2 vegans eating through england

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So Tom is from England. And lucky for him because his ridiculously cute accent is a huge part of why we started dating. And lucky for me, he turned out to be way more than just a cute accent. Yes, we frolic with unicorns, eat tempeh till our stomachs expand past the confines of our pants, and rant about the inadequacies of the dreaded “steamed vegetable plate” at restaurants. “Yes we are vegan, no we don’t eat fish, yes we eat a lot.” So you can imagine my initial fears of dining out in dreary old England. Translation: brownish, meat and potato type dishes with a fear of greens and names that sound more like bands than meals i.e. spotted dick, bangers and mash, toad in a hole, and bubble and squeak. Armed with a stash of granola and Vega bars, I timidly arrived in London, only to find the weather bright and sunny, and the food delicious! Now my stereotypical idea of England has vanished into the Thames as quickly as a cygnet diving for fish, and I am already craving a full english breakfast, vegan style of course. Below are some of the culinary delights we enjoyed during our stay.

the most amazing full english breakfast at Windy Stores Cafe in Whitstable
the most amazing full english breakfast at Windy Stores Cafe in Whitstable
baked beans, lightly sauteed local veggies, homemade focaccia bread, hummus, and salad!
baked beans, lightly sauteed local veggies, homemade focaccia bread, hummus, and salad!
what my cafe would look like if I had one... Windy Stores in Whitstable, one block from the beach
what my cafe would look like if I had one…
Windy Stores in Whitstable, one block from the beach
hooray for vegetarian pubs!
hooray for vegetarian pubs!
warm pita with tabouli and chunky garlic hummus
warm pita with tabouli and chunky garlic hummus at Coach & Horses
rawesome beet ravioli with cashew cheese and arugula salad at Coach & Horses in London
rawesome beet ravioli with cashew cheese and arugula salad at Coach & Horses in London
thai curry delivered via chicken at Thai Orchid in Maidenhead
thai curry delivered via cute chicken at Thai Orchid in Maidenhead
chickpea burger, cress salad, avocado & tomato salad, lentil pomegranate salad, tofu stirfry & baked beans!
chickpea burger, cress salad, avocado & tomato salad, lentil pomegranate salad, tofu stirfry & baked beans!
beautiful home cooked meal by our friend Jean in Penn
beautiful home cooked meal by our dear friend Jean in Penn
summer risotto at Aubergine restaurant, perched on the river Thames in Marlow
summer risotto at Aubergine restaurant, perched on the river Thames in Marlow
fresh and full of micro greens!
risotto fresh and full of micro greens!
portobello salad at Aubergine
portobello salad at Aubergine
lightly battered summer vegetables and roasted red pepper sauce at Bel & Dragon pub in Cookham
lightly battered summer vegetables with roasted red pepper sauce at Bel & Dragon pub in Cookham

2 thoughts on “2 vegans eating through england

    gingerandaloe said:
    August 3, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I love your blog, this food looks so tasty!

      J. Z. Manley responded:
      August 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Isabelle!!

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