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.
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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!
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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.
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We all dread that time when friends or colleagues start talking about the C-word within the first 6 months of the year, but before we know it, we’re already in September! We start thinking about putting money aside for gifts, what we are going to buy and where we’re going to buy it and how to find that perfect gift! Finding something personal, unique that you can say is handmade can be a bit of a muddle, but luckily for us, the Crafts for Christmas show held between 26th and 29th October at the SEC in Glasgow is your one stop shop to pick up beautiful, finished craft and gifts for friends, family and the home.
To help you along with your gift shopping, I can offer you the chance to win not one, but two tickets to the show! Continue reading “Giveaway competition: win tickets to Glasgow SEC Crafts for Christmas Show!”
Anyone who is experienced with sewing and dressmaking will be able to tell you that the choice of fabric for any project, whether it be a jacket, dress or curtain, is very important. Choosing a lightweight cotton fabric for curtain doesn’t help serve its purpose; using heavyweight fabric for an evening gown makes it impractical. Finding suppliers who offer a great range of beautiful fabric can also be a tricky task. Most sewers are fascinated by haute couture designs, so it’ll come as no surprise that Tissura is the company that can supply you with the same high quality luxurious fabrics, directly from the manufacturers, that premier fashion houses use. Continue reading “Discovering a new world of luxurious fabrics from Tissura”
The OH and I were meeting some friends for dinner and we decided to go to South American street food restaurant, Las Iguanas, on George Street. I’m not against chain restaurants, especially when you’re travelling and you’re not sure what vegan options are available, familiar dishes can make ordering a whole lot easier. Continue reading “Vegan street food: review of vegan options at Las Iguanas”
Having a dietary requirement can sometimes make eating out seem difficult. More often than not, restaurants and cafés are happy to accommodate customers with dietary requirements as long as you give them plenty of notice. What about if you have a dietary requirement or two and know that something you can’t eat is a primary ingredient? What if you’re gluten-intolerant or coeliac and/or vegan and don’t know where to go for celebration cakes or cupcakes, just because?
SugarDaddy’s has you covered!
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If you’re like me and like to support local businesses and like unique pieces of jewellery and crafts, hearing the story behind the designs and how the makers created the piece, you’re in the right place. The Craft Scotland Summer Show is back for the 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Designed as a calming escape from the hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Festival, 33 of Scotland’s most talented makers and designers have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Craft Scotland Summer Show. Continue reading “The Craft Scotland Summer Show 2017 is here!”