A vegan journey to Grantham: review of The Recruiting Sergeant

I recently found myself with the OH and in-laws down south on a road trip. We were visiting a garage in Derbyshire and we stayed the night in nearby Grantham. The in-laws had travelled down this way before and had eaten at The Recruiting Sergeant and mentioned that the staff were very nice and when they phoned ahead to enquire, were very happy to accommodate a vegan. Continue reading “A vegan journey to Grantham: review of The Recruiting Sergeant”

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Exploring vegan food in Finnieston: review of The Cran

Travelling when you’re vegan can sometimes mean doing some research to find out what’s good to eat where you’re going, and if you’re not familiar with the area, maybe getting in touch with restaurants and hotels to ask about vegan options in advance. One of the best things about having friends living in other areas is making sure they already know about your lifestyle choice and letting them take the lead. In this case, a very good family friend of mine had been to The Cran in Finnieston (planting seeds as I go along!) and kept that in mind as a place to visit when I was next in the area. Continue reading “Exploring vegan food in Finnieston: review of The Cran”

A vegan surprise: review of Indigo Yard

My best advice for anyone who’s thinking about going vegan and is wondering where the best place to eat is to phone the restaurant you’re planning to visit. Sure, you can do your research and look online, there are plenty of resources available online that it’s now so easy to find which restaurants offer vegan options. Sites like my own blog or a good friend of mine, Vegan Edinburgh, review plenty of vegan options in Edinburgh and I’m certain that this will also be available around the world too. But sometimes you get a lovely surprise when you do phone up to ask what options they have available, like our visit to Indigo Yard on Charlotte Lane.


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Review: Nando’s new vegan burgers!

Nando’s is one of the most well known chain fast food restaurant in the UK. They first opened their doors in South Africa back in ’87 and the decor and music in each Nando’s restaurant reflects the influence of the culture on the atmosphere, the decorated walls and the beat of the music. The quirky font style is also inspired by South African sign writing and Nando’s has asked talented sign writer and artist Marks Salimu to help.

Incorporating South African, Portuguese and Nando’s own touches, you can’t help but feel a bit transported to another world when you step into the world of Nando’s when you step through their doors.


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Japanese fine dining: review of Tang’s gohan in Edinburgh

Japanese cuisine is well-known for their sushi, but if you’ve ever been to Japan or are a fan of Japanese food, you’ll know that soba noodles, miso soup, bento boxes, salt and edamame beans and so much more are also on the menu. Since I first arrived in Edinburgh in 2008, I used to pass by Tang’s and my friends would joke it was my family’s restaurant given the same maiden name before I got married.


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Angry Vegan? Not me! Review of Bread Meats Bread, Edinburgh

Burgers, one of those things that bring to mind a beef burger patty sandwiched between salad leaves and two halves of a bun. When I first became vegan, there were a lot of favourite dishes that I thought I had to give up for good, but little did I know that burgers were one of the easiest and most readily available vegan dishes when you’re eating out. Continue reading “Angry Vegan? Not me! Review of Bread Meats Bread, Edinburgh”

Fine dining Chinese style: review of The Cotton House, Falkirk

When you live in a different country from where you originated, you’ll know the dilemma with eating out at restaurants serving food supposedly from your own culture. On principle, I don’t usually visit Chinese restaurants much; not that there’s anything wrong with it, but because most of the time they’re not really dishes I crave or recognise. You’ll have probably experienced this yourself, when you’re travelling abroad and a restaurant claims to be serving ‘authentic (insert country) food’ whether it be British, Indian, American, Chinese or Mexican food. This definitely rings true for me.

We (my OH and I) were having a family meal with the in-laws at The Cotton House and I was game to give it a go.


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Japanese inspired cooking with Yutaka: stir fry udon and vegan cold chicken noodle recipes

Eating out when you feel like Chinese food isn’t really something I do much, if at all. Chinese restaurants and takeaways just don’t offer the kind of dishes or food I’m used to when eating home cooking with my family, or eating out in Hong Kong. It might be talked to death and becomes a cliché (cue the eye rolling), but the food served in each country is tailored to the majority of the population’s tastes. The only real way to get the food I’m used to is to cook it myself at home.

When I was offered two of Yutaka’s new sauces to sample, I was intrigued. I was very happy to learn that they were vegan friendly and couldn’t wait to put my culinary skills to the test. It can’t be that hard to try cooking with sauces you’ve never tried before, right?


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Review of Akva Edinburgh: vegan options with a Swedish twist

There are still a lot of different cuisines from various countries (especially Europe) that I haven’t explored the vegan options for. With not travelling around the world as much as I did when I was younger, the world is my oyster and I can’t wait to explore it one day. In the meantime, I was delighted to attend a sewing/dressmaking meet up with other fashionable ladies handy with a sewing machine, needle and thread at Akva at Fountainbridge for Edinburgh Frocktails.


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Full Scottish breakfast, vegan style: review of BBL

A lot of vegans had recommended breakfast, brunch & lunch (also affectionately referred to as BBL) for their great vegan breakfast, so when my friend came to visit, I decided we had to try and stop by for breakfast while she was here.


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