I was always a total foodie. What can I say? I love food that tastes good. Eating it. Cooking it. Baking it!
Do you think veganism changed this? AS IF! It only made it more interesting and adventurous.
At the moment my best friend from Australia, Christy, is here visiting and we are spending our days exploring new cafes, restaurants, coffee shops and trying not to spend too much money in the sales. Manchester has some seriously good shops and we have both been trying to exercise restraint.
Here is a brief, very self-indulgent chronicling of the amazing last few days I've had showing Christy around Manchester. Really I want to show that being vegan doesn't mean missing out on anything! Every time we sit down to eat, I get to eat a divine meal.
There is a magical place in Manchester and it is called "Teacup". Some may think it's strange that I'm posting about it because it really isn't very vegan-friendly. Upon entering, you are faced with about twenty devilish cakes on the counter, that scream your name. They also scream DAIRY! Once you get over the disappointment of seeing none with a "vegan" in front, you shrug your shoulders, look at the main menu and it's sneakily amazing. I think this is a great example of somewhere that is "accidentally vegan friendly". On their main menu they have a few amazing porridge options, which I just asked to be made with Soy milk and they smiled genuinely saying that was fine. You can also get a few of the "on toast" options (beans, peanut butter etc) and their tea/coffee menu is incredible! Overall, when you chuck in the lovely ambiance and the free wi-fi; I'm a pretty happy vegan diner.
After our first lunch, we hit the shops, tried on thousands of dresses, saw millions of "it's useless but I just really want it" items and drank lost of delicious coffee. I wanted the useless lunch box.
Second day breakfast? All vegan, all delcious! At this wonderful place in Manchester called "Gorilla" that I think liked us. They gave us some free bread that had been placed on a chopping board on display. We were eying it off immediately.
Manchester is really beautiful on a sunny day. Day three saw lots of walking, a "light lunch" that involved numerous courses (you can see below), more walking and then topped off with dinner and a movie. Anyone who is keen: go and see "Before Midnight". It is utterly divine.
Oh! Look! Pretty flowers! Love you Manchester.
Because she's a superhero, Christy also has her own fashion blog that is amazing. It brings me deep joy. You can see many an amazing outfit and read how clever and witty she is: www.fivedollarsforthememory.tumblr.com
And to finish - I'lll say check out "Dough" in the Northern Quater. It has vegan pizza. Yes. I'm serious. Below is their "Fungi" pizza which has dairy-free cheese on it. Personally, I would have been happy without the cheese - the pizza was amazing regardless. And who needs a distraction from mushrooms?
Special shout out to the Tea Hive in Chorlton which is RIDICULOUSLY vegan friendly and Oklahoma, again in the Northern Quater. Here is my amazing lunch from there today - Sweet Potato stuffed with roasted veggies and home-made hummus.
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