In early August I spent an extended weekend in Hamburg for a relaxed city break (and a little foodie adventure) with a friend. We did not expect to be as spoiled in the food department as in Berlin, but had read that there are quite a few vegan restaurants in Hamburg. The fact that we didn’t get to try everything on our list is surely a good sign and we certainly did our best to enjoy as much delicious plant-based food as we could.Continue reading “Delicious Vegan Food in Hamburg”
Vegan Guide to Dubrovnik
It’s been almost two years since my last travel post – my trip to London in October 2019 was the last time I was abroad before COVID hit. And while Switzerland is definitely a great place for living and holidaying, you just don’t get any seaside vibes in this landlocked country – most definitely not during this summer of epic rain. Craving sunshine and the sea, my boyfriend and I ended up visiting and instantly falling in love with Croatia.
We were there for 8 nights and decided to focus on the Dalmatian coast in the area close to Dubrovnik. We spent 3 nights in Dubrovnik, very close to the Old Town, before heading a 30 min. drive up north to peaceful Brsečine for rest and relaxation. We spent the final night in charming Cavtat, walking through the old town and making the most of the sea before an early flight home. Short but very sweet, we had a good mix of activity and exploring (highlights: the old city walls of Dubrovnik – best in the early evening; kayaking around the island of Lokrum) coupled with downtime, basking in the Croatian sun. While Dubrovnik is not (yet? hopefully 🙂 ) a vegan hot spot, there were some foodie highlights I can share with you:Continue reading “Vegan Guide to Dubrovnik”
London: Best Vegan Food (Part V)
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It’s time for some more recommendations for amazing vegan food in ultra-vegan friendly and all-round dream city London! (Scroll to the bottom for links to further recommendations.) I was there for an extended weekend recently and wanted to share some of my new favorites. I’m also including some places from my January visit (I lost the photos for that one so will be using from other sources where mentioned). Enjoy!Continue reading “London: Best Vegan Food (Part V)”
Malaysia Holiday – Vegan Food & Accommodation Highlights
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Two weeks ago I got back from a two week holiday in Malaysia – one of the most incredible holidays I’ve been on. My boyfriend and I were invited to friends’ wedding and decided to combine the beautiful occasion with some exploring. While the trip was a bit of a headache to plan (so we much we wanted to do and see while not wanting to completely overload our schedule), we found the right balance between city and beach life, culture and nature, adventure and relaxation. In this post I’m sharing our favourite food spots for plant-based eating as well as our accommodation highlights (scroll down). There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get straight to it!Continue reading “Malaysia Holiday – Vegan Food & Accommodation Highlights”
Best Vegan Food in Boston
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I’m back with some more recommendations for where to get fantastic plant-based food – this time not Berlin, but Boston! From mid to the end of April I visited my boyfriend, who is in Cambridge, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston), working on his doctoral thesis. The first week we went on a rather cold and dreary but super fun road trip up to Bar Harbor, Maine and back down via Vermont and New Hampshire. We spent the second week in Cambridge and Boston, where the options for vegan food were bountiful!
Here I’ll show you some of my favorite places from that holiday:Continue reading “Best Vegan Food in Boston”
A Vegan Weekend in Berlin
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I’m back with another post. Yes, it’s been a while … (!) It felt right to take a bit of a break, as writing blog posts was becoming just another item on my expanding to-do list and one that I just wasn’t mustering up the motivation for. Add to that an increasingly sluggish laptop and a cell phone breakdown that resulted in lost data (note to self: regular backups are a must), spending more time staring at a screen and piecing together posts after work or on the weekends just wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. Nevertheless, my passion for plant-based eating is as strong as ever (check my instagram account @blueberrysmiles22 for my foodie ventures), and I’m happy to continue sharing experiences, thoughts, recipes and recommendations as much as I can 🙂 I hope you find this helpful!
