My #veganblog series ~ Keeping it Real and the Glass Half Full
I’m going 100% Vegan! Yes you heard that right. Also famously called ‘Plant Based Diet’.
As I’m newly vegan, any tips and suggestions for beginners will help 😬 Especially cafes and food products available in Mumbai 🤗
These doctors spreading awareness says a lot (although many dietitians are against it, but I’m here to give it a go!)
This one for many reasons- The Planet, Personal health, Animal Freedom from cruelty and much more! It’s rightly said, “Veganism is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle!” Letting go genuine animal leather products, not purchasing animal tested cosmetics/medicines and anything that’s just cruel!
I discovered Veganism in 2014 when I moved to Melbourne, Aus for a few years. It surely was good to have vegan meals once in a while, but I couldn’t imagine myself quitting dairy! (I’m a Vegetarian so maybe that’s the only thing I need to replace)
Yes people roll their eyeballs, look at you as if you’re an alien, maybe even secretly wonder how vegans stand on their feet by just eating salads and greens.
Well when there’s change, people are going to speculate. But then, this choice is really for you, for yourself to feel good in many ways!
And the last 2 weeks I’ve been almost Vegan (having a cheat meal as I’ve not yet stocked up vegan alternatives)
And what better day than Independence Day to start a wholesome vegan lifestyle! Yes India celebrates freedom as an independent nation, now it’s time for us to give freedom to the planet, animals and ourselves from wrong doing and living the healthy compassionate way!
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This is the last time you'll see a photo of a cake by @healthy_treatss on my page.🛑 This is the third time I’ve had an issue - once I'd found a cotton thread baked inside the cake. I was very forgiving earlier but not again.❌🙅🏻♀️ Read on to know why.
My 9-year-old niece who's visiting from the US asked me if I could get "the orange dark chocolate cake we had last year". Considering my terrible experience with this place on Father's Day I was hesitant but since this Friday was not an occasion/festival, I assumed delivery would not be a hassle (mistake no.1). I ordered a Flourless Orange and Dark Chocolate Cake and Whole Wheat Oreo Chocolate Cake - both vegan, of course.
I'd chosen the 11.30am-12pm delivery slot on the website - the cakes were delivered at 1.30pm. I didn't say anything about the delay as I'd expected it. 🕐
My niece finished her lunch and decided to cut the cakes while we were still eating. She mentioned there were no Oreos but I said they must be inside (mistake no.2). She took photos, cut the cakes and ate her share. She said both tasted like orange. I then looked at the box only to see that both labels were the same - just that one was flourless and the other whole wheat, which explained the difference in look/colour.
I called them immediately and was told there'd been a mix-up; I should return the cake and they would send me an Oreo cake, to which I said that it had already been cut. I then receive a call from the owner explaining how it was the actress Aditi's order and my cake had reached her. She said she would've replaced it if we returned the cake but since we'd eaten it, it's only fair that we keep it⁉️😲😱 She added that I should have called her on seeing there were no Oreos on the cake so I said my niece cut the cake before I saw it + I assumed they were inside. Then she said that on cutting and seeing no Oreos inside, I should've called and she would've done something about it! She said the next time I ordered, she could give me some muffins.🙄 And all this while, she was shouting at me, forgetting I was a customer and that THEY should've avoided the mix up in the first place.🤨 <>👇🏼
They call it sisters bonding over food @shweta.savla @monaldaiya This place has done a fairly good job when it comes to a set vegan menu. To top it all it’s supported by hearing and speech impaired wait staff.
Had the opportunity to visit @rareearththeorganicstore the other day and this is my vegan haul from the place.
@nutrivaofficial peanut buttermilk, @pascatichocolat dark chocolate with sea salt, @borges_india rice and walnut milk, #europeaveganfarm sicilian almond milk, @gooddot vegan meat, @dairyfreebutter handcrafted plain butter, @whitecub_dairyfree_icecreams chocolate icecreams, @natureabani_vivanion biodecomposable, herbal sanitary pads, @ybnaturalproducts charcoal soap, @pukkaherbs green tea, #ecofriendly#bamboo toothbrush, a very cute @almitrasustainables tote bag.
Not featured : very yummy vegan mysore pak and vegan Kala jamun.
Rare Earth organic store is a little gem tucked away in a corner of Khar and I'm so glad that I paid a visit. My parents and I loved the collection of products and the warmth and friendliness of the staff there. It is Mumbai's only all vegan store but they deliver across the city. It felt great to support local, organic,ethical,vegan brands and small businesses that are doing a great service for the community. Hopefully, there will be more number of vegan stores across the city one day.
Food rating: Village Shop
Mexican bowl with vegan sour cream: 4.5/5
Rich, multilayered flavour - balance of textures: smooth and creamy from vegan sour cream, avocado and well cooked beans, grainy from rice and crunchy from veggies
Almond Chocolate mousse: 2/5
Uneven texture with flat, too sweet flavour. Would’ve preferred for the almonds to be chunky rather than grainy
Back home in Bombay/Mumbai...We had a girls' evening out to celebrate our friend's birthday 🎉 at Flea Bazaar Cafe. It's an upscale food court so you have to go get your own food to your table.
What I ate:
• Kerala Stew with Appam from @wattsappam - Veggies in coconut milk stew with two fluffy, rice pancakes - veganised by skipping ghee. This dish was good but the appams were served cold. I went back to get more and following my feedback, they were served hot.👍🏼
• Cauliflower Manchurian Pao from @superpaoindia - Cauliflower dumplings tossed in manchurian sauce, stuffed in ladi pao, served with kimchi - veganised by skipping butter. This tasted good at that time but read on to see what happened later!
• Veg Biryani (no ghee or yogurt) from @lucknowee_tundaykebab - I had some of this rice dish and it was flavourful but I wouldn't get it again.
There were a few other things that happened to be vegan/could be veganised but didn't seem appetising enough to me. I feel this place would be more fun for drinks rather than a meal.
It was a fun dinner with some of my oldest girl friends (e.g. 32 years of knowing (and bearing with) @vpersonalise! 👧🏻🤣). But such meals remind me that I'm yet to learn how to be kind to my body and to stop being a slave to my taste buds! 👅 The last two dishes, my stomach didn't seem pleased with eventually and led to some major heartburn and burping. 🤢 I've realised I can no longer handle all the masala/spices and oil in restaurant food. My tummy hurt for hours after, my face has broken out and it just didn't seem worth it after all. 😞 I've got to start making better choices when out.🤞🏼 #notetoself
📍@fleabazaarcafe, Mumbai 🇮🇳
On Thursday, we will be serving up our interpretation of 2 Indian restaurant classics: 1) Soy Paneer butter masala and 2) unChicken Butter Masala. It will be served with hot parathas. *It will be available this Thursday only*. This is an item that we craved more than most when we turned vegan, so it feels especially good to offer it in the cafe!
Order Kebabs and Masala Chaas from the menu along with your main course to make it a legit indulgent Indian meal. #indianveganfood#vegansofmumbai#vegansofindia#vegansofinstagram