In honour of National Vegetarian Week, I thought it was fitting to write a post about Iydea, one of Brighton’s most popular vegetarian cafés. Iydea has won a number of accolades including the Brighton and Hove Foodie Award and the Vegetarian Society Award. I love the food here and needless to say, it is one of my favourite places to go to for lunch or an informal early dinner. On the menu is an eclectic mix of homemade vegetarian and vegan food with a number of gluten free options – there is no style or cuisine and you’ll find lasagne on the menu next to quiche and the Indonesian inspired gado gado (meat free versions of course!). Iydea is also licenced and have vegetarian friendly wine and beer on the drinks list. Continue reading →
We Love Falafel (or to be precise, We ♥ Falafel) is one of my favourite places to go to for a delicious quick bite to eat in Brighton. As the name suggests, falafel, that wonderful Middle Eastern chickpea delight takes centre stage. There are usually 4 flavours on offer: original, sweet potato, beetroot and the daily special. The daily special has ranged from curry, Chinese five spice, Christmas nut roast and paprika – an eclectic mix! You can have your falafel served in one of five ways: a salad wrap, a salad wrap with halloumi, a cheese melt wrap, a salad box or a mixed falafel box. Each of these options have various accompaniments such as homemade houmous, a selection of salads and yogurt sauce. The specials tend to be accompanied with different sauces depending on the flavour – for example the Christmas special came with a cranberry sauce. There are also a couple of falafel free options – halloumi salad wrap and houmous and salad. Continue reading →
January. The excesses of the Christmas season are now memories and thoughts turn to detoxing and embracing healthier life choices. Dry January and the Dryathlon are two charity initiatives where people give up alcohol for the month of January. Veganuary is a campaign to encourage people to become vegan in January while also providing advice and information to help those who wish to transition to a vegan lifestyle. To mark Veganuary, I decided to write about a delightful and independent vegan wholefood shop in Portsmouth which also happens to have a takeaway counter and juice bar, Wild Thyme Wholefoods. Continue reading →
Nusa Kitchen, which has three shops in London, was established in 2004 by Patou Sekhon and her son Mark. The inspiration was one of Patou’s childhood memories of growing up in Singapore – the delicious soup served at her school tuck shop. My memories of the school tuck shop are cheap crisps and sweets, we certainly didn’t have home made soup! Nusa Kitchen originally served Asian inspired soups but has since expanded the menu to include salads, coconut rice boxes, breakfast and desserts. There is also a great choice of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free options on the menu. Continue reading →
We visited the charming Devon seaside town of Sidmouth recently on a cool day in May. It was still outside the main holiday season and the beach was desolate, although there were some young surfers braving the cold. We had a small wander and then decided on lunch, fancying something hot rather than a sandwich. We chose The Loft Restaurant on Old Fore Street. The menu changes regularly and is described as Mediterranean. The ingredients are locally sourced – dishes included a nice selection of sharing boards, salads, pizza, Italian flatbreads and a tapas menu on Friday evenings. They also serve breakfast and homemade scones. Those on gluten free diets were well catered for with all of the pizzas, most of the pasta dishes and scones available as gluten free. Continue reading →
I love artisan coffee shops and in the age of Starbucks, Costa and Nero, it is heartening to see independent shops opening. Southsea Coffee Co opened just over two years ago in Southsea in Portsmouth and serves coffee roasted by hasbean. There are espresso based drinks (latte, cappuccino etc) and hand poured coffee (this changes regularly). They can serve you a long black, a coffee I got to love in Australia and one I have rarely seen on offer in the UK. They also serve a selection of special blend teas and herbal teas, hot chocolate and smoothies. In the Summer, there are iced coffees and teas. There is a beverage for everyone!
I am always on the look out for vegetarian restaurants and I had often walked past Amico Bio, a vegetarian Italian restaurant on Cloth Fair, near the Barbican. The restaurant is owned by an Italian family and uses organic ingredients. There are also plenty of gluten free and vegan options on the menu. There are two restaurants In London – the other is in Holborn. A vegetarian Italian restaurant certainly intrigued me – on my holidays to Italy, I don’t think I came across many exclusively vegetarian restaurants. Continue reading →