At the end of March I enjoyed a short but sweet weekend break to Berlin – a city I’d heard much about but never quite made a priority to visit. However, when a friend suggested a change of scene, it was the first city that came to my mind. Short flight from Switzerland, lots to see and … amazing food. Berlin has a reputation for being the vegan capital of Europe and, after having been there, I can definitely see why. (After a year in London, I was skeptical: could Berlin be more vegan-friendly than the home of Vurger, Farmacy, FED by Water etc.?* Turns out the answer is yes!). At the hotel reception I discovered the first sign: a packet of freeze-dried smoothie snacks (these ones from Frau Ultrafrisch – a company from Hamburg). Not being able to resist inspecting anything that looks healthy and delicious (especially in pretty packaging) I picked it up and was immediately encouraged by the receptionist to take it (incidentally the moment I realized I already liked this hotel a lot 😉 ).Continue reading “A Vegan Weekend in Berlin”
London: Best Vegan Food (Part IV)
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After an extended weekend in London, I’m back with another post about awesome plant-based food in London. If you’ve missed my previous posts on vegan eating in London, feel free to check these out too:Continue reading “London: Best Vegan Food (Part IV)”
Vegan Guide to Salzburg
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Last week my boyfriend and I made the most of a long weekend and took the train to Salzburg. We spent two nights in the beautiful Austrian city that is the birthplace of Mozart and the backdrop to some of my favorite scenes from The Sound of Music (I couldn’t help breaking into song until my boyfriend – who hasn’t seen the movie – was able to sing along too 😀 ).
True to my foodie nature, I picked out some vegan-friendly places I wanted to check out. Gabriel, my boyfriend, doesn’t even pretend to try and influence our choice of restaurant anymore – he simply asks me where we should go, and when one place was unexpectedly closed [to say I was disappointed to miss out on vegan Wiener Schnitzel and Knödel at Restaurant Milton is an understatement] he immediately asked me what else I knew (and yes, I did have a backup).
We weren’t there long, but I think we definitely made the most of the vegan foodie scene in between enjoying the cultural offerings of Salzburg. If you ever visit this city – which I definitely recommend for a short city break – you should seriously consider checking out these places:Continue reading “Vegan Guide to Salzburg”
Plant-Based Eating – Zurich, Part II
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I’m finally back with some more plant-based food recommendations.
Work and moving has meant less time and energy for hobbies. But eating as much good plant-based food as possible is still very much a passion, so here are some more recommendations for vegan food in Zurich (for the first part of this series check out this post).
For every day: Simply Soup
This has become one of my favorite go-to’s for a quick & healthy lunch during the week. Their aim of making ‘delicious but healthy fast food available to everyone, everywhere at any time!‘ and their belief in fresh, seasonal andhomemade food definitely comes across in their dishes. Besides the obvious option of soup (always including a vegan choice, such as ‘lentil green-curry’ or ‘indian dhal saba’) they have salads, sandwiches and – the main attraction for me so far – their buddha-bowl style bowls. Currently they have a ‘Crunchy Kale Quinoa Bowl’ that I haven’t yet tried, as I’m too obsessed with the ‘Asian Soba Noodle Bowl’ (soba noodles, edamame, mango, avocado, carrots, broccoli, sesame seeds and a wonderfully flavorful sweet tahini dressing). They also sell delicious sweet snacks by Joeli’s (@hellojoelis) in cute little tubs: Raw Brownie Bites, Coco Kisses and Cacao Energy Balls (super yummy and they went down well with my work colleagues).
I like the bright interior, the positive and healthy vibe and the fact that Simply Soup is active on social media so you can always see what’s going on and what new items they have
Locations: There is one near the tram station Kalkbreite/Wiedikon (Kalkbreitestrasse 10), one near Stauffacher (Hallwylstrasse 24) and the most central one at Pelikanstrasse 19 (haven’t been to that one yet).
For special occasions: Marktküche
For vegan haute cuisine/fine dining this place is a MUST! All-vegan and all out amazing, this place is worth the hefty price tag. I took my boyfriend here to celebrate getting the job I wanted, and we were in heaven eating 5 courses of beautifully arranged dishes that were absolutely bursting with creativity and flavor. The service reflected the high quality of the place and added to our experience. If you’re visiting Zurich or have something to celebrate definitely make a reservation and let yourself be delighted by the amazing combinations of tastes and textures. (On the last Friday of every month they’re also open for lunch).
