Roly’s Fudge Pantry

I was first made aware of Roly’s Fudge Pantry from a recent review Siobhan at Vegan Babe Life (at time of posting Siobhan’s giveaway is still open so click that link to be in with a chance of winning some for yourself!)

Roly’s have 38 stores nationwide which operate on a franchisee basis. Using traditional techniques they make fudge on site. Along with the non-vegan varieties they offer two vegan varieties Maple Cashew and Salted Maple Pecan. When I was speaking to Guy Bart-Smith who owns the Camden branch (along with branches in Lincoln and the Lake District) he said they make the vegan fudge first thing to avoid cross contamination and as it was getting more popular he was having to get up earlier and earlier to meet demand!

The Camden store is in Stables Market quite near the Amy Winehouse statue and right by Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner which I reviewed here.

Photo credit – Guy Bart-Smith

Right now to the fudge! I went for a bag of the Maple Cashew fudge and WOW! Hands down this is the best vegan fudge I have ever tasted. No other fudge I’ve tried has that rich buttery taste that non-vegan fudge has. It also has that esssntial crumbly texture. Cashews have quite a neutral flavour and if you didn’t knew I wouldn’t think you’d guess these contained cashews. As pecans have a stronger flavour I’m excited to try that variety to see the difference.

If you don’t have a store nearby you can also buy fudge from Roly’s online store.

As the vegan varieties are getting more and more popular I hope they expand the range, I would love to see what inventive flavours they can come up with!

Have you tried Roly’s vegan fudge? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Roly’s Fudge Pantry

Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner May 2018

For our last meal of our Camden mini-trip we decided to head to Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner in the Stables Market for an early lunch before heading home.

I couldn’t see a full menu online but from reading reviews it was classic American with burgers, hot dogs and macaroni cheese available.

They do a great meal deal for £10 for a main, fries and a drink so my Husband and I both went for this option, him with a burger and me with the Reuben sandwich and a side of mac & cheese.

I’ve never had a Reuben sandwich, vegan or otherwise but this definitely won’t be my last! Wholemeal bread packed with vegan pastrami, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and Russian dressing this sandwich spoke to my heart! I love pickly flavours so the combo of sauerkraut and pickles was a big plus for me! My Husband was also impressed with the number of pickles in his burger! He did say the bun was a little dry but the patty was really juicy.

The mac and cheese came with vegan bacon and sour cream on top. This was a decent mac and cheese. I’m not into mac and cheese as much as some people are but I think Rudy’s version would definitely be up there.

The portions are generous so we saved half to have for dinner later, definitely getting your money’s worth!

I saw someone else order a hotdog and that’s what I’m going to go for next time!

Rudy’s has a nice corner unit with seating both inside and out which is an added bonus as most places in Camden Market are just stalls or have a couple seats at the counter.

Have you sampled Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner May 2018

The Fields Beneath May 2018

This is just a really quick post to tell you about the lovely breakfast my Husband and I had at The Fields Beneath in Kentish Town yesterday.

I have been following the cafe on social media for over a year now and were really interested in their story.

The cafe had been running since 2012 before one of the owners became vegan. Gradually they started reducing the animal products available in the cafe and finally eliminated dairy milk on Mother’s Day 2017.

As we were staying in Camden on Sunday night it was a great opportunity to get down to the cafe for breakfast the next morning.

We were planning on heading to Camden market for lunch so I didn’t want anything huge for breakfast. I had also seen multiple photos of their croissants on their Intagram feed and was really intrigued to try them.

We had a croissant each and OH MY WORD! These are definitely the best vegan croissants I have every tasted and definitely up there with any non-vegan offering. (I don’t think you’d even be able to tell). Just look at that texture!

I had a gorgeous chai latte to accompany my croissant. The Fields Beneath use Oatly oat milk as their default milk but they also have a variety of other options available on request.

My Husband, who doesn’t drink hot drinks went for a sparkling citrus, cold brew coffee. This had an interesting flavour that was very unusual but not unpleasant. I’d definitely try it again.

The Fields Beneath is located under the arches at Kentish Town West station and I am very jealous of the people who can go in everyday on their commute!

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

Plumes x

The Fields Beneath May 2018

Purezza Camden May 2018

On Sunday my Husband and I were heading to Camden to see J-POP superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and needed somewhere to have dinner first.

We loved Purezza when we visited their Brighton restaurant a couple of years ago and hadn’t had the opportunity to visit their newer Camden restaurant until now.

We got to the restaurant at about 4pm so there were a few tables occupied but it wasn’t overly busy.

We decided to share a garlic bread to start. I love it when garlic bread comes with rosemary and this one didn’t disappoint!

For main my Husband chose the “Season 4 Pizza 1”

Marinated artichokes, black kalamata olives, oven roasted chestnut mushrooms & smoked beetroot carpaccio, finished with salad cress.

