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We're born, there's a space and then we die. What happens in that space will make an impact, and the best part is, we get to decide what it will be.
It was Earth Day recently. That means something different to everyone, be it about people, our planet or animals, each of us draw conclusions based on what moves us emotionally about our planet. For me it is all three. Campaigns such as Earth Day encourage us to stop and look around us and take action. They make us re-asses our impact on the world around us and remind us of the power we posses to drive change in our community.
Whenever a big disaster occurs in the news, or we lose a loved one, we remark on how important it is to make the most of each day, embrace the people around us as one of us may not be around tomorrow. So why not make every day Earth Day? Why not make use of each day by doing something for someone else, or animals, or our planet?
What could you change with your spare change? Well if you put aside a little of the change in your purse each week, quite a lot could be achieved in the course of a year. Imagine what a local charity could do with that money. £5 can go far for a local homeless shelter or animal sanctuary. The charities involved in my Vegantine's Day campaign back in February use every penny you donate to change lives.
With the campaign live for only one day, I wanted to catch up with our charity organisers and share the work they have been doing since the 14th February and raise further awareness, and hopefully support the work that benefits so many people around the world.
VegFund empowers vegan advocates worldwide through grant funding and supporting effective outreach that inspires people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle.
The organisation has been through big changes in recent months. They've revamped all of their systems (website, grant application program, etc, expanded their grant program, started an online discussion group, and so much more!
Visit the VegFund website to stay up to date with their important work within the vegan community and to apply for grants for your own projects!
Included in a long list of updates from this inspirational organisation, the team joined a group of students from Wellington College at WWF’s Living Planet Centre in Woking. For the last year SEEd has been working closely with Wellington College, one of our partner organisations, to help the school develop and embed a Whole School Approach to sustainability.
Additionally, they have created this survey, designed to help you explore and question your own feelings, learning, thinking, knowledge, and assumptions around sustainability. Finally and just as important you can now donate to SEEd as you spend at a variety of online retailers by signing up to EasyFundraising.
Pelican Parcels
"A massive thank you to Pelican Parcels for my beautiful bedding set with duvet and pillow, which my social worker just dropped off for me, I'm overwhelmed, thank you x"
‘'We had a young vulnerable parent in emergency accommodation who gave birth prematurely and had nothing for the baby. We rang Pelican Parcels and were able to get everything. When Mum came home she had a cot, she had nappies, clothes… it was just amazing.'’
Pelican receive referrals like this on a daily basis. And its why we need to reach our crowdfunding target, to keep operating and continue to help families in Brighton & Hove.
They take pre-loved and new item donations for babies and children up to age 10, and redistribute them to families facing financial hardship via various existing family services in Brighton & Hove.In the most recent Child Poverty Index it was estimated that 19.6% of Brighton & Hove’s dependent children are living in poverty. Brighton & Hove as a city has high rates of children in need, in care and with child protection plans and/or who have been referred to children’s social care services.
They're currently fundraising through a Crowdfunder to help set them up in a financially secure position please visit the Pelican Parcels fundraiser site to support this vital local service which currently supports so many destitute parents but with limited resource.Click here to find out more!
Pelican Parcels directly impact the lives of local parents in the Brighton & Hove area. Take a look at a few highlights from their Facebook page of the last couple of months:
As a new charity any financial help you can offer would be very gratefully received. We are hoping to cover our core costs such as the building rent and utility bills from grants, but any support towards these costs or the other items we need to buy will be a huge help.
Here’s what your donation could buy:
£5 a set of new bottle teats£6 large tub of Sudocrem for sore bottoms£10 10 x new bags for sending out clothing packs£12 new microwave steriliser£13.50 one tub of newborn forumula£15 new mum pack with maternity essentials such as breast pads£40 nappies for 1 month£50 newborn formula for 1 month£80 new mattress for cot or bed£200 washing machine to ensure we send out beautifully clean items to families£250 utility bills for 1 month£500 a month of part-time volunteer coordinator£1000 our office rent for 1 month
My Bright Kite
Our youth projects to support the inclusion and wellbeing of newly arrived refugees have been running weekly. In our weekly art project ‘Picture My World’ which uses art as a tool for relaxation and self expression, we have been exploring with water colours and getting ready for our exhibition that will launch in World Refugee Week in Leeds Museum in June.
Eleven young people really enjoyed a day trip out to York, where we were shown the historic sites by local secondary school students.
Young people in our ‘Freedom of Voices’ project took part in two skills based workshops recently, one about digital story telling with former child refugee, visual anthropologist and ethnographic film maker, Vanja Čelebičić. The second workshop was around speaking skills for films. Through this project, young participants are building key skills in readiness for the refugee awareness raising films they will make next month.
Children in our ‘Hearts and Hopes’ child-led social action project have been busy coordinating friendship bracelets and notes of hope for 400 children living in Vial Refugee Camp in Greece. We were so happy to receive some pictures of children in the camp receiving their gifts and you can watch more about this project here:
At My Bright Kite, raising awareness about child refugees so that schools can be welcoming and safe places for new arrivals is just as important as our direct provision of support to young refugees. Children across two Leeds based primary schools have been taking part in a weekly project learning all about the experiences of refugees living locally and globally. They will be sharing what they have learnt in a film, which will be used in our awareness raising work in schools nationally.
Gulwali and Nola, co-founders of My Bright Kite, continue to deliver awareness raising talks and workshops to schools nationally
They are delighted to have three young people lived experience seeking refugee, join their education team. Nola is mentoring them around developing and sharing their personal stories of seeking safety and key skills for public speaking, which is a valuable volunteering opportunity enabling them to gain key skills and experience to transition into paid employment.
Gulwali recently launched a revised edition of his book ‘The Lightless Sky’ which documents his personal experiences as a child refugee and his 18 month journey to safety. The launch coincided with World Book Day which was a lovely coincidence! You can get your signed copy of the previous edition here
And finally, we were overjoyed to be reunited with a young family we first met in squalid conditions in a refugee camp in Europe two years ago. They have recently arrived to our region with very little. We have been able to visit and support the family to access some key services as well as providing some key essentials such as clothes, food, toys and household items to help them settle in.
We couldn’t do this work without the generous support of our donors. Thank you for joining us as a beacon of light for young refugees. Click here to see the current GoFundMe campaign!
Vegantine's Day
On behalf of all of the charities, I would like to say 'Thank you' to those who donated money. Every penny raised will be used to benefit someone in need and is so greatly appreciated. If you were unable to donate at the time of the campaign, the charities are listed here and are still in need of your support throughout the year - you can also volunteer time in many cases, if you are unable input financially.
