Vegan Eats in Rome

Two weeks ago we went to Italy with my family. We spent few nights in Positano and then a week in Rome. It was absolutely a dream come true and especially Positano will have a special place in my heart forever. Finding vegan food in Italy was surprisingly easy, even though there were only a few fully vegan/vegetarian restaurants. However in most of the restaurants, especially in Amalfi Coast, you can pretty easily order roasted/cooked vegetables and different side salads that are vegan, even if the menu itself would have little to none vegan options. Also ordering vegetarian pasta or pizza without cheese was possible in most of the places we went.

When in Rome we found some great vegan and vegetarian restaurants that had amazing vegan food. Since so many of you have been asking my recommendations for where to eat in Italy, here are some of our favorite vegan or vegan friendly places I’d recommend to check out if you’re in Rome and looking for a place to eat.

4. Voglia di Pizza

Via dei Giubbonari, 33

www.vogliadipizzaglutenfree.com

We were searching for a vegan and gluten free pizza in Rome when dear old friend Google suggested to try Voglia di Pizza. This Pizzeria had good reviews and trip advisor points of 4, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant didn’t let us down, and we ended up eating pizza here two days in a row, because why not. The first time it was quite busy and we had to wait for our food around 45 minutes but the next time it was quiet and our food was ready in less than 15 minutes. They have a different menu for gluten free food and normal food, and plenty of vegetarian options. We asked our pizza without cheese to make it vegan. Our favorite was the Vegetariana with selection of grilled veggies and mushrooms. The gluten free base was mind-blowing and actually baked in the restaurant and not just a heated ready-made-frozen one. If your looking for gluten free vegan pizza in Rome, Voglia di Pizza is your place.

3. 100 % Bio, Cucina Biologica

Piazza di Porta San Paolo

www.centropercento.bio

Bio’s Café is a 100 % organic café/restaurant just right down the street from Colosseum. They have a variety of different vegan take-away snacks and treats, sweet and savory and also a 100 % organic vegan lunch buffet. You pay by weight which can get a bit expensive but is totally worth it. Also their drinks menu is worth of checking out. You’ll find heaps of different hot and cold beverages, teas, coffees, sparkling refreshers eg.

2. Gelateria Della Palma

Via della Maddalena, 19/23

www.dellapalma.it


When in Rome and Italy gelato is a must. Rome is full of different gelaterias and it’s not hard to find vegan gelato, however there are significant differences in taste. The best gelato we ever had was in Della Palma. It’s a rather large ice cream bar with over 150 flavors and a good selection of soy based vegan options as well, eg. coconut, mint, strawberry, nocciola/haselnut, pistachio, chocolate, orange chocolate… They also have gluten free and vegan cones. A medium size includes three different flavors, either in cone or cup, and it’s only 3,5e. Our favorite flavors were definitely coconut, mint and nocciola. Also try chocolate, strawberry and pistachio.

1. Il Margutta Vegetarian Food and Art

Via Margutta 118

www.ilmargutta.bio

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Easily the best vegetarian restaurant we discovered during our stay. It is a bit fancier than most of the places, but super cosy and the staff was super friendly and helpful. I also really fell in love with the interior as they have a lot of art on the walls and hanging PLANTS. (What else can you ask for?) We went here twice, and both times we were there at lunch time. They serve Green Brunch from Monday till Friday from 12am till 15:30am and they also have a Saturday Brunch. It gets rather busy at lunch time, so you may wanna make a table reservation or be there at 12:00 sharp. They also serve a la carte dinner and have a good selection of drinks in their Bio Bar.

The Green Brunch is a buffet lunch where you can have a starter soup with bread, one big plate for the mains and a dessert. It only costs 15e for person (on weekdays), and is totally worth it. Almost all the dishes are vegan (+very healthy). They also have at least one vegan dessert every day and/or a fruit salad, that’s obviously vegan if you don’t feel like anything too sweet. At lunch time you can also order ice tea, they have daily changing flavors that are all to die for. A glass costs 3e. I highly recommend to try them as well!

I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any further questions, feel free to comment them down below 😘

Thank you so much for reading!

Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Henna Party Campaign for Gypsy and the Thief

Recently I had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people creating a Henna Party campaign for Gypsy and the Thief.

I wanted to share some of the magic created in form of photos. A special thankyou the loveliest and talented Sharni @sharrosecreative for the most beautiful henna creations.

