Vegan Mayhem in Mexico City [Day #1]

“Yes, I like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain,

I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne”

MEXICO DAY ONE

Alright, alright, you caught me out. I am very much into health food and I bloody hate getting caught in the rain. Lemme just say that if my barnet gets even a little damp, y’all are going to need an industrial quantity of frizzease to tame it back to some picture of normality. ¿So, what the cussing ‘ell am I doing quoting Jimmy Buffett on New Years Eve? Well, amigo$, I’m only in bleedin’ Mexico. I’ll be staying in the utterly glorious Coyoacan for the next 11 days, and I thought y’all might want to come along with me. Das right, I’m here to guide you through the festive sounds, decadent sights, opulent feasts, and the uncompromising energy of a city I’ve already fallen a little bit in love with.

Día uno was definitely one to set a precedent for the rest of dis fabulous vacation. After a 4am wake up call, I was treated to 10 hours on a flight with next to nothing that was vegan, which is so not fetch. And before y’all get on my case, I’m British, so I can sure as hell make that happen. Aside from the lack of airborne carbs, the flight was pretty good, except for the bit where I started to watch ‘The Fault in our Stars’ and had to turn it off before the gally next to me asked to change seats, due to the sobbing mess that I turned into. There may have been a few tears, but as the prophet Tracy Breaker famously said, it was more likely to be hay fever. JUST SAYIN’. Fortunately, after surviving on crisps and an obscene amount of black coffee, Atlanta airport was absolute delight in terms of their eateries. I grabbed a glorious vegetarian wrap which was chock full of fresh leaves, and a three bean salad which just about revived me. After ogling at all the vegetarian food, I made it to my gate with 3 minutes to spare and boarded my flight to Mexico City! This one is an even funnier story. They didn’t even have a vegetarian option, though a concerned air hostess pitifully handed me industrial quantities of pretzels and black coffee. Thank you, air hostess, for my inventive supper.

Coyoacan is an absolute dream. It is the most beautiful place. During my first few minutes in the town, I wandered into a fabulous canteen (which had been there since the 1930s!) full of food stalls and bustling punters, all eager for something suitably scrumptious. Now first things first, y’all should know that before I arrived I knew two phrases in Spanish; ‘my name is…’ and ‘where are the toilets’, so hopefully that should give you some context to my adventures. I wandered over to a stall teaming with fresh fruit, said ‘melon’ in some half-arsed Spanish accent and hoped for the best. Goodness GRACIOUS it was divine. This was my elixir of life as I wandered the wonderful streets of the borough, marvelling at the street food & basking in the sunlight. Since then, I’ve tried tamale (bae), raw chocolate water at an artisan coffee house, Mexican sushi, and vegan molletes. My hotel even got soya milk in especially, these Mexicans are just the bae-est of the baes. I can’t wait to see in the New Year in such a glorious place. Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

MEXICO DAY ONE

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Y’all can see more of beautiful Mexico on my instagram @marshingtons 

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Butternut Squash Curry!

Hello darlings.

BUTTERNUT CURRY

Alright y’all, I know it’s been a while and for that I’m very sorry, but of course I needed to come back with a bang – and here it is. I proudly present my wonderfully sassy ‘butternut squash curry’. This recipe was born out of yet another good ol’ fridge clear-out & the fact that I now live minutes away from a very authentic Asian supermarket (be still, my beating heart). I never go by exact measurements, just by grabbing a handful of this & a sprinkle of that. For this dish I used a couple of gorgeous red onions, one clove of da freshest garlic, some wilting chestnut mushrooms (sorry, pals), a couple of glorious sweet red peppers, one lonely courgette, a handful of vine-ripened tomatoes, some coconut milk & the all important butternut squash. As for spices, I used a whole heap of cayenne pepper, cumin, turmeric, and my bae, PAPRIKA!

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Beautiful curry preparation!

I managed to pick up this beastly butternut squash for 59 cent and I’ve never been prouder to have bagged such a bargain. I halved this fantastic thing, drizzled it in oodles of rapeseed oil & sprinkled with pepper & some pink Himalayan rock salt. Whilst this autumnal beauty is roasting in the oven (about 30 minutes to get it cooked to perfection), you’ll want to simmer your onions & garlic before adding all your juicy veggies. Once everything is suitably sizzling away, whack in your squash & pour a good ol’ dose of coconut milk all over. As for spices, I absolutely adore cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika & turmeric. If you’re playing it safe, any standard ‘mixed curry powder’ will do, or for those feeling a little more adventurous, get freaky with some fresh chillies. I sprinkled a lil’ pink Himalayan salt over my brown rice & threw some pumpkin seeds on top to serve. Happy cooking!

