Vegan in Germany – Max Pett another great vegan restaurant in Munich

On my trip through Germany I got the chance to have dinner at Max Pett, a vegan restaurant in the heart of Munich. Opened in 2010 by vegan owners this restaurant has now turned to one of the most popular vegan restaurants int he city. They only serve non-alcoholic beverages, including non-alc beer and wine which I think is absolutely amazing. They mainly serve traditional German dishes – veganized of course!

Let’s start with an easy meal, Italian brochette ๐Ÿ™‚

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Their “cheese” spaetzle were SO yummy!! It was like an explosion in my mouth – and I mean that in a absolute positive way, haha!

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As a dessert we enjoyed the one and only “Kaiserschmarrn” which people believed was not-veganizable (if that’s even a word) because it’s made with lots of eggs. So here’s proof, people, even the most egg-rich meals can be made vegan! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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On another occasion we went there for another dinner and had this for dessert, WAFFLES!! YAAYYY ๐Ÿ™‚ I forgot to take a photo of our main dish, but is was super yummy too!! And to be honest, aren’t desserts what really matters in life?

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Max Pett just opened their second ‘Mini’ location in the vegan grocery chain Veganz that just had opened a new location in Munich. We went there as well and had a yummy smoothie and a cupcake ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vegan in Germany – Tushita Tea House

Tushita Teehaus (or tea house) is an extraordinary place in Munich! If I had to pick the best place I visited on my trip through Germany, this would probably be it.

It’s both restaurant and organic tea house and is more on the small side, but that’s exactly what makes it so extremely cozy.

Our friends recommended the chocolate-avocado tart! Oh my, it was heaven! The entire tart was not raw as you might expect, only the avocado creme, but the bottom was cake-like. It was just perfect! Avocado plus chocolate, that is pure heaven for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here you can see why I like this place so much! Isn’t it super cozy!

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Oh yes, they had tea too ๐Ÿ˜‰ My husband discovered a tea he hadn’t found in a very long time and was super happy!!

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We also had a super healthy smoothie since we did miss our vitamix! It was such a good afternoon!!

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Another treat was former soccer goalkeeper Jens Lehmann who sat right next to me! He used to be pretty famous but I felt people did not recognize him or maybe they were just being polite. But hey, isn’t it really cool that he’s going to a vegan restaurant for lunch? Yep, vegan food is super trendy and even soccer players have realized that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Vegan in Germany – Radix, vegan grocery store in Munich

Yes, you might have noticed it. There are TWO vegan grocery stores in Munich! And guess what, Munich is not the only city that is so spoiled. If rumors are true, Berlin has two as well! Wow! Isn’t that amazing! So now tell me, where in the states can you find TWO vegan grocery stores in one town? New York? I don’t know..

But now let me introduce you to Radix, the first vegan grocery store in Munich. They also have an online shop! In their store they stock A LOT, from vegan cheese to vegan chocolate to many other products, yes, even shoes!

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Check out the vegan truffels they offer, OMG!!

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Here’s a little peek into one of their fridges, it’s filled with vegan cheeses, sausages (of course! We’re in Germany!) and on and on.. Personally, I’m not a big fan of fake stuff, but I was super impressed by all these items they stocked. It’s more than I’ve ever seen in one place in the states!

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This place is packed with good and amazing stuff – even dog food and clothes! They have lots of specialty items you don’t get in your common store, but they don’t have produce or ‘normal’ products. For example, we wanted to pick up some orange juice but they didn’t carry it. Well, but that’s just a very very minor flaw. All in all, I loved the store and the people there too!!

Rock on, Radix!!

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Going vegan as a New Year’s resolution? YES!!

Happy NEW YEAR everyone and good luck for all your new challenges!!

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Ever thought about going vegan as a New Year’s resolution? Well, maybe the beginning of a new year could be a perfect start in a new life style! But pretty much any time point is the perfect one as long as you’re ready for it. Today I want to talk about my journey of going vegan based on five easy steps you can follow if you are thinking about going vegan.

When I went vegan, it was like waking up. Months before I tried to eat more consciously, for example to find dairy products from farmers who are treating their animals ‘ethically’. Well, now I know that’s just not possible but it was part of my journey. The more I read about common practices in agricultural farming the more I knew how impossible it was to find those products.

Reading is definitely STEP ONE in becoming a vegan: Read about the common practices, pages like PETA.org may help you to find out more about animals being used for food.ย Visit a sanctuary for farmed animals and learn about the personality of these animals. Farm Sanctuary, Animal Place, or Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary are the ones I’ve been to and they are all amazing!! Or learn about environmental issues on pages such as chooseveg.com, or think about the health benefits and watch movies such as Forks over Knives. Whatever YOUR reason is to make the transition, it’s wonderful, it’s important AND it will help the world on SO many levels.

