Fine dining Chinese style: review of The Cotton House, Falkirk

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.


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Review of Akva Edinburgh: vegan options with a Swedish twist

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.


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Full Scottish breakfast, vegan style: review of BBL

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.


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What do apples have to do with sustainable luxury vegan fashion?

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?”

Review of The Auld Hoose: home of the largest nachos in Edinburgh!

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.


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Supper club review: Herbivore Supper Club Autumnal (October) edition

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”

Vegan Night #2: review of Bread Street Brasserie

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.


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Dining at Harmonium: review of Edinburgh’s first fully vegan restaurant

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”

Ready to roll! Review of Steak, Cattle & Roll, Glasgow

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”

The Tartan Carrot fundraiser event for Lotus Animal Sanctuary

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”