A Vegan Lunch @ Pizza Hut, March 2019

For Veganuary Pizza Hut offered a jackfruit pizza and said if they sold more than 10,000 it would become a permanent menu item. Well of course vegans took to the challenge and after a break for February the jackfruit pizza is back along with a new vegan starter, of jackfruit rolls and a dessert of cinnamon bites.

A great thing about Pizza Hut is the salad bar! (Although I don’t think it’s as good as Harvester’s one). So fill up on veg to give yourself a healthy glow and to counteract the cheesy, doughyness to come!

My Husband and I both had a jackfruit pizza which came with a decent amount of Violife cheese which wasn’t the case on my previous visit. The pizza comes with jackfruit, red onion, sweetcorn and peppers. We both thought the jackfruit got lost a bit in the mix and could have done with one else topping (Husband would lose the sweetcorn and I would lose the peppers).

We also tried the jackfruit rolls. As you can see from the photo these were a bit overdone. The jackfruit was in a sweet chilli sauce which tasted a bit odd to me and I don’t think I would get these again.

Although Pizza Hut are great for providing more vegan options there is still no dairy-free milk for your tea or coffee. I also don’t think it would be too hard to have a tub of Swedish Glace in the freezer so we could enjoy a float of a scoop with dessert.

Have you been to Pizza Hut recently? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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A Vegan Lunch @ Pizza Hut, March 2019

Absurd Bird – Feb 2019

I was made aware of Absurd Bird by an Instagram post from xanderspuppy. They are based in Glasgow and as I was visiting Glasgow for work this week (going up and back in a day) I headed to their website to see if I could have some tasty vegan chicken and waffles and possibly a side of mac and cheese deliveroo’d to the office. I was delighted to find they are actually a chain and have a branch a 15 minute walk from my London office!

I called in my regular lunch partner in crime, Mitsu to try out their vegan offerings.

Absurd Bird are not a vegan (or vegetarian) outfit but serve vegan chicken, burgers and sides. I have been wanted to try chicken and waffles for ages. (The aim is to get to Unity Diner for their weekend brunch menu soon).

I enjoyed this meal but at over £11 I thought I could do with some veg on the plate. I had a look but I wasn’t willing to pay an extra £4.25 for a corn on the cob.

Mitsu chose a salad with vegan chicken tenders. None of the dressings appeared vegan and when speaking to the server they said they could something with oil and vinegar. When the dish arrived it had a dressing on it and Mitsu queried with the server (a different one to the one who took our order) that it was vegan. They confirmed it was but this seemed contradictory to the previous conversation.

Our food took a long time to arrive despite there only being one or two other tables. The other downside is that they don’t do any vegan shakes or vegan desserts which is a shame when they have quite a few vegan mains/starters/sides.

I enjoyed my food but I don’t think I’ll be rushing back, although I think this great choice if you are eating with non-vegans.

Have you tried Absurd Bird? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Absurd Bird – Feb 2019

Furahaa Break, Paris – Feb 2019

This is my last post from our weekend in Paris. Overall I was impressed with the food we ate and the abundance of vegan/veggie places is immense. My friend messaged me to wish me a happy birthday and we were chatting back and forth about how good Paris was for options as the rest of France isn’t too great (so we’re told) and I found myself outside another vegan café! Unfortunately it wasn’t time to eat (and we weren’t hungry) so we didn’t go in but you should have no trouble finding places when you visit.

Furahaa Break is a café which was very close to where we were staying so we decided to head there once we checked out of our Airbnb.

Here is an explanation of their name and ethos from their website.

It is a Swahili word, a language spoken in East Africa. It means joy, happiness and carries very positive values.

Founder is Arthur Devillers. He is co-founder of the Mains Diamant association, which aims to build a bridge between Deaf and hearing. This association has become very well known to the French deaf community.

The Founder of Furahaa is aware of the problem of employment of the deaf: the situation of deaf people in France is difficult and the unemployment rate reaches 50 to 60% of the deaf population against 10% of the French population.

In the future, the development of a branch-franchise network Furahaa Break & Express will aim to encourage the recruitment of the deaf. In addition, promote the Deaf person’s employability is an essential element for him. He hopes to break down the prejudices against the people who are part of this community and thus facilitate their insertion into the world of work”

We arrived at 11.20 and food wasn’t served until 12.00 so we sat and had a drink while we waited. There are a couple of alphabet sign guides in the cafe to help when ordering menu options and a lovely display on the wall of common phrases.


My Husband chose the “Crazy Burrito” which contained Beyond burger pieces, chicken style pieces, cheeze, barbeque sauce and fries.

I went for a combo and got the v’kebab which contained kebab pieces, cheese and fries. I got a side of fries and a little marble cake which was so light an delicious (pictured above with the burrito).

My combo meal came with a drink, so I said I would include the tea I had when we came in, but the server explained that was on the house as I had looked cold when I came in, which was very sweet!

