20 February 2017

Berlin - A Vegan Glimpse

For my birthday Dixon took me to Berlin! I've wanted to go to Berlin for A LONG time so I was super excited to go. The first thing we ALWAYS do before visiting a new city, we headed over to Happy Cow to do some vegan food research annnnnnd there were so many choices we could hardly choose. You will be hard pressed to be hard pressed for vegan food in Berlin. Most place had vegan options on the menu. Soooo this is in no way a "guide" but more a skim on the surface of the places we had chance to visit.

La Stella Nera - Leykestraße 18, Neukölln - 100% Vegan

Our apartment was in Neukolln and La Stella Nera wasn't too far from us, so we turned up without booking and it was packed... I wasn't hopeful we'd get a table, but when I went in to ask it smelt so good I was great to bargain for a table. Lucky, the waitress was the most helpful person ever; she said she would hold the next available table for us, so we went for a drink at a really nice bar close by and came back an hour later. 
Properly stone baked pizzas are hard to come by as a vegan so I was super excited! I had the smoked chilli tofu, and Dixon picked the salami. We did a slice swap and they were both so so good. They gave us homemade garlic oil and chilli oil too which were both so amazing. And yep, we had starters and a dessert that were equally as amazing. And vegan wine! Properly labelled vegan wine.

Brammibals Donuts - Maybachufer 8 - 100% vegan

I'm not sure I even need to tell you how good this place was.... just look! The most amazing flavoured vegan donuts I ever did see. We went for breakfast because we heard that they usually sell out quite early!.... so we had a coffee and picked two doughnuts to share. I picked blueberry pistachio and and Dixon went for chocolate peanut butter fudge. Oh my god. I can't even describe how good they were. The staff were super wonderful too. A+++++++ would visit 1000 times again.

Lias Kitchen - 47 Kollwitz Straße - 100% Vegan

Lias was THE cutest little place. I picked the chili bean burger which was the second tastiest vegan burger I have ever had, only beat by what Dixon chose; the BBQ mushroom burger. The fries were absolutely perfect, and they came with three sauces; including a home made garlic aioli which was so tasty. HIGH recommendations. I wish it was a warm enough day to sit outside because the street it was on was so cute.

Vöner - Boxhagenerstr.56 - 100% Vegan

Voner was the place I was most excited for. Vegan kebabs, what is not to want!? We strolled past one night and it was full, so decided to go the next day after a huge walk when we were starving. We both got the pitta kebabs annndd a special fried to share; the special fries were covered in a cheese sauce and fried onions.  Oh my gawd. The kebab itself was suprisingly filling. Loads of super fresh salad, we both choose a garlic sauce (coz we love garlic) and tonnes of doner meat. Super filling.


A few extras I bits I have to mention. We had a Denns Biomarkt on the street we were staying annnd bumped into loads throughout the city too; its an organic supermarket with so many vegan bits. We got sausages for breakfast, soy cookie dough ice cream for drunk eating, and VEGO bars, my first ever vego; I bought so many and a couple to bring home too. Well worth a visit.

Second, Aldi was packed with vegan meats, a whole aisle of milk-alternatives including squirty cream! Whaaaat?! I didn't get any but was so tempted! They also had really clearly labeled vegan butters, burgers, falafel, houmous etc etc. So handy! How are supermarkets not like that over here?

One day we got a take-away because we were SO tired from walking (and the cold) we fancied a night in, and we found a pizza chain that did vegan pizzas! Hallo Pizza! All their vegan options are online, and there was a bunch. Although it took ages to be delivered because I didn't give them a phone number.... but once we sorted that it take super fast and was TASTY. I got one with a bbq base, vegan cheese and loads of jalapeño

28 January 2017

Helping out at the Weaving Workshop // Stitch-Up, Leeds

Last weekend I leant a helping hand to Lucy Beggs in her weaving workshop organised by Stitch-Up, held in their wonderful new workshop space right over there even more wonderful shop in Thorntons Arcade in the centre of Leeds

I had a run through of the weaving process with Lucy a week ahead of the workshop, she taught me the ways of the looms, to know my rya from my pile weave. Lucy was a GREAT teacher; showing thrifty techniques to get yourself weaving without wincing at the cost! Giving amazing tips like using ready made frames and drift-wood hangers scavenged from beaches. Annnnddddd, it is safe to say I am absolutely hooked on weaving.

My favourite thing about helping out with the class was seeing everyones totally unique creations; even though everyone had access to the same materials and were tough each weave type in the same way, everyone choose their own unique colour pallets and built their pieces up in their own styles. So inspiring!

Find Lucys work on instagram // & stocked in the Stitch-Up shop, 7 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds.

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