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CITY CRUISES LONDON | VEGAN OPTION

At the start of the year, we had an awesome time celebrating my mum’s birthday on a lunch cruise along The Thames with City Cruises. As the cruise includes a meal, we emailed them beforehand to let them know that we are all vegan and to see if they could offer a vegan option. They were really accommodating and made up a great vegan meal for us: a flavourful vegetable hot pot, accompanied by roast potatoes, carrots and green beans, followed by a fresh fruit salad for dessert.

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If, like us, you love boat trips and are looking for a fun way to see London whilst eating a delicious vegan meal, then be sure to book a cruise with City Cruises (and don’t forget to email in advance to let them know you’re vegan)!

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VEGAN COOKIE DOUGH ICE-CREAM RECIPE

Visiting Manna this past weekend and having their delicious vice cream & cookie semi-freddo has fuelled by obsession with the ice-cream/cookie dough combo; so, I decided to combine my nicecream and flapjack recipes to create the ultimate CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH ICE-CREAM at let me tell you, it is absolutely delicious!

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If you’d like to make this bowl of chocolatey deliciousness for yourself, then just follow the recipe below ▽▼▽

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 4 cups oats
  • 2 cups non-dairy margarine
  • 1 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 cup molasses sugar
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lotus spread (optional, but SO worth it)
  • 1 bag vegan chocolate chips

Ice-cream

  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 drop vanilla essence

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Instructions

Cookie Dough

  • Put the oats + butter in a bowl and mix together
  • Add in the sugar, golden syrup + lotus spread and mix in
  • Add in chocolate chips and stir
  • Roll mixture into small balls
  • Place cookie dough balls in a container in the freezer for at least 1 hour

Ice-cream

  • Peel bananas, chop into small chunks & freeze for at least 2 hours
  • Place chopped bananas in the blender with the cacao, vanilla essence and coconut milk & blend for about 1 minute or until smooth

Serving

  • Place nice-cream and cookie dough balls in a bowl – to make it look (and taste) extra yummy, drizzle melted vegan chocolate on top
  • Enjoy your delicious dessert!

 

3 BEST VEGAN BURGERS IN LONDON

In honour of national burger day, I thought I’d share my 3 favourite vegan burgers from London (and its surrounding areas). These 3 burgers are proof of how delicious and flavourful veggie burgers can be, and I’m pretty sure that by the end of this post you’ll be craving a big, delicious veggie burger (I know I am)!

1. Mildred’s Classic Burger

The classic burger from Mildred’s is without a doubt my favourite burger of all time. The burger patty contains smoked tofu, lentils and piquillo peppers, and is served in a fluffy focaccia bun with relish, rocket, red onion and tomato. It is bursting with flavour and tastes even better when accompanied by a portion of Mildred’s delicious chunky chips.

Mildred’s now has 3 locations across London: Soho, Camden & Kings Cross, so there is even more opportunity to try out one of these delicious burgers for yourself!

http://www.mildreds.co.uk

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2. Fortify Café’s Falafel Burger

As a big fan of falafel, I am an even bigger fan of Fortify Café’s delicious falafel burger! It is served in a big wholemeal bun, with creamy mint yoghurt sauce and a huge, flavourful garden salad on the side.

Fortify Café is located in Maidstone in Kent, just outside of London, and is definitely worth a visit!

http://www.fortifycafe.co.uk

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3. VBites Café’s Hickory Chick Burger

VBites Café has a huge variety of veggie burgers on their menu and I particularly love their Hickory Chick Burger. It contains smokey, glazed BBQ chicky pieces, and is served on a toasted bun with coleslaw and delicious skinny fries on the side.

VBites Café is located in the beautiful Brighton, just outside of London, meaning you can enjoy a walk along the beach after eating a delicious burger.

http://www.vbites.com

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I would love to hear if you guys have tried any of these burgers and/or what your favourite veggie burgers are?

PIZZA PILGRIMS | VEGAN PIZZA IN LONDON

love, and I mean love pizza. If we’re all being honest, who doesn’t?!

So, needless to say, I was extremely excited when Matt discovered Pizza Pilgrims in Soho.

Although not a veggie restaurant, Pizza Pilgrim’s caters very well for vegans, making it the perfect place to go with our group of friends that includes veggies, vegans and meat eaters. As if that isn’t awesome enough, at only £5 for The Marinara, the pizzas are extremely reasonably priced, especially considering its location in central London.

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I ordered the first item on the menuThe Marinara – a delicious vegan pizza topped with tomato, oregano, fresh garlic, basil and olive oil (and added extra mushrooms, because YUM). With a perfectly crispy crust and flavourful toppings, it’s safe to say I was a big fan and will definitely be heading back to Pizza Pilgrims asap!

FED by water review

Ever since we got back from New York & Las Vegas where we had some incredible vegan pizzas, Matt and I have been on the hunt for a reeeally good vegan pizza restaurant. When Matt heard that FED by water serves ‘the best vegan pizza in London’, we knew we had to check it out.

FED is a cool little restaurant in Dalston that offers both vegan and non-vegan Italian cuisine, making it the perfect place to hang out with non-vegan friends/family. I love that this concept restaurant also aims to spread awareness about the nutritional importance of pure water because who doesn’t love chilled, clean water and all of the amazing things drinking it in abundance can do for our bodies?!

