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5 Best Vegan Spots In London according to TripAdvisor

November 15, 2016

Personally I think that this list is Bogus. Perhaps because I’m from London that I don’t follow the trip advisor tourist traps. But here it goes anyway.. Here are the top 5 Vegan Spots in London According To Trip Advisor based on cuisines (vegan/veggie) and ranking.

5. Pret A Manger – 556 Oxford Street

Quick, ‘apparently’ delicious, and affordable. All you could ask for in a London eatery, if you’re the type of person that loves Starbucks and Taylor swift. I just can’t believe this is number 5… You won’t dare catch me in here.

4. Veggie Vegan  – 222 North End Road

You’ll find interesting atmosphere, tasty food, and friendly service. The perfect recipe for 10 years of success.

3. Tibits – 12-14 Heddon Street

Buffet style vegetarian restaurant with a wide variety of cold and hot options.

2. Mildreds – 45 Lexington Street

Long lines for a reason. Delicious vegan and vegetarian food with a smile. Come for lunch to avoid the longer lines.

1. The Calabash of Culture – 21 Sydenham Road

It’s London’s top restaurant on Tripadvisor for a reason. Raved by vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. Good tunes, exceptional food and service. A must try in London.

 

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5 Most Popular Vegan Take Outs in New York, NYC According to Yelp

October 17, 2016

No need to be a hungry vegan in New York. Take your pick from the top 5 vegan take out spots in New York according to Yelp based on ratings and reviews – perfect for  those lazy days.

Go Zen

Vegan-Asian-Fusion with many choices, attentive staff, and large portions.

144 W 4th St (at West Village, Manhattan) New York City, New York, USA, 10012 | Tel: (212) 260-7130  | Website

V Spot

Excellent Latin food with a nice ambiance.

12 Saint Marks Pl, New York City, New York, USA, 10003 | Tel: 212-254-3693 | Website

Peacefood Café

A casual cafe environment with smoothies, salads, and heartier vegan options.

460 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, New York, USA, 10003 |Tel: 212-979-2288  | Website


Terri

Sandwiches, subs, and smoothies here are a must try.

60 W 23rd St (at Chelsea, Manhattan) New York City, New York, USA, 10010 | Tel: 212-647-8810 | Website

 

Blossom Du Jour

Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it can’t be fast. Delicious food and exceptionally quick.

259 W 23rd St (at Chelsea, Manhattan) New York City, New York, USA, 10011 | Tel: 212-229-2595 | Website

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Most Popular Vegan Restaurants In London According To HappyCow

October 5, 2016

You know me.. I’m not a typical vegan. I don’t opt for salads and the raw options but I go for the stir fry, beans and Mexican dishes. For me, I’m happy with the awesome street food options that London has to offer but sometimes alone, with friends or on a date I go and try out new vegan restaurant’s around town.

This is a list of the top 5 vegan restaurants in London according to HappyCow based on reviews and ratings

Vantra Vitao

25-27 Oxford St, London, England
Mon-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:00am-9:00pm

Personally… I don’t think this should be #1
There is alot of choice and I barely noticed the staff, they helped a little then disappeared which isn’t a bad thing I guess… My food cost around £7 which is expensive considering that most of the food wasn’t really tasty tasty. The real positives here is that they are 100% organic, the food isn’t oily (though I love oily food) so I guess it’s all very healthy. The deserts are great too but there is alot of choice which means that you might get full very quickly with trying new things. In my opinion it’s just ok..

Mildred’s

45 Lexington St (at Soho), London, England
Mon-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm

Great food!
I love this place! The mexican starter is so delicious but big so be prepared to get filled up! Mains are always delicious and its a cool restaurant too.

