L’as Du Fallafel


First day in Paris is done and dusted and ofcourse I’ve already managed to tick off basically the main reason why I came in the first place.

I came hesitatingly five years ago after my mum highly recommended I checked this place out. To say I had my doubts was an understatement. I didn’t even like falafel that much and I just didn’t understand how there could be so much hype over, essentially, a sandwich. So we decided to share one and what a mistake that was. Those preconceptions shot out the window after my first bite and I wished I had got one to myself!

The bread is soft and pillowy and almost mochi-esque which provides a great contrast to the falafel which is herby and crunchy. The salad provides an element of freshness and is comprised of thinly sliced cabbage, cucumber and tomato. The aubergine is silly and smooth and in bite sized pieces to make it easier to eat. And last, but certainly not least, the lashings of tahini dressing which is cool and slightly bitter.

So, onto the technical stuff. It costs €6,50 and is definitely big enough for a meal for one. It’s filled with falafel and salad and will keep you full for a matter of hours (until the compulsory afternoon pastry break)!

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve actually spent all morning raving about falafel when I could have been at a Parisian bakery but this is the best of the best. If you find yourself in Paris, you must stroll around the alleys of Marais and get yourself a falafel. You’ll never look back!

Demon Dayz Festival

Demon Dayz Festival took place in Margate on Saturday 10th June. It was an incredible once in a lifetime experience to immerse myself in everything Gorillaz and watch artists, which had collaborated with them on their newest album ‘Humanz’, all throughout the day.



It was interesting to compare this festival, which around 15,000 people attended, with their much more intimate O2 Brixton Academy gig on Thursday. Personally, I prefered the Brixton concert as I felt much closer to the band and it felt so special to be in a room filled with Gorillaz fans all singing and dancing to their songs. However, in saying that, the festival had a great atmosphere as the sun was shining, people were happy and was contstantly buzzing with people.

Gorillaz at O2 Academy Brixton

What a show. What a night.

Its crazy to think the tickets were released a week before the gig and they completely sold out in the presale.


I was lucky enough to get tickets to attend this and watch Damon Albarn and special guests come up on stage to perform a huge 26 song set list ranging from their newest songs from ‘Humanz’ (including some unreleased songs which I especially loved) and fan favourites, such as Dirty Harry, Feel Good Inc. and Demon Dayz.


The band had so much energy throughout the whole show, performing every song with fervour and spirit.

A City Break: Prague

Prague

What a beautiful city – truly, unexpectedly stunning. I don’t know why but in my head it was a city that seemed a bit grey, but I went and was blown away by the gorgeous weather and the beautiful architecture on every corner of the street.

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The city is reminiscent of a toy town, the pastel colours of the curvilinear forms on the facades of the buildings and the gothic churches with the spires interrupting the skyline is truly an amazing sight, especially at the top of the hill around the castle district. The many bridges across the city are beautiful in themselves, with Charles Bridge being a particularly popular one as it is filled with sculptures of saints watching down on you and contrasting against the bright blue sky. Another must see building is St Vitus cathedral – a monumental Gothic church with an intricately decorated facade and the inside is filled with the most wonderful stained glass that leaves you in awe and the rainbow of colour reflects on the cold stone walls.

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The Opera house is decorated with a beautiful gold detailing on the roof and theatre is another prominent aspect of the culture. The museums were filled with Czech art as well as an all star cast, featuring Picasso, Klimt and Schiele, which I must admit almost brought me to tears. The standout museum for me was the Prague National Gallery (also called Trade Fair Palace), which showed 19th and 20th century art and currently shows some works by Ai Wei Wei, which runs until 17th January 2018.

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There was a plethora of food options in the city and I wasn’t disappointed once. The stand outs were Bistro 19 which have a daily changing menu of a soup, main and dessert, a special shout out goes to the apple strudel which was wonderful and cinnamon filled (and a bargain for only £1); Sushi Maru which has an amazing eel, avocado and yellowtail roll. My favourite place had to be Cafe Lounge. There was a slight Secession/ Art Nouveau feel in the restaurant with the beautiful font and warm decoration within of brown leather chairs and slightly dimmed yellow lighting. The food was outstanding and really can’t find one fault, I highly recommend the quinoa salad with pomegranates, peppers and lambs lettuce which was fresh and light; marinated aubergine with pecorino, rocket and capers which was a salty delight and the aubergine which melted in your mouth; and the fried cod with chunky fries and homemade tartare sauce, the fish was so tender and the batter was light and fluffy. I’ve also heard great things about Cafe Louvre and of course the famous warm, fluffy, sweet, carby trdelnik.

