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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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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.

Beyond Skin logo
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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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-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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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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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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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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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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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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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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