Ikea Goes Vegan: Grönsaksbullar

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated November 27, 2015.

A few months ago, the Swedish furniture store chain Ikea introduced a new dish at its in-store restaurants in Austria: Grönsaksbullar. These are vegan “meatballs,” which are made with chick peas, green peas, corn, carrots, onions, red bell peppers, kale, and herbs. They are served with a side-dish of quinoa and mushrooms, and some tomato sauce.

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There’s a lot of online chatter amongst vegans about the fact that a huge company like Ikea decided to introduce a vegan version of its popular meatballs at its in-store restaurants, so I decided to try them myself. I spent an hour on buses and trams, travelling from the North of Vienna to the Shopping City Süd, one of Europe’s largest shopping malls, which is located right outside Vienna (in the south, hence the “Süd”). Yes, I know that there’s an Ikea branch not far from where I live, but I grew up in a fairly small community in the South of Vienna, close to this shopping mall. Once every couple of years or so, I enjoy wandering the halls of this huge mall, reminiscing, then return back home after several hours completely exhausted (and vow never to return again). Anyway…

I spent an hour or so ambling through Ikea, and then checked out the store’s self-service restaurant. I ordered the Grönsaksbullar, and also chose some potato salad from the salad buffet. I loved the potato salad, I liked the Grönsaksbullar, but I hated the quionoa-mushrooms with the tomato sauce.

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The Grönsaksbullar didn’t live up to all the hype, but they were okay. I would order them again. It’s the only vegan dish on offer at Ikea, so vegans have little choice, whether they like it or not. Nevertheless, I am hugely appreciative of Ikea’s efforts to introduce at least one plant-based dish on its menu. I want to support that, so I’ll order them again. But I didn’t buy a bag of frozen Grönsaksbullar, which are available at their store. I simply wasn’t that crazy about them.

The quinoa-mushroom side dish was a disaster. The quinoa was cooked in way too much water, the quinoa seeds were mushy and soggy. Quinoa is not a grain, it is the seed of the Chenopodium plant. So don’t cook it like you would cook a grain like rice. Use less water! Perfectly cooked quinoa should be fluffy and not mushy. Even worse, the quinoa-mushroom dish was prepared with little or no salt, no other spices seemed to have been used for seasoning, and it didn’t taste much like anything. It really wasn’t very good, I simply couldn’t eat it. Half of it went in the trash.

The worst thing you could do, of course, is add any sort of fluids to the cooked quinoa, so tomato sauce is a big no-no for any dish that is served with quinoa. Grönsaksbullar with mushy quinoa-mushrooms and tomato sauce is not an inspired dish. Nutritionally balanced, yes. Did I like it? No.

Here’s hoping that Ikea will tweak the recipe, that the store’s kitchen staff will learn how to prepare quinoa properly, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that in the future Ikea will give customers the option to order just the Grönsaksbullar (without a side-dish). Paired with some potato-salad from the salad buffet, this would have been a very good meal indeed.

I hope that Ikea will introduce vegan desserts in the future – all those tortes and cakes, and I couldn’t eat one of them! Vegan sandwiches would be lovely. Soy or rice milk for coffee would be very welcome, too. Consider this my wish list for Santa Clause.

After I had lunch at Ikea, I spent another hour or so shopping at their store. I spent roughly 50 Euros on various items from their home decor section, and bought several Christmas presents there. I deliberately spent money at Ikea, because the store makes an effort to accommodate vegan customers. There’s a lesson here for other furniture chain stores and various other stores with in-house restaurants: Vegans get tired and hungry, too, and we’re very loyal customers! If there’s nothing for us to eat at your restaurants and cafes, then we will spend our money elsewhere.

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Veggie Bräu (Stockerau, Austria)

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated Jul 11, 2016. Inactive links were removed on November 28, 2021.

Now that I finally published The Vegan Tourist: Vienna and The Vegan Tourist: Wien, I thought I’d get back to reviewing restaurants outside of Vienna. After all, this site is called The Vegan Tourist.