All photos taken by @river.hazel

For thousands of years henna has been used as a sacred form of adornment and beauty. There is something magic about being adorned with natural henna, and even more so when you’re with a group of special women. Henna empowers the goddess within each of us, dropping into the parts of ourselves that are beautiful and forever magic.

Every single one of us is unique and wonderful, henna is a fantastic way to express ourselves and feel the beauty that is truly within.

Embracing your divine feminine is a magical and powerful thing. When we embrace it together it becomes even more powerful.

Get the special women of your life together and spend an afternoon embracing the magic of the divine feminine and admiring beauty in all its form.

My special women-

Ashleigh @ashleighhobbs & Zoe @zolkrebs

More info and how to book a private henna party session on gypsyandthethief.com.au

Thanks for stopping by, hope you’re having beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Sydney City Guide: My Favorites

Hey there, how are you doing?

I hope all is well with you wherever in the world you are! My apologies for the long silence what comes to my blog, but traveling and food blogging don’t really go very well together. Not having a kitchen makes recipe developing a bit hard, hence why new recipes have to wait till I get back home from my travels and have a proper kitchen with oven and all! I’ve been posting heaps more of my travels and food on my instagram tho, so if you feel like wanting to know more of what’s going on at the moment and following my adventures click here!

Since I’ve spent a good amount of time in Sydney during the past couple of months, I thought it would be interesting to share some of my favorite spots to see and go and places to eat vegan! Feel free to comment down below if you have any further questions!

Most of the photos taken by my lovely sister @veraolivias

BEACH

Palm Beach

The view up from the lighthouse

Catch a bus from Wynyard station and go see one of the most northern beaches of Sydney. The journey takes up to two hours but is definitely worth it. Up north it’s less crowded and the beach is definitely one of my favorites.

Also do: Climb up the stairs to the lighthouse, the view is amazing!

Bondi Beach

I don’t think we need words here, just go…

You can get to Bondi Beach easily by catching a train from Central Station or Town Hall towards Bondi Junction. From Bondi Junction you can either catch a bus or walk down to the beach. It takes about 10-15 minutes by bus, depending on traffic and about 20-30 minutes by foot. There are also direct buses from around the CBD towards Bondi.

And also do: the Coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, or at least to Bronte…

Tamarama Beach and Bondi Cliffs

FOOD

Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood

1/1 Newland St, Bondi Junction

Green bowl on the right and Indian Falafels on the left + Banana Cacao smoothie

New York Cheesecake flavored soft serve

Roasted bowl, Chickpea wrap and Berry Cacao Smoothie

Miso-Date Salted Caramel soft serve sundae with choc-chip brownie sprinkles

My favorite place to eat in Sydney is definitely Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood. Serving 100 % vegan and gluten free, probiotic Indian menu of healthy dosa wraps, dosa bowls, ayurvedic thali tasting platter, amazing smoothies and warm drinks (think masala chai🍵!) with a weekly changing soft serve sundae (🍦!) flavor. This is the place where I find myself going again and again, and everytime I just love everything a bit more. Definitely try the Indian falafels, thick ‘n creamy chocolate smoothies and do not make the mistake of leaving without a soft serve sundae for dessert!

Orchard St

Wairoa Ave, North Bondi, Juice and Raw Food Elixir Bar

2-16 Glenmore Rd, Paddington, Raw Takeaway

Smoothie and cold-pressed juice heaven

Green Lassi

Coconut mylk coffee elixir, raw cakes and life changing smoothies

Valentine’s day cake

The best smoothies, juices, elixirs and raw cakes in Sydney! Orchard St is the place to charge with nutrient dense, all vegan, certified organic, non-gmo, local and sustainably prepared raw, healthy foods. Pick one of their delicious smoothies, savory salad bowls or heavenly delicious raw cakes (🍰!) and start glowing! PS. the aesthetics (😍!!)

Earth to Table

85 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction

Green Superfood smoothie bowl, Blue Majik smoothie and Berry Acai bowl

The prettiest Berry Acai Bowls

Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake with Blueberry Acai nice cream

If you’re up for more raw goodies and the best acai bowls in Sydney, Earth to Table is literally your heaven on earth. Everything is raw, vegan and gluten free, and they also serve an all-day breakfast. Definitely try the smoothies and smoothie bowls, weekend special pancakes, iconic earth burger and the cakes. For all my fellows suffering from nut-allergies most of the granolas are also nut-free (mentioned on the menu🚫🌰🥜!), yay!

