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!

Mama Coffee | Vegan in Prague

Today I wanna talk to you guys about Mama Coffee: another awesome place we visited during our trip to Prague. Mama Coffee’s amazingly diverse vegan-friendly menu, coupled with its super cute café vibe made it one of our favourite vegan eateries we visited during our trip.

Firstly, we have to talk about the soya hot chocolate as it was absolutely incredible, like the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had! It was so rich, yet creamy, and was basically like drinking a liquid chocolate shot! I just couldn’t get enough and ordered, let’s say quite a few, during our meal!

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For main, we shared four dishes: sundried tomato & sesame paste on toast, pita bread & hummus, the veggie burger, and ukrainian dumplings. We both loved all of them; however the ukrainian dumplings were a definite favourite! They reminded me of the creamy pasta meals I used to have as a child and were so comforting and delicious. The sundried tomato & sesame paste on toast was also such a flavourful and unique dish and for sure something I would order again.

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Mama Coffee is an incredible place to visit if you’re looking for delicious and unique vegan options; and luckily it is not alone, as there are plenty more awesome places to get vegan food in Prague. Check out my Prague Vegan Guide to read about all of the places we visited during our trip.

Maitrea Vegan Restaurant | Prague

As promised in my Prague Vegan Guide, this week I am going to be featuring some of my favourite restaurants we visited on our trip; and what better way to start than with Maitrea – the restaurant Matt has dubbed his new favourite restaurant in the entire world! Matt and I loved the food at Maitrea so much in fact that we visited twice during our short time in Prague and ordered the exact same 3 courses to share on both days!

Maitrea is a beautifully decorated vegetarian & vegan restaurant located in Old Town Prague. The vegan and veganisable options (as well as lots of other allergens) are all clearly labelled on the menu, making it easy to see which delicious dishes you can choose from.

We absolutely loved every single dish we ate there; so, if you visit Prague and only have time to visit one vegan restaurant, make it Maitrea!

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To start we shared the veganised tempeh bruschetta and the vegan cream of split pea soup. Maitrea’s unique take on classic bruschetta was bursting with flavour, and the soup was so creamy and comforting.

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MAINS ▷▷▷

For main we shared the vegan maitrea vegeburger and the vegan paella à la barcelona. The burger was absolutely delicious and was complimented perfectly by the barbecue sauce, caramelized onion, and tempeh bacon it was served with. The paella was equally delicious and its combination of veggies, sundried tomatoes and tofu created an amazing fusion on flavours.

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DESSERTS ▷▷▷

Finally, for dessert we had the warm vegan pancake from the kid’s menu and it was absolutely amazing! The pancake was filled with a delicious chocolate sauce and topped with sweet caramelised bananas and grapes (just typing that out made me want to go back and order 10 of these, not to share!!!)

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As you guys can tell, we fell in love with Maitrea’s incredibly diverse menu and next time we visit Prague, this will for sure be our first stop!

If you’re planning on visiting Maitrea, it’s worth noting that it can get very busy at peak times (which is a testament to how incredible the food is), so be sure to book your table in advance to avoid long wait times. Maitrea also has a sister restaurant – Lehka Hlava – which we didn’t get to visit but their menu looked awesome too, so if you have a chance I’m sure it would be worth a visit!

WHAT TO BUY YOUR VEGAN BOYFRIEND FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I always find guys very hard to buy for, meaning it can be really difficult to come up with a thoughtful and original gift for Valentine’s Day. So, following on from my What to buy your vegan girlfriend for Valentine’s Day post last week, I’ve created a guy version of this post for all of you who, like me, could do with some cool new ideas!

I’ve come up with some cute guy-specific gifts, as well as some similar ideas to those on the girl’s post, as I’m pretty sure they’re things guys would love just as much as girls. I also asked Matt and my friend Tom for their input and all of their answers were food/alcohol based; so, if in doubt, buy all the vegan food and lager you can find ;)!

 CHOCOLATE & SWEETS

One of Matt’s favourite gifts I’ve ever got him was a box filled up with vegan crisps, popcorn, sweets and chocolate. Some of my favourite chocolates are: Choices Dairy Free Caramel Chocolates, Vego BarsiChoc Bars and Booja-Booja truffles. There are also loads of great gelatine-free vegan sweets you can buy; Matt’s favourites are definitely the Biona Organic jelly sweets.

ACCESSORIES

If you want to really spoil him, Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories Co. has an awesome range of high-quality vegan wallets, card holders and belts. Matt is absolutely obsessed with his Will’s card holder and belt and uses them all the time. Minimo also creates really cool minimalist wallets that are super practical and look great too.

CLOTHING

If your partner is the kind of guy who likes to share his veganism with everyone, then a slogan vegan tee, jumper or hoodie would make a great gift. There’s a whole range of awesome vegan guys clothing out there to choose from; some of the most popular items with guys from my clothing line are the Fuelled By Veg t-shirts and the Vegan sweaters. You can check out my full mens range at: jadegreenvegan.com/mensunisex-tees/jadegreenvegan.com/unisex-jumpershoodies/.

