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Good evening from London!  πŸ™‚

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We’ve had a very relaxed Christmas day.  After our 4-hour long nap, we had a great Christmas Buffet lunch, walked around the city (I think we logged about 7.0 miles!), and discovered that London is the BEST city for vegetarians – just check out these amazing eats!

 

Our Christmas Buffet lunch had great veggie options:

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Such as Pumpkin Tortellini in Saffron Sauce:

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And tons of GLORIOUS vegetables!  Roasted, steamed, cold, etc.

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There was also a great dessert spread, and everything looked so good, but they didn’t taste too good.  I’m trying to practice moderation on my vacation because the marathon is on January 10, so I had a few bites, decided it wasn’t “worth it,” and moved on.

 

Then, we went through a stroll in Hyde Park!

 

It was soooooooooooo cold outside.  The Husband was underdressed!  We bought lattes to keep warm.

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The park is gorgeous!  We are going to run through it tomorrow morning for a little exercise.

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Crazy British ducks attacked the Husband:

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Eventually, the Husband decided to just decided to wrap his scarf around his head, which helped him stay warm.  I think we need to go buy him a coat tomorrow… and I need thicker socks.  England is COLD!

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Then, we headed down Oxford Street, which is a main shopping district.  Every single store was closed for Christmas, but the streets were still packed because there were SO many beautiful Christmas lights up!  It was beautiful to look at.

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We grabbed dinner at my latest obsession, a grab-and-go shop called Pret.  I liked Pret’s because everything was organic/natural, had no preservatives/chemicals, and was made on-site.  The food was delicious! 

 

I grabbed a Brie, Cranberry, and Pistachio sandwich from the refrigerator case, as well as a Clementine Juice.

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The best part about Pret was that there was about FOUR vegetarian sandwich choices.  In America, there might be one vegetarian choice (egg salad sandwich), and it would probably be bland and disgusting.  Plus, the British have somehow figured out how to make pre-made sandwiches without them going all soggy. 

 

Every restaurant we walked by, we’d look at the menu posted outside.  Each menu had multiple vegetarian (or vegan) appetizers and entrees.  I’m so used to being “stuck” with one choice when I eat out.  I have OPTIONS here!

 

PETA recently rated London the Best Vegetarian City in the World, and it’s easy to see why.  According to PETA, “London first became a hotbed for vegetarians during the Enlightenment in the 18th century, when British society explored diverse religious philosophiesβ€”especially those from the East. The city’s first Vegetarian Society was formed in 1849.”

 

What city do you think had the best food?  My other favorite foodie city is Napa, California… but it definitely was NOT vegetarian-friendly!

{ 66 comments }

 

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie@.ca) December 25, 2009, 3:41 pm

    I haven’t been to many other “foodie” cities. Las Vegas was probably the best – sad but true πŸ™‚

    You look so British in that first pic with your cute little hat, coat and scarf!! I bet you fit right in. Everyone is probably thinking “look at that cute girl in the cute white hat.”

    Merry Christmas to you! Have a fun day!!

  • The Hot and Fit December 25, 2009, 3:41 pm

    Wow Oxford street looks gorgeous!

    That’s great you are finding so many vegetarian options! I’d have thought the US would have more , but I guess I was wrong!

    When I was in Nice, France there seemed to be just about everything! Spain wasn’t bad, either!

  • Jenna December 25, 2009, 3:46 pm

    Glad London has great vegetarian foods!

  • Kristine December 25, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Merry Christmas, Caitlin!! Looks like a blast over in England. Stay warm!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 25, 2009, 3:51 pm

    Hahaha I found veggie paradise last week and named my post just that. I LOVED Pret when I was there last year!! They have the best sandwiches EVER–especially their holiday ones. Hyde Park is gorgeous even when it’s freezing outside. The lights look magnificent this year πŸ™‚

  • alyssa December 25, 2009, 3:53 pm

    mmm, there are pret’s all over NYC! sooooo delicious and tasty! and fresh!!!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 25, 2009, 4:06 pm

    It looks like you two are having yourself an absolutely marvelous time, and it’s only day 1!! Enjoy your Holiday together πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas

  • george December 25, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Merry Christmas Caitlin, gotta love the British weather πŸ˜‰

  • claire December 25, 2009, 4:39 pm

    EAT’s egg and crest sandwiches are really yummy!

