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.
Continue reading “Fine dining Chinese style: review of The Cotton House, Falkirk”
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?
Continue reading “Japanese inspired cooking with Yutaka: stir fry udon and vegan cold chicken noodle recipes”
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.
Continue reading “Review of Akva Edinburgh: vegan options with a Swedish twist”
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.
Continue reading “Full Scottish breakfast, vegan style: review of BBL”
You may or may not be aware that Mexican food is very vegan friendly, you just need to skip the sour cream and dairy cheese and you’re pretty much set! There are so many Mexican street food shops in Edinburgh, it’s hard to keep up! Some of the places I’ve visited seem to infuse their own personal touches on their food and you’ll see why it’s not so easy to stick with just one place.
Continue reading “Burritos galore! Where to find tasty Mexican street food in Edinburgh”
One pervading thought that still lingers in people’s minds about the lifestyle is that vegan fashion is a little behind when ‘luxury’ materials like leather, suede and exotic animal skins aren’t used. This is something innovative individuals who are environmentally conscious and animal lovers are quickly picking up on and filling the gap for. I will talk more about some of my favourite brands later, but walking through Harrods recently, I noticed how apart from Stella McCartney, there were no other designer brands that were vegan friendly and without paying through the nose for luxury fashion. happy genie is looking to bridge that gap in the market. Continue reading “What do apples have to do with sustainable luxury vegan fashion?”
Since becoming vegan, I’ve always been a bit sceptical about whether pubs offer vegan options. Years ago, one of my closest friends and her husband decided to go vegan and once I realised how many non-vegan ingredients were in almost everything we buy, I decided to pay more attention to the menus and to see which restaurants had clearly marked vegan options. Imagine my surprise when, by accident, my OH and I stopped by The Auld Hoose for a quick drink and noticed how many vegan options they offered.
Continue reading “Review of The Auld Hoose: home of the largest nachos in Edinburgh!”
I’m always happy to be proven wrong when I have already formed a first impression about something or someone. I attended one of The Herbivore Supper Clubs previously (see here) and wasn’t quite sure I enjoyed the food as much as I thought I would. Whether or not this was a result of my changing palate, when Emma (from Vegan Edinburgh), Lucie (from Call Me Dumpling), some friends and I decided to go to the October Herbivore Supper Club, I was happy to give it another go. Continue reading “Supper club review: Herbivore Supper Club Autumnal (October) edition”
When a new vegan product is launched, you can expect that vegans everywhere will catch wind of it and if it’s something we’ve been waiting on for a while, everyone will be rushing to try it out for themselves to see whether it lives up to expectation. Chain restaurant Wagamama recently teased the vegan community by announcing they were trialling their new vegan menu in just a few of their branches before releasing it to all of them nationwide. Before you know it, the new vegetarian and vegan menu was available everywhere and to no one’s surprise, many vegans made it their mission to go and try it, including myself. Continue reading “Sampling Wagamama’s new vegan menu: review of the St Andrew’s Square branch”
I’d previously gone to Bread Street Brasserie for Vegan Night with Lucie from Call Me Dumpling (see my previous review here) and while the food was quite lovely, I was a bit disappointed by the apple crumble (you can read all about this in my blog post).
The OH wanted to go out for dinner recently, and I thought it might be a good time to give their Vegan Night another try, especially since the menu sounded more appealing (more as a result of personal tastes than poor menu choices) so we went for round 2.
Continue reading “Vegan Night #2: review of Bread Street Brasserie”