Now, onto the mouth-watering food…

▹▸▹▸ PIZZAS

I ordered a vegan cheese margherita with portobello mushrooms and red onions, whilst Matt ordered the ‘Silly’, a vegan cheese pizza topped with broccoli and soya sausage. We both agreed that the toppings and cheese were incredible and the crust was perfectly crispy.

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▹▸▹▸ DESSERT

We managed to save a little bit of room for dessert and shared the chocolate mousse which was rich, creamy and just generally delicious!

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We both really enjoyed the whole meal so next time we’re on that side of London, I’m sure we’ll be heading back to FED.

Manna restaurant review

I know I’m ridiculously late with this post, like over a month late, but there has been so much going on and it wasn’t until I was looking through photos on my phone the other day that I realised I still hadn’t told you guys about the insanely good birthday dinner Matt treated me to at Manna!

Manna is a beautifully elegant restaurant in Primrose Hill that offers a 100% vegan menu. How incredible is that?! As it was a birthday dinner, we decided to go all out and order starters, mains and desserts, and every single course was delicious.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality photos, Manna had some major mood lighting going on!

▹▸▹▸ STARTERS

The falafel slider starter was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had; it was so good that I could have eaten 3 or 4 okay 5 of these burgers for a main course! The burger was delicious and perfectly complemented by all of the toppings and the wholemeal bun. Matt was also obsessed with fluffy  yet crispy potato wedges it was served with!

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▹▸▹▸ MAINS

For main course, I ordered the spaghetti and veatballs and it was delicious! The spaghetti was cooked to perfection whilst the tomato sauce and veatballs were incredibly flavoursome.

Matt ordered the bangers and mash and judging by his entirely empty plate at the end of the meal, I’d say it was a big hit!

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▹▸▹▸ DESSERT

Whilst the starters and mains were both delicious, the highlight of the meal was hands down the birthday cake dessert. The vice cream & cookie semi-freddo was honestly the best dessert I have ever eaten. EVER! We’re talking crumbly cookie dough filled with layers of ice cream topped with berries – OH MY GOSH! It was absolutely insane.

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I can’t wait for our next trip to Manna, mainly but not exclusively so that I can order a vice cream & cookie semi-freddo all to myself!

Vegan afternoon tea at La Suite West

As a belated birthday treat, my lovely friend Maria surprised me with…

▹▸▹▸ VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA AT LA SUITE WEST

I have always absolutely loved afternoon tea. There’s just something about the tiny little sandwiches that make them taste so much better than regular sandwiches. And the scones, oh the scones. Then, no matter how full you are, there’s always room for delicious, bite-sized cakes because who doesn’t love cake?!

Since going vegan, this was the first time I’ve had an afternoon tea that wasn’t home-made, so to say I was excited would be an understatement and this afternoon tea definitely did not disappoint.

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▹▸▹▸ SANDWICHES

The selection of sandwiches was absolutely delicious. There was such a unique mix of flavours which made for a lovely twist on traditional afternoon tea sandwiches. My favourite was definitely the kimichi coleslaw with red pepper, whilst Maria unsurprisingly loved the summer herb pesto with tomatoes. I say unsurprisingly as she has a serious pesto addiction, we’re talking pesto pizza with pesto pasta for dinner on a pretty regular basis at uni (which I may or may not have participated in)!

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▹▸▹▸ SCONES

The scones were hands down the best scones I have ever eaten in my entire life, bar none! The combination of warm scones, coconut cream and strawberries was just heavenly!

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▹▸▹▸ CAKES

Even though we were both completely stuffed by the time the cakes were served, we of course managed to squeeze them all in, because I mean, look how yummy!!!

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All three courses were absolute perfection and I will definitely be returning to La Suite West for more delicious afternoon tea ASAP.

Tibits vegetarian and vegan buffet, London

I absolutely love sharing all of my favourite places to eat out with you guys, as whenever I’m looking for a cool new place to eat out, I always check other bloggers recommendations. As well as reading a menu on line, I find it’s also so helpful to hear which places other people love and for what reasons! So, today I am gonna share with you guys one of my favourite places to eat in London ▷►▹▸

Tibits Veggie/Vegan buffet located just off of Regent Street

Ever since we discovered Tibits around 6 months ago, it has become mine and my BFF Alfia’s go to place to hang out and eat at after work. All of the food is veggie, most of it is vegan, and everything I’ve tried so far is delicious.

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Tibits operates a pay by weight system, meaning that if you’re a big carb lover like Alfia and me, it can end up being fairly expensive but in my opinion, totally worth it!

Not only is the food delicious (the okra in breadcrumbs are my fave and we both love and tofu & sundried tomato pasta) but the atmosphere is also super chilled making it a really fun place to hang out. The outdoor seating area is surrounded by fairy lights which look SO pretty on a warm summer evening; whilst inside, the dimmed lighting and modern decor makes for a super cosy atmosphere.

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For desert, we always share the lemon cake. And when I say share, I mean Alfia says she’s full but starts eyeing up my cake as soon as it arrives and inevitably ends up eating half of it, so now I always ask for two forks whether Alfia admits she’s gonna make room for some cake or not ;).

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If you love great food and a cool atmosphere, I would definitely recommend checking out Tibits, it is one major party in your mouth!