Tibits

12-14 Heddon Street (off Regent Street), London, England
Mon-Wed 9:00am-10:30pm, Thu-Sat 9:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:30am-10:30pm


Great location and atmosphere

Buffet style restaurant where you pay by weight. Almost too many dishes to choose from but I’m not complaining. It’s in a fantastic location just off Regent Street, tucked away in a cute lane bursting with plants. Its not the cheapest but one of the best restaurants in London

Vegan Hippo

  52 Rupert St (at Soho), London, England
  Mon-Fri 6:30am-9:30pm, Sat 12:00pm-9:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm

Great place for a satisfying full vegan menu
Staff are really lovely, not a lot of seating so be prepared to have to wait. The food is quite good but quality could be improved, hopefully they will get there as time goes on as clearly a lot of passion has been put into it! All food good but not great. Nice to have the option there though

Itadaki-Zen

139 King’s Cross Rd, London, England
Mon-Fri 12:30pm-2:00pm, Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm

Tasty Japanese Food
If you like Japanese food then you’ll enjoy this place. The food is tasty and authentic. We all enjoyed our meals. Sushi is good. Everything vegan. The restaurant is busy though so make sure you book a table as it is not that big. Also, it isn’t cheap because you have to order a set whether you want a starter or not.

Links:

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Happy Cow – Vegan Most Reviewed

Egyptian Vegan Food aka Vegan Heaven

My Top 10 Italian Vegan Food

Vegan Tunisian Food

VEGANS! Put The Wine Glass Down

 

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Egyptian Vegan Food (aka Vegan heaven)

August 21, 2016

Most Egyptians don’t know what vegan means…

they may not realise it but Egypt is vegan heaven. Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians left evidence of their love for food. Well-preserved wall paintings and carvings have been discovered on tombs and temples, depicting large feasts and a variety of foods. Many of these ancient foods are still eaten in Egyptian households today. Peas, beans, cucumbers, dates, figs, and grapes were popular fruits and vegetables in ancient times. Wheat and barley, ancient staple crops, were used to make bread and beer.

Eating in Egypt has been a joy and a delight. Unlike in Europe where vegan is a trend, it is a part of their daily cuisine. Here is my list of my top vegan Egyptian Food.

Fūl

They say that rich people eat it for breakfast, normal people eat it at lunch, poor people eat it in the evenings and donkeys eat it at night. Ful medames or simply fūl, is a dish of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin, and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper and other vegetable, herb and spice ingredients.

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Tabouleh

Tabouleh is a is healthy, quick to prepare salad comprising largely of parsley and bulgur wheat, and is ubiquitous across the Middle East. It is typically served as one of a number of tapas-style hot and cold starters known as mezzes.

Falafel

If you’re in Egypt and you ask for falafel, more than likely what you will actually received are Tamiya, the superior Egyptian version of the classic Middle Eastern dish. The recipe for Tamiya – or the Egyptian falafel – is similar to that of traditional falafel, however instead of using chickpeas, Egyptian falafel recipe uses mashed white broad beans instead.

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Tahini

If you’re travelling in Egypt, you will more than likely experience baba ganoush as one of a number of starters. It is a blended, smoky paste of aubergine (that’s Eggplant if you’re reading this in North America), tahini, garlic, lemon and herbs

Koshari

A staple of the everyday Egyptian diet, Kosheri is a blend of macaroni, rice and lentils topped with fried onions, lemon juice and spicy tomato sauce. Kosheri is cheap, simple and fast.

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Baba Ganouche aka Baba

Baba ganoush is a delicious, healthy vegetarian dish eaten commonly across Egypt and elsewhere. A blended, smoky paste of aubergine (that’s Eggplant if you’re reading this in North America), tahini, garlic, lemon and herbs.

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Mesaka’a

It is loved by almost everybody. It is easy and tasteful. It is.. Mesaka‘a. It is made out of fried eggplant which is dried before adding the seasoning. It’s a delicious, low-calorie food for the health-conscious.

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Kousa Mahshi

Stuffed zucchini with rice, lemon, onion, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, mint, cumin, ground spice, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and cloves

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Hummus

Hummus is a thick, filling dip made from mashed chickpeas, sesame paste, and olive oil. In Egypt a bowl of hummus and pita bread is a meal in itself. Available from almost anywhere that sells food, sells hummus. It’s healthy, simple to prepare and cheap.

