The MaE Deli…a Vegans Dream…

If you’re a whole food lover then you might want to stick around for this one. Or even if you just love food. And we’re talking all food that’s vegan, gluten free, nutritious and god damn tasty.

Situated in the heart of London, in Seymour Place lies the one of three MaE Deli’s by deliciously Ella. With a beautiful interior you’ll feel right at home with their contrast of a modern vintage design, with worn wooden chairs and tables, a cute selection of cacti and some old-school books lying on the shelves. Not to mention the colourful food that will fill your stomach with a hug of content and leave you feeling energised and ready for absolutely anything.

Open from 8am to 9pm weekdays and 9am-9pm on weekends, the deli has you covered for anything. Pop in before 11am and discover the dreamiest of breakfasts. I picked up the acai bowel, with their homemade granola, coconut yoghurt and homemade almond butter along with peanut butter on toasted rye bread. Simply delicious. Grab yourself a coffee made with either coconut or brown rice milk. That’s right! No animals were harmed in the making of your breakfast or your coffee.

If you’re looking for something hearty, head in for some lunch or dinner and grab some beautifully cooked butterbean and cauliflower falafels, roasted sweet potato with coriander tahini, Tuscan bean stew served with brown rice and courgette and sweet potato stew. Just beautiful. For the full menu head to their website here.

If you’re looking for something to sweeten your taste buds you absolutely must try the fudge brownies or the blueberry muffin! Vegan and gluten free and to die for! 

So if you ever find yourself strolling through London, be sure to check in to the deli and you won’t be disappointed.

The Vegan Files: 1 Month in…

Having been Vegetarian for a good few years now, and by vegetarian I mean no meat what so ever, that also includes fish…because some people still go to me ‘you still have fish though right?’ Back when in my first year of being veggie, I would have given them that lecture about how fish is also meat and that they are animals too, but now I just sigh or laugh it off with them. But inside, I’m secretly judging them for mistaking fish for not being meat…

Did I find going veggie hard? Not one bit. Honestly. Don’t get me wrong, I do miss some things in a sense, but nothing to get me to actually go ahead and make or eat something with meat. No way. And honestly, I can see myself living the rest of my days as a vegetarian at least. What made me start? Animals. Pure and simple. I didn’t really eat that much meat anyway, just really chicken and bacon. I wasn’t adventurous with food. In fact going vegetarian saved me in the ways of food. I remember counting calories like no tomorrow when I wasn’t vegetarian and watching more so what I ate and with that and other things I became obsessed. But since going vegetarian I’ve become healthier, and made healthier choices with food because I just had to.

But Animals were the real reason behind my lifestyle change. Personally, I just don’t believe in animals being used for our satisfaction that probably lasts for around 10 minutes depending on how quickly you eat your meaty meal. Please don’t take this as a preach for animal rights or anything like that, I hate feeling like I’m forcing my opinion onto others, and that it’s my way or the highway kinda thing it’s not like that. One thing that does make me chuckle when I’m eating around others, is how conscious some of them are towards me. I try not to make a big deal about me having a different diet through choice. I hate being that customer at the restaurant that makes picky changes to my meal, and not going to certain places because they don’t do much veggie options etc. But it’s kind of part of the deal now and I’ve learnt to cope with it, as annoying as it can be sometimes when they give me that look and walk off to the chef. Sorry! But people become very conscious of what they eat around me when they eat meat. Which is lovely because the majority of the time, it’s because they don’t want me to feel uncomfortable. But sometimes it’s like they’re saying sorry to me…Which is funny because I just think if you’re going to say sorry, it should be to the dead animal you’re currently tucking into…Too much? Which makes me wonder if people do consider going vegetarian because they’re aware that they’re eating animals that have been slaughtered, but maybe are too scared to try new things with food…?

But anyway, I’m supposed to be talking about how my first month of being Vegan is going. And in a nutshell, I’d say pretty well. In some ways, I can’t believe I’ve gone this far and not cracked! I knew it would be hard, and it has in some parts. Mostly when I’m in work, and I’m staring at the cakes filled with dreamy milk chocolate, oozing with ingredients which definitely aren’t vegan-friendly. Or when I’m going out for a meal and I have to be even pickier now, especially when 9 times out of 10 the vegetarian options focus their meals around cheese. Which is fine. But then you realise you don’t even like cheese. Not that cool. So in some places it’s like you get handed a plate of leaves, which again is cool if you like that kind of stuff, but come on! Give me something here that I can work with?! Where’s the falafel? Where’s the hummus or quinoa? Let me make it! But then you find places which are so vegan friendly you want to go round hugging everyone.

There have been nights where I’ve craved some dairy milk chocolate, or some of mums left over christmas cake. But then I’ve just thought about why I’m doing this. Animals aren’t just used for meat. They’re hurt in other ways just so you can have the milk in your tea, or the egg in your lemon cake. Oooo lemon cake. Focus Charlotte. But in all seriousness, after reading different articles and books based around veganism, those thoughts instantly make not having that piece of dairy milk worth it. Plus, I love pure dark chocolate and soya milk in my tea. So who’s the real winner here?

What about the body benefits? Well, I do feel different in some ways. I’ve got more energy and I surprisingly don’t feel so overtired all the time like I have done a lot in the recent months. I feel lighter. Is that a thing? All bloating around my stomach is decreasing which is so nice, because I really struggled with bloating, so maybe cutting out dairy was very good step for me to make. I feel that I’ve maybe lost a little weight, but nothing majorly visible, just little places that I’ve noticed, and some clothes I’ve found are looser and actually fit now, which is a nice little confidence boost. My skin feels different. Smoother and hydrated. And CLEAR! Obviously, I get my breakouts when mother nature decides to make her monthly call. But for so long I’ve really struggled with my skin on my face. I’ve struggled with severe acne, and dryness and everything that could take away every inkling of your confidence away. I’ve got scars that obviously won’t leave but, since trying the vegan diet, I have noticed my skin clearing, and the spots aren’t anywhere near as bad as they were, and I can only put that down to eating so many greens and taking in so many different nutrients every day! Also with the help of drinking more water, and having a skin routine.

So on a whole, I am kind of loving it. I’m not saying I’m going to do this forever, but I’m going to give it a good go. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because this is a big step, and it may lead to other lifestyle choices like how animals are used with make up and clothes etc. Which you know me, could be VERY difficult…Because I looooooove the make up…Here’s to month 2!