July 28, 2015 0

Peach, Basil & Custard Tart

Difficulty: Medium

Serves 6-8

Even though it may not be evident on the blog, it’s no secret that I favour the savoury over the sweet. In saying that, I am always trying super duper hard to come up with desserts that I actually want to eat myself, rather than just taking a bit to confirm it’s good and then pushing it to the side.

This is where my Peach, Basil & Custard Tart comes in. Peach and basil have long been a favourite in pies but I wanted to introduce them to my dear friend, custard. These three flavours work together like Destiny’s Child in their glory years, each bringing something powerful to the table. Which one is the Beyoncé? You’ll just have to make it and find out…

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Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/3 cup chilled water

Custard

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon agar agar powder
  • 1 litre soy milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 yellow peaches, cut into wedges
  • Handful of basil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 100°C and grease a quiche tin.
  2. In a food processor, process the flour, sugar, salt and vegan margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the chilled water and process until a dough comes together.
  4. Tip out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for a minute or two before wrapping in clingwrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  5. Roll the pastry out to a .5cm disc and gently place into the tin. Gently press the pastry into the grooves of the tin and tap on the bench to get the pastry in place.
  6. Slice the excess pastry off the edges of the tin with a sharp knife.
  7. Cut out a circular piece of baking paper and sit on top of the pastry before filling with baking weights.
  8. Blind bake the crust for 15 minutes then remove from the oven to cool. Turn the oven up to 220°C.
  9. Make the custard filling by chucking the sugar and agar agar in a saucepan, then sifting in the flour.
  10. Add the soy milk and vanilla before whisking constantly over medium-high heat until thick.
  11. Pour the custard into the crust and allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding peach pieces and basil.
  12. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the peach starts to cook on top. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a little while before serving warm.
July 23, 2015 0

Jackfruit & Potato Curry

Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 4-6 (depending on serving size)

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If you didn’t already know it, jackfruit is the ultimate plant-based mock meat. In it’s young/green form, it becomes tender and meaty when cooked and takes on flavours incredibly well which makes it perfect for substitute for pulled meats like beef and pork. You can pick it up from most good Asian grocers for less than $2.50 a can, which makes it a thrifty choice too!

This curry sweet and tender curry, with a bit of tang, is served best with basmati rice and papadums for a weeknight Indian feast.

Ingredients

  • 2 x 565 gram cans green/young jackfruit in brine (DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT get jackfruit in syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Method

  1. Drain the jackfruit before tearing it into stringy pieces and setting aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan before adding the onion, garlic, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garam masala and chilli powder.
  3. When the onion begins to brown, add the jackfruit and cook for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes, stock and brown sugar.
  4. Stir well and bring to the boil. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer and cook for 40-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. The potatoes should be tender and the liquid should have been most absorbed.
  5. Serve immediately with a dollop of coconut yoghurt or vegan sour cream.
July 16, 2015 0

They’re Back: Kester Black x Trophy Wife 2015 Collabo

Price: $20.00AUD

Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com for online store and stockists

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It’s no secret that I think Kester Black are purveyors of some of the best nail polish in the biz and their collabs give Ja Rule and Ashanti a run for their money. KB love a collaboration so much that they even have a space dedicated to them on their website, with peeps like Beci Orpin, Architecture in Helsinki and O&M all climbing aboard the KB train. No stranger to such collaborations are legendary nail experts Trophy Wife, who collaborate with Kester Black once a year to bring fresh new shades to their ever expanding range of colours.

Kester Black sent me through the new shades to check out and they each bring their own attitude to the table. I’ve been looking at getting a Barbie pink nail polish in my kit for quite awhile so I was super stoked when Arm Candy rocked up in the mail. Bright, bold and fabulous, this shade adds a pop of colour to your paws without looking tacky or OTT.

Narcissist is a deep, dark wine colour that combines goth with glam to create an ultra sophisticated look. A great choice for those who want a more gothic look without the full on black, you’ll look hella fancy clutching a glass of wine with this on your nails.

As always, Kester Black nail polishes are 5 free which means they are free from toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. I hardly know what the hell some of that stuff is, so I’d rather it not be in my nail polish thankyouverymuch. KB stuff is also Australian made so you know that it’s made by Aussie legends, for Aussie legends.

A little birdie tells me that the summer range is coming our way soon, so I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as that shiz drops!

July 15, 2015 0

July Vegan Box

Price: From $26.95 

Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com

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When the legends at The Vegan Box asked if I would like to get a load of the July box, I obviously accepted the offer and waited by the mailbox like Michelle Tanner waiting for her Action Rigby. Unlike the classic episode of Full House though, the July Vegan Box is far from disappointing.

