Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas everyone!

It's my first Christmas as a vegan and I am loving whats on my plate - roast potatoes, parsnip, carrots, green beans, brussels, nut roast and cranberry sauce.

It doesn't get much better than this!
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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Berlin

If you hadn't already heard, Berlin is fast becoming the main hotspot for vegan travellers.


With its wide variety of vegan restaurants, cafe's, supermarkets and shops it has really made a name for itself as a vegan landmark!

When my husband and I decided to have a little winter mini break away this year, there was only one place on my list that I wanted to visit - Berlin!


Not only is Berlin amazing for vegan travellers, it's also an incredibly vibrant and arty city with so much history and culture to immerse yourself in.



In November the Christmas markets begin and Berlin has more Christmas markets than any other German city so it's the perfect place to get into the festive spirit and pick up some gifts.


Whilst in Berlin we booked a table at the Kopps vegan restaurant which is highly rated on Trip Advisor. This was a real treat!
                                      



I loved that every dish at Kopps seemed to just celebrate vegetables and their versatility. I did find that a lot of vegan eateries in Berlin try to create alternatives to meat which is great for the people who have really struggled to eradicate meat from their diets. But for me I didn't like meat in the first place so I am not looking for a fake alternative. 

Talking of fake alternatives, we just had to try the Voner vegan doner kebab shop! It was something I needed to see to believe. I had heard things about it online and I was keen to try it for myself although I kind of knew before we got there that it wouldn't be for me. And unfortunately I was right! But the chips & salad were really good.


I was so impressed to see that Berlin has its own vegan supermarket Veganz! The idea of a supermarket which purely stocks vegan only goods seems like an impossibility here in the UK, but Berlin is demonstrating to the world that this can be a reality. 



Veganz is situated on a road that has become known to the locals as 'Vegan Avenue' as not only is there a vegan supermarket and cafe, but there is also a vegan fashion shop called Dear Goods which stocks a variety of vegan & eco friendly clothing and accessories. 


Obviously whilst in Berlin I needed to get my vegan sweet fix so we headed over to the extremely cute vegan cafe Oh La La , where we indulged in some delicious crepes! 



We had a truly memorable time in Berlin. It's an amazing city with something for everyone - not just the vegans!


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Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Vegan Kind - #TVK13


Look what arrived today! I'm so happy!

Another amazing box from the lovely people at The Vegan Kind.

Included in this months box:

  • Consider It Salted Caramel (perfect on pancakes!)
  • The Primal Kitchen Coconut & Macadamia Paleo Bar (yum!)
  • Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Orange Mylk
  • Organic Surge Shower Gel (full size!!)
  • Ten Acre Chicken Soup Crisps
  • Quinoala Mothergrain Express Quinoa
Today I am a happy vegan! :-)
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Holiday Essentials


I am packing for Dubai today and thought I would share with you some of my hand luggage holiday essentials! Sony headphones, iPhone 6+, Bloomingdales little beauty bag, Michael Kors watch, Ray Ban sunnies, H&M large cotton bag, tangle teaser hair brush and of course - passports!! Roll on some sunshine.
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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Vegan Kind - #TVK12


This month I decided to sign up to The Vegan Kind monthly subscription box of vegan goodies.

And i'm so happy I did as this morning this box of delights came through my door!

When I first heard about subscription boxes I was really excited as it was a totally new concept to me.  I loved the idea of receiving some surprise products every month and not knowing what I was going to get seemed like such a novelty and something to look forward to.

Also as a vegan its great to be introduced to new products that you may not have ordinarily have tried or been aware of.

Everthing in this box was delicious and I have to admit to sampling a bit of all of it on the day it arrived! I absolutely loved these onion bhaji crisp snacks - so yummy!

I was also really impressed with the small Triumph luxury moisturiser that was included. I loved using this product and would definitely buy again.

The Vegan Kind subscription box is also great because they include a recipe card with every box and 10p from from every box sale goes to a different animal charity each month.

I'm already excited for next months box!

Sarah x
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Monday, 29 September 2014

Lush Big Hair


I don't know about you, but I have always struggled to make my hair feel voluminous and big. No matter what hair care products I have purchased, they've never made a difference. Until now that is!