Keep up to date with the charities here on my blog or by following the individual charities in their respective social platforms. Links are available in the charity profiles here
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What's vegan, cheesy and full to the brim with delicious food? Nope, I 'aint talking about little ol' me, I am talking about the newly launched Vegan Cheese Afternoon Tea I was invited to try out last week at The Georgian House, London.
With all of the hustle and bustle blogging brings (it isn't all launch parties and free food), it also has its delights too. The Georgian House is nestled between Victoria and Sloane Square, on the picturesque St. George's Drive. The house has recently become popular with fans of wizarding. I will reveal why later! Keep reading to find out more information about the afternoon tea, the yummy new vegan brunch option and an exclusive discount too - (booking needs to be done by 11th May 2019 to use the discount code but can be booked for any date in 2019).
The Afternoon Tea
Myself and a group of foodie bloggers were invited to try the new addition to the afternoon tea family at this beautiful hotel and we left feeling incredibly impressed and astounded at the level of effort Chef Monia had put in. Each element was well considered and beautifully handmade looking, and tasting equally as delicious. Monia, if you are reading this, I would like to extend my gratitude to you for creating such a wonderful vegan alternative and for the huge amount of effort and skill that has gone into it. You are truly talented and it was an honour to meet you!
Please note, the drinks flight is available as an additional supplement, and will incur and extra charge, but very much worth it as each drink is matched to the individual plates. You can add either the wine flight or bottomless prosecco during the booking stage. If you're booking for a special occasion, the drinks flight is the cherry on the cake. Non-alcoholic options are also available.
The Menu
Layer One - Vegan Cheese Sandwiches
By far my favourite layer of all, and what an absolute delight! Not only did it look impressive, everything tasted so good. In fact the 'Halloumi' and 'Parmesan' was almost too real, I wanted to check that it was definitely vegan. (It was). I am incredibly picky about vegan cheese, just as I was before I went vegan. If it doesn't taste good, I can't eat it! All of the vegan deli products used to create this -masterpiece- are sourced from Greenbay vegan supermarket in Fulham.
There was really nice tangy heat to the onion chutney which, if you don't like spicy food, probably won't be your thing, but personally I though it was delicious; although our love for the grilled halloumi was unanimous, so I genuinely wished there was more. If there were 3 layers of sandwiches filled with these toppings, I would have left equally as happy; just delicious!
Layer Two - The Scones
I grew up baking scones at home and understand that there is a fine art to getting them just right, I was very impressed with both, and the combination of cheese, apple and the spicy home made chutney was delicious. I was already feeling full and a little squiffy from the wine flight.
Each glass is paired with one of the layers. I had already enjoyed the glass of Boloney Estate Kew Red and was now onto a lovely, rich glass of refreshing 'Silly Moo' cider, very welcome as the scones were quite a mouthful and the chutney was very strong in flavour, so it was time to cleanse the palette for...dessert!
Layer Three - The Sweet
And what a dessert selection there was! My personal favourite were the Caremalised Banana Pancakes, although all of them were good. The others around the table had another favourite and the overall winner unanimously was the Rasperry Mascarpone Cheese Shot. It was like a cheese cake in a glass. We couldn't believe how closely it tasted like mascarpone and, once again had to ask the chef how the heck she managed to do it.
Let's just say that the whole experience was incredible from start to finish and we even got a tour of the Wizarding room, downstairs. I can't imagine a more perfect treat than an afternoon tea and a stay in this stunning hotel! You can even rent out a private cinema room for 2 people. If you're looking for a romantic idea for your partner, spouse or even for yourself and your friend, mother or sister, what a perfect setting The Georgian House would be. Possibly followed by a stroll through London and a show at one of the nearby theatres?
Take a look at a few more pics to show you inside the hotel itself!
The Takeaway
Each of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I can't thank the team at The Georgian House enough, and not to mention the chef, Monia, for the effort that has been put into this. If you think this menu is impressive, just wait until you see what is available in the vegan brunch!
Further booking information and Terms and Conditions can be found below! Please feel free to share this post and tag me on social media if you visit The Georgian House for Afternoon Tea or Brunch service!
Georgian House would also be offering my readers the chance to experience Cheese Afternoon Tea for yourselves with 15% off your booking using code: VCAT15. *
*Terms and conditions – available on any Cheese Afternoon Tea booking (including weekends) made through GeorgianHouse website or Instagram reserve button. Offer must be applied at checkout. Bookings must be made before 11 May 2019, and dining can be any time in 2019.
Booking:
Afternoon Tea
To book, follow this link and add in the discount code above to redeem this offer!
https://georgianhousehotel.co.uk/cheese-afternoon-tea/
Brunch
To book a Vegan Brunch, follow this link - https://georgianhousehotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Vegan-Brunch-Menu.pdf
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35 - 39 St George's Drive, London SW1V 4DG
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I used to be one of those people who would binge watch QVC and buy a million kitchen aids and items that I offloaded onto charity shops all over the UK eventually, having realised that the addiction had to stop, and that there were only as many cleavers one woman could own before the neighbours stopped visiting.
'Anyone wanna come round for drinks and nibbles?'
THIS list however have every right to stay in my Top 5 and have earned themselves a place for saving time, money, or just simply making my life a lot easier when rustling up a tasty treat or a recipe.
1 - Quality Knives
Blunt knives do nobody any favours. Sweet potatoes? Forget about it! Tomatoes? Don't even try it. A good set of knives is always a must if you're a regular cook, it's is also dangerous to use a blunt knife, so change them if you're struggling to cut through a tomato or get a sharpener. You don't need expensive knives if you're cooking at home, but I recommend buying a semi-decent set that will last you a while.
SPLURGE - Jamie Oliver Acacia Knife Block - I love this set - and Jamie has even had the type of knife etched into the blade so you know what to use it for, prolonging the life of the knives. They aren't cheap, but they will last and I have enjoyed using these as they feel like great quality knives while your using them. You will know what I mean if you handle them!
https://amzn.to/2UzhCns
SAVE - VonShef Premium 7 Piece Professional Stainless Steel Knife Set
As a very good, lower-end but still high-quality knife, the VonShef range is actually still a pretty decent knife. I still prefer my Jamie Oliver, but this set it my day-to-day knife. They have a rotating stand which does collect a little dust but they perform well and the rotating stand is handy in the heat of the moment while cooking!
https://amzn.to/2HG4EAV
2 - Food Processor
If buying food processors was a sport, I would be at least a bronze medal holder! While most people out there get excited about shoes, clothes and diamond jewellery, get me a food processor - that's more my kinda best friend! For chopping, blending and mixing, there is nothing more satisfying than pressing that little button and watching my onions chop in under 5 seconds - no tears shed.
