still want to do yoga at studios, explore, and eat organic, healthy foods? It is possible, and I’ll show you how to live for less than $240 a week- a mere $960 per month.
This plant-based meal has been adapted from a recipe that was passed on to me by one of my friends in Ottawa. It’s so simple, fresh and delicious, and the ingredients are widely available. It also travels very well. Needless to say, it quickly became a favourite of mine. As my diet changed over time, so too has the noodle salad. So here it is in its present healthy, crunchy, and satisfying glory.
This is the first post of a new series called Magnet Monday. I’ve always collected a magnet for each city I’ve visited, or each short strip I’ve taken. I have quite a few now, though many are stored away in Ottawa. Someday they will have their time on Magnet Monday.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll see magnets from some of the places I’ve travelled in the last year, and ones I continue to pick up as I travel. So with no further delay, here is the first one: