one of my friends (who also happens to be my neighbor) is vegetarian. a couple weeks ago she took me to feed some chickens and rabbits at a park between our apartment complexes. of course most people think rabbits are adorable, but i also thought the chickens were pretty cute too. watching them run around and make their little hen noises was pretty entertaining. sadly, one of my meat vices is roast chicken; i just enjoy the flavour and texture. but after seeing them up close, i haven't had a craving since. i think everyone who enjoys eating meat should be forced to come face to face with their food and skin/gut/etc. it themselves. no more of these anonymous slabs of meat sitting in the cooler of the supermarket. another friend of mine does eat meat, as long as she can't see the head. guilt, perhaps?
another obstacle to vegans, to my knowledge, is baked goods. how does one make the same decadent cake sans eggs and real butter? despite a rich history of baking, denmark is definitely the wrong place to look for the answer. london, however, has ms cupcake. this ferrero rocher-style cupcake came from the tea room of spitalfields market. it was divine, moist, and unbelievably vegan.
sweetcheeks is another bakery stand tucked away in the vintage area of spitalfields market, looking cute and surprising people with vegan AND gluten-free options. i tried a chocolate-chili cookie, which was perhaps a little too crumbly, but the deep chocolate flavour and the powerful kick of chili (even for me!) afterwards was impressive. WAKE UP, DENMARK. this kind of baking is possible!
though a raw sunfood burger may sound disgusting, inspiral knows what they're doing. the burger contains nuts, herbs, and vegetables, and comes topped with sun-dried tomatoes. i got to choose 3 salads to go along with it; here you can see zucchini, rocket, and cauliflower. it was delicious! it was also gluten-free, low-GI, and without sugar. i ended up coming back to this cafe in camden again for a rice milk latte and a vegan brownie. inspiral also offers low-GI and vegan ice cream. good thing this place doesn't exist in copenhagen, or else i would get even chubbier than i already am!
well, it was a lovely trip to london. coming back to danish supermarkets and cafes was just a little depressing. when are danish food companies and restaurants going to realize that there is life after dairy/wheat/meat?