London: 222 Veggie Vegan

I’d known I wanted to eat at 222 Veggie Vegan for a long time, but when the time came to decide upon a restaurant for our final evening in London, I actually almost forgot about the place. I’m glad I remembered, though, because 222 turned out to be a favourite of ours! I totally want to make it to their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet some day, because that would be a great opportunity to sample more of their delicious meals.

Baked Champignons

It took me a while to decide on a starter, but I finally went for their Baked Champignons – delicious crispy mushrooms served with cocktail sauce and a little salad. These champignons were so flavourful! I’ve made baked mushrooms myself, but they never came out this tasty, so I’m glad I tried this dish. I only kind of wished there was more of it, but I guess that’s a good sign. I really liked the cocktail sauce, too – I don’t think I’d ever tried anything like that.

Soup of the Day

My boyfriend really loves soup, so the Soup of the Day was his choice at this restaurant as well. He got this delicious bowl of cream of tomato soup with organic wholemeal bread, which doesn’t look super pretty in the picture, but it tasted great!

222 Burger

This yummy plate, the 222 Burger, was my boyfriend’s main dish. Even though the picture doesn’t actually show what’s inside the bun (oops), I can tell you it was delicious. It’s different from other burgers in that the filling (if I recall correctly) was more like veggie mince and tomato sauce rather than one burger patty.  As it turns out, that works perfectly – my boyfriend loved it! It came with homemade ketchup, too, so this is one special burger. I only had one bite myself, but I’m glad it was so tasty. Too bad I don’t remember much of what it was like (other than what my boyfriend told me), because I’d like to try and recreate this meal…

Tofu Medallion Piccata with Spaghetti

I had the Tofu Medallion Piccata with Spaghetti, which looked beautiful (I like how they dust the edges of the plates with spices…), although it wasn’t entirely what I’d expected. The menu talks about “marinated tofu slices” served on spaghetti, while my dish only had one slice of tofu with smaller cubes mixed in to the pasta. Anyway – that didn’t stop me from loving this excellent pasta dish. Yum!

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

After stuffing ourselves with all the delicious food mentioned above, we still got to pick two desserts! I made sure to look for a dish that included ice cream, as 222 offers the Swedish Glace ice cream I loved so much when I had it at Rootmaster. Luckily for me, almost all of their desserts can be served with ice cream, and I decided upon this slice of chocolate cake. I enjoyed my dessert, but to be honest, the cake was my least favourite part. The filling was delicious, as were the ice cream and the fruit, but the cake itself seemed slightly dry and crumbly to me, especially the edges. I don’t regret trying this at all, but I think I’d go for something else next time, such as the dessert my boyfriend chose …

222 Pancake

… which was the 222 Pancake, a wholemeal pancake filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with warm vanilla and chocolate sauce – does it get any better than that? Mmmm. My pictures aren’t as good as the ones on the 222 website, though, so have a look over there as well! You won’t regret it, though it might leave you hungry and craving seitan stroganoff.

222 Veggie Vegan

London: As Nature Intended & more

Hi again! Sorry it’s taking me so long to post all of this London stuff – I promise I’m almost done now! This post is a bit of a mishmash of different London-related things, so apologies if it’s slightly long.

Anyway, one evening after a long day of walking from place to place all the time, we wanted nothing more than to sit down and enjoy a simple bag of chips, preferably with mushy peas (because I’ve never had those, and they sound fun. they are vegan, right?). However, we couldn’t find a single (fish and) chip shop! Well, we found one in the end, but that one wasn’t open for dinner. I mean, there was plenty of other food, but we really wanted that yummy deep-fried potato-y goodness. Luckily, we finally found a restaurant not far from our B&B that did serve simple, delicious and cheap food, including this generous portion of chips:

Chips & Stuffed Vine leaves

These hit the spot.  These were really tasty, and the condiments on the side were excellent as well (not pictured, but we got little bowls with three different dips, two of them vegan). Just what we wanted! I also ordered a portion of stuffed vine leaves in tomato salsa, and they were even better than I’d expected. I’ve only ever had dolmades served cold, but these were warm and soft and creamy and utterly delicious.

So while I loved eating at all the amazing vegetarian restaurants in London, this simple meal was very satisfying as well. And we were starting to become kind of broke at this point, so we were happy to have a cheaper meal this time, too.

The next morning (our last day! boo), we made a little trip to an awesome health food store in Ealing. Amy, one of the wonderful people at the B&B, had recommended this place to us, and I’m so glad she did! This store, called As Nature Intended, was packed with awesome vegan goodies. I kind of wish we’d checked it out a few days earlier, because they had loads of products I wanted to try. I still left with a bunch of great treats, though, so I’m definitely not complaining. Here’s a quick list of what we got:

Soyade soy yoghurts

  • Sojade soy yoghurts! I’d seen the Sojade brand once before in the Netherlands, but I hadn’t tried any of their products yet. These tiny packages of soy yoghurt were the perfect opportunity to sample some flavours! We had cherry, raspberry, and lemon, and the lemon flavour was definitely our favourite. Mmm.