STEP TWO on my journey. That was the point where I knew that I wanted to become vegan but wasn’t sure how. So I picked up a copy of Vegan for Life, a comprehensive guide to plant-based nutrition by registered dietitians and long-time vegans Jack Norris and Virginia Messina. It’s an amazing book that helped me through the vitamin b12 jungle or the protein myth. I also signed up for the 30-day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Gourdreau where I learned SO much about veganisms and non-vegans, the psychology behind and much more. Of course, I needed to learn to cook vegan. NO worries on that end! There are SO many incredibly good vegan cookbooks out there, OMG, it’s hard to pick one, really. The one I picked up as a newby-vegan was Chloe Coscarelli’s Chloe’s Kitchen. She also has a nice website with recipes, so you can try those first and see if you like it. The Raspberry Tiramisu Cupcakes were the first vegan cupcakes I ever made and they wowed friends we met that day! But books like Vegan Cupcakes take over the world made me NEVER look back ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re looking for blogs that are providing vegan recipes, then you should definitely check out Oh She Glows and Plant Based On A Budget. These are just two of my fave recipe blogs.

Okay, now you know what to cook. You may have picked up a decent blender by now and are addicted to green smoothies, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

STEP THREE on my journey was looking through my closets: Cleaning products, body care products, clothing. If you’re anything like me then you might think about getting rid of all this overnight. I couldn’t stand the fact of using products that were made using animal cruelty, so I donated most of that stuff to a local Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center or to the SPCA store. If you can’t afford buying new products, then it’s absolutely fine to finish your products first before looking for cruelty-free alternatives. Pages like Vegan Cuts or PETA will help you to find new cruelty-free items.

STEP FOUR: GET ACTIVE-GET CONNECTED! Getting active will help you to use all your new vegan power you just gained from waking up alone (meaning going vegan) and it will allow you to do something meaningful and to do your share to spread the word. Try to find a local animal shelter and donate your time or get active via social media or non-profit organizations. Organizations like Food Empowerment Project or Factory Farming Awareness Coalition are always looking for volunteers, there’s something for everyone. Connect with people via groups on facebook, or at work, at college or in your city. You’ll be surprised how many groups are already out there and they’ll welcome you with open arms. Visit vegan events in your area, just google vegfest and a bigger city near you and you’ll find all the vegan festivals near you. Or sign up for running groups such as PETA Pack or Team Vegan. Those made it super easy for me to connect with like-minded people ๐Ÿ™‚ Finding a good support system is SO important, not just online but also in the real world which will make it so much easier for you to stay vegan.

STEP FIVE: HAVE FUN AND BE HAPPY! Yes, enjoy your new life and be proud of all you’re doing for the planet, for the animals and for your beautiful self! It’s a wonderful thing and no omnivore will ever be able to bring you down as long as you know that. The ‘real’ world can be tough on us vegans but no matter where you are there are always ways to stay connected with other vegans, AND this movement is unstoppable. It’ll get easier and easier with every day.

This is pretty much the way how I became a vegan and I’m loving it ๐Ÿ™‚ But there’s no right or wrong. Whatever works for you, will be the perfect way for you. I hope you enjoy becoming and being a vegan, and please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions you may have!!! Love to all of you! โค

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Vegan in Germany – Vegan Grocery Chain

Veganz. A name to remember – at least when you go to Germany. It’s the first all vegan grocery chain in Europe!! With over 6,000 vegan products this place is the bomb!! The first market opened in 2011 in Berlin and now this business is growing and growing!

In Hamburg they also partner with avesu, a vegan shoe store! Fantastic!!

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Snacks, Chocolate Bars, Energy Bars and MORE….

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Brendan Brazier is everywhere and I LOVE it!!! So glad his books are now in Germany too! That’s pretty amazing I think!

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CHOCOLATE!! What else do you need in life?! I even found WHITE chocolate which I was looking for for so long!!

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More chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

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and MORE chocolate!! HEAVEN!!

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This is the amazing selection of non-dairy milks, yogurts, cheese, cookie dough!! In the back there are tons of seitan, tempeh and tofu options!! Even shrimps!!

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Vegan doner kebab!! WOW!!

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Gardein-products en masse!! More than I’ve ever seen in the US in one place!!

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Tofurky and Field Roast!!!

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Besides chocolate we all need one more ingredient in life: ICE CREAM!!!!

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V-dog made an appearance as well!! So did fantastic beauty products, such as Beauty without Cruelty and Dr. Bronner!!

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Offering the most amazing products on earth is not enough for Veganz. They also offer cooking classes at many of their locations, plus bakeries, seminars, and organize festivals and fairs! Currently there are five markets in Germany (Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and two in Berlin), but more will be opening in 2014 (Prague, Leipzig, Vienna and Essen).ย Exciting times ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

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