Veggie Bräu is a vegetarian pub in Stockerau, a city in the state of Lower Austria, which is one of the nine states that make up the country of Austria. Stockerau is located north of Vienna, the country’s capital, you can reach it in about half an hour from Vienna by car (or train, or bus).

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Thomas and Christa Böhm, who own Veggie Bräu, also own a small organic farm, and most of the grains and vegetables, which are used to prepare the dishes at the pub, come from this farm.

The pub is located next to a small city park. In the summer, you can sit in the wonderful, fairly large Schanigarten.

You can order many kinds of vegan, mostly organic drinks (non-alcoholic unfiltered juices, beer, wine, etc.). I ordered “Radler,” which is beer mixed with lemon juice.

The food menu is fairly large for a pub, and there are several vegan choices. We ordered “Knofibrot,” toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic (4.50 Euros). Unfortunately, it wasn’t very garlic-y, that bread could have used a lot more garlic.

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We also shared a Burger with vegan cheese (7.30 Euros) and a “Veggie Snack” (4.50 Euros). On the photo, you can see half a Burger and half a Veggie Snack. The Burger is served hot, with a carrot-lentil patty and sliced onions, the Veggie Snack is served with a cold slice of vegan lunch meat. They are both prepared with salad and a vegan French Dressing. Both the Burger and Veggie Snack could have used more veggies and more dressing – I mostly remember eating bread. The food wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a revelation, either.

The pub accepts only cash, no debit or credit cards.

Address Veggie Bräu: Schulgasse 8, 2000 Stockerau
Opening Hours: Mondays – Thursdays 6:00 PM – 12:00 midnight, Fridays – Saturdays 6:00 PM – 02:00 AM.
Phone: +43-(0)2266-72604
Email: veggie-braeu(at)aon.at
Website (watch the “ä”): http://www.veggie-bräu.at/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/114674648555316

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Kochkiste (Mödling, Austria)

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated July 18, 2016.

Kochkiste is a small vegetarian bistro in the city of Mödling, which is located in the state of Lower Austria. It’s a five minute walk from the city’s train station to the bistro, and it takes about 20 minutes by train to get there from Vienna, Austria’s capital.

Kochkiste offers a so-called Mittagstisch: one kind of soup and one entrée are prepared each day (Monday – Friday) as daily specials. Most days, both the soup (3.60 Euros) and entrée (small: 6.50 Euros, large: 8.20 Euros)  are either vegan or can be veganized. You can also order small (5.10 Euros) or large (8.20 Euros) mixed salads from a salad buffet.

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The daily specials typically consist of grains (couscous, bulgur, polenta, etc.), rice or potatoes, and veggies. I ordered a slice of “Polenta Pizza,” which was one of the daily specials that day. Polenta was used instead of pizza dough, and a creamy soy-based sauce was used as a topping instead of cheese. The vegetables were either stewed or boiled and seasoned with oregano, which was a disappointment. I do like mildly seasoned food, but the Polenta Pizza was a bit too bland even for my taste. Roasted or grilled vegetables would have made a huge difference, and more herbs and spices would have improved the dish as well.

In addition to the daily specials, you can order three or four other dishes from a standard menu, which are always available. Kochkiste offers organic – but not necessarily vegan – beer and wine, you can also order unfiltered (and therefore vegan) organic fruit juices.

The food wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t impressed either. My friend, who ordered veggie patties from the standard menu, did enjoy her food. I have to go back some time, and give Kochkiste another try.

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Inside the bistro, there are only a couple of high tables and bar stools for seating. But Kochkiste has a Schanigarten, an outdoor seating area, during the summer, where you can sit and eat your food. Please note that there are no customer bathrooms, and you can only pay with cash.

Address Kochkiste: Hauptstraße 30, 2340 Mödling
Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM (closed Saturdays, Sundays, and on public holidays).
Phone: +43-(0)699-1842 1020
Email: office@kochkiste.at
Website: http://www.kochkiste.at/
Facebook: http://de-de.facebook.com/pages/Kochkiste/371021602577

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Legumium (Wiener Neudorf, Austria)

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated August 9, 2016.

