Baygo August 2018

Whenever a new eatery opens near work I am on it to see what vegan options they offer (you can’t get away with not offering vegan options in the city these days!) I was really impressed with Baygo a new Caribbean grab and go outlet that has opened on East Cheap, near Tower Hill.

I chose to have the veggie roti meal but subbed the roti for rice.

The curry was a little spicy for me, but it was all very tasty.

Its really pleasing to see that there is a vegan option (if not two!) in every category so I have my work cut out for me to make my way through the menu!

They even have an amazing looking breakfast option, unfortunately they aren’t between my station at work so I may need to bribe one of my colleagues to pick me up a portion on their way in!

Which would you choose? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Baygo August 2018

Vegan Nights Carnival August 2018

Vegan Nights takes part in the first Thursday of the month at 93 Feet East on Brick Lane and August’s theme was carnival.

As Brick Lane is a short walk from work I always get there early and this time I met up with my friend Maxine and her friend Antonia who was attending her first vegan event!

I was a bit miffed when I arrived as I was made to empty my water bottle. In these high heats when we are encouraged to carry water to keep hydrated especially while travelling it is a shame Vegan Nights has this policy. It is especially mad when the first thing we did once entering was go to the bar and get a large glass of free tap water!

As always we did a tour of the stalls before deciding what to eat. There are always new stalls that I haven’t seen before and new foods to try!

For my main I decided to go for wings n tings from Italfresh a Caribbean stall. It consisted of cauliflower “wings” in a ginger beer batter with slaw and sweet potato fries. The thick batter was really tasty and feels a little virtuous by also have a good portion of cauliflower!

Antonia also went for Caribbean from another stall, she had jerk chickn bites with plantain, salsa and slaw. This was Antonia’s first time trying plantain and she was completely sold!

Maxine went for a peanut butter BBQ burger from Vegan Vice (I couldn’t find any links online)

This burger looked immense and Maxine got quite messy trying to eat it!

We wanted something refreshing and cool and the temperature was still hot hot hot as we went into the evening. I chose a smoothie from Love Shack which had coconut milk, pineapple and ginger.

Maxine and Antonia were tempted by the coconut ice-cream served by Elly Joy and it was easy to see why!

I couldn’t go out and not pick up something for my Husband. I got him a peanut butter and jelly brownie from Vida Bakery.

As the evening goes on it gets busier and busier and the queue when I left was getting quite long. I usually make a speedy exit as by Thursday I’m tired from the week at work and this week I’m also suffering from a sore throat coldy thing.

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

Plumes x

Vegan Nights Carnival August 2018

City Vegan Lunch Market

I have visited City Lunch Market in the past which takes place on Thursdays at the Guildhall in the City of London (7 minutes from my workplace!) they usually have a few vegan options amongst the more meaty offerings so I was over the moon when I saw that my friend Sean AKA Fat Gay Vegan had organised an exclusively vegan market to take place this week at the Guildhall.

I arranged to meet Mitsu (of To Happy Vegans) who works even closer to the Guildhall for our monthly vegan lunch.

I had spied on the FB event which caterers were going to present and I was excited to see there were quite a few I hadn’t tried before.

I decided to try out What the Fattoush! Palestinian vegan food and got their meal deal of fattoush bowl, side of fried okra and drink for £10. The okra was fab and reminded me of fried pickles (I ate them while Mitsu was getting her food so I didn’t take a pic oops!) The fattoush was your middle eastern fayre and a very well done version of it. My understanding of fattoush was that it is a bread salad which usually includes pomegranate so I was a bit surprised that this version omitted both these ingredients.

Mitsu chose the ramen from Fussy Chilesauraus, these noodles are served cold which was welcome on this 34°C day!

Mitsu also bought some pizza from Pickywops to have for dinner. I’ve tried their pizza before and their bases are something special.

For dessert we bought a doughnut each from new kid on the vegan doughnut scene Bear’s Dough. I loved my classic sugar and cinnamon it was light and chewy and delicious!

We were melting at this point so definitely needed some ice cream to cool down (that was my excuse anyway!) so we headed over to Black Milq. Mitsu chose the black sesame and I have the blackberry crumble, just what I needed!

I tried a seitan wrap from Cafe So Vegan at Hackney Downs Vegan Market which I wrote about here and lots of people were keen to get their hands on one as the queue demonstrates!

The crowd looked to be the general city crowd rather than specifically vegan peeps so I’m glad how well they were embracing the market and hopefully it will become a regular event. How wild is it that I could be going to a vegan market so close to my work, I almost didn’t want to go back to my desk (almost).

We couldn’t leave without getting a selfie with the man himself before he too melted into a sweaty mess. (This is an Australian man who spends six months of the year in Mexico and was complaining about the heat!)

What are vegan lunch options like near your workplace? How jealous are you of me right now?! Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

City Vegan Lunch Market

Vegan Yes July 2018

My friend Jo and I went out for our monthly meal on Tuesday and this month we chose Vegan Yes a Korean Italian fusion restaurant located in the middle of Brick Lane. The menu is a quirky as it sounds, featuring both Italian and Korean dishes as well as some featuring both cuisines.

Jo went strictly Korean for her main choosing the bibimbap that featured all four the kimchis Vegan Yes had to offer. She found this simple dish very filling and I was happy to help her finish it. Each kimchi had a distinct flavour and was very fresh.

On the side she had a hemp hot dog, I also snuck a bite of this and it was really taste with a definite umami flavour.

I had the Toppognocchi which featured Korean rice dumplings and Italian potato dumplings in a tomato and Korean spiced sauce with olive oil and sesame seeds. This was a fab dish and was surprisingly not too spicy for me. You could really taste the olive oil in the croutons too.

I had a gorgeous seaweed salad on the side to add a bit of greenery.

For dessert Jo chose the chocolate mousse, she said it had more of a pudding type texture than a mousse like one but it was tasty all the same and she finished the whole pot (I didn’t get a look in this time!) I chose the chocolate covered mochi. I’ve never had mochi with chocolate around it but it definitely won’t be the last time!

To drink with our dessert Jo had a ginger tea and a had a cold moringa with plant milk. We also had filtered water free of charge with our meal served in metal cups.

The restaurant is small with only two tables and then a bar with stools but I think you could fit quite a few people in there if you don’t mind it cosy!

The only disappointing thing I found was that it was cash only. I can’t believe in 2018 in central London you can get away with not accepting cards.

The meal was very reasonably priced coming in at around £13 each for us which isn’t too shoddy for a main, a side, a dessert and a drink each.

Would definitely recommend heading to Vegan Yes if you are in the area.

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

Plumes x

Vegan Yes July 2018

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

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