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BUTTERNUT CURRY

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BUTTERNUT CURRY

BUTTERNUT CURRY

BUTTERNUT CURRY
DELISH!

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VEGAN A GO-GO!

Hello mates.

If any of y’all read my July Favourite post, you’ll know that one of my biggest fears in joining the wonderful world of veganism was the daunting prospect of  bidding goodbye to decadent dinners and spontaneous suppers with my carnivorous pals. And that just wasn’t on. Eating vegan on the go was certainly something I approached with trepidation, but it was almost all in vain. In fact, there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of. And after a recent trip to sunny Dublin and hibernation into the English country wilderness, I realised that where there’s a vegan will, there’s a vegan way.

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I want to show that from multicultural cities to countryside retreats, it’s possible to not only survive, but thrive as a vegan in whatever habitat you may find yourself! And if anything, just stare adoringly at my snaps & let me know what you think in the comments!

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After wolfing down a banana and rushing out the door at the obscenely early 5am, I was able to cotch at the airport with a rather decadent Innocent smoothie. I remember thinking “CARBS AND SUGAR M8” as I justified paying a ridiculous £4 (that’s almost $7!) for this antioxidant nonsense. I also forgot to take a book to read on the journey (all 40 minutes of it) so found this cutesy read after trawling the shelves at Smiths. I wanted to know more about something completely out of my comfort zone and this hit the spot marvellously. I’m only halfway through, but I could recommend this for any ol’ dunce when it come to economics (aka ME).

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I absolutely adore Vitamin Water. I don’t even care if it’s overpriced water with colouring and fabulously ‘scientific-looking’ branding so as to convince yourself that you’re being very, very kind to your body. This isn’t the usual one I go for, but after being awake since 5am, literally ANYTHING that’s bright blue and emblazoned with the words ‘VITAMIN and ‘WATER’ is going to get my $. What you don’t see in this pic is the rather cheeky vegan + gluten-free oat cake I was munching on for ‘elevenses’. Please tell me elevenses is something that exists outside of England!

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Milano (Pizza Express to the Brits amongst you) once again saved the day with their fabulous Vegetarian/Vegan range. This time I had their Giardiniera and just asked for it to be without cheese. The waiter was very accommodating and it’s always lovely to feel at home when dining, rather than a pain in the arse! The Giardiniera is a lovely Artichoke, mushroom, red pepper, marinated santos tomato, leek, olive, mozzarella [optional] and garlic oil pizza with a tomato & pesto base. I also reviewed Milano in my July Favourites!

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The barista also made the SASSIEST cappuccino I have ever laid my eyes upon. Just LOOK at that side eye & strong brow game combination.

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As this was literally a flying visit (to see Lana Del Rey don’t you know!), I was back in the airport before I knew it. I grabbed a quick snacklet of OJ, sliced apples & a cocoa nakd bar.

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I also managed to snap this gloriously warm snap of the sunset and I walked to get my flight. It was genuinely one of those sunsets where you had to stop and admire. The sky looked like a watercolour painting. I also arrived home to find these adorable, handmade vegan chocolates on my pillow. Yes, you heard right, vegan and chocolate in the same sentence. Be still, my beating heart.

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Now as for the countryside retreat, I found myself in the midst of lots of greenery, some fabulous art, a fat cat by the name of Alfie & a lovely pup of the same name. I took a stroll into the local village and found their one delightful corner shop. After stocking up on a few essentials (yes, jelly tots are essential) I was gooooooood to go. It was a lovely weekend all in all. I read, dog-walked, and even played the piano. And fear not, there were also a few episodes of MTV’s addictive ‘Catfish’ splattered between all the culture and fresh air too.

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So there we have it, I survived as a vegan on the go and made it home to tell the tale. How do you guys find travelling as a vegan, vegetarian or even coeliac?

p.s. All of these images were from my instagram @ instagram.com/marshingtons !

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