I am new to the North American style of cooking, and I won’t try to deny that I love it. The flavours, the textures, the serving sizes… As a greedy vegan foodie, I have experienced some of the best meals of my life in a little dining room in the Midwestern United States.
I finally made it into Melbourne’s first all vegan deli and holy moly, it’s magnificent! Smith & Deli sells a range of breads (vegan olive loaf, drool), fresh dips, sweet and savoury take away food, and a wide range of groceries. Everything from Gardein mock meats, to non dairy ice creams, hot sauce, ramen noodles, and everything in between. They even make their own Lox – faux smoked salmon – which I was told begins it’s life as watermelon. “Then witchcraft” said the charming young girl who served me. Their prices were also surprisingly good considering the vegan fare that’s on offer.