Game Changers film results in more vegan converts

Since the Game Changers film was released I have heard of so many people converting to veganism. My own 15 year old son, was moved by the film and but for his current commitments would have joined me. Sadly he only managed two weeks, but it eating more vegan options as a result.

A while back Greggs introduced a vegan sausage roll to their range, which was well received and already served coffee with soya milk. However since seeing the film Game Changers, Gregg’s Chief Executive has become vegan and plans to bring vegan options to their who range. Now this is exciting. Here, have a read……

Greggs boss ‘going vegan’ after watching Netflix documentary about damage done by meat

‘Avoiding meat is easy,’ says bakery chain executive

By Andy Gregory   

The boss of arguably the most celebrated retailer of meat-filled pastries in Britain has decided to go vegan after watching a Netflix documentary…..  click to read full article

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Browns – Covent Garden – A blast from the past

Meeting up with a couple of past colleagues, we decided to venture into the West End and visit a restaurant that we used to frequent many years ago. Always a pleasure to revisit the past, and it was with some excitement that we chose Browns in St Martin’s Lane for this week’s girls meet up. Many an evening was spent here, some 20 years ago, and even my hen night was enjoyed here, along with a trip to the theatre. But off course I visit restaurants now as a vegan and more recently as a non-drinker, so please catch up with my vegan experiences in my review on Tripadvisor …..

 

Like an episode of Fawlty Towers…..

I booked this restaurant last week for an early meal. I had been before many years ago regularly even organised my hen night there, but that was 17 years ago. On this occasion, it was busy, the pre-theatre set menu had only one vegan item on it, which meant I was forced to order off the main menu…..  click to continue reading   

 

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Wow! Not happy about this

When these new products started springing up in Tesco & Sainsburys, I was so happy.  I have to say I have not bought any for myself as I thought they were expensive compared to the other ready meals available instore.  To be honest I do prefer to cook my food from scratch so that I know exactly what is in it, even to the level of using pure water to my cooking for soups or pasta or rice where the water will be absorbed and actually consumed.  But hey great the the manufacturers are hearing their customers.

No so, it would appear if you can believe this video, animal DNA has apparently been found in vegan meals.  Please let this not be true……

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The Vegan Prophecy

Since I am struggling to know how to communicate without causing offence, I am going to leave this wonderful man to say all the things that I want to say but he says better.

Joey Crabstrong, an amazing orator and advocate for the animals.

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7 day Juice Fast

I was thrilled to receive the wonderful birthday present of a new juicer and blender.  My last juicer was bought as a temporary item, 8 years ago.  I had bought a cheap one as I didn’t want to waste money before establishing whether juicing was for me.  I used that one, years ago to do the 7 day juice fast and lost 10 lbs.  That was when my health was bad and in my pre vegan days.  That juicer still works so I will pass it on to someone who might want to try juicing before investing in a better one.

Now, onto that wonderful juicing selection that I was given.  I cannot recommend this enough, easy to use, takes fruit like apples and carrots whole, and easy to take apart and wash under the tap.  My worms  in their wormery love the pulp, more about the wormery in another post.  This is the bundle of blender and juicer.  Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Nutri Juicer Plus, 1300 W with the Boss To Go Blender, 0.5 L, 1000 W Bundle

 

Pleased to say I managed to lose 6 lbs on this occasion and have been juicing since then, not for every meal but as a meal replacement.

 

          

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Toby Carvery Park Place – Great Option again

For my husband’s birthday we organised a family meal, he just loves a roast but since I have been vegan this is just not an option at home anymore so we wanted to find a restaurant that would serve us all well.  Well, we did it again, with a Toby Carvery, this time in Mitcham at the Park Place branch.

This restaurant is just so accepting of vegans.  They have a menu with a separate vegan section, and a number of them at that.  The waitress on this occasion was lovely and offered to fetch a selection of vegetables for me so that I did not have to go to the counter.  Where vegetable had a non-vegan glaze as standard she ordered vegan ones from the kitchen without the glaze, and included a jug of vegan gravy

Impressed, the restaurant is not far from us, so we will go back.

Please catch up with my vegan experiences in my review on Tripadvisor …..

 

Happily vegan friendly

We went to the Toby last Sunday to celebrate a family birthday. Was impressed that we were able to make a booking online. Just like the Toby we visited in Edinburgh lately there were vegan options on the menu.…..  click to continue reading   

 

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Savoy Cafe, Mitcham – Vegan options

I meet up with a friend on a weekly basis while our children are attending home education classes.  This is the cafe nearest to the English class so we catch up here every week.  It is not vegan and does not offer vegan but they are happy to provide me with a vegan breakfast that I ask for myself.  Beans, onions, mushrooms on toast with a black coffee.  I used to bring an alternative milk in a flask, but actually I have sensed that these ‘kinds of milk’ are probably not that good for me.

