Global Tribe Café Leeds

April 20th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Global Tribe Café, Leeds, UK

18 Swan Street, Leeds
LS1 6LG

(0)11.3318.4289

~$30 USD/person with drinks (lunch)

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦♦ (0/6)

It’s not always easy being Vegan in downtown Leeds, though Hansa’s isn’t too far away, and Out Of This World stocks some decent grab-’n-go options. So, when we heard that Global Tribe, one of my wife’s favourite teenaged hang-outs, was opening a vegan cafe, we started to salivate.

We imagined nipping in for a quick bite in-between shopping at Blue Rinse and Wing Lee Hong, maybe in a warm grounded space, or somewhere airy and beautiful. A place channelling the beatniq-hippie vibe that had made us fall in love with the storefront almost despite ourselves.

Located up on the second floor, up a narrow staircase just to the right of Global Tribe’s primary entrance, the café is none of those things. We came, we saw, we chewed. All of our appetite was in vain. Continue reading “Global Tribe Café Leeds” »

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An Ode to the Wayward Vegan Café

April 19th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Wayward Vegan Café, Seattle

801 NE 65th St, Suite C

(206) 524-0204

~$30 USD/person with drinks (dinner)

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦

I fell in love at the Wayward Café, sitting across from this Yorkshire lass I could barely understand, she tucked into the “Lost Souls” tofu scramble, while I meowed down on “The Wizard,*” a veggie burger par excelance, with tempeh bacon, just the right amount of mayo, and strangely delicious vegan cheddar cheese.

The both of us were participants at a writing workshop where grub was included—but oh what grub it was—I kid you not, the chef’s speciality was “Swimming Chicken,” and the only person worse off than us at the workshop, food-wise, was my garlic allergic vegetarian friend, who she kept on confusing with someone gluten-free. All of us with particular dietary requirements were starving, and so I asked the only other vegan at the workshop out—out for lunch I mean.

We walked up 15th Ave NE, past the University of Washington Bookstore, the head shops, and Sidecars for Pigs Peace (now Vegan Haven), it was 2:00 in the afternoon, 2012, the sun was shining down. You could smell Wayward half a block away. Continue reading “An Ode to the Wayward Vegan Café” »

The Spiral Diner — Dallas and Fort Worth, TX — Review

March 30th, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink

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The Spiral Diner, Dallas & Fort Worth

1314 W. Magnolia
Fort Worth, TX

1101 N Beckley
Dallas, TX

817.3.EatVeg

~$15 USD/person with drinks (dinner)

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦

Texas isn’t the first place that springs to your mind when you think of vegetarianism.

I mean, after driving past miles of ranch, and walking past the stockyards in Fort Worth, my partner and I are in righteous vegan mode. We’re hot blooded and pissed off as we stumble out of the car for lunch. Our doors slam, and dust billows up off the road in a red mist that perfectly suits my mood.

A few minutes later, after I sit down and order, and my sandwich calls me a JERK, but I love him anyway.

Spiral Diner Jerk Tofu Sandwich

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Plum Bistro Seattle Review

March 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Plum Bistro, Seattle

1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA

(206) 838-5333
info@plumbistro.com

~$40 USD/person with drinks (dinner)

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦♦

Outside the open windows, the rain comes down in sheets. It pours across the pavement and runs in rivers along the curb. I sip my whiskey-laced horchata, and enjoy that particular coziness that comes at the expense of another’s misery. Someone is wading up the hill across the street, in thick rubber boots and gore-tex jacket, battened down, hunched over. Sopping wet.

Could any scene be more Seattle?

I love the West Coast and spent years living their full-time, but when I wonder why I left, it’s rain that reminds me.

Still, there are many worse places to be in the rain than drinking an aperitif at the Plum Bistro. It’s a bit strange actually, as I think about that word bistro . . . Continue reading “Plum Bistro Seattle Review” »

5 Things I’ve Had Confiscated at the Border

December 5th, 2011 § 12 comments § permalink

Maybe it’s because when I first started travelling I had a tendency to wear cordoury bell-bottoms, and vintage flowered shirts—but I used to have a hell of a time crossing borders (alright, it was definitely the groovy get-ups). After grueling interrogations, and all too often being ‘randomly selected’ for additional search, I finally learned to leave the outlandish outfits in the suitcase. But it left me with a bit of paranoia—I’m now very careful about what I bring across country lines. Here are five things I’ve had, or almost had, confiscated—crossing borders.

