What I Ate In Milan
I wanted to write this post to show how easy it is to eat vegan while travelling. This is just of some of the meals I had while in Milan over the course of a week. There are 25 vegan restaurants in Milan, which is pretty wild & amazing, I obviously didn't get to try them all but the food I did eat while here was insanely good. I have been to Milan before I went vegan and honestly, I've been eating better now than I was before without a doubt. The food I had on this trip was next level, the Italians know how to do vegetables & I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is more love in vegan food, and love makes everything better.
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I could probably live off the meal I had at Ristorante Pizzeria Maruzzella and live happily ever after. Honestly, the produce in Italy is unlike anywhere else I've been and the tomatoes are just... no words. I love meals like this, amazing because it just lets the ingredients speak for themselves. I also feel amazing after a meal like this, not heavy or weighed down like I would when I ate the non vegan versions of these. Bruschetta, pomodori salad, pasta with tomatoes & basil, and pizza with tomato sauce and mushrooms...heaven. You can get these or a similar variation at nearly all Italian restaurants, and I suggest you do.
On my second night I went to Mantra, a fully raw vegan restaurant. I then went back five times... I know the words 'raw vegan' has some people thinking of celery sticks and undressed kale leaves but the food here is anything but boring. Obviously I think its amazing I went back just about everyday, even if it was just to pick up some dessert or a smoothie to take to the park.
I went to Flower Burger for lunch one day, it's a vegan burger chain just in Italy. I rarely eat fried food but sometimes you just need some french fries ya know? These were the best kind too, seasoned so well. And ya I'm in Italy but girl just likes a burgers sometimes. They also have something here called flower cream, and it is one of the best things I have ever had, it is similar to fro-yo, I don't know how this stuff was vegan, but I would go back just for that... and the fries.
I went to SoulGreen for lunch on my last day in Milan. It is a really beautiful place with hanging plants, and really gorgeous dish ware. The food was awesome and healthy, it's all vegan with a lot of raw options. I had the rainbow raw bowl and it was perfection.
When in Italy, you have to get gelato and luckily there are many place that offer vegan options. I went to a couple but my favourite was from Out of the Box Milan, they have a few vegan options so I tried em all... duh. The almond & café flavours were out of this world.
Honorable mentions AKA Places where is was too dark to take good photos.
Joia, a vegetarian restaurant I went to for dinner one night is something extra special. It is the first vegetarian restaurant in Europe to get a Michelin star, and it is obvious why that is. The food is all organic, which in Italy, means ORGANIC. You could taste how fresh it was, and even though I ate a lot of food, six courses in fact, I didn't walk away feeling stuffed and heavy, I actually felt amazing. I love when you can have a special meal, with imaginative, delicious food that is also good for you. At the end of the day, we eat to nourish ourselves! The chef was also so lovely, we chatted about how he has been vegetarian for 26 years, and you could tell how passionate he was about the food, and you could taste it as well! This restaurant is vegetarian but most items on the menu were vegan so I had no trouble ordering exactly what I wanted. It also has an amazing wine list!
Much to my surprise, the hotel I stayed at, The Sheraton Diana Majestic has a fully vegan tasting menu in it's restaurant. It included a salad, zucchini noodles, and a seitan dish. Pretty astonishing, it speaks volumes about how easy & accessible veganism is becoming!