Please catch up with my vegan experiences in my review on Tripadvisor …..

 

Vegan breakfast

My friend and I meet for a coffee and breakfast in here each week while are children study. While this cafe does not formally offer vegan food they are happy to put together a vegan breakfast for me when I ask… click to continue reading

 

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Green Gloup…

Not sure why, but today all our meals ran late.  While we were up with the larks as usual, breakfast was at 10am, lunch at 3.30pm, so by dinner time, I really didn’t need any food.  So liquid dinner……

Green Gloup

I love this as a meal replacement.

The following amounts will make two large wine glasses of gloup.  I make it by juicing the following.

  • 4 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 handfuls of curly kale
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger

Wash the above carefully, chop into large chunks and juice.  I usually give it a quick whisk and pour.

Good health Vegans everywhere.

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Last Minute Lunch at Zizzi

A very long-standing friend messaged me yesterday morning, at short notice to see if I was free for lunch.  We meet up for lunch every couple of months, I had plenty to do, but couldn’t think of anything I would enjoy more than a chat over a glass of wine.

We met up in Beckenham, a nice little town, and put our noses to the window of a few independent restaurants on the high street but they did not look promising, vegan wise.  We have been known to use Pizza Express as they do a cheeseless pizza which suffices for vegan, however, we spotted Zizzi, which we have visited before.  I like Zizzi’s, they are up with the times.  They have a vegan menu.  Great, it is short, which is ok, there are just a few items for each course, but such a treat not to have to wade through a full menu trying to spot that one item, if we are lucky that’s vegan.  After all, when you first sit down in a restaurant, there is so much to catch up on, who wants to spend ages poring over the text.

I ordered the vegan margarita pizza which had vegan cheese.  I think it was a coconut-based vegan-cheese and asked them to add the caramelised onions just to liven it up.  Sorbet was one of the pudding items, and the wines are mainly vegan.

My friend has some health issues which I think would be helped by eating a more plant-based diet, certainly removing dairy I am sure would help.  We discussed this without me preaching, and we popped into a supermarket on the way home where I showed her my recommendation for a brand of ice cream that would suit her and all the family if she were to remove dairy from her diet.  I think if she served this one up, without telling them it is soya-based they really wouldn’t notice.

Needless to say that Zizzi is in the building that David Bowie had a folk music club in when he lived in Beckenham in his youth.  There are several commemorative items around this area of the high street, including pictures of him in the restaurant.

Here I put a review on TripAdvisor if you are interested:

 

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Trip to Edinburgh

Being vegan is actually very easy these days, especially if you are eating at home, or eating out in an area that you are familiar with so know exactly where to find vegan food.  But we have just returned from a week long trip to Edinburgh.

Our first night in  The Thyme Restaurant  at the Premier Inn there was simply nothing on the menu that was vegan.  The ex vegan waitress was very sympathetic but managed to rustle me up a salad and chips.  Not very exciting, but thankfully food, but we were rather shocked at the price and we did not return to eat.

A couple of nights we ate in a Toby Restaurant, we were with a  party of people, and it was a surprise to me that Toby Carvery would have vegan food, but infact they had a very good selection.  Well worth a trip if you can cope with eating in a carvery.

Of course Chinese or Indian restaurants are usually safe if looking for a vegan option.  We found the Rendezvous Restaurant, from reviews, and had those reviews not been so good we probably would not have tried this restaurant.  When we found it the exterior was poor, looked untouched since the 1950’s but up a couple of flights of stairs we found good food, and good service.

Amongst the touristy trips we took in while we were in Edinburgh, we visited Edinburgh Castle.  I had not been here since my childhood, we had toured Northumberland and Scotland towing a tourer caravan then.  I remember the Military Tattoo had been on when we arrived and the place had been busy.  This time, we had ample time to wander round the Castle and take in afternoon tea at the Redcoats Cafe.  I loved this place, it made eating vegan food normal, with various milks for tea or coffee and a selection of cakes that included vegan and gluten as normal.  But it was a high price we paid for this normality.  Fantastic views though.

Well that is the round up of the vegan food on our trip, but for more info on other trips we took take a further look at my TripAdvisor reviews.  All in all it was a lovely holiday, but I can understand why the two people who I met on our travels who understood veganism were intact self confessed, ex vegans.

All good wishes to Edinburgh and thank you for your hospitality, the Scotch Whisky was good……

 

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