Some newly discovered thingies :)

Ciao peeps!

Yesterday afternoon, Jacob and I had a fun time going to VX Bristol for the first time, which is a really awesome little cosy diner-style cafe and shop, which is 100% vegan and does a menu of “vegan junk food”! I predict that we will go there many many more times…

I’m hoping that, in the future, it may be able to move closer to central Bristol and drum up even more business, cause it’s quite out-of-the-way at the moment, but very popular nevertheless πŸ™‚ That’s what recently happened with Temple of Hackney; it became so popular that they’ve been able to open a bigger new restaurant in Camden!

We had a quesadilla, burrito, black forest cake and a cookie sandwich!

Later on, before going to karaoke, we went for a coupe of drinks in Wetherspoons, and saw that they have a new vegan dish on their menu: teriyaki noodles! We tried them and they are very tasty but also quite healthy-looking. Always nice to see new plant-based items appearing on chain menus πŸ™‚

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We can accomplish great things :)

Hello everyone!

It is 100 years since women first got the vote, thanks to the long hard struggle the suffragettes went through to achieve it. I think that is wonderful motivation for activists of all kinds; even though we may face an awful lot of opposition, ridicule and hatred from people who are reluctant to change “tradition” (read: “habits”), with enough determination, we can achieve anything! In time, the habits of previous generations will seem ridiculous…

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In other [equally important?] news, I love avocado so much that I married it:

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Lastly, a couple of local new things: Zizzi has a brand new vegan pizza, which I tried some time last week, and Tesco have introduced their new range of Wicked Kitchen convenience foods, all of which are plant-based and look delish! So far, I have tried the spicy frijole wrap πŸ™‚

Ciao for now!

A couple of foodie bits :)

I said I would post if my dad and I went anywhere nice to eat while I was visiting for a couple of days, and we did! We had lunch at the brilliant The Planet cafe in Taunton, where I had a yummy and very filling cheesy pasta dish made from sunflower seeds (you would never know!). It came with a few salads, and then I got two huge slices of cake to bring home: one chocolate cake and one coffee cake πŸ˜€

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Speaking of cakes, I recently made another one using Betty Crocker cake mix, which, as usual, went down an absolute treat πŸ™‚ This one was a ‘rocky road’ style one, as it was chocolate and had mini vegan marshmallows (Sweet Freedom) on top. I very much enjoyed eating it using unicorn-coloured cutlery…!

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BRILLIANT video!

Happy 2018, people!

I have a positive way to start the new year; with probably the best short video about veganism I have seen yet πŸ˜€

I stumbled upon it yesterday on Peta’s facebook page. It gives an absolutely fantastic summary on why being vegan is such a good thing, quickly going though the health, biological, environmental and ethical facts in an enjoyable, poem-like format. It does go quite fast, so if you are not familiar with the facts and stats, you may have to pause it in places:

P.S. If you visit the original link, avoid looking at the comment section if you don’t want your faith in humanity to be destroyed all over again; it is full of determined meat-eaters making the same repetitive, predictable, tired old arguments. I don’t think most of them even watched the video… :/

But anyway, I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

Bath’s two new vegan eateries!!

Within two days, Jacob and I have had the pleasure of trying out Bath’s two newest 100% vegan eateries: Chapel Arts Cafe and Nourish πŸ˜€

Chapel Arts used to be a veggie/vegan cafe, but it has recently changed its menu to be totally plant-based, and is also open during some evenings. We went along at lunchtime and were very impressed; we had a flatbread and a cake each. Mine was a garlic mushroom flatbread, and then a brownie, to which they plated up and added chocolate sauce, which was a nice touch:

The next day, we were in town late, before the midnight showing of The Last Jedi (which you must go and see in 3D if you can!), and so we decided to join a group of local vegans for a taster menu at Nourish, which is a vegan pub on London Road (formerly The Beaufort).

