I feel as though everyone has pretty mixed feelings about the whole ‘new year, new me’ thang, yes it is a fab opportunity for a fresh start, but then why do we always have to wait for a specific date to change for the better- why not start as soon as possible? However, despite the debate, I think there is nothing wrong with trying to improve certain aspects of your life in order to make yourself happier. A popular new years resolution I saw circulating the internet this month is attempting ‘veganuary’- the idea of following a vegan diet for the entire month of January. NOW, I know the whole ‘vegan’ thing can spark a debate which to be honest I have no idea why, yes, I’m not vegan myself but just let other people eat the way they want ya know?
ANYWAY, though I didn’t participate in veganuary itself, my primary resolution this year is to just get out and do more– explore and experience more than I ever have before. Therefore, I have been doing my research and have been compiling various lists of places in London I wanted to visit, dividing them into categories such as coffee shops, cafes and London fun.
I added a cute cafe called Kalifornia Kitchen to my list a little while- drawn in my the unbelievable aesthetic of both the interior design and food presentation. I was studying at a library in the city and realised that the Kitchen was literally DOWN THE ROAD from me, so my flatmate and I thought we would pop in and see what it was all about!!
I couldn’t believe how FRICKIN CUTE it was inside; decked with a plant wall, pink benches, a spiral staircase and a PLANT WALL, it is an Instagram lovers dream! I did not feel like I was in the middle of rainy London, more as though I was at a super trendy cafe in LA or something- it was insane!!
The staff in there was SO friendly, chatting us through the menu and what it was all about which was fab. When it came to drinks, there was a load to choose from; tea, coffees, smoothies and juices so we were spoiled for choice! I opted for a latte (even though it was my THIRD that day- I needed the energy haha) and had the choice of almond, soy or oat milk. NGL, I had COMPLETELY forgotten it was a vegan cafe at that point LOL, but went for oat milk as it has been hyped up lately! The latte came in the CUTEST cup and saucer and the coffee was GOOD, the oat milk was great- it tasted just like regular milk. When I’m out in the future, I think I’ll deffo go for oat milk instead and maybe try some of the other too. I’m not going full vegan on you guys lol, but I really want to start making some small changes when I can!
FOOD TIME! There was a really big range of food to choose from- from lighter bites like the homemade pink croissants to larger meals like pancakes, tacos or burgers (all vegan of course and lots also gluten free!!). My friend and I decided to split the avocado and smoked carrot on sourdough which first of all looked BEAUTIFUL- who knew toast could look so good?!
The food was great but we had no room for dessert- so I think I will be going back to try some after another study session in the library another day! Something I really liked was that it wasn’t overly expensive as I think quite a few trendy and/or vegan places are. There were so many options on both ends of the price range spectrum with the most expensive product being a burger meal at £13- which is pretty average if not cheaper than a normal burger meal!
Overall, I genuinely enjoyed trying some vegan options in a STUNNING environment. It’s SUCH an instagrammable spot but has such a chill, welcoming vibe to it. Though it’s no Veganuary, I loved getting a taste for what it is all about. I cannot recommend Kalifornia Kitchen enough, I really think it is going to be my new lunch spot!!