Legumium is a small vegetarian – mostly vegan – bistro in Wiener Neustadt, in the state of Lower Austria. Wiener Neudorf is located about thirty minutes (by car or train) south of Vienna, Austria’s capital.

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The bistro only has two tables for customers inside the restaurant, but it has a lovely Schanigarten, an outdoor seating area, where you can enjoy your lunch in the summertime. Legumium has a small menu, it offers three or four different soups (4.80 Euros) and entrees (7.50 Euros)  as weekly specials. You can also order wraps, a gluten-free burger, sandwiches, a mixed salad, a couple of desserts, and a few other snacks. All the dishes are available for take-away, and Legumium offers a delivery and catering service.

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Many of the bistro’s dishes are prepared with homemade vegetable spreads – called Legummus – which you can purchase. The restaurant uses many organic and regional ingredients, take-away dishes are sold in reusable glass containers, and the electricity for the restaurant is produced through solar panels installed on the restaurant’s roof.

During my visit, I ordered a cold melon soup, which was very refreshing, and a sweet potato-coconut-risotto, which was also very good.

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Legumium
Address: Bahnstraße 6A, 2351 Wiener Neudorf
Phone: +43-(0)-2236-22 23 22
Email: office@legumium.com
Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM, closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and on public holidays. Shorter opening hours apply during the summer months, and the bistro is closed for a few weeks during the wintertime.

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Menu Review: Jamie’s Italian Vienna Downtown – Stuck in the 20th Century

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated May 3, 2018. Inactive links were removed on November 28, 2021. The restaurant is no longer in business.

I don’t review many non-vegetarian restaurants on this site. I do make an exception whenever I can’t find any veggie restaurants during my travels, like in Fažana, Croatia, or on the Spanish island of Menorca. But as a general rule, I try to promote vegan and vegetarian businesses on this website.

However, I got curious when I heard that Jamie Oliver was opening one of his Jamie’s Italian” restaurants in Vienna. He’s a likeable guy, and I frequently watch reruns of his cooking shows on the telly, even though he rarely prepares vegan dishes; but I like his no-nonsense approach to cooking, I support his fight against childhood obesity, and his efforts to cut down on food waste. I also love Italian food, so I was all set to go and check out his new restaurant.

Then I read the menu (posted on the restaurant’s website, accessed on May 2, 2018) and changed my mind. For vegans, there’s simply no reason to eat there. There are a few “Quick Nibble” items on the menu, which appear to be vegan – like giant green olives -, but not much else.

There isn’t a single vegan “Antipasti” dish, the restaurant’s “Seasonal Vegetables” – offered as one of their “Famous Planks” –  is served with two kinds of cheeses. I also couldn’t identify a single vegan pasta dish. Most fresh pasta is made with eggs, but even a pasta dish which looks like it might be prepared with dried durum wheat (no-egg) pasta, like the “Penne Arrabbiata” dish, is served with breadcrumbs, which always raises flags for vegans. Breadcrumbs might or might not be vegan, it’s hard to tell without talking to the chef. The restaurant has a pizza menu, but again, there are no vegan choices. The “Secondi Menu” is all about meat and fish, a single vegetarian item – the “Super Green Veggie Burger” – comes with cottage cheese and is served on a brioche bun. (Brioche dough is usually made with eggs). Then there are the salads, all four options contain cheese in addition to other non-vegan ingredients (yoghurt dressing, honey, salmon). On the dessert menu, you’ll find “Sorbet”, but this raises flags for vegans as well, as sorbets might not just contain water, fruit and sugar but also thickening agents, which are often not of vegan origin.

The restaurant does offer to accommodate customers with special dietary needs. “We are happy to help with any dietary requirements and will find a solution in our restaurants for most requests. Please feel free to call us before your visit to discuss or speak to your server when you arrive.” Pardon me, but that’s just not good enough. Call ahead? Find a solution for my request? As a vegan customer, I don’t want to call ahead or ask the restaurant’s staff, if they can prepare a dish for me without cheese, yoghurt, eggs, meat or fish. If there are no vegan dishes on a restaurant’s menu, I don’t want to eat there. If a restaurateur can’t be bothered to put even a few vegan dishes on the menu, I am spending my money elsewhere.

