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Vegetarian/vegan, what is the difference?

Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Budapest… European capitals are getting filled with vegetarian and vegan restaurants that offer veggie burgers, soy meat and cheese analogues. All these products are usually noticeable thanks to this emblematic green leaf that the vegetarians and vegans’ eyes are well trained to spot.

But what does all this mean exactly? Unless you are familiar with the topic, it is very probable that you get lost in all these concepts. Healthy lifestyle, organic, vegetarian, vegan, fair trade, gluten-free… same stuff!? Not really.

Here is a short guide that will help you to distinguish vegetarian and vegan diets among these current trends.

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New focus for Office Cuisine!

Have you ever heard about the proverb “tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are”? Diets and culinary habits have a lot to say about individuals – and even entire societies! – and they are generally employed as sociological, anthropological and economic indicators capable of revealing the “spirit of the times” (zeitgeist).

Our dear modern times do not represent an exception.
In Western societies, the number of vegans and vegetarians has been drastically increasing in recent years (+500% vegans since 2014 in the U.S.(1), +360% vegans in the last 10 years in Britain(2), +987% increase of worldwide demand for vegetarian options in 2017(3)) to the point that they represent the main dietary mega trends of the 21st century. Continue reading “New focus for Office Cuisine!”

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Dumpster-divers – A reaction towards food waste (III)

(photo: Wei Tchou, 17/02/2010, via Wikimedia commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Have you ever been curious enough to open a bin to see what kind of things we throw away everyday? You will be amazed by what is considered as ‘trash’ as soon as it is in the bin. Supermarket bins, for example, are full of edible food that has been thrown away because of a little spot, a weird shape, or because it was reaching the expiry date. Continue reading “Dumpster-divers – A reaction towards food waste (III)”

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You(th) and food waste (II)

For a youth (and, in this particular context, environmental) organisation, planning and organising events can be an exciting, fulfilling activity; but, at the same time, a challenging and demanding one. As mentioned in a well-known book about sustainable event management, “events create waste” [1]. We will focus here on food waste, because this is something that is sometimes overlooked by NGOs when organising a local or international project for young people. Continue reading “You(th) and food waste (II)”

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About food waste. Facing the challenge in Europe (I)

This month, the Office cuisine blog focuses on the topic of food waste, what we need to know about it and how we can act against food waste.

One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year –  approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted; if just one-fourth of the food globally lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world [1]; in EU countries, food waste approximately amounts to 143 billion euros per year (almost Czech Republic`s GDP!); food wastage per capita amounts to 427kg in Saudi Arabia, 300kg in Indonesia, 277kg in the United States and 123kg in Europe. Continue reading “About food waste. Facing the challenge in Europe (I)”

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Inspiring vegan travel blogs

Travelling is an exciting experience that, however, well, makes you give up you habits for a while. It might be challenging, especially if you have any special dietary needs. So, what if you are passionate about travelling and decided to follow a vegan lifestyle? What if you travel to a place which is traditionally very “far away” from the idea of non-meat diet? Bloggers below (and many others) claim that becoming a vegan made their travelings even more fun and interesting. So, get inspiration and start to plan your future trip:

Burger Abroad – “I travel to eat food & love animals”. Amanda Burger is a solo full-time traveler, petsitter and vegan food lover. Written with great sense of humor, her blog is a perfect source of vegan-friendly places all over the world, but not only! During her years of journeys she accumulated plenty of information essential if you’re about to travel. Here you can find answers on any kind of questions, from vegan-city guides to packing, from tips on how to be a solo-traveler to how to have zero-waste, from advice about insurance to sightseeing. Amanda is also collecting pictures of her favorite food – vegan burgers from places she visited, check it out! 

https://www.burgerabroad.com/

https://www.facebook.com/burgerabroad/

Vegan World Trekker – “What I’ve found is that it is not as difficult as some may think to find veggie-friendly dining options.” Maria became vegetarian at the age of eight and 15 years ago, after attending a lecture on the topic of veganism, became a vegan. Passionate about travelling, she has a goal “to visit several countries(or regions) in the north, south, east, and west of every continent (except Antarctica).” In her blog she shares her experience with vegan restaurants worldwide. More than that you can be sure to find some useful tips about plane and airport food, vegan travel snacks, vegan skincare and wear and even vegan inns.

https://www.facebook.com/VeganWorldTrekker/ http://www.veganworldtrekker.com/about/