  • A Tofu Spinach Pancake by Laura’s Idea: Unlike other things I’ve bought to eat on the go, I think this product was actually best enjoyed served cold! This was great, as I had no way of heating it anyway. I loved the texture and flavour of the pancake and I liked the tofu spinach mixture too, but I could only eat about half of it before I kind of got bored with the filling. It was also a bit messy to eat. I think I would buy this again as I did enjoy it, but I would probably try to divide it into separate portions and not eat the entire wrap at once.
  • A Fresh! sandwich: “organic vegetarian sausage with onion marmelade, cucumber & baby salad leaves on malthouse”. I really wanted to try this because I like discovering new kinds of vegan sausage, and I really enjoyed the sausage and salad on this, but the onion marmalade made the whole sandwich kind of gross for me. I found the sweet flavour way too overpowering, so I tried to eat around it and enjoy the rest of the sandwich, which I did like.
  • A Falafel Wrap, also by Fresh!: Definitely not the best falafel I’ve ever had, but it was okay. I put this in the fridge at the B&B so I could enjoy it on our way home the next day, but maybe it would be better eaten right away? In any case, I thought it was a little dry and I didn’t like the bread/wrap very much, but the fillings weren’t too bad.
  • Plamil Egg Free Mayonnaise: whoo! I was glad to find a jar of this stuff, as my boyfriend mentioned how much he liked the mayo at Ha Ha Veggie Bar, and I think this is the brand they use. I haven’t opened the jar yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it! Maybe we can do a little mayonnaise tasting to compare different brands…
  • A Granose burger mix: These just-add-water burger mixes are always good to have on hand, so I was excited to be able to try a new kind. I already made a few burgers with this, and they’re really tasty! I’ll post more about them later.
  • Essence of rosewater and organic vanilla extract: I always see recipes that use rosewater, but I never had the stuff around. Now I do! I haven’t tried it yet, but I should look up some of those recipes. I’m not sure how different the natural vanilla extract is from the Dr Oetker aroma stuff I usually buy, but it will be fun to try it out!

The weather was fiiinally getting a bit better, so we decided to spend our day in Hyde Park. We had a wonderful day! I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, but I did manage to get a few shots of the adorable squirrels we met – some of them were shy, but we were patient, and eventually they came closer! I had some organic sunflower seeds I’d bought at a health food store and they seemed to love those… I’d never seen a squirrel up close before, so I was super excited! They are so so so cute.

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London: Vx – an all vegan shop!

Vx Storefront

After our delicious lunch at the Gallery Cafe, we filled our afternoon with sight seeing and shopping at fun shops, including Vx (pronounced v-cross), a completely vegan store in King’s Cross! Vx is the home of the Secret Society of Vegans, so the store carries all of their clothing and accessories, but they sell lots of other awesome products as well. I really wanted to check out this place because it’s just so much fun to shop at a store completely packed with vegan goodies!

Vx!

They sell everything from shoes to cupcakes and I was especially excited to try some of the vegan baked good and other treats. Here’s a little list of what I got:

A cupcake by Ms Cupcake: I think the one I got was a Triple Chocolate Cupcake, but whatever it was, it was perfect! I took it with me in a little box so it got a bit squashed on the way to the B&B and I couldn’t get a pretty picture of it. Definitely have a look at Ms Cupcake’s website, though, because there are some gorgeous pictures over there! I’d love to try more of her cupcakes if I ever get the chance.

An SSOV hoodie and mug: The hoodie is super warm and soft and comfy! Thankfully the weather currently isn’t so cold that I need such a warm sweater, but I’m sure going to be glad to have it when winter comes around. Plus I love buying my clothing from vegan companies, so that is great as well. The mug is a bit silly but I couldn’t resist. Ha.

Treats!

Mexican-style Creamy Sheese: Sheese is a brand of vegan cheese that I’ve been looking forward to trying. Vx only had one of their products, which was this Mexican-spiced cream cheese. I only tried it once so far (on a slice of bread), and I thought it was tasty but not super impressive. It’s good, but I guess I really wanted to try something new, and apart from the spices, this didn’t seem to be all that different from the Tofutti cream cheese I usually get over here. I would really like to try the solid blocks of Sheese someday, because those look really interesting and different from vegan cheeses available over here. I still have most of the tub of Creamy Sheese to finish, though. I’m just not sure how to serve it. Just spread on a bagel with veggies and avocado maybe? Any suggestions?

Organica Vegan Hazelnut Nougat & Dark Chocolate bar: Yum! The bar was tasty, but nothing outstanding so I probably wouldn’t buy it very often even if I had access to it.

Trios Fudge Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies: Score! At least, I expect I’ll love these – I haven’t opened the package yet! I’m thinking I could make some of those enticing Oreo Cupcakes with them… that would be amazing. I just haven’t tried one yet because I’m afraid I won’t be able to eat them all before they go bad, and that would be a terrible waste! So I’m just going to hang on to these and hopefully I’ll be able to make something delicious with them someday.

A Whole Earth Sparkling Elderflower Drink: Woooh! Remember how I said I love the Whole Earth drink we had at Rootmaster and the Elderberry drink I had at the Gallery Cafe? (I know you don’t, but bear with me here) Well, combine the two and you get this! It’s a delicious elderflower softdrink sweetened with agave AND I recently found out can get this near my home, too! Excellent.

I think that’s all I bought at Vx – all such lovely vegan products! And because they were so packed with goodies, I kind of wish I could’ve tried even more. For instance, I saw these huge (and I mean huge) cookies that looked delicious and they had a few types of vegan ice cream, too, but we just weren’t able to buy (and eat) all of those at the same time. I’m really happy I got to try out all these wonderful treats, though!