Pizza Express Review- Vegan eats and cheats on the highstreet

I recently visited pizza express, I didn’t check vegan options before visiting but I was told they did a vegan pizza. I have also been informed that they will put on your own cheeze if you bring it in a sealed packet. Knowing that none dairy cheese can get hard easily without keeping a close eye on the oven I was glad of the cheeseless option provided. For starters I enjoyed doughballs and garlic oil. For my main course I ordered the Pianta of course (you can have any pizza cheeseless but I wanted to sample this one) and for my dessert I had the option of a sorbet with a dark chocolate straw or my choice which was figs in syrup served without the mascarpone cheese. The doughballs and pizza dough were both delicious and the spicy sauce and oil added taste and flavour to my pizza meaning both were highly satisfying and I did not crave any additional ingredients, the star prize goes to the figs, I have never had baby figs before only their larger brothers and sisters so these were something new, the syrup was slightly cinnamon like and equally delicious and the Italian coffee really hit the spot for me as a lover of quality coffee . I do not really go to pizza express for the food as much as the convenience, service and relaxed atmosphere but this meal was a win win situation.

12 thoughts on “Pizza Express Review- Vegan eats and cheats on the highstreet

    • Young girl, its well known that figs aren’t vegan. Figs usually contain the remains of female wasps who have attempted to pollinate but have got stuck inside. The enzymes in the fig break down the wasp. Go figure.

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      • I would argue that figs are vegan simply due to the ethics of the harvesting. No conscious life was deliberately harmed by human hand in the process of gathering…a fig. If a wasp has had it’s own issue with the fig then that’s the wasps business on how it naturally interacts with the fig. I think it’s worth not over thinking the ethics of figs here, if you go down that road then any organic matter will become non vegan due to how that product interacts with it’s surroundings. Under the ‘wasp fig avoidance theory’ a vegetable that has touched dirt would no longer be vegan, there’s an estimated 50,000 to over a million species of organic life per gram of soil. Insect eggs, remains and so forth are rife throughout plant life and you will, regardless of how much you try to ethically live your life, end up consuming tons. All plants would no longer be vegan either as they ingest and transmute animal, plant and insect matter through the dirt too. You’re not going to avoid eating organic matter in the same way you can avoid consuming suffering induced dairy products for example.

        I think it’s simply a case of following your will, making the choice that’s right for you as an individual and your relationship with the earth. I personally feel it’s too pedantic for me to have that outlook, but if someone does agree with fig avoidance then all power to them for it and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them.

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    • Figs are not vegan, at least one female fig wasp dies in the pollination process of every fig – although the fruit’s enzymes break down the insect before they reach our plates it is true that there are remnants of dead insect in all figs.

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  1. The idea that figs aren’t vegan is beyond ridiculous. The relationship between a fig and fig wasp is a natural, symbiotic one and figs wouldn’t exist without the fig wasp, and the wasp wouldn’t exist without the fig.

    There is no conscious exploitation or contribution to harm in eating figs, and veganism is about rejecting the exploitation of animals and no longer participating in their harm, not about avoiding all potential ‘contamination’.

    How patronising for the commentator “ANotherCOncernedVEgan” to also call India ‘young girl’ then spout utter nonsense. Concern yourselves with real issues connected to veganism – educating non-vegans about the harm they’re doing by choosing animal products – and stop policing those who are already vegan.

    If you don’t want to eat figs because of that symbiotic relationship that exists between the fig and fig wasp, fine – but to be spending time trying to call out people who are already vegan over such a thing is just pedantic and pathetic.

    Oh…and why stay anonymous? Have the balls to put a name to yourselves.

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  2. Figs are vegan – the wasps go to the figs with no human intervention and they are broken down as part of a natural process. They have not been exploited and so there is moral problem with vegans consuming figs. I know there are some vegans who choose not to eat them, knowing they may contain the remains of wasps, but that is a personal choice which does not affect whether or not those wasps die.

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  3. Don’t be ridicuolus figs are vegan. They are a fruit aren’t they? All this business about wasps is laughable as it’s just something that happens in nature. You may as well say you can’t eat any fruit or veg where insects were harmed in their harvesting and we will all have to only eat fruit that has fallen naturally from a tree and even then you might find a maggot in it. This sort of opinion is what puts people off going vegan i have to say.

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  4. Wow. Seriously you want to pick at a wasp that may or may not have wasp that from a naturally occurring process may have gotten stuck in it. Is the fruit to just rot? May as well not have them grow then we do not need the fig wasp. It’s a vicious circle of life.
    What about your organic lettuce that has bugs in it that have been kill with the process of picking and washing? And animals that are kill with other processes. No one is guilt free.
    By calling someone a ‘young girl’ you think you are smarter?
    If someone makes the choice to eat figs then educate them not trying to belittle them. They can then make the choice.

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  5. I would argue that figs are vegan simply due to the ethics of the harvesting. No conscious life was deliberately harmed by human hand in the process of gathering…a fig. If a wasp has had it’s own issue with the fig then that’s the wasps business on how it naturally interacts with the fig. I think it’s worth not over thinking the ethics of figs here, if you go down that road then any organic matter will become non vegan due to how that product interacts with it’s surroundings. Under the ‘wasp fig avoidance theory’ a vegetable that has touched dirt would no longer be vegan, there’s an estimated 50,000 to over a million species of organic life per gram of soil. Insect eggs, remains and so forth are rife throughout plant life and you will, regardless of how much you try to ethically live your life, end up consuming tons. All plants would no longer be vegan either as they ingest and transmute animal, plant and insect matter through the dirt too. You’re not going to avoid eating organic matter in the same way you can avoid consuming suffering induced dairy products for example.

    I think it’s simply a case of following your will, making the choice that’s right for you as an individual and your relationship with the earth. I personally feel it’s too pedantic for me to have that outlook, but if someone does agree with fig avoidance then all power to them for it and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them.

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  6. My issue with figs is not that the wasps are in there (they no longer remain anyway, as they’re broken down by ficin), as that is a natural part of their life cycle, but that the fig farmers breed and release them under their control. Like farmers use captive bees to pollinate crops. I wouldn’t mind if it was a truly wild process without us making them do anything. But I still eat them, just like I still eat other (organic) crops which may have been pollinated by bees controlled by humans.

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