Whenever I plan to visit a new city, there are only 2 things I check out in advance for addresses: bookshops and places where I can get vegan food.
In the case of The Hague I got spoiled.
First there was the American Book Center. I knew this bookshop from his location in Amsterdam. Although this one isn’t as big, it still had a nice selection of vegan cookbooks. I scored Forks over knives the Cookbook. I’m one of those persons who believe that your life can’t be complete untill you have all the recipes from Isa Chandra Moskowitz in your house
After this we were ready for lunch, and of course we wanted to buy something at De Vegetarische Slager (The vegetarian butcher).
I had a ‘Broodje kip met satésaus’ (chicken with peanutsauce). Sorry, no picture.
For dessert we got to another place that was very recommended: Baklust.
And oh yes, I had this fabulous vegan cake:
This gave me enough fuel to go for a long walk. Because yes I really wanted to visit the Veggie supermarket: Veggie 4u. They promised on their website a fine selection of vegan food. And I wasn’t dissapointed. I got myself a whole lot of vegan cheeses. Unfortunately most faux meats where frozen. So, we couldn’t take them with us.
After that it was back home. Passing by on the Vegetarian Toko on the way to the railwaystation. Lots and lots of freezers with faux meats.
For dinner we had a break in Antwerp. Close by Centraal Station you find Aahar. A cheap vegetarian Indian restaurant.
Did I tell you already about these vegan cheese I recently discovered? It’s Santeciano and I bought it via Veggie Deluxe. This is defintely the best vegan cheese I ever had. It has the best taste and is the best one for grating. It even melts a little bit.
I’m a cake lover. I could eat it everyday.
But as a vegan you get confronted with this one problem. If you want cake, you’ll have to make it yourself.
Lately I don’t have that problem anymore. Because now I can purchase lots of delicious cookies and cakes from Vegan Bakery
I already tried the lemon cake and the marsipan cake, and they were both delicious. These cakes aren’t fresh ones, so you have to be open for that. Then last week I saw in my usual health food store, a sign that stated ‘vega’ on a chocolate cake. Of course I had to ask if that meant it was vegan, and so it was. Immediately I bought two pieces, one for me and one for the daughter. Not to bad, but honestly I like the ones I bake better. Still, it’s good to know that when I’m in desperetaly need for a piece of cake, I know were to go. That means when my secret stash of ‘vegan bakery’ cakes is already gone.
The bulgurpilav with beets is from ‘How to cook everything vegetarian‘.
If you should wonder what those other things are. Well, their ‘chicken’nuggets from Fry’s‘. Lately I am able to buy lots of different faux meat and fish from this webshop: VEGGIE deluxe. They offer a lot of vegan food and I’m so curious that I want to check them all out but I think it’s going to take me a while because they have so much. And I don’t mind to have some faux things on my plate, but just not every day.
On day four we went to the British Museum and in the afternoon we visited the neighbourhood of Brick Lane. That day was J. birthday and his greatest gift was therefore that he could go to Rough Trade. I also had the best restaurant reserved for that day, which also proved to be quite handy as it is just around the corner from Rough Trade. I’m talking about Rootmaster: a fully vegan restaurant on a double decker bus. Much heard of for years, been very curious about it and finally we were here:
Again I reserved online in advance to be sure. In addition, I had already looked into the menu and I knew that there was only one dish that I certainly would like to order: the ‘TofuTower “:
One word: Super!
J. took the same but Y. had it more difficult too choose and finally went for this:
And since we had something to celebrate, we had a place reserved in our stomach for dessert:
On the menu it sais there was a wait of 25 minutes, but that was totally worth it, although I wouldn’t had mind to eat the ice desert of Y. and J.:
Rootmaster, if only for them I go right back to London::
But there is more, the last day I had myself booked on one of the main attractions of London: Vx, vegan shop and the headquarters of the SSOV.
You should know that all week long my feet were hurting like hell because I had taken the wrong shoes to London. I didn’t need more excuses to buy immediately on the spot a new pair of shoes:
We bought some more vegan food such as donuts (unfortunately I forgot to take pictures). At the shop we also had a very nice surprise, the girl that helped us was Flemish. So we could even talk in our own language.
