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.
Before I became vegan, if anyone asked me where vegans could go to get a bite to eat, one of the first places that would have come to mind would be Hendersons of Edinburgh. To promote the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and to also provide a social environments for vegans to mingle, I was more than happy to go to Hendersons for their Vegan Movie Night. Continue reading “Vegan Movie Night #7: review of Hendersons of Edinburgh”
I speak about the extensive choice of restaurants and cafes available to vegans living in or visiting Glasgow. Maybe the vegan scene over in the biggest city of Scotland has been established for longer? There is no doubt in my mind though that Edinburgh is quickly catching up which makes vegans in the capital city (including me) very happy! There are many more places I’m still catching up on writing reviews for, but with meeting friends at places to eat that I haven’t had the chance to visit and even more new places popping up, it’s more of a catch up game to try and keep up with supply!
If you’ve been to Glasgow, you’ll know that there are several established vegan pub restaurants like Mono, Stereo and Flying Duck to name a few. Now the company behind those establishments have recognised a demand for vegan restaurants in Edinburgh and earlier in the summer opened Harmonium in Leith. Continue reading “Dining at Harmonium: review of Edinburgh’s first fully vegan restaurant”
When it comes to burgers, you can’t beat a diner that offers soft and succulent seitan patties. After attending the Vegan Connections Festival this year (you can see my blog post here), I decided I was going to stick around Glasgow for a bit longer to sample all their delightful vegan offerings.
Having just been at The Briggait, I decided to visit American-style diner Steak, Cattle & Roll at Merchant Square, 10 minutes walk in either direction from The Briggait or George Square. Continue reading “Ready to roll! Review of Steak, Cattle & Roll, Glasgow”
Finding businesses to support when you’re vegan is made so much easier with all the festivals and markets regularly cropping up in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Vegan Connections Festival, hosted by Vegan Connections, was held at The Briggait at the heart of Glasgow in August and brought together a variety of companies, ranging from caterers, drinks to clothing, household goods and animal welfare organisations, together so new vegans can make the switch more seamlessly.
Having been vegan for 7 months when I was at the festival, I was amazed to see the range of products available. I was mainly focused on the variety of food products sold, but I also had the opportunity to chat with a few businesses about their products and to get to know their products a bit better. Below, I’ve tried to show, through photos, the amazing products we can enjoy as vegans.
Knowing what ingredients to avoid in each cuisine can make eating out as a vegan (or cooking at home) so much easier. It’s good to know what ingredients (like egg or meat) can be swapped for something else (usually tofu). Tofu is the protein substitute for meat in a lot of Asian dishes and is used in many dishes already for its nutritional value. In all Asian food, the main suspects to avoid are usually meat and eggs (one Chinese dish Ma Po Tofu even adds minced pork to the top of their tofu!), but the less obvious suspects are in the sauce. Oyster sauce is used a lot in Chinese vegetable dishes whereas Thai food uses fish sauce as a main flavouring. Dairy isn’t used much in Asian cultures, so milk and cheese aren’t so much concerns, but having staff who are experienced and knowledgeable in what they cook goes a long way.
Vietnam House Restaurant on Grove Street is a favourite restaurant for the OH and I. We even went there for dinner to celebrate our first anniversary last year! So having been going there many times since they first opened in 2011 before I became vegan, how do you know what to eat when you’re now vegan? Continue reading “Vegan Vietnamese food: review of Vietnam House, Edinburgh”
Hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve had a pretty busy week eating lots and exploring new (and visiting old) vegan eateries and enjoying every morsel, so expect lots more restaurant reviews appearing on here soon! In the meantime, you may remember I wrote about the intentions to build an animal sanctuary for all animals, including those who are rescued from slaughter (see my previous post here). It seems like so long ago the amazing people at The Tartan Carrot set this date for the big fundraiser to build Lotus Animal sanctuary in central Scotland – and here it is just over 2 weeks away! Continue reading “The Tartan Carrot fundraiser event for Lotus Animal Sanctuary”
There are a lot of times when we don’t think about how much animal products feature in our daily lives until we come across it. I remember the first time after going vegan when my OH and I decided to go and watch a film at the cinema…and I realised most of their chocolates and sweets would probably not be suitable for vegans. I ended up bringing a bag of my own sweets as back up. Turns out most of the chocolates and sweets weren’t suitable for vegans, but don’t let that put you down. I was invited to the Odeon at Fort Kinnaird last week for the launch of the remake of Stephen King’s ‘IT’ and I was very pleased to find that there are snacks that vegans can eat!
Every day it becomes easier and easier to eat out as a vegan as more cafes and restaurants are recognising the need for vegan options. Even non-vegan establishments are experimenting the local scene and offering options to cater to the rising vegan population worldwide. I even heard that Brew Lab was offering vegan chocolate cake! One of the things I wasn’t sure of was whether it was possible for vegans to still enjoy afternoon tea. I read in a Facebook group I participate in that there are cafes that offer vegan afternoon tea in other towns/cities, say Bristol.
I didn’t have to look any further when Vegan Edinburgh suggested going to Casa Angelina (you can read their own review of their experience here), to say I was ecstatic I didn’t have to give up this luxury is an understatement.