Today was the day I have been waiting for ALL WEEK LONG. I felt like time this week’s progression has been dragged along kicking and screaming, with time simply refusing to pass.
So I cannot explain to you how much I have been looking forward to today. I had a well-deserved break from the mindbogglingly dull data input and exhausting research report writing that I’ve been snowed under for the past few weeks, and strolled out into the sunny fresh air, headed for London.
I met my beautiful friend Georgie for lunch at this awesome restaurant that I’d discovered on Google (God bless Google). So it was a vegan restaurant called 222 Veggie Vegan, and they serve an all you can eat lunch buffet for £9.50 (I KNOW!). They cook everything from scratch, and all their ingredients are super fresh and natural, and their food is cooked as healthy as possible, with minimal fat and salt in all their dishes.
So we were a bit eager, and went all out on the first round (as you do in these situations), topping our plates with mountains of salads, pumpkin noodles, rice, the works. Little did we know that was only the beginning. They cook all their amazing dishes in small batches, which really locks in the taste, keeping the food at incredibly mouth-watering standards. This meant that every ten minutes or so, a NEW dish would appear… so obviously we had to go up and try it out. And obviously if you’re going up for another round, you’re not going to just stop at the one dish – you’ve got to make the trip worthwhile. Safe to say, we got a good five rounds of food in before our stomachs physically could not handle any more.
From bottom left to top right: Broccoli in pumpkin gravy; Chickpea curry; Carrot tart; Creamy coconut pasta; Agusti with kale; Brown rice. They also brought out Spinach & Avocado Salad; Steamed Veg; Baked Potatoes and Pumpkin noodles!
Side note: I used to be about 2 stone heavier than I am now, and although my stomach has shrunk, my brain hasn’t quite got the message. So every time there’s a buffet, the larger lady who inhabits my head shouts FOOD! YOU MUST EAT ALL THE FOOD! And she’s a pretty strong-willed lady – there’s no reasoning with her… so I simply had to eat all the food.
Safe to say, I’m pretty sure the owners are regretting labelling their lunch ‘All You Can Eat’!
The food here was exquisite; incredibly flavoursome, creative and COLOURFUL! I definitely recommend eating here. They also have an A La Carte menu which you can find on their website, which includes lots of vegan deserts (I shall definitely be returning to sample these in the very near future).
After my wonderful lunch having a much-needed catch up and chatting about everything from cake to capitalism, I felt really energised and grounded. I think spending time with old friends can really breathe life back into you and re-centre you as a person, which is definitely what I needed after this week!
I then headed into central London to meet another lovely friend of mine from Royal Holloway (I know, two social events in one day? Madness!). We went to this really cool tea shop called Yumchaa, who have lots of different shops all round London. I have to say, they were also incredibly cool! Amy had specifically chosen this place to meet because she knew they serve vegan cakes (what a wonderful human being!), and they were absolutely divine.
Yumchaa use loose tea leaves, which they say really leaves the flavour and essential oils from the tea leaves, which you don’t get in teabags of ground up tea leaves. I had the Notting Hill tea, which was a fabulously fruity tea containing apricot, strawberry and marigold flavours. And despite being absolutely full to the brim from lunch, I simply had to have a slice of cake. I mean, vegan cake. Need I say more? I had a slice of the banana loaf, which was heavenly, and had gooey chunks of chocolate hidden within its bananaey goodness. I’m sorry to say I didn’t get any pictures of it… it didn’t last very long!
They had Vegan Raw Bars (nearest ones in the photo), Caramel Shortcake, Matcha Jasmine and Raspberry Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, Poached Pear and Ginger Loaf, and Banana Loaf.
After a good old natter with Amy, I headed back home to the dreary land of Egham (ironic that I don’t eat eggs and ham now)… Sorry about that – food coma induced brain fart. And I am now feeling very content and happy, snuggled up in my favourite PJ’s and fluffy socks after a very fulfilling and happy day.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!