In case you hadn’t noticed, good vegetarian food is important to me. I am a vegetarian because of ethical reasons and have been since 2003. I don’t want animals to die for me to eat. This is my choice & I don’t impose it on anyone (well, maybe my OH because I won’t touch meat!)If people want to eat meat, that’s their choice. If they must, I’d rather they ate organic, free-range meat. I also wish that ‘vegetarians who eat fish’ wouldn’t call themselves vegetarians because they aren’t. They’re pescatarians. Anyway, I digress.
I do agree that meat-eaters should know & respect where their meat comes from. When I found out about the living conditions of mass-produced meat (this is pre-Jamie & Hugh F-W), it put me off eating anything like that. I know not all meat is grown in those conditions now, but when I think of tucking into a bacon sarnie, all I can see is something like the image below & I feel sick. No meat for me.
So when I saw that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was making a programme about veggie food & was going to be meat-free, naturally I was intrigued. As a veggie, you often feel like you’re an after thought in restaurants, which is why I like Atomic Burger, Atomic Pizza & Big Bang so much. There was actual choice. Sometimes you feel lucky to have anything that’s not just a broccoli & cauliflower bake (Gross!) I watched last nights episode and was really pleased with the food that they produced. I think that Hugh & River Cottage showed that being veggie isn’t about lentils & evangelising about the woes of meat.
The show has certainly encouraged me to eat a wider variety of vegetables (am in somewhat of a food rut) & I’d like to have a go at growing them too. I hope this show encourages restaurants to offer more choice for everyone, not just vegetarians. The meat industry is having an impact on the environment, health & people’s bank balances. As a nation we don’t eat enough veg so hopefully this will encourage us all to look at our diets and see if we’re eating the right things for us, for the planet & for the super-cute farm yard animals. x
A while ago I blogged about the awesome Atomic Burger & the fact that I was lucky enough to attend the launch of their new restaurant, Atomic Pizza. The challenge was set: Will it knock Atomic Burger off my no. 1 favourite restaurant spot? I didn’t like it’s chances.
Half the pizza menu is vegetarian. It’s so nice to be thought of as an equal to meat-eaters & not just an after thought and this is one of the reasons why I like the Atomic restaurants. Anyway, I had picked what I wanted to eat about a week ago (it’s just what I do!). I’d decided on the Boris Karloff & added jalapenos, mushrooms & gherkins on a thin crust. I’d had the Red Hot Chilli Pepper Poppers to start with, which were delicious. My OH had the calamari & said that they were cooked to perfection.
Back to the pizza. I couldn’t believe it. It was perfect. The pizza base was thin but not too thin and all the toppings were in equal proportions. It was so lovely. I couldn’t finish mine as the pizzas are a generous size so asked to take the rest home & will be having the rest for my lunch today! I see it as a way of extending the joy of eating at Atomic Pizza beyond one visit!
I can’t say if Atomic Pizza is my favourite restaurant yet – for that I’ll need a few more visits, maybe sampling the deserts too. I’m looking forward to my next visit already! Thank you Atomic people for all your amazing vegetarian food x
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will have seen the very basic meal I had at The Swan. So in a bid to reaffirm my faith in restaurants I treated myself to a Wagamama takeaway.
I was in Oxford for a meeting so as I left I ordered & paid for my food on my iPhone app. I had to wait for a minute or two and was offered some of their delicious green tea. It was packed really well & was just the right temperature when I arrived home. It was delicious! I always have the yasai katsu curry. I love that the veggie food here is delicious. The veg is always cooked well & the service is always excellent. I will definitely be going back.
Not only that but everything that the takeaway came in is recyclable. You get everything that you would in the restaurant – chopsticks etc and it can all just go in the recycling bin when your meal is over! Love that there’s no washing up!
Not many people are aware that some wines are not vegetarian. As a wine lover this can pose a bit of a problem. I’ve yet to come across a restaurant that shows whether the wine is veggie or not & not all supermarkets stock veggie wine. But I was very impressed at my local Waitrose when I went in to buy some rose & the first bottle I picked up (that was in my price range!) was veggie friendly. Well done Waitrose – another reason for me to shop with you & none of the other ‘big 4’!
My faith in local veggie grub was also reaffirmed when I visited two local independent establishments. I had lunch at Throwing Buns where they do the best cheese & pickle sandwiches ever! Not kidding – they are really lovely & some places manage to ruin it! Complete with a side salad and crisps & naturally a cup of spiced Drink Me Chai, although they now stock the complete range.
My day was then completed by another amazing veggie burger at Atomic Burger. I went for the veggie Johnny Cash this time (so I could get the sticker!) & it was lush. The hot sauce is proper hot & reminds me that I could never do the Godzilla challenge! But once again service was outstanding despite two large parties & a restaurant full of hungry people!
Well done Abingdon & Oxford for feeding this fussy veggie! Keep up the good work x
I love weekends and I love eating out. Combine the two and I’m a happy girl. When my OH suggested meeting some friends for breakfast at Atomic Burger I didn’t have to have my arm twisted. And knowing that they had a new menu made it even more lush.
In hindsight, I wish I’d had the Molly Ringwald. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my Charlie Brown pancakes but I was envious of the huge portions that everyone else got when I only had two pancakes. At least this means I’ll be going back to try it out! My OH had the Judd Nelson and was impressed by the amount of food he received. All this and endless cups of Joe – what’s not to love?!
Not only that, for £1.50 we also bought a sticker book to get free food (and be super cool, natch!) I think this is a great idea – as if they need to give people a reason to go back for more! The service was always with a smile, which must have been tough on Sunday as there were some alarm/electrical issues. When we arrived & we were told we might not be able to get breakfast, to say I was gutted is an understatement so I didn’t mind waiting for food for a while.
I’ll definitely be going back for breakfast soon. If for no other reason than to get another sticker!