Bath wanderings :)

Ciao peeps πŸ™‚

The city of Bath has been very nice to wander around this week; the Christmas market is in full swing and there are a lot of pretty lights up around Southgate…

Aaaaand… Zizzi has finally opened a branch here!!

Jacob and I found out and went for a delicious meal on their opening day. They have a few new additions to their vegan menu, including two pizzas and a pudding, pictured blurrily below:

Yesterday we had a day out in the city, exploring the market and looking out for presents. We went to The Green Rocket for lunch where, again, there were a few new seasonal items on the menu. I had a pie with a side of onion rings, and Jacob had his favourite burger with some sweet potato fries:

I also wanted to mention a simple recipe that Jacob invented and which I think is absolutely delish: fry some Fry’s beef-style strips and then add a jar of Asda freefrom bbq cooking sauce. Let it thoroughly cook and serve with vegetable rice (we use Uncle Ben’s just for ease). Not the healthiest thing we’ve cooked, but lovely for a treat πŸ˜€

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My busy week in London!

Hi folks! I recently returned from my week in London, where I was part of an art exhibition at Bargehouse in London. It flew by far too quickly, but I got to make the most of my time there, which of course included going to all my favourite vegan-friendly eateries, and discovering some new ones…!

The easiest thing to do is make a list and include some pictures. Also, I will be adding some new info to the Favourite shops & eateriesΒ page:

Busaba Eathai

I used to eat here as a kid, during trips to London πŸ™‚ The lovely smell of Thai food and incense is worth it on its own, and they also had a few vegan options. The choice is limited and is quite “salad-y”, although very tasty

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Yorica!

We went here a total of… wait for it… five times during the week! As mentioned before, everything in this ice-cream shop on Wardour Street is vegan, including waffles, crepes, ice-cream, frozen yogurt, sauces, and toppings!

The letters on the sprinkles spell “PTWZMLESS” – what does it meeeeean?!

Pret & Veggie Pret

We were lucky enough to have a Pret right next to our hotel (although, considering the amount of Prets in London, that is not much of a coincidence), and it was a great place to pick up a sandwich or wrap for lunch. They seem to have expanded their vegan range πŸ™‚

Zizzi

Always a favourite, and they do the nicest olives in the world. We were craving bolognese on the second day, and their new lentil ragu did the trick!

Vitao

A 100% vegan place we discovered by accident near Tottenham Court Road station. They have a buffet every day, a bit like Tibits, and everything tastes VERY healthy! The decor is lovely, with comfy benches, cushions, chairs made out of tree stumps, and cosy lighting.

Tibits

Again, always a favourite, we came here about five times as well! The fact that they have added a new chocolate pudding was possibly the most important moment of my week:

Temple of Hackney

We were determined to make a pilgrimage to this new vegan “fried chicken” place, and it was definitely worth getting lost on the tube when we tasted how good their “chicken” and mac ‘n’ cheese is. Problem is, you want to order everything on the menu!! I ended up having a wrap as well as the mac ‘n’ cheese (which came in a tub and was a thing of beauty). We made it with five minutes till closing time, and it was still really busy (which is all the more satisfying considering it is next door to a deserted butchers shop!) πŸ˜€

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Lola’s Cupcakes

At most tube stations, they have a selection of about six vegan cakes, which are yummy although a bit pricey! Worth is as a treat, to take away the stress of the underground πŸ˜€

Bristol

Hi folks! Yet again, I have found myself too busy to post for a little while… what with uni studio work, writing my dissertation (first draft nearly done wooo!) and my wifi cutting out for the past few days!

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with my dad in Bristol and we went for lunch at Zizzi before heading to an art exhibition. They recently added some new options to their vegan menu:

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My favourite Giganti olives!
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Delicious lentil ragu – perfect for a chilly day πŸ™‚
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Dessert calzone: a little dry but nice flavours

Also, a short time later, Jacob and I went to see Matt Berry perform at SWX Bristol and, before we arrived, stopped off for some food at the “Eat a Pitta” stall in Cabot Circus. This little place is great – you get a box full to the brim with different salads of your choice, falafel, and a nice warm pitta bread πŸ™‚

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More posts following very shortly…! πŸ˜€

Edinburgh Fringe 2016!

I have now returned home from Edinburgh with a bad cold (unsurprising considering I have been mingling with thousands of tourists!) and deafness in one ear from the high pressure on the plane home! Totally worth it though; Jacob and I had an absolutely fab few days, and we’re already hoping to return next year πŸ™‚

Edinburgh is absolutely fantastic for vegan food, and is a very inclusive place, so I have lots of pictures and info about various eateries we visited:

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View from Zizzi’s πŸ™‚

We discovered a brilliant little place on Pleasance called BBL (Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch) where we ended up going every morning for either an all-day breakfast, or a burger which came with vegan bacon rashers too!

