I had two days of Christmas company do’s in a row and after the abysmal display from Ipswich Town FC (basically just a plate of vegetables for both lunch and dinner) I knew things could only improve when we went to Bill’s in Shoreditch for our team Christmas meal.
I had pre-ordered the 3 vegan options for starter, main and dessert, no choice but better than some years where you have to ring up in order to negotiate a vegan option.
To drink I had a hot elderflower cordial. I’ve been suffering from a cold the past couple of weeks so this was really nice.
For my starter I had ordered mushroom soup, unfortunately mine and my colleague’s soup were both cold so they had to be sent back. Once they returned the soup was lovely tasting and the bread with it was great too.
For main I had the vegan roast, again the vegetables weren’t incredibly warm. I enquired about a vegetarian gravy and the waitress took so long I was almost finished by the time she came back. The roast was really moist and flavourful though and I think a lot of effort has been put into that.
For dessert I had the rice pudding brulee. The sugar had a good crack but the rice was a bit claggy and didn’t have much sauce. Saying that I did manage to finish it.
I think this dinner looked really nice on paper but was decidedly average on eating. I’ve never eaten in a Bill’s before and this just may be the pressure of the Christmas period and all the work meals going on. It’s not the worse Christmas meal I’ve had as a vegan but no where near the best.
Have you been to Bill’s? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Today I took part in the Worldwide Vegan Chalk Bomb with my Sister-in-law and our new friend Meredith from Vegans of East London. People took part in events all across the world to spread the vegan message. You can check out everyone’s work by searching the hashtags #veganchalkbomb and #veganchalkchallenge on Twitter and Instagram. We set up camp outside Shoreditch High Street Overground Station and got to work. A fellow vegan who was working so couldn’t join us brought us cupcakes from Vida Bakery to spur us on!
After all that chalking we were getting hungry so we decided to head over to Broadway Vegan Market which was holding its first event. We decided to walk and had a lovely time nosing in the cute little shops along the way and even got chatting to another vegan lady who was working in one of the shops.
It’s seems like it’s another day another vegan market at the moment and I’m definitely not complaining! Every Saturday you can choose between Broadway Vegan Market and Hackney Downs Vegan Market (or go to both if you’re being greedy!) and tomorrow (1st October) sees the launch of Walthamstow Vegan Market.
Many of the traders were also at Vegan Nights a couple of days previously (which I wrote about here) so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to try.
I chose a noodle salad from Eat Chay which came with Korean barbecue pieces and chick’n and lemongrass pieces. It was really great and the vegetables made it really fresh tasting.
My Sister-in-law chose to order from Spice Box (after much deliberation!) and got this box of tandoori cauliflower, jackfruit tikka masala and sweet potato curry. I tried a little bit of each (of course!) and it was damn tasty!
I couldn’t go home without getting something for my Husband so I picked him up a pizza slice and a chocolate walnut brownie from Vegan Sweet Tooth.
There were loads of other lovely looking stalls and I hope to make my way round a few of them at upcoming events!
Have you taken part in any vegan chalking? Or did you attend a delicious vegan food event this weekend? Let me know in the comments below.
Today I had lunch with my friend Mitsu at Dinerama in Shoreditch. I’ve sampled Club Mexicana at some of their other locations but this was my first time at Dinerama and as it’s only a 15 minute walk from work it definitely won’t be last!
There were a few things on the menu I wanted to try so I decided to go for it and have the leftovers for dinner.
I had a pulled jackfruit tinga taco, chick’n wings and beer battered cheeze fries while Mitsu went for chick’n Caesar burrito.
The pulled jackfruit taco was really tasty but a bit difficult to eat as the filling was so generous! The chick’n wings had a really good texture and the crispy batter was amazing! Now the cheeze fries were just out of this world! Oozy, gooey deliciousness!
Have you been lucky enough to sample the delights of Club Mexicana? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
When I heard there was a new vegan bakery opening within walking distance of my workplace I was overjoyed! (Ms Cupcake I love you, but Brixton/Wholefoods is a mission for me!)
I followed Vida Bakery on instagram and liked what I saw they had planned to sell in the bakery.
I popped into the bakery on Cheshire Street (off Brick Lane at the Shoreditch end) at Friday lunchtime and had a lovely chat with one of the owners – Dani.
The space is lovely, there’s a small counter with a long bench table and cool lighting. A bookshelf with loads of vegan & gluten free books and magazines and entire blackboard wall featuring the menu.
Now onto the cakes! There was a wide selection of cupcakes, a chocolate and orange loaf cake, some cookies and some cinnamon buns. I enquired about savoury options but Dani said they had some earlier in the week and they hadn’t sold very well but they may try again.
I bought 4 cupcakes for £10 for my Husband, Brother, Sister-in-law and me as well as a matcha latte.
I went for mocha, double choc (the signature), peanut butter and jelly and salted caramel. I had the double choc and it was delicious the chocolate frosting was really thick like a peanut butter cup but a lot richer. The others all said they really enjoyed theirs too.
I’ll definitely be back for some loaf cake and I’ve already discussed with Dani ordering my birthday cake from them!
If you’re in he area should definitely head down there, if you’ve already been let me know what you thought in the comments.
I’ve lost a bit of my blogging mojo over the last few weeks. This hasn’t been helped by the issues I’ve had with WordPress losing my posts or only publishing them in part. Hopefully I’ll find some inspiration and start posting a bit more! I’ve been having some fabulous food that’s definitely not the issue!
Bolognese or chilli is an easy dinner for us if there’s not much left in the fridge. There’s usually a ropey pepper and a few mushrooms and I always have chopped tomatoes and beans in the cupboard and usually veggie mince in the freezer. I used the leftovers for lunch on Tuesday in jacket potato from the canteen at work.
On Tuesday I had my monthly catch up with my friend Jo. We took a short bus ride to the Ethiopian Andu Cafe in Dalston. I’d read good things online about this little vegan cafe and we weren’t disappointed. We shared a platter of dishes made of lentils and vegetables served with injera. It was all delicious and filling and a steal at £12 for the whole lot! Afterwards we stopped by a ice cream parlour and I had a gorgeous blueberry and mango sorbet cone.
On Wednesday I went to do some market research in Holborn, as I had a bit of time beforehand I stopped by Poetry Cafe for some food. I had some summer vegetable soup and a slice of banana and walnut cake. Simple things, done well.
With the incentive I earned doing the market research we had a takeaway on Thursday. I went for a couple of starters with satay tofu skewers and deep fried aubergine balls with sweet and sour sauce. I love these dishes and our local Chinese takeaway never disappoint.
On Friday and Saturday I just had little bits and pieces, although I did visit the Asian supermarket so I’ve got a few bits for future meals.
It was my Grandad’s 87th birthday in the week so we had a get together at my Aunt’s house on Sunday. My vegan Sister-in-law and I were well catered for. We had Indian spiced chickpea burgers from Linda McCartney with harissa roasted vegetables, couscous, rice and salad. It was all really lovely and I didn’t need much in the evening to keep me going!
I’m off work this week and going to visit a friend for a couple of days before we have guests ourselves so it’s going to be a busy one!
Have a good week!