SPLURGE - KitchenAid 5KFP1325 Classic Food Processor
THIS is my kitchen pride and joy - it not only looks like retro food-processing sex on legs, it also works wonders and I will buy another one if it finally gives in under the ridiculous levels of ingredients it has to process for me during my cookery. It chops, grates, blends and mixes and makes my other kitchen helpers look a little redundant along side it on my bench!
https://amzn.to/2TH5ioT
SAVE - Philips HR7627/01 Daily Collection Food Processor
This Philips machine has received over 250 5 star reviews for performance, and is incredibly powerful. It will do all of the jobs you need is an excellent alternative if you don't want to part with a huge amount of money right now.
https://amzn.to/2HCDnz8
3 - Slow Cooker
Sometimes, you just want to get home and eat, PRONTO! My working week is a combination of managing our dental practice and blogging about food!. Even as food writer/blogger, even I have days when I want to eat whatever is ready to go. As someone who tries to maintain a healthy diet, I steer clear of frozen or packaged meals for myself and my husband.
A slow cooker is essential for us. I love being able to throw in a load of veggies and seasonings and coming home to a hot dinner we can both enjoy straight away.
Splurge - Morphy Richards Sear and Stew Compact Slow Cooker
This is my absolute favourite slow cooker. It looks so much nicer than any I've owned before and I can also cook it on the hob. The results are great and I highly recommend this device!
www.morphyrichards.co.uk
SAVE - Lakeland 1.5L Slow Cooker, Lakeland
This is my absolute favourite slow cooker. It looks so much nicer than any I've owned before and I can also cook it on the hob. The results are great and I highly recommend this device!
www.lakeland.co.uk
4 Reusable Coffee Capsules
There was a time when my Nespresso machine was the thing that made me most happy in my kitchen, I am addicted to coffee and. even though I have significantly cut down, I find that the first cup in the morning is the best.
Nespresso recently introduced recycling bag, which is a great start, but it's worrying to think about where that recyling actually ends up - apparently much of our waste is sent to India and, as there is so much to deal with, they simply aren't able to keep up with it all.
And then I discovered, my favourite of alllll of the gadgets. The reusable coffee capsule!
Splurge - VBESTLIFE Stainless Steel Refillable Coffee Capsule
Beauty and pracicality in one shiny package and the ability to make hundreds of cups of coffee from one reusable capsule. This is a splurge but at £29.99 it's hardly breaking the bank when you consider that you will never have to buy coffee capsules again and it only needs a small amount of ground coffee to make a cup.
https://amzn.to/2O7ute3
SAVE - Lictin 3pcs Reusable Refillable Coffee Capsules
Incredibly, these two reusable coffee caps come in at only £3.69. I mean, sure, they aren't as robust as the metal one, but in the interest of saving pennies, can you go wrong? I personally have not tried these ones and LOVE my metal version, but at £3.69 I am tempted to take a risk and give them a whirl!
https://amzn.to/2XWj05P
5 - Coffee Grinder
I love grinding my own coffee, the smell is sensational and the taste too, nothing can compare to freshly ground, so here is my coffee grinder and the slightly splurgy one that I wish I had...who am I kidding, I am SO buying the Krupps one!!
Splurge - Krups Expert Burr Grinder
With the Krups GVX2 you can grind beans to the desired fineness to suit your taste, and the type of coffee you are preparing. The GVX2 also has a number of cups (2-12) selector, so you can gauge quantities accurately. You can switch the grinder off manually, or it will switch itself off when the required quantity has been ground. Krups products sold and dispatched by Amazon carry the Krups International Limited Guarantee.
https://amzn.to/2Fgqycg
SAVE - Umigal Manual Coffee Mill Hand Coffee Grinder
I am by no means an expert of grinding coffee and what to use, but this one has done me well. Will it last forever? I am not sure, but I have had it for around 8 months now and it's still going strong. Hopefully it will go the distance, but if I do have to replace it, I have my heart set on the Krupps above. £17.99 for freshly ground coffee at the touch of a button is awesome in my book!
https://amzn.to/2TI580w
At those are my Top 5 (for now) time-saving gadgets.
With all this being said, do we need these gadgets? No, but they save a lot of time in prepping food and I often create several recipes in one day and need all the spare minutes I can get. And anyway, who wants to chop onions when there's a machine that will do it for you?
My next blog post will look at the eco-friendly alternative products I have switched to since becoming a more conscious, carbon-cutting cook!
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Valentine's Day is around the corner....
Depending on your view of this national day, that statement would have conjured up a very unique feeling. Personally, as the years trundle by, I am becoming more cynical of the whole affair, or maybe I am just becoming cynical in general.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE 'love'. I love my husband, being married (never thought I would say that!) and the happiness he brings to my life has never been matched by anyone. Having a day to celebrate that love is quite sweet, but I was glad to learn early on that he ins't into the gushiness of V Day, in favour of small moments of affection on a regular basis all year round. So what? Each to their own, if you want the heart-shaped balloons and lavish dinners surrounded by other gooey eyed couples, enjoy each moment, they only happen once.
BUT, there is one thing that irks me that I can not, will not allow to go un-discussed.
Ok, Jim Carry. Thanks.
GIF aside, this is something I think all of us should consider on 14th.
Allow me to share with you a wee fact that I learned that I had to double, triple check to make sure we hadn't lost our damn minds...
In 2017 - inthe UK alone - customers spent £908 MILLION POUNDS on Valentine’s Day...that's almost A BILLION POUNDS. Oh but it gets worse..each year, it is predicted to continue rising and guess what? Last year, for Valentine's Day 2018 we spend A BILLION AND A HALF POUNDS. Just think about that.
Think about what we could use that kind of money for. Think about all of the people lying cold on the streets, begging for 20p we begrudge paying them for a cuppa, but collectively, we spend a billion quid on tat, sexy underwear and Jimmy Choo shoes (according to my social media feed).
See where I am going?
Social media is rife at the moment with shock and outrage about climate change, world hunger, animal abuse, refugee crisis and so many other traumatic and appalling circumstances our planet, its people and animals are going through.
Many of these issues are caused by humans.
And you know what might help? A billion quid. Heck even half, quarter a fifth, anything!
The average person spends £50 on a Valentine's Day gift, could some of that be allocated for a person in need? And as averages go, this means there are people out there spending hundreds, if not thousands on their special person each year.
