I had an early Voice-Over job in Farringdon yesterday and when I was done at around 10 a clock I decided to walk to Shoreditch just for fun and to explore London a bit more on foot. Something I normally never have time for.
I came across areas I had never seen before. So much to explore even after 25 years as a Londoner.
Right in the middle of Brick Lane (famous for its curry houses and bagels) I stumbled on the most fantastic vegan cafe specializing in Italian and Korean cuisine in the most wonderful mix! Kimchi with everything! My kind of place.
I had a generous portion of hemp hotdogs with rice and 2 types of kimchi and home-made vegan parmesan. It was so delicious!
I’m already planning what I’m having next time it is a toss-up between Kimchi lasagna or Kimchi tortollini..
The Italian chef Marco was cooking and making me feel very welcome at the same time. VEGAN YES is a happy place filled with glorious.
Vegan Yes is 64 Brick Lane.
There was great excitement when NYC-based vegan chain by CHLOE opened in London’s Theaterland earlier this year.
by Chloe is known for taking classic dishes like Fish and Chips, Burgers, Caesar Salad, and Mac & Cheese and making them vegan. I love that concept! You can find my vegan mac & cheese recipe HERE.
It was hot hot hot in London and I was ravenous!
I ordered the Greek salad, artichoke dip with nachos and an iced almond matcha latte.
The staff were super helpful and sweet and quickly changed my latte to an Iced version when I realised I had ordered the wrong one. But unfortunately on this occasion I was underwhelmed by the food. It was bland and way too salty. One of my favorite foods in the world is artichokes but I sadly only got texture and salt from this dip.
I completely understand that the kitchen might have had a bad day and I’m going back to give it another chance, because I WANT to love it.
Have you been? What was your experience?
As a Voice Over artist I never really know when and where I will be working until the day before. There are a couple of areas where there’s a build-up of studios like Soho. 10/15 years ago almost every VO booking meant you went to Soho. But with crippling rate hikes, studios started to spread to Fitzrovia, The East end and Chiswick.
Most of the time I go to the same 10 studios. But quite often I’m booked in studios where I’ve never been before located on streets I’ve never even heard of.
I love that about London, you take a wrong turn and end up in an area with a completely different vibe. (even after 20 years!).
Food and drink is important when you do voice-overs. You are booked hourly and need to be totally prepared and your “instrument” i.e. mouth needs to be performing as soon as you step into the studio as time really is money on these jobs.
In the olden days when you only had the choice of full fat or skimmed dairy milk in your latte, coffee was a no-no until the job was done as dairy makes your mouth produce deplorable clicking sounds… This can also happen if you don’t eat anything at all before a session. Clicking sounds are best removed with fairly hot water. (Apples have NEVER worked for me). Another trick of the trade is to put a pen side-ways in your mouth and then read the script before you go in. This looks and sound very weird. but, when you remove the pen the words turn out beautifully. This is especially good if you have a booking in the morning and have only made grunting noises before the session.
When I’m booked in Fitzrovia I always pop into Rawligion for a healthy lunch or snack. I adore the Hard Green Smoothie with coconut water, spinach, broccoli, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, mint, parsley and apple.
It might sound to extreme but it’s delicious!
Rawligion is on Holbeach Mews off Tottenham Court Road.
Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas and that you are ready to take on 2018. I absolutely love Christmas and eat everything traditional and Christmassy. But now I’m done. I am craving vegetables!
We headed to new cafe/lunch spot Gast (old swedish for ghost) for a late breakfast. It’s beautifully designed airy, light and spacious with a great play list. The menu is in English and the staff seems to all be from an English speaking country, making this the perfect place to discover the real Stockholm and at the same time not feel like an outsider. Gast is situated slap bang in the middle of Stockholm but it’s a slightly hidden gem and even I had to give the address a google. I had a wonderful vegan soup with fennel and zucchini. So delicious and fresh. There is always a beautiful vegan salad on the menu and the soup of the day is often vegan. They serve great coffees and loads of traditional pastries like the gluten free and nut free chocolate roulade. (my teenager’s favorite). Now I’m getting ready to pack up and head to the airport in a few hours. Goodbye Stockholm and 2017.
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I went to 222 Veggie Vegan for lunch today.
It’s a 25 minute walk from my house and it was so glorious and sunny I really enjoyed my walk, soaking up the rays.
For lunch 222 offers an eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet for £9.90 and a take away box for £7.50. (They are also open for dinner with a completely different a la carte menu).
This is vegan comfort food!
Mains like Quinoa Tofu Bake, Carrot Tart, and Mixed Bean Curry draw a completely different crowd from what I’m used to in healthy lunch places – MEN!
Male body builders, swimming teachers, personal trainers and local chaps, mixed in with female office workers. NOBODY left hungry!
Everything I cold see was gluten-free and other allergens like soya, sesame nuts etc. were clearly labelled.
I tried almost everything, it would be rude not to, right?
So yes, I had both plates in the photo above.
Oh, yes and as a bonus, there’s a new Vegan food shop next door.
I bought whipping cream, chocolate, meringues and vegan honey…
Not that I was especially hungry, but looking forward to try it all the same.
Had not even heard about vegan honey?!
(222 Veggie Vegan is at 222 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14 9NU)