If you’ve been to Italy you’ll be familiar with the awesome cultural tradition of a cheeky drink with outrageously moreish nibbles before dinner; outside in the evening sun or in a bustling bar and always bloody good fun. Aperitivi drinks are generally on the bitter side and designed to stimulate your taste buds, making the enjoyment of a little Cicchetti (tasty finger foods) all the more pleasurable.
Can you remember when that exciting new deli opened a few doors along from the Emporium? How eager we all were to see this place take shape and show us some fantastic food?
Tiny coffee shop universe. If you listen closely, you can hear all the little sounds connecting in harmony creating a melody of their own – their own daily music. Beans being crushed in the coffee grinder, the thud of the tamper and a soft whiz of milk being heated up. Quiet murmur of people looking around with curiosity and anticipation, lighting their cigarettes and puffing on them as they pass the time in conversation. Someone says ‘five minutes’ and so the back room of Hunter-Gatherer, cosy as always, with the fairy lights woven through a leafy ceiling and set up with colourful bean bags and wall hangings, slowly fills up.
Spending time out and about drinking oat milk hot chocolates in The Southsea Deli and then wandering around while interviewing great independents and creatives for the blog, I have spent quite a bit of time reaching for a trusty old sandwich in Southsea. I thought I would share which of my sandwiches really did hit the mark and actually turned out to be vegan!
This week on SouthseaFolk, Lou suggested shining a light on the Vegan possibilities in Portsmouth. As the resident vegetarian on the team with a passion for all food, I was happy to investigate further and chat with some of my friends who are vegan about where they go to eat. Whilst being vegetarian and vegan has certainly gotten easier and more commonplace, it’s still difficult to feel spoilt for choice with a menu and very often we’re stuck having “the V option”, especially my vegan pals. So I thought a good way to kick off this little celebration of all things plant-based would be to highlight 5 businesses that cater specifically for or at least VERY well, for vegans on our island. I also know a few places further afield, so maybe at a later date, I’ll do a guide for those who want to plan a visit purely based on places they want to eat (like me).
Welcome (to) Home. Whether I’m grabbing a quick takeaway or settling down for a few hours to work (and work my way through the menu) I always feel welcome here. Home Coffee is a triumph in Portsmouth’s independent coffee shop scene, which has exploded in the last few years.