It's easy to ask 'But I am only one person, what difference will it make?'. I went vegan 3 years ago and wondered the same thing. It is now mainstream and thousands less animals every year are not being tortured and killed, not to mention the contribution to our earth and everyone on it. Ripple affect - it works.
So I am asking you to please share a small amount of your love on Valentine's Day, just a tiny piece. Go ahead and buy your box of chocs or red roses, just remember that there is, somewhere close to you, a mother who is unable to buy nappies or formula for her baby. £1 won't help anyone? I think she would disagree.
Vegantine's Day
One night in December 2017, as January approached, I was thinking about all the crap that is happening in the world that humans have caused. So much of it.
I was thinking about Valentine's Day and how much of our hart goes into one day for one person when someone else is in desperate need of attention or help. I think a lot when I should be sleeping. I had recently launched lifebymslewis.com and was wondering how I could use it to help fight through said 'crap'.
I started Vegantine's Day because I could no longer sit and complain and get emotional about something I wasn't willing to try to change myself. The thought behind the campaign aligns with everything I stand for as a vegan - equality for every living being regardless if they are human or animal (dog, cat, chicken, pig or cow) and their right to live on this planet regardless of background, circumstance, species or disability.
Vegantine's Day includes 12 charities in 3 categories 'Our Humans', 'Our Animals' and 'Our Planet'. The simple goal of the campaign is to encourage people to share a little of the money they would spend on Valentine's Gifts on one of the 12 charities (or all of it if you're feeling generous).
After all...what is the purpose of our life if we can't help others when they cannot help themselves?
If it was you, would you want someone to help? Give? Volunteer? Donate?
Maybe one day it will be. Don't worry, I've got your back.
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ind out more about the Vegantine's Day campaign and full details of all 12 charities and links to their websites, click here
100% of the money donated goes directly to the charity, I do not receive any remuneration. Charities are listed and promoted free of charge.
Please tag Life by Ms. Lewis and the charity where possible in social media posts using hashtag #vegantinesday
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I was one of the lucky girls and boys who were invited to the launch of the mammoth new vegan product lines that have landed M&S with an award so soon in 2019.
So, what did I love? What did I not love? Now that I have finally recovered from the food coma, allow me to share all of the top recommendations from this extensive offering. Prepare those stretchy pants, because 2019 is going to be the year of the vegan food baby!
The Food
BBQFood
You couldn't miss this stand as the cheerful chefs were cooking up a storm and the smell was unbelievable.
There were a 3 options to choose from, 2 burgers: The 'No Beef Burger' & the 'Sweet Corn & Chickpea Burger' (both £3) and a hot dog/sausage; No Pork Sosoyges (yes that's how they are spelled!) (£3).
All of them were delicious and I would recommend trying all three of them. Word of warning, if my experience is anything to go by, keep these bad lads to yourself at BBQ's, there have been times when I have ended up missing out on my own vegan sausages & burgers because curious meat eaters want to try my vegan ones.
M&S have done such a great job on these and I just know they won't last two minutes, regardless of who is sneering at the vegan in the corner of the garden at the BBQ!
Swiping right: No Beef Burgers, Sweetcorn & Chickpea Burger, No Pork Sosoyges, No Meat Meatballs
Oven Meals
It's great to cook your own food, and if you're anything like me, I tend to eat ready meals when I just don't have any time in the evening, working late into the early hours or after a night out, so without being invited along to try these, it would take me an age to sample them all otherwise.
I have to say, as ready meals go, there is a cracking range of products to suit all tastes. Highlights for me are definitely the new pizzas; Pulled Jackfruit and MargaritaCashew (both £3.50) Mac 'n' Cheese, Spaghetti Bolognese (£3) and the Dirty Fries (£3) .
All three are well flavoured, tasty and a perfect serving for one, or great as sides for 2-3 people.
There were also 'No Chicken Nuggets' - scarily tasted like chicken and had the texture too. The Fishes Fishcakes had the texture of fish but I wasn't a fan of the taste. I know others enjoyed it though.
Grab & Go Range
Having tried the grab and go range items already, I was already familiar but very happy happy to see further additions to this line. The Sweet Potato Biryiani Wrap (£2.80) is a definite must try and the Roast Aubergine with Harissa Dressing is lovely (£3.50)
Dairy-Free Milk
Alongside the food choices, there are also a range of plant milks available which they have stocked for some time and include Soy, Almond, Oat & Cashew
Alcohol
I discovered that 70% of alcohol M&S stock is vegan, this is great news and, while it's still necessary to check the label, a huge step in the right direction.
The vegan range includes: Beers, Wines and Prosecco and a lovely range of spirits and ready mixed cocktails such as a delicious and very creamy Pina Colada!
My M&S Faves
One of the take-aways from the event was that, although I was asked by M&S to share my #mymarksfave, it was honestly impossible to pick one thing! I also couldn't possible try everything as, even though I was asking for small bites of the options, I was simply to full from it all. So I have narrowed it down to my 5 faves instead which I implore you to try, if you haven't already!
1- Cashew Mac 'n' Cheese
2- Pulled Jackfruit Pizza (make sure you crisp up the top as it is much better slightly overdone)
3- No Pork Sosoyges (yes I spelled that correctly)
4- Potato Salad
5- Spaghetti Bolognese
Conclusions
Firstly I would like to add, that for the last few years, I haven't shared a great amount of content as far as M&S goes.
Even with the new 60-item vegan launch, I think there is still some way to go in terms of labelling and allergen information as it seems a lot of their items do not cater for customers who have gluten intolerances, the other issue is the sheer amount of plastic used for the containers.
There is a lot of impetus on reducing single use plastic, and this could put a lot of shoppers off in a bid to cut down, and supermarkets must take action on this as soon as possible. Now that our supermarkets have recognised the need to offer plant based options, a huge step in the battle to repair our planet from the sheer devastation meat and dairy based diets are causing, the inevitable next battle must be plastic waste.
Which supermarket will be the first to fight in the war against plastic? Answers on a biodegradable postcard.
With this worry in the back of my mind, I can't help but feel proud that the vegan community has stood strong enough to be heard and given that a vegan diet is the single biggest way to reduce the harm we have caused Earth, I am so thrilled to see that this has translated into delicious options available on our high streets, and its only going to continue?
A huge thank you to Marks and Spencers for the invitation to try out their new range, and I look forward to seeing the vegan food market expand further and, let's hope, we can influence more sustainable packaging to go alongside it.
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I must admit, it's been around 15 years or so since my last visit to Pizza Hut. I spent many a happy time there during my University days.
