I am a complete foodie; sweet, savoury and anything in between (I have a current obsession with sweet and salt popcorn). I absolutely love going out to eat, trying new places and types of cuisine, cooking at home – or rather, enjoying something cooked by my boyfriend – I’m usually the washer upper.
I’m aware that there has been a huge movement towards vegetarianism and veganism, for a few years now and for very valuable reasons – which I’m not going to go into detail about in this post. I personally, am not either of the above and do enjoy eating meat, however over the last 12 months the amount of meat I consume has reduced considerably. I would say now that I have meat maybe 1 – 2 times a week instead of the previous 4 – 5 times and any meat I do have is always responsibly sourced.
For me, the main reason my meat consumption has reduced is due to the ever growing variety of alternative options available in supermarkets and more so now in restaurants. I’m often more drawn to the veggie or vegan options on the menu because they sound so delicious and flavoursome. I think it’s so important that there is a variety of options for those who are veggie or vegan and I think retailers are really waking up to this newer customer demand.
Recently, I was invited along to SmashBurger to try their brand new ‘Alternative Menu’ – I was so surprised with just how much there was to choose from! They’ve got a huge number of vegan and veggie burgers – 100% meat-free and plant based.
They offer two types of patties
- ‘The Alternative Burger by The not beef burger Co. made with plant based and vegan ingredients such as mushrooms, beetroot, kidney beans, chick peas, golden beet, bulger wheat and soya beans.’
- ‘The Butternut and Chickpea Veggie Burger. Their signature sweet butternut and chickpea crispy veggie burger.’
You can chose between 8 – 10 different variations of burger with each patty. A couple of the ones I was drawn to were the ‘Avocado Club’, ‘Truffle Mushroom Swiss’ and the ‘Classic SMASH’ but in the end I opted for the ‘Spinach, cucumber and goats cheese’. (Obviously mine was not vegan as I had goats cheese, but they do offer vegan cheddar cheese, mozzarella and mayo!)
So you can see what I mean when I said there was just so much choice?!
OK, so burger picked. Now lets talk sides. This is where things get really flipping interesting. They had normal fries and sweet potato fries but then they also had both normal and sweet ‘SMASHfries’ which were tossed in Italian olive oil, rosemary and garlic. I had the sweet SMASHfries and Harvey had the Original SMASHfries – I have to say I think these were my favourite part of the meal. FRIGGING DELICIOUS!
They also have onion rings, loaded tater-tots, fried pickles and the side we couldn’t refuse – Mac and cheese bites!!! YAS girl, these were A-MAZ-ING, just look at the joy on my face.
Last but not least and possibly the pièce de résistance of the entire meal was my vanilla milkshake! I’m a sucker for a milkshake, LOVE LOVE LOVE them – you might think I’m boring, but vanilla is always my first choice. Of course, as part of the alternative menu Smashburger now have vegan milkshakes made with ice cream! Super creamy and delicious, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between dairy milkshakes I’ve had previously and the vegan option.
I knew I would enjoy the alternative menu at Smashburger, but I underestimated just how much choice we would have and how delicious everything would be! It’s pushed me even more so to look for the veggie and vegan options when I go out to eat, simply because everything we had was so tasty and full of flavour.
I’ve linked Smashburger’s alternative menu – HERE – so click the link and have a browse. I would highly recommend it to my friends and family and so of course you guys too.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, lots of love