My friend Holly is working over in London for a month so I took a trip to visit her for the weekend. The weekend turned into a bit of a veggie food pilgrimage. Not that I am complaining!

First stop was the Borough Market, set beneath the railway viaducts between the river Thames and Borough High Street, in South East London. My first friendly face was Johnathan at the juice and smoothy stall who served my up with a gorgeous ‘Grasshopper’ smoothy made from pineapple, mango, apple juice, barley grass, wheat grass and flaxseed. I then met up with Holly and we picked out a take away feast for supper of Pie Minister pies and salads from Antoine and the boys at The Veggie Table stall.

Saturday saw us head to Chelsea for a day of shopping which of course involved a very memorable lunch. It was at The Partridges Food Market on Duke of York Square that we chowed down on luscious roti wraps stuffed with raw, living, Rainforest Creations. We also indulged in coconut water sipped straight from fresh unripe jelly coconuts.

Dinner was at my favorite London restaurant in Soho. Mildreds, established in 1988, serves internationally inspired vegetarian food, all of which is made daily on the premises. After a Bellini cocktail to start we sat down for a meal which didn’t disappoint. I ordered the Ethiopian Stew made from plantain, yam, peppers, okra and green beans. This was served with a citrusy quinoa, crispy bread and cottage cheese. Holly enjoyed borlotti bean and sunblushed tomato sausages with mustard mash and spring greens. We also indulged with a bowl of sweet potato chips. Yum! The ultimate indulgence however, came in the form of pudding. Cheese cake was the order of the evening. Holly sticking with a traditional white chocolate cheese cake and myself opting for the vegan banana and tofu cheese cake. Sunday was topped off by a visit to Whole Foods. The Kensington store being only a short walk from Holly’s apartment. This was my first visit to the store and most certainly won’t be my last. It seemed such a shame to visit a wonderful store with limited luggage space. Sunday night I returned to Dublin with my bags bulging with new tableware and stacks of food magazines.

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