NumNum Review

After seeing this place pop up on instagram, I was curious to see if it was worth the hype!
With allergies, I emailed ahead of time and was luckily reassured that the menu didn’t contain dairy (apart from the desserts) but the staff would advise when ordering.
Located just a minute’s walk from Southwark station, the restaurant is situated underneath the train tracks so you’ll get the occasional thunderous sound above but it won’t interrupt your conversation. Despite being underneath that, NumNum feels airy and colourful with a large ordering space. It’s very relaxed so it makes a great place to catch up with a friend.

The Food
Between the two of us, we ordered two lychee and chrysanthemum drinks and two wok-fried dishes for our mains: Kung Pao Chicken and Twice Cooked Pork Belly with Fermented Broad Bean Paste, Leeks and Shaoxing Wine. We shared a portion of Pork and Cabbage dumplings (5 per portion) and a bowl of Steamed Purple Rice.

The Dumplings were soft and tasty but I would have like…

By Chloe review

Continuing my burger conquest, I couldn’t say no to a free vegan burger from By Chloe! You can get yours too by signing up for your voucher on Timeout’s website but 1st August is the last day! 
I had this place on my list for a while so was really excited to find out that free burgers and nachos were being given out for a whole week! 
Their newest store is located at The O2 in North Greenwich. You have to walk all the way round to get to this place as it’s tucked inside. 
Unfortunately they ran out of the nachos when I visited so I could only try their Guac Burger. It’s priced at £9 and if you want fries that’s an extra £4. 

The bun is soft and has random seeds on it but I really wasn’t a huge fan of the patty. The flavour wasn’t punchy enough and it was too soft and thin so didn’t have any contrast in texture to the bun. It’s quite similar to a McDonald’s veggie burger. I did enjoy the crispy tortilla strips inside it though, which gave it a nice crunch and didn’t go soggy. 
The guacamole…

Bella Bar & Restaurant review

Just a short walk from Clapham South station you’ll find Bella, an Italian restaurant and bar with a relaxed vibe and friendly staff. With a few tables outside, you can choose to enjoy the breeze or sit indoors with larger tables and a darker interior.

With a space suitable for my 7 foodies, I organised my foodie meet-up here. Bella are currently updating their menu but you'll still find the classic pasta dishes such as spaghetti frutti di mare and risotto. However if pasta and fish aren't for you, there are sharing platters and burgers available too.

For starters I ordered bruschetta. The three pieces of ciabatta were perfectly toasted and topped with tomato cherry halves, garlic, parsley and then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I really enjoyed the crunch from the bread and the juicy tomatoes but I found that there was too much garlic and it was too overpowering for me. If less garlic had been used or cooked a little bit, I think it would have been just right.


Genesis review

If you're looking to try a 100% plant-based restaurant that serves comfort and fast food then Genesis is the place for you.

Based in Shoreditch, Genesis only use organic and healthy ingredients and have a wide range of cuisines. From Malaysian to Mexican, they have gluten-free options and use avocado oil to cook with.

To try out their menu, I went with Jam and we ordered a starter, two mains, a side and dessert. For the starter, I chose the fried avocado taco, which comes with panko avocado, refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream served on top of a soft corn tortilla. The panco avocado was delicious - crispy and golden with a piece of ripe avocado in the middle. The sauces and garnishing really created and captured those true Mexican flavours that you'd expected in a taco. The only thing that I would have liked is more of everything! For £4, the portion size was quite small and there was only one piece of panco avocado but a lot of sauce.

For my main I chose the Mayan Dog. Serv…

Peacock Alley review

To celebrate my birthday early and because I love the sound of a vegan afternoon tea, I booked a table at Peacock Alley. 

Located inside the Waldorf Astoria is a beautiful seating area with a high ceiling and elegant decor. We were shown to our table, which was centred underneath the sky dome window and perfect lighting for photos! 
They kindly let us order a traditional afternoon tea for my friend and a vegan version for myself. I was so excited about finding a vegan afternoon tea so I didn’t have to worry about my allergies.

When it arrived, everything was beautifully presented. Our waitress kindly explained what each piece was which was helpful as it didn’t match what was on the vegan menu I was given. I was also kindly greeted by Hans whilst dining and he said he would pop back to find out how everything was as I was yet to try the scones and cakes. Unfortunately they had run out of jasmine, chai and another tea but as they had a large range of teas to choose from it was easy finding…

Rascals review

Tempted by an offer on Timeout, a friend and I decided to go for dinner at Rascals in Shoreditch. With a pretty-in-pink interior and decorated with faux green plants, it's very instagrammable. Our £10 offer included a main, a side and drink, where we could choose from a range of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

For drinks, my friend ordered the Yuzu Pretty. Made from white brandy, white rum, yuzu, matcha, limes and whites this green cocktail sure does pack an alcoholic punch in a martini glass! As I'm a fan of yuzu but not the alcohol, the waitress and bartender kindly created the most delicious mocktail using yuzu and frozen raspberries and even adjusted the sweetness to my liking. It was fabulous!

For our mains, we chose the Lobster Mac n' Cheese and Crispy Cod. When the cod arrived, it was cold and the smell was so pungent and similar to stale fish that I had to notify the waitress. She kindly let me change it for the Sticky Pork Belly, which was much better. Both our d…

Vegan Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Looking for a chocolate dessert without the guilt? Here's one you can enjoy throughout the summer!

If you haven't heard of Fullgreen before, they specialise in making healthy, nutritious products. They use non-GMO vegetables to create naturally low calorie and carbohydrate vegetable rices. All of these are free from trans fats, gluten and are allergen free.

After finding The Veggie Daddy's recipe on Instagram, I decided to give it a go using Fullgreen's steamed sweet potato rice. As their sweet potato rice is already steamed, this dessert can be made within minutes! This simple, vegan recipe can be enjoyed with any of your favourite toppings, including chocolate chips, Oreos, roasted nuts or fruit.

You will need a blender for this one.

2 packets of Fullgreen's sweet potato rice
180ml of oat or almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted)
3 tbsp maple or agave syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make
Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.