Top 5 Places to Eat Lunch – Norwich

Norwich is fantastic for food.  I feel like there’s always somewhere new to try.  I’ve tried to pick a few different kinda of eateries to put into my top 5. They are in no particular order.

Wild Thyme
Smashed Avocado on Toast; Organic Yogurt with Fresh Fruit; Peanut butter, Banana and Blueberry Pancakes and a Spiced Turmeric Oat Milk Latte.

Wild thyme – Nestled behind a row of shops with a cute courtyard outside.  You enter up a set of stairs into a smallish room very simply styled.  It’s a veggie/vegan restaurant with an extensive menu, from breakfasts to curries and something for all tastes. Although probably suited more for older guests as I don’t believe they have a children’s menu.  Personally I consider Wild Thyme to be a planned meal out kind of place rather than a drop in for a bite to eat.  It’s a little higher in price than the other places on my list but the food is well worth it.  You can read about my brunch if you like! *Just to note, due to a fire in the shop below, Wild Thyme is currently closed.  Keep an eye on their website for more details.

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Moorish – You can find Moorish in one of Norwich’s busy lanes, Lower Goat Lane to be precise.  If you go during lunch time hours then you might have to wait a while because this place is always busy.   Moorish is a falafel bar with a focused menu – there’s 3 options – but when they do it this well, be glad you don’t have too much choice.  You have the option to customise with added toppings and sauces, so you can make your wrap, pitta or salad just how you like it.  Plus they do lemonade that’s to die for.  And for an added bonus they are part of Norwich’s Last Straw Campaign and are selling reusable metal straws!

Pono
Poke Bowl; Smashed Avo on Toast and a Berry Breeze Smoothie.

Pono – I visited Pono twice in two days, it’s bright, clean and simply beautiful inside. During these warmer days we’ve been having Pono’s menu is the perfect thing. Another place that’s picked a few meals to offer and is doing them well.  Customise your own salad bowl, choose from three ‘Smoothie Bowls’, go for a classic ‘Smashed Avo on Toast’ or try a twist on a traditional ‘Poke Bowl’.  The fresh smoothies are divine, I always go for the Berry Breeze.  And to add to the summer vibes, they have just started doing iced coffee. Yes! I think they sum themselves up pretty well on their website ‘We are a superfood bar inspired by Hawaiian culture, selling healthy, nutritious food without feeling like you’re making sacrifices’. 

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Saporita – A favourite of mine and my dad’s.  If we get a chance to meet for lunch in the city this is normally where we go.  They have a wide selection of Italian street food including, focaccia, panini and pizza slices.  Saporita is a family run business and is homely and friendly.  I don’t know if the woman behind the counter actually recognises us when we go in, but we are greeted with a big smile and warm hellos that make us feel like we’re returning to a friend.  There’s a lot to choose from and they offer a good selection of vegetarian and a vegan option.  While scrolling through their menu I’ve noticed they offer a Tiramisu in the desserts section and I’ve fallen even more in love with this place.  Anyone want to meet for lunch?

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The Waffle House – If you haven’t been to The Waffle House, then have you really been to Norwich?  This was one of the first places my dad took me just after he relocated here nearly 10 years ago.  What can I say about The Waffle House that’s not already been said in it’s long (and interesting) history? They serve waffles, the best in Norwich.  Ok I’ve not had many waffles in Norwich other than these, but why would I when there’s The Waffle House!?  There is something for everyone, and they can offer options if you have dietary requirements.  I’ve seen queues outside before it’s even opened and I’ve stood in that queue many times and I imagine I will stand it in many times more.  “Waffle House?” is a question with only one answer. “Hell yes!”

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Brunch – A Wild Thyme

Does anyone not like brunch?  I feel as though everyone must love brunch…  Have a lie in, stroll into the city and eat breakfasty or lunchy foods, depending on your preference! And going for brunch with a friend? Even better.


A few weeks ago a friend and I went to Wild Thyme in Norwich, a great veggie/vegan place.  She’s vegan and I really shouldn’t eat dairy so having pretty much a whole menu to choose from is always a big deal for us.