When I think about the menu at “Jamie’s Italian Vienna Downtown,” I can’t help but think that the concept for this restaurant is oh-so-20th century. Jamie Oliver and his mentor and business partner Gennaro Contaldo both learned their craft in the 20th century, at a time when no-one had ever heard of climate change. But in the 21st century, when it is well known that greenhouse gas emissions from livestock are a huge contributor to climate change, everyone needs to adapt and change their habits and behaviour. This includes restaurants, which need to serve smaller portions of meat and fish, use fewer eggs and less cheese and yoghurt, and serve more vegan dishes. I do wonder whether all these famous TV chefs, who learned their craft in the 20th century when most meals focused on meat and fish, even know how to prepare dishes without animal products.

Again, I do like Jamie Oliver, and I hope that he will eventually make changes to the restaurant’s menu. To quote once again from the restaurant’s website: “Jamie and our team are constantly working on developing the menu and concept with creativity, simplicity and quality at the heart of everything we do – and of course, the desire to give all our customers an experience that reflects our love and passion for the Italian way of life.” The Italian way of life is simple, and there are many Italian vegan recipes to choose from. Let’s hope that Jamie Oliver will update his restaurants’ menus to reflect the problems and challenges of the 21st century.

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A Vegan Success Story: Veganista

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated August 17, 2019. Inactive links were removed on November 28, 2021.

Updated on August 17, 2019:

When Rebecca & Ethan of Traveling with Sunscreen asked me to name my favorite vegetarian food in Austria, there could only be one answer: ice cream! You can read their blog post here: Best Vegetarian Food in the WORLD: The Ultimate Bucket List.

Original blog post:

I publish a vegan restaurant guide about vegetarian restaurants in Vienna, The Vegan Tourist: Vienna, and have seen many restaurants open and close since I published the first edition in 2014. I shared my insights about some of the reasons why restaurants fail in two blog posts, Survival Tips for Small Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants, and How to choose the right location for your vegan or vegetarian restaurant (and a few other tips).

Today, I would like to tell you another story about a vegan business venture, Veganista. I am happy to tell you that this business is thriving.

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Veganista is owned by two sisters, Cecilia Havmöller und Susanna Paller, who make vegan ice cream without artificial ingredients. They use many organic and locally sourced ingredients, and soy, oat, rice, and coconut milk to produce their ice cream flavors, which are sold in nine different stores. They started out with one ice cream parlor in 2014, and five years later they own nine ice cream parlors and a vegan restaurant.

Not all flavors are available each day, and not all flavors are available at all nine parlors on the same day. Those Veganista sisters keep their customers guessing, which is true marketing genius. On Veganista’s Facebook page, information is posted about each day’s ice cream flavors at all the different ice cream parlors, and there are 18 different flavors available at each location. If you are in the mood for orange-saffron-olive oil ice cream, or flavors like almond-coconut, blueberry-lavender, peanut butter, basil, lemongrass, matcha, or my personal favorite, the adults-only Döblinger Kirsche (cherries, pieces of vegan brownies and chocolate, and an alcoholic cherry-rum sauce all mixed into one heavenly flavor of ice cream), Veganista is the place for you. There are many more traditional ice cream flavors available, like poppyseed, hazelnut, strawberry-agave, raspberry-lemon, peach, mango, lychee, chocolate, or maracuja, to name but a few.

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Veganista sells a special treat, the Inbetweener, which is basically a huge ice cream cookie, and of which different kinds are sold at different parlors: Peach Cobbler, Cookie Cookie Cookie, Coconut Toto, and Nuts About You are popular Inbetweener.

The quality of their ice cream and their inventive ice cream flavors are undoubtedly a major reason for Cecilia’s and Susanna’s success. But many of the small vegetarian restaurants in Vienna, which opened and closed after doing business for just a short period of time, also served good food. Why are the Veganista sisters successful, when others fail?

