Eating vegan in Ubud, Bali

Dear readers,

My time in Bali was predominantly spent in Ubud where my volunteer accommodation was located. I did travel at the weekends but the restaurants I’m going to mention are all in Ubud. I stayed on the outskirts in a small area called Penestanan Kaja, which had few tourists aside from us volunteers. I feel it was able to give me a true sense of what Bali life is really like for the Balinese people!

Vespa

Admittedly I ate a LOT of my meals here considering it was just a few steps from my IMG_2370.jpgaccommodation. Vespa is a cute, small cafe approximately a 30 minute walk from the centre of Ubud (if I remember correctly :p). The cafe boasted a large menu with vegan options. The cuisine ranged from Indian, with their potato or pumpkin dosas, to their Japanese inspired vegan sushi. They also offer simpler dishes such as pasta and their stacked grilled vegetable plate, which you can see in the photo directly below. I was very impressed by the consistent standard of high quality delicious vegan food I was able to eat there. I would definitely recommend it if you get want a change from Balinese or Asian dishes!

 

Yellow Cafe

This gem of a cafe was found tucked away on the hill dividing Ubud centre and Penestanan Kaja. Next door to a yoga retreat this basic, back to nature, relaxed feel to the place made it my favourite of all the cafe’s I visited. Unfortunately, this cafe was not fully vegan but it did have some seriously delicious vegan dishes- like this rice flour crepe topped with chia chocolate, desiccated coconut, bananas, agave maple syrup and strawberries. Totally scrumptious!

 

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I tried their banana and date smoothie as well which tasted like caramel ❤ On another occasion I had their avocado toast without the feta cheese which was so good as they mashed the avocado up and served it with lots of basil and tomato.

 

 

 

Buddha Bowl 

Located nearer the centre of Ubud this restaurant made some delicious stir fried noodles with tofu. They have a predominantly Asian cuisine (particularly Vietnamese), which is nice if you’re trying to avoid the mass of restaurants catering to tourists with their western food. It is not fully vegan but still worth a visit if you’re ever passing by  🙂

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Dayu’s Warung 

The only 100% vegan restaurant I had the pleasure of visiting whilst in Ubud. They serve vegan and raw vegan food here! After glancing at their menu you can see their emphasis on healthy homemade food. They had a large menu with a huge range of dishes. I tried their sweet potato sandwich which was incredibly filling and full of nutrients. By the time I neither me nor my friend could hardly move but it was worth it :p . Unfortunately I completely forgot to take a photo of our dishes but thought I’d mention the restaurant anyways 🙂IMG_2192

Those are all the places I visited in my brief time in Bali. I wish I had had chance to try them all but most of my time was consumed volunteering which is a much more important cause than my stomach…. I suppose 😉

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

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Southeast Asia Vegan style

Dear Readers,

I am officially back from my travels and am ready to share with you the vast range of vegan restaurants I have discovered whilst in Southeast Asia. Admittedly I had around a week in each country so missed out on visiting many of the restaurants but here is a brief overview of the ones I did visit! Unfortunately we struggled to find any vegan places in Laos and so although we visited it, it is not included in the list below.

THAILAND

I only spent a total of 5 days in Thailand which for the most part was spent running around banks trying to sort out my money, after a taking a travel card with me that didn’t actually work in Southeast Asia….not my greatest moment for sure! However I did squeeze in a few visits to vegan restaurants amongst the chaos, which I would highly recommend!

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Chaing Mai-

Vegan Heaven

A large menu full of western vegan food, the menu was so great we had to visit several times…. This was the first place in Southeast Asia I had an english cooked breakfast and the last unfortunately. It was very good featuring ‘bacon’, beans, hash browns, grilled tomatoes and toast. You could also mix it up by adding some of their extras such as tofu scrambled egg or avocado.

Later that day we returned for dinner, we chose their burger and sushi which was made with brown rice since they had run out of white which I actually preferred in the end 🙂 and finished by sharing a waffle topped with ice cream and dark chocolate sauce. The staff were very friendly and were glad to see us back!

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Bangkok- 

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Veganerie Concept

This was my last and best stops throughout the trip! Most likely because I had been missing delicious western vegan deserts which this place was packed with! The bakery is a small chain of 3, which offers a huge range of food from vegan milkshakes and cakes to savoury salads and burgers.

During my visit my boyfriend and I tried their milkshakes, he tried the brownie flavoured concoction whilst I had the mint choc chip. My boyfriend was disappointed with the brownie milkshake, he found it too dark and rich for his tastes but we both agreed mine was delicious!

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This mint choice chip milkshake was divine, my only complaint would be the ‘cream’ was very thick making the drink incredibly filling and rich that I was unable to finish it!!IMG_2159.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re craving western food and looking for a sweet fix this is the place to go 🙂

 

Ethos

A vegetarian restaurant just off Khao San Road which has a very hippie relaxed vibe to it, with cushions on the floor around low tables and no shoes but don’t worry if thats not your style as they also offer traditional table and chairs too! Their menu is a range of healthy organic western, Indian, Eastern and Thai cuisine. I had their vegan lentil soup which was really tasty whilst my boyfriend tried their strawberry pancakes with coconut cream.