The first thing I love about this box is the pretty big (160g) bag of Tao Nutrition protein powder worth $14.95. This stuff has 23g of plant protein per serve and also contains stuff like maca, acai berry, cacao, chia, chlorella and rosehip. I’m not a huge protein shake lover so I’m really looking forward to sprinkling some of this stuff on my morning cereal.

If you’ve been paying attention to my Instagram (if not, WTF?!) you would have seen my recent giveaway from Gingerbread Folk. I was super stoked to see a chocolate gingerbread man worth $2.95 in this month’s box because I gobbled up my supply pretty darn quickly.

The next treat I encountered in my bounty was a cute little Raw Chocolate, Goji Berry and Orange bar from The Raw Chocolate Co worth $4.90. I’m really looking forward to trying this little combo of flavours.

I’ve never heard of curry flavoured coconut chips but that’s exactly what I found in the box thanks to Oz Coconuts worth $4.95. With a flavourful blend of lemongrass, garlic, shallot, galangal, chilli and a bunch of other stuff, I’m looking forward to finding some great dishes to chuck these in.

Another protein hit in this month’s Vegan Box comes thanks to Purpose Bar. This little snack is worth $3.70 and is packed full of rice protein, raw coconut chocolate, cacao, chia and more. Future me is going to be praising present me when I whip this one out of my bag at afternoon tea tomorrow.

Last, but certainly not least, I found a vindaloo and mustard seed blend in the box from Love My Earth, valued at $2.96. This little blend includes a recipe zucchini & chickpea vindaloo, not sure if that’s what I’ll use it for or if I’ll get creative on my own but I am certainly looking forward to trying it!

As always, the July Vegan Box is palm oil free and has a gluten free option (just let them know when you’re ordering). The Vegan Box is the perfect gift for the new vegan to introduce them to the range of awesome products out there or the expert vegan who likes to keep up to date with new and exciting treats. Or, if you’re like me and love getting mail, it’s the perfect gift for yourself!

If you’ve never ordered The Vegan Box or if you’ve got the craving for another delivery of vegan goodies, now is the time! Until Thursday, The Vegan Box are donating $5 from every box sold to Big Sky Sanctuary so you’re doing something good for you AND something good for the animals.

July 6, 2015 0

Cheesy Popcorn

Difficulty: Easy

Serves 4

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Popcorn is one of my favourite foods and while I usually enjoy the simpler things when it comes to popcorn, sometimes I want to kick it up a notch and get a little crazy on the kernels. This time around I opted for a delightful savoury concoction made from cashews and nutritional yeast, sprinkled over those little white clouds of heaven, you’ve got yourself a mad snack.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • Spray oil

Cheesy Sprinkle

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Method

  1. Make the cheese sprinkle by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a fine powder is formed. Set aside.
  2. Using an air popper, pop your kernels (you can also pop in a pan if you like).
  3. While still hot, spray generously with olive oil spray and gradually add the cheesy sprinkle while shaking gently until the kernels are nicely covered.
  4. Serve immediately.
June 30, 2015 0

Oh Lordy! Lord of the Fries Hits Sydney Central

Address: 10A Henry Deane Plaza, 18 Lee St, Haymarket, NSW

Website: www.lordofthefries.com.au

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If you know me IRL or follow me on Twitter, you would know that a good portion of the time I am whinging about not having immediate access to Lord of the Fries. When LOTF hit Sydney you probably noticed that whinging decrease, well now it’s about to decrease a little more because Lord of the Fries have opened another Sydney location.

Just inside Henry Deane Plaza, on the Haymarket side of Central, you will find this little slice of fast food heaven. It has all of your LOTFF (Lord of the Fries Favourites) like burgers, munch boxes and fries (duh) plus now they’re offering breakfast and shakes, yay!

The Lord invited me to the opening of the new store to check it out and grab a feed, so I made the 3 hour pilgrimage for the ultimate in vegan comfort food. The BBQ Cheeseburger with Fakin’ is a limited edish menu item so naturally I had to shove that in my gob. A soy beef patty, vegan cheese, mock bacon, pickles and BBQ sauce are sandwiched between a soft bun to create the ultimate flavour sensation. Team that with some shoestring fries with the tangy sauce of the month, Kazakhstani Sour Cream and you’ve got yourself a very satisfying meal.

