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Mission #4: Industry Beans Everyday

Not long ago, I met up again with Melbourne Food Blogger for brunch in the inner suburbs. I don’t get out to brunch too often, so am a bit behind on some of the biggest trends. Continue reading

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Mission #3: Final Report

Well that is the end of another month, another mission, albeit a much quieter and slow-paced one! It’s amazing how fast time flies but also nice to have time to yourself to rest, especially as it nears towards the end of 2014 and all you need is a break. Continue reading

Mission #3: Mobile Food

It’s my third month experimenting with this theme/mission concept and I’m excited to announce the next one of ‘mobile food’. You might have noticed after my burst of blogs towards the end of September that I am now a little tired. I feel like this mission may be a bit laid back than the first two, so I hope my dear readers are OK with that! Continue reading

Mission #1: Lentil As Anything

You may have heard of Lentil as Anything, as there are several branches in Melbourne. It’s known for its unique payment method – you pay however much you feel it’s worth.

20140810_174059The most popular one is located at Abbotsford Convent, and so I had this in mind for my vegetarian mission. It wasn’t until I started looking it up online that I discovered there was one much closer to home in Preston.

The interior was small and basic, which was expected for a place that runs on donations. However as we were waiting for our food, we decided to check out the courtyard at the back.
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It definitely had that grungy feel with graffiti and dreamcatchers decorating the place, but it also looked like a great spot if you were to drop in for brunch or on a sunny day.

20140810_174527As it was cold, we remained at our table inside, but we were glad we made the effort to see what was hidden at the back.

20140810_175030This branch provides table service, which was prompt. I went with the curry platter, which came with some rice, dhal, curry, salad and pappadum. It wasn’t amazing, and the curry and dhal could have been a lot hotter (temperature-wise and spiciness-wise). To be honest, I’ve tried dhal made by a film festival colleague, which tasted a lot better!
20140810_175023My friend ordered the Indian minestrone soup, which seemed to have a herbal flavour in the soup that wasn’t to my taste. A little towards the end my friend also believed he found a hair in his soup at which point we moved on to the salad…
20140810_175534The Vietnamese salad was surprisingly delicious. I was reluctant to order something Vietnamese at a place like this because, as we are both Vietnamese, I didn’t think it would be up to standard. However the tofu on top was excellent, covered in some nice, sweet sauce.

Our only gripe would be there was not enough tofu!
20140810_180135My friend enjoyed his cappuccino, whilst I ordered a hot chocolate. It looked lovely but took a little while to come out and the froth felt cold.
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And so I’m glad I got to try something out of my comfort zone, which is what the mission is all about. Unfortunately the place did not surprise me with some amazing food, but the people were lovely and attentive. I might give the Abbotsford Convent one a go in the future.

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Lentil As Anything is located at 288 High St, Preston and is open for lunch 12-3pm and dinner 5-9pm everyday. Check out their menu here.

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As always for this month’s mission, I would like to remind you I have chosen vegetarian as my first adventure to raise awareness of the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne. Our program is now live and you can watch our trailer below!

My Next Mission

Since I started this blog I’ve had many missions. I blogged and blogged to get myself in the top 50 of Urbanspoon, I wrote about places that you wouldn’t have given a second thought, I was eager to hear all your recommendations (see Insiders of the Month on the right hand side) and to get out there and try them!

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So, next month I’ll be starting up something new after a meetup with Consider The Sauce’s Kenny Weir. We had some great chat over some Latino food (still yet to be blogged about – see some food from La Morenita below) and he told me about some feasts that he usually holds.

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Check out one of his latest ones at Ethiopian restaurant Kokeb, with proceeds going to charity.

His ideas to bring people together offline has inspired me to think about how I can similarly do so. There are so many bloggers out there these days – pretty much anyone can be one.

So how do you differentiate yourself from the crowd? With so many people blogging about the same hyped places in Melbourne, the competition continuously grows. What I love about blogging is sharing my experiences, sharing my new finds and sharing my opinion.

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After doing the same thing for nine months, I plan to take this a little further starting in August and in the months to come, so watch out for another post when August hits. I will also be raising awareness about my own little “charity” – just wait and see and hope you can become part of my next mission!

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Note: Images are only vague hints, probably not what you think 😉