Temple Goods and Dough Society June 2018

When my friend Maxine was in hospital I brought her some vegan doughnuts, now while that had a restorative effect on her condition she has since transformed into a vegan doughnut demon, craving them and even dreaming about them! So we took the opportunity this weekend to head down to Hackney to go to Dough Society doughnut and coffee shop. I was also excited to see that Temple of Seitan had taken over the cafe at Hackney Downs Studios so we first headed there for some brunch.

Temple Goods has a brunch menu as well as selling vegan snacks and ice cream. My Husband had already asked me to bring him back a bacon and egg muffin! Maxine and I went for the avocado toast with scrambled egg and bacon and Maxine also bought a croissant to take home for her son.

I loved my sourdough toast, the egg tasted similar to follow your heart’s vegan egg and it went so well with avocado. My Husband enjoyed his muffing although he said it was more like a bap and would have benefitted from eating it fresh rather than 4 hours later when I got home!

We had a little look around the market afterwards. I picked up some Hungarian scones from Lucky Lek which were gorgeous and tasty!

I also picked up a synckers bar for my Husband from The Well-Bean Company which he hasn’t tried yet.

After that we headed the short distance to Dough Society which is off Mare Street.

I chose the Jam and Custard while Maxine had the Coffee Nut. These doughnuts are huge! These taste like proper doughnuts, none of this baked nonsense! Mine had Custard in one half and Jam in the other, but I think I would prefer it to have both layered together.

Maxinr took a Notella doughnut home for her son but the chocolate hazelnut filling tasted a bit off. She contacted Dough Society and said they would test the batch they had and offered a free doughnut and drink next time they visited. I think it is always worth notifying a company when something isn’t quite right so they have the opportunity to fix it.

We were well and truly spoilt on our vegan adventures in Hackney and I also got to spend some time with Ozzy and Bling the gorgeous doggies!

What are your favourite vegan hangouts in Hackney? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Temple Goods and Dough Society June 2018

Handmade Burger Co June 2018

My friends were coming up to London from Bournemouth to see a concert so we arranged to meet for dinner beforehand. Handmade Burger have locations all around the country but only one in London which happens to be in Wembley. As I’m an East London lady I don’t get over to that side of town much so I thought I’d take this opportunity to try them out.

They offer five (count them!) vegan burgers and one veggie burger that can be made vegan.

Their milkshakes can also be made with soya milk and dairy free ice cream which I haven’t seen any other omni restaurants do this so if you know of any let me know!

I chose to have the banana milkshare. I asked for it with soya milk and the server asked if I wanted cream so I asked if the cream was vegan and she said no. I’ve noticed this in coffee shops when you order dairy free milk they’ll still ask if you want dairy cream. What is going on people?!

It was lovely, thick and made with fresh banana but I could only taste the banana when I got a chunk of that otherwise it was very vanilla due to the ice cream. I enjoyed it but would have liked a stronger banana flavour.

I chose the sweet potato and bean burger. The patty was really nice and I loved the mango relish. I had to cut it in half to eat as otherwise I would have got into trouble. I paid for the extra vegan cheese, I’m not sure what brand this is but it didn’t melt and didn’t have any flavour so it wasn’t worth it!

I had rosemary chips to go with it. The salt was in really big grains but apart from that these were tasty chips.

I wouldn’t rush back to Wembley to try HBC again but if you have one in your area it may be worth checking them out.

Have you had Handmade Burger? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Handmade Burger Co June 2018

Dee’s Supper club @ 10 Cable St June 2018

I’m quite partial to a supper club. The difficulty I have is finding one that is on a night I’m not already busy, has a menu I can see and like, (I’ve been burnt by surprise menus in the past!) isn’t too expensive and I have someone who is equally interested in going with me!

Dee’s vegan rib dinner at 10 Cable Street ticked all the boxes so on Thursday my Husband and I headed off to Whitechapel to fill our bellies!

I have never been to 10 Cable Street before but it’s a lovely space and perfect for supper clubs. There were long tables with benches and the dishes we served on boards and in bowls for four to share.

The ribs were made from jackfruit and had been cooked in a ginger beer barbeque sauce. They were lovely, moist and chewy.

We had smokey beans on the side as well as a gorgeous mac and cheese which wasn’t too saucy (which I like) we were brought out extra bowls when we had finished too! There was also baked potatoes, corn cobs and amazing squash and hominy cornbread.