    Also, you must get a meal deal from Boots. Sandwich, drink (even the Innocents) and crisps/fruit/dessert for super cheap!

  • Laura Georgina December 25, 2009, 4:46 pm

    London IS great for vegetarians–but the rest of England not so much…. I found Berlin to be awesome for vegetarians, and even non-vegetarian places had great salad and side veg options.

  • Lindsay December 25, 2009, 4:51 pm

    I loved PRET when I was in England… they even special made my sandwich to fit my needs and I really appreciated it!! I am sure that you will be able to find many more delicious restaurants to try out while you are there!! Also, which hotel are you staying at in london??

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 25, 2009, 4:52 pm

    Your outfit is TOO cute, first of all πŸ™‚ Poor husband and his lack of warm outterwear! Hopefully he finds something more suitable for the weather.
    That buffet sounds amazing!
    Merry Christmas, Caitlin!

  • Amy December 25, 2009, 4:53 pm

    I love your pictures! It makes me miss England so much! Those are Egyptian geese attaching the hubby. πŸ™‚ Have fun! Oh yeah, Singapore is incredibly vegetarian friendly too.

  • Chloe December 25, 2009, 4:55 pm

    I’m English and ive been following your blog for ages, what you write is great πŸ™‚
    glad your having a good time, i must admit, even for me its pretty cold over here at the moment! london is great for vegetarians, but everywhere else is not so great.
    anyway have a good stay here!
    P.s – those ‘ducks’ are geese hehe

    • caitlin December 26, 2009, 3:15 am

      hahaha i thought they had a more proper name!

  • Nicole December 25, 2009, 5:13 pm

    I love your cute white hat…it looks very English
    Does your hubby’s British accent come out more while he’s in England or around his family? My family is from the Bronx but I spent my formative years in upstate NY, so I lost my accent for the most part. But when my family is around, it comes out big time…not on purpose, it just happens. (it also comes out more when I drink but that’s a different story lol)
    Merry Christmas in London!!

    • caitlin December 26, 2009, 3:16 am

      yes, and he starts to use the ‘funny’ british words more!

  • BethT December 25, 2009, 5:17 pm

    San Francisco gets my vote. Tons of veggie options here too!

  • Harriet December 25, 2009, 5:25 pm

    Yay i’m glad you’re having a good time in London!
    I love PRET and I think i take the vegetarian friendlyness for granted!
    EAT also do a really good morrocan falafel wrap and like someone said Boots do a good meal deal πŸ™‚

  • Charlotte December 25, 2009, 5:35 pm

    Check out Covent Garden for veggie heaven – my favourite is Food for Thought, but also check out Neal’s Yard – several veggie cafes, one with gluten free, wheat free and vegan options galore too!

  • skinnyrunner December 25, 2009, 6:06 pm

    what gorgeous pictures! merry christmas

  • Kailey December 25, 2009, 6:15 pm

    merry christmas caitlin!!
    you look beautiful in the hat/coat!!
    enjoy london!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 25, 2009, 6:27 pm

    I don’t know about food for vegetarians, but Manhattan fo sho ..foodie capital of America, or at least the east coast in my opinion!

    Merry Christmas!

  • Sam December 25, 2009, 6:27 pm

    They have Pret in NYC – I ate there a lot when I was there! Glad you’re having fun…I love seeing pics of my home city on the blog!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 25, 2009, 6:53 pm

    I love PRET! They actually have one in NYC that I went to a few times.

    My favorite city for food is Sevilla, Spain. So much to choose from and the olive oil there is delicious.