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Molkhia

Molokhia is a green leaf vegetable also known as ‘Jew’s Mallow’ and is not dissimilar to spinach. It’s used in a variety of Egyptian dishes and is instantly recognisable by its viscous, slimy quality. Although typically served like a soup, it’s customary to eat with rice onto which the molokhia is spooned like a sauce. It was a bit weird at first but I got use to the slimy texture and enjoyed it.

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Fatta

Considered a Nubian dish, fatta is usually prepared for festivities such as a woman’s first birth, and both Christian and Muslim holiday celebrations. It consists of layers of rice and fried bread, covered in a garlic.

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Teen Shoki

Egyptian Fruit you can find on street for sale by street vendors.

Ghazal Al Banat

Before cotton candy existed, there was spun sugar, but before people could “spin” sugar, they had to caramelize it. Meet Ghazal Al Banat, the Egyptian sweet sweet ‘cotton candy’. This video from NoGarlicNoOnions shows how it is made.

Fattoush

This Egyptian salad makes the most of fresh seasonal vegetables and left over pita bread. The dressing is a zesty mix of lemon and sumac, a Middle Eastern spice with a tart citrus flavour.

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Vegan Tunisian Food

July 28, 2016

What does a Vegan traveller in Tunisia eat?

You’ll find a good enough selection of vegan food in Tunisia. And they eat everything with bread so you’ll get full.

(if you like white bread… I don’t so much)

Tunisian Mechouia

Brik (modified)

Brik or Brick is a Tunisian dish consisting of thin pastry around a filling, commonly deep fried. The best-known version is the egg brik, a whole egg in a triangular pastry pocket with chopped onion, tuna, harissa and parsley.
As they make it on the spot, you can ask for one without egg and with potatoe instead

 

Tunisian Salad

Vegetarian / Vegan Cous Cous

 

Tunisian Carrot Salad

 

Tunisian Chapatti Bread

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My Top 10 Vegan Italian Food

July 22, 2016

Good tasty Italian Vegan Food..

Eating is something very important in Italy. If Italians are not actually eating, they are thinking about what to cook (and to eat) very soon and the main topic during meals is often “what we are before and what we will eat after”. Even if meals-time is usually quite late (9-10pm for dinner) it is always almost time to start cooking.

It is not all about pizza and pasta you know! They have wonderful salads and veg/legume dishes. At restaurants you can tailor your menu so that it works for you. The Italians chefs are generous and willing to accommodate your requests. While in Italy I gained 2kg! Eli cooked for me in Catania and my gosh… it was amazing.

Below is the vegan food I ate during my stay in Sicily, Southern Italy and Italian vegan food I want to eat by onegreenplanet

Granita
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Vegan Mushroom Risotto

vegan mushroom risotto

Sundried Tomatoes

Olives

Homemade Limonchello

Spicy Eggplant Caponata

Gnocci alla Genovese

Focaccia With Roma Tomatoes and Onion

Minestrone Soup

minestrone-top

Meanwhile.. On my Vegan Food Wishlist

Panna Cotta Cream

( recipe and pic by onegreenplanet)

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3 Foods To Boost Brain Power That You Wouldn’t Guess

April 9, 2016

Blueberries

Evidence accumulated at Tufts University in the United States suggests that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Widely available, so there’s no excuse.

Broccoli

A great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.

Pumpkin Seeds

Just a handful of pumpkin seeds a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

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VEGANS!! PUT THE WINE GLASS DOWN

April 9, 2016

I like to drink socially or alone, when i eat and when i am happy, I enjoy a drink as much as the next person, so here is the frustrating thing

Many companies refine and clarify their wines and champagnes with non-vegan filling agents.

They use this process to remove bad flavors or unsightly elements while creating “fine” wines. After much research, I compiled this list along with great resources to assist us in avoiding these animal by products.

