Last week, I took a much-needed day off (meaning: off screen) and took the train to one of my favouritest cities in Belgium: Antwerp. I have started to love Antwerp a couple of years ago, as soon as I discovered there was more to this city than ‘de Meir’ only.
My sister, who lives near Antwerp, wanted to meet up to discuss an artistic project that she is undertaking, so I thought it was the ideal time to discover some place new. I had heard about a new vegan bar in the city center that had recently opened their doors. It is called ‘Carotterie 2000’ and is located near the Sint Joris Cathedral at the Mechelseplein. It’s only a small place with seats for about ten people, so they also do take-away.
The menu looked promising, offering a wide variety of juices, smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, spreads, pies and cakes. “All homemade viva las vegans,” they proudly exclaim.
Since my sister and I have been vegetarian/ almost-vegan since long, we love discovering new tastes. My sister had the "salade des gens heureux" (French for “salad for happy people”), which is a combination of all the salads they had, topped with some still-warm roasted pumpkin — YUM. And her sweet tooth made her go for the raw vegan mojito cheesecake, too.
LOOK AT THIS!
As you can see, I had a super-tasty “greena collada”, which is made of spinach, parsley, pineapple and apple, together with the “vegan aubergine star baguette” with homemade cashew ricotta, grilled aubergine and courgette, marinated sweet pepper and fresh cilantro. Since I rarely eat bread, I had a strong longing to go for this vegan classic as soon as I looked at the menu. I loved the combination of sourdough with the cashew ricotta and grilled vegetables… Hmm…
Anyway, we need to go back soon to get a taste of all the other promising dishes, like the chickpea curry sandwich, or the "tuno" sandwich. You can even take a pot of sandwich spread home if you like, a great alternative for store-bought spreads, since the last too often contain unnecessary artificial additives.
After having this fuel lunch, we split up as I had another appointment with someone who was selling their… Vitamix! Oh yes! And I have it in my kitchen at the very time of writing this! I've been wanting to buy a Vitamix for a year, because it was an investment I couldn’t make moneywise. A new Vitamix costs about 700 euro, but someone sold it for only 390 so I was incredibly happy to be the first person to react to their call. So I got it, and now, I have it, and I love it.
It's such a big asset in any raw food kitchen. My smoothies are now really smooth and I can make raw soups, dips and sauces in no time. I already have a great recipe in mind that I will share with you as soon as I find the time to take some pictures of my next creation.
Carotterie 2000, Sint-Jorispoort 12, 2000 Antwerpen. Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.