The last day is the one you have to get rid of your last pounds, so after a visit to the National Gallery, and again a bookstore we did another visit to Planet Organic. This organic supermarket, that we only discovered at the end of the week and that from then on gave us a lunch because they offer a good selection of vegan food. Each product is indicated with labels for wich type of diet it is suitable, so I only had to look for stickers with a blue V, and that proved to be a lot and very easy.
These are the things we all dragged back home:
On monday morning, 2nd august, we arrived in London and our first goal was the Vivienne Westwood store.
Teenage girl (who from now on will be named Y. as she turned 16 some weeks ago) had her eyes on the Melissa shoes for some very, very long time and even been saving money for them. As you can’t find them in Belgium she defintely wanted to look for and ev. buy them in London. As you maybe already know these shoes are vegan as they are made from plastic. Unfortunately the ones she really liked weren’t available anymore, but she was still very happy with these ones (the black ones, rat not included). And she even found some more vegan shoes in Urban Outfitters:
That day we did some more shopping. I found myself an organic fair trade dress and a new vegan cookbook The conscious cook.
For diner we went to Mildred’s. Two years ago we had diner overthere too and Y. claims that they serve the best ever veganaise. So she definetely wanted to go for some more. It looks like they changed it because it’s now flavored with basil. Still, it’s stays one of the best veganaise:
I took the pie:
mixed mushroom, porcini and ale pie served with fries and mushy peas
I can still recommend this place but be aware that’s the place is always overcrowded and it can take some time before they can give you a free table. (We were lucky this time, but that’s only because we went very early.) As a drink I can totally recommend the Freedom beer even when it’s for us Belgian very expensive.
Y. had the cola in this nice looking bottle.
I’m already some days back from France but I’m still in holiday mood for food. That means I’m not doing much in my kitchen. Instead we went out eating at ‘Lekker GEC’:
If you are ever in Gent, check this place out. It’s vegan food, nothing special, but good and not to expensive.
You find it across the railway station (Sint-Pieters). This place is actually only a few minutes walk from my work. Still, I almost never go there. I have a good reason for this. Normally I’m finished working at 5, but boyfriend arrives at this railway station around 7. Well you can guess, I don’t feel like waiting for 2 hours and I don’t want to cycle home and return one hour later. But sometimes we manage to go overthere.
And this evening I was home alone: no daughter (she’s still in France) and the boyfriend staid in Brussel for a concert. I cycled to the health food shop, hoping I would find a vegan meal that only needed some reheating. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found for the first time ever a vegan pizza in a store:
I was a little disappointed it didn’t had any faux cheese on it. But the peperoni tasted good and the pizza was nicely spiced.
Yes, there is a new schnitzel in town. And they sell it in the supermarket, between lots of other vegetarian schnitzels. But this time I was lucky, because the new one, is a vegan one. They’re selling them with big promotions now as an introduction. So, of course I had to take them home. Especially for teenage girl, because she likes all kind of schnitzels a lot. But I never bought them anymore, because none of them were vegan.
If you want more information about this product, you find it here. By the way they call it a filet, and they have two kinds: spicy and less spicy, but also nuggets.
We had the spicy ones, and guess: we all liked them. The crust was actually the best crust I ever tasted. It had way more flavours in it.
I’m glad that I have a big tip now for when someone else wants to cook for me. I wouldn’t mind getting them served as a meat-replacer.
Wow, yesterday was the first day of Veganmofo that I actually didn’t post anything. I have some excuses: the weather was way to nice, there is a crisis going on at my work and they’re starting to rebuilding my attic.
I hope this food makes it alright for you girls and guys?
Green beans with tomatoes and puff-pastry pita-seitan stuffed
I didn’t make the puff-pastry myself, but I found some in the supermarket and filled it with this:
Served with some couscous.
I went to the city in a search of bike-bags and I found surprisingly the people of Bite back having a stall in front of McDonalds. And look what I bought from them:
The Lisa button was chosen by Teenage girl. They were also selling this booklet:
(writer’s note: sorry, it seems I lost the picture)
Yes, vegan recipes. At a first look I can’t expect very promising, new, exciting food. It’s more of plain food where you substitute cream for a soy alternative. But, I don’t mind. I only bought the thing as a support.