Some by-products that could be lurking in non-vegan conventional  beer and wines are:

  • isinglass (fish bladder by-products)
  • blood 
  • egg whites
  • casein (milk protein)
  • gelatin (derived from bones and connective tissues)
  • fish gelatin
  • egg albumin
  • chitin/chitosan (derived for the shells of crabs or lobsters)

 

We can identify vegan wines by reading the label, looking for the words “vegan” and “unfiltered” printed on the label.

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My top 3 vegan spreads and dips

April 18, 2014

I love spreads and dips so much, I literally could gorge on hearty bread and dip all day!

It use to be all about butter and cheese but don’t fear! Vegans can still enjoy a variety of yummy spreads and dips I love sauces, spreads and dips so I’m going to share with you my favourite vegan spreads and dips for your meals, snacks, sandwiches or just bread.

Olive Tapenade

(Crushed green olive paste) This is something I discovered in a market in France. If you love olives this is a perfect substitute. Make it at home and add some spices and you have a wonderful spread or dip. Enjoy! See recipe

olive tapenade

French Pistou Sauce

This is made with Fresh basil, garlic and olive oil. I love garliccy tastes and this just hits the spot. Tip: Put some ontop the bread and grill it. It creates a delicious spin on garlic bread  See recipe

 French Pistou Sauce

Margarine

BE CAREFUL WHEN BUYING MARGARINE! ALOT OF BRANDS SNEAK WHEY(milk protein)  INTO THEM. This is a tricky one but its not impossible. Read the labelling carefully and then rush home to make a cucumber and salad sandwich 🙂

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Rosemary Experiment – smooth skin

January 8, 2013

I’m trying to clear my skin, fast.

My face isn’t the smoothest.. particularly my forehead! Not ache, not smooth

The goal it to look silky smooth and I’ve been reading: 36 Healing Herbs: The World’s Best Medicinal Plants
I recommend it to all of you who either don’t like prescription drugs or for those of you who live natural lives.
I’m definitely trying it because I recently got a minor reaction to a jumper(sweater) I bought. We’ll see soon 😉

So.. I read that Rosemary has many benefits which I didn’t know of.

Therapeutic Uses
Topical antioxidant
Antibacterial
Muscle and joint pain
Bronchitis
Circulation
Memory/cognition

And skin healing!

They can combat dandruff and greasy hair and promote general hair health. Their most convincing use, however, is as an antiseptic and antioxidant. Preliminary research indicates that rosemary extracts can kill bacteria, fight skin inflammation relevant to many skin conditions, and even inhibit cancer in laboratory animals. They may also block the detrimental effect of sunlight on skin cells.

Ingested or inhaled, rosemary oil has been used for other conditions, such as muscle and joint pain, indigestion, bronchitis, and sinusitis, or to improve circulation. There is also some data supporting the use of rosemary aromatherapy for memory and mental function. When 40 people underwent rosemary aromatherapy for 3 minutes, changes in their brain tests indicated increased alertness, reduced anxiety, and improved ability to do mathematics

How to use Rosemary Oil to Improve your skin

Essential oil: The essential oil is used in aromatherapy to enhance mental focus. To apply the oil topically, mix 10 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil (olive, jojoba, almond, apricot).
Cream/ointment/salve: Topical products use various concentrations of rosemary’s essential oil for skin conditions, such as minor bacterial or fungal infections. Apply daily to skin, joints, or muscles, as per manufacturer’s directions.
Tea: Add 1 to 2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves to 1 cup hot water.
Cover for 10 minutes. Strain. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day.
Capsules: Generally, 500 to 1,000 mg, once or twice daily; follow product instructions.

Precautions
Rosemary extracts with concentrated essential oils can cause a rash with sun exposure. If that happens, discontinue use. Using rosemary as a seasoning during pregnancy is fine, but medicinal doses are not recommended.

Excerpt From: Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., and David Kiefer, M.D. “36 Healing Herbs: The World’s Best Medicinal Plants.” National Geographic, 2012-05-01. iBooks.
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