1 April 2015

The Moveable Feast

Last Monday, I went along to the launch of The Moveable Feast. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to a new era of vegetarian cuisine...

Set up by couple Shamim and Eleanor (who are SO lovely, btw - I met Eleanor outside the shop the week before and basically told her my life story), The Moveable Feast seeks to take vegetarian pop-ups to the next level. They've handpicked a selection of the finest, most-loved London veggie pop-ups and brought them inside to work in harmony for the vegetarian (and often, gluten-free) cause. Nestled just below the Shard on St Thomas Street, TMF brings the feel of Shoredtitch to SE1.

No longer do those seeking vegetarian alternatives have to scan a menu to find one or two "meh, that'll do" offerings - now they're positively spoilt for choice, with menus from a selection of eateries devoted to delicious veggie food. Yay!

Katie and Jane, from Not Dogs - a quorn alternative to the standard sausage (ooer)

I'm not a vegetarian, but my Mum and some of my friends are, and I completely take for granted the selection of meals I can pick when I'm out compared to them.

I'm not going to lie, even in this day and age, I still struggle with the idea that vegetarian food can be tasty and flavorful compared to its meatier alternatives. But thanks to The Moveable Feast, I have never been more happy to be proven (very) wrong.

Sam and Ross, doing their thing (i.e. making up "salad shot" samples) at The Salad Kitchen

I hope the guys from The Salad Kitchen don't hold it against me too much that I can't for the life of me remember what was in the salad shot they provided... But what I do know is that it tasted great. Seriously. If anyone thinks a vegetarian salad would taste like rabbit food (ahem), a salad from these guys will change your life. Oh, and it was really colourful too, so perfect for that inevitable instagram snap.

Not Dogs for sale (from left to right): Hello Houmous, The Original Frank, Kickin' Katie Nacho Dog, Cha-Cha Chilli Dog and Plain Jane

The night was an absolute hit. The modestly-sized shop was absolutely crammed within half an hour of me getting there, and the only way to squeeze my way through the crowd was with a partner-in-crime (who came in the form of Abi, a fellow blogger). The vibe was very upbeat, and everyone seemed to be very excited for what TMF could mean (WILL mean) to the veggie community.

Along with stalls from Not Dogs, The Salad Kitchen and Club Mexicana, the shop will also offer "proper" coffee from Three Wheels Coffee, and soft drinks from newbie brand Nix & Kix. Think still juice with a kick (thanks to the infusion of cayenne pepper) and you've got yourself a pretty groovy drink. I tried the blood orange & ginger version and it was good, even for someone who can't handle their spice, like, at all.

The guys at Three Wheels Coffee hard at work

It would have been rude to not try one of everything, right? I opted for a Hello Houmous dog (FYI, they were mini on the night, however, they only sell full-sized ones) from Not Dogs and although it was a bit messy (I definitely ended up dropping a bit of pepper on the floor, but I'm a messy eater) it was really tasty. The peppers had been sauteed and the sweetness complimented the houmous, whilst the quorn dog was a strong contender (and healthier) against its meaty alternative.

The dynamic duo - Lois and Meriel - from Club Mexicana, showing off their made teamwork skillz, putting together some tacos for us in record timing!

Speaking to the ladies at Club Mexicana was so interesting. To ensure the food meets their high standards, they often make up a lot of the ingredients themselves. Gluten-free sauces? No problem. Custom-made smoky tomato salsa? At your service. It really adds a personal touch to your meal, not to mention keeping your foodie conscience clear.

I'll hold my hands up and say that if you're looking for a budget lunch, The Moveable Feast isn't it. But what it does offer is a great veggie alternative to Borough Market down the road, which, as much as I love the place, tends to specialise more in meaty meals than veggie ones. It's also really great to have 3 retailers in one shop, offering lots of different options and cuisines. Even the pickiest eater should be able to find something that tickles their fancy here. And that is exactly what we need more of in London.

The Moveable Feast is open until September 2015, but watch this space! Another site is in the works as we speak...

For more information on The Moveable Feast, visit www.feastonthemove.com
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  1. This. Looks. Amazing. We're going as soon as I get back for a catch up!

  2. Sofie-Eliza Price2 April 2015 at 10:23

    Hey lady of the world! Aw thanks :D Are you back before September? I thought you'd left me for a good year or so x

  3. Oh my, this looks so delicious! You would enjoy a group on facebook called 'what fat vegans eat', they post the most filling recipes ever!

  4. Sofie these photos are SO good!

  5. Sofie-Eliza Price15 April 2015 at 10:10

    Thank you Farrah!!!


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