If anything could have pulled me back in it would be the launch of a new pizza...get your coat love, you've pulled...jackfruit...on pizza
Right.
Stepping back through the doors of Pizza Hut was sentimental.
Since being a graduate I had forgotten all about those endless afternoons over doughy pizza, and since there have been little on offer for vegans, I thought these days would be a thing of the past.
I heard the news that they're launching, not one, but THREE vegan pizzas to celebrate Veganuary. Aaaand, I'm back.
The first sight I saw walking into the restaurant was a scattering of tent cards, emblazoned with 'Cheat on Meat', a sight I never thought I would see in Pizza Hut at all, let alone there being three different options to choose from. It really is a wonderful time to be vegan!
So many times since being vegan have I been forced to eat whatever option was available and that the restaurant deemed ‘fine’ for vegans (regardless of the fact everyone has a different taste), and it is normally a little dull, to say the least!
Well I did get a salad, and that was just for starters. I had completely forgotten that Pizza Hut have a salad bar, it's a great way to kick off, with lots of variety, but still, we all know we were really just biding time until our carby deliciousness arrived to the table.
The Pizza
As a recovering cheese addict, I am difficult to please when it comes to vegan cheese. Most of it just isn't my thing, but on pizza, it's a different story, and I find that for some reason it is so much more enjoyable! If you’ve tried vegan cheese, and like me, have not enjoyed it, I would suggest trying it on a pizza, melted properly and, preferably in a proper pizza oven.
I decided to order one each of the 'Vegan Jack 'n' Ch**se' and the 'Vegan Margarita'. I am going to tell you right now, I was NOT disappointed and think there is an excellent effort on Pizza Hut's part.
The Vegan Jack 'n' Ch**se'
The jackfruit pizza was delicious! Just enough BBQ sauce which worked really well with the jackfruit meat and the sweetcorn. I ordered it on the 'All American Thin' base which I think was a good choice.
There are a lot of toppings on the pizza so the thicker bases may have prevented me from being able to finish the pizza.
Pizza Hut have clearly thought this pizza out well, as the taste, texture and combination of ingredients was really very good.
I dined with non-vegans who all enjoyed the it, one of which was actually shocked at how much he enjoyed it and said he would order it again! A win for the Jack ‘n’ Ch**se!
The Vegan Margarita
Wow...this pizza is phenomenal. The Voilife Cheese was perfectly melted and delicious with the pizza sauce. As I had been enjoying the Jack 'n' Cheese so much, I didn't leave a great deal of room left and had to ask for the leftovers to go, because there was NO way I as about to waste such delicious food!
This time I chose the 'Deep Pan' base which was perfect and doughy with a nice crust around the edge. It was heavenly, and the only criticism is that I will now have a dilemma in terms of which pizza I will choose on my next visit (clearly both!).
Another delicious vegan option!
I am still yet to try the third vegan pizza and will be returning for more as soon as I can to sample it too!
If you're interested in trying them for yourself, Pizza Hut are offering a whopping 41% off during the month of January.* Be quick and try these delicious new pizzas while the offer is still running! Click here to get your voucher!
*Valid Mon to Thurs (all day) and Sun (post 5pm) - 6th Jan 2019 to 24th Jan 2019.
I hope you enjoyed my review and I would love to find out if you’ve tried this new addition and what you thought about it yourself! Head over to Instagram and let me know!
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We are now in week one of Veganuary.
So far, Greggs are taking over the internet with their epic comebacks to the like of Piers Morgan and his snowflake antics, and a barrage of other anti-vegan rants from otherwise happy-to-eat-processed-sausage-roll-Tweeters. He recently sent out a load of childish tweets about the sausage roll, which ended up in wide-spread frenzy as people went out and cleared the shelves. Nice one Piers!
In the midst of the excitement, I found myself in an internet battle all of my own, (albeit a speck on the back of Gregg's), about the launch of the sausage roll, suddenly answering questions about why us vegans are forcing our lifestyle on people. 'Dude, it's a sausage roll, you can still buy the regular one. Chill' doesn't seem to go down so well when they're bringing up your long-lost Neanderthal Aunty, how apparently ate meat, so we should be too.
Aye...
So in honour of all vegans out there who've had to answer ridiculous questions while still having to carry out their day with some shred of faith in humanity and our mental capacity as a species, here are my top 10 ridiculous things people say to vegans and how you could respond - I am sure you have some corkers of your own, so feel free to send them my way, and perhaps they will form a whole new post!
1 - Where do you get your protein?
It's in everything...literally. Vegans are not protein deficient, quite the opposite. Take our lovely Gregg's vegan sausage roll, it has 12g protein compared to the original with has 6.4g.
2 - If vegans don't eat meat, why do you eat foods that taste like it?
To be honest, I used to wonder this myself, and it is a valid question, so it is not always coming from a bad place. It's often helpful to remind people that I, like many vegans out there, ate meat & dairy my whole life - 34 years in fact.
Most vegans who make the change do so because of compassion for animals, not because they hate the taste of meat. Personally, I wonder; if you could replicate all of your favourite foods in terms of look, flavour and texture without causing any harm to animals, why wouldn't you?
The other consideration, is that animals are not shaped like sausages or burgers, this shape isn't exclusive to meat.
And if you're offended by a non-meat product being called a sausage, then I'm not sure there is much more to say other than...get over it and worry about something else!
3 Animals are made for humans to eat
If this is not the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard...
Ok then let's look at the facts. So God, or nature, (or whomever you belief created the planet and its beings), created an entire eco system and put humans right at the top so we could eat them all. Right
Animals have the ability to communicate, solve puzzles, grieve and play. They look to humans to care for them and inherently put their trust in us, right until the moment they're led to slaughter. They feel pain. Regardless of how they are killed, they feel it, are terrified and spend their last minutes begging for their lives. There is no such thing as 'humane slaughter' when the animal doesn't want to die, there is no such thing as painless death.
If we're meant to eat animals, why are they so bad for our health & the planet?
The Independent recently wrote an article calling time on killing animals for food. Read it here-There are many other articles, resources and information from reputatble sources available, I could write an entire blog post on them alone. A recent blog post of my own addressed the need to take a closer look at how our lifestyle is damaging our health and the planet, the animals always seem to come last in that sentence, as if we need to apologise for reminding people that eating them is wrong. Shame
This moving video inspired that post. If you don't have time to read it, watch the video
Guys. We have so many delicious products available to nourish our bodies, and even junk food available if we want it. There is no longer any need to kill an animal for food, entertainment or any other reason we can think of. And with the information we have available to us, there is no longer any excuse. Taking protein, iron or other nutrients can be done without killing another being.
