- The brunches of Auckland. Options at Cosset, the vegan stack at Vinyl, porridge at Domain and Ayr and my standyby order at cafés that don’t have a vegan option: the bagel with avocado. I also made a Facebook gallery of vegan brunch options in Auckland, so you can visually pick out something that looks good. Please let me know if you’re aware of any local vegan brunch options I haven’t reviewed yet – the only ones I know of are at Verona and the Heritage Auckland.
- And the other meals. A couple of good lunches I ate: a soba noodle tofu wrap from The Little Grocer, and a fava bean salad from Sheinkin. A good dinner: little plates at C.A.C.
- Sorbet. Mostly, but not exclusively, the ever-evolving selection from Giapo. His new vegan chocolate cones and coffee sorbet and coconut lime sorbet were all lovely. Also good: blackcurrant sorbet from Kohu Road. And an honourable mention, though I didn’t write more than 140 characters about it: lemon mint from Giapo. Like a mojito without the booze.
- Cupcakes. The top five places to get vegan cupcakes in Auckland (readers have since suggested a few more, so this post may need revisiting in the near future), a lovely ginger cupcake from Revel, and a batch I baked myself: Hazelnut with Mocha Hazelnut Mousse Filling. Also a couple of non-cup cakes, both from Cosset: blueberry cake with soy cream, and orange, cranberry and pistachio cake.
- Places to shop for vegan treats and ingredients: Paris Berlin organic bakery for bread and pretzels, the Gluten free Grocer for cookies and other delicious things that are gluten free, Top Grade Tofu for the best tofu in town (which you should use to make coconut lime baked tofu), and Sabato for fancy imported and local foodstuffs.
- And new products to try: Cheesey sauce from Angel Food, vegan Tim Tams, Fair Trade dried bananas, Turkish chemen spread, the spiciest chocolate in town, Pete’s Natural Lemonade and some rather good frozen Korean dumplings.
- Events around town. A vegan short film premiere, vegetarian snacks at Diwali festival, International Day of the Nacho and Blind Week. I ran a virtual bake sale for Blind Week, where I posted about vegan baking for a week and asked people to donate to the RNZFB (you can still donate until tomorrow, 5 November). Posts included a mini-interview with Alice Leonard from Angel Food, cookies from The Post-Punk Kitchen recipe books, Almond-Anise Biscotti and the secret to five minute bread. I wrote a round-up post after the bake sale with more detail.
- Travel. As much as I like vegan food in Auckland, other cities have also fed me well. Among the places I’ve eaten in recent times are Wellington and Thailand: Phuket , Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
- & Vegan MoFo itself. I wrote about MoFo, and looked at the other three participants from New Zealand.
More statistics if you’re interested: I passed 200 posts on the blog this month (this will be post #213), and welcomed my 500th follower on Twitter! I had way more visitors in October than in any previous month of publishing – more than three times as many as last MoFo. The day I posted about orange cake from Cosset was this blog’s busiest day ever. The most visited post this month was about Cosset too – specifically its brunch options.
This month: I’ll be posting a bit less, as I don’t have as much to catch up on (things I want to tell you about: the Heritage Auckland; maybe more of my travels – Melbourne, NYC, LA and San Francisco; dinner at Ras Vatika the other night; a few more products I’ve found around the place). I’m looking forward to the NZ Food Bloggers’ Conference next weekend, and to my favourite Scorpio’s birthday. As always, feel free to suggest things I should write about, or ask questions if there’s anything you’re looking for. Thanks for reading!