The food was lovely, but ended up taking a very long time to arrive (I think probably because the owners had underestimated how long everything would take, and there were a lot of us!), and we actually had to skip dessert because we had a bus to catch to the cinema. Oh well – we’ll just have to go another time πŸ˜› What we did have was very nice: mushroom and chestnut soup, jackfruit taco, falafel, pakoras, nut roast and pie with roasted veg. Thankfully it was reasonably priced, and they kindly took dessert off for us:

P.S. I have finally got around to watching the comedy Red Dwarf, and heard a good quote the other day:

To give a bit of context, the four main characters are stuck without food, and Kryten manages to rustle up some cooked “chicken”. It transpires that it is not, in fact, chicken, but human meat. Obviously the others react with disgust, and Kryten says, “It seemed to me that if humanoids eat chicken, then obviously they’d eat their own species; otherwise they’d just be picking on the chicken.”

Bristol Viva! Vegan Festival :)

Ciao peeps! I had a lovely spontaneous day out on Saturday, visiting the Viva! vegan festival in Bristol. There were two floors packed full of food, treats, gifts and informations, and it was very encouraging to see it so busy with people of all ages πŸ™‚ It was far too busy to take photos, and I spent most of my time eating and awkwardly standing around, but here is a link to the event page, in case you want to go to their future events:

https://www.viva.org.uk/festivals/Bristol-2017

I will content myself with posting a photo of a lovely Bakewell tart, which was from The Vegan Cakery and which I enjoyed with a cup of tea when I returned home πŸ™‚

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Also, just a couple of new finds in my local Tesco: vegan cheesy dorito-like chips (which are great with salsa), and vegan Ben & Jerry’s has finally arrived too!! There were three flavours available, and I chose chocolate fudge brownie:

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Bath wanderings :)

Ciao peeps πŸ™‚

The city of Bath has been very nice to wander around this week; the Christmas market is in full swing and there are a lot of pretty lights up around Southgate…

Aaaaand… Zizzi has finally opened a branch here!!

Jacob and I found out and went for a delicious meal on their opening day. They have a few new additions to their vegan menu, including two pizzas and a pudding, pictured blurrily below:

Yesterday we had a day out in the city, exploring the market and looking out for presents. We went to The Green Rocket for lunch where, again, there were a few new seasonal items on the menu. I had a pie with a side of onion rings, and Jacob had his favourite burger with some sweet potato fries:

I also wanted to mention a simple recipe that Jacob invented and which I think is absolutely delish: fry some Fry’s beef-style strips and then add a jar of Asda freefrom bbq cooking sauce. Let it thoroughly cook and serve with vegetable rice (we use Uncle Ben’s just for ease). Not the healthiest thing we’ve cooked, but lovely for a treat πŸ˜€

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THE NORTH!

Ciao peeps!

I recently returned from a few days up north near Manchester seeing family. Sadly we had a funeral, but it was nice to also catch up with a lot of people I haven’t seen for a long time.

I was slightly concerned about the food situation before I went, as none of my family are vegan. However, it turned out to be fine, as everyone was very accommodating and made sure I was well catered for πŸ™‚

I also spent a few hours in Manchester, going around the Christmas market and visiting one of my favourite places, Afflecks (a department store for quirky, alternative clothes and products). The Northern Quarter of Manchester is quite vegan-friendly (including the famous V-Rev vegan diner), and I found a little place called Go Falafel, which is just down the road from Afflecks and provided me with a very substantial lunch! Afflecks is also very vegan-friendly with, not one, but two 100% vegan cafes. I got a delicious slice of banana and caramel cake from one of them.