  • Amy December 25, 2009, 7:17 pm

    There’s a Pret in Washington DC too. It’s yummy!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 25, 2009, 7:18 pm

    I am so glad you are both having a wonderful time AND finding fantastic grub! Merry Christmas!

  • Rosey Rebecca December 25, 2009, 7:40 pm

    Merry Christmas!!

  • Carolyn December 25, 2009, 7:46 pm

    Beautiful photos! The husband and I have decided to go AWAY next Christmas. Don’t think I can convince him of London, but maybe New York or Boston.

  • Leah December 25, 2009, 7:50 pm

    I love Pret! They have a fantastic felafel sandwich that I raved about when I was in the UK earlier in the year.

    I must say, you look very stylish! I love the hat!

  • meagan December 25, 2009, 8:36 pm

    The best food city I have ever been to is Portland, Oregon. My husband and I ate ALOT! there and every bite I put into my mouth was pretty much a spiritual experience.

    …I am drooling now!…

  • Laura December 25, 2009, 8:50 pm

    Oh my goodness you are making me miss London so much!!! Please keep posting the fabulous pictures (and of course keep eating the glorious food). It’s so funny that London has a reputation as the best Veg city since England used to be famous for rather sub-par cuisine. But, in my experience, it’s the ethnic food in that very diverse city that’s made up for the somewhat questionable traditional fare (ooh, no offense to your British family members). BTW, you should definitely dine at a Wagamama noodle bar for a quick, delicious, veg-friendly meal (I’ve only been to the South Bank site, across the aptly-named Hungerford bridge from the Embankment tube stop, but there are lots of locations in London).

    • caitlin December 26, 2009, 3:16 am

      we walked by a wagamama last night!

      • Laura December 26, 2009, 8:49 am

        mmmmm! noodles… πŸ™‚

  • Kelly December 25, 2009, 9:19 pm

    Yay for London…now America needs to get on that band wagon!

  • Kate G. December 25, 2009, 9:22 pm

    See you don’t hate vegetables, you just need them prepared by the brits! haha πŸ˜‰ have a happy holiday!

  • Lee December 25, 2009, 9:34 pm

    I ate at Pret in NYC. It was yummy.

  • KatieTX December 25, 2009, 9:43 pm

    New Orleans πŸ™‚ Worst place to be a vegetarian ever, yet delicious.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 25, 2009, 9:43 pm

    Hubby is cuuuuute.

  • Michelle@eatingjourney December 25, 2009, 9:44 pm

    I love travelling and trying new food. I think that you should live in England. You just look like you’re having the best time.

  • Alison December 25, 2009, 9:59 pm

    pret was my saving grace when i studied abroad in london–great for grab + go food and while you’re out sightseeing. yum yum!

  • kirsten December 25, 2009, 10:08 pm

    NYC definitely! So many choices, and quite a few all vegan restaurants, at least 10 or so!

  • Kristina December 25, 2009, 10:37 pm

    Last time I was in London around Christmas, Oxford Street was so pretty at night! And Pret is my FAVORITE grab and go place in London. You can even get great veggie sushi there πŸ™‚ So glad you’re having a fab time!!!

  • Shauna December 25, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Berkeley! Tons of vegetarian options. I’m probably a little biased…

    Your outfit looks great!

  • Catie December 25, 2009, 11:32 pm

    I am totally jealous of your guys’ trip! A vacation in a differnet country sounds perfect with everything going on right now. And especially since it’s snowing like crazy here in Chicago. haha

  • Sara December 25, 2009, 11:38 pm

    You look fantastic! Awesome hat/earrings/scarf/coat — really. (I’m not one of those people who gives that out for free πŸ˜‰ ). Seems like lots of great photo memories are going to come out of this trip. Enjoy!

  • Justy2003 December 25, 2009, 11:46 pm

    Merry Christmas! Looks like you’re having a fabulous time in London! And those lights are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the rest of your trip!

  • Nicole December 26, 2009, 12:05 am

    Looks like you’re having a blast!

    Favorite city to eat? Venice!