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Knowing that all train journeys can begin or end with a trip to my favourite vegan-friendly fast food emporium will make each trip much more bearable, plus plenty of meat eaters I know have sampled the work of the Lord and have been converted so the people of Sydney have much to look forward to.

So, if you’re keen to stuff your face with deliciousness, now is the time to see the light and head on over to the new LOTF store. I’ll meet you there in 3 hours.

June 23, 2015 0

S’mores Tart

Difficulty: Medium

Serves 8-10

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It has taken me a little while to recover from my trip and get back into the kitchen but you guys know that when I take a break, I come back with something hella sweet for you, right? Now that it’s winter, I wanted to make a dessert that suits the climate and nothing says winter like s’mores! I added a little sophistication to this classic treat by turning it into a tart that looks so good you can take it along to any winter function. Making your own marshmallow sounds extremely daunting but trust me, it’s easy as pie… or tart.

Ingredients

Base

  • 18 Digestive biscuits
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine, melted

Chocolate Filling

  • 500 grams vegan chocolate
  • 1/2 a cup full fat coconut cream

Marshmallow Topping

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons agar agar powder
  • 3/4 cup glucose syrup
  • 1 3/4 cups caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

  1. Grease a loose bottom quiche/tart tin with spray oil and set aside.
  2. Make a the base by blending the Digestives in a food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add the melted margarine and process again until well combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the base of the tin and press evenly into the base and sides of the tin with the back of a spoon.
  4. Time to make the chocolate filling! Break the chocolate into pieces and throw into a medium sized saucepan with the coconut cream. Stir constantly over a medium heat until the chocolate has melted completely.
  5. Pour chocolate filling into the tin and smooth out evenly before placing in the fridge to set while you make the marshmallow topping.
  6. In another medium sized saucepan, whisk the water and agar agar over medium heat until the agar agar powder has dissolved.
  7. Add the glucose syrup and caster sugar and turn up the heat to high, constantly whisking.
  8. Once the mixture begins to boil, continue to whisk for a few more minutes and remove from the heat (be sure not to let the mixture boil over).
  9. Immediately pour the mixture into the bowl of your electric mixture and gradually build the setting up to high. After a few minutes, add the vanilla and continue to mix until the mixture resembles egg whites (this can take up to 15 minutes).
  10. At this point you have to move quickly. Remove the tart from the fridge and fill a piping bag with the marshmallow mixture.
  11. Quickly yet carefully pipe the mixture onto the tart in blobs. This doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure there’s no chocolate filling showing.
  12. Allow to set completely in the fridge before using a chef’s blow torch to toast the top of the marshmallow until it’s golden.
  13. Best served immediately.

Here’s a photo of the inside for good measure…

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June 10, 2015 0

Like a Vegan Abroad – Paris

Everybody calm down and stop missin’ me because I’m back in the land of Vegemite and kangaroos. I’ve not yet spiralled into post-holiday blues but maybe check in with me next week when I’m back at work.

The final destination on our trip was Paris and was the location I predicted I would have the most trouble with when it came to food. I was right (I usually am, just FYI) but that doesn’t mean I didn’t track down some delicious eats.

Vegebowl was our first stop for a late night dinner after our journey from London to Paris on the Eurostar. This is a little Asian joint is a little gem serving mainly vegan dishes and was a convenient 10 minute walk from our hotel. I wasn’t overly hungry and was unsure of the portion sizes so I opted for the Tom Yam soup for 4€ and the Satay “Beef” for 6,50€. The soup was fresh, light and full of flavour thanks to the selection of vegetables and mock meats. The satay was super tasty but had a little more of a barbecue flavour than a nutty flavour which I was expecting, still super tasty though! The portions are quite small yet so are the prices, so if you’re a big eater you could still get your fill for a good price.

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After a morning walking around The Louvre, we selected the closest place available for lunch that had vegan options. Le Pain Quotidien is a chain with locations around Paris and other cities across the world, serving predominantly bread-centric meals. I was excited by the beet caviar listed amongst other dips and breads on the Vegan Ménage à Trois but was deeply disappointed when the meal came out without it! We were told this was an error with the English menu but even online this is still listed as a part of the dish. The bread was lovely and the rest of the dips were fine but this is something I could get just about anywhere and I wouldn’t order it again however there were plenty of other vegan dishes available so would go back in the future.

