After the European elections it seems clear: the future is green. Questions like „How does my burger change the climate“ or „Who makes my clothes“ are becoming more and more important.
The city of Frankfurt thinks so too and will be hosting the event on the 16th of January. June the Sustainable Lifestyle Festival. The idea behind it? The environment can already be learned in childhood and adolescence! (Between us: A little tutoring doesn't hurt me either. In the sense of, new information and new ideas.)
To the new ideas belongs for me also the current trend to the veganen life-style.
First once: What is vegan? Those who eat purely vegetable, i.e. vegan food, do not consume animal products. Secondly, there is a strong trend towards vegan lifestyles in large cities. And this trend towards vegan lifestyles has also reached Germany, as the Techology Review wrote.
Last week, for professional reasons, I had the opportunity to try out vegan pleasures in Paris - because I am a curious person, an old occupational disease as a journalist and blogger, I wanted to learn more about this type of diet.
In the French capital, the number of people who eat vegan has risen massively in the last two years. And in Germany? More than a million people live here on a plant-based diet. Frankfurt is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city - so what do we have to offer on the Main in terms of lifestyle?
Must Frankfurt offer something vegan? According to forecasts, the number of vegans and vegetarians will continue to rise in the coming years, more and more people are interested in a plant lifestyle and its benefits for animals, the environment and their own health.
Consequence: Sales of vegan products doubled between 2010 and 2015. The market is booming.
Since we Frankfurters are known to calculate well, it is an attractive idea from an economic point of view alone to expand the product portfolio with vegan offers.
Those who like me would like to try something new or take out guests who come to Frankfurt and eat vegan, here are my three preferred addresses and three findings from a three-day test.
Vegan life: Three addresses, three insights
When it comes to breakfast, I'm part of the #Süßes team. So, if possible, there should be jam on the table. There must be coffee and juice. In the best case Granola fills me up with many fruits and makes me happy.
Tensely vegan cuisine reaches deep into the vegetable box at the first meal of the day: BBQ sauce, millet and cucumber can be found on a toast. Or humus or lentils for a sandwich like in the Ginkgo on Berger Street in Bornheim. Nothing for me. But surely for many others exactly the right thing.
To avoid soup coma I like to have a salad at noon. As a lover of Japanese cuisine, I love the rice noodle salad in the vegan paradise “Vevay“ - and lovers of biscuits and cakes also get their money's worth.
Ran to the lens I can only say. Many recipes overlap with dishes from Indian cuisine, which I like anyway. Yesterday evening we decided to try the small snack “Taste of India“ at the end of the Berger Straße. In general, many small restaurants on the Berger already offer vegan alternatives on the map.
Soweit, so pflanzlich.
Three insights from three days of vegan experience
· The vegan cuisine can still be bland like a grey November.
In fact the taste has improved radically. Many chefs have tried out new ideas that make the dishes spicy and appealing.
You are welcome to believe me, because I am an open-minded, but demanding eater: But a millet salad, which was slightly sourly seasoned with capers and black olives, I couldn't leave at the tasting, although I was determined to do so J It was stupidly simply too delicious!
· Vegan Mode has long since discarded the overalls and ugly jute image. Vegan fashion is often street style, edgy and is designed by small labels. Paris has shown me that vegan fashion is terribly chic and affordable at the same time. I would like to see even more shops in Frankfurt in the future.
· It's much easier to find vegan products and cosmetics in supermarkets or in common drugstores. If you want to try your hand at cooking like I do, because I'm curious and always like to make my menu varied: Yesterday I discovered “Healthy Vegan - your guide for vegan everyday life“ at Rewe on the magazine shelf on Berger Straße.
Berger Strasse 81,
60316 Frankfurt (Nordend)
In Vevay almost all dishes are vegan. As I said, here on the map you can find rice noodle salad and falafel burgers. Try the dessert like Panna Coco and cake.
Neue Mainzer Straße 20, 60311 Frankfurt
Mo - Sa: 10 to 23 o'clock
Sun: 10 to 16 o'clock
· Taste of India‘
Berger Straße 14
Naturally not missing in a text about vegan and vegetarian Frankfurt may be the reference to the universally popular and well-known “aroma“ in Nordend.
Oeder way 80
Mo - Fr: 11 to 22 o'clock
Sunday: 15 to 22 o'clock
Oeder Weg 39
Mo - Fr: 12 to 22 o'clock
Saturday and Sunday: 14:30 to 22 o'clock