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Month: January 2017

Vegan in Australia

Vegan in Australia

One of our new VeganMoFo initiatives is to showcase some of the great vegan destinations around the world.  We have participants in VeganMoFo from all around the world which gives us a wonderful opportunity to find out what it’s like to be vegan in all different places. This month, we’re kicking off with a whole country:  Australia!


Susan from Kittens Gone Lentil  has shared this brilliant guide to her native Brisbane, featuring her top five vegan spots (and numerous other suggestions too).  She also has lots of posts about other Australian cities that would be great for helping you to plan a trip to Australia:


And Susan is not our only Vegan MoFo’er from Australia.  Head over to Little Vegan Bear for a huge variety of beautifully photographed  restaurant reviews (both in Australia and New Zealand) and travel guides.


Faye from Veganopolous is a Melbourne-based blogger who has a large list of  reviews and posts about the vegan scene there – split into districts for ease of reading!


Five time VeganMoFo-er Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe is also Melbourne based and has written a guide to eating vegan there too.Chart

If you’re interested in the vegan scene in Australia, check out the findings of this survey of 726 Australian vegans conducted by Hesham Mahdi.  Amongst other things, you can find out their reasons for going vegan and any books or documentaries that were contributing factors. Hesham’s website, Vomad, also has a free downloadable vegan product guide to Australia for those interested in finding out more.


In February we’re getting all romantic on you and preparing a Vegan in Paris post.  If you would like to contribute, please get in touch via email or message us on social media.  We’re looking for:

  • a review of an eatery in Paris
  • a veganised French recipe
  • any tips about buying vegan food in Paris – what to look for in supermarkets or shops
  • anything else you’ve got up your sleeve about the vegan scene in Paris
Social Media MoFo’er of the Month

Social Media MoFo’er of the Month

One of the main aims of Vegan MoFo is to give you all the chance to expand your vegan network and discover new plant-based blogs and social media accounts.  This year we’re going to bring you a blog and social media account of the month to help you find some of the most active and inspiring vegan feeds out there.

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We’re starting with Instagrammer Happy Little Lunch, who posts almost daily photos of the packed lunches she makes for her vegan kindergartener.  As soon as you see them you’ll wish that she were packing you off with your lunch as well!  We’ve seen themed lunchboxes for Halloween and Christmas, as well as some great tie-ins with the VeganMoFo prompts.

We chatted with Honora, the woman behind the account, to find out where she gets her inspiration and what the kindergarten crowd thinks of these little boxes of goodies!

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How long have you been vegan?

Nine years.

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What inspired you to get onto Instagram?

My older daughter was about to start kindergarten and I knew I’d be packing her lunch every day, which felt a little intimidating – I’d packed a lot of lunches in my day, but always for adults. A few days before school started, I decided on a whim to start this account to (a)keep myself accountable as far as the variety and quality of her food goes, and (b)not overwhelm my personal IG with food pics.


What’s the best feedback you’ve had on your packed lunches?

A couple of people have told me they look forward to packing lunches like mine for their future vegan kids – that makes me smile.  And in real life, my daughter has gotten a lot of positive comments about her lunches from the staff and students at school – I like that we’re representing veganism well and I love that she feels proud of her food.


Are there any other vegan social media accounts that you’re hooked on?

So many!  I really love @myzoetropeeats – Michelle’s photos are always so colourful and enticing and just make me happy.

I also love seeing what @jayastafacateringandevents creates.  I remember him posting years ago – I believe when he was still a teenager – on the old PPK forum about adding vegan items to the menu at his family’s restaurant on Long Island.  Seeing how far he’s come and his incredible creativity is really inspiring!


Where do you get your packed lunch inspiration from?

Mostly from what’s in the fridge!  But the PlanetBox lunchbox I use has actually been really helpful for planning purposes – thinking of the different compartments as main/veg/fruit/etc makes packing a balanced lunch less daunting.

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Do you have any favourite cookbooks and cuisines?

Isa [Chandra Moskowitz] and Terry [Hope Romero] are my forever faves.  I also really like Chloe Coscarelli’s recipes and find them to be very kid-friendly.  And I feel like Dreena Burton is the queen of vegan recipes created with kids in mind.  As far as cuisines go, I’ll try anything!

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What do you cook when you’re not making packed lunches?

Breakfast and dinner!  Our evenings are busy and I make a lot of bowl-type meals and stir fries that come together quickly.  I got an Instant Pot recently and have been having fun with that too.  I love to bake but don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I really look forward to fundraisers and events that allow me to make desserts for other people.


Make sure you check out @happylittlelunch yourself – this is an Instagram account that will revolutionise your approach to lunch, whether you’re preparing for a child, loved one or just yourself.  You’re never too old for a rice and kidney bean panda, are you?!

VeganMoFo 2017

VeganMoFo 2017

Happy New Year! We hope that your December and holiday season was filled with happiness, laughter, and really great vegan food.

In early December, we asked for your feedback on VeganMoFo 2016 and what you’d like to see from us in the future. As a thank you, we set up a drawing for all survey respondents and we would like to congratulate Lou of Louzilla Lovegood Letters as the winner! Lou has chosen The Taco Cleanse as her prize and we’re so excited for all the taco cleansing in her future.

In your survey feedback, you also told us that you’re interested in VeganMoFo being more active year-round, you like the MiniMoFo challenges, and you also want to see vegan food blogs and bloggers get more of a spotlight. Ask and you shall receive!

This year, we’re planning on:
Monthly MiniMoFo themes: Anyone can participate, as many times as you like!
Vegan Blogger Spotlights: Profiles and recipes from vegan bloggers, PM us if you would like to be featured!
Vegan In _____: Guest posts from vegans all over the world about the local vegan scene, restaurants, and products.
VeganMoFo 2017: The main event! This October! You told us you like the flexibility of daily prompts, weekly themes, and individual participant selected themes, and so do we! We’ll have more details as MoFo gets closer.

We are always open to hearing your input and feedback, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking about VeganMoFo and how we can keep growing and connecting the vegan community through fun and really delicious vegan food.

This January
The MiniMoFo theme is NEW! From now until the end of the month, share new food, new cuisines, new kitchen equipment, new techniques, or wherever your creativity takes you. Use the hashtag #minimofo to share your adventures, and we’ll put together a round-up post at the end of the month.

Stay tuned for more on this month’s blogger spotlights and Vegan In posts, too!

We’re so excited to share another year of vegan food and friendship with you.