  • amanda@thegrainsofparadise December 26, 2009, 1:34 am

    Sydney, Australia….hands down!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope December 26, 2009, 2:43 am

    Looks fun! I haven’t been hardly anywhere, so I have no comment on the question, but hope you’re having a good time.

  • Tay December 26, 2009, 3:24 am

    I loved Pret while in London!! Everything looked so delicious there, and they were everywhere!!

  • Vee December 26, 2009, 5:27 am

    Welcome to London! I’m a couple of blocks away from you! πŸ™‚
    I love running in Hyde Park. Another good track is running next to the Thames. You can run all the way to Canary Wharf. πŸ™‚
    Have fun & looking forward to reading more about your UK adventures!

  • leslie December 26, 2009, 8:03 am

    i used to eat at pret all the time when i studied in london! they have them all over nyc now – lot of vegetarian (and even vegan) options. london is very veg friendly – be sure to get some indian food!

  • ari December 26, 2009, 8:10 am

    Haha, yeah we have pret a manger in new york. So maybe you should say in orlando there would only be an egg salad sandwich πŸ™‚

  • SBC December 26, 2009, 8:38 am

    oh man, obviously you’ve never been to NYC if you think “american” vegetarian means egg salad sandwiches.

  • ida December 26, 2009, 8:52 am

    Pret is great, I just wish McDonalds didn’t own part of it:(

    Going to london with you is so fun, can’t wait to see more of you’re trip!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 26, 2009, 8:59 am

    Wow it looks like you guys are having a blast!!!

  • Alex December 26, 2009, 9:04 am

    There are actually Prets in America, too – we have them in D.C.!

  • Jenny December 26, 2009, 9:26 am

    That’s great that you are going to have so many dining options while in England, can’t wait to read about all of the variety.

    Everything so far looks lovely! Hope you find some warmer clothes, I can imagine it is quite frigid! πŸ˜‰

  • Susan December 26, 2009, 9:26 am

    That buffet spread looks bomb! Make sure to check out Harrod’s food section – a gorg sight for any foodie!
    Fave city? gotta rep the hometown – Pittsburgh!
    Have a lovely day!

  • Ada December 26, 2009, 9:26 am

    Pret originated in London but there are also many locations in NYC. Hope you have a great trip:)

  • MarathonVal December 26, 2009, 11:06 am

    That’s funny you didn’t find Napa to be veggie-friendly, when I was there this November for a wedding (same weekend as FoodBuzz event) I was amazed at how vegan friendly Napa was!! Everywhere I went had a tofu scramble or an outstanding veggie plate. Next time you go you should hit up the restaurants I tried because they were outstanding!

    Have a wonderful trip! πŸ™‚

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) December 26, 2009, 11:18 am

    The last time I was in London it was such a whirlwind, I’d love to go back! We did get some quality time in at Hyde Park though.

    My favorite city for food is New Orleans…. not the healthiest but SO GOOD!!!

  • Foy @ Foy Update December 26, 2009, 11:27 am

    When I lived in Northern Chicago up in Glenco I had several friends who were vegan and one lactose intollerant and we always managed to find great places to eat out. One of my good friends and I would save up so we could go out to fancy meals once a week and we never repeated a restaurant. I’d love to live there again, provided i can find a job to support my eatting out habit.

  • Kristen December 26, 2009, 12:19 pm

    Glad you are having a good time. I loved London when I visited last fall. United State Prets, at least in NYC, usually have many vegetarian options. My favorite is the Brie, Tomato Basil Sandwich…yumm!

  • Bridget December 27, 2009, 3:00 am

    I love Pret, too! London and Edinburgh are the two places that I have had great luck with food options while traveling. Tokyo does quite well, but could be better in terms of vegetarian stuff–they love their meat broth and pork here! In India, it is easy to find vegetarian options, but it is very difficult in Thailand. In Thailand, almost all of our dishes had the small, teeny shrimp in them.

    Keep having fun–love the pictures!!

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