At the beginning of the year, I posted about the top Vegetarian restaurants in London that I wanted to visit and Tibits was on the list. Having not visited my before, I actually ended up going twice in one week. The first time, I got a take-away and the second, my boyfriend and I ate in. A mixture of hot and cold dishes, you can choose from a buffet style ‘food boat’.
The restaurant has a lovely interior and a really great atmosphere and the staff are wonderfully friendly. Everything on offer is clearly marked with all dietary notes so it’s really easy to tell if the dish is vegan or not and the majority are. Happy days. I can truly say that everything I tried (and I really did pile my dish up high both times, for research purposes of course) from the seasoned veg, mixed salads, couscous and AMAZING pasta was absolutely delicious. I also love the added ‘salad sprinkles’ of nuts and seeds which you don’t usually get at other ‘help yourself’ food places.
Tibits also has regular ‘Vegan Days’ where everything offered is Vegan. The next one is 8th April so I shall see you there!
The only down side to Tibits, for me, is the price as you pay by weight and you can easily get a little carried away. but I guess you really do get what you pay for as everything is so tasty.
Dame Vivienne Westwood also recently filmed her Peta Pro-Vegetarian video at Tibits so if it’s good enough for the Dame, it’s good enough for me. Tibits is now officially my favourite vegetarian restaurant in London. I will be back, as often as my bank balance will allow.
Another late post for me, I’m afraid but here is my review on The Vegan Kind February box:
Inspiral Kale Chips 30g (RRP £2.19) – I find Kale Chips can be a bit hit or miss but these were definitely a hit. Cheesy in flavour and crunchy in texture. A great combo. My only complaint is that the packet wasn’t big enough! http://www.inspiral.co/
Organic Surge Sugared Almond Shower Gel 250ml (RRP £4.35) – pleasant enough but I like a more powerful, magical scent when showering to transport me to another place. Perhaps Hawaii? This didn’t quite do that but is a perfectly fine option with a reasonable price tag. Will be interested to try out some of their other products. http://www.organicsurge.com
Choc Shot Liquid Chocolate 320g (RRP £3.59) – initially this was the product I was most excited about and then I wondered what to do with it. So I checked out their website where they have several recipe suggestions. Toast, smoothie, porridge, pancakes. I made a chocolate almond milkshake and it was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try this out on my protein pancakes! www.chocshot.co.uk
Cinder Toffee 50g (RRP £1.50) – Incredibly yummy. All that a toffee should be. Super sweet, creamy and melt in your mouth delicious. Can’t say anything more. http://www.1066cakestand.co.uk
Pressed Fruit & Oat Bars (Gluten Free) 35g (RRP £0.99) – I had the Blackcurrant flavour and was impressed with the intensity of flavour. It almost tasted like a healthy version of a starbust. The combination of the oats and fruit juices give this bar a point of difference from the highly saturated snack bar market. http://www.brawfood.co.uk
So, that’s it for this month. A great box with lots of yummy products to try. Let me know if you have subscribed yet and if so, what products you’ve liked.
Here’s Part 2 of my San Francisco trip with more fab restaurants and some other pics of SF thrown in for fun.
Herbivore – Another place that we only visited for Brunch but they offer a huge menu with everything on it being vegan. Yippee. I ordered the Trail Mix pancakes with a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. I am a huge pancake fan and these were really delicious and the smoothie also really hit the spot. My bf was a big fan of his vegan BLT sandwich, made with Tempeh and we both fell in love with his Coconut Bliss milkshake which was a slightly naughty breakfast treat. http://www.herbivorerestaurant.com/
Coconut Expresso Milkshake, Herbivore
Trail Mix Pancakes, Herbivore
Tempeh sandwich, Herbivore
Tillie Gort’s Organic Cafe – venturing outside San Francisco on a little road trip, we were recommended this restaurant by a taxi driver and it actually turned out to be one of my favourite places for its simplicity and home cooked meal feel. I have since tried to recreate my All In One Plate, at home but have not quite nailed it. It consisted of brown rice, black beans, steam veg and chipotle seitan, topped off with a delicious lemon tahini sauce. My boyfriend had a Lebanese style plate with humous and refried beans. http://www.tilliegortscafe.com/
All In One Plate
El Cantaro – Also in Monterey, we visited this laid back Vegan mexican for lunch the next day and oh my, we were not expecting the huge portions and great quality of the food here. We shared a towering plate of nachos which we highly recommend and were so full, we saved our delicious burritos for dinner that night. http://elcantarovegan.com/
My bloke approves
Vegan nachos delish
David’s Tea – taking a little detour from dinners here, I discovered the best Tea store I have ever encountered. The stores shelves are filled with large tumblers of a variety of green, white and black teas and upon arrival I was offered a free sample of their daily special, Cherry Blossom tea which is Coconut, Dried Cherries and Rose buds. It was wonderous and I promptly bought a bag to take home with me as well as a my very London Vegan birdesque mug shown below. On another trip to Davids Tea, I discovered an even more delicious smelling tea; Forever Nuts which I was told was one of their most popular teas and on tasting, I can see why. How I wish they did worldwide shipping. https://www.davidstea.com/
Pepple’s Organic Donuts – continuing on from Part 1 of my SF blog post, Pepple’s Donuts can also be found in the Ferry Building. This all vegan donut stall had quite a few flavours and I opted for the Salted Caramel variety (is anyone else loving this flavour combo at the moment?) . It was a taste sensation! http://www.pepplesdonuts.com/
And to finish, I thought I would show you some random pictures of this beautiful city and our trip. I really love San Francisco, the neighbourhoods to explore, the friendly people, the incredible views and of course, the wonderful vegan food. You can choose to be a healthy vegan or a very unhealthy vegan in San Francisco but it’s great to have that choice especially on holiday.. Let me know if you’ve been to any of these places in either this or my previous post and what you thought.
