Vegan Guide to Aalborg, DK

Guides, Veganism
My two friends at the streets of Aalborg

At the beginning of this month my boyfriend and I paid an old friend a visit in Aalborg, a small Danish city located in the north of Jutland. I had been looking forward to the trip for a while after reading about it being an emerging destination for Danish vegans (veganism isn’t that common in Denmark, so you really have to do your research!).

The city itself is filled with medieval Nordic architecture, warm Jutlanders, and a quirky student/bohemian vibe. Such conditions make it fertile ground for new vegan restaurants to emerge.

The first spot we hit was “Ubat Veggie”, a newly opened upscale gourmet vegetarian restaurant. We both had the vegan risotto, which had a very pleasant umami flavor. However, the portion size was a bit small and my boyfriend started looking for falafel shops on my phone (he is a hungry man). We waited some time before getting our food so our waitress ended up giving us free plant milk coffees (yay) and when I was about to pay she compensated our meal. I consider that to demonstrate thoughtfulness and effort, and because of the tastiness of the food and having many different vegan options, I think I’ll give it another shot when I’m back in town. 

Address: Vesterå 5, 9000 Aalborg

Vegan brunch at Cafe Luna
Scrambled tofu with rice paper bacon

We ended up having a marvellous brunch at Café Luna which is a cozy café with a bar kind of vibe. I got their specialty vegan brunch with tofu scrambled, rice paper bacon, bread with butter and vegan topping, soy yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, vegan cheese, hummus and a vegan pancake with maple syrup! My eyes were opened to tofu scramble for the first time! They can get really busy so make sure you make a reservation on weekends.

Address: Boulevarden 38, 9000 Aalborg

vegan healthy candy store

I also found a little boutique candy shop in the city center called “ Det Sunde Slik (The Healthy Candy)”. They have an endless array of dried fruits and encourage customers to sample anything they fancy. I spent some time marveling my way through the aisles until the sweet young woman behind the counter gave me some much needed guidance and assistance. My favorites were pomelo, strawberry, mango, ginger, watermelon, and shitake mushrooms (trust me). You can also order your dried fruit online here

Address: Bredegade 10, 9000 Aalborg

Give Aalborg a shot; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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The One Materialistic, Evil, Wasteful Company I Love

Sustainability

I try to spend my money buying sustainable, vegan, and local products from ethical companies. I’m very aware of my power as a consumer so I only want to support companies I can vouch for. But no one is perfect and everyone has a weakness…

When I lived in Berlin I worked for Starbucks as a barista. I had some wonderful colleagues and really enjoyed the streamlined work routine I got into while working (no one can beat Starbucks’ ordering and drink-making system!). Starbucks is somewhat vegan friendly as you can choose a variety of dairy free drinks.

I’m aware how problematic supporting a company like Starbucks is when you’re promoting veganism, zero-waste, and sustainability.  You would be correct to say that I’m promoting a double standard. What can I say- I have great memories from working there and I always feel at home whenever I see the green and white siren. They have a decent selection of drinks and hey, at least I’m not buying shares of Marlboro!

I’m going to make a vegan Starbucks guide to all the secret drinks I know! They are way better than the ones on the menu.

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Weight Loss Wednesday // Week One

Personal

The first week of my weight loss journey went well, albeit with a few minor slip ups (I went to the movies with my sister on Sunday and JUST HAD to have some of her popcorn and vegan candy). I started the week by trying to eat 6 small meals a day, but I couldn’t get my body to adjust to it and it felt unnatural. So instead, I opted to only eat when hungry or lacking energy.

I have made my meals healthier by focusing more and more on including vegetables into my home cooking (you might notice a theme here). One of my go to snacks has been carrot sticks dipped in hummus- a tasty, filling midday snack!

My biggest slip-up came over the weekend when my boyfriend and I were house-sitting for a neighbour. Something in our new environment sparked a glutinous whim within us and we bought a giant bag of curly fries from the grocery store to share (should have made my homemade oil-free fries instead!). Nonetheless, I felt I kept the wheels on the bus as I didn’t eat any other blatantly unhealthy foods, instead snacking on fruit and rice cakes.

I consider my first week a success! By focusing on my healthy choices and not dwelling on the slip-ups, I’m able to keep my momentum going. My goal this week is to not slip-up as much and make progress, however small. A healthy lifestyle and subsequent weight-loss is a marathon, not a sprint!

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The Best Vegan Dressing Ever – Of Course it’s Tahini

Recipes

Tahini dressing is a real lifesaver when switching to a plant based diet. It’s simple to make, doesn’t require a blender, and is oil free!

I like to use it on salads, falafel sandwiches, or just as a dip.

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My Favorite Vegan Soup // Potato – Carrot Soup

Recipes
Vegan potato carrot soup
Potato soup with bread and vegetables

I could eat this soup for days on end. This is one of my go-to recipes that I serve whenever I cook for friends and/or family. I discovered it when visiting a non-vegan friend, as it was the only plant-based recipe she knew. I stole the recipe after learning how cheap, healthy, and easy to make it is!

onions, potatoes, carrots ready for the owen

Serve with sautéed mushrooms, oven baked chickpeas, a baguette, or sauté all of your leftover vegetables in soy sauce!  

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Vegan Perogies in Krakow

Travelling, Veganism
Perogies

Last summer I visited Krakow for the first time where I discovered the joy Polish food brings to all those who stick a fork into a perogie. Krakow is extremely beautiful and filled with countless restaurants that just ooze Polish hospitality. The hectic, whirl wind tourist vibe you get in places like Prague and Paris is largely absent and on egets the feeling they can navigate the city by foot or its straight forward tram system.

Me in the center of Krakow

Poland is a joy for budgettravellers like myself. Excellent food, grand historical sites, and beautiful nature are available to those who lack affluence but crave an adventure off the beaten “Eurotrip-stagparty-trustafarian backpacker” route.

The Polish baking tradition is incredible (and I’m from Denmark)!). All around the city you will find small, old-lady operated carts selling a round wheat-bread ring topped with sesame seeds. Very simple but amazingly tasty and a bargain at 2 zloty (.50 € or .60 cents)! By venturing into a few different brick and mortar bakeries I found these traditionally Polish spinach and mushroom pastries called “Paszteciki z pieczarkami” that just happened to be vegan.

Me eating perogies

However, my favorite Polish food is perogies. They are soft, plump dumplings that traditionally contain cheese, potatoes, or meat but can be stuffed with an endless number of fillings. They are found in many restaurants throughout Krakow; my favorite vegan ones where found at “Pirozki U Vicenta”, a cozy local joint. They where stuffed with a red lentil and spinach mixture that had it’s flavor brought out by the soft, starchy dumpling it was encased in.  

Are you a gluten-holic and desire to stuff yourself with perogies like me? Bookyour ticket to Krakow NOW!

Pirozki U Vicenta – address; Bożego Ciała 12, 33-332 Kraków

The hidden lake Zarókzwek
psst.. I recommend visiting the hidden lake “Zarkózwek”. It’s an hidden oasis in the middle of Krakow. The hike around the lake is incredible beautiful, but it takes some time to find it!

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