The amazing Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

When we were in Australia this fall, we were thrilled to encounter this pair of Sulphur-crested cockatoos while walking around in Manly. We were especially happy to see these birds in the wild after having previously met them only in fiction in Love and Ordinary Creatures, Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s gorgeous novel about a Sulphur-crested cockatoo …

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Vegan dining in Sydney, Australia, part three

When we needed to pick up some takeaway before a long hike from Sydney to Manly, we were thrilled to discover the all-vegan Iku Whole Food in downtown Sydney. Iku Whole Food has several locations, and the one we went to was in the Westfield Mall on Pitt Street, upstairs in the food court. We were …

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Vegan dining in Sydney, Australia, part two

After our Writing about Animals seminar at the University of Sydney, we went to Vegan’s Choice in Sydney’s Newtown neighborhood. This small, cozy restaurant features myriad Asian dishes using mock meats, which are delicious if a bit awkward (it’s hard to order “vegetarian shark fin soup” even when you know it’s vegan). We began with spinach dumplings, which …

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