A Vegan Dinner at The Real Greek

It was my friend, Jo’s birthday in September which meant she got to choose our monthly dining spot so we headed back to the The Real Greek at Westfield Stratford.

The Real Greek launched an impressive vegan menu last year so it’s a great spot to grab some dinner. All the dishes are small plates so you get to try many different dishes which is all part of the fun.

We went for houmous, vine leaves, falafel and jackfruit stifado. I had chips on the side and Jo enjoyed some spinach and feta parcels.

Everything is well cooked and tasted great. i was especially impressed with the jackfruit. It’s great that they’ve taken this non-native meat alternative and infused it with Greek flavours.

My only slight bugbear is that you have to pay separately for bread if you order a dip type dish like houmous. In no other Greek or Turkish restaurant have I experienced this and the bread is usually free flowing!

There are also multiple dessert options in Westfield so we decided to skip the ones The Real Greek had to offer and shopped around.

I went for a doughnut from Doughnut Time who conveniently have a van parked just outside the Real Greek. I chose a “Liam Hemsworthy” which is a smaller version of the giant “Chris Hemsworthy” and comes topped with cookies and cream frosting.

Jo was after some ice cream so we headed to Amorino. She picked three of their sorbet flavoured which all carry the Vegan Society trademark. Chocolate, mandarin and raspberry and she thoroughly enjoyed it!

It’s great to see so many options in a shopping centre I remember a time not so long ago where your only option would have been a jacket potato!

Have you tried out the Real Greek? What were your favourite dishes? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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A Vegan Dinner at The Real Greek

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

Temple Goods and Dough Society 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

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

Doughnut Time

When I first went vegan five and a half years ago I really missed doughnuts. I had tried some baked doughnuts at vegan events but they are just cakes with holes in my opinion!

Doughnut Time is an Australian doughnut shop who have opened up in London. I knew they had stores in Shoreditch and Shaftesbury Avenue, where I visited, but looking at their website they also have stores in Notting Hill and even London City Airport. Doughnut Time aren’t an exclusively vegan company but they have all their vegan options clearly marked.

I bought my friend, Maxine, a box of vegan doughnuts when she was recovering in hospital in December but didn’t sample any myself. When I was seeing a show at the Apollo Theatre this weekend I knew I had to get down to the nearby store to pick up some doughnuts.

The staff were really friendly and when I said my first choice, which was a vegan doughnut, they asked if I wanted separate boxes for vegan and non-vegan options. I told them I would only be having vegan options so it wasn’t an issue!

First up I tried the “Pump up the jam”, now I didn’t think there was such thing as too much jam in a doughnut but this is verging on it! This doughnut is quite heavy due to the jam and messy to eat, but syrupy and delicious!

My Husband had the “Cornelius Fudge”. He really enjoyed it. He did say it was slightly greasier than a non-vegan doughnut but this wasn’t a issue for him. He loved the addition of the hazelnuts too.

We waited until the next day to try the next two. We shared these having half each. The “Houston, we have Biscoff” is a vegan dream! Vegan coffee glaze, topped with caramel buttercream, chocolate drizzle and a Lotus biscuit on top

Last but not least we have the “Sia Later”. This is a red velvet doughnut with a vegan cream cheese frosting and freeze dried raspberries. This one was a little too sweet for my Husband and me and I probably wouldn’t get it again.

There were five vegan options so we missed out on the “Berry Seinfeld” but the menu is updated regularly so there are always new doughnuts to try!

Have you tried out any doughnuts from Doughnut Time? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Doughnut Time