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.
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.
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!
What’s your favourite vegan pasta dish? Let me know in the comments below.
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!
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.