Vegan: Mexico City

I just got back from 10 days in Mexico and want to share a few of the great places we dined in Mexico City.

  1. Vege Taco -A small, informal cafe that serves traditional Mexican food done vegetarian. Took us a minute to find it (it's easy to walk by) but I'm really glad we did - it was delicious. Be sure to order everything "sin queso," 
  2. Azul Condesa - A nice sit down place with limited vegan options. The ones we had were excellent though! They might have been the best tamales I've ever had (again, be sure to order "sin queso"), and the squash blossom enchiladas are vegan by default. Reservations recommended.
  3. Yug - I was really happy with my meal (a hot pot with onions, seitan, and nopales) but my dining partner found the meal just servicable. Vegetarian, so watch out for that queso (are you seeing a theme here?)!
  4. Papalo y Papalotl - Excellent all vegan cafe. Design-wise, this place could have been located in Los Angeles or Brooklyn. Small menu that changes based on local ingredients. We had lentil soup, mole, and chia seed pudding for dessert, plus I got to try the rosca de reyes cakes that I'd been seeing everywhere for Kings' Day! I found the baby figurine in mine, which means I have to make tamales for a party. I'll let you know how that goes!
Papalo y Papalotl

Papalo y Papalotl

Papalo y Papalotl

Papalo y Papalotl


A Vegan in Spain, Part 1: Madrid

The alternate title of this post would be: 

Eating vegan in a country where you don't speak the language and haven't done any research before landing on the ground!

Thank god for Happy Cow.

Madrid

Madrid was by far the easiest place to find actual vegan restaurants. We had some delicious food!

tl;dr Check out B13 for dinner, Rayén and Prasad for lunch, and Nuria for Ethiopian.


B13

We took a red eye from New York to Madrid, and slept for most of our first day in Spain. After waking up hungry and grumpy, we headed in the direction of a restaurant recommended by the concierge. Big mistake. Not only was there barely any vegan items on the menu, it wasn't open. A quick Yelp/Happy Cow search yielded B13, and while fairly skeptical due to lack of details online, it was a five minute walk from where we were standing and it was getting cold. Plus did I mention the grumpy? 

B13 feels like a cafe in Brooklyn. They had a menu in English, and we ordered a ton of food, then ate it all! Standout items:

Perrito caliente con salsa pepinillo y cebolla crujiente (Hot dog with relish and crispy onions)

Perrito caliente con salsa pepinillo y cebolla crujiente (Hot dog with relish and crispy onions)

Hamburguesa (Hamburger)

Hamburguesa (Hamburger)

Croqueras (croquettes) - Not pictured.


la oveja negra

Sadly, we arrived at this vegan / vegetarian tapas bar in between lunch and dinner, so we weren't able to try the food. It was fun to stop in for a drink!


Rayén

Who wouldn't like a restaurant where you get a dinosaur dining companion?

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The food at Rayén was fantastic. You had a choice of an appetizer, main course, and desert. We both had the soup followed by the lasagna. It was amazing. There's no menu to refer to as it changes daily, but don't let that deter you!

Bonus: a short walk from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza


Prasad

Prasad is a yoga studio - massage studio - cafe. After sleeping in and missing breakfast, we headed over here for lunch. Arriving on the early side for lunch in Spain (1:20pm) we had to wait a bit for the food to cook, but when it was ready it was right out of the oven and delicious. Again, you picked from a choice of two appetizers, two mains, and a dessert. We started with soup, then I had a paella and A had a roasted squash dish, followed by coffee and tea - we were too stuffed for dessert!


Nuria

Yup, we went to Spain and ate Ethiopian food. You like what you like! As you can tell from the pictures, we didn't like it at all.

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And that was Madrid! Next up: Granada

Go vegan graffiti, Madrid

Go vegan graffiti, Madrid