Mexican market dining: review of Wahaca, Edinburgh

Looking to the markets of Mexico for inspiration, wahaca was born from our love of fresh, honest, Mexican market food.

– Thomasina Miers, Co-founder Wahaca

It wasn’t that long ago, maybe a matter of months, that I read a notice about the exciting introduction of vegan options at Wahaca. I’ve passed by the bright fluorescent neon pink light of their logo at St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh, but never knew what they had to offer.

Chain Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca offers a seasonal menu using fresh local as much as possible to recreate flavours from Mexico. With a South American vibe in decor, it’s hard not to feel happy and groovy when dining here.

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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”

Vegan Vietnamese food: review of Vietnam House, Edinburgh

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”

Vegan-friendly restaurants in Edinburgh

As a new vegan looking to have a meal with friends, whether vegan or not, where do you go? If you’ve never eaten out as a vegan, would you know where to go? It seems everywhere you turn, there are cafes and restaurants that cater to those who are fond of their meat and seafood. Having been vegan for 30 days now, I’ve realised that our choice of restaurant isn’t as limited as it seems. Continue reading “Vegan-friendly restaurants in Edinburgh”