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Broccoli revolution 

I went here for dinner one evening and was delighted by their range of healthy vegan dishes. To start we shared avocado and tomato bruschetta with sunflower seeds and nachos cause why not? It was our last night together for a while. Sorry for the poor quality photos.IMG_2169.jpg

 

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I had their chilli veg bowl which had quinoa, avocado, kidney beans, tomatoes, carrots and sweet potato…YUM. They have a range of veg bowls as well as other main courses such as curries and burgers (all vegan friendly). IMG_2149.jpgIMG_2186.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIETNAM

My favourite country I had the pleasure of visiting in Southeast Asia, I spent 11 days here which gave the chance to try plenty of delicious hidden vegan treasures on the way.

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-This yummy stir fry was eaten at Healthy farm in Ho Chi Minh City, district 1. To make the dishes you go a hand pick the ingredients you want from the noodles to the sauce. They also have a couple of set dishes such as their burger and vegan egg. It can be a cheap, tasty place to eat depending on what you pick.

 

 

 

Hoi An-

Karma Waters

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This was a tiny restaurant hidden away on a quiet street in the beautiful Hoi An town in Vietnam. On first impressions we were delighted with their wall covered in inspiring vegan truths and quotes etc. The staff were very friendly and the food was the best I had in Vietnam. The menu consisted of a range of cuisine from vietnamese to indian to western. I ordered their stir fried noodles with tofu and veg. I can hands down say this was the best stir fried noodle and veg dish I had in the month I spent in Southeast Asia! That’s saying something since I lived on this dish most of the time when we were eating out at non vegan restaurants with friends.  The tofu was used to make a creamy sauce which coated the noodles making it super tasty.

My boyfriend had their Indian bean curry which he raved about for weeks afterwards. He said it was perfectly spiced and flavoursome beating all the curries he had had in Southeast Asia!

Hue 

Ngu Ha Garden Vegetarian Restaurant

This place has a beautiful, quiet setting found in the backstreets of Hue. The menu was only in Vietnamese but the owner translated everything for us and was very helpful. He said they were planning on releasing an english menu soon! We had their Guava salad with crispy tofu, red pepper and basil. It was a smart restaurant with lots of local vietnamese customers which was refreshing. We also tried their spring rolls which were so good. Their fried tofu we didn’t enjoy as we found the tofu too squishy and flavourless.

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Hanoi

Minh Chay

IMG_1835.jpgWe went to this restaurant twice whilst in Hanoi, the restaurant served western and vietnamese food. We tried a range of their food including their vegetable kebabs which was yummy 🙂

I tried their pizza once. Whilst I can say I did enjoy most of their food, the pizza was an exception. Not only was it expensive, but it was flavourless and the vegan cheese was bland with a chalk texture. However their noodle soup with mock meat was delicious from their vietnamese menu, I forgot to take a picture of it (sorry).  Overall, we found the menu very hit and miss.

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Jalus

This was my boyfriend’s favourite vegan restaurant of the trip, the owner supports disadvantaged youths in Vietnam. The cafe is very eco-orientated with bamboo straws and wooden eco interior design. Unfortunately I forgot my phone so had to use the awful camera on my boyfriends phone, trust me the food looked better than this!19046762_1311777622203676_156809467_n.jpg

This is their chickpea burger with sweet potato fries. I thought the meal was okay but found it to be a bit dry.

My boyfriend of course had their curry and their brownie which he said was the best he’d ever had.

 

 

CAMBODIA

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Cambodia had the loveliest people who had suffered such great hardship after the genocide that occurred during Pol pot’s regime.

I was terrible at remembering to record the food I managed to record just this one meal. I enjoyed this delicious coconut milk based curry with steamed jasmine rice in Seam Reap but for the life of me cannot remember the restaurant I had it at!

 

 

It was amazing to see how many vegan restaurants their are now, no matter where you are in the world. I have met people who think its impossible to stay vegan whilst travelling countries such as these but I am happy to say ‘I DID IT’, so you can too! And thats the wrap, hope you’ve been inspired to give some of these fab places a visit if you’re ever passing by… 😀

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

Brighton

Dear Readers,

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I have been incredibly busy I started a new job today as a kitchen assistant in Boston tea party which I am currently loving 🙂

Last month I visited Brighton for the weekend with some close friends who nearly all were vegan 🙂 We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit!IMG_7789.jpg

We found some pretty delicious places to eat which I thought might appeal, so here they are!

Purezza, 

This place was the highlight of our trip, 10/10 :D. The restaurant was predominantly vegan pizzas but also offer raw bowls (perfect if you are a raw vegan)! As well as vegan desserts, starters, sides and vegan certified alcoholic beverages. Not only are their pizza’s vegan but also very creative and unusual.

