Dining well in Adelaide, South Australia, part two

By Midge Raymond,

Continuing our vegan tour of Adelaide, we discovered several places that were not all vegetarian but had good vegan options and were also delicious.

Chopstix on Rundle is a fantastic Asian restaurant with a few gorgeous vegan dishes, like this salt-and-pepper tofu appetizer.

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The tofu and vegetables in curry sauce is also divine.

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If you’re in the mood for drinks and noshes, Rundle is a good street to explore. In Australia, the pubs are often called hotels, and one particularly cool historic pub is The Stag Hotel, which opened in 1849.

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They have South Australian wines on tap, and while very little of the menu is veg friendly (unless you are really in the mood for salad), we did enjoy a plate of chips.

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Dining well in Adelaide, South Australia

By Midge Raymond,

Adelaide is a beautiful South Australia city with a delightful walking downtown area that has fantastic vegan options. Among the lovely veg restaurants we discovered in Adelaide are Two-Bit Villains, Zenhouse, and Ayla’s Cafe.

Located in downtown Adelaide, Two-Bit Villians is a fun, quirky shop in the Rundle Mall.

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It’s an open, light-filled space that was quiet when we arrived for an early lunch.

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If you arrive during a busy time, though, you’ll find plenty of seating, whether at the picnic tables or at the high-tops along the wall.

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The burger is a soy patty which comes with pickles and slathered with ketchup and mustard; it’s very much like a fast-food burger, only vegan of course.

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The veggie burger was more delicious, made with lentils and covered with vegan cheese, tomato, lettuce, and avocado.

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The shoestring fries are a must!

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Also near downtown, Zenhouse is an incredible place for vegan yum cha. We enjoyed dim sum and cold salad noodles (too delicious to be photographed in time), and you can eat in or get takeaway.

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Breakfast at Ayla’s Cafe is delicious, with vegetarian and vegan offerings.

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The avocado toast is sublime, with a nice kick from the peppers sprinkled on top.

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If you’re on the move, there are vegan pastries to go, and the coffee is wonderful.

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Happy National Punctuation Day! (yes, really)

By Midge Raymond,

Well, it’s that time of year again: September 24, National Punctuation Day. (I don’t know how this became a thing, but as a editing nerd I am all for it.)

There are so many reasons to celebrate good punctuation, but most of all we need punctuation so that things make sense. Here’s one famous example:

Let’s eat Grandma.

vs.

Let’s eat, Grandma. 

I think Grandma would definitely agree that commas are very important here.

Another reason punctuation matters? Read here about comma chaos that caused a million-dollar mistake; as you can see in the simple sentence above, proper punctuation often makes all the difference — and in something like a contract, it’s vital to get it right.

So, visit the National Punctuation Day website for examples of punctuation horrors (if you’re into that), and celebrate your favorite mark. Today I will celebrate the em dash, which I love and overuse probably to most readers’ dismay — but I’m working on that.

 

 

Cat Editors: ACP author Julie Christine Johnson and her feline muse

By Midge Raymond,

So many of us writers depend on our Cat Editors to keep us in the chair. Today, we’re delighted to feature author Julie Christine Johnson , whose new novel is The Crows of Beara, out this month. Julie writes of her feline muse:

True to her calico nature, Camille is a one-person cat. When I write at my standing desk, she’s draped over my feet; if the Mac is propped up in my lap, Camille competes for space on my legs or wends herself around my shoulders to chew on my hair. My 13-pound muse.

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Julie Christine Johnson is the author of The Crows of Beara, out this month from Ashland Creek Press, as well as In Another Life (Sourcebooks, 2016). Learn more about Julie & The Crows of Beara here.

Dining well in Las Vegas, part 3

By Midge Raymond,

It was by accident that we discovered Nacho Daddy, located a block off the strip (at S. Las Vegas Boulevard and E. Harmon Avenue), and we’re thrilled that we did.

First, for those looking to escape the chaos of the Strip, Nacho Daddy is festive but a bit lower-key than anyplace on the strip. It was busy but not overly crowded; it was nice to have a bit of elbow room and to be able to hold a conversation, which we did over the restaurant’s blood-orange and signature margaritas.

Nacho Daddy has a long and wonderful vegan menu, and the only challenge was trying to decide what to eat. We opted for the chick’n tacos and the vegan loaded nachos.

I can’t say enough about the chick’n tacos: two crispy, lightly fried flour tortillas stuffed with marinated chick’n, caramelized onions and a spicy tomato salsa. Absolutely beyond delicious, the tacos were served with black beans and wild rice.

We also loved the loaded nachos, a gigantic pile of tortilla chips covered with black beans, salsa, guacamole, and vegan cheese and sour cream. Adding spice is avocado lime salsa and pickled jalapeños.

The vegan menu at Nacho Daddy also includes fajitas, quesadillas, fajita bowls, chick’n nachos, and salads. If we’d had the time, we’d have tried every one of them. For a wonderful vegan meal (and tasty margaritas), this is a must-visit for plant-based Vegas travelers.

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