Not so long ago, I ended up in Camden. Camden, for my non-London readers, is a bit of north London known for its markets and alternative scene.
It's miles away by tube from my north London home, which means I don't end up there as often as I like, but whenever I do, it's always a pleasure.
One of the reasons I like it so much is its unashamed embracing of the weird, wonderful, fringe and niche mean you can always get a decent vegan meal. And not a vegan by accident meal, a real live vegan meal loudly and proudly marked as such.
I ended up stopping for dinner at My Village, a little cafe on Chalk Farm Road for a bit of falafel wrap, one of the vegan options it had:
My Village's menu was short: soup, salads, falafel and a few combinations of the three. Falafel for a vegan is inescapable so I tend to steer away from cooking it at home, so that when I'm out and it's my only option, eating it is a pleasure, not a chore.
And eating this one was definitely a pleasure - not the best falafel in the world, but decent and full of crunchy veg.
It was somewhat overshadowed by my second gorging stop in Camden, Inspiral Cafe.
I don't know why I've never been there before. I think it's probably because it's always full to bursting with people who've had the same cracking idea of getting some grand vegan food in, only just a bit earlier than me.
I stopped in for some cake, of which Inspiral has many, and they all look amazing. My slice of amazingness was this rather lovely raw banoffee pie.
37 Chalk Farm Road
020 7485 4996
250 Camden High Street
020 3370 3797