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Due to its proximity to our hotel, we returned to Vegebowl again, this time to sample the set dinner menu for 15€. There were some options when it came to this menu so I selected the house salad, “chicken” with cashew nuts, Cantonese rice and the jelly almond dessert. The salad was modestly sized but delicious with a slightly tangy and creamy dressing. The main course was awesome, the “chicken” was in a garlicky sauce and the Cantonese rice was just like a great fried rice. The dessert was not what I was expecting but was really nice once you avoided the weird skin that formed on top!

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While sightseeing around Paris, we jumped off at a stop that I knew had some options nearby for lunch. Bioburger was unexpectedly closed so we went across the arcade to Vegitai. I wasn’t that excited about it because I had pumped myself up for a tofu burger but I was pleasantly surprised when I was served my vegan wrap, which was presented and tasted more like sushi. It was stuffed with seaweed, quinoa and pickled vegetables and was followed up with a vegan cake that I think may have been chocolate, cherry and maybe spirulina?

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Rather than go back to Vegebowl for a third night in a row, we decided to try something different and went to Tibetain Tashi Tagye which was just around the corner. While it does serve meat, there is a vegetarian section on the menu which I had hoped would mean that asking about vegan options would be a lot easier than it was. I was told the few things that were vegan and chose the tsel paktril (battered and fried vegetables) for 5,20€ and the ngoetsel (vegetable curry) for 9€. The tsel paktril was HUGE and basically tasted like Indian bhajis, which are always delicious. Regrettably, the curry was nowhere near as satisfying and was basically a selection of limp vegetables in a watery sauce. I probably wouldn’t go back.

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During a huge day of shopping, we took a lunch break and popped into EXKi near Galleries Lafayette. From what I had read, I was expecting more vegan options than were available but there were some soups and a few salads to choose from so I picked a pea and lentil salad. I wasn’t very hungry so this was a great choice and had some tanginess thanks to the pickled onions and a hint of spice thanks to the chilli. I spotted quite a few EXKi locations around Paris so if you’re ever stuck for food, you can always find something here.

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For our final night in Paris we decided to try for some real French cuisine done vegan and La Potager du Marais had just the menu we were looking for. As most serving sizes in Paris throughout our stay had been quite small, I had prepared myself for the same and ordered an entree and a main but you could most definitely get away with eating an entree if you wanted to save cash or didn’t have a huge appetite. My entree of mushroom pâté (8€) was lovely and served with great wholemeal bread and a tangy salad. The breadless quinoa burger (18€) I had for the main was SO good and covered in vegan cheese, plus was served with more salad, I think some kind of kelp/seaweed and some buckwheat (even though I had asked for mashed potato). Due to the unexpected size of the meal, we decided to share a crème brûlée (8,50€) for dessert which had an awesome toffee top and gingery., creamy bottom.

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So here’s my final wrap up for this trip!

Where to Stay

We stayed at Millennium Paris Hotel Opéra, which was a great location in terms of food, shopping and sightseeing. We were close to several metro stations, shopping like Galleries Lafayette, restaurants and the Paris Opera. While this hotel was quite pricey, the location and atmosphere were fantastic and I would stay there again.

Getting Around

We did a lot of walking due to our location and getting the metro is super easy and inexpensive. Taxis are reasonable and easy to get but the traffic is totally cray so be prepared for a lot of fast paced driving and slamming on the breaks!

Best Eats

Vegebowl is the place to be for inexpensive, tasty vegan eats while La Potager du Marais is your choice for a fancier, French affair.

What to Do

DISNEYLAND! Really though, if there’s a Disneyland in any city I am going there. This is without a doubt the worst Disneyland I have been to in terms of vegan options so take some food along just in case you’re unable to communicate effectively. Again, hop on/hop off buses are great for knocking out a great deal of sightseeing in a short amount of time and to get your bearings in a new city. The shopping is also fantastic and places like the Champs Élysées and Galleries Lafayette are fun for any budget.

Now… where should I go next?!

June 1, 2015 0

Like a Vegan Abroad – London

With only 3 nights in London, I had to fit in as much sightseeing, shopping and of course food as humanly possible in a very short space of time. After coming from Vienna, land of stumbling across amazing vegan options 24/7, London was surprisingly a little more difficult to navigate vegan-wise but I still managed to find a bunch of cool eats.

Whilst shopping around Piccadilly Circus, I was excited to spot a Whole Foods (I once asked to be buried there). Warning: UK Whole Foods is nowhere near as good as US Whole Foods, well this particular one anyway. There were quite a few vegan options available from the buffet but none of them were as inspiring as the options in the US. I opted for a chana masala, stir fried vegetables and a chickpea salad plus I grabbed a packet of chips as well. The epic crowd in the shop meant that by the time I got to actually sit down and eat, most of my food was cold and it tasted just ok.

