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  • I’m home from my trip abroad and brought a little bit of Europe back with me. @lac78 asked me to make a (mostly) proper English breakfast today and this is what I came up with. All #vegan, of course! Also: new recipe coming to the site tomorrow after a little hiatus, so be sure to check it out.
  • So I’ve been on this trip through England and Ireland for the past two weeks. The internet connections in my flats have been spotty, which is why I haven’t had a new recipe up. There are a couple on deck though—I should’ve scheduled these before I left—for when I return this weekend.

In the meantime, I’ll say that while the plant-based options are plentiful all around me, the folks I’m traveling with aren’t necessarily on board with the diet (except my wife), so I haven’t been able to seek things out the way I would’ve liked; I’m just kind of eating whatever vegan option is available at the restaurants I end up in. It’s been a lot of chips. . .

Today, we took a boat tour to Inis Oírr, one of a string of islands off Ireland’s western coast. The population is about 300. When we got there my father-in-law said, “good luck finding some vegan options here.” So I ate a plate of chips. . . 
After a day of hiking and saying hello to some friendly cows and sheep, my wife and I stumbled upon an adorable café down a tiny road. I didn’t read the sign out front because I was just eager to get a bit of coffee before we headed back to the mainland. After going inside and noticing a stack of vegan cookbooks near one of the windows, I asked about the menu. EVERYTHING THERE WAS VEGAN. On this tiny island lived a shop where my wife and I could eat everything. It was unbelievable. Since it was the end of the day there wasn’t much left (this is a great sign!), so we got this amazing Raspberry Sponge Cake. I’d been trying to eat some cake on this whole trip and I finally got it . . . on an island of 300 people. The last place I ever would’ve imagined finding it. 
We chatted with the owners, Rebecca & Fionnán, for quite a while and now they’re our favorite people in the world.

All of this is to say that if you ever find yourself on the island of Inis Oírr, make a beeline for @blath_na_greine and buy one of everything. If the cake was any indication, the whole menu is fantastic. And so are the people. (Also: follow them on Instagram, even if you’ll never be in Ireland and see their awesome dishes!)
  • I’ve been traveling with family for the last two weeks and none of them are plant-based (except my wife). So when I’m able to venture off on my own the first thing I do is make a beeline for some vegan food—and it’s usually a little more indulgent than usual. Today, on my way to see the studio of my favorite painter, Francis Bacon, I found @therollingdonut_, which had a ton of great options. I’m a sucker for doughnuts, so I feel like this place was absolutely perfect. If you’re ever in Dublin, be sure to check them out!
  • If you’re in London, run, don’t walk at @farmacyuk to have an amazing, healthy, plant-based meal. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
  • #tbt Setting up a zucchini fries shot for the current issue of @vegnews (followed by the final shot, minus the text).

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