Eating to Live on the Outside: Magic Apple

I’m excited! This week Eating to Live on the Outside takes a long “trip” all the way to Australia. I’m “off” to Magic Apple, a vegetarian restaurant from the land down under touting good wholesome food. So, how does it stack up? Its okay. Here’s a quick list of stuff that caught my eye.


  • Iron rich parsley, bourghal, Q’s, tomatoes, springys, black pepper, lemon juice and garlic; I have no idea what “Q’s” or “springys” are, but it still looks good. I’ve had Tabouleh before. I like it.

Tamari/Ginger Rice Salad

  • Brown rice, soy, roasted peanuts and sesames, ginger, red caps, currants and springys; I can deal with the rice, but I can’t figure out what “red caps” are.

Spinach & Tofu Salad

  • Silver beet, soy-marinated tofu, dribbled with toasted sesame seed oil and baked soy-marinated sunflower seeds; I can handle the oil. Beets are always a major plus.

Roasted and Greens Salad

  • Roasted carrot, pumpkin, beetroot tossed in garlic, sea salt, black pepper and cumin seeds mixed with English spinach, wild rocket, cauliflower and snow peas; if you drop the salt, this is one is pretty impressive. Tons of veggies! But I have no idea what “wild rocket” is.


  • Capsys, zucchinis, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion in olive oil, cayenne and garlic; not bad, hopefully a “capsys” is something good.

First let me say this. If there are any Aussies out there, please help me out with the translations, my head is spinning. As for what I’d order. I like the Roasted and Greens Salad, just too much good stuff for me to pass up, but what about you? What do you like? Do you speak Australian?

Image credit: Magic Apple Gold Coast

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Steve - August 1, 2009 10:43 AM

Hi Gerry

I believe that "rocket" is arugula


Sara - August 1, 2009 2:48 PM

I think Steve is right. Never heard of the other stuff thoughh.

Peter - August 1, 2009 6:02 PM

Red caps are red capsicums. Bell peppers are called capsicums. There are various other vegetables and fruits which are named differently in Australia compared to the U.S. Rocket is another example.

kayell - August 1, 2009 7:24 PM

Not Australian but I know that silver beet is Swiss chard. Springys might be spring onions? I suspect capsys are capsicum ie: sweet bell peppers to Americans, and red caps are probably sweet red bell peppers.

Robbo - August 2, 2009 12:07 AM

Caps and capsys are probably short for capsicum which is Aussie for pepper.


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