We spent two weeks in Ireland and used some of that time to do a short tour along the coast. Heading west from Dublin, our first stop was Cork. It’s a small town, with a nice vibe and some great vegan offerings.
Normally, I leave the blog writing to Jill, but visiting Google in Dublin was something I couldn’t pass up writing about. A few years ago, I had a chance to visit the campus in San Francisco. When our Couch Surfing host invited us to see where he worked and to indulge at Google’s free, all you can eat cafeteria, I knew we were in for a treat.
If you’re in Dublin, Ireland on a weekend, you’re bound to run into a food market. One Saturday afternoon, we went on a long walk around the city, stopping in at the Temple Bar Food Market and Dublin Food Co-op to see what vegan eats we could find.
Before visiting Dublin, Ireland, I asked several people for restaurant recommendations and kept hearing the same thing again, and again: “You have to eat at Cornucopia.” Dublin has a few vegetarian restaurants, none are 100% vegan, but this one stood out to most locals and recent visitors as being the best of the bunch. On one of our first days in the city, we headed there for lunch and met up with Glauce from the All About (Vegan) Food blog.
On one of our last days in London, we reflected on our list of things to do, see and eat. We found one important item unchecked. We hadn’t taken the long tube ride out to west London to eat at the 222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant. I’d read a bit about it online, including posts by Quarry Girl and Vegan in Brighton, and really wanted visit and try their crazy looking pancake dessert.
London vegans may seem like they have it all but there is one department where I found them to be lacking: vegan brunch. I did a little investigating online and found less than a handful of the many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the city offering brunch on the weekends. One weekend, John was begging me to find him a good brunch so I took him to Manna, a fancy vegan restaurant in Primrose Hill. Technically, they serve lunch on the weekends. Luckily, they had one very brunch appropriate and delicious sounding dish on their menu: organic bangers and mash.
After stopping by Vx, home to the Secret Society of Vegans, and trying one of Ms. Cupcake‘s whoopie pies with strawberry filling, we knew we had to meet this special lady in person. On a Friday afternoon, we made our way to London’s Greenwich Market and did just that. We found Ms. Cupcake smiling behind a table of her colourful creations. We were delighted to discover she was as charming and as sweet as her cupcakes.