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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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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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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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