Last weekend, Marc and I left our inland home of Birmingham for the maritime city of Liverpool, home of The Beatles, Liver-birds and those girls that wander around on Saturdays with curlers in their hair (they are real!). During our weekend, we went to some museums (well, one), witnessed Tracey Emin’s unsavoury bed, went… Continue reading A Brummie Vegan in Liverpool
Having finally migrated from the snowy valleys of North Sweden, we find ourselves in the patchwork city of historical Riga. Riga in Latvia is known for its tumultuous journey to independence in 1991, and more recently winning the European Capital of Culture title last year. Modern Riga comprises of a cultural medley of stunning architecture,… Continue reading Posh Nosh at Buddha Restaurant, Riga
The Raw Garden was to be our Latvian swansong, before we headed to Lithuania the next day. And it was- for our taste buds at least. ‘Lets stay here!’ cried they. Or come to think of it that might have been me. The thought was preposterous however given as we were staying in a two… Continue reading Raw Food Restaurant in Riga, Latvia
Kind of floaty vegetarian loving type people, is exactly what we encountered in the Kama Tea Hub next door to our guesthouse. A lovely faced, late 20 something girl greeted us with a friendly smile, gave us a beautiful handmade menu cum photograph album and told us not to be afraid to ask questions. The… Continue reading Kama, Kama, Kama..Riga, Latvia
Our travels South brought us to Prague which, with its ever growing tourism metropolis, the choice of dining venues available to such exotic minorities as myself went up to somewhere around 7! But we quickly became regulars at a little known vegan chain called Loving Hut. Loving Hut, if you didn’t know (I didn’t) is… Continue reading Loving, Loving Hut
Raw 42 was just one of three raw restaurants in Vilnius, and as the capital is unabashedly small, that’s pretty impressive. Like our borsch soup starter, the initial welcome was luke-warm. Marc’s gruff male exterior with his arctic beard and boots just short of slinging a haunch of seal blubber prompted the waitress to explain… Continue reading Red Alert in Lithuania
We had an unexpected yet humbling encounter at the Hare Krishna restaurant, Rama. After feeling unimpressed and unloved by a trendy, non-committal in a ‘we’re cool because we used to be a bike shop’ sort of way, veggie cafe with despairingly slim offerings, we came across a Hare Krishna restaurant reported to be cheap and… Continue reading Hungry Vegan? No Drama in Rama! Hare Krishna Restaurant, Riga
Friends, the time has come for another one of our Eastern Europe jaunts where we will re-visit the very aptly named Hungary because that means good food in unassuming vegan treasure troves! Not only did Hungary make way for my vegan debut of ‘going for pizza,’, but my first time in a Hare Krishna and… Continue reading Holidaying in Eastern Europe? You Won’t go Hungary!
On our last night in Abisko, we invited some friends round for some pre-drinks drinks. One of said friends: a big, burly Swedish man (clumpy boots, fur coat and lumberjack shirt, I kid you not), had brought his supper along. Naturally it was a frozen reindeer heart which he requested to defrost in our sink.… Continue reading Can I Defrost my Reindeer Heart in Your Sink?
This time last year, Marc and I had just arrived in the small town of Abisko in Swedish Lapland, where we lived and worked for five months in an activities hostel. In spite of the excitement, images of reindeer, meat balls and reindeer meatballs took precedence in my mind. As per my premonition, Lapland did… Continue reading An English Vegan in Sweden