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That night we decided to make our way to Manna in Primrose Hill. Such a cute little venue that was very busy so luckily they were able to find us a small table out the front. I was feeling like some variety so opted to “build my own meal” by picking 4 side dishes for 14£. I chose the bread with hummus, beans of the day (spiced black beans), potato wedges and crispy marinated tofu. Everything tasted amazing but was so big that I couldn’t finish it, I also regret that I didn’t try something with a little more freshness like greens but that just means I’ll have to come back, right?! Even though I was full I was conscious to leave some room for dessert and went for the petit fours for 5£. This was a selection of cookies, berries and truffles that all tasted lovely and were the perfect end to the meal.

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All Bar One is a chain that just so happened to have a location right by our hotel off Regent Street. They had several vegan items on their lunch and dinner menus and were easily able to make their vegetarian breakfast vegan by omitting the eggs and butter from the toast. For 6£ I got toast, tomato, mushroom, baked beans and veggie sausages that tasted super vegetable-y and meaty at the same time, yesss! Plus a cup of tea (I think this may be the rate for weekdays only but on weekends it’s only a little more).

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Taking a break from a rainy day of sightseeing, we got off our Big Bus tour back at Regent Street to pay Tibits a visit for lunch. Again, this is a large vegetarian buffet with plenty of vegan options and you pay based on weight. My meal was about 9£ with a cider as well so I didn’t think the price was as bad as others have said in reviews. Then again, I wasn’t that hungry so had a modestly sized plate of salads, onion rings, wedges and some bread. All were really great, especially the snake bean salad!

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I was told that Mildred’s was the place to be in London and a lot of others must have heard that too because it was hella packed. They don’t take bookings so we had to wait about an hour at the bar before we were seated at our table. I was still kind of full from lunch but decided to have a burger of the day for 9.35£ that I was unable to finish but absolutely loved! For some reason I still find it a novelty when a restaurant pops vegan cheese on a burger and the patty itself was definitely full of vegetables but still tasted really hearty. I’m still a bit sad I wasn’t able to finish it!

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Before jumping on the EuroStar to Paris, we decided to pub it up and head to Norman’s Coach and Horses in Soho. Tell me a pub in Newcastle where I can get tofush and chips with minted peas and I’ll meet you there tomorrow! This stuff was super tasty, light and not super oily,  so I decided to back it up with a coconut milk panna cotta with rhubarb and brandy snaps. Whoa baby! I’m going to have to try and make something like that real soon. I think all up this meal cost around 15£  so it wasn’t cheap for a pub meal but well worth it!

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As always, here’s my little breakdown of old London town!

Where to Stay

I stayed at Saint Georges Hotel because it was the cheapest place I could find that was still in a great location. It was the most expensive of all the hotels on this trip and while the hotel was nice enough, you’re definitely forking out for the location. You’re just off Regent Street so within walking distance to a bunch of shopping and attractions as well as being super close to major bus and underground routes.

Getting Around

Because much of the stuff we wanted to do was within walking distance of our hotel, we mainly walked around although we were incredibly close to the tube if we ever wanted to get it. I also caught a couple of cabs and Ubers but they were quite expensive so when I return I think I’ll stick to walking and public transport!

Best Eats

I would love to go back to Norman’s Coach & Horses to sample some other menu items and their roast! For a special meal, Manna and Mildred’s are both also excellent options and I will definitely hitting them up again next time I’m in town.

What to Do

With only a few days to get things done, getting on a hop on/hop off tour was a given so that I could tick off all the major sights. I did get off and do the Tower of London but for 20£ I wouldn’t necessarily say that was worth it. Shopping on Regent Street, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street is a great time with plenty of well-known stores and a couple of lesser-known ones too plus I would definitely recommend going to see a show if you get the chance!

Time for me to say cheerio to London now! Next time you hear from me, I’ll back back in Newcastle and telling you all about Paris!

 

 

 

May 29, 2015 0

Like a Vegan Abroad – Vienna

If everybody could just stop what they’re doing and book a trip to Vienna right now, I can guarantee you’ll be thanking me shortly.

Full of the coolest buildings you’ll ever see, dogs chillin’ in department stores an of course an epic selection of vegan food. I’m not kidding, I hardly had to check Happy Cow or my notes because vegan places just kept popping up before my very eyes!

