Happy sushi days: review of Happy Maki, Brighton

I’m sure every vegan will be able to relate to the fact that when you decide to go on a trip, finding out where you can find vegan options can be a bit of a minefield when you’re not familiar with the country. Searching Google and asking in local groups for advice are typical ways for us to find what we need to know, but wouldn’t it be helpful if all this information was in one place, like Vegan Edinburgh for those who are visiting Edinburgh?

I’ve decided that I’m going to share where I’ve been and also share reviews of places I’ve visited in my travels (I’ll also have posts on Hong Kong and London still to come) and share them with you. Hopefully this will give you a bit of a starting point on finding places that might be of interest! I’d previously written about The Recruiting Sergeant in Grantham (see here) and today I want to share with you my one of new favourite haunts in Brighton: Happy Maki. Continue reading “Happy sushi days: review of Happy Maki, Brighton”

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Speedy vegan pizza in 90 seconds! Review of @pizza in Edinburgh

I have a confession to make.

Since going vegan, I’ve heard some mixed reviews about where to get vegan pizza. Some have mentioned how the pizza bases weren’t vegan, how some places offer pizza without cheese and how some of the cheeses used weren’t quite as stretchy as you would expect from dairy cheeses. I’m sure you would avoid something too if it was potentially going to ruin your impression of what a good dish should taste like, so I’ve been avoiding pizzas…up until a couple of weeks ago.

When Emma from Vegan Edinburgh invited me to go along to review new pizza parlour, @pizza on Charlotte Lane, I had to give it a go.


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Vegan fashion directory part 1: my favourite vegan friendly shoe brands

As vegans, there is an element of personal choice (and what your budget allows) when it comes to throwing out any non-vegan items from your wardrobe. My personal view on this topic is this:

  1.  Not everyone is able to completely overhaul their wardrobe and ensure every item is vegan-friendly, and
  2.  By doing this, you could potentially be creating more waste and adding to the consumer behaviour

My own view is to continue using what you have, even if they’re not vegan, if you’re comfortable doing so until it becomes time to replace them with vegan-friendly alternatives. A lot of people might think that vegan shoes tend to be pricey and that they’re unfashionable to wear, but with growing demand and an ever-increasing vegan population, more and more fully-vegan companies are appearing to fill the gaps or non-vegan companies are recognising the need to offer vegan alternatives to keep loyal customers happy.

The end result? A range of footwear to suit active athletes, smart/formal or work occasions, fashion-conscious and practical comfort vegans. Continue reading “Vegan fashion directory part 1: my favourite vegan friendly shoe brands”

Healthy alternatives with Andean Sol: a review of their chia oils

As far as oils for cooking and for salad dressings go, a lot of the vegetable based oils like vegetable, sunflower, peanut, olive and coconut, we have plenty of choice. There is no limit to the number of oils we can use as vegans. I don’t like to use too much oil as I feel it’s not something we necessarily need in our systems, but what if there was a healthier alternative for those of us who are more conscious about what we consume? Andean Sol has the answer. Continue reading “Healthy alternatives with Andean Sol: a review of their chia oils”

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”

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”