The Nomadic Vegan – “Be vegan anywhere. Spread compassion everywhere.” She started her blog to show people that to travel being vegan is possible. Wendy visited 98 (!) countries by now and wrote plenty of useful information about the secret of being vegan in any place. “It’s my mission to empower vegans and aspiring vegans to live their travel dreams without compromising their values”, says Wendy.

http://www.thenomadicvegan.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Nomadic.Vegan/  

Vegan travel – “Global vegan community”. Basically it’s a “public” space, where vegans can share their experience in travelling around the world. Instead of tracking travelling of only one person you have an insight of the whole community. All the contributors are having the aim to promote veganism and sustainable travelling. Here you can find blogs, vlogs, useful tips, travel guides around the entire planet, find vegan travel groups and even try blogging yourself!

https://www.vegantravel.com/groups/

https://www.facebook.com/vegantravel/

Diana Podgurskaia

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Vegetarian Prague 5 – Meals worth trying in the golden city


Disclaimer: This is not a “Best of…” or “The Top 5 of…” list. It is merely a list of suggestions reflecting the author’s personal experience.

Those of you who already visited the Czech Republic have probably noticed the absence of vegetarian and vegan dishes in the traditional Czech cuisine. If you haven’t been there yet, beware: if you’re of a plant eating persuasion the chances are high you’ll end up eating fried cheese and potatoes with tartar sauce. For days in a row.

The Czech countryside might not be as versatile when it comes to dishes. That, however, could not be said for Prague. Here’s a short list of vegetarian meals definitely worth tasting while in Prague. Some of the places on the list do not serve vegetarian and vegan food only – we’re sure your meat eating friends will appreciate that!

When in Czechia, do as the Czechs do

Trying out local cuisine is always an exciting experience. That is if you don’t end up in a meat-eating society. In such cases vegetarians and vegans are left out of a perfect cultural experience. Wouldn’t it be cool if somebody would make plant based alternatives of traditional meat dishes? Guess what? Somebody is! For those of you who want to taste traditional Czech dish called svíčková minus the meat, Maitrea is the place to go. Sweet and sour cranberries, creamy sauce, soft bread dumplings, tender…meat? You’ll be surprised how they nailed the texture.

Good morning Vietnam!

A visit to Prague is a perfect opportunity to explore more than just one culture. There are 14 recognised minorities living in the Czech Republic. Among them one can also find a vibrant Vietnamese community. If you don’t have time for a proper Vietnamese meal in a restaurant go for a quick snack. A fusion of the french and Vietnamese culture, the Bánh mì sandwich (courtesy of Mr. Bánh mì), is pleasantly spicy and fresh – perfect for any time of the year. Meat lovers can decide between several meat varieties while plant eaters can choose between a tofu or mushroom version. If you’re in doubt whether the sandwich will clench your hunger take fried potatoes as a side dish. Also, make sure to treat yourself to a vietnamese coffee!

More than a Burger

Not far from the crowded Národní třída (Avenue of the Nation in English) metro station,  hidden from unwatchful eyes, lies a cosy little vegetarian restaurant. If you happen to stumble upon Estrella, remember these 6 words: quinoa spinach burger with cheddar cheese. The burger comes with a butter brioche, basil arugula pesto, caper mayonnaise, red onion, tomato and mesclun salad – what more could you ask for? Hint: it goes well with one of carefully selected beers on tap brewed by Czech microbreweries.

It’ll take you just a (vegan) moment…

…to stop at Cafe Moment and pick up one of their delicious vegan sandwiches made from home baked bread, fresh carrots and beetroot, salad, tofu and vegan spread. From there you can go to the nearby Riegrovy sady park (walking distance cca 10 minutes) and enjoy a spectacular view of Prague castle. If you’re not in a picnic mood you can also just stay in the cafe and treat yourself to vegan cookies, cakes or wraps.

Let’s get our hands sticky!

This place will definitely put you into a Latin mood. Loud music, roaring drums, wide smiles, homey atmosphere…a taste of Venezuela. This and more at Arepas De Lyna. Besides meat arepas you can choose between a vegan or vegetarian option. Don’t hesitate to try out a home made lemonade while you’re waiting for your dish. Once served, make sure to follow instructions on how to enjoy arepas to the max by no other than Lyna herself. Don’t worry if your hands get sticky from sauce and black from beans, all is allowed at “home”.

Written by: Aljaž Malek