Last week we took a short bread to Scotlands capital city ahead of our annual festival held next month, for more details on that : https://veganfestival.co.uk/edinburgh-vegan-festival-2019/.
While we were there we thought we would pop in to Paradise Palms on
Lothian Street (just round the corner from the National Museum of Scotland. Although we did not know what to expect and had already had a huge potato from The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street, we were thinking about giving it a miss, but glad we didn’t. Paradise Palms had a great selection options along with a buzzing atmosphere, probably the the best place to go for a quiet meal on a Friday night, but if your looking for some top of the line vegan options in a amazing setting this is the place to visit.
After our evening in Edinburgh we shot off to the beautiful Italian city of Milan for a few days. When there we visited Veg-MI Trike a vegan food cart/trike near the Piazza del Duomo (where the Duomo di Milano). These guys had hotdogs, burgers and other fast food options.
Open Mon-Sun 12:00-15:00.
Another place we visited while in Milan was Soul Green, Soul Green is a plant based restaurant located at Piazzale Principessa Clotilde, 20124 and had a good range of vegan dishes, although the food was amazing I noticed that Tuna was on the menu, despite stating clearly that this is a plant based restaurant.
Hope you enjoy our Costa Vegan cruises 2018 review and comment below or/and share this article.
We love cruises, the idea of waking up somewhere new every morning and seeing some of the world most exotic locations can be very appealing to some. A few years ago we cruised on the Costa Mediterranea ship around Adriatic Sea (Venice, Split, Dubrovnik…..), everything was fine and even the food, the only real problem was that we needed to give the ship staff some idea of what we wanted the night before, this does not sound like a problem but when out on excursions all day and returning exhausted then attempting to explain to a non-English speaking Chef how to make certain foods, was a bit of a pain. Ironically when we returned from this cruise Costa Cruises released news that all of there cruises from now on would have vegan menus, this was great news for sure, but not so much for us as we had just returned home.
At the start of 2018 we considered another cruise and remembered the news about the new Costa’s vegan menu, so I emailed them and asked if we could have sample menu’s sent, so we could get some idea what we would expect, not that we are that picky (as long as it’s vegan), but it would be nice to see whats available. After several months, I totally forgot about the email I sent out requesting sample menu’s, but they did not and sent these samples.
After looking at several vegan cruises 2018, we eventually booked another cruise through Costa Cruises this time around Asia (Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket ….) on the aptly named Costa Fortuna, again we had a great time but when asking for the vegan menu the Chef did not know what I meant (sadly), when I explained to him that Costa have been using vegan menu’s for near 5 years on other ships, he said he would work on a menu for the following day. The photos below are of some of the meals we had over the next 7 or so days.
The meals above were served meals in the restaurant, but breakfast and lunch was self-service from a buffet, which was did not have much/any vegan options (other than bread, cereals and fruit). Soya milk was available at breakfast on request which did take sometime to come. All in all though I felt the vegan options on the evening meals were better than ok, especially considering the fact the Chef developed those menu’s on the fly.
More and more transport providers are offering vegan options as standard now, including virgin trains breakfast and most airlines offer vegan meals.
If you are considering Vegan Cruises 2018 or even next year 2019 I would check to see if that ship are currently serving vegan options.