The Veganista ice cream parlors are tiny, and they don’t have in-door seating, which means the sisters can rent small retail spaces at affordable prices. The Veganista stores open at around 12:00 noon, as few people buy ice cream in the morning. By setting smart opening hours, which change throughout the year, Veganista can keep personnel costs down. The sisters also choose their locations very carefully, often next door to or in the vicinity of other vegetarian businesses. After all, there’s always room for ice cream after lunch or dinner.

In May 2019, Cecilia Havmöller und Susanna Paller opened their first restaurant, The LaLa, where they serve vegan food inspired by one of their favorite cities, Los Angeles. They serve rice and quinoa bowls and salads with avocado, fresh seeds, nuts, and other healthy plant-based ingredients. The location of this restaurant? Right next door to their Veganista flagship store in Vienna’s 7th district.

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“Vegan Planet”-Fair 2015: Review

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated December 21,2015.

“Vegan Planet” is the “largest vegan fair in Austria,” according to its organizers, the Vegan Society Austria. In 2015, it took place from November 27-29 at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, and was organized in conjunction with the “Yoga Planet” fair, just like last year. In the past, I never managed to attend the “Vegan Planet” fair, so my expectations were high for this year’s event. Sadly, I was thoroughly disappointed.

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The food was great! There were numerous vegan vendors, many of which I was already familiar with.

I love Veggie Burgers sold its amazing French Fries, Makam Naturkost made delicious vegan Kebabs, and the Popsicles sold by Freiraum Coffeeshop Deli – which is not a vegetarian café, but offers many vegetarian and vegan dishes – were to-die-for.  Soooo good, best popsicles ever!

In addition to various food and drink vendors, there were many other market stalls at this fair. One could buy nutritional supplements, teas, vegan cosmetics,  T-shirts, yoga pants, yoga mats, stones with – allegedly – healing powers (sorry, I don’t believe in that crap), and various NGOs offered brochures and other information materials about their animal welfare work.

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During this three-day event, one could also attend various workshops and learn about the many advantages of a vegan lifestyle (and the practice of yoga). So far, so good.

So why was I disappointed?

I am in desperate need of a pair of winter boots, and a new winter coat. I bought my woolen coat approximately 30 years ago, long before I learned the true meaning of the word vegan. It’s coming apart at the seams, and the sleeves’ cuffs are already frayed. I look like a homeless person in this coat. My last – and currently only – pair of warm vegan winter shoes are a pair of old hiking boots, not really suited for rain and snow, which quickly turns to sludge in the city, and not suited at all for business meetings and other work-related events.

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I had hoped that there would be some vendors, who would offer vegan clothing appropriate for winter time. But no, nothing! I could’ve bought a thousand T-shirts, but no shoes, and no coat.

The only vegan boutique in Vienna, Muso Koroni, didn’t even exhibit at this fair. (It wouldn’t have mattered anyway; I went to the Muso Koroni store in early November, and they were all sold out of winter boots in my size; they didn’t plan on reordering any more winter shoes. In early November! How weird is that?).

So this is where we’re at right now in Vienna: lots of great vegan food, but little else in terms of vegan living. If you don’t want to walk around dressed in yoga pants and T-shirts in all weather, you’ll still have trouble finding proper vegan clothing in Vienna. I guess I’ll have to order shoes over the Internet, from Vegetarian Shoes in Brighton, United Kingdom, and I am seriously thinking of designing my own winter coat, buying the fabric, and then hiring a seamstress to sew it for me. How sad is that? I would’ve thought that we had made more progress by now.

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Appaloosa Ranch (Dobruša, Slovenia)

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated November 28, 2021.

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Updated May 30, 2019:

I cannot confirm that Appaloosa Ranch operates as a vegan business anymore. The website is currently offline. I received a somewhat cryptic message from Dominique after I contacted her on Facebook. She told me that they were booked until May 2020 “because of a longtime therapy”, but she did not answer my question in regard to whether the Appaloosa Ranch is still a strictly vegan business. I will try to find out more, and will update this blog post as soon as I know more.

Updated November 29, 2021: The website is up and running again, and they are still offering vegan food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – although I don’t know if they’re a strictly vegan business anymore. I did not check whether all the information in this article is still accurate.