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Prague is definitely a place where I’ll be back and somewhere I would recommend to anyone for a short city break. Yes, there is a lot of walking on cobbled streets which definitely does make your thighs slightly stiff the next day but it’s 100% worth it for the beautiful views across the river and watching the sun set in the parks dotted around the city.

Review: Angelica Kitchen

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Fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever had. Vegan or not, these were bomb.

I know that Angelica Kitchen are famous for their buckwheat pancakes but they didn’t have them that day. Absolute catastrophe.

Wait, let me just rewind for a second.

Saturday in New York. 32 degrees celcius (actually feels like someone has put me in an oven). Walking down the streets ready for brunch and to stuff myself with pancakes. Goes into Angelica Kitchen. No aircon. Literally feels like 50 degrees hotter than outside where the sun is burning my white skin. We sit down and they bring us water. There’s no freaking ice. Lord help me before I melt into an actual puddle on the ground.
But we decide to stay and eat pancakes because brunch is what I came for and I won’t leave without them!

So even with the million degree heat I still loved these pancakes. They were fluffy wholewheat pancakes (for the record, I love love love wholewheat pancakes and the nutty flavour they have) and the best part was the maple tofu whip which had the perfect amount of sweetness.
Definitely a place I’ll be going back to for brunch!
They also have great and reasonable lunch options, such as their dragon bowls and kale salads (ooooh yes)!

Angelica Kitchen
Website: angelicakitchen.com
Address: 300 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003, United States
Tel: +1 212-228-2909

Review: By CHLOE

 The best vegan restaurant in the bizz? Quite possibly.

I went here 5 times on a 20 day trip to New York. 5 TIMES. GUYS. Seriously, that’s pretty much an addiction. lol. But I’m actually obsessed.

 I went with pretty high hopes the first time (and the decor was gorgeous. so aesthetic. (I’m joking, but for real)) and it did not dissapoint. Even my mum was like holy hell yum yes please. The first thing I tried was the avocado pesto pasta at the Bleeker Street branch. Creamy, dreamy, avocado-y, basil goodness. I was hooked from the first bite!

So we obviously had the go back and this time went to the Flatiron branch. From my experience, the Bleeker Street branch was so much better as I found everything at Flatiron was really oversalted (I went twice, and both times were ok but not to the amazing standard that the Bleeker street branch had set). I tried the sweet potato mac and cheese (creamy and gorgeous and the shiitake bacon – wow. Legit tasted like real crispy bacon!), kale artichoke dip (good, but salty, passable) and air baked sweet potato fries. Ok. We need to talk about their dips for one sec. Beet ketchup and chipotle aioli. what whaaaat?! Actually amazing and so inventive. 

So then another time I tried their desserts for a little snack. The banana bread was so moist and the chunks of walnuts made it like 10000/10. To be honest, to me it tasted more like a gingerbread cake loaf but in a really good way. Filled with spices and all that cozy good stuff. Buuuut I also tried their kale cookies and cream ice cream and I’ve got to say it was quite meh. It was overly sweet and almond essence flavoured for me (probably because they use almond milk as a base). I personally think you could get a better ice cream from the store or Van Leeuwen.

We also had to try their famous guac burger another time which was real good. Filled with lots of guacamole, sweetcorn and a black bean, sweet potato and quinoa burger. And obviously I loaded it with the chipotle aioli. It was like fast food but made you feel good? Possibly the weirdest explanation ever.


And the final thing I tried (and got TOTALLY hooked on) was their quinoa taco salad. If you go, you need to get this. I would literally eat this everyday if I could. If you have an image of a sad salad with cucumber and salad tomatoes in your head, GET THAT SHIZ OUT! This is hearty and packed with flavour. Spicy seitan chorize (this seriously scarily had the texture and taste of spiced ground beef. so weird), avocado, cherry tomatoes, crispy tortilla chips and a quinoa and bean salad (a salad on top of a salad!!) all on top of a lettuce dressed perfectly with an agave lime vinaigrette. Oh, and topped with the best cashew crema on top. Hell yes. Thinking about it is making me drool.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve said ‘amazing’ or ‘delicious’ in this post but it’s definitely been too many. But honestly it was so amazing and places like this show that plant based food can be flavour packed and inventive and so damn mouth-watering. Honestly, I’m craving it now and its 9am in London. help.

