Today I met up with my buddy T, also referred to as She Who Turned Veganopoulous Vegan, for a gym session. Gym sessions are really good when your training partner says something like “did you know about the new Lebanese vegan sweets place on Sydney Road?”
Yes folks, ALL VEGAN LEBANESE SWEETS. Oh my goodness. Now, these Lebanese sweets are very similar to Greek sweets. Think baklava and other nuts-and-filo delights. As the Greek sweets all (mostly) have honey or butter between the sheets of filo pastry, it’s a no no for me. So imagine my delight (and T’s delight) when we saw THIS:
ALL VEGANS WELCOME! Adorable!
Equally adorable is the delightful Mimmo. She was telling us all about converting the sweets to vegan recipes and her interest in veganism and helping animals. Unfortunately she has lost some of her regular customers since changing the recipes (boo to those people I say) but she has absolutely won me over. And she has won new vegan customers too.
I really do encourage my Melbourne readers to head to Al Nada and talk to Mimmo. Seriously peeps, THIS is the kind of business that should be supported. Mimmo has changed family recipes and gone against some cultural expectations by taking the business in the vegan direction. As a person who grew up with cultural expectations heaped upon me, I certainly appreciate what Mimmo has done here. So please check out the shop 🙂 Everything baked on the premises is vegan, though the sweets (more biscuity things) brought in from outside are not vegan. There is vegan Lebanese shortbread though!
Al Nada Sweets is located at 160 Sydney Road in Coburg. There are some tables and chairs inside. And huge trays of sweets 🙂 Go go go!