Review: ReRooted Plant Milks

I have serious thoughts about plant-based milks. At the moment my favourite is Minor Figures which is a barista-style oat milk. We get it delivered a few cases at a time and mostly use it for hot chocolates. The level of waste is annoying so when we heard that Earth. Food. Love. would be bringing out their own plant milks we got very excited. And got one of every flavour.  We tried each one, first plain and then I streamed the milk and made us hot chocolate.

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First up is coconut. I’m a little biased against coconut. I find the texture a combination of too watery and too greasy – predictably I wasn’t a fan. It was also lacking in any sweetness which doesn’t make it easy to drink raw but did make the hot chocolate taste, in Kate’s words, like a dark chocolate Bounty.

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The oat milk on its own proved pretty tasteless (Kate thought it was rather sour) but it has a glorious texture which makes it perfect for your teas, coffees and hot chocolates. You might need a little sugar if you’re used to dairy – it’s lacking in the dairy sugars after all.

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This almond milk is 50% raw, 50% roasted almonds. As a result it’s a little bitter. It has the slightly nutty aftertaste that you expect from almond milk and it’s a good texture for hot drinks. I always like an almond milk in hot chocolate – the tastes really complement each other.

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And last up our favourite: the 100% roasted almond. With a richer, sweeter, more robust flavour than the 50% we enjoyed drinking this both straight and in hot chocolate. Its distinctive taste might not be what you are looking for with your tea though.

ReRooted (website) milk is currently available at Earth. Food. Love. in Totnes. They’re hoping to start a milk delivery service soon so keep your eyes peeled if you live in the Totnes area.

Review: Pizza Cafe (Newton Abbot)

The Pizza Cafe in Newton Abbot has a great reputation locally for its vegan options. We decided to try it out on a Thursday night. It was rammed and we’ve been told that’s the case all the time. We did manage to get a seat though and started to work our way through the menu.

We began with the vegan combo. Purely because it’s hard to find a whole platter of starters to eat when you are vegan. The combo was carb heavy with crisp potato skins, buttery garlic bread, waffle fries and onion rings. Not the most exotic selection but satisfying and the garlic mayo was great and — not going to lie — I want to pour it on everything ever.

Pizza time: Kate went for the Mama Mia with pesto, tomatoes, pine nuts and spinach and I had As Good As It Gets with olives, spinach, tomatoes and feta. I’m not big fan of the base, it was a little bready for my liking, but overall it was a decent pizza. Kate thought hers had too much cheese, making it a little soggy in the middle.

Desert was the highlight. It was incredible. We split our desert which turned out to be pretty hard. The brownie came first and while it was absolutely delicious it ended up being overshadowed by the banana bread sundae. Vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, slices of banana and hunks of banana bread. So, so, so good! And it looked so amazing that waitress had to reassure us that it was vegan.

All in all we’ll definitely be going back. We need to try the burritos and the milkshakes anyway.

Creamy Without Nuts: Fravocado (Vegan Mofo 2018)

I’m going to show off a cool local product today. Made in Dawlish, Fravocado is a frozen treat made of a mix of avocados and coconut. Delicious, soft, creamy and free from all the major allergens.

We sell the original flavour at The Kind Grind. You can taste the avocado, the coconut and a hint of lime. It’s refreshing and decadent at the same time. There’s also a Raspberry Basil and a Raw Cacao flavour. Equally delicious.

If you can get yourself to a stockist I 100% recommend giving this one a go. I love it.

Review: Fat Cow

When I got word that a burger place had opened up alongside the harbour I was excited. I bloody love a good burger. Fat Cow‘s menu promises burgers, rum and reggae. I don’t really do rum but it did deliver on the other two.

The menu is clearly marked for us vegans with a great selection of snacks, burgers and sides. For once in my life I didn’t over order and just got myself a coke and a burger. I got myself the vegan version of the Taj Ma Dahl. You get a delicious burger topped with goodies like avocado, pineapple and mango chow, and yes that is a whole onion bhaji at the top. It a huge burger, and you are not going to look delicate and lady-like eating it. It’s served in a basket which I don’t think is a great choice for a burger that falls apart as you eat it. I want to scoop up my fallen pickles. Basket aside this is one of the best, most creative burgers you are going to find in the bay. The pineapple and mango chow is a highlight.

I’m already trying to find an excuse to go back.