Location: Feldstrasse 98 (near Bäckeranlage)
Vegan buffet: Vegelateria (The Sacred)
I first found out about this fully vegan eatery and gelateria (!) via my HappyCow App, but only ended up going when one of my work colleagues mentioned it recently. Once there I kicked myself for not going earlier – this place is like a less stylish version of trendy vegetarian eatery Hiltl, but more exciting. The buffet is fully vegan and, while smaller than the one at Hiltl, has all kinds of interesting dishes (once you’ve been to Hiltl a few times, you tend to recognize most things). I was in heaven walking around, deciding which items to pick and piling a bit of everything on my plate. A serious highlight was also the chocolate truffle I got for dessert – the most satisfying chocolately experience I can remember. There are also cheesecakes and all kinds of other sweet treats, not to mention a large array of vegan ice creamsthat I can’t wait to try, now that the weather has gotten warmer.
Location: Müllerstrasse 64 (near Helvetiaplatz)
If you like Lebanese food, you should definitely give this a go. This place is quite well-known, and I’ve been loving it since before going plant-based. I went there again recently after my graduation ceremony, and was hit again by just how delicious everything is. There are many nice Lebanese places in Zurich, but this is the best in my eyes. My favorite thing is to order vegetarian mezze (most of it vegan, and they’ll tell you which ones are not) to share and then feast on the creamiest hummus, delicious falafel, moutabel etc. Be sure to make a reservation, to be on the safe side.
Locations: one near the tram stop Bellevue (Schifflände 5) and one near the stop Bezirksgebäude (Badenerstrasse 78)
Now while Le Cèdre (above) is definitely the place to go to for Lebanese food, I have to mention the delicious (!) hummus and falafels I had at the Neni (within the 25hours hotel Zurich). Some friends and I originally went there because we’d heard they do a great, veggie-friendly brunch. To me the brunch (around CHF 36) looked like a typical European hotel brunch, with Zopf, butter and jam, cheeses and meats, and I would have struggled to get a proper meal in. Luckily we were there just in time for the lunch menu (around 11.30 am), and we all ended up going for hummus and falafels while sharing super satisfying and crispy sweet potato fries. While I’d not specifically recommend it for brunch, the lunch dishes we tried were so delicious and I’d definitely order them again!
Locations: Zürich West (Pfingstweidstrasse 102; near the Toni-Areal) and Langstrasse 150
Vegan Pizza: Avanti
This (from the outside) not extremely impressive-looking Italian joint was a completely accidental discovery. When I was driving into Zurich to bring more of my things to my new place, we took a wrong turn. Somewhat grumpy by that point, my mood immediately changed for the better when I saw the words „vegan pizza“ – all irritation at the traffic and false turns vanished as I delighted at the prospect of a new place to try. I went there on Friday evening around 8 pm and was surprised to see the place completely crowded, with young couples and groups of friends sitting in the tiny dimly-lit restaurant, the TV on in the background, and a queue of people ordering takeaway while an authentically rotund, Italian-looking guy was preparing pizza after pizza. I was so impressed that this (non-vegan) Italian place had specifically designated vegan options. I went for a vegan vegetable pizza (they use a soy-based cheese) and enjoyed every bite. While no Pickywops or Fed by Watersensation you can get in London, this is definitely the place to hit up in Zurich for pizza cravings – both vegan and regular.
Location: Stationsstrasse 1 (near Kalkbreite/Wiedikon)
That’s it for part II of my Zurich recommendations – as vegan options are becoming more and more widespread here, I’m sure I’ll be back with another part in the not-too-distant future
Have a lovely evening and a great start to the week!
Buddha Mug Cake
I’m back to share a new recipe with you that I’ve come up with as part of a collaboration with the health food company Iswari (if you don’t live in Switzerland, check out their international page instead). I only recently found out about them, but immediately fell in love with their product range, and was only too happy to try some of their goodies.
This weekend I got myself acquainted with their “Buddha’s Awakening Morning Protein“, made of 100% organic milled buckwheat, rice protein, banana powder, tiger nut flour, milled flaxseed, carob and activated buckwheat, and boy was I in for an awakening! As much as I liked the sound of the ingredients, I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love the taste of this nutritious combination.Continue reading “Buddha Mug Cake”