Vegan Haul from Flensburg

Travelling, Veganism

One of my favorite things about traveling is finding new vegan stuff in local grocery stores. Denmark has a very limited selection, so it’s a real treat going somewhere else and discovering something new. Although I trick to stick to non-processed foods, my appetite for new vegan speciality products is insatiable! 

Germany is great for new finds. I really discovered this living in Berlin and am now aware the entire country has lots of options for vegans. Flensburg, Germany is about an hour away from my house and I often make the pilgrimage there to stock up on my favorites.

I love the cheeses from “SimplyV”. Their sliced cheese has a wonderful consistency and taste. In addition, their Parmesan cheese is indistinguishable from the real thing and tastes great on pasta. 

The “Fantastic Foods” white crisp chocolate is a creamy, fully-flavored treat that I usually end up eating in one sitting. It has that creamy white chocolate taste without that watery aftertaste found in many vegan chocolates.  

The supermarket chain REWE makes their own house brand vegan products and I love their bolognese sauce! When I first tried it I was sure I had picked up the wrong jar by mistake; the chunks of soy where very meat-like. I like having a few of these around as they make for an easy dinner. 

REWE also has a vegan Nutella, which I love. Pretty much a no-brainer if you love chocolate, hazelnut spreads as much as I do. 

Interestingly, I found some great pre-packaged tortellini in the drugstore chain DM. It was a bit weird finding such a gem in a drugstore but hey, I’m not complaining! They also sell lots of vegan beauty products if you’re into that. 

No trip to Germany is complete without schnitzel. “VegaFit” makes very tasty and nicely-textured schnitzel and fish fingers. I don’t really remember what meat and fish taste like but they would probably pale in comparison to these. 

Stay vegan and stay tuned

Vegan Zucchini-Carrot Veggie balls

Recipes

I recently made Danish “Frikadeller” my way. My version doesn’t really resemble the traditional kind as it doesn’t contain pork. Something about a cruelty-free, vegan dish makes it taste better than the original. 

These are very simple to make and go perfectly with traditional Danish sides like potatoes, gravy, salad, and bread. 

Hope you enjoy my vegan version of a Danish classic!

BIG HUGS 

Being a Vegan in Denmark

Veganism

I felt pretty alone when I started my vegan journey two years ago in Denmark. I didn’t have any vegan friends or relatives and my options in the grocery store were very limited (soy milk, low-quality tofu, veggie burgers). When I moved to Berlin I was delighted to find that they have all things vegan everywhere! Vegan grocery stores, restaurants, clothing stores, and much more. Now that I’m back in Denmark I’m happy to say that, although not as abundant and progressive as Berlin and The United States, we are making progress. Vegan cafes are sprouting up all over the country and many fast food chains have added a vegan option to their menu. 

Unfortunately, our collective social attitudes leave much to be desired. Most of our population is brought on a spoon-fed diet of pork, gravy, and dairy products. Although often billed as a progressive paradise by many outside nations, we are very resistant to any type of lifestyle change or to usurping our outdated traditions in any way. When I introduce myself as a vegan to someone from Denmark I am often bombarded with prejudice and ignorant questions. My boyfriend often calls Denmark the Alabama of Europe and, after numerous encounters with narrow-minded, uneducated Danes, I am somewhat inclined to agree with his sentiment. 

Not all hope is lost though! My international friends are much more supportive and my family cooks a vegan meal every night for dinner. I see big changes in the future with veganism becoming more and more mainstream. It’s only a matter of time!

(I love Denmark and the Danish people!)

BIG HUGS

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!

BIG HUGS

Vegan Spinach Avocado Waffles

Recipes

I made these awesome healthy and wholesome waffles the other morning. They are full of nutrition and keep you full for a long while! They are super easy to make; just whip out your waffle iron.

Spinach Avocado Waffles

Adding spinach is a great way to get some greens in the morning. They also make a great snack anytime of the day!  

 BIG HUGS

Vegan Traditional Danish Open-faced Sandwiches with Rye Bread // #Rugbrødsmadder

Recipes

We eat a lot of rye bread in Denmark. It’s really filling bread and contains lots of seeds and fibers. Most Danes top their rye bread with an assortment of meats; liver pate, sausages, salami, meatballs, etc and it can be hard to jumpstart your mind and come up with vegan replacements since discouraging imagination is a Danish national pastime. But I don’t let society tell me what to do and came up with the following ideas 😉

1 – Boiled potatoes, vegan mayonnaise, and cress. (My favourite)

2 – Vegan crème cheese and scallions. The brand I use is called “Creamy Sheese” from Bute Island Foods. It has the perfect consistency and taste. (they also have a tasty garlic version!)  

3 – Vegan “Leverpostej” (Danish liver pate). “Levevis” makes a very good creamy, smoky version called “Krydderpostej – Smørepålæg”. I often top it with vegan Danish remoulade (a creamy sauce) and fried onions.  

4 – Vegetable spread and fried eggplant. Fry the eggplant with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Use your favourite vegan vegetable spread.

Traditional Danish fare doesn’t need to be a bland, meaty, unimaginative affair. I find that replacing archaic meat toppings with creative vegan ones really spices up an otherwise boring cuisine.

BIG HUGS

The BEST Falafel in Denmark

Veganism

Falafel has saved my boyfriend and I from getting into so many arguments. When we feel ourselves getting on each other’s nerves, oftentimes a trip to our favorite falafel guy will de-escalate the situation and make us forget our crankiness. Moving to Denmark after living in the falafel paradise that is Berlin was difficult and disappointing in this regard. That is until we found “Faour” in Aarhus. Faour is a small restaurant (with only around four tables) that specializes in falafel and Palestinian food. It has a little but manageable menu that foreshadows the intense focus and specialization of their dishes.

As the man who prepared our falafel brought it to our table, I was already salivating over the aesthetic beauty of my wrap’s cross-section. Fresh tomatoes, mint, and tahini sauce sat in perfect ratios inside the most delicious durum bread I’ve ever tasted. The falafels were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, which is perfect. The free chili sauce served was obviously homemade and not the stock variety found at just about every other falafel restaurant in Denmark.

The AKKAH falafel is vegan and they also offer Palestinian food for non-vegans. My family tried the shared plate “Gellerup Mezze”, and instantly echoed my thoughts on the quality of the food served at this place.

If you find yourself in Aarhus, visit Faour.  I have yet to visit Palestine or the Middle East, but I do know that it’s the best falafel you’ll find North of the Mediterranean.

BIG HUGS FROM A SERIOUS FALAFEL ENTHUIAST

Address:

Klostergade 32, 8000 Aarhus C