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Day 31 – The last dinner

Spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Spinach and ricotta cannelloni

The Vegetarian Dinner Diary Project

So last night was the final night of my Vegetarian Dinner Diary Project. We went out for dinner at the Brighton Hotel (Melbourne) with wonderful friends.

The company was lovely, the food was very average!

The hotel kitchen was recently renovated and it was the perfect opportunity for the pub to reinvent its rather tired menu with very limited vegetarian offerings. But sadly they chose to keep the same old menu with only a single vegetarian main dish – Spinach and ricotta cannelloni. I would have loved something a little more creative, and definitely less just ‘reheated from frozen’ (and it took over an hour to arrive at the table – who knows what they were doing with it!). I also had a moment of “Oh god, not pasta for the third night in a row; so much for trying to reduce my carbs!”. The only upside was the rocket side salad. Now that was quite tasty.

Luckily the food last night is not typical of Melbourne’s usually wonderful vegetarian fare. It reminded me of what it used to be like eating out as a vegetarian twenty years ago and thankful that it usually isn’t like this any more. It also reminded me of just how lucky we are in Australia with all the amazing fresh food available and the many many other amazing restaurants with wonderful vegetarian food all across our beautiful country.

So perhaps it wasn’t such a bad meal after all. It’s good to occasionally remember how far we have come from the days when being a vegetarian was seen as wierd and rather extreme, to the common acceptance now that in fact it is a healthy lifestyle and the food can be interesting and delicious. And of course the animals would all thank us if only they could talk.

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3 comments on “Day 31 – The last dinner

  1. Johanna GGG
    February 4, 2012

    I’ve enjoyed following your month of food on planet vegmel – I could happily share your dinners each night – and I think it illustrates nicely that being veg isn’t that hard or restrictive

    • Justine Hodge
      February 4, 2012

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. That was exactly the aim of the month so I’m really happy that you enjoyed following my veggie dinners. It is really easy to be vegetarian and the options are wide and delicious. Good luck with your own blogging. Justine

  2. Vegetarian Life Australia
    February 3, 2014

    Hi there, I use WordPress and have been really happy with it. There are lots of great templates and it’s easy to customise. Good luck with your new blog :)

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I am a life-long vegetarian living in Melbourne, Australia. I was brought up in the UK and have traveled extensively enjoying the assorted and wonderful foods of the world. I love cooking and I love discovering wonderful vegetarian options when eating out. Most of all I just love eating!

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