4 - Do you miss bacon?
Do I miss the taste of bacon? Yes. Do you miss unhealthy foods like crisps and burgers when you're living a healthy lifestyle? Yes. Right, there you are then.
Sometimes you stop eating things because the food in question goes against something you feel is more important. But now that vegan bacon is a thing, guess what, you can still enjoy it - so if bacon is the only thing standing between you being vegan and not being vegan, then worry no more.
Here is the link to sign up for Veganuary. - You're welcome!
5 - If you were the last person left on earth and there was just a pig, would you eat it?
Ok, if I am the last person on earth, and I am left with a pig, do I still have plants? Surely the pig is living off something? I'm good thanks, far happier hanging out with a pig on a dessert island surrounded by coconuts, mangoes and pineapples than having to answer these kind of questions.
6 - If you don't milk cows, their udders hurt
If humans didn't...what? Are you serious!?
And who, please tell me, WHO could possibly drink the milk from a cows udder if humans didn't? I just can't think...how about....their kids??
Simple biology fails a lot of people in their attempt to 'out-do' vegans. The milk is in the udder, because the cow just gave birth, they cow gave birth because she was carrying a baby cow in her tummy. What you need to ask are these three things:
- How does the cow become repeatedly pregnant to be able to produce 'your' milk over and over again?
- What happens to the baby cow who's not allowed to eat the milk so you can drink it?
- What happens to the mama cow after she's done making milk for you?
Babe, you're not lactose intolerant, you're just not a baby cow.
7 - If we didn't eat animals, they would take over the planet
No, no they wouldn't.
If the world goes vegan overnight, then hopefully, this means the farmers have become compassionate for the animals in their care, and would ensure they were looked after. But would they take over the planet? Errm, nope!
Animals are bred into existence for us to eat, as we gradually turn vegan, less animals are born, this would mean that gradually the numbers would decrease, leaving behind the lucky ones who were liberated instead of slaughtered.
Would they die out? If natural selection decided it then perhaps, but we are not here to determine who gets to live or die on this planet, animals should live in peace, in harmony with us, not in fear of us.
8 If you eat a vegan diet, you kill animals/Avocados aren't vegan
TV has been rife of late with anti-vegan/passively anti-vegan/nit-picking at veganism. The petty attempts at proving that we're insane are quite honestly, laughable.
This Morning recently featured a vegan who is apparently offended by a place called 'Wool' and is demanding it to be renamed.
Ok, I get it, they're clutching at straws in an attempt at highlighting vegans as aggressive, offended and angry. There is now a whole new topic to pull vegans up on. Not only do we not get enough protein (except that we do), we now apparently kill more animals through the production of our food.
I sigh every time I hear this because if anyone thought about this rationally, it is very clear that anyone eating a plant-based or vegan diet is harming far less in the world. Firstly, let's say that insects are killed or harmed in the production of crops. Veganism is not about being perfect, nobody is saying that. It's about causing the least harm possible.
In comparison to eating meat, you are directly killing an animal, or at least, paying someone else to do it. Not to mention feeding all those plants to the animal, which, in turn kills the little bugs you are so concerned about.
9 How do you know someone is vegan? Don't worry they will tell you.
Oh will we? How about the occasions when I am going about my business ordering my food in a restaurant, only to be called out in front of the table, expected to explain why I am vegan, then subjected to either a rant, mocking, or belittling? And this is the polite version. If we mention we're vegan, they attack us for it. If we don't mention it, we end up eating animal products by mistake.
To be honest, I don't care. If I want to tell people I am vegan, I will. You literally kill animals to eat them. Ok, logical.
10 I could never be vegan, I love my _______ too much
Ok, this one is frustrating, because the majority of the time, I haven't even challenged their diet. In fact, I don't think I have ever challenged a meat-eater's choice to eat meat.
But then I still have this one thrown at me.
There are a couple of major issues with this aside from the fact that I have caused possible damage to my eye sockets from holding back eye rolls.
If you feel the need to say something like this to someone who clearly won't agree, based on their choice of lifestyle, then there must be a deeper reason. Do you want a reaction? Do you want me to say 'it's ok' and make you feel better about it?
The other problem I see with this statement, is that, it isn't really 'your' bacon, steak etc. It belongs to another living being that didn't have a choice in giving it to you and they had to die in order to do so.
If you want to eat meat, do it, but don't force your opinions onto other people When a vegan person hears this, we aren't going to tell you 'it's ok', we don't respect what you are saying, and you sound like you have a guilty conscience. If it were the other way around, you would be calling us out as militant. Just stop it.
My conclusion
While I understand that there are vegans in the world who are intimidating in their approach, the majority of us just want to live a compassionate. In so many cases we're attacked, belittled and subjected to a constant barrage of questions, often (albeit not always) designed to prove that we are wrong.
I have been challenged online on numerous occasions by meat eaters who approach me of their own accord. When I do try to respond with facts it seems to aggravate people further. In my opinion if you don't want vegans telling you the truth because it upsets you, don't ask us.
K, bye!
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Christmas 2018 is here already!
My Christmas routine normally involves working like a mad woman up until Christmas Eve and then doing a last minute mad dash for all of the gifts and food items I need.
Not this year!
I have decided that, with all of the fantastic options available this year for vegans, I would embrace it and prepare better!
Since launching my vegan Christmas recipe season, I can see there is not only a lot of demand for new ideas for Christmas Day food but also in the run up to the main meal itself.
If you haven't already decided on what you're cooking either on 25th of December or for get together drinks and nibbles, Christmas Eve in front of the fire, or panic cooking after that last minute dash to town for Uncle Tom's surprise visit, I hope to have you covered!
I will be sharing lots more during the festive season and in the run up to New Year's Eve (how is this year almost over?). And even better, it's all 100% vegan and cruelty-free!
1 - Drinks and Nibbles with friends
One of the things I love most about the festive season, is that I seem to make a lot more effort to catch up with friends. Running a busy dental practice with my husband and being a full time blogger takes up so much time, but this time of year allows us to close down for a few days and make the most of our time.
My first Christmas as a vegan - 2 years ago and this year I am far more plastic-conscious!
I often have a small party in our apartment with a few close friends and family where we make cocktails, punch or just prosecco and beers and lay out a small buffet.
I normally cook everything from scratch, but there this year I have been working on a lot of projects both at the dental practice and in my blogging life and haven't had a lot of time to plan it. So this year, alongside my own recipes, I have been on the look out for quick and tasty food ideas to have on hand for any occasion this festive season!
