Vogue Highlights 'Veggie Revolution' in Eastern Europe!
When traveling, it is always wise to do some research beforehand, and plant-based eaters are no exception to this rule. While many people can be overly paranoid about finding things to eat in different countries, it is still always better to be prepared so there are no unpleasant surprises.
While Russia and Eastern Europe in general may be known as very meat-centric, in my experience in a few post-Soviet countries and others known for being heavy on animal-based foods, I have always found the secret to finding veggie food lies in the side dishes and markets. That was why it was so nice to see Vogue contributor Liana Satenstein focus not only on a rise in vegan restaurants in both Russia and Ukraine, but how an availability of plant-based foods is not a trend that has just begun, but something that has always existed. She highlights a particular Moscow-based concept store’s menu:
“Fresh kombucha topped with chia seeds, juices titled “Pink”, with apple, red cabbage, and green veggies, and a salad with baked pumpkin, polenta cakes, sundried tomato, and basil pesto. During my jet-lagged mornings, I would even pop in to buy a “super shot,” a teeny glass of orange, carrot, ginger, and turmeric. The best part…that fresh kombucha is roughly three dollars.”
Satenstein writes about the rise of healthy living in both Russia and Ukraine, as well as the increasing amount of plant-based eateries, food trucks, and even festivals. While these may be new, she also points out what a local friend tells her about produce in Kiev, noting the markets where older women sell “morning-picked produce from their garden”, and that it is essentially the same thing as organic farmers’ markets. Satenstein ends the article by acknowledging that the so-called veggie revolution may not actually be a revolution “when it comes to Eastern Europe”.
With the 360% increase in veganism in the United Kingdom, the first ever vegan festival taking place in Korea, and Germany’s plant-based options steadily increasing, traveling while vegan is becoming more and more worry-free!
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