So another day in Brighton, another day in Vegetarian-Mecca, dreadlocks central and a haven for edgy chicks in crop tops and scrunchies.
First stop was Idyea which is a cute little cafe in the lanes which only serves vegetarian food. Now I am usually partial to the odd rasher of bacon in my breakfast (or smoked salmon if I’m being sophisticated) so this was something a bit different. I opted for Eggs Babylon- poached eggs on toasted muffins with spinach and feta and mint and various spices and flavours. Boy oh boy it was a good choice…
Once I had got in touch with my veggie wholesome side it was time to stroll round the lanes and take some pictures of Brighton. I don’t have room to put all the pictures in this blog post but hopefully of the couple that did make the cute below you get a sense of what it’s like as a place. It is like a hybrid mix of Balamory, Glastonbury and East London (I think!). There are so many great quirky independent shops selling anything and everything with shops specialising in anything from Bonsai trees to incense holders, from high-heeled roller-skates to underwater cameras and from art work to top hats…not forgetting all of the vintage shops!
With our bellies rumbling the only possible option was to get ice-cream. My sister took me to her favourite local ice-cream parlour, Scoop and Crumb where not only do they do cracking ice-cream but student discount…woop woop if you’re in your overdraft! We had honeycomb and strawberry cheesecake and enjoyed it on the beach…
With sticky fingers we did a couple more laps of the lanes, each time seeing something else in a window display which required our attention. In one 70’s themed shop which sold too many different vintage and second-hand things to shake a stick at! We found, tucked behind the walking sticks and record player, a vintage photo booth. I was recently told that photo booths are a commonplace at sweet 16 birthday parties in places like Surrey so since then I have branded them uncool but this one was an exception! Our photos didn’t all go to plan (trying to do prop changes in the 2 second gap between pictures isn’t as achievable as we had hoped) but at least we had a memento of our day in Brighton!
For dinner we decided to continue our quest to eat wacky food and avoid anything too boring so we found a table outside at La Choza which does healthy, authentic (and above all, tasty) Mexican street food. The concept of the menu is also really unusual. Firstly you choose your base which might be anything from tostadas to burritos and then you choose a filling (I had Roasted spicy squash and sweet potato with feta) and then you finish off by choosing your salsa (from mild to extra hot). Click here to see the menu for yourself! This is then served tightly wrapped in silver foil in a basket lined with paper…very authentic I believe. And this was possibly the best Mexican food I have ever eaten and was washed down nicely with Gusto Orange. you’ll have to take my word that it tasted good but as for the decor and how it looked you can see for yourself below..
After popping home for a quick change it was time to back into the centre of Brighton and have a few more celebratory cocktails!