In honour of pancake day tomorrow in the UK, I wanted to share some of my favourite vegan pancake recipes. I have to say, I do favour the big fluffy American style but this pancake day, I am going for a more traditional sweet crepe variety. Nevertheless, here are a few recipe suggestions for both, whatever the mood fancies.
The British One – The Everyday Veggie has veganised the traditional British pancake recipe and it could not be simpler. For the true English style pancake, stick with sugar and lemon and prepare to replace dinner with dessert.
The Classic American One – After searching for a vegan version of Tone It Up’s protein pancakes, I came across these gluten free Banana Protein Pancakes from myvega.com and made them at the weekend. I was really impressed, especially as there is no sugar in them so makes this a particularly healthy choice. I used Pulsin Pea Protein powder and added some agave nectar and berries for a bit of sweetness. Anyone have any recommendations for vegan protein powders? I would love to try a vanilla or chocolate one.
The Quick One – For a quick option, my boyfriend usually uses this recipe when he cooks my Sunday morning pancakes. This does include sugar, so is a slightly naughtier option. He usually adds blueberries to the batter or sometimes dark chocolate chips for an extra treat. http://www.food.com/recipe/5-minute-vegan-pancakes-132263
The Peanut Butter One – This is the recipe I will be trying out on Tuesday as, well, any excuse to eat peanut butter and I love the idea of the PB/banana combo. However, I may substitute the gabanzo bean (chickpea flour) with plain or wholemeal flour depending what I have around. Sounds delish!
The Chocolate One – For something a little special, these Chocolate Brownie pancakes are both gluten and sugar free making these virtually a health food. This recipe seems super easy to make and they look rather wonderful too. You should be able to get millet flour from Amazon, Whole Foods, Planet Organic or other health food stores.
For more inspiration, if you’re on Pinterest, check out this vegan pancake page full of inspiring and delicious looking pancakes.. Prepare to feel very hungry. http://www.pinterest.com/zeediblewoman/vegan-crepes-pancakes/
My apologies that I have been away so long. I have been in San Francisco for both work and play. It is such a beautiful city. So diverse, interesting and incredibly vegan friendly. Not only loads of vegan and vegetarian restaurants to choose from but it is great to go somewhere that really understands vegan choices and will gladly cater for you in any restaurant without just offering you a green salad and a disapproving stare.
We stayed in the Marina district which meant that my morning runs (3 to be exact) took place with the most spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Incredibly motivating.
So here are just a few of the restaurants I visited on my travels. There were so many, I have had to split this into two parts so you don’t get bored.
The Plant Cafe Organic – this is by far my favourite place for lunch or brunch and we went here a few times cos it was soooo good. I had the Sambazon bowl which consisted of acai berries blended with blueberries & strawberries, an apple/OJ blend, topped with seasonal fruit & granola. Oh wow. Firstly, it was a little like eating sorbet for breakfast but once I embraced this, it was yum. My boyfriend had the Huevos Rancheros which was tofu scramble, refried white beans, white, pico de gallo, avocado and tortillas. A little dinner like for my tastes but just what my jet lagged bloke needed for his first Californian breakfast. I have been told that The Plant Cafe also does the most delicious veggie burgers so I will be sure to check those out next time. http://www.theplantcafe.com/
Sambazon Bowl, The Plant Cafe
Huevos Rancheros, The Plant Cafe
Gracia Madras – a particularly famous vegan mexican restaurant in SF, I have eaten here a few times and am never disappointed. We started with Butternut squash and caramelised onion enchiladas which were particularly delicious and I had the special of the day which was Kale, beans, mushrooms and tortillas which I really enjoyed. The sangria ain’t half bad either. http://gracias-madre.com/
Special of the day: Beans and Kale
Butternut Squash enchiladas
Ike’s Place in the Castro is a small, sandwich joint and I if you didn’t know it was there you would most likely miss out on this mighty lunch treat. Offering a huge selection of sandwiches, there is an impressive amount of vegan options. I had the wonderful “Vegan Handsome Owl”; Teriyaki, Vegan Breaded Chicken and Vegan Cheese and my bf had “Vegan Meatless Mike”; Marinara, Vegan Cheese and Vegan Meatballs. Absolutely huge and mind-blowingly delicious. Be warned though, these are HUGE and you may not want to eat for a week after. Somehow though we managed it…http://ilikeikesplace.com/san-francisco
The Slanted Window – I grabbed a late lunch at The Slanted Window . part of The Slanted Door restaurant group that I am told is always busy, this is the stall inside the ferry building. I had ginger tofu, jasmine rice and my fave broccoli and it was super. I even had enough for dinner that night too. I would throughly recommend checking out the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero as there are so many cute stalls, organic food stores and shops to check out and lots of vegan friendly options. http://www.slanteddoor.com/
So that’s it for Part 1. Part 2 will come later on in the week. Please let me know if you have been to San Francisco and your experiences and restaurant recommendations.