Of course we explored the food scene while in town! Vegetarian fare available in Vilnius has taken off - the choices are much wider and more exciting than 5 or 10 years ago. Our first stop was the vegan/vegetarian cafe Vieta at Šv. Ignoto 12-1. We sampled their vegan tomato soup and the vegetarian chili. Both were full of flavor and very satisfying! We also checked out Sue's Indian Raja, a stone's throw from the Cathedral. The vegetarian selection is extensive and the naan bread, samosas, and eggplant curry were absolutely delicious.
You can't take a trip to Lithuania without trying traditional Lithuanian food! Walking up and down Pilies gatve in the heart of Old Town Vilnius, we took a break at one of the outdoor Lithuanian restaurants to sample their cepelinai, a very hearty potato dish filled with curd and topped with sour cream. Guaranteed to leave you stuffed!
While in Vilnius, we had a chance to take a day trip to the beautiful little town of Trakai. We enjoyed a stunning view of the 14th century castle from across the lake - all while eating bulviniai blynai (potato pancakes) and enjoying šaltibarščiai, cold beet soup with fresh dill. We washed the food and soup down with a large chilled glass of locally produced kvas. Delicious!
Back in Vilnius, we also had the chance to visit with relatives who knew about our vegetarian lifestyle. My Teta Birute hosted a vegetarian feast at her home, many of the exciting dishes inspired from her travels abroad to Greece and Israel. Relatives who live in the Lithuanian countryside hosted a spread replete with farmer's cheese, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and delicious black bread.
The next trip to Vilnius already has a number of 'must-visits' on the list, including the raw food bar Raw42. We also hope to visit several of the local yoga studios to get a flavor for the developing yoga scene in Vilnius. Stay tuned!