Luckily, there are a lot of great, quick ideas around now to make it easier to prepare.
Marks and Spencershave upped their game this year with a couple of really tasty party food items which are easy to cook and actually look impressive.
Both the sliders and the oriental platter are tasty and a great quick option to have in the freezer for last minute or planned gatherings without the need to cook.
Sainsbury's, Asda, Tesco & Waitrose also have an excellent range of options too! These Linda McCarntey Scampi Bites can be added onto a small circle of coated bread with a little but of lemon squeezed onto them after cooking and a drizzle of mayonnaise, spear with a cocktail stick and sprinkle some chives on top and you've got a quick and easy canapés idea
The mini vegan wellington bites (or posh sausage rolls) are also a great idea for a buffet table! Keep a look out in the chiller and freezer aisles, as the supermarkets are now in full swing and keeping up with one another, there has never been a better time to throw a party at Christmas!
I will be adding a couple of cases of Artigianale to the shopping cart this week in preparation for hosting and attending events but also as a great gift too. It's vegan, cruelty-free, low sugar, low sodium and is made using eco-friendly and sustainable energy sources in Italy.
Use the code MSLEWIS30 to receive an exclusive 30% discount on unlimited bottles!
Visit www.artiginalewine.comfor more information!
I never fails to shock people who are probably expecting something bland and tasteless. It has a lot less bubbles that other prosecco and doesn't leave a bad aftertaste and hangover the following day!
For home cooked ideas, my popular fried avocado bites with sweet chilli sauce are always very popular and a healthy option than the processed food if that is a concern.
Alternatively, make a couple of one pot dishes like my lasagne or chocolate infused Mexican chilli which are always party pleasers, if you do wish to cook!
2 - Christmas Eve cosy night in!
For me, Christmas Eve is all about my Niece! Laying out a little buffet style dinner, leaving a mince pie for Santa and perhaps a little Irish cream in my hot chocolate while prepping my Christmas roast. I don't go too mad with eating as I know the next day will be a heavy food day, so tend to keep it light.
Holland and Barrett have some lovely options for sweet treats alongside their excellent nuts and savoury snack ranges and many of the supermarkets cater very well (as shown above)
There are many specialist shops such as Wholefoods and independent retailers - Hetu UK, Greenbay are my nearest, who stock a great range of treats including mince pies, cakes and biscuits as well as special vegan cheeses too.
Amazon is also an excellent place to pick up some special treats if you aren't able to pop out to the shop (or have had just about as much as you can take from shopping!).
I have found a lot of unusual and impressive vegan food items that I haven't been able to purchase on the high street (although maybe I haven't been looking in the right places!). Amazon is a favourite of mine, it's involves zero lugging of bags and arrives whenever I want it. Here are a few items that I like:
Very Vegan Christmas Hamper- FREE UK Delivery - £39.40 Vegan Snack Gift Box - FREE UK Delivery - £22.95
3 - Christmas Day
If you're following my social media channels, you may have seen my Christmas lunch recipes which I have been sharing.
You can get all of the recipes for the dishes below including:
Dauphinois potato & caramelised chutney stuffed mushroom (starter)Turkey-less crown with orange and maple glazed carrots (main)'Fakun' Brussels sprouts, hassle back potatoes and chilli fried lettuce (sides)
Keep up to date by following my social media, or come back soon to see more of my Christmas recipes including desserts, sweet treats and snack ideas that can be used at any time over the festive season!
Prosecco & Vanilla Poached Pears with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
All of my recipes will be posted here: lifebymslewis.com/recipes
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I have become very wary lately that, I'm actively doing my best to nourish by body on the inside, but becoming vegan, I am so much more conscious that my personal hygiene and beauty products are essentially feeding me too, and could be just as harmful as eating toxins in my food. (Don't even get me started on participating in animal cruelty, environmental concerns and sustainability of small communities globally).
With so much information available, it is so easy to find out what is actually inside the products we're using on a daily basis. But, sometimes there is just so much information to sift through that it can become overwhelming.
I see a lot of discussion about this topic in the vegan groups and forums I am part of, and I thought it would be helpful to share what I use, and recommend from my humble and still relatively new adventures in the world of vegan and cruelty-free beauty.
1 - ESSE - COCOA EXFOLIATOR
Before the concept of cruelty-free or vegan products occurred to me, I thought they were one and the same...but alas, no they are not.
I was using various products which I shopped around for and actually started to make my own facial scrub using coconut oil and sugar. But when I came across Esse, I have fallen in love with their range, particularly this scrub. It slews off all of the dead skin and makes my skin so soft and not irritated. The best thing (other than it being all natural) is that it is probiotic...and smells like chocolate!!
I have also tried the
Probiotic Serum (£95)
and the Gel Cleanser (£25). Both just as impressive as the exfoliator and the effects of probiotics has astonished me. If, like me, you're already seeing great skin results from a vegan diet, then coupled with this wonder skincare from Esse, I find it is the icing on the cake.
When I tell you I receive more compliments at 37 than I have in my entire life, I put it down to my food. (The stuff I eat, and the stuff my skin does)
The kind people at Esse are offering my readers 15% off their whole range. Add KIM15 to your cart to receive your discount. Thank you Esse! Shop the whole rangehere
2- AURELIA PROBIOTIC SKINCARE BOTANICAL CREAM DEODORANT
Having spent quite a lot of money on products that don't do me any good.
I am happy to spend a few extra pounds on a product that makes my pits smell like peppermint all day, feel as soft as a baby's bum. It also leaves me safe in the knowledge that I'm not absorbing nasties while spitting out yet more unnecessary plastic into our oceans as the packaging is 100% recylcable too!
Best of all, it turns to powder so quickly, so for anyone out there worried that it won't withstand a busy day - don't!
You can pick this amazing product up directly from Aurelia SkincareSpace:NK and Amazon
3 - 'MAUI' THICKEN & RESTORE + BAMBOO FIBER SHAMPOO
"
MAUI MOISTURE® starts with a unique blend of aloe vera juice and is infused with pure coconut water, unlike some other shampoos that start with deionized water as their first ingredient listed. The results? Moisturized strands, mended split-ends, and a healthy glow with every use. No mineral oil, No silicones, No parabens, No gluten, No SLS, No sulfated surfactants, No synthetic dye. YES eco-friendly, YES pure coconut water, YES pure aloe juice"
Using Maui makes me feel like I'm on a tropical beach, and as much as I LOVE my life in London, a little escapism is good sometimes.
My hair feels thicker, fuller and smooth and smells like holidays!
