Tag: Vegan

Your late night guilty luxury might be about to turn into the healthiest and most environmentally friendly evening of lunchtime option!

The UK's first vegan kebab brand, What The Pitta, are opening their third and flagship permanent branch in Camden on Friday 9th March 2018.

What the Pitta uses non-GMO soya chunks, marinated in a blend of Middle Eastern spices and grilled for a smoky kebab flavour, providing the perfect healthy, guilt-free eat in or take out! Bread is handmade on site in front of customers, and filled with homemade hummus, tzatziki, fresh salads and now their famous seasoned soya.

A Vegan Doner Kebab will set you back  £7.95, so a bit more than your usual but you're doing the planet and the animals a favour so... we have to decide it's worth it.

The What the Pitta menu also includes a variety of purse-friendly, meat-free options such as Turkish pizza, a couscous salad box and baklava.

Yum.

With the number of vegans in Britain having risen by more than 360% in the past decade and with around one in every 118 people giving up meat*, it’s safe to say going meat-free is no longer a niche diet for the conscientious few.

In response to this ever-growing demand for more vegetarian and vegan choices and a more flexitarian approach to dining, Carluccio’s is getting a green makeover this month with its first ever exclusively vegetarian pop-up, featuring dishes from Antonio Carluccio, in collaboration with food blogger and writer Anna Barnett.

From 23 October for four consecutive Mondays (reflecting the Meat Free Monday non-for-profit campaign that encourages people to make an environmental difference and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week) the Cucina Verde will be popping-up on the first floor of Carluccio’s flagship restaurant on Covent Garden’s Garrick Street. Spaces are limited so make sure you book online from Friday 13th October or call the restaurant on 020 7836 0990 quoting ‘Cucina Verde’.

Taking vegetables from humble sides to championing elements, the entire first floor of the Covent Garden restaurant will be converted into a meatless dining experience, with eye-catching displays of key ingredients reflecting the quality and provenance of the produce.

The first national restaurant group in the UK to launch such an initiative, the Cucina Verde marks the arrival of Carluccio’s Autumn/Winter menu which features one of the largest selections of vegan and vegetarian dishes of any nationwide restaurant group.

Antonio Carluccio comments: “Vegetables are very important in Italian food culture and are often the stars of the show, it’s not uncommon for dishes to be exclusively plant-based. Our new Autumn Winter menu takes vegetables and makes them the main event in many of Carluccio’s new dishes.”

Suitable for vegans, autumn/winter menu choices include crostini al funghi, sautéed mushrooms and kale in garlic and chilli on toasted ciabatta; the traditional Puglian dish with a vegan twist of polpette di pane featuring meatless bread balls of semi-dried tomatoes, garlic, capers and rustica olives in a tomato sauce on spaghetti and orecchiette al cavoflore with cauliflower purée, sautéed kale, chilli and roasted turmeric cauliflower florets.

Other vegetarian choices, all of which can be adapted for vegan diets, include the vibrant zucca con verdure arrostite – roasted butternut squash and vegetables with pine nuts (served with or without goat’s cheese) and garlic herb breadcrumbs and pasta e fagioli, a traditional thick soup of pasta, borlotti beans and tomatoes from northern Italy.

Simply too good to every take off the menu are Carluccio’s signature vegetable dishes of penne giardiniera, giant Pugliese penne with crispy spinach balls; Antonio’s famous mushroom risotto with a hint of chilli and truffle oil as well as a fabulous sharing verdure board laden with roasted peppers with garlic, tomato and onion, poponcini peppers with pesto, red onion marmalade with goat’s cheese bruschetta, marinated artichokes, balsamic onions, caponata, mint & garlic marinated green beans, mixed olives, caper berries and homemade focaccia.

With the new menu available across the UK and Ireland this month, and the pop-up putting down temporary roots in Covent Garden from 23rd October, come and celebrate the joy of vegetables. Buon appetito!

 

*  From a poll of almost 10,000 people, carried out by Ipsos MORI for the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine, May 2016.

 

Carluccio’s

www.carluccios.com

Carluccio’s 2a Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BH

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A brand new cafe has opened up on Camden Road, just moments from Who's Jack's offices.

Named Oat-Milk, the cafe promises vegan options and whizzes up fresh oat milk every morning, in a range of flavours. There is also a range of tasty treats and supreme Coffee from Shepherd and Monk, beautifully called "Into The Light."

Should you find yourself in the Camden area, this is certainly worth a visit, just moments from Camden Road overground and a 5 minute walk from Camden Town Station.

Not your normal cafe, the walls are adorned with Vintage Musical gear, which is for sale should your eye catch something special.

The counter is no normal counter either, with racks from the legendary Sarm Studios - and further old studio relics dotted about.

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With the view of creating a space for musicians and all creatives, Oat Milk promises a heavenly vibe, and a stomach-satisfying visit. The establishment promises to have more opportunities for musicians in the coming months, with a studio also being built beneath.

Speaking to Camden New Journal, Oat-Milk said:

“I want it to be a creative hub for musicians, street artists and creatives as there are fewer and fewer spaces for people to connect around that sort of thing.”

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If you are vegetarian or vegan and uninterested in sausage week coming up then think again. Get to Herman ze German who have just opened their new shop on Charlotte Street.

You might be wondering why? Well Herman ze German on Charlotte Street serves a brand new vegan wurst.

They serve other sausages too of course but this means that vege, vegan or meat eater you can all get together and celebrate National Sausage Week as one!

Veg fest

The huge vegan friendly food and lifestyle show VegfestUK returns to London Olympia (West Halls) on September 27th28th.

The show website london.vegfest.co.uk is has all of the information for visitors to find out what's happening at this eagerly anticipated 2ndyear event.

VegfestUK's debut event at Olympia last October attracted over 190 stalls and 9,000 visitors over 2 days of sumptuous food, shopping, education and humour.

With 90% of visitors and stallholders indicating a clear desire to return.

This year's event is going from strength to strength with:

8,000 sqm of space spread over 2 floors for over 200 stalls stuffed with delicious global cuisines, free samples and special discounts,around 200 talks, cookery demos, workshops, and not to mention entertainment from live music, comedy hours,kids activities, cinema, plus meet-and-greet sessions and book signings with some globally renowned experts on plant-based lifestyles.

A host of high-profile speakers and performers have come on board. They include:

  • Canadian endurance athlete and authorBrendan Brazier
  • Australian vegan performerVegan Smythe 
  • 2013 Vegan Athlete of the Year Patrik Baboumian 
  • Cbeebies presenterSarah-Jane Honeywell 
  • Canadian chef and food counsellorDoug McNish 
  • Raw Living founderKate Magic 
  • Holistic Beauty Book authorStar Khechara 
  • Mainstreet Vegan authorVictoria Moran 
  • comedianCarl Donnelly 
  • "Creating Healthy Children" authorKaren Ranzi 
  • Goldblade frontmanJohn Robb 
  • ex-Everton footballerNeil Robinson(the world's 1stvegan top-flight footballer)
  • Amico Bio head chefPasquale Amico

Tickets for this exciting event are priced at £10 (standard) / £6 (concessions) in advance, and £12 (standard) / £8 (concessions) on the gate.

With free admission for kids under 16.