Cluj-Napoca places to see, (vegan) foods to eat

Cluj-Napoca places to see, (vegan) foods to eat

Recently visited Cluj for a few days. Among some of the things I did over there:

  • Saw Vlad’s newly acquired SocialBee office
  • Discovered a few new vegan options (below)
  • Visited Jazz in the Park market (I didn’t make it for the jazz nights though)
  • Did some more work on KnowYourMenu
  • Went to Belis, Fantanele Dam and Tarnita Dam (amazing places for a picnic!)
  • Met a lot of my home city friends
  • Played with my GoPro even some more 🙂 (“practice” video below 😛 )

Where can you decently have a meal if you are a vegan in Cluj?

Going out…

Samsara FoodHouse

Although I didn’t get to eat there this time, I’ve been told by a trusted vegan friend (yes, there are more like me where I come from 😀 ) that these guys have mean vegan options.

Grande Pizza

I was told from trusted sources that the chef over there is trained in vegan, raw cooking. And oh my god, she is! I had their lentil wraps and their home-made guacamole. Perfect mixes of everything.

Marty Restaurants

These guys are very interesting. Sometimes they surprise you with amazing foods and then the next moment they might disappoint you with their cooking methods or with their serving speed. I guess it depends on which restaurant you go to or what time of the day. However, they have this new “Vegelicious” menu and some of the stuff in there could be vegan (especially if you insist they cook it right with the waiter). However, you can’t go wrong with their hummus or their salads.

Eating in…

There are more and more stores that serve vegan products. One that has particularly impressed me is the Natur Bio store, which you can find for example at the entrance of the Cora supermarket, but most probably it’s in the Iulius shopping center as well.

Now I’ll leave you to my newly created video. Excuse the lack of any good content, it is just a goofy reminder of my days over there and test of my iMovie skills.

Cluj Napoca July 2017

A one week trip to Cluj Napoca. Lots of fooling around and classic music.

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Vegan Options in Paris

Vegan Options in Paris

I’ve recently visited Paris. Thanks to a couple of skiing trips, I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into in terms of vegan meal options. Let’s just say that I was that one person who was eating lettuce on top of a mountain, while my friends were indulging with schnitzel and Apfel strudel 😀 . To be honest, I have vegan friends who said they will start avoiding France just because there’s nothing on their menu.

So, I will give you below a list of places I’ve been to along with what I had.

Le Puits De Legumes

Website: http://www.lepuitsdelegumesbio.fr/en/

Location: 18 Rue Cardinal Lemoine 75005

If you are around Notre Dame, then this is a nice place to go to.

 

They had a nice daily menu made out of entrees, mains and desserts. For any two combinations, you’d pay 17 euros.

 

For entrees, we decided to go with:

Salad aux avocados et pamplemousse  (Avocado Salad with Grapefruit)

Very good and very big for an entree. The grapefruit complements very well the rest od the salad.

Gaspacho (it is what it is! 😀 )

Very refreshing after a day of touristy things.

 

For mains, here were our choices:

Curry Doux de Tofu (Soft Tofu Curry)

It was very tasty and the tofu was heavenly. Definitely recommend. It had a side of lentil and rice which made it very consistent and full of great fiber.

Couscous Vegetarien (Vegetarian Couscous)

Couscous was just the bedding. On top, I had a mix of butternut squash, courgette and carrots. Everything nicely blending together with a sauce, which reminded me of some of the slow cooked dhals. I barely had it all. 🙂

 

Aloy Aloy

Website: TripAdvisor Review

Location: 61 rue des 3 Freres75018 Paris, France

Another place we visited was a family-owned Thai restaurant. It is in the heart of Monmartre, so if you are on your way to the Sacre-Coeur  Basilica, then definitely pay this one a visit.

If you are there, try the following:

Spring Rolls

Aloy Aloy Spring rolls

Boboun au choix – for vegan go with Vegetarien

It’s basically a noodle with vegetables pad thai in an amazing sauce.

Sorry, no picture for this one.

 

Treats and snacks

The nachos and guacamole on the banks of Seine

It was a nice terrace near Pont Marie, probably belonging to the cruise company Vedettes de Paris. This was located right next to their boat boarding spot.

 

Sorbet at Louise

Website: Louise Les Glaces

If you are a vegan in Paris, probably the safest bet for a dessert is a sorbet. Everything else pretty much contains dairy and/or cheese. I definitely recommend the Louise ice cream company. We had their sorbets both on the Eiffel Tower and in the Louvre Museum. I know! You might think they are too touristy, but honestly… the tastiest, fruitiest sorbets I’ve had in a while. We tried their dark chocolate, raspberry and lemon flavors on both occasions and they were great.

 

 

 

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Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

It’s Monday morning and my amazing weekend in Vienna is about to be over. I woke up with this feeling that, before I left, I needed to give my #1 favorite European city a similar chance to prove me veganism is omnipresent. A couple of days ago I posted this picture with a small salad in front of me, while my friends were having huge pork ribs. But hold your breath…

Just 15 mins away from my hotel, I found a gem. Healthy, plant-based eating is easily doable in Vienna. It’s called Elmira.

The Elmira Cafe, Vienna, Austria

I was welcomed by lots of smiles and while they were prepping my acai bowl, I took the liberty to look around. Their store is quite big and airy, which is basically a breeze compared to the ones in London.

Elmira counter
Elmira counter

They have a nice dried nuts, seeds and beans rack of drawers. They produce and source everything themselves and some of the trail mixes are also made in-house. They also said they source to bigger stores, even in UK, like Organic Planet. You can also find some of their products in stores like https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk. Among some of their most popular products were the exotic fruits like Incan berries, dried mangos, and jackfruits.

Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks
Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks

And… they even have their own products, own brand, to sell in-store.

Elmira store
Elmira store

The food

I had this huge acai bowl with goji berries. It was one one of the best things I’ve had for breakfast in a while. They tried different recipes for this smoothie bowl and they think they are going to stick with this one. I have to say that the coconut syrup they put on top of your bananas was heavenly.

Elmira acai bowl
Elmira acai bowl

They also had all these kinds of cold-brewed coffees and amazing truffles covered with Peruvian chocolate.

Elmira menu
Elmira menu

And to top it all up, they were offering a 10% discount to all of their prices.

Eventually, I couldn’t just walk away empty-handed and I scooped some of their trail mixes. My enthusiasm did not remain unnoticed and Josef, their sales manager along with Elmira, their managing director, took real great care of me. I walked away with their most recommended products:

Elmira nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.
Nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.

Where? How?

  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 19.00 Saturday 08.00 – 14.00
  • By phone at 01-897 2999-40
  • By email at office@elmira.at.
  • Address is:
    Elmira
    Vorgartenstrasse 129-143 / EG A-1020 Vienna

Last…

If you ever visit Vienna, don’t assume it’s all sausage and pretzels! This city has so much to offer in terms of culinary options. And if you can have a plant-based dish with a touch of Viennese culture, why not give it a go? You might be surprised!

Good day and until next time!

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