LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (LPQ): the vegan daily bread

We have been seeing LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (LPQ) restaurants popping up all over London (and beyond) but we’re surprised to find a wide variety of vegan options labelled on the main menu of this French style food chain!
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WILLS VEGAN SHOES, OUR FAVOURITE ETHICAL SHOE PRODUCER CELEBRATES END OF SEASON SALE!

Leading ethical footwear producer Will Green, jubilant over the runaway success of his fashion brand Wills Vegan Shoes, is rewarding customers with an end of winter sale as he readies for the future.
TheAllAnimalVegan with Wills Vegan Shoes
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TESCO: surprisingly the best Free From vegan section!

Whatever you may think or feel about the UK supermarket giant, Tesco has the best dairy-alternative ‘free from’ range out of any of our mainstream supermarket chains.

Tesco vegan cheese
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BEYOND SKIN SHOES: good enough for Natalie Portman, good enough for us.

‘It was empowering to know that the choices I made both as a consumer and how I ran my business could and did make a difference’. Natalie Dean, Beyond Skin founder.

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PAUL A. YOUNG – chocolate with a different tune…

‘Chocolate is a wonderful ingredient; its versatility is endless in every way. Flavour pairing, moulding, decorating – it’s very visual as well as tasting amazing’. Paul A. Young.

Paul A Young himself ChrisBrockPhotography-1171

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BEATROOT CAFE, SOHO’S BEST KEPT SECRET

-Soho’s best vegan cafe
-’That’s one of the best things about Beatroot, it appeals to the meat-eater and vegan alike. When food is tasty, healthy and made with skill, everybody is happy!’.

Beatroot Cafe, Soho
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ANIMAL AID CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2013

Today, for the first time we went along to the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre 2013 at Kensington Town Hall in London, which we’ve been looking forward to, well, all year…

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THE MIGHTY FORK: posh hotdogs that are worth the wait…

THE MIGHTY FORK hotdogs together
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LONDON VEGAN SOCIETIES (LVS)

- An ‘approachable vegan group where everyone is welcome’ Thomas Micklewright.
- ‘Confident that veganism is a growing trend in London (and beyond)’
- ’People are waking up to healthy and environmentally friendly eating’

Thomas from London Vegan Socities with award

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BRECKNOCK ROAD: North London’s unlikely setting for a mid-November vegan festival

  • A true community event where businesses came together to support each other 
  • Showing ‘the power of the vegan pound’

We went along to Brecknock Road Vegan Festival in north London on Saturday and were blown away by what a fantastic day we had. Let me set the scene: it was pouring with rain, it was freezing cold, and I ended up with flu the next day! But it was worth it…

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THE SOUL OF VEGAN SHOES IS CHANGING…

Wills-Vegan-Shoes.com HAS ARRIVED…I was lucky enough to meet loads of interesting people this October at Vegfest London, but one who stands out more than most is Will Green. Not just because he’s a handsome chap, but because he has big ideas about all of our feet…

TheAllAnimalVegan with Wills Vegan Shoes

Me and Will of Wills-Vegan-Shoes.com at The Third Estate on Brecknock Road.

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FUNNY VEGAN QUESTIONS…

If you’re a vegan, you will know what I’m talking about! Whether you’re at work, in a restaurant, a shop, meeting new people, on holiday, or with your closest friends and family it is likely you get asked funny vegan questions.

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VEGAN FASHION – I haven’t got a stitch to wear…

…Well I have now. When you tell people you are vegan they instinctively focus on what you can eat. Food is the easy part, I live in London. It’s everything else that’s complicated. When it comes to vegan fashion, it’s the vegan-friendly shoes, the bags, the belts, the wool-free, cashmere-free or silk-free jumpers and so on that can be tricky.  It’s checking every garment label and still feeling unsure each time you buy something that it is definitely cruelty-free.
Vegan boots  fc_select_vegan_fran_over_stitch_biker_boots_black_wb  misscogirl_vegan_cross_body_bag_bronze_w  london_rebel_black_court_heel_pauline_shoes  Vegan bag

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CLARIDGES DOES VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA!

My very generous older sister and her husband gave us a Claridges afternoon tea voucher as our wedding gift. We got married in February — it was an incredible day. 
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In fact I wish you could have joined us at our vegan wedding, and this week at Claridges too, because you would have loved it. We had no idea that Claridges would be able to provide vegan-friendly anything, but trust me, they certainly do.

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HOW MUCH DO YOU VALUE YOUR HEALTH?

organic_foodLike me, you want to live a long and healthy life – and with food as my only fuel, it is imperative to eat the right stuff for my body, and you for yours. Most of us don’t, as we’re busy and have a budget. But there’s no mistaking it – food is the source of life. Without it you will die, there is no other way about it. No food = death, and bad diet = illness. Fact. So my plea is: if you spend money on anything, spend it on food; help yourself, help the farmers and help the planet…

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IS VEGANISM ON THE RISE?