We really enjoyed our food although my Husband said he could have gone for some salad in his (which really shocked me!) They do also offer some salads and healthier sides too, such as quinoa balls, carrot and sesame, and cucumber and yogurt.

It was great to see a vegan café with the social community element and it was easy to communicate with the servers in sign language. I hope they expand as the founder plans to with franchises around France.

Have you been to Furahaa or anywhere like it before? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Furahaa Break, Paris – Feb 2019

Hank Vegan Burger, Paris – Feb 2019

For our third evening meal in Paris we decided on Hank vegan burger. They have a few locations around Paris including a pizza restaurant. Luckily we had a branch a ten minute walk from where we were staying.

Hank now offer the Beyond Burger patty for a surcharge which my Husband went for. I’ve tried the Beyond Burger before so I went for their standard patty.

I thought these colas from Oxfam looked really cool. Who knew Oxfam made fair trade cola?

I went for the burger which came with tomato and basil sauce and black olives. All burgers come with vegan cheese onion and pickles.

This was a really tasty burger although the burger patty was quite soft.

My Husband had the barbeque sauce and marinated peppers burger which he enjoyed.

He also took one home that had mustard sauce and alfalfa sprouts. He thought the mustard didn’t pack enough of a punch but other than that he enjoyed it.

I also took a carrot cake home which had amazing texture but was quite light in colour and I think it could have had a bit more spice.

Have you been to Hank’s? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Hank Vegan Burger, Paris – Feb 2019

Wild and The Moon, Paris – Feb 2019

We had spent the day walking around Paris and wanted a place to stop for a coffee and a cake. I had a look on Happy Cow and Wild and The Moon wasn’t too far from our meandering route. Wild and The Moon is a small chain of cafes offering healthy options including smoothies, Buddha bowls etc. We went to the St Honore branch.

I chose a banana bread slice which was primarily made up of coconut and nuts so was quite dense and filling, it had a lovely banana-y flavour and went down a treat.

My Husband wanted the chocolate tart but unfortunately the tart that day was lemon so he went for the nutty chocolate pudding.

Our drinks took a while to come out, so the pudding was finished and I’d almost finished my cake when they arrived which was a bit annoying. My Husband went for an iced coffee which could have been a bit sweeter for his tastes and I had a rose latte which I really enjoyed.

On Happy Cow there was one mediocre review and one of their complaints was the amount of plastic in the cafe so it was interesting to see that their tubs are made from a compostable material.

Have you visited any of Wild and The Moon’s branches? What did you have? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Wild and The Moon, Paris – Feb 2019

brEAThe, Paris – Feb 2019

We booked a table at brEAThe for our second night (and my birthday) in Paris. We had a table booked for 7 but we didn’t have time to go back to the apartment from our day out before-hand so headed straight there and were welcomed to our table when the restaurant opened at 18.30.

They had a lovely list of cocktails and it was difficult to decide. I ultimately went for the cherry Negroni which was a strong as they described!

My Husband chose the mushroom and seitan ravioli to start which was very nice when I tried a bite.

For my main I had the cep linguine. The sauce was tasty with a strong mushroom flavour although I was disappointed that my “artichokes” consisted of one half of an artichoke.

My Husband chose the burger and he was sadly disappointed. The garlic mayo lacked a garlic punch and he said he couldn’t taste a difference between the bun and the filling despite the gooey cheese and the onion ring. He said the burger we regularly have at Leon is much better and a third of the price at £5.45 against this plate at €16.50.

I was happy with my dessert of Millefeuille which came with a blackcurrant Chantilly cream and chestnut cream.

Have you tried brEAThe? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

brEAThe, Paris – Feb 2019

Gentle Gourmet, Paris – Feb 2019

I decided to book a meal at Gentle Gourmet for our first night of our weekend in Paris on the recommendation of my insta friend nutri_wife.

Gentle Gourmet do a set dinner menu on Friday evenings and brunch at the weekend. The theme for this week’s menu was North-East Thailand.

Our amuse-bouche was a bamboo green curry. The sauce was quite thin and soup like. The broth was really flavourful but the bamboo didn’t really add much. I think this would have been better with a mix of vegetables.

The second course was a spicy papaya salad. Again I thought the papaya was lacking flavour, although it was very hot with chilli which I struggle with. My Husband also was not a fan of this dish and left half of his.

Our main was a grilled rice galette topped with grilled vegetables and breaded tempeh wedges. I loved the smokey taste of the grilled vegetables and the crispy tempeh was very filling but thought this dish could have done with a sauce.

I really enjoyed our dessert which contained a rice finger, like a baked breaded rice pudding with sesame seed oil ice cream and mango. Unfortunately my Husband wasn’t so keen but this just meant I got to eat the rest of his!

Overall I found this dinner a little disappointing which is a shame at €45 each, there was something a little off with each dish and nothing both of us absolutely loved. Maybe it was just this theme and other weeks we may have enjoyed the food more.

Have you visited Gentle Gourmet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Gentle Gourmet, Paris – Feb 2019