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BBL’s vegan menu
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And their all-day breakfast!
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The Auld Hoose’s famous massive nachos! (and a defeated-looking Jacob) πŸ˜€
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Carnage…
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Affogato ice-cream

We had a slightly stressful time trying to find somewhere to have dinner on the third evening, as everywhere was very busy and we ended up being turned away from Kalpna and David Bann because they were full! However, this turned out very well as I dived into the nearest Indian restaurant (Red Fort) and the staff were extremely helpful with catering for us. They made us three delicious vegetable-based dishes, pilau rice and garlic naan for just Β£7.90 each with student discount!

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Missy’s vegan cupcakes πŸ™‚ ❀

Henderson’s was a gem of a find, in the New Town on the corner of Thistle Street (where they have an entirely vegan branch too!), which does big portions of veggie and vegan food for very good value, and also offers student discount. We ate there twice once we had discovered it πŸ˜€

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Haggis and mash, then apple pie and coconut cream
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Pizza and salad, then a huge jam doughnut!
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The Baked Potato Shop’s vegan menu πŸ™‚
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(We were full!)

It was nice to see this poster on a random bus stop πŸ™‚

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We will miss you, Edinburgh!

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Birthday week continued!

LENGTHY POST WARNING!

A birthday at the start of the week = using the entire remainder of the week to continue celebrating πŸ˜€

On Tuesday evening, we invited our friend Genesis over to have some dinner and to try the nut roasts that our pals gave us on Monday. We decided to make it a Mediterranean-Greek-randomness-themed meal, so we had mixed roast veggies, olives, baby carrots, and a couple of hummuses. It all went together really nicely, and we had the rest of Jacob’s birthday cake for pudding πŸ™‚

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Yummy spread πŸ™‚

On Wednesday, I’d organised a day out at Airhop Bristol, which was sooo much fun (and also made us realise how unfit we are!). We travelled to Cribbs Causeway on the bus and ate lunch when we arrived. I fail to remember the name of the cafΓ©, but needless to say it was the first suitable place we could find. However, the falafel wraps we had were surprisingly delicious, and filled us up nicely (but not too much before two hours of bouncing!).

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Falafel wrap with salad and chips

After Airhop, it was early evening and we were exhausted and ready for something more substantial. I’d read on Facebook that Zizzi’s have a brand new vegan menu, and we were eager to try it, so we headed into Cabot Circus in search…

I’d been to Zizzi’s before, but never as a vegan, and so I can genuinely say that the vegan food was just as yummy as the “normal” stuff! We had olives and garlic bread to start, then customised our margherita pizzas with loads of extra toppings, then I had baked nectarines and sorbet for dessert. Phew!

Here’s a few pictures, with Jacob’s obligatory face-pulling:

Jacob said a very sweet thing to me at Zizzi’s which was that he’d never eaten such consistently delicious food, or such a wide variety, before we both went vegan. Just some of the foods he’d never tried before were kale, tofu (now a firm favourite), mangetout, and lentil curry. Yet again, the phrase “what do vegans eat?” seems to be redundant!

Yesterday, I was delighted to hear that Quorn are making their entire range vegan πŸ™‚ Even though Quorn is not my favourite range of meat substitutes, it is great that it will soon be an option for us again, as it is used in a lot of restaurants as their go-to veggie option.

On Thursday evening, I had booked a table at The Green Rocket Cafe for us and a few friends to have a proper birthday meal. Many of the group had never eaten at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant before, but everybody was keen to try the food and, for the most part, they enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Particularly the chocolate cake I had ordered everybody for pudding! πŸ˜€

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The table set up πŸ™‚ It was a lot messier when we’d finished!!

Finally, yesterday I watched a video on Facebook about how to make an easy Mexican-style ‘lasagne’ and decided to try making a vegan version after work. We invited Jacob’s cousin over, and the dish got his seal of approval too πŸ˜€ Here’s a recipe:

Serves 3-4

  • Chilli mixture (either made fresh or ready-bought)
  • plain nacho chips
  • 2-3 tortillas
  • Violife cheese
  • jalapeΓ±os
  • Salsa and vegan sour cream
  • Spring onions (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Put a layer of chilli mixture into a baking dish
  3. Follow with a layer of nacho chips and a layer of Violife
  4. Put the tortillas on top and press down gently
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  6. Top with a few jalapeΓ±os and bake for 25 mins
  7. Serve with the onions, salsa and sour cream
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Mexican-style ‘lasagne’ πŸ™‚

What a fab birthday week! Roll on the next one πŸ˜€