222 Vegan Cuisine – West Kensington W14

Ok, here we go again! Another round, another race! 

Today kids, I am gonna tell you about that time I had a tinder date with a vegan guy that was probably on drugs. I presume this guy was on crack, because I had the impression we were on a race and he had to WIN! He was really handsome and tall and with good manners, but you know, I had the feeling he was taking the date a little bit too seriously… Literally, like a fucking job inteview! He was talking non-stop, like those people trying to sell you the whole Herbalife catalogue: telling me about how good he was and how many achievements he got. He was asking me questions as well but I felt he wasn’t really listening, because he was too focused on advertise himself too well. Imagine all this done by a really anxious person, so anxious that you are starting to feel it too…. I was really pumped up to go out with a vegan guy, but he was trying so hard that he killed it, and not in a good way. Oh God, and the compliments, you may think that I am a fucking bitch for saying this, but he was complimenting me too much! Like, everyone likes attention (and my friend always reminds me that also guys like compliments, so girls let’s throw some at them every now and then!), but can you imagine somebody calling you beautiful and sexy every ten minute for like two or three hours? I didn’t see him anymore, after the date, We met just one time, obviously but at least I got the chance to try one of the most famous vegan restaurants in London!

222 is a vegan small restaurant located in West Kensington. We went during the weekend and it gets easily over crowded, we had to wait for more than one hour, even if Mr Super Organized booked a table for two. The place itself is a rectangular room that’s probably more suitable for a café rather than a restaurant. The place was very busy and it seemed like they overbook, accepting also customers with no reservation. The tables are so attached to each other that you will probably have dinner with a stranger: we could clearly overhear other’s conversation. So, it’s not the best place for an intimate candlelit dinner! The place has basically no decor, apart from some long mirrors hung on the walls. I guess, the purpose is to give the impression of a bigger space, well mission failed darlin’.

We were definitely starving after more than an hour waiting outside so we decided to have a starter and some smoothies before our food. We chose the raw vegetables appetizer with three different dips: red bell peppers hummus, guacamole, and cashew cream. The texture of the sauces was intense and enveloping, the type you can easily binge on if you just have had tortillas instead of cucumber and zucchini sticks! I ordered detox smoothie, because I love my veggies, you know! The glass was gianormous, I wasn’t able to finish it, but anyway it was nothing special… I mean you can make the same stuff at home with a blender (no, a Vitamix is not required), spending way less money. My date had a protein cocoa smoothie. The taste was really chocolatey, but not super sweet like industrial milkshakes, the consistency was really smooth and silky, and  so thick it has its own thighs. Basically, it could have been a post workout meal, no doubts.

As main dish I had the mushroom and seitan stroganoff. It’s kind of a wintery dish, very hearty and super filling. The seitan had a strong meaty texture and was properly cooked. The cream was so delicate that was simply like a taste of heaven and it was full of fat meaty mushrooms. The dish had also a small cup of wild rice, even though as a proper italian I would have preferred some freshly baked bread to do some scarpetta with the delicious cream. 

The prices are slightly expensive, but totally worthy for the quality of the ingredients. This place is super recommended if you will be patient enough to wait! 

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Hello, It’s Me!

Dear possible future follower of this (amazing) blog,

My name is Barbara and I’m an Italian girl in her late ’20s that decided to start about vegan food.. Such an original topic, isn’t it? Are blogs still even a thing tho?

I’m trying not focusing too much on these two questions and just follow my heart. To be completely honest with you, my dear future follower, this blog has started multiples times during the years, but it was always taken down for many different reasons (*cough* excuses *cough*). Apparently, I discovered to have a disease that seems to affect lots of Millennials nowadays: The Impostor Syndrome.  

And what’s that? 

Here’s the definition freshly copy/pasted from Wikipedia: 

Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved. Individuals with impostorism incorrectly attribute their success to luck, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they perceive themselves to be”

Yeah, so basically the reason why I can’t stick to a fucking blog (fuck, can you swear on a blog?? *thinking face*) or anything that could improve remotely my life is because my self esteem is so low, I think I’m a joke… 

Cool. Good to know! At least I’m aware that now I just need 3,000,000 years of therapy before starting working on my dreams! YAY!

Oh Fuck, I digress. I am sorry! I hope you didn’t get bored and just started watching a Haul video on Youtube. 

Oh well. So here I am, writing about cool vegetarian and vegan places in London that you absolutely need to try, because otherwise why are you even here reading! I guess at this point the blog won’t be just about food… Unfortunately, you will need to bear some sarcastic rumbling around every now and then, cos you know, I woke up like this.

Cos there’s a brain here, not just a pretty face!

You can follow me also on insta at @thenakedtofu for more visual content.

That’s All Folks!

Love,

Barbara xx

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