vegan restaurants

the city / tempeh reubens at clementine bakery

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black tea with soymilk, worn in flip-flops, and a good pair of jeans makes me happy
an ideal day starts with a hot cup of tea, worn in flip-flops, and a good pair of jeans

A lot of my friends live in what they refer to as “the city”, meaning New York, one of nearly 300 major cities in the US, but according to them might as well be the only one. When visiting, I still stumble over where Queens and the Bronx are in relation to dreary old Manhattan. In fact, a while back I drew a map for my buddy of how I thought the boroughs were arranged. He found it so hysterical that he showed it to other city dwellers so they could have a laugh. I’m okay with this. Actually, in a strange way I’m delighted to not know much about the city because everyone else claims the exact opposite. What I do know is that it has insanely good vegan restaurants ,and for that reason alone, I remain a frequent visitor.

behold a perfectly messy tempeh reuben
behold a perfectly messy tempeh reuben

On that note, Tom and I recently visited Clementine Bakery in Clinton Hill (yes, I just googled “Brooklyn neighborhoods”). We go to Clementine a lot because of its proximity to my brother-in-law’s place and for its insanely delicious tempeh reuben. Loaded with homemade apple sauerkraut, marinated tempeh, Daiya mozzarella cheese, and vegan thousand island dressing inside of freshly baked sourdough bread, you cannot go wrong with this sandwich. Yes, it’s full of Daiya cheese which I’m normally not the biggest fan of, but there is a time and place for processed vegan cheese, and this is most definitely one of them. The vibe inside is cute retro hipster, with tattooed, cat-loving-girls-only bakers and Beyonce blasting in the morning. The service is slow, but it’s okay because I like being there and everything is made fresh. Enjoy your reuben outside with a local coffee and the alley cat regulars who attack unsuspecting dogs passing by. Leave your unicorn friend at home so he doesn’t scare the cats away, but make sure you buy him a reuben to go.

jealous?
the apple sauerkraut is divine!
cute alley cat guarding his cafe, much to the terror of local dogs everywhere
cute alley cat guarding his cafe, much to the terror of local dogs everywhere
299 greene avenue brooklyn...go there!
299 greene avenue brooklyn…go there!

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