Sainsbury’s Vegan Ready Meals

If you were excited when Sainsbury’s brought out their delicious range of vegan cheeses, then get ready to be SUPER excited, as Sainsbury’s have now outdone themselves by bringing out a range of vegan ready meals!!

Ever since I went vegan 3 years ago I have been waiting for awesome, accessible vegan ready meals to be a thing and I am so happy that they finally are! Which is probably why I completely embarrassed myself  the moment I discovered them in the tiny vegan/free-from aisle in my local Sainsbury’s by screaming out ‘OMG YAAAAAS’!

There are currently two vegan ready meals available at Sainsbury’s: vegetable lasagne & macaroni cheese, priced at just £3 each! I was super excited so bought three of each and one day later there are only two left; it’s safe to say I am a big fan.

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I’m still not sure if I can pick a favourite, but what I can tell you is that they go really well together, alongside some salad a a whole lot of vegan garlic bread.

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The macaroni cheese also tastes extra amazing with some added black pepper, paprika and roasted veggies mixed into it.

So, if you guys fancy trying out these delicious meals, head to your local Sainsbury’s to grab one (or in my case, six) and hopefully in a few months time there will be even more vegan options to choose from – personally, I’m praying for a vegan pizza!!

Are you guys as excited about this as I am?! Let me know if you’ve tried them and what you thought in the comments section below.

Vegan Afternoon Tea at The Langham

I absolutely love afternoon tea, so I was super excited when Matt surprised me on Valentine’s Day with afternoon tea at the Palm Court restaurant in The Langham Hotel.

We’ve been super busy with moving house so it’s taken me a little while (like 2 months!!) to get this post out to you guys but I’m really excited to tell you all about it as it was such a special experience.

The Palm Court restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food is creative and delicious; so although it is one of the more expensive vegan afternoon teas in London, it was definitely worth a visit for a special treat.

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There was an extensive selection of teas, including lots of fruit and herbal teas. During the course of the meal, we tried lots of them including the mint tea which was my favourite.

SANDWICHES ▷▷

The bread that Palm Court uses isn’t vegan, so the chef creatively used waffle cones and popadoms to serve the sandwich fillings on. The fillings included a delicious falafel style chickpea pâté, hummus, cucumber, avocado, and tomato – all of which complemented each other perfectly. Although it was certainly an untraditional sandwich course, everything tasted amazing, so amazing in fact that we had 3 rounds of ‘sandwiches’!

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The perfectly fluffy warm scones were served with sunflower spread and jam. They were so light, creamy and delicious and were my favourite part of the meal (of course, we had several rounds of this course too)!

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CAKES ▷▷

The final course was a beautiful selection of Valentine’s Day themed cakes including: a chocolate cake, meringues, and my favourite: a fruit jelly.

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The elegant atmosphere in the restaurant coupled with the delicious and creative food made for an incredible experience. If you’d like to visit the Palm Court for vegan afternoon tea, you can find out more about it here.

PICKYWOPS PIZZERIA GOES 100% VEGAN

You guys have probably all seen on social media that PickyWops – a west London pizzeria – has recently gone 100% vegan! How awesome is that?! As soon as I heard, I knew I had to check it out, so earlier this week I was super excited to head there with my mum to try a couple of their delicious pizzas!

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We met the lovely owners, Cristiano and Andrea, who explained to us that they decided to make PickyWops 100% vegan to align with their values, as they both recently became vegan themselves. They also explained that not only is PickWops now a fully vegan pizzeria, but it is also the first (and currently only) one to specialise in alternative dough. I absolutely love this super unique concept and it was so cool getting to choose from the 6 alternative bases offered at PickyWops: hemp, multigrain, burned wheat, kamut, turmeric and spirulina.

Every single pizza on the menu looked insanely delicious so we had a really hard time choosing which ones to order. We eventually decided to order 2 pizzas to share: the vegan parmigiana on a burned wheat base and the today special on a turmeric base with a vegan almond ricotta stuffed crust. Yep, you read that right an almond ricotta stuffed crust!

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Believe me when I say that these pizzas were absolutely incredible, like the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten! The toppings were all finely chopped so they flavours fused together perfectly and the parmesan sprinkled on top was the perfect finishing touch. Oh, and btw, the almond ricotta stuffed crust was heavenly!

Not only are the pizzas at PickyWops kinder to the animals and the planet but they also taste absolutely delicious, so I really can’t recommend that you check them out enough!