He enjoyed it although he isn’t a massive fan of beetroot and handed those over to me.


My pizza also had beetroot on it, I went for the Fumosa – Smoked tofu pieces, with oven roasted mushrooms and smoked beetroot carpaccio, finished with a drizzling of BBQ sauce.

Some of the beetroot was a little under-done and I definitely could have done with more mushrooms but overall I really enjoyed my pizza. The dough was so amazing, we could smell it as soon as we walked into the restaurant!

We had garlic mayo and barbeque dips with our pizzas although I couldn’t really taste any garlic in the mayo. The barbeque was quite fruity which I really liked.

I was starting to get full at this point but I could turn down a dessert! I went for the Oreo pizza and Oh My Word! was this delicious! Chocolate hazelnut spread on that amazing dough topped by Oreo cookies! I got pretty messy eating this and I had to leave a couple of the crusts but I regret nothing!

Purezza also offers a 10% student discount which is always handy to know.

I would definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in the area and fancy pizza!

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

Plumes x

Purezza Camden May 2018

Vegan Nights May 2018

Well it’s been over a month since I last posted. It sometimes seems like I have loads of events all at once and then none for a little while and I don’t like to post just for the sake of it!

When I was out with my friend Maxine a couple of weeks ago she mentioned she was heading to this month’s Vegan Nights and as I free and hadn’t been in a few months I decided to tag along.

The event takes place in 93 Feet East and The Boilerhouse in Brick Lane and takes up a much larger space than the last time I visited. This was great as it meant stalls weren’t cramped together and there was a lot more space for seating.

We decided to go early, which was great to beat the queues and meant I wasn’t out too late! (I do love to be in bed by 10!)

I decided to go have tofish and chips with mushy peas from Shakey Shakey Fish Bar. I’d heard of these guys but never been to an event they were at so wanted to try them out. The tofish was great, the batter was crisp and there was more seaweed than I’ve had in other tofish dishes, which gave it that fishy taste. I also really enjoyed dipping my chips in the tartare sauce.

They also had deep fried Oreos which I was really tempted by, but they’ll have to wait for next time!

Maxine went for a wrap from What the Pitta, I have tried these multiple times and they are always amazing!

Photo credit – https://www.instagram.com/vegan4theanimalz/

For dessert I couldn’t resist this mint chocolate ice cream from Hell Yum. Mint choc chip was always my favourite ice cream flavour pre-vegan and it’s one you rarely see vegan versions of. We also tried some samples of Hell Yum’s cookies which were delicious. They also do ice cream cookie sandwiches but I was far too full for that!

There’s always two cake stalls I have to purchase something from. I picked up a Viennese Whirl from Vegan Delice and a rainbow cake along with a couple of brownies (peanut and caramel) for my Husband from Vida Bakery. These went down a right treat!

I managed to make one none food purchase as well. This gorgeous T-shirt from BCLVA (I couldn’t find a link for them, sorry!) for only a fiver! Maxine picked up a couple of different designs too. I think it’s gonna look great at activism events!

We also had a little boogie to DJ Deccy Jarrett in the bar area before I decided to head home.

There were so many other places to try out, I think I’ll definitely have to back next month!

I’ll finish with this photo of Maxine and I showing off our vegan ink!

Did you visit Vegan Nights this month? What did you think? What did you eat?

Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Nights May 2018

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

Gallery Cafe February 2018

I have visited the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green quite a few times and have blogged about it in the past but this was my first visit since they decided to go fully vegan at the beginning of 2018.

The Gallery Cafe is situated in St Margaret’s House, a charity supporting the local community and with 100% of the profits going back to the charity you not only get a tasty meal but a warm fuzzy feeling too!

My Mum and I were going to a gig in Bethnal Green so it was the perfect excuse to visit.

My Mum had never tried jackfruit before and wanted to sample some so she went for the tacos which are described as “Pulled jackfruit slow-cooked in our homemade smoky barbeque sauce in soft shell corn tacos; served with a crunchy red onion, carrot and cabbage slaw and a tangy lime, ginger, garlic and chilli ceviche; topped with fresh coriander

She was rather taken by the blue corn taco and described the dish as “lush”!

I was toing and froing between the sweet potato masala and the gado gado chao with the latter winning out. It is described on the menu as “Our unique Indonesian mixed-vegetable stir-fry with a punchy peanut and lime sauce; served with tempeh, brown rice and fresh coriander“. The sauce definitely did pack a punch and the tempeh was so tasty. It really hit the spot on this freezing cold day and the vegetables were perfectly cooked.

I’m excited to go back to the Gallery Cafe to try out some more of their dishes.

Have you visited the Gallery Cafe recently? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Gallery Cafe February 2018