I also want to mention M&S: they have been well-known for being not very vegan-friendly for a while now, but they seem to have upped their game… Even in a small M&S food hall in a Birmingham service station on the way home, I managed to pick up all these goodies:

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Their new vegan sandwich, a snack pot of hummous and carrot sticks, crisps and many many sweets (letting the healthy meal down a bit there!) Jacob has always wanted fruit pastilles to be vegan, so I was pleased when I found these πŸ™‚

And now a few randoms, as per usual…

Sainsbury’s now do a ready-to-cook vegan pizza by The White Rabbit Pizza Co. – I was sorry to discover that I wasn’t keen on this, because it is also gluten free and had a bit of an odd texture and could have been more flavoursome, in my opinion. However, I am pleased that a quick and easy pizza option has been introduced for gluten free vegans! Sorry for the awful quality photo:

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I enjoyed a lovely dessert, though! This lemon cheesecake from Food Heaven is just delish, and is also from Sainsbury’s (although I’m sure it’s available in a lot of places). I just took a photo of the packaging, as we had already demolished the cheesecake by the time I remembered… expert blogger that I am.

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Lastly, something from today: I was shopping in Bath and went into Pret for a snack. I bought their new vegan Christmas sandwich and a mint hot chocolate (which is totally vegan if you ask for it to be made with non-dairy milk, as there is no powdered milk in the hot choc powder, unlike in a lot of other coffee chains) πŸ™‚ Both these things were really yummy, and I would recommend very much.

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Bye for now πŸ˜€

Halloween and randoms

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween, if you go in for it! I was very surprised and pleased to discover some vegan-friendly bags of hard gums and bonbons, as well as some other stuff, at a local Spar convenience store, so I ended up having a pretty sweet night (rubbish pun very much intended)

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I have a couple of randoms to mention too; firstly, Sainsbury’s now do a couple of curry sauces in their free from section! I like to combine these with some Linda McCartney pulled chicken-style protein and serve them with rice and mango chutney – makes for a very quick, easy and yummy dinner:

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Lastly, a word of advice: order an XL pizza from Pepenero in Bristol only if you and your companions haven’t eaten anything for approximately three days…

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My 24th Birthday!

Hello everyone! I am now back from my studio work (see my most recent art blog postΒ for what I’m up to now) and so will hopefully post more frequently again.

It was my 24th birthday on the 19th (eek!), and so I have some nice vegan-treat-related things to type about πŸ™‚

Recently, it has been big news that Wagamama has a new vegan menu, and so we went for a late night meal to check it out. It turned out that all the vegan items, except one, had actually been on their old menu all along, but were hidden within everything else. I’m glad they have made a separate vegan menu now, because apparently it has been extremely popular! The food was amazing; it was my first time ever eating at Wagamama and it lived up to the hype: we treated ourselves to some prosecco and three courses (although we shared the dessert cause we were so full!)

Apologies for the horrible-quality photos… We had vegetable dumplings with a delicious dip, and spicy cauliflower florettes for starter, then pad thai and ramen noodles for mains, with passion fruit sorbet afterwards to cleanse our palettes (ooh posh!)

Also, a lovely present I got, which is relevant to this blog, is an absolutely gorgeous bag from Thamon. Now I’m not often fussed about things like handbags, but just look at this one!! Thamon are a small company from Camden who make bags, wallets and notebooks from vegan ‘leather’ made from sustainable leaves. This results in unique items in various colours which have lovely subtle leaf patterns all over:

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Here is their website so you too can drool over their stuff: https://www.thamon.co.uk/

Lastly (from my birthday day itself) I want to mention Hotel Chocolat again. The nice thing about having a birthday in October is that you get to benefit from fun spooky Halloween items πŸ˜€ In this case, Jacob picked up a ‘Wingston The Bat’ chocolate box… as you do… which is full of vegan dark chocolate shapes:

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I was also very amused by this packaging, which reflects my feelings pretty accurately:

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The day after, I met up with my dad in Bristol, where we had a mosy around, visited an art exhibition, drank chai lattes and had a lovely curry from a Caribbean food stall in St Nicholas Market, to where I had never been before. There were a lot of vegan options around, and I even saw somewhere with vegan Christmas puds πŸ™‚

Lastly, one honourable mention: Pudology now does millionaires shortbread puddings. Perhaps that should be in capitals… PUDOLOGY NOW DOES MILLIONAIRES SHORTBREAD PUDDINGS!!!

Until next time, peeps πŸ™‚