It’s taken me the best of the last four years to wrap my head around all the vegan food near me here in Berlin and I’m excited to finally present you the best vegan restaurants Berlin has in store. Just for you guys, I’ve eaten my way around the vegan restaurants Berlin trail, chomping on the finest vegan kebabs, burgers, doughnuts, cakes… in fact, just pick your favourite food. I’ve probably eaten it in Berlin. The problem with spending four years trying to eat all the vegan food is that it’s such a vibrant scene, it’s constantly expanding. I keep thinking I’ve eaten everywhere, then overnight another five incredible vegan food Berlin places appear. So this list best vegan restaurants in Berlin gets constantly updated with my latest discoveries.
As I write this I am preparing to go on my first international trip in a verrrrry long time (thanks coronavirus!). Although taking a forced break from travel for the first half of 2020 has been challenging, in some ways I’m grateful because it has allowed me to reflect on my eco travel practices and how environmentally sustainable they are.
Veganism is about so much more than what you eat and I hope these vegan quotes will give you some food for thoughts. The popularity of plant-based diets has skyrocketed in the last few years, but veganism is a complete way of life that transcends beyond food choices, and even animal rights or environmental awareness, to encompass all aspects of personal morality and social justice.
Let’s talk BCAA for vegans. That’s branched-chain amino acids in case you were wondering. Still have no idea what I’m talking about, well you will by the end of this blog.
I’ll be honest, I have been putting off curating my weekend in Berlin guide for a while now because… well, I have been a little overwhelmed as there’s just SO much amazing stuff to experience in this city.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that whenever I have friends or family planning short breaks to Berlin I recommend different things depending on who they are and what they are interested in –– be that culture, clubbing, food, wellness or shopping.
I’m not sure why, but y’all here seem to really enjoy having me getting nude in the city and sharing about it. So, kind as I am, I decided to take yet another one for the team after Vabali and Kitkat Club, and bare it all again, this time at the much anticipated Liquidrom Spa Berlin. Liquidrom is a sauna in the heart of Berlin that I’d read and heard much about and I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally visit. But finally, I did! So was Liquidrom worth its hype? Were there people fornicating openly in the pool as several Tripadvisor reviews had purported? Had Vabali ruined every other spa in the city in advance? Let us first disrobe and dive right into it. *flails imaginary dong*
Cooped up at home the past few months due to social distancing – and feeling just a tad cabin fever-y – has resulted in me becoming an expert at virtual travel and travel journalling. With Google as my partner in crime, I have been planning city breaks, figuring out the best spots for a detox retreat and to go off the grid, and even trawling through my own archives to re-live some of my favourite hotels and beaches. But in all seriousness, lockdown has been taking a real toll on my physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing, so when I do actually get to go on my next trip it will be a detox retreat, for complete rest and reset of my body’s systems.
A vegan grocery list is not your average grocery list. I’ve been vegan for over a decade, and navigating grocery stores and eating out has definitely gotten easier over the years. But if you are thinking of going vegan, or if you are vegan but feel like your diet is a little – maybe you’re low energy, or you are eating a lot of the same thing – then I really recommend spending some time planning out what vegan groceries you need. It will make your life a lot easier, trust me.
One of my favourite ways to learn more about something is to watch a documentary about it. I’m a visual person so the movie format works well for me, plus it’s MUCH quicker than reading a book. Yoga movies have been an essential source for teaching me more about this rich tradition and amazing practice, that has become such a central part of my life. So many interesting movies about yoga have been made in the last few years, and quite a few of them are available on Netflix. There are a few older ones that I think are worth watching too, and although some are a little bit harder to get hold of, if you are interested in learning more about the yoga tradition I have found them to be super informative.
Although being a vegan has been made a lot easier in recent years thanks to the rise of many vegan brands, including vegan fashion brands, as well as big-name brands releasing vegan-friendly and eco-friendly products — it can require some effort to maintain, especially for beginners (you can read my Veganuary tips to help you make the jump too). Fortunately, there are apps for vegans available that can prove to be a lifesaver.