Plant-based in Sydney, New South Wales

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On a recent trip to Sydney, Australia Jim and I got to sample many juice bars and vegetarian/vegan restaurants. We had a hotel room at the Wyndham with a half kitchen. Upon arriving in Sydney we immediately stocked the fridge with food from a wonderful grocery store located in the Surry Hills district. Maloney’s Grocery Store has everything you need, from fresh fruits and veggies to chips and hummus.

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Every thing that we purchased was for breakfast and snacks only. In our room we created delicious smoothies with bananas, apples, kale, coconut water and our Vitamineral Green powder. We also made oatmeal with peanut butter and soy milk, and had Red Hot Blues Chips and hummus.

For lunch, we were able to find plenty of juice bars. Fresh juice is very popular in Australia now and it can be found almost anywhere in Sydney. There is a shopping mall on the corner of George and Market Streets there is a shopping mall called Westfield Sydney Central Plaza. If you take the escalator down to the food court you will find a number of fresh juice stands. This is also a good place to get a nice, big salad. Salads are not popular in Australia, so when you find one, you are lucky. There is a stand here that lets you choose the base and all of your salad toppings. Just remember to choose the fresh veggies as opposed to the ones that obviously were canned.

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Dinner time offers a wide variety of veg friendly restaurants. With help from the Happy Cow App we were able to find all of the restaurants within walking distance. We tried Iku Whole Food Kitchen on Oxford St. There seems to be at least 5 of these in Sydney. The food was good. They do have a green salad, tea, some desserts and at least two entree options. We chose the lasagna and it was small but delicious.

Another evening we tried Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen on Pitt St. I thought it was wonderful. Many options with pictures on the menu. I had a tofu bowl and thought it was amazing. The decor is lacking and the service is a little slow, but they mean well and the food makes it all worth it.

Bodhi In The Park is definitely an experience! All outdoor seating in a park like location. Almost hidden and hard to find. Beautiful trees and lights and if you go later in the evening, perhaps a visit from a fruit bat! (Fruit bats are adorable!) The food was beautifully displayed and very creative. It was very expensive but worth the experience!

By far, my favorite veg restaurant in Sydney and perhaps the world is Yulli’s Bar on Crown St. in the Surry Hills area. They are all vegetarian and also have a wonderful vegan only menu. The service is perfect and the food is spectacular! Try the Tom Yum Rice. It is full of veggies and is big enough for an entree. You might even have some to take home for lunch the next day. Don’t forget to save room for desert! I can’t wait to get back to Sydney so that I can experience Yulli’s once again.

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Jim Marconi is a singer/songwriter, vegan health/juicing coach, and co-founder of Plantastic Nutrition, a grass roots organization aimed at educating the public about the whole-food/plant-based lifestyle. Jim has been a vegan for 38 years, juicing for over 30 and wheatgrass juicing for the past 15 years. His "Juice Guru" certification was earned in 2014 through the Juice Guru Certified Juicing Practitioner Program.

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