Veganuary – Week Two – Travelling

Now, I said I was going to write about some documentaries for this week’s blog post, but having been away for a long weekend (hence the late post!) I thought I would write about travelling as a vegan/what I ate whilst it’s still fresh in my mind!

My friend and I had no idea where we were heading – only that it was somewhere in Europe and we had to be at the airport at half 8 in the morning. Sat in Starbucks (with a soy vanilla latte) we finally found out from Surprise Trips that we were going to Amsterdam, and that our hotel was called ‘Hotel Library’ – could it be anymore perfect for us??

I had done some research on tips for travelling as a vegan and downloaded a couple of apps that had been recommended, and the most useful turned out to be Happy Cow, which shows vegan restaurants, cafes and shops and those with vegan options closest to your location.

We were starving, so used this app to get ourselves to the nearest cafe with vegan options – Betty Blue – where I had a cappuccino with almond milk and the soup of the day – tomato and courgette and lots of other yummy veggies with ciabatta. 20170113_170305

I was too hungry/enjoying it too much to remember to take a picture until I was halfway through!

Later that evening we went into an Italian restaurant and I had a veggie pizza without the mozzarella and it was delicious. It had artichokes, mushrooms, aubergine and lots of other veggies which were very tasty.

To drink I had my first Heinekin of the trip – thank goodness it’s vegan!

On Saturday we trekked across the city for some Dutch pancakes in a lovely place called Mook; another Happy Cow find, as they do vegan versions of all their pancakes.

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Blueberries, banana, strawberries, maple syrup and coconut shavings

It was definitely worth the walk in the sleet and the cold to find this place; it was delicious.

For dinner we went to the Golden Temple, a veggie and vegan Indian restaurant we heard about from a leaflet in our hotel’s reception. It was lovely and cosy inside, with two little doggies running around too, which was obviously a bonus. This was my yummy coconut curry:

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Breakfast wasn’t the easiest, because you can’t just run into Starbucks and grab a pastry or
whatever when you’re on the go, so I ate cereal bars to keep me going through the morning most days.

20170115_113819Other than that, I ate pretty darn well I’d say.

On Sunday however I probably should’ve lined my stomach a bit more before heading to the Heineken experience, however, as there was a decent amount of free beer on offer.

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Afterwards I ate the most yummy vegan egg salad sandwich at a vegan cafe called Roots though, and ohhhh buddy I could’ve eaten twelve. And they had oat milk – my favourite!

20170115_172229One name that kept coming up on Happy Cow was Bagels and Beans, and I finally got to sample some vegan bagel goodness on our final day. Bananas, maple syrup and cinnamon. Difficult to eat on the go (we were rushing to make our booked slot at the Anne Frank museum), but very tasty.

20170116_121107Down the road from the museum was a lovely veggie and vegan place where I tried tofu pate for the first time, but not the last, because I loved it. This restaurant also had a cat that looked like Crookshanks who was adorable:

Obviously going to Holland there was going to be a lot of cheese around to tempt me, but I didn’t cave; even in one of the many cheese museums:

Yes, that is a diamond-encrusted cheese slicer. There was no kind of explanation given, so your guess is as good as mine.

Knowing I’m not contributing to the cruelty of cows feels much better than any cheese tastes. But more on that in a later post.

I’ve rambled on for far too long now, so thanks for reading if you made it this far!

I’ll be back with my documentary reviews at the weekend. Ttfn!