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 🙂

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 🙂

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) 🙂 Both these things were really yummy, and I would recommend very much.

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Bye for now 😀

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Bat out of Hell trip!

Well the Bat out of Hell musical was AMAZING! WE went on opening night (the 17th Feb) and thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

It was only a very short trip to Manchester, but I still found time to visit the art gallery, discover what might be my favourite shop ever (Afflecks) and, of course, have some yummy vegan nosh 😀

Coincidentally, Afflecks did actually have a vegan cafe on site, but we had already eaten at V-Rev (which we ended up going to twice!)

V-Rev is an entirely vegan American-style diner, located in the Northern quarter, which serves burgers, hot-dogs, and amazing milkshakes. This is their menu (I wanted everything):

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This kept us full for two days!! 😀

Also, I spotted a couple of other vegan-related things: this cute sign:

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and this chalking in Arndale shopping centre 🙂

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Overall, Manchester seemed like quite a vegan-friendly place. We were hoping to also visit The Deaf Institute, which I heard is great, but sadly their kitchen didn’t open early enough for us to eat before leaving :/