I recently thought I would give some Lush products a try as they are cruelty free and I have been trying to gradually change all of my products over to cruelty free brands.

I was really impressed with this 'Big' shampoo and the results. It's a strange consistency for a shampoo, almost like a body scrub. But once you start to rub it into your hair it does lava up like other shampoos.

Afterwards my hair definitely felt bigger with more volume and bounce to it. I was really impressed! I will definitely be purchasing this shampoo again.
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Vegfest London



Today I visited my first ever Vegfest event in London and it was amazing!

There was an abundance of stalls, talks and eateries - all of which got me very excited.

It was good to see brands there like the Jason & Lush range, both of which I am a big fan of.

It was a great opportunity to stock up on some vegan treats, especially some delicious cupcakes from Ms Cupcake!

As you can see from this photo, I picked myself up quite a haul!

I am already planning my next visit to Vegfest and after today's experience I think it will be a regular date in my diary.

If you would like to visit any of their events next year then check out the Vegfest website.
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Veggie Burger


One of my all time favourite vegan meals is the veggie burger! Tonight my husband made me this amazing chickpea burger with a side of corn on the cob and homemade sweet potato wedges & chilli vegan mayo. What a winning combination!
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

All Day Vegan Breakfast


One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is:
1. have a big lie in.
2. cook up an all day vegan breakfast!
So simple, yet so yummy! Bakes beans, mushrooms, spinach, wholemeal toast, grilled cherry tomatoes and some vegan sausages. Voila!
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Vegan Shopping Trolley


I went food shopping today and as I was walking up and down the aisles I felt so proud of my shopping trolley full of vegan goods! Doesn't it just look so inviting!?

Sarah x
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Vegucated


Last night my husband and I decided to watch the 'Vegucated' documentary on Netflix.

As I am transitioning from being a vegetarian to a vegan I am trying to educate myself more about the benefits of a vegan diet and I thought this film would be a good starting point.

Although this film is slightly dated and a little bad quality in terms of filming, it has really motivated me even more so to become a vegan. It has really moved me into new place in my life and a new way of thinking. I honestly don't think there is any going back now.

The documentary follows three americans who volunteer themselves to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. We get to see their their highs and lows first hand and how they begin to educate themselves around the factory farming and animal agriculture.

Before watching this film I don't think that I was aware of just how cruel the dairy industry is. As a vegetarian I felt like I was making a real difference by not eating meat but now I am realising that dairy is really no different in terms of animal suffering. If I want to make a bigger difference to the lives of animals then I know that I need to become vegan.

This film had such an impact on my husband that he actually went out and bought some soya milk today. Bearing in mind that this is someone who loves his traditional cups of teas more than anyone else I know, this film has even managed to change his mind.

Sometimes it can be hard to face up to the reality of what's going on in the world. I have many friends and family members who tell me that they can't watch films like this because it will upset them too much. Well if you can recognise that this film might upset you then maybe you need to ask yourself why?

In any case, this film is much more informative than it is upsetting. Yes there are some clips which are hard to watch but ultimately this is something that people need to watch instead of living in ignorance.

As long as we continue to fund this industry animals will be subjected to unthinkable amounts of suffering and I am so happy that films like Vegucated are bringing these issues into the mainstream.

I would love to hear your thoughts on Vegucated so please comment below if you have watched it.
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Vegan Pancakes


Pancakes are up there as one of my favourite things to eat. I love them at any time of the day and in any way! 

Moving from a vegetarian to vegan diet has been mostly easy so far but I have been interested in trying some vegan recipes for foods which are renowned for having dairy in them. 

Today I tried my hand at some vegan pancakes. I took this simple recipe from the All Recipes website and was amazed by how easy it was to make these. Plus I already had all the ingredients in my cupboard which was an added bonus.

Both myself and my husband couldn't really believe how similar they tasted to regular pancakes, considering that they didn't have any eggs in them.

We topped them off with some fresh strawberries, maple syrup and icing sugar and they were yummy!
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Manna Restaurant



Today we visited Manna Restaurant in Primrose Hill, London, for a spot of lunch.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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