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Green Kitchen Bali

Amazing Balinese cooking class with local Jero Nyoman, in sidemen, Ubud. After a stop at Klungkung Market, we got a tour of Jero’s farm and selected some veggies to cook with. The open air kitchen looks over the surrounding farms under huts, with wood fire stoves. Jero is very laid back and will guide you through cooking various meals like curry, corn fritters, soup, tempeh and black rice pudding! Some basic preparation was done of preparing and cutting some of the veggies, but we continued to slice, chop, grind, boil and cook all of the dishes, including making coconut oil from fresh grated coconut! Every dish was delicious, I think the corn fritters were our fave.

Make sure to Book ahead and request Vegan option, you need at least 2 people for the class to run, and the class menu will be decided by the first to book.

380K IDR with pickup from Ubud
pickup 08:00 return around 15:00

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Earth Cafe

Part of the Down To Earth group, Earth Cafe is an Organic Market and Cafe. The meals are light and tasty, with plenty of gluten free options too. I think it’s best to come here for breakfast, and definitely try one of their coco bowls! The store section has organic produce, personal products, snacks etc.

IDR 40-100K

Along Jl. Kayu Aya, about a 10-15min walk from Seminyak Square
Daily 07:00 ~ 23:00

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Wayan’s Coconut Juice Bar

Wayan’s Coconut Juice Bar is an awesome organic fruit & veggie juice stall. Blended with coconut water and poured into glass bottles with screw lids, great to grab and take away, or they even do deliveries!

Most of the Juices are about IDR 30-70K
Daily 06:00 ~ 20:00

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Ci Yan Vegetarian

Ci Yan is one of two vegetarian options in Smith Street, Chinatown, offering organic food, and two meal options each day. It’s more like a cafe and the walls are lined with books. Most people seem to like this place, however I found the food fairly bland both times I visited. The service isn’t exactly friendly either.

Hours mentioned are 12:00 ~ 23:00 but I’ve never seen it open that late, and they run out of dishes so better to go early, before 8pm.

Around S$6.50 a meal. Worth a try, but I prefer a couple of the nearby hawkers.

Smith Street, near Chinatown MRT Station.

Vitao – CLOSED

Sadly Vitao is now closed. Please try out Vantra.

Vitao as another favourite of mine in Soho. Formerly known as Vita Organic, it’s a fully Vegan, Organic, mostly Gluten-Free, mostly Asian Buffet. Its a really relaxed atmosphere in here, chilled music, and great in summer with the windows open. You can buy a £6 takeaway box for lunch, or sit in for all you can eat! They also sell shakes, juices, natural soft drinks and desserts.

Its a really nice place to hang out, but they have a “time limit” on the buffet at night so you can’t spend hours there. I’m not sure if they actually enforce that though. There is also now their sister cafe, Vantra.

Vitao is also popular with my omnivorous friends and they ask to go back there! Go to Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus and Walk down Wardour Street from Oxford Street or Up Wardour Street from Shaftesbury Avenue.

Mon – Sat – 12:00 ~ 23:00
Sun – 12:00 ~ 21:00

London Aug 2011

Borough Market

Borough Market is a fresh food market on London’s South Bank. Unfortunately, there isn’t that much to keep Vegan visitors busy, but vegan friendly vendors are on the increase, and its still worth a visit. Be warned however, there are a lot of fish and meat products on display so avert your eyes and hold your breath!

The Veggie Table offers Veggie Burgers (one Vegan, and one Halloumi), Curries and Salad. It cost £4-6 for a burger, on a leaf, bun or with salad.

The Natural Smoothie Co is right near The Veggie Table, selling awesome freshly blended smoothies. The cups are ready to go but they are constantly making them so they have only been sitting there for a minute or two, as they sell fast and they are just trying to keep up! Lots of fruit combinations, a couple have yoghurt and honey though so just read what’s in each one. £3.5 for a 400ml cup.

Flax Farm grows linseed in West Sussex and as well as selling cold-press linseed oil and the seeds themselves, they make goodies such as cereals and flapjacks! Their Quinoa Flapjack is gluten-free-goodness.

The Honest Carrot makes Vegetarian Pastries, some of which are Vegan, including Flowerpot Bread!

Total Organics sells organic fruit and veg, fresh juice, and a salad bar.

Chegworth Valley Organic Juices are great, and you can buy them at various shops and cafes in London, but why not go straight to the source?

The Cool Chile Co sells Mexican dried chillies, chipotle salsa, Corn Tortillas that are both Vegan and Gluten Free, and other sauces and Mexican ingredients.

I don’t drink coffee so I can’t vouch for it, but some people say Monmouth Coffee makes one of the best cups in London, and one of their branches happens to be on the border of Borough Market.

Thurs – 11:00 ~ 17:00
Fri – 12:00 ~ 18:00
Sat – 08:00 ~ 17:00

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Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market is an international Natural and Organic products supermarket, with branches in the UK, Canada & USA. They have a huge range of quality natural foods, with loads of Vegetarian and Vegan products. On average, they are a little more expensive than say Holland & Barret, (with some products being ridiculously expensive), but their stores are huge and offer a much bigger range, with fresh foods and meals to eat-in or takeaway.

As well as food products they have cosmetics and toiletries, with brands like Jason, Kingfisher & Dr Bronner’s. You can find other branches here.

Soho Branch:
7:30am-9pm Monday to Friday
9am-9pm Saturday
11:30am- 6:30pm Sunday

Kensington Branch:
Mon – Sat – 08:00 ~ 22:00
Sun 12:00 ~ 18:00 (browse from 11:00)
Restaurant Mon – Sat – 08:00 ~ 21:45
Restaurant Sun – 10:00 ~ 17:45