Between us we had (left to right)

Nacho pizza (guacamole base), Pepperoni pizza (using seitan), Hawaiana and Fumosa.

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We also had the garlic bread which was incredible! IMG_7751.jpgRootcandi

This is another brilliant 100% vegan restaurant, if you are looking for a more elegant and healthy vegan meal this place is ideal. Although much more expensive than anywhere else we ate, it was so worth it. The food is presented creatively and the unusual and exciting flavours make the entire meal very enjoyable. We ordered their sets which are displayed almost like an afternoon tea.

The Loving Hut

When we eventually found it, the cafe was a very small building on the edge of a park. Their menu offered a wide range of vegan options from’ fish’ to ‘pork’ to ‘vegan lasagna’.

I had their fish and chips which I was overwhelmed by how realistic their fish was since it even mimicked fish skin. I really enjoyed the meal apart from finding it a bit too greasy. IMG_7672.jpg

The others had ‘chicken burgers’ which didn’t go down so well, the taste was not very realistic and was again too greasy.

 

 

 

 

Boho gelato,

This was not 100% vegan but did offer some vegan options which were clearly labelled.   The parlour was very popular and we had to queue out the door to get one, we found the gelato very sweet but delicious, would definitely recommend it! We ate it in the park before we caught the train home… 😦 IMG_7781.jpg

I would really recommend visiting Brighton if you are vegan as it offers an abundance of choice for you and is such a vibrant city to visit. Wish I could visit their more often, I hope you found this post useful!

Here’s to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

 

A good place for brunch

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Recently I visited the Boston Tea Party in Cheltenham, if you haven’t heard of this place it a  serves breakfast all day long!
I was pleasantly surprised at the range of vegan dishes on their menu which most I have yet to see be offered in other restaurants or cafes. Their food is delicious and they have a unique, cosy atmosphere making it the perfect place for a spot of sunday brunch…. 🙂

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They offer a vegan cooked breakfast (which I chose, see below) that consists of Grilled mushrooms, baked beans, roasted potatoes, grilled tomatoes and toast, which I would definitely recommend. They also have healtheir options such as porridge made with coconut milk or avocado on toast, grilled mushrooms on toast or Granola. So as far as eating brunch out goes for a vegan I would say this is a pretty good option… 🙂

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Everyday I am discovering more and more places catering for vegans which is so encouraging for our future!

I hope you all have a good weekend 🙂

Heres to a better future, until next time, Charlotte xxxx

Dubai

Dear Readers,

Over the New Year I travelled to Dubai to stay with my vegan boyfriend, who currently lives out there. He had complained bitterly about ‘how hard it is to be vegan over there’ (which I was convinced was not true) so, of course, whilst I was out there we endeavoured to find places to eat out that offered vegan options. We ended up discovering some delicious places which I had to share with you all!Version 2

 

 

Freedom Pizza

This is a Pizza restaurant based in the Dubai Marina which at the small expense of 10AED extra they offer vegan cheese for your pizza.thumb_12498540_10201303272301576_74046133_n_1024

We ordered 2 takeaway pizzas; one topped with spinach and the other black olives. Our verdict: The best vegan pizza we’d ever had! The cheese tasted very similar to real cheese and the dough base was soft and perfect thickness which combined with our toppings was a truly delicious pizza!!

Tidjoori

For our New Years Eve meal we visited a 100% vegan restaurant, this was a lovely restaurant located near the Jumeriah Beach Residence! It was such a treat to be able to visit a restaurant which was fully vegan as this meant for once we actually had a huge variety of dishes to choose from. The staff were very friendly and the food again was brilliant! With a wide range of dishes from vegan burgers to soups (just look at their menu below!)thumb_12483356_10201303272661585_1573310792_n_1024

They had a huge range of delicious drinks including all sorts of vegan milkshakes, such as their salted caramel milkshake, as well as smoothies (my boyfriend had their blueberry smoothie) and other fruity and hot drinks. I had their mint cooler….
For our meal we shared to start, breadsticks (a kind thumb_12464023_10201303272701586_394933287_n_1024of homemade bread which were warm) with a tofu dip (tasted like cream cheese). Followed by our mains; I chose Pea soup garnished with leeks (which was thick and flavoursome) and he chose Spaghetti Bolognese (made with soy meat). For desert, my boyfriend had Tofu cheesecake and I had their Brownie with caramel and strawberry drizzle.

 

And an extra bonus…. they offer a loyalty card which if you are vegan gives you 15% off!!! Overall we loved the restaurant, it was so good we went back 2 days later….!

Before my arrival, my boyfriend had not tried/visited any of these places! No wonder he was struggling! He has assured me now he will be visiting these places frequently and has accepted that Dubai is actually not such a bad place to be a vegan after all…..

I had a wonderful time in Dubai over the New Year and discovered that with a little bit of research it’s easy to discover many vegan gems hidden within this grand, modern and lively city.

Heres to a better future, until next time, charlotte xxxx