I doubt it is possible to have a higher performing hair care range that ticks all of the above and also WORKS!
Available at Amazon , Boots the Chemists, and other good stockists!
4 - 'Faith in Nature Coconut Shower Gel & Foam Bath'
I pick this up from my local Holland and Barrett - I love the smell and the way my skin feels after using it, but I also love that it is almost 100% natural and vegan/cruelty-free. I would love to see a recyclable packaging, but I am sure as this will soon be compulsory, we won't be waiting too long!
The watermelon is also one of my favourites in the range, so...watermelony!
5 - Rosalique 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF25 - Treatment for Rosacea, Red Facial Skin, Couperose, Keratosis Pilaris, Spider Veins & Ageing
I was sent a tube of Rosalique to trial recently and have been applying it daily on top of my Esse Skincare Serum and underneath my foundation. It conceals redness and inflammation on the skin and leaves a soft, slightly sun kissed hue to my skin, even though it comes our bright green from the tube.
I have noticed a huge improvement in my random patch of inherited rosacea (thanks Grandad) and my skin looks much more evenly toned overall - full review with before and after photos coming soon!
Click on the image to read more about the product!
6 - TARTE - LIMITED-EDITION RAINFOREST OF THE SEA™
Tarte are one of my number one go-to brands for vegan and cruelty free make up.
Their products are great quality, generally long-lasting but also, they smell great too! With an excellent range of shades from 'Fair Sand' to 'Mahogany' nobody is excluded from the range. Click hereto visit the Tarte website for a full range of VG/CF products.
I was made up when I found out Tarte were vegan/cruelty free - LOL, pun fully intended...
I hope this blog post was useful! I have also been undergoing Smilelign treatment to straighten my teeth, you can follow my journey by reading my blog post about it.
Please comment below to recommend your favourite vegan/cruelty free products and please share this post with your friends.
Look me up on social media if you have it, links below to enquire about guest blog posts on my site or if you would like to collaborate, email me here: lifebymslewis@gmail.com
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Today I woke up in my own bed after a very good rest following an exhausting but utterly fantastic experience in Israel. We were lucky to visit some of the most historic sites on the planet and experience much of what the country has to offer!
Tel Aviv has a bustling social seen, eating, drinking and talking late into the evening is an integral part of Israeli life, wherever you visit. The local people are friendly and many of them are open to talking about the issues there, but do not make this assumption with everyone you meet.
We arrived into Tel Aviv in the afternoon, the security measures and baggage collection took a long time, we were lucky to have taken an early flight so we could arrive in Tel Aviv with time to unpack, settle in and find some food!
Read on to find out more about my top stops for tasty vegan eats in Tel Aviv!
1 - 110 Burger - Ditzengoff Street
110 Burger was a complete surprise as it was the first food place I saw and my eyes seemed to instantly spot the vegan burger like some kind of vegan radar...vegdar?
I have to say, it was delicious and even my meat eating husband was surprised by how good it was and even preferred it to his chicken burger. So delicious - as were the fries!
I must share a word of caution though, they may ask if you want to add cheese, but this is regular cheese, not vegan so remember to double check what they mean.
2 - La Mer - Tel Aviv Beach
The perfect spot on the beach, we relaxed from late afternoon under the beach umbrellas with a delicious spread and great cocktails - the best place to be when the sun is so hot!
My friends recommended the fried cauliflower and aubergine with tahini and chickpeas. They were both absolutely delicious but so filling I had to ask for my leftovers to go...Kimmy doesn't waste food...but she may share it....
The fried cauliflower was delicious and perfectly crispy. It was so tasty and the portion was so large that I almost left no space for the aubergine.
This is defiantly a dish you can enjoy on it's own or as a smaller sharing plate.
So enjoyable!
You will eat a LOT of tahini and chickpeas, either in the form of hummus, or just as a topping for other dishes. It was the perfect pairing for this smokey, charred aubergine and delicious with crispy salad leaves. The smokey paprika just lifted the earthiness in the tahini and made it even more delicious!
This beach bar/cafe attracts crowds of all ages and the food is excellent. At night it transforms into a beautiful scene with red lanterns and the stunning Tel Aviv city scape on the horizon.
A must visit place in Tel Aviv!
3 -Anastasia
Cafe Anastasia was the first vegan only establishment in Tel Aviv and offers a range of great food options from salads to pies, smoothies and organic beers and wines
Swipe right to see the everything we ate!
I was excited when I walked by Anastasia. It was a so close to our apartment, but imagine my delight upon finding out it was actually completely vegan!
The starters were delicious! The masala dosa wasn't as close to the original South Indian dish as I know and love, but in it's own right it was a lovely dish which I would definitely recommend.
We ordered the the Farmer's Pie and a mushroom dish which was serves on top of a fava mash, both delicious but I definitely swayed towards the pie more which was a lentil pie with a hash brown topping and a cashew cream and chopped tomato garnish, totally yummy!
The dish of the day, though, had to be the raw, sugar free tiramisu. How they managed to create such a delicious, naughty tasting dessert with almost zero calories was magical!
If you are vegan in Tel Aviv, this one just has to be on your list, 10000%
4 - Falafel Shops
You're never too far away from a very good falafel place. They're dotting around all over the city. This one is close to Ditzengoff Street. You pay around £4 for a large pitta stuffed with hummus, salad, falafel, pickles and tahini sauce and they even add a sort of spring roll filled with spiced potato. It's amazing, cheap and so fresh!
The pitta bread is so much nicer that the stuff we eat in the UK. It's more doughy and springy. The falafel is moist and not dry in the slightest, wherever you buy it from, as it is freshly cooked moments before.
if you spot a falafel place, give it a go!
5 - Dr. Shakshuka - Jaffa
This place is pretty well known and loved and we had to give this classic feast a try! You can't come to Israel and not try one of these. We ordered the 'Business Lunch', but I am not sure how any business at all would be done if I ate that in my working day, hence the half eaten plates and the look of exhaustion on my husband's face!
MAMMOTH is the word I would use.
From top left: smokey aubergines, roast tomato and chill with tahini and cabbage, hummus and chickpeas, vegan shakshuka, vegetable soup and the whole gang together.
You receive a pitcher of homemade lemonade, bread and cous cous for £40. You will not finish this meal in one go...ask for your leftovers!
Goodbye Tel Aviv!
So there we have it! I could have shared more on this food journey, I have genuinely picked out the highlights! Israel caters very well for vegans and many of the places you will visit have a vegan option, and in Tel Aviv there are many full vegan menus available.
Have you visited Tel Aviv? I would love to hear about your experience!
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