For dessert we had a giant peanut butter cookie with ice cream and caramel sauce. The sauce was amazing, the cookie was warm and crumbly and with the cold ice cream combo I was in heaven!

We just drank water that was on the table but there were alcoholic and soft drinks available to buy.

I really enjoyed this meal and would definitely head back to another supper club by Dee.

What’s your favourite comfort food? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Dee’s Supper club @ 10 Cable St June 2018

Vintage Shopping Brick Lane June 2018

After my Sister-in-law Gemma and I had some fabulous food (which I wrote about here) we started our hunt for some fabulous vintage clothing.

I completed my year with “No New Clothes” in 2016 and you can see my various posts about that under the “No New Clothes” section of the blog. During that time and pretty much ever since I have only bought clothes that are second hand (from charity or vintage shops), new clothes for essentials where you can’t buy these items second hand (leggings, socks etc) or vegan slogan clothes (these I will look into to see where they are made, materials they are made out of and I am glad to say that nearly all the vegan clothes I have bought are carbon neutral).

Over the past few weeks I have noticed that two of my jersey work dresses have got a bit threadbare and started developing small holes. I have had these dresses for around 6 – 7 years and have worn them two to three times a month each since then. Both these dresses were bought in sales from Next and Monsoon so their price per wear must be minuscule!

I definitely needed some “new to me” clothes and Gemma and I had spoken about going to Brick Lane for a long time but never got around to it so we decided this was the weekend!

You have to have patience to go vintage shopping. Some shops are better than others (similar to charity shops). Most shops are sorted by item type (dresses/tops/trousers etc) few are sorted by size. You also cannot trust the sizing on the original label (unless it is in inches) as sizing has changed so much through the decades. Good vintage shops will have sized the garment on the price tag and also noted the era and the material.

Vintage shopping as a vegan has its own obstacles. There are a lot of animal products in vintage clothing. Fur is usually very obvious and easy to avoid (I didn’t see much fur on this shopping trip, although this may be due to the time of year). Silk and wool can be harder to spot but are usually highlighted on the label. Anything leather looking I would avoid. Most vintage shoes will be leather, so finding a vegan shoe in your size and a style you like is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Try clothes on! As said above you cannot trust the sizing and the cut may be different to what you are used to. Returns policies are usually quite strict if existing at all.

Do not be afraid to haggle! If you don’t ask you don’t get. If a button is missing, there is a small stain or you are buying multiple items ask for a discount! If something doesn’t fit perfectly judge the price of the item and how much work there would be altering it to make it fit you better. If it’s under £20 and just needs a bit of shortening here or an extra stitch there it may be worth it. Also assess your own sewing skills, whether you have friends or family who can help (hi Mum!) or if you would need to pay to have something professionally altered.

The first dress I bought was from Brick Lane Vintage. I love this 90’s Tommy Hilfiger stripey tennis dress, especially because it has pockets! This is a great casual dress and great when you’re going away as its a whole outfit and doesn’t take up much room in the luggage.

Next we went to Search and Destroy who have two shops on Cheshire Street just off Brick Lane. I bought three dresses here all in completely different styles. The owner told me these were all purchased on a recent trip to California. The first is a black and orange 70’s kaftan. I have wanted a kaftan for a while now and this is seriously the most comfortable thing I have ever worn, and will definitely get a lot of use this summer! My next dress is a 50’s red number, I love the bow details on the waist and at the neck, this dress is also light weight so I can wear it in the summer or pair it with thick tights and a cardigan in the winter.

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My last dress from Search and Destroy is a black 70’s dress with a large colour panel on the bodice. This dress also has a tie that goes around the back. This dress can easily slip into my work wardrobe and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

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I have also been on the look out for jumpsuits so I was in heaven when we chanced upon Franklin Tree in the Vintage Market. They sell vintage, upcycled and hand-made clothes. They had a number of jumpsuits in a variety of styles and fabrics of which I tried on many, They are all one size so hang looser the smaller you are. The black halter neck is fixed with the tie at the front so this can be made tighter or looser as needed. Again you can wear a variety of shirts under these and I think they will see me through many seasons of the year.

Lastly we have this headscarf which I actually bought first but I can’t remember the name of the shop. I really loved the print on this one and as I can’t do much with my hair at its current length so I love wrapping a scarf around it.