We stared off with Spice Turmeric, Oat Milk Lattes which were heavenly.  Ten times better than the classic Chai Latte and I’m a big fan of the Chai Latte.

Of course, even in a restaurant with a menu full of delicious vegan foods, we both still wanted things that contained dairy.  Our lovely waitress offered to pop to the shop downstairs and pick up some dairy free yogurt for us.

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Banana Pancakes, Avocado on Toast and Yogurt with Fruit

I’ve eaten in Wild Thyme a lot and I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed with the food or the service.  It’s a beautiful location and they have kept the ambiance inside in keeping with the courtyard outside.

In terms of price, it is a little more on the pricey side but it’s definitely worth it.  Nice for a date, a meal with the parents or just a fancy brunch date with a bestie.

Tea Collection

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I’m a BIG fan of tea.  It’s the first thing I drink in the morning and we often have a cup of decaf before we go to bed.

What better way to enjoy your favourite drink than with your favourite mug!  I’ve got different mugs depending on which tea I fancy or what time of day it is.  For example I’ve got a tin mug with owls on that I only ever use for herbal teas that I’m taking to bed.  My ‘EH?’ mug only ever has standard Yorkshire Tea with soya.  My fox mug however has found special favour and gets used at all hours and for all hot drinks, even coffee.

 

At the moment I’m particularly enjoying mint teas.  Especially the Buttermint tea from Twinnings.  I’ve never taken to fruit teas and I’ve only just started to enjoy green tea.

I love to run myself a hot bath and just soak away any stresses with a cup of mint green tea.

Tweet me pictures of your favourite mug & tea combinations! If you want to see more of my tea drinking habbits then you can follow me on snapchat too! (beccymundy)

Nan’s Christmas Cake

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Every year me and my dad have the discussion ‘who’s going to make the Christmas cake?’ We use a recipe from an old cookbook of my Nan’s that makes two cakes. One of us will make the cakes, keep one for ourself and deliver the other when we have our Christmas time visit. It’s a tradition that I love.

This year we made the cakes together and because we all now live in Norwich we’ll all get to enjoy both cakes this Christmas. We’ll have a day to make the almond paste (we use this instead of marzipan) and then a few days before Christmas we’ll ice it. The first slice is enjoyed on Christmas Day when we settle down with a nice hot cup of tea to follow our Christmas dinner.

Do you have any Christmas baking traditions?

 

Eating Vegan

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I love eating meat, but only because it tastes good, I don’t like the environmental impact or the way its produced,  it can carry a lot of unpleasant things and it’s one of the main causes of food poisoning in the UK.  These are good reasons to give up meat!  My husband doesn’t  eat meat so half the battle (getting meat out of my diet) is already done, the hardest part will be eating out and eating with friends.  So vegetarianism is really quite appealing, however…

For quite awhile now I’ve thought I might be lactose intolerant, I’ve tried giving up milk here and there but never really completely given up dairy to see if it makes a difference.  After seeing some delicious looking vegan food on Pinterest I thought, why not take the plunge, go the whole hog and become vegan?

It’s scary, it was kind of an over night decision which means that for the first few weeks I’ll mostly only be dairy free, just because we have meat in the freezer that I’m not going to throw away.  I’ll be making vegan meals and adding meat as a side, switching the roles of meat and plants in my diet before cutting meat out completely!

Today is my fist day focusing on the plant element of my diet and cutting out as much animal product as possible.  I accidentally put honey in my porridge. But again, it’s a product that needs finishing (my husband hates honey).  It’s going to be a challenge and I don’t for one minute think it will be easy, but I’m really excited and in many ways that’s the first hurdle, getting excited about anything and everything you do makes it much easier! Obviously I’m cutting the dairy out for health reasons rather that anything else and I think that’s going to be the hardest part, I’m choosing to give up meat, but because I feel like my health will benefit from cutting out dairy, in my mind, it feels like the decision is out of my hands, it’s something I need to do.

For years we’ve been cooking two meals to “accommodate” my husband, I’m quite looking forward to being the awkward one!

Do you have any vegan recipes I need to try? Or any tips for starting out?  Please let me know!