Play is a huge part of my life – it is the reason I design my own website, sew my own pants, and am intrigued by transforming natural produce into deliciousness through shortcuts I’ve discovered along the way.
I LOVE making things from scratch.
Which is why when I heard that ‘Afterglow’ shares the same food philosophies, I just HAD to pay it a visit! Lucky me! On the day that I decided to give this 100% plant-based cafe a shot, its founder, Carmen, was around to recommend her incredibly innovative dishes to us noobs.
7 years ago when they started Afterglow, Carmen said they really struggled as people thought they were crazy.
But they were truly visionary; being one of the first few in Singapore to open a restaurant serving PLANT-BASED EVERYTHING – No meat substitutes, no dairy, no eggs, nothing processed, low sodium, ALL natural.
Sounds kinda bland, gross even. Who would even go there, right?
Well thing is, just a few years ago, things started to pick up as plant-based diets started to become a thing! A global shift was occurring and Carmen realised that her efforts to promote a healthy plant-based diet is both educational and altogether inspirational.
DID YOU KNOW? Research has shown that the reason so many young people of this generation’s dairy intolerance stems from the previous generation’s consumption of hormone injected Chickens?
Carmen is not a vegan herself – She absolutely loves meat, especially Char Siew. The reason behind her doing this is her fascination by the younger generation wanting to be environmentally friendly. She also wants to educate the general public that Vegan food is not horrible.
And she’s right!
Her chefs are all culinary trained but they all learn how to make these delicious meals through youtube. All the food from afterglow is made from scratch and uniquely handcraft and improvised by among the team.
Every few months, the chefs will come out with something new, carmen will host a small group of people to let them try the food and decides if its stays in the menu, she calls her food, PURE AND HONEST FOOD
It’s now giving me IDEAS to make some desserts for the love of my life Zenos Jake, who is absolutely in LOVE with chocolate mint cookies and the combination of chocolate and mint.
As an avid experimenter of food, and a huuuuuge chocolate lover, I am STOKED to try making my own vegan avocado chocolate mousse! So keep on the lookout for that recipe under the recipes section of this blog! I’ll get to it, especially if you keep pestering me for it on my socials.
What did I eat for dinner, you ask.
Actually, can I be honest and say… Nothing.
I had no idea plants could be so filling since I’d been starving the entire 14 day Veganuary process until today. So this was a really eye-opening experience as to just how much food I should be eating as a Vegan to stay full.
Check out my next post and follow a day in the life of an influencer, where I attended a Benefit Cosmetics event at Adventure Cove RWSentosa, and was totally unprepared for what sort of foods I was going to get. Being quite spoilt for choice previously as an omnivore, it felt quite sad that I had to go for the ONLY Vegan-friendly option available.
But I’m SUPER GRATEFUL to the Benefit Cosmetics ladies who even provided ‘Vegan’ as an option to accommodate people like me with such stringent dietary restrictions!
I also met another Vegan beauty, who happens to be an athlete, and daughter of Singapore’s football legend, Fandi Ahmad!