Our first night in Vienna we wanted something quick and tasty so we walked the 10 minutes from our hotel to Pizza Pinocchio. I was thinking that for 7€ the pizzas must be kinda small, so we ordered two. No. That was a stupid thing to do because they were massive! One pizza could easy sort out two regular people for dinner but it was still nice that we got to try two: the Provinciale and the Salami. The salami was what you would expect and tasted absolutely sensational, while the Provinciale was a little different, covered in mock meat, green chillis and corn.

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A rainy first day in Vienna called for some shopping at Wien Mitte – The Mall. I wasn’t that confident that I would find something suitable for lunch but Vienna put its thing down, flipped it and reversed it and we came across Ra’Mien Go – an Asian restaurant in the food court with vegan options clearly marked on the menu. Now I can’t remember how much it cost but it was quite inexpensive for the amount of food we got which was a miso soup, 10 gyoza and a bowl of chilli eggplant stirfry with rice (which then also came with a little bean shoot salad and melon). An awesome and tasty little gem in the most unexpected of places!

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The night after EUROVISION (yep, I went and it was so excellent. 12 points to Eurovision). We were pretty exhausted so the first meal I ate for the day was ice cream at Veganista. If you want a straight up fact, here it is: this is the best ice cream you’ll have in your entire life and that is both amazing and terrifying because it’s SO FAR FROM HOME. I had the peanut butter ice cream which was a special and the cookies flavour, both were so delicious that I returned again a few days later and couldn’t bare not to have them again. Oh, and it’s like 2,50€ for two massive scoops so this is the world we are now living in.

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After a light lunch (haha) we decided on a more substantial dinner and went to Xu’s Cooking for an epic Asian mock-meaty feast. For 14,90€ we each had the Menu for One which includes a soup (I chose miso), mini spring rolld, crispy “chicken” with vegetables, chicken sweet and sour with garlic, rice and dessert. What the actual heck. This meal was HUGE, I barely made a dent and had to explain to the lovely waitress that it was amazing but that I was way too full to finish it. The dessert wasn’t that great but to be honest I could barely touch it anyway.

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Whilst checking out the museums, we stumbled across Yamm, a pay by weight vegetarian buffet with plenty of clearly labelled vegan options. It was a great opportunity to sample lots of bits and pieces and the below plate cost around 9€. I opted for a very salad/veg heavy platter as I felt like I needed it and everything was very fresh and pretty tasty. Because I was quite modest with my lunch I decided to go for the hazelnut cake which was freakin’ amazing and full of creamth.

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Just across from our hotel we spotted Nice Rice, a cute little vegetarian place of the main shopping strip Mariahilferstrasse. The waitress was very helpful with letting me know what was vegan and I went with the samosa which came with yellow rice and a soy yoghurt topping. It was a super hearty, comforting meal which I needed as it had been raining for most of our stay!

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For our final night in Vienna (boo-urns) we headed to Rupp’s, a vegetarian Irish style pub a little further out from where we stayed. With a very extensive menu, most options were vegan and I went with the wienerschnitzel burger plus some potato cakes. It wasn’t the best burger I’ve ever had but it most definitely wasn’t the worst, perhaps I should have been a little more adventurous with my ordering? There was a hella cute dog sitting next to me the whole time though and that was just amazing.

Here’s my Vienna breakdown for ya:

Where to Stay

We stayed at the NH Wien City which had a super reasonable rate and the room was HUGE. I’m talking a massive lounge room, spacious bedroom, plenty of storage space and a bath. The location was premo, located on Mariahilferstrasse and within walking distance to the Museums Quartier and a bunch of other attractions plus it was just next door to a Denn’s Bio Markt where I basically had a pastry and soy yoghurt for breakfast everyday.

Getting Around

Vienna is probably the most walkable city I’ve ever been, with exciting stuff to see just about everywhere. There are also a lot of trams and trains if you want to get public transport, plus whenever I used Uber it was hella cheap.

Best Eats

I want to cry because I want to eat Veganista everyday for the rest of my life! Xu’s is going to be a place I wish we had in Newcastle for all eternity plus that pizza from Pinocchio has stuck in my mind (and tastebuds) too.

What to Do

Everything! There are SO many museums to check out that you could never really be bored. Like in Berlin, we hopped on a hop on/hop off tour to check out the main sites and then built our activities from there. The Prater is super cool for kids and also adults with loads of rides and attractions and shopping along Mariahilferstrasse is an excellent way to blow some euros.

Next time you hear from me, I’ll be hollerin’ atcha from London. I’m only there for a few days though so it’ll be a teensy post!