MARKETS

Glebe Markets

Glebe Public School, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

Succulent heaven

Crystals

One of my absolutely favorite things to do on weekends is going around all the amazing markets Sydney has to offer. For cool-ass second hand and vintage clothing, beautiful handmade jewellery and crystals, live music, art and tasty street food, Glebe Markets is a must. Held at Glebe Public School every Saturday from 10am till 4pm these markets are my favorite of all the Saturday markets.

For farmers markets I’d recommend the ones in Bondi Beach but there are also heaps of other good farmers markets around the city, just google the closest ones from your location and stock up with fresh fruit, veggies and all the other goodies! 🥕🍇🥒🍓🍠🥔🌽🥑🍊🍎🍉🍑🍌

HIKE

The Blue Mountains

visitnsw.com/BlueMountains

Blue Mountains

The views are amazing

Katoomba Falls

Katoomba Falls part 2

You can catch the train from Central Station to Katoomba. It takes on average two hours and if you’re traveling on a budget choose a Sunday when all the trains cost only 2,5 dollars (return!). You can hike around for free as much as you want, so no need for paid tours unless you want to go rock climbing, abseiling or canyoning. You can see all the best parts of the Mountains from the lookout points and if you’re up for a good hike take the stairs down from Three Sisters and Honeymoon Bridge and walk the Bushwalk to Katoomba Falls. It takes approximately 2 hours all together, but if you’re up for a good exercise it’s definitely a nice walk and also not so tourist-packed! For overnight stays and sunrise/sunset chasing there are nice hostels in Katoomba as well!

OTHER

Take a walk from Sydney Opera House to Lavender Bay

The view from the Harbour Bridge

The view from Milsons Point

Lavender Bay

The city in sunrise

One of my favorite things to do is to walk from the Sydney Opera House to Lavender Bay. You can start from the Sydney Botanic Gardens, walk past the Opera House and over the Harbour Bridge witnessing the most amazing viewes of Sydney. Go down the stairs at Milsons Point and walk along Broughton street to get to Olympic drive and past the North Sydney Olympic Pools. Right after you’ll see the Luna Park, Sydney’s most iconic (and scariest) amusement park. Continue past Luna Park and you’ll arrive to Lavender Bay. The harbour is beautiful especially in the mornings during the sunrise and of course at night time when the sun sets. There are some lovely parks and you can also continue along the harbour all the way to Blues Point Reserve where you see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and also get them in the same picture.

Thank you for reading, feel free to comment down below if any further questions!

Have a beautiful day!

xx Ella

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Savory Pumpkin Pot Pie

Hey there! How are you doing?

The fall has officially arrived and so is the chilly weather. Temperature going down makes me wanna just snuggle under the blankets with a cup of hot chocolate and read books or watch movies all day. Unfortunately the uni won’t let that happen since the essays won’t write themselves, no matter how hard I wished for it.

One positive thing about the fall is definitely the pumpkin season, since comfort foods and pumpkins are match made in heaven. This time I wrapped up something savory, instead of the traditional pumpkin pie. The outcome was heavenly and I’m super excited to share the recipe with you guys! This delicious Pumpkin Pot Pie with spicy chickpea tomato filling is the best food to warm you up on a cold windy and rainy day when the salad is no longer an option. Even though the ingredients list is quite a long, this recipe is super simple and easy to make. And I really do hope you’ll love it as much as we do!

Here are the instructions, happy cooking!

Savory Pumpkin Pot Pies
(makes 4-5 pies)

3 cups of mashed roasted pumpkin

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 small red onions, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp paprika spice
1 tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp chili powder
2 small carrots, grated
1 cup chickpeas
200g cherry tomatoes
handful of fresh parsley
1 cup chopped kale leaves
2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

+ halved cherry tomatoes on top

Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease 4 small pots/mugs with a bit of olive oil.

In a frying pan heat the olive oil to medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the spices and sauté until fragrant. Add the grated carrots, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, kale, parsley and vegan cream cheese into the pan. Stir well and let simmer covered for about 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Place 2-3 tbsp of mashed pumpkin onto the bottom of each pot/mug and spread it evenly also onto the sides, so that you have about 1 cm thick pumpkin layer covering all the sides. Add the filling, top with halved cherry tomatoes and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Serve and ENJOY!