By CHLOE
Address: 85 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Tel: N/A
Website: http://bychefchloe.com

Sweet Potato Mash

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My love for sweet potato is so real. They’re probably up there as one of my favourite ingredients ever. I really don’t think you can ever get bored of a humble potato as the possibilities are endless!

For a while I was obsessed with sweet potatoes wedges (ngl, I still am) and then I moved onto super smooth spiced sweet potato soup and I’ve only just tried sweet potato mash and it’s a total game changer.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a big bowl of comforting mash but why not give sweet potatoes a go? They are naturally sweet (and go super well with smoky paprika!) and packed full of Vitamin A, C, B6 among others.
This is super easy to make and makes the perfect side to any dish, I’m sure it would be wonderful atop a lentil shepherds pie!

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Sweet Potato Mash vegan, dairy free, gluten free
Serves 2

This mash is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. This dish takes only 20 minutes and is a great alternative to your average mashed potato. Feel free to change up the flavours by adding cinnamon to enhance the natural sweetness or adding chives to add a mild oniony flavour.

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cover the chopped potatoes 3/4 of the way up with water and boil for 15-20 minutes.

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain, but reserve some of the cooking liquid.

Mash the potatoes with a fork (or in a food processor for a whipped texture) and add the oil, paprika, salt and pepper.

Serve immediately.

 

Review: 26 Grains

Review: 26 Grains | Add A LittleI love porridge. Like seriously adore it. It’s pretty much a hug in a bowl and with so many different toppings to choose, the combinations are endless!

I heard about 26 Grains when it first opened and was intrigued by the concept of a café solely dedicated to porridge: it sounded amazing.
They are nestled in the wonderful Neal’s Yard and offer a selection of sweet and savoury porridges (as well as a few other dishes). The menu is the perfect size, offering plethora of choices.

We started off with the matcha almond milk lattes which were  so delicious. I’ve recently been getting into matcha lattes since I’m not the biggest fan of coffee and they are delicious, especially when made with almond milk that gives them a natural sweetness to offset the ‘green’ taste of the matcha!

Then we were onto the good stuff!

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We settled for a savoury porridge bowl with kale, avocado, egg and sriracha. I had a bit of the creamy oats that were perfectly seasoned. Although the bowl itself may not seem too filling, looks can be deceiving! It was the perfect comforting bowl and savoury porridge is something that I’ve loved for a while. For those you haven’t tried it, it’s like a Japanese rice porridge or congee.

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My dish filled with rainbows and textures. Amazing is an understatement. It was like an explosion in your mouth, in the best possible way.
The bowl was filled with quinoa, turmeric roasted cauliflower, samphire, pickles and the best beetroot hummus ever. I’m drooling just thinking about it now! I mean, the bowl really says it all.
I would highly recommend this bowl, I would travel there again just to get my hands on it.

I can’t believe I hadn’t gone to 26 grains earlier because although the concept sounds simple, it’s far from it! I can’t wait to go back and try the waffles and the buckwheat wrap *heart eye emoji*
Here’s the full menu for those of you that are interested!

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26 Grains
Website: www.26grains.com
Address: 2 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8am-6pm, Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am-4pm

Vegan & Gluten Free Crepes

 Just in time for Pancake Day, I’ve got a quick recipe for you today.

I’ve recently had a re-obsession with gram flour and been making these crepes everyday!

I’m not even sure I can call them crepes as they are just so simple and easy to make. All you need is 2 simple ingredients and you’re done!

Vegan & Gluten Free Crepes vegan, gluten free, dairy free
Serves 2

These crepes are so simple and easy and require minimal ingredients. You can buy gram flour (also called chickpea flour or besan) in many places nowadays, but if it’s not at your local store, maybe go to an ethnic store which will sell it cheaply. I prefer these crepes with savoury fillings as I feel the nutty flavour of the chickpeas comes through.

4 tablespoons gram flour
12 tablespoons of water
Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil for cooking

Mix the ingredients together until a smooth consistency forms.

You may need to add more water accordingly as you want it to have the consistency of single cream.

Heat a pan with oil until piping hot and lacel the batter in and spread it out until thin.

Cook for a minute or two until crisp on each side.

Enjoy!