I recently returned home from a holiday in Europe with my boyfriend for our anniversary. We spent some time in the southeast of England, but the bulk of our holiday was in Cannes, France. These are the highlights of my travels.
12 St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE, UK
Believe me when I tell you, Purezza’s pizza will change your life. It certainly changed mine. Vegan or not, this is the best pizza I’ve ever had. I’ve come here a number of times, from when I lived in England last summer to every time I’ve visited since, and I can safely say Purezza is my favorite restaurant of all time. It changed the way I see pizza and vegan food entirely. From the sour dough crust to house-made vegan cheese, their culinary process is truly an art form. I really can’t say enough nice things about this restaurant. Pictured are the Parmigiana Party (ordered by me) and the Pesto Manifesto (ordered by my boyfriend).
9 Fairmeadow, Maidstone, ME14 1JP, UK
I went to Drakes Pub with my boyfriend and his parents to try the vegan menu served by Ponga Foods. The menu items are 100% Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Palm Oil & Refined Sugar Free, courtesy of the talented Alternative Steph Chef (@alternative_chef_steph).
To start, we tried the Dough Balls with Garlic Mayo. They were unlike other dough balls I’ve tried in the past because they were Brazilian-style potato bread. I enjoyed the texture; they were sort of stretchy in the center, almost like there was cheese in the middle. The garlic mayo served as a great complement.
Then for my main meal, I ordered the Pulled BBQ Jack Burger. The sandwich was on a gluten-free bun, stuffed generously with barbecue jackfruit and coleslaw, and it was served with a perfect portion of loaded nachos. It may seem like an obvious way to switch up a side dish, but I’ve never had the option of nachos on the side with a sandwich, and it was the nicest thing!
For dessert, I shared a slice of the Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart with Vanilla Yoghurt. It was divine. Overall, I’m really impressed with Ponga Foods. Quality and creativity with ingredients was strong throughout the entire meal, and I look forward to trying new menu items in the future.
Some Boulangerie in Cannes
As part of our holiday in Europe, our morning ritual in Cannes included splitting a baguette with confiture de framboises, or raspberry jam. And of course, there had to be a double espresso for me. I don’t know the name of the specific bakery we went to, but I promise you won’t have difficulty finding fresh-baked bread in France.
4 Rue des Belges, 06400 Cannes, France
French fries and bread are the saving graces in France when a vegan struggles to find a quick bite to eat. Luckily near our hotel was Pomms Amsterdam, a small Dutch establishment, dedicated to serving really great fries. We ate here a couple of times during our trip, and great they were indeed.
37 Rue Hoche, 06400 Cannes, France
Vegetarian menu items are not too difficult to find in Cannes, but vegan eats can be a bit trickier. It feels like almost everything has cheese in it. While there are restaurant that serve a vegan option or two, there are still many that serve zero. Ironically, a restaurant called Pepperoni offered two pasta dishes on their menu with no cheese included that happened to be vegan. I got Penne with Artichokes and Sautéed Tomatoes, and it was delightful. My boyfriend got Penne Arrabbiata, which I tried and also enjoyed. In fact, I think I liked his a little better.
1 Square Mérimée, 06400 Cannes, France
This Végétarienne Salad was a highlight of the trip. With so much bread and heavy food, it was refreshing to find a meal-sized salad packed with nutritious and flavorful veggies. It was very good, and I especially liked the artichokes that they showcased in the dish.