Just when I was getting in the swing of things….ha… it’s been a while but I have been so busy with work and Christmas preparations, I’ve barely been remembering to capture any moments to share with you all but hopefully now that I have 2 weeks off (woop! woop!), I shall be able to create a little more vegan filled content.
Today, I have some food highlights of my work trip to Amsterdam. I go abroad often for work and can sometimes struggle, especially when having to go out with colleagues to predetermined places, but I have to say I didn’t do too badly.
Being a huge book lover and a big fan of libraries, first up is one of my favourite finds; a food court on the top floor of Amsterdam Public Library. As well as being a pretty impressive library, the food court in itself is an added bonus. Offering a selection of yummy salads and vegetables as well as hand made sandwiches to order. They also have a juice bar too so how could I resist? I got a selection of veg, including sweet potatoes, couscous and green beans and a strawberry and banana smoothie. A wonderfully healthy start to my first day in Amsterdam.
Up next is my first room service meal on my trip and after scouring the menu for any vegan options, I discovered there was none, so called the very helpful staff who after a little to-ing and fro-ing and some further elaboration from me, the chef came up with this warm seasonal salad of butternut squash, beetroot and rocket. I asked for some rice on the side and voila, a pretty decent vegan meal. It’s always worth asking what they can do for you and I make sure I look at the side options to see whether they can be made into a main meal with a few additions and amends.
I wasn’t familiar with Vapiano before this trip but apparently this is an International chain that even have 2 restaurants in London (Great Portland Street and Southwark Street). Their menu includes pasta, pizza, sandwiches and salads and they have a great concept where they cook the food in front of you. I love the fact they have a transparent kitchen where you can even watch the chefs hand making the delicious pasta. As it was lunchtime, I went for the seasonal special salad of lettuce, candied apples and walnuts and I switched out the cheese for some roasted veggies. It was beyond delicious and I am definitely going to try to recreate this one at home. http://www.vapiano.de/frame.php?section=locations&lang=uk
Lastly, was definitely the most unique offering I had in Amsterdam. The famous Tomato burger from &Samhound Places. This very cool restaurant actually has 2 Michelin stars but if you eat in the lounge on the ground floor, prices are much more affordable. I omitted the cheese in this burger to vegan it up and oh my, this was one of the best veggie burgers I have ever had and served with some particularly delicious chips. (although I would recommend an additional side order as the portions are a little ‘fancy’). http://www.samhoudplaces.com/
Would love to hear from you if you have been to Amsterdam and how you got on with the vegan options over there. Overall, I wasn’t pretty impressed.
Till the next time.
London Vegan Bird