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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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™‚

Vegfest, Bristol 2017

Vegfest was brilliant! Such an inspiring day full of delish food and like-minded people :)Our local one took place on Bristol waterfront, and it is still on today. We ate a lot of cake and brought home a lot of paperwork and goodies:

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They included vegan versions of Milky Way, creme egg and Mars bars, flavoured vodka, a T-shirt, and a bat ring (obviously).

There were hundreds of stalls and too many companies to mention individually, but a couple of particular standouts were:

  • Viva! who do undercover investigating into the horrible welfare conditions on farms… even “organic” and “RSPCA approved” ones where the animals are allegedly cuddled to death…
  • A bag, wallet and notebook company called Thamon, who make leather-like material out of leaves! I am not someone who usually obsesses over handbags, but they had an absolutely beautiful electric-blue coloured one which I was staring at for ages! πŸ˜€ Future present request…??

In other news, I had my last shift at Lidl last Saturday! I made an Oreo cake which went down a treat:

I finished my last uni assessment on Friday as well, and am moving house on Thursday to a nearby town. I am excited to still be local to Bath and Bristol, which are very creative and vegan-friendly places, and seeing what my next step will be…

Bristol

Hi folks! Yet again, I have found myself too busy to post for a little while… what with uni studio work, writing my dissertation (first draft nearly done wooo!) and my wifi cutting out for the past few days!

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with my dad in Bristol and we went for lunch at Zizzi before heading to an art exhibition. They recently added some new options to their vegan menu:

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My favourite Giganti olives!
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Delicious lentil ragu – perfect for a chilly day πŸ™‚
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Dessert calzone: a little dry but nice flavours

Also, a short time later, Jacob and I went to see Matt Berry perform at SWX Bristol and, before we arrived, stopped off for some food at the “Eat a Pitta” stall in Cabot Circus. This little place is great – you get a box full to the brim with different salads of your choice, falafel, and a nice warm pitta bread πŸ™‚

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More posts following very shortly…! πŸ˜€

Birthday week continued!

LENGTHY POST WARNING!

A birthday at the start of the week = using the entire remainder of the week to continue celebrating πŸ˜€

On Tuesday evening, we invited our friend Genesis over to have some dinner and to try the nut roasts that our pals gave us on Monday. We decided to make it a Mediterranean-Greek-randomness-themed meal, so we had mixed roast veggies, olives, baby carrots, and a couple of hummuses. It all went together really nicely, and we had the rest of Jacob’s birthday cake for pudding πŸ™‚

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Yummy spread πŸ™‚

On Wednesday, I’d organised a day out at Airhop Bristol, which was sooo much fun (and also made us realise how unfit we are!). We travelled to Cribbs Causeway on the bus and ate lunch when we arrived. I fail to remember the name of the cafΓ©, but needless to say it was the first suitable place we could find. However, the falafel wraps we had were surprisingly delicious, and filled us up nicely (but not too much before two hours of bouncing!).

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Falafel wrap with salad and chips

After Airhop, it was early evening and we were exhausted and ready for something more substantial. I’d read on Facebook that Zizzi’s have a brand new vegan menu, and we were eager to try it, so we headed into Cabot Circus in search…

I’d been to Zizzi’s before, but never as a vegan, and so I can genuinely say that the vegan food was just as yummy as the “normal” stuff! We had olives and garlic bread to start, then customised our margherita pizzas with loads of extra toppings, then I had baked nectarines and sorbet for dessert. Phew!

Here’s a few pictures, with Jacob’s obligatory face-pulling:

Jacob said a very sweet thing to me at Zizzi’s which was that he’d never eaten such consistently delicious food, or such a wide variety, before we both went vegan. Just some of the foods he’d never tried before were kale, tofu (now a firm favourite), mangetout, and lentil curry. Yet again, the phrase “what do vegans eat?” seems to be redundant!

Yesterday, I was delighted to hear that Quorn are making their entire range vegan πŸ™‚ Even though Quorn is not my favourite range of meat substitutes, it is great that it will soon be an option for us again, as it is used in a lot of restaurants as their go-to veggie option.

On Thursday evening, I had booked a table at The Green Rocket Cafe for us and a few friends to have a proper birthday meal. Many of the group had never eaten at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant before, but everybody was keen to try the food and, for the most part, they enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Particularly the chocolate cake I had ordered everybody for pudding! πŸ˜€

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The table set up πŸ™‚ It was a lot messier when we’d finished!!

Finally, yesterday I watched a video on Facebook about how to make an easy Mexican-style ‘lasagne’ and decided to try making a vegan version after work. We invited Jacob’s cousin over, and the dish got his seal of approval too πŸ˜€ Here’s a recipe:

Serves 3-4

  • Chilli mixture (either made fresh or ready-bought)
  • plain nacho chips
  • 2-3 tortillas
  • Violife cheese
  • jalapeΓ±os
  • Salsa and vegan sour cream
  • Spring onions (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Put a layer of chilli mixture into a baking dish
  3. Follow with a layer of nacho chips and a layer of Violife
  4. Put the tortillas on top and press down gently
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  6. Top with a few jalapeΓ±os and bake for 25 mins
  7. Serve with the onions, salsa and sour cream
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Mexican-style ‘lasagne’ πŸ™‚

What a fab birthday week! Roll on the next one πŸ˜€