1) Vitamins
Never bring loose vitamins or medication with you, particularly to countries known for drug trade, or where control on drugs is extremely tight. I used to take all my vitamins and put them in those little day-of-the-week pill minders, being sure to have all my B12 dosed out. Alas, it can be hard to convince a border control agent that those little white unlabelled pills aren’t ecstasy, and I lost my B12 stash in South Asia; after being subjected to a physical search I wont soon forget (seriously, I’m still blushing).

This one is pretty easily avoided by bringing vitamins in their original packaging. Just keep in mind that many countries still rely on manual search, and your stash may be opened, hand inspected, or still refused entry. Continue reading “5 Things I’ve Had Confiscated at the Border” »

5 (Vegan) Travel Essentials

November 28th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

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Maybe this is so obvious that it oughtn't be included—but I still remember my first trip overseas: 1 pair runners, 1 pair sandals. Which might've worked out for a beach resort, but was totally inappropriate for the urban environment I went to. Even in India, there were places my casual shoes simply weren't welcome.

Whether you want to go out to a nice restaurant, or just want to walk around comfortably all day, a good pair of shoes that can cover both tasks is an absolute must. Look for something without a huge heel or a floppy sole and you'll be well kitted out. Pictured are vegan Fluevogs, with hand nailed Fluevog Air soles. My favourite travelling shoes, mine are npw rough around the edges—after 10 countries and two years, it's a wonder they're held together at all.

Add smart shoes to jeans and a v-neck T, and you're a hip style rebel. Runners and the same outfit, and you may not make it past the velvet ropes.

BabyCakes New York City Vegan Bakery Review

November 23rd, 2011 § 15 comments § permalink

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BabyCakes NYC (with locations in Orlando and L.A. – Ships orders from online website)

From $40 a pie to a few dollars for a whoopee pie

Restaurant Type : Fine Dining | Casual
Diamonds : ♦♦♦♦♦♦

It’s a sunny morning in New York’s late fall. Cold weather last night, but the sun warmed resin bench I’m sitting on casts warmth up into my thighs, and with coffee from my favourite East Coast coffee shop—Roasting Plant—steaming away in my face, I feel oh so content and alive. But I’m also a little at a loss.

Pastry is particularly close to my heart. Elaborate wedding cakes covered in delicate icing sugar flowers, gingerbread castles with delicate spun sugar and stained glass windows—my mother is one of the world’s best bakers. I vividly remember afternoons spent together in the kitchen as she tried to pass on what she knew to an impatient kid that just wanted his sugar high. To this day, I enjoy little more than a quiet day in a sun-lit kitchen, turning out my favourite foods: tarte aux sucre, croissant, strawberry rhubarb pie, or cinnamon rolls.

All of this is to say I have high standards for pastry. As I sit and stare at a box of sweeties from Hollywood-star favourite Babycakes, I wonder, is it just me, or is this just not up to par? Continue reading “BabyCakes New York City Vegan Bakery Review” »

Top 5 Vegan Cities

November 21st, 2011 § 63 comments § permalink

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You'll notice a distinct lack of parrallelism here—I know, I know, India is a whole country, while the rest of the places on the list are cities. Here's the deal, if I were to make a list of the top 10, 15, or even 20 cities for vegetarian eating, they'd all be in India, and I don't think that that's quite fair. India truly is a vegetarian paradise, and can be a vegan heaven with a little patience and fortitude. Obviously there are all the vegetarian classics, from channa masala to potato curry—but from the Portuguese infused flavours of Goan cuisine, to great pizza at beachside hippie hangouts, it's not just about the curry either.

Food Highlight: Yard long dosas served on the worlds biggest thali trays.

My Secret Favourite Thing:
The Calico Textile Museum in Ahmedabad might not make every itinerary, but it ought to. The giant wheel on India's flag? It's a spinning wheel, and this is both one of the best textile museums in the world, and a rare chance to learn about an artistic tradition at the heart of Indian identity.

Fairmont Lifestyles Menu Mini-Review

October 7th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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Fairmont’s new Lifestyles Menu makes it easier for vegans across North America to eat at Fairmont Hotels—and the food isn’t bad either.

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