Wednesday, December 03, 2008

brighton




Saturday, 1 November, was world vegan day, and Daiku and I got to celebrate it in style by meeting up with a bunch of awesome people in perhaps England's most vegan city: Brighton! People came from as far afield as London and even the Netherlands for this day. We shopped for vegan shoes at Vegetarian Shoes, saw the sites, went antiquing, and I even got to see an original Banksy! But above all, we ate.



First, the Brighton kids took us out-of-towners to Infinity market, one of the biggest and best health food stores I've ever seen. I stocked up on nutritional yeast (I didn't know I'd miss it so much!) and other essentials. The best part was their bakery had fresh-baked scones (pictured above) and Chelsea buns. This was my first time getting to taste these British delicacies and they were so good!



Here's Jojo holding up... vegan haggis! I just had to get it (it gets its own post, coming soon!)



Next, we headed to The George, a vegan and vegetarian pub! How cool is that- this was the first time I got to go to a pub and order anything other than chips. But first, I passed out some American vegan goodies- oreos, sour patch kids, and tings!



Ok, if you were at a restaurant and their special for the day was the Elvis burger- a veggie burger with cheese, peanut butter and banana- wouldn't you order it? Most of us did! And you know what? It was actually really good!



Daiku ordered the mushroom and ale pie, which turned out to be huge- and very satisfying.



Next, we headed over to Infinity Café, for hot drinks. I thought, since I'd already had an Elvis burger, not to mention a scone AND a chelsea bun, that I was full, but then this fudgey chocolate cake caught my eye. Who can say no to vegan dessert? Not me! Our party also tried their almond cake and some other delicacies- all very well prepared and extremely tasty.

Even though it was a blistery and rainy day, we all had so much fun! To see other photos from this meet-up, take a look at my Brighton flickr set.




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20 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

I want that scone and cake!!

aTxVegn said...

That cake looks incredible! What a fun vegan outing.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Sounds like a fun day, but I'm not sure I could hang with an Elvis burger!

Vegan_Noodle said...

What an awesome day with the Brighton crowd! An Elvis burger sounds... interesting, but I think I would have taken a chance as well.
Can't wait to hear what you thought of vegan haggis. That was the only one I nixed from the vegan 100 list for me.

Mihl said...

Vegan haggis? These crazy brits! And no, I wouldn't order that Elvis burger. How I wish I could have been in Brighton with you guys, sounds like a wonderful time.

allularpunk said...

all that elvis burger is missing is some fakin' bacon :) yummo!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I don't think I could do the Elvis burger, but everything else about your day sounds spectacular. Especially that cake. And the scone.

And of course, all the people! Great photo!

bazu said...

allularpunk, I forgot to mention! the elvis burger DID have fakin bacon!

and to everyone else, they were really good! don't knock the elvis burgers! ;-)

Courtney said...

Wow--sounds like a wonderful day! Everything looks amazing.

It is great to see you posting again!

Courtney

Carrie™ said...

I've heard that the UK is a very veg*n friendly place. Aren't Chelsea buns amazing!? I can't believe you've never tried them until now. Can't wait to hear about the haggis. I made Jim some once from a veggie haggis recipe posted on line, but it wasn't even close to the real thing.

bibliochef said...

Vegan HAGGIS! Wow, now there is a contradiction in terms,

Kiersten said...

I don't know if I'd be able to pass up on that cake either.

That last picture of everyone is cute. It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.

VeganCowGirl said...

Sounds like a great day! Will have to try to get out to that pub when we are home for Christmas this year - never heard of it!

Urban Vegan said...

I've heard so many great things about Brighton. It is to the UK what Portland is to the US!

Vivacious Vegan said...

What a fun, fun day. I am living vicariously through you right now Bazu! I wish I were traveling with you. I'm so intrigued by that Elvis burger. Pondering the thought of making it. Marty might think I was crazy but, you know, it actually sounds pretty good. I love weird food combinations (that actually taste good together).

Sal said...

Looks like it was a fun day.

I love veg haggis, good stuff.

DJ said...

Brighton's Ace - when are you coming to Scotland??

Stella said...

Vegan haggis?!?!?!

This post just rocked my world.

Theresa said...

Sounds like great fun, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the haggis. Elvis burger has me intrigued!

Jackie said...

What a fun day you had. Haven't been to Brighton since I was about 12. I adore Chelsea buns and eat at least one or two every week.

Popped in to say I am passing on the Lemonade Award to you. Details are at http://thevegandiet.blogspot.com/2008/12/lemonade-award.html .

Wishing you all the best for 2009.