I'm going to England soon, and was wondering if any of you have any ideas for vegan travel food while I'm on the plane/in airport terminals/etc. I'm planning on taking veggies and hummus, and some wine, but anyother ideas would be good!
I don't know whether this will help, but I when I went to Peru last summer I took a collection of snacks for the inevitable period of vegan starvation! These included vegan jerkey, clif bars (always vegan), other natural packaged oatcakes that they sell at the natural food store where I live, and peanut butter. It's easy to find bagels, not so easy to find vegan spreads! Also nuts, pretzels (dip them in the peanut butter, yummy!), dried fruit, etc. I hope this helps. Good luck!
yes, definitely bring as much travel food as you can! i spent my semester abroad in london and there is practically NO vegetarian convenience food. just lots and lots of pre-packaged sandwiches made of white bread, slimy meat and mayo....yuck. perhaps you could pack a few luna bars or other easily transportable snacks.
on a sidenote, if you're going to be in london, definitely visit Food for Thought in covent garden. sooooo good!
I must say I don't agree with you at all,curiale, I have lived in London for years and there are great things to be found!
As great chains of healthfood shops, like Holland&Barett and Fresh&Wild - they have lots of branches... also check out Happycow.org for restaurants!!
bear in mind though, the UK does not have as much variety in vegan foods as america has, I'm baffled what you can find in the States! ;D
Well I was only there for one semester so I probably didn't find all the good spots. Plus I was in the East End (Queen Mary) so maybe there is less selection there. I can't wait to go back though and see what I missed!
you can always order a vegan meal on the plane... just order in advance, not when your sitting in your seat.
I don't know if I would bring fruits or veggies on the plane, or bring my own alcohol... with mad cow and all the other farm related illness lurking about I don't know how keen the airlines and customs officials are to have a bunch of foreign produce being kicked around. (I got in trouble for taking an apple off the plane >:( <--canadian customs guy ) I'd stick to prepackaged things like asenath suggested.
And once I landed, I'd hit the first grocery store I came accross for things like pb, and veggies.
i'm from the UK and have travelled to north america a few times in the past year- its a 6 hour minimum flight, right? from experience, i've found it best to pack a lots of little snack items, like mixed veggies, diddy cartons of rice milk and shakes, etc, ricecakes with cashewnut butter, little pots of mixed rice salad, mixed bean salad, soup, etc- pretty much anything that you can fit in a pot with a lid is good. a lot of airlines will provide a pretty nice vegan meal if you request it in advance- look at their website- some even offer a few vegan options (air canada, for example, offers asian vegan, indian vegan, and western vegan options!)
i'd be very careful about what you plan to take off the plane at the other end, british customs will remove any plants, and fruit and veggies from you, and tell you off for carrying it, at the least.
i've packed favourite vegan food products that i can't get at home (the uk) in my suitcase, things like sealed packets of vegan cookies, etc, and bought it with me, but if customs asks you what you have with you food wise, be honest or you'll get in trouble if they find out otherwise, they've let me through with prepacked vegan foods before (i said i have allergies and needed to make sure i had something safe for me to eat for my first few days in a different country, and they were ok with it).
british vegan food is pretty good if you are in the right area, especially places like brighton, london, and glastonbury- where are you going? most towns have a health food store, (holland and barrett is a common chain, or a store like julian graves which sells bulk fruit and nuts, etc)and they'll usually offer tips on good places to eat out locally.
mcdonalds fries and hashbrowns and salads are vegan in the uk if you want/are stuck with junk food, unlike in the states where they contain cow, and you can get vegan options in way more fast food places in the uk than the states, i've found. mcdonalds has vegan jello (jelly) in the uk, and places like burger king, and even kebab shops in the uk, offer veggie burgers!
also, english supermarkets have come a long way in the past few years, most have a lot of vegetarian ready meals, some of which are vegan (sainsburys has a lush vegetable dhansak in its indian section!), and a lot of supermarket chains (including Sainsburys, and Tescos from the top of my head!) have a dedicated 'freefrom' section which contains allergy safe foods like rice pasta, along with organic lines like soups, and healthier snack options like granola bars, packets of nuts etc. you'll find tofu sold under the 'cauldron' brand in the supermarket (its weird but still good) and a range of veggie and nut burgers in most supermarkets frozen sections too, as well as tonnes of the famous british quorn (check for egg protein in this though).
also, be aware that stevia is illegal in the uk, if you use this, you can't bring it into europe- well, you can't if you get caught, * wink wink* lol.
have a good trip!
why is stevia illegal in the UK? i have heard that it is better for you than splenda and such, but i'm always wary of low-cal substitutes.
according to the EU its as there 'aren't any studies on it's safety'. they don't seem too keen to look at the plethora of studies that have been offered to them though. lol.
why its not legal in europe is a very interesting subject. there is a lot of information on stevia all over the web, including this this site:
it used to be legal in the UK as a supplement (its only legal in the US as a supplement right now- anyone calling it a 'sweetener' or referring to it as 'sweet' is breaking the law, apparently, lol) but the whole thing is mainly down to politics from what i can see. the sugar companies and manufacturers of products like splenda and aspartame wouldn't be very happy if everyone stopped using their addictive products, would they? regardless of the diabetes epedemic we're facing across the western world. *sigh*
stevia has been used hugely in japan since the 70's and they haven't found any problems with it, and the health benefits seen in independant studies of stevia are pretty impressive. i'd recommend everyone look into it!