I recently met my blogger buddy, Mike and his wife Florence for coffee while they were visiting Florence’s family in Pasadena. It was fun talking with them because they live such an exciting life as world travelers. They refer to themselves as The Six Monthers because they move to a new country every six months.
Toward the end of our meeting, Mike said, “I didn’t even get to quiz you about being vegan.”
I was surprised; I didn’t even know he was veg-curious. We decided to meet again to discuss my diet. A few days after our second meeting, Mike sent me an email telling me that he and Florence had decided to adopt a plant-based diet. I was thrilled and wrote a post about it.
Mike and Florence have since moved to Scotland. This worried me. Since it’s a country that’s known for eating square sausage, haggis (a pudding made out of a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs) and a beef dish called potted hough, I didn’t think it was the best place for plant-based newbies.
Thankfully, I was wrong! After getting settled in Scotland, Florence sent me an email telling me how easy it was to eat plant-based there. I was intrigued so I asked her to tell me more. Here’s what she said:
Florence Shares about Being Vegan in Scotland
Every restaurant here in Scotland has at least one meal that is either totally vegan or vegetarian. This may have resulted from Mad Cow disease scare a few years ago. Restaurants also have a lot of gluten-free foods.
One of our favorite places in all of Birmingham is Café Soya. Over half their menu is vegan and wow, is it good! I ordered rice and flattened soya made to look and taste like chicken. It was heavenly and guilt-free. Mike had the tofu noodle soup.
A lot of the items packaged in the grocery store are marked as vegan as well. In fact the foods here are color coded so that you can easily find items that are vegan (green, of course) or GF (yellow) or filled with mayonnaise. (Good heavens they love their mayo here!).
Talk about excited. Mike and I even found Roots & Fruits, an awesome vegan and vegetarian store while walking around Glasgow. We loved the name as well.
Roots & Fruits has a large selection of fresh made artisan breads and lots of nuts and other items that are natural. One of my favorites is these bars made of cranberries, macadamias and dark chocolate and nothing else. They are called Eat Natural. People eat a lot of oats here and oat cakes are commonly used as crackers.
All in all trying to live life as a vegan in Scotland is not as hard as one would think. However, we both love cheese, and with so many good cheeses available here, giving up cheese is the biggest challenge for us. However, I love hummus, and there are at least five flavors of hummus readily available. So I am making do with carrots and hummus when the urge for cheese strikes. Now if we could just find a good cup of coffee!
Just after Florence sent me this write-up, I found out that Mike was hired by Touristar TV to write about Croatia. So now Mike and Florence are off to Croatia and I’ll be interested to hear how easy it is to eat plant-based there.
Image courtesy of Scottish Gifts for U.