Vegan Nights Street food

Vegan food is everywhere at the moment. Almost a third of all new products launched in British supermarkets this year have been plant based. The growing rise in vegetarian and vegan diets has been supported by research showing the benefits of eating less meat on your health and the environment. Vicky has been vegetarian and dairy free since 2016 and has not always found it easy to travel with her diet but each year it is getting easier and more options are being offered. However, to my surprise, I have been loving the 2019 veggie revolution and here’s why I’ve come to love veggie restaurants as a meat eater.

1. The Food at Veggie Restaurants is Great

Fine dining veggie food

The biggie. Vegetarian options on standard menus used to be a bit of an after-thought. Veggie restaurants used to be fringe affairs run by hippies. Not any more. You can find brilliant vegan and veggie options in most restaurants and fully veggie restaurants have had to up their game. The food is amazing. If you go to somewhere like Terre a Terre in Brighton or Vurger Co in Shoreditch you won’t be missing the meat at all.

2. It takes me out of my comfort zone

Vegan Burger and a Veggie Curry

I love trying new things. It’s part of why I like to travel. It is important for me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I am still very new to vegetarian and vegan food but as I am not a fussy eater at all I can always find something I love on the menu. Plus with all the new products on the market, there is always something new to try in the supermarkets as well. We’ve also been to vegan food markets and tried all sorts including deep fried cookie dough and ice cream. Amazing!

3. It’s pretty cheap

coffee and breakfast

Cutting meat out of your diet really does cut down your food bill. Vegan and veggie options in mainstream restaurants tend to be much cheaper. However, it is not always cheaper than eating meat especially if you go to the best veggie or vegan restaurants. These prices tend to be as expensive if not more than meat dishes elsewhere but I really don’t mind paying more if the food is good.

4. It means we can share food

Vegan Nights Street food

I always want to try what Vicky is eating. But it’s not really fair if I’m tucking into a steak that she can’t try back. Going to a fully veggie restaurant means we can share each other’s food including dessert (on the off chance that we don’t fancy one each). We had so much fun at Vegan Nights where we could try more things between us.

5. You can now find it everywhere

Pret lunch

Veggie and vegan restaurants are springing up everywhere. It makes it much easier to follow a plant based diet when travelling and means you can find somewhere close by too. We are very lucky in London to be surrounded by some of the best veggie restaurants around. But veggie food is now becoming much more mainstream. This year Pret a Manger bought out its rival EAT so it could open more of its Veggie Pret stores – the revolution is starting. 

Are you a vegetarian? What do you think of the veggie revolution? Let us know in the comments below.

Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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