Thank you for stopping by, happy Sunday! 🙂

x Ella

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Matcha Waffles

Goood morning babes! how are you doing today?

There’s no better way to start Sunday than with fresh homemade waffles, right? At least when they are super healthy, vegan and gluten free – yeah i got all those allergies covered up!

I’ve shared a good basic recipe for gluten free waffles ages ago, and think it was about a time to up my waffle game a bit. Also I’m currently staying at my parents’ where the waffle iron is at, so it’s only reasonable to treat yourself and others in the house with some heavenly vegan goodies.

Made with naturally gluten free buckwheat flour and sweetened with bananas and low GI coconut sugar, these Matcha Waffles are the best healthy treat for your Saturday or Sunday morning – sometimes for Monday morning too!

I served mine with homemade dark chocolate sauce, berries, banana slices and cacao nibs. Feel free to customize your toppings according to your preferences 😉 hope you love them!

Here are the instructions, happy baking!

Matcha Green Tea Waffles
(makes 4-5 waffles)

1 heaping cup buckwheat flour
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp matcha green tea powder*
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

1 ripe banana, mashed
1 cup plant mylk
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together, stir well to combine. Add the mashed banana, plant mylk, melted coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir well and let sit for couple of minutes.

Meanwhile turn on your waffle iron. Start with a lower level, as the waffles might burn easily. Grease the iron with a bit of coconut oil. Add a couple tablespoons of the batter, let set for a little while and close the lid. The waffles will need 2-3 minutes to bake. Check on them regularly. Open the lid carefully and detach the waffle from the grid with a fork. Set aside and repeat.

Serve and ENJOY!

*matcha green tea powder gifted from YourTea

Thank you for reading, have a great day! 🙂

xx Ella

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Matcha Green Tea Nice Cream

Hello lovelies! How’s it going today?

Sometimes it’s hard to make sure you get enough greens during the day. Lately I’ve been loving my post-workout green nice cream combo made with frozen banana, mango, iron-rich baby spinach and a splash of coconut water. Adding in a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder however, was a game changer. The matcha powder makes the nice cream taste even creamier, and I really love the fragrant flavor of matcha anyways!

Matcha green tea powder comes with multiple health benefits and also works as a natural detoxifier. Coconut water hydrates your body efficiently and from baby spinach you’ll get a good dose of iron and proteins. So this mean green nice cream bowl, packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, makes the perfect, extra-nourishing breakfast or post-workout snack!

Here are the instructions, hope you like it!

Matcha Green Tea Banana Ice Cream
(makes 1 serving)

1 frozen banana
½ frozen mango
A big handful of baby spinach leaves
1 tbsp chia seeds
½-1 cup coconut water
1 tsp green tea matcha powder*

Add all the ingredients into blender/food processor and blend until smooth. Scoop into your favorite bowl, top with fresh berries, fruits and/or coconut flakes. Serve and ENJOY!

*matcha green tea powder gifted from YourTea

Thank you for stopping by, have a beatiful weekend! 🙂

xx Ella

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Matcha Green Tea Chia Muffins

Hey there! How are you doing?

Fall is coming fast and it’s time to get back to work and school again. However the hectic schedule doesn’t mean you have to give up your healthy eating routines. Keeping healthy, wholesome snacks available is the key to keeping your energy levels up and figure lean. Made with naturally gluten free buckwheat flour and sweetened with low GI coconut sugar, these matcha green tea muffins will keep you going through the fall rains.

Matcha tea has a huge amount of health benefits and is loaded with antioxidants. Like mentioned in my previous post, it is said to have a calming and relaxing effect on mind. Also the caffeine in matcha tea is different to the caffeine found in regular coffee, and it can sustain energy levels without the adverse effects of regular caffeine.

These muffins make a great breakfast too, with a warming cup of coffee or tea aside!

Here are the instructions, happy baking!

Matcha Green Tea Chia Muffins
(makes 6 muffins)

1 cup buckwheat flour
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
2 small ripe bananas
½ cup plant mylk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a muffin tray with a bit of coconut oil or use paper liners.

In a large bowl mix the buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, matcha powder, chia seeds and baking powder, stir well to combine. Peel and mash the bananas and add into the bowl with plant mylk and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine. Pour the batter into the muffin tray and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden and tooth pick comes out clean.

Drizzle some melted vegan dark chocolate over, serve and ENJOY!

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day! 🙂

x Ella

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