Pickywops Nov 2017

Yesterday I spent a fabulous day with my dear friend and former university housemate Samarra. We went to see the Balenciaga exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (which runs until 18th Feb 2018) which I would highly recommend and as we were out west decided to grab some food at Pickywops which I had heard great things about.

The shop is quite small and in the back of the “shopping palace” so we missed it when we first went past. There is one big table which seats six and then a bar with a few stalls.

The guys at Pickywops are proud of the flours they use which are less processed than those usually used in pizza. You can choose from multigrain, tumeric, burnt wheat, spirulina or kamut. They also offer three cheeses, Violife (made with coconut), Mozzarisella (made with rice) or their homemade cashew cheese.

I chose a veg loaded pizza on burnt wheat base with cashew cheese and Samarra went for a classic Margherita on multigrain with cashew. Yet again the Husband couldn’t go without so I took him home a seitan sausage and mushroom on multigrain with Violife and some garlic bread.

The pizza bases were thin and crisp although some of the water from my vegetables sometimes made mine a bit soggy. The vegetables were really flavourful especially the olives. I’m not in this part of London much but I would return here although I would say I prefer the pizza I had at Fed by Water which I had earlier in the week which was a similar price. Also we found that the garlic bread, although having a lovely texture didn’t taste much of garlic.

I also snagged a couple of Kizzy’s Cookies to take home and now visit to West Kensington is complete without visiting GreenBay where I picked up some gyros a Rudolph round up and a can of rhubarb Cawston.

Have you been to Pickywops before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Pickywops Nov 2017

Fed by Water Nov 2017

My friend Jo and I returned to Fed by Water after about 2 years when we first started our monthly dinners. (I have been in-between with others).

Fed by Water is a fully vegan Italian restaurant in Dalston, just a short bus ride from work. 

I remember last time being very full from a starter and main so as I wanted to try their dessert menu we skipped the selection of homemade cheeses and went straight for the pizzas.

I had a sempre verde (always green) which came with cashew mozzarella, olives, capers, smoked tofu, rocket and lemon. Jo went for the Vulcano which had soy mozzarella, walnuts and pears. We both went for the charcoal base which doesn’t taste any different but does look pretty! I was very happy with my pizza and the pear on Jo’s added a lovely sweetness without being overpowering as it just thinly shaved.

For dessert Jo chose the chocolate mousse and I went for the matcha and an espresso martini. It was all delicious!

I couldn’t leave without a little something for my Husband so I got him some garlic bread to take away.

I really enjoyed our visit, the staff were lovely and it was a really relaxed atmosphere. It was quite quiet when we arrived as we had come straight from work but it soon started filling up and was jam packed by the time we left at 7.40.

Have you been to Fed by Water? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Fed by Water Nov 2017

A Vegan Meal @ Zizzi’s

Zizzi’s were one of the first major chains to being out a vegan menu and living in a London suburb with no exclusively vegan or vegetarian restaurants you have to rely on the chains to get your vegan eats.

I went with my friend Louise who has a taste card so we got a main free which was nice.

We shared a bruschetta to start. This was really nice and it would good to have a vegan pesto and this was a tasty start to the meal.

For main I went for my favourite lentil ragu, this is another tasty well thought out dish which I return to time and time again.

I’d never had the praline torte before so I went with that along with my americano and soya milk. It was really rich and the ice cream was nice with it to cut through that richness. My friend tried a bit and enjoyed it too. The honeycomb was a great addition too.

There’s a Pizza Express very close to Zizzi’s in my town but they only have sorbets for dessert so the Zizzi menu pips it for me! With Pizza Hut trialling vegan cheese at the moment it might soon be difficult to find a chain pizza restaurant that doesn’t often a vegan menu! We’re taking over people!

What’s your favourite dish from Zizzi? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Meal @ Zizzi’s

Review – Ask Italian 13th April

I was glad to see another chain restaurant has introduced a dedicated vegan menu and decided to try it out yesterday with Mama Plumes.

I had looked on the menu online and had already decided on the vegetable fettuccine which came with spinach, courgette, tomatoes and a black olive tapenade on top.


