Sydney is a fantastic place to enjoy vegan food, and among its treasures is The Green Lion pub, located in the Rozelle neighborhood (about an hour’s walk or 20-minute bus ride from Sydney’s central business district).
You can order food from the bar downstairs, but the dining room is upstairs, where the remnants of the former Red Lion Hotel can be seen behind the bar.
All the beer and wine served at the bar is vegan.
And the menu is mostly pub food in all its glory, from vegan burgers and dogs to pizza. The “chicken” burger was fantastic, as were the fries it comes with.
Slightly healhtlier but no less delicious was the “chicken” caesar salad, with homemade creamy dressing and crispy vegan chicken.
The Green Lion also has delicious-looking desserts, which (alas) we didn’t save room for. But the lovely atmosphere nearly tempted us to stay until dinner to eat again.
The Green Lion is an absolute must when you visit Sydney. In the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Our 2017 judge is New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Balcombe. Jonathan’s most recent book is What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins, an extraordinary journey underwater that reveals the vast capabilities of fishes. He is also the author of the books The Exultant Ark, Second Nature, Pleasurable Kingdom, and The Use of Animals in Higher Education. Jonathan has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, and has published more than 50 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection. Learn more at jonathan-balcombe.com.
The 2017 prize is open to unpublished manuscripts and books published within the last five years. The winner will receive $1,000 and a four-week residency at PLAYA. All Siskiyou Prize submissions will be considered for publication from Ashland Creek Press. Visit the Siskiyou Prize website for complete details and to submit.
The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017.
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When John and I volunteered at the Punta Tombo penguin colony in Argentina, helping with a penguin census of the largest Magellanic colony in the world, our experiences with the land, penguins, and dedicated scientists inspired our novels, The Tourist Trail and My Last Continent. Now you can join us for a chance to see this spectacular colony firsthand, learn about its incredible history, and find out how to help conservation efforts in this extraordinary part of the world.
You’ll also have the opportunity to see and experience wildlife in ways you never imagined as we travel from Buenos Aires to Punta Tombo to the UNESCO World Heritage site Peninsula Valdes, where penguins, rheas, guanacos, foxes, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, and many more stunning creatures reside. We’ll have a uniquely intimate experience with nature based at the private estancia Rincon Chico, accompanied all the way by a team of experienced local guides. (Note: While we’ll experience a lot of wildlife, we won’t be “roughing it” — the activity level will be light to moderate, and the accommodations will be lovely!)
While in Laguna Beach recently for a book event (don’t miss the fabulous Laguna Beach Books while you’re in town), we were able to stop in at the glorious vegan restaurant The Stand.
Fitting for a beach town, The Stand Natural Foods is indeed a stand: You order at the same counter where you pick up your food, and there are a few tables, seats, and stools to sit on, but given how crowed it was at 3 p.m. when we stopped in for a very late lunch, it is likely hard to find a seat during peak hours, which speaks to this place’s popularity.
The menu is incredibly extensive, as you’ll see in the photo below, and it’s hard to decide what to order, given the choices, which include everything from burritos to bowls to salads to sandwiches to wraps to soft-serve natural “ice cream.” And everything on the menu is 100% vegan.
We ordered the avocado sandwich on squaw bread, and then proceeded to wait for more than 30 minutes; the service is friendly and welcoming but very slow, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to eat here. (One woman actually fell asleep while waiting for her order.)
Fortunately, there is a basket of books (mostly children’s books) to keep you and your little ones entertained, and the unhurried vibe is part of its charm.
When it finally arrived, the avocado sandwich was worth the wait — fresh avocado on delicious squaw bread (other breads available are whole wheat and rosemary-garlic sourdough), with tomato, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, guacamole, and a lovely lemon herb dressing.
The sandwiches and many other items are served with The Stand’s signature Have’A Chips™ (if you think a tortilla chip is just a tortilla chip, think again); these are thick, crisp, and flavorful.
We hope to be back again to try out more on this incredible menu.