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The most important thing I will say is look after your vintage clothes. Do not hang them on wire coat hangers. Wash them as little as possible, when you do wash them, hand wash is best or if you are going to machine wash them do so on 30 degrees. If they are particularly delicate place them inside a pillowcase before you put them in the machine.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and if you have some fave vintage shops in London let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

 

 

Vintage Shopping Brick Lane June 2018

Vegan eats in Shoreditch June 2018

I spent yesterday with my Sister-in-law Gemma in and around Brick Lane as we wanted to spend the day vintage clothes shopping. (I’ll show my purchases in a separate post). First though we had to have lunch to fuel us for all that rummaging through racks!

Our first stop was Boxpark. There are many fully vegan eateries and more with vegan options. We went for CookDaily as Gemma hadn’t eaten there before. I had the Adobo (a Filipino dish) and Gemma had the Pad Thai, each dish comes with the choice of tofu or vegan chicken. We both chose the tofu.

Our food was flavourful and filling!

Afterwards we went to Nosteagia to try their bubble waffles.

The waffles were light and fluffy and my coffee ice cream and hazelnuts were great sandwiched between it.

My Husband couldn’t go without so I picked up a kebab from What the Pitta! for him.

We then made the short walk to Brick Lane. Gemma picked up a couple of doughnuts from Crosstown for her and my Brother.

We then stopped by Vida Bakery in their brand new shop at 139 Brick Lane. Long time readers of my blog will know how much I love their cakes! I picked up a peanut brownie for my Husband and Gemma bought a kitchen sink brownie which has every kind of topping (hence the name). Vane gave us a sample of their new soft serve to try and I will definitely be heading back to have some with a cake.

Vegans are so spoilt for choice on this area and I am lucky it is so close to my office!

Have you visited Shoreditch? What are you favourite vegan offerings? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan eats in Shoreditch June 2018

Mangia Siciliano June 2018

Both my friend Mitsu (To Happy Vegans) and I had passed by Mangia Siciliano multiple times without entering. So we decided to bite the bullet and go in together.

We made our choices by looking at the boards outside.

Photo credit – Mitsu Ikeda

When we entered the there were quite a few tables, a counter and boards with the menu. I’m glad we made our decisions outside as the boards were jam packed and it was difficult to decipher.

I chose the tofu pasta. I love that they use wholewheat pasta. On the board it said mine came with capers, olives, lemon and basil. It was very olivey and I couldn’t taste any capers or lemon but it was lovely nonetheless.

Mitsu chose the vegan carbonara which was on the specials board. This was bright yellow with tumeric and very tasty when I grabbed a forkful. I’d definitely go for this one next time.

The only disappointing thing was that they had a number of cakes on the counter but I couldn’t see any marked as vegan.

I thought it was reasonably priced at £7 for my large plate, I’ll be returning for sure!

Photo credit – Mitsu Ikeda

What’s your favourite vegan pasta dish? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Mangia Siciliano June 2018

Essence Cuisine and Redemption Bar

Last night I went out for my monthly dinner with my friend Jo. We headed to Essence Cuisine which is a raw vegan restaurant in Shoreditch on the recommendation of my colleague’s housemate who is a chef and temped a couple of shifts there.

It took about 15 minutes to walk there from our office, it’s so great to work in the City so Shoreditch is an easy distance for dinner.

On entering the restaurant was smaller than I was expecting but elegant with a lot of chrome and wood.

I had taken a peek at the menu beforehand and had decided on the Cesear salad. It was zingy with the dressing and capers. There were mushroom “anchovies” and I haven’t tasted a vegan version of this ever! It was surprising has realistic they tasted whilst retaining the mushroom texture.

My friend Jo went for the Pad Thai which she said was not what she was expecting but she really enjoyed it.

We had finished dinner by six which was far too early! Usually when this happens we head to a bar but as Jo wasn’t drinking I suggested Redemption which is around the corner. I’ll use their sign to explain their deal.

Jo had a rose strawberry daiquiri which was heady and I went for the apple mojito which contained seedlip a non-alcoholic spirit of distilled botanicals. It tasted amazing and I’m going to look into getting myself a bottle.

After all this healthy food I needed some junk so we headed to Doughnut Time, I picked up a couple of doughnuts for my Husband and me and a couple for my friend Maxine and her son.

I love Doughnut Time and saw that they’ve just brought out mega doughnuts including the vegan “Chris Hemsworth” I think I’m going to have to wait until my birthday for that one!

Have you tried any of these places? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Essence Cuisine and Redemption Bar