I spent the weekend at VegfestUK, London, UK to find out if veganism is becoming more popular – check out my round-up below:
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VEGAN SUPERMARKET TO OPEN IN LONDON! VEGANZ

Dear Vegans… try to imagine a grocery shopping trip where you don’t have to tiresomely check the ingredients of every item you pick up.

Veganz vegan supermarketYou know the drill – you look for the Vegan symbol, most of the time it’s not there, so then you check the entire list of ingredients. Even after this you feel unsure if it is definitely vegan — have they listed all the ingredients? Have they made a mistake? If it is vegan-friendly, why don’t they label it? Hmm, is it safe to buy this?

So imagine a supermarket where you could safely buy every item, where EVERYTHING is vegan. ‘Don’t be so ridiculous; there couldn’t possibly be such a place’ you say. I wouldn’t joke about something so wonderful…

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BANANA TREE – SOHO, LONDON, UK – 28th August 2013

banana tree logoI invited my nearest and dearest to Banana Tree in Soho for a bite to eat after work to celebrate my birthday.

The great thing about this restaurant is the variety on the menu; there’s something for everyone – and my friends have an array of dietary tastes. Some of them eat meat, and they are well-catered for, but there are also vegetarian and vegan options clearly marked on the main menu, which impressed me.

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CHOCOLATE VEGAN BROWNIES RECIPE

THESE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES have made my week…

vegan chocolate browniesIt was my birthday at the weekend, and when I returned to work on Monday my awesome friend Polly (a non-vegan) had gone to the effort of making me these vegan brownies!  I was extremely flattered, and they were so good that I want to share the recipe with all of you.

This was inspired by Charlotte O’Leary’s BBC GoodFood recipe, and tweaked to our own tastes.

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ORCHARD CAFE, LONDON, UK

Orchard_LondonThe pick of veg cafes in London - ORCHARD CAFE

We celebrated our six-month wedding anniversary (who says you can’t celebrate a half-year?) with a relaxing day together visiting galleries and museums across a sunny London, stopping for coffee and cake in between seeing the sites. We decided to visit Orchard cafe for lunch, as it’s only two minutes’ walk from the British Museum, our first port of call. Orchard cafe is the little sister of the Michelin-recommended Vanilla Black, a restaurant just down the road near Chancery Lane.

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CHRIS PACKHAM SPEAKS UP AGAINST UK BAGDER CULL

Chris Packham and badgerPlease share this on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and everywhere else - let’s help UK TV naturalist, BBC broadcaster and wildlife photographer @ChrisGPackham to help our UK badgers. Together we can make a difference.

CHRIS PACKHAM SPEAKS UP AGAINST THE UK BAGDER CULL, This is the full Chris Packham statement from Twitter:

“It is both sad and shameful that when night falls and the setts of southern England stir their gentle folk will be needlessly slaughtered…
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MY FAVOURITE VEGAN-FRIENDLY BED AND BREAKFAST

SUE SIMMONS BED & BREAKFAST
My favourite vegan-friendly bed & breakfast just happens to be in Marlow, Bucks, UK. Marlow is a picturesque town in easy reach of London, Windsor and Henley.

Sue Simmons Bed & BreakfastIf you need somewhere to stay that can cater for all dietary requirements, then here’s the place. I have it on good authority that the owners (Mr and Mrs Simmons) have a vegan son and daughter-in-law, so have plenty of experience catering for all kinds of diets. Sue Simmons is a phenomenal cook, and the house is always immaculate — and I mean spotless. Admittedly, I could be biased…I’m the daughter-in-law! But this only makes me more qualified to tell you how accommodating this vegan-friendly bed and breakfast is :)

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VEGAN’S DAILY COMPANION by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Vegan's Daily Companion

I love this book. Click here to buy it now!

A good friend bought me Vegan’s Daily Companion for my birthday. I’m not going to be corny and say it changed my life or anything, but I did, and do, enjoy reading it very much.

It would take a long time to describe this book in detail, and if you decide to read it, then I won’t take up even more of your time with a lengthy review — I’ll keep it short.

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EATING OUT AT THE CHAINS – VEGAN RESTAURANTS

chains imageDoes this sound familiar? You are going to dinner with some non-vegan friends. You don’t want to cause a fuss, or dictate where you should all go. You can’t keep dragging your  ’normal’ friends to vegan restaurants.

But you do want to go somewhere you can all get a good feed. All of you want to accommodate each other’s dietary desires, and then over-politeness kicks in. Meat-eaters do currently have more choice when it comes to eating out at food retail chains.

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MANNA – my favourite restaurant…

It seems right that my first review for this site should be about my favourite restaurant in London. In fact, my favourite restaurant full stop.

MANNA  - my favourite restaurant...

Since living in Primrose Hill (NW3) for one amazing (but costly) year in 2007, Manna has been my homing beacon in the big city…
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