BOOKS

There are so many great vegan books out there, some of my favourites are The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals and The China Study. The Lucky Ones is a beautiful book written by the founder of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary about her journey to veganism and ultimately founding an animal sanctuary. The China Study is an informational scientific exploration of the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

 

THOUGHTFUL EXTRAS

This section is pretty much the same as for the girl version of this post as I’m pretty sure all vegan animal lovers would love one of these thoughtful gifts:

  • a donation to your partner’s favourite animal charity and a cute little printed card explaining what you’ve done (if you’d like any recommendations, a couple of my favourites are Buttercups Sanctuary For Goats and Animal Free Research UK)
  • a pair of tickets to a vegan festival (you can find a comprehensive listing of festivals across the UK on the Vegfest website)

I hope this post gave you some great gift ideas to help you spoil your vegan partner on Valentine’s Day. And as always, I’d love to hear from you, so if you have any other ideas then I’d love to hear them in the comments section below this post!

 

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WHAT’S IN MY CRUELTY-FREE & VEGAN MAKE-UP BAG?

As a life long animal lover, it has always been important to me that my cosmetics products be cruelty-free; and luckily there are loads of awesome brands out there that do great cruelty-free makeup and toiletries. However, when I went vegan a couple of years ago it was a little bit trickier to find brands that sold reasonably priced, great quality vegan & cruelty-free products.

Over the past couple of years I have gradually built up a collection of awesome vegan makeup products from vegan brands such as ELF Cosmetics and Arbonne, as well as cruelty-free brands that offer some vegan items such as Liz Earle, Barry M and Body Shop.

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I’m still discovering new brands and products all the time and I love to hear which products everyone else swears by. So for any of you who, like me, are looking to build up a beautiful vegan makeup collection, I have filmed a What’s in my makeup bag video to show you my favourite every-day products. The video also features an exclusive 5% off discount code for my YouTube viewers that can be used on my brand new The prettiest thing you can be is cruelty-free makeup bag, as well as any other item in the Jade Green Vegan online store throughout the month of February 2017!

I hope you guys enjoy the video & I’d love to hear about your favourite brands/products in the comments!

xo Jade

 

WHAT TO BUY YOUR VEGAN GIRLFRIEND FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

At the Greater London Vegan Fair, I got chatting to a lovely customer about ideas of what to buy a vegan girl for Valentine’s Day and I came up with what I’m pretty sure is the perfect present for a vegan girl (hint hint Matt ;)). It’s a creative, vegan twist on traditional Valentine’s gifts; so, if you have a vegan partner and you’re looking to get her something super thoughtful this Valentine’s Day, then this post is for you!

STEP 1: BUY A VEGAN SLOGAN BAG

A vegan slogan bag makes the perfect wrapping for your Valentine’s Day gift, as it is also a great present in itself. There’s a whole range of awesome vegan totes and other bags out there to choose from, including my vegan bag collection which is available at: jadegreenvegan.com/tote-bags/

STEP 2: FILL IT WITH AWESOME VEGAN GOODIES

Once you’ve got your vegan bag, get ready to fill it with a whole range of vegan goodies, from food to fashion to thoughtful little extras!

CHOCOLATE & SWEETS

Everyone loves chocolate, and luckily there are now SO many amazing vegan chocolate brands out there, from the simple and sweet bars to extravagant gourmet boxes. In case you’re too spoilt for choice, some of my favourites are: Choices Dairy Free Caramel Chocolates, Vego Bars and iChoc Bars! And, if you’re feeling super fancy, you can always treat her to a box of Booja-Booja truffles. There are also loads of great vegan sweets you can buy; my favourites are definitely the Biona Organic jelly sweets.

JEWELLERY

Etsy has a whole range of awesome vegan jewellery so you’ll be sure to find something to suit every style and price range. I have two beautiful vegan necklaces which would make great gifts, one by Skedaddle Ceramics (on the left) and the other by Love Libby X (on the right).

COSMETICS

Lush have a huge, clearly labelled vegan range so a fragrant Lush bath bomb would make an amazing addition to the goody bag. Or, if you know your girlfriends’ favourite cosmetics brands & products / are feeling very brave, then you could buy her some toiletries or makeup from companies she loves. Two of my favourite vegan cosmetics brands are ELF Cosmetics (which is super inexpensive) and Arbonne.

BOOKS

There are so many great vegan books out there, some of my favourites are The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals and The China Study. The Lucky Ones is a beautiful book written by the founder of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary about her journey to veganism and ultimately founding an animal sanctuary. The China Study is an informational scientific exploration of the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

THOUGHTFUL EXTRAS

Some of my favourite gifts Matt has ever got me are donations to animal charities and animal sanctuary sponsorships. So, if you feel like giving an extra special gift this Valentine’s Day, make a donation to your partner’s favourite animal charity and print out a cute little card explaining what you’ve done to put in the bag (if you’d like any recommendations, a couple of my favourites are Buttercups Sanctuary For Goats and Animal Free Research UK).

Another great little present you could include is a pair of tickets to a vegan festival! There are vegan festivals across the entire UK now so it should be easy to find one near you; check out a comprehensive listing on the Vegfest website.

I hope this post gave you lots of gift ideas on how to spoil your vegan partner on Valentine’s Day. I know I would absolutely love any of these gifts, especially the animal sanctuary donation, so if she’s anything like me I’m sure your partner will love them too!

And, if your partner’s a guy, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered too! I enlisted Matt’s help to create a guy version of this post, so you can find the perfect gift for the guy in your life.

*Some links in this post are affiliate meaning if you purchase the product using my link it will not cost you any extra but I may earn a small commission from the sale which helps me to continue to produce free content for you all :).