Head to the PickyWops website to read the full menu and for more details on opening times so that you can plan your trip to pizza heaven. I’m already planning my next visit and which pizza/base combo I want to try out next!

MOD Pizza | Vegan Options

Last night, a bunch of my friends and I headed to MOD Pizza in Leicester Square, and I had to tell you guys about it right away as it’s seriously one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to!

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MOD is a build your own pizza (or salad, but let’s be real – PIZZA) place, where you line up in a subwayesque vibe & and choose every single aspect of the pizza, from the sauce, to the type of cheese (including a vegan cheese), to every single topping you could ever dream of!

So here’s what I ordered: classic mod base, tomato sauce, vegan cheese, roasted garlic, mushrooms, red onions & spinach. It was INCREDIBLE and under £10! MOD also has an awesome refillable drink selection, including all your typical soft drinks, iced tea and a whole range of lemonades!

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They also do an awesome vegan cheese garlic bread which Matt loved so much that he refused to share!

We all loved the food and friendly vibes at MOD so will definitely be back! There’s a whole range of locations across the UK, so if you’re a pizza lover, be sure to check out your local MOD!

Temple of Hackney | Vegan Fried Chicken

After the ‘Tshirts and totes’ pop-up shop launch party at Friendship Vegan Shoes, Matt and I headed to Temple of Hackney to check out the their famous vegan fried chicken!

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The staff in the shop were so welcoming and friendly and there were so many dishes to choose from that we couldn’t decide what to order; so eventually, we decided to try out almost the entire menu and ordered: a burger, a sub, chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, coleslaw and chips!

There’s a small seating area outside but as it was super cold out we decided to take away our huge, and I mean huge, vegan fried chicken feast and eat it in the car (after taking this cute insta-friendly picture)!

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I was amazed at how chicken-like the dishes tasted, so if you liked the taste of fried chicken and want to try a cruelty-free version, then you would love Temple of Hackney! My favourite dishes were the mac n cheese and the coleslaw, whilst Matt loved the burger and fries!

I think it’s so cool that there is now an entirely vegan fast food place in Hackney, and I really hope they expand across London and beyond!

VEGAN T-SHIRTS & TOTES POP-UP SHOP IN HACKNEY

Last weekend was extremely exciting for me, as it was the launch of the ‘T-Shirts & Totes’ pop-up shop at Friendship Vegan Shoes in Hackney. For the next month, Friendship Vegan Shoes has very generously opened up some of their shop space to 5 vegan clothing brands:

Jade Green Vegan

Kasia Ethical Ware

Heart Cure Clothing

Mi Vida Vegan

Simple Animal

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On Saturday, we had a launch party at the store to celebrate, and it was so much fun getting to know the other compassionate creators behind these awesome vegan brands, as well as meeting some lovely customers.

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Until Easter weekend, you will be able to head to the Hackney store (272 Hackney Road) to browse a whole range of vegan clothing, bags and shoes. And be sure to treat yourself afterwards to some of the awesome vegan food Hackney has to offer, including some vegan fried chicken from Temple of Hackney or a whole range of vegan treats from the Just F.a.B food bus!

 

Chez Fred Bournemouth – Vegan Options

After the Portsmouth Vegan Festival a couple of weekends ago, we visited Matt’s Grandma in the beautiful seaside town of Bournemouth. We absolutely love visiting Bournemouth as not only do we get to spend time with Matt’s lovely Grandma and hang out on the sandy beach, but Bournemouth is also filled with vegan-friendly restaurants, including Cosy Club, Amala and Bournemouth Pizza Co., meaning we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food options.

On our last visit, we decided to check out Chez Fred as it is Matt’s Grandma’s favourite restaurant / take away. As Chez Fred is a fish and chip restaurant, we were planning on just having a chip buttie; however, when Matt called ahead to ask about their vegan options, we were pleasantly surprised by how well they cater for vegetarians and vegans.

Although the bun isn’t vegan, we were told that the veggie burger patty was, so we ordered that with the salad on the side (Matt of course switched out the salad for mushy peas!). The burger was so flavourful and a little spicy, and went amazingly with the unlimited (yes, you read that right – unlimited) chips! There were also a couple of vegan-friendly sides, so be sure to ask your water/waitress which menu items are suitable for vegans.

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We all had an amazing meal, and it’s so great that we now have yet another vegan-friendly restaurant to visit in Bournemouth. With friendly, helpful staff and delicious food, I know that we will definitely be returning to Chez Fred on our next visit to Bournemouth!