Original Blog Post:

I was recently contacted by a reader from Slovenia, Dominique Artel, who asked if I could help promote her business, the Appaloosa Ranch. Dominique and her partner Andrej Zimic live at the ranch with their two children, two dogs, four cats, and seven horses. The parents and children are all vegans, and the Appaloosa Ranch is a vegan bed & breakfast.

I was a little hesitant at first, as I’ve never been to the Appaloosa Ranch myself, but there’s a lot of useful information on their website, there are many photos, and Dominique emailed me a lot of additional information – enough to convince me that their business should be supported. I am happy to help.

So here it is:

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The Appaloosa Ranch is located in the small village of Dobruša, which belongs to the municipality of Vodice, about 15 km north of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

They have two rooms, for two people each. „The double-room is furnished with a double bed, a cupboard, a table with two chairs in an authentic ambience.“ If necessary, they can offer a baby crib. The second room is smaller and simply furnished, better suited for children or tourists who don’t mind more basic accommodation.

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There’s a bunk bed in the room. The window offers a beautiful view of the horse pasture and the edge of the woods.“

There’s one bathroom for both rooms, accessible from the hall and next door to the guestrooms (shower, toilet and sink). „You will have access to a homelike saloon with a big cockle stove and a cosy couch. There is the possibility to play tabletop football too.“

Dominique and Andrej prepare a vegan breakfast for their guests. Among other things they offer „daily home-made fresh fullgrain spelt bread, green smoothies, fresh home-made spreads and jams, home-made sprouts and fresh organic vegetables from our garden.“

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They make their own ice cream, and you can also order vegan lunches or dinner. Most guests prefer to eat at a big table together with the family, but you can also enjoy your meals in a private atmosphere.

Dominique says that there are two vegan restaurants in Ljubljana (Loving Hut and Ajdova zrna), plus several vegetarian restaurants (Govinda’s, Falafel, Bistro Piknik).

The farmhouse is situated within six acreas of meadows and pastures (the hay is used to feed their horses), and they also own six acres of woods. The farmhouse is at least 200 years old. There’s WIFI, you can rent bikes, and your (well-behaved) dog is welcome at the farm, too, if you let them know in advance that you’re travelling with a dog.

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Of their seven horses, six belong to the Appaloosa breed. „The horses are living together in a group in a clean and adequate open stable and are very interested to get in contact with humans. With their interesting appearance they are a feast for the eyes. Any interest in the horses or some support from your side is very welcome. Possibilities for horseback riding are available.“

Check out their website (the “bed & breakfast” tab offers information in English) , and also their Facebook page.

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If you decide to vacation at the Appaloosa Ranch, I would appreciate you feedback for my readers – just leave a comment.

Good luck to Dominique, Andrej, and their family!

Contact information:
Dominique Artel & Andrej Zimic
Dobruša 3
1217 Vodice
Slovenia

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E-Mail: info(at)appaloosa-ranch.si
Phone: +386 59 93 19 52
Mobile: +386 41 91 55 57
or: +41 76 441 68 02

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Updates to the Second Edition of “The Vegan Tourist: Vienna”

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated June 6, 2016. Inactive links were removed on November 29, 2021.

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Updated on December 3, 2019: I have unpublished this book, as the information about vegetarian restaurants in Vienna is now outdated. I am not planning a 3rd edition – instead, I will post information about vegetarian restaurants in Vienna on this website.

Original blog post:

On May 2nd, 2016, I published the 2nd, updated edition of my book, The Vegan Tourist: Vienna. (The 1st German-language edition, The Vegan Tourist: Wien was published in April 2016.)

As the vegan restaurant scene in Vienna is thriving, changes to the information provided in these books are inevitable. For this express purpose, I have included “Updates”-links in the books. Readers, who purchased the books, will always be able to access up-to-date information about vegetarian restaurants in Vienna on my Website.

Here are the links for the updates of the 2nd, updated English edition and for the 1st German edition.

So what’s new?

