After breakfast, I went for a stroll up to the State Library to have a look at a local Fantasy Art exhibit, and then poked around Rundle Mall for a bit. Rundle Mall has super cute piggy statues!
I was tossing up where to go for lunch, but someone recommended Veggie Velo, a vegetarian burger food truck. I checked their FB page and, as luck would have it, they were in the vicinity. I got a yummy marinated tofu and pumpkin burger with satay sauce to take away.
The afternoon was spent doing a walk-through for the venue, but we had a couple of hours between that and having to turn up for the cocktail party that night. Bliss Organic Cafe is an Adelaide institution, and certainly the place in Adelaide I have heard about for the longest. They are only open for dinner on Friday nights, and they were very close to where I was, so it was the perfect chance to try them out. They are very famous for their Bliss Burger, however as I had just had a burger for lunch, I ordered a Curry Bake with Salad. It was a huge and delicious bowl of piping hot curry and mash, so good. They also had apple and cinnamon infused water available, which was so refreshing. I also had a chai latte. Then it was back to the hotel to get ready for the cocktail party.
The next morning was the Saturday of OCC Adelaide. Breakfast started at the hotel with some hot oats (it was too chilly for overnight fridge oats) and a banana, and continued at the venue with (you guessed it) fruit salad and a juice I had brought along. For lunch I had bought a wrap from Argos the day before called the Soul Cleanser (beetroot, cabbage, avocado, spinach, sprouts, carrot, LSA, pepitas, gojis, hummus and tahini), which was a OK but mostly just a slightly fancy salad wrap, and some fruit salad. I was a bit under the weather and really would have liked something a bit more substantial.
For dinner, I was terribly anti-social and declined the offer of joining people for dinner at a non-vegan place because I really wanted to go back to Two Bit Villains. I am so glad I did! The first time I went, they were all out of their mac and cheese. But this time they had it! It was yum! And I also had the Fowl Play Burger (panko 'chicken, sweet potato mash, baby spinach, gravy... on a burger... yes) and a really refreshing Turkish Delight Iced Tea. It was glorious! I also got dessert, their Apple Pie (which was really an apple crumble) served with soy vanilla ice cream. I finished up with a soy chai latte, which was disappointing because it was just really sweet. The rest of the meal was great!
Sunday followed a similar food patter for breakfast and lunch, except I had a bread roll with hummus at lunch instead of a wrap. Because Sunday has the pack down at the end, it was a long day. Once I got back to the hotel, I hightailed it back down to Veggo Sizzle before it closed. It was the only vegan place that was still open at that time. I was still under the weather, so I got an Immunity Juice (carrot, apple, ginger) and the peanut stir-fry with coconut rice. The stir-fry came loaded with capsicum, which wasn't in the menu description, so I picked it all out.
The next day, Monday, we were all heading home. But there was time for breakfast! I popped by Argos and got a juice, I can't remember exactly what I ordered, but it was meant to have beetroot, carrot, celery, ginger and something else in it. But they were out of celery so they put some apple in. I was a bit miffed, because I paid an extra $1 for extra ginger, but it was in no way gingery enough for me. Next time I will ask for $5 worth of extra ginger. I want my throat to burn.
A short walk away from Argo was Fair Espresso, so I went there for actual food. They have a vegan big breakfast that had toast, mushrooms, spinach, tomato and avocado. They also have vegan juices, smoothie and acai bowls, vegan wraps, and vegan pies from Cherry Darlings available.
Then it was off home to Brisbane. I ended up absolutely loving Adelaide for the food there. So much so that I will be back there in November for their World Vegan Day Festival and my birthday. I am looking forward to eating a lot of ridiculous food, and some not-so-ridiculous food. There is a really good balance in Adelaide between indulgent and healthy.
And so ended my first Perth and Adelaide OCCs. I had such a great time! It is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun, and I am so happy that this is a group I get to be a part of. Next OCC adventure will be Melbourne in June!
Cute Kitty Photos of the Post
A special treat, two photos today! Both photos sent by my mum while I was away of my sweethearts fast asleep.