My Mum ordered to grain salad but I forgot to take a photo of hers!

I was pleased to see we had vegan stickers on our plates and on the menu it said to make sure you ask for the vegan version. I assume there are non-vegan versions of some of the dishes. I was disappointed that when the waitress put the dishes down she asked if I wanted cheese. I assume this is an automatic phrase as they always ask if you want cheese and black pepper but a bit of training wouldn’t have gone amiss. 

The dish was nice but nothing special, I would have a liked a couple of fancy ingredients like pine nuts or artichokes included. 

The pasta was very filling but I wasn’t missing out on dessert so I ordered the chocolate orange tart to take home.


The tart was really rich and I think there could be a bit more orange running through it as it is just on the top. If you have this at the restaurant it comes with raspberry sorbet which sounds really good! It’s nice they have a proper vegan dessert and you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

Overall I enjoyed my meal but I wasn’t blown away. I would go back to Ask if I was in a pinch but with more offerings all the time from restaurants I think they could up their game a bit.

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

Plumes x

Review – Ask Italian 13th April

Review – Purezza

As soon as I heard about Purezza I knew I had to visit. A 100% vegan Italian pizzeria?! Yes Please! I have been looking over the menu all week and was glad we booked as they were turning people away when we showed up.

For starters we had a garlic bread to share. I quite fancied the farinata but as I wasn’t sure how big the portions would be I didn’t want to risk it! In the end I’m glad I didn’t as the garlic bread was huge and really tasty.

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For our mains we both chose stuffed crust quattro stagioni  (four seasons). These came with artichokes, olives, mushrooms and seitan salami. The cheese was lovely and gooey and oozy. I haven’t had a stuffed crust in years so was so glad I could try this out. I really liked the seitan salami although I think we could have done with a bit more on our pizzas. Ollie was impressed with the vegan cheese having never had it before.

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I really liked the look of the dessert menu, with a chocolate calzone and ice cream from Boho Gelato (which I make a point of visiting every time I visit Brighton). But unfortunately we were too full!

Purezza also serve salads, yogurts, cakes and pastries along with pizza all day.

I’d really recommend Purezza not only if you’re vegan but if you just love pizza! And make sure you book a table in advance!

Have you tried out Purezza? What did you think?

Plumes x

Review – Purezza

Review – Fed by Water

So tonight I went for dinner with my friend Jo. We work at the same company but in different departments. My department moved offices in November so it’s now a bit difficult to meet for lunch. We both live in the same direction so decided to do dinner, which also means we can travel a bit further as we aren’t restricted to an hour.

I had seen lots of people post photos of their pizzas from Fed by Water and I had to try it out. It’s only a 20 min bus ride from work in rush hour and is right opposite Dalston Kingsland overground station. This place is very vegan friendly, they serve meaty, vegetarian and vegan food which is great for mixed parties but there are lots of “Go Vegan” messages on the walls which I loved!

To start we shared some focaccia bread. I love a good focaccia and this one was lovely seasoned with salt and rosemary. We had oil and balsamic glaze to dip it into.

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I had looked at the menu before hand and spent a long time looking through the long list of vegan pizzas. I chose this one with olives, capers, rocket and smoked tofu. You can have a crispy or soft base – I went for soft. We were surprised at the size of these pizzas, they were definitely value for money!

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Jo went for the “Hot” one with spicy seitan salami. Jo isn’t vegan but she was intrigued to try the vegan cheese. She said she didn’t even notice the difference. I tried a bit of her salami and it was too spicy for me (I am a bit of a wimp!) but she asked for extra chilli flakes!

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We were both well and truly stuffed by this point and so because of this and my pledge to reduce my sugar intake during Lent we decided against dessert.

When we next go we think we’ll share one pizza between us as the sweet pizzas on the dessert menu looked so tempting!

I couldn’t leave my husband out so I got him a pizza and garlic bread to take home and stunk out the train!

Have you been to Fed by Water? What did you think?

Plumes x

Review – Fed by Water