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At the end of April 2016, Veganista, a chain of all-vegan ice cream parlors, opened its 3rd shop in  Vienna’s 9th district. I already included basic information about this third location in the book (address, website, contact information, payment options), now I can provide you with additional information. Currently (June 2016), daily opening hours are 12:00 noon – 10:00 PM. These hours are likely to change in the summer time, and the parlor might even be closed altogether for a few weeks in the winter. I’ll provide more updates when they become available. There’s no indoor seating, and no Schanigarten (outdoor seating area). There are also no customer bathrooms. (Updated June 6, 2016).

Lafafi is a small bistro in Vienna’s 12th district, which should have been included in the book (it opened in 2015), but it isn’t because I wasn’t aware of its existence. Address: Wurmbgasse 37, 1120 Vienna. Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM (closed on public holidays). Phone: +43-(0)1-97 15 600. Email: office(at)lafafi.at. Facebook. Bathroom Facilities: Yes. Non-Smoking: Yes. Seating Available: Yes. Schanigarten (outdoor seating area): Yes.
Lafafi offers a so-called Mittagstisch: one kind of soup, and one entrée, one of which is always vegan. (Occasionally they are both vegan, you pay 9.90 Euros for both.) There’s also a “salad of the day” (small: 4.90 Euros; large: 6.90 Euros), and you can usually get one vegan dessert. All the food’s organic, and Lafafi uses primarily whole grains, rice, potatoes/yams, and pasta for its main dishes.
I still need to check a few more details, e.g. payment options, and will provide further updates. (Updated June 6, 2016).

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Where Have All the Vegan Bloggers Gone?

Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated Novmber 13, 2015.

In an effort to keep my website current, I decided to check if all the links which I listed under “Vegan Resources” were still current. Imagine my surprise when I found out that many vegan bloggers had abandoned their websites. Some published a “last blog post,” like maple spice, and listed the reasons why they no longer could or would tend to their websites, but most vegan bloggers simply stopped updating their sites.

I often feel guilty for not blogging more frequently on The Vegan Tourist; but no matter how busy my life gets, I always return to this site – when and if I have something important to say, or some bit of information or good news that I want to share with others. I think that’s the secret to keeping a blog alive: not to consider it an obligation, but as an opportunity to connect with others.

If you take a closer look at some of the abandoned websites of vegan bloggers, you’ll notice a pattern: many start out enthusiastically, publishing numerous blog posts during the few first few years. Then they start to publish fewer and fewer posts, and eventually the websites are abandoned. Some bloggers, like Maple Spice, take drastic measures: “So, no more social media for me and I’ll be spending much more time out in the garden…”.

If you’re just starting your own vegan blog, or if your established blog has become an obligation to you, my advice would be to simply relax. There are no rules to blogging. You don’t have to keep to a schedule. You don’t have to blog about your life or post new vegan recipes every single week (or several times a week). Do whatever you like, and don’t succumb to (imagined) pressure. You’ll just feel miserable.

Personally, I have a very limited online presence. I do have a website called Viaduct Dreams, where I post updates about my professional achievements. I freelance as a writer, and this site gives potential clients an idea of what to expect, if they hire me for a project. Why is it called Viaduct Dreams? I love all things Roman, especially Roman architecture.  I blog on this site, and I have a Facebook page called The Vegan Tourist, linked to my personal Facebook account. That’s it. I don’t have a Twitter or an Instagram account, or any other additional social media account. I don’t even get Emails on my mobile phone, and I can’t access the Internet from my mobile phone either. I’ve purposely disabled both functions. I check my Emails on my laptop twice a day, and that’s it. I infrequently log onto my Facebook account. I don’t live my life online, and that’s why I still enjoy blogging after several years.

These are some of the websites, which I no longer list under “Vegan Resources,” as they are no longer being updated. The websites are currently (November 13, 2015) still online, and you can access their archives here:

But…where do you get your protein? (last post:  February 12, 2014)

Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk! (last post: September 7, 2014)

Eats Well With Others (last post: June 18, 2013)

maple spice (last post: August 4, 2015)

Post Punk Kitchen (last post: June 6, 2014)

The Laziest Vegans in the World (last post: December 27, 2014)

What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway? (last post: June 6, 2014)

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