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!

STARTERS ▷▷▷

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!

 

*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 :).

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 :).

NEW VEGAN MAKEUP BAGS

In addition to the new Namaste In With My Dog and Namaste In With My Cat tanks and jumpers that I released last week, I am very happy to share my brand new cosmetics bags with you all! The ‘The Prettiest Thing You Can Be Is Cruelty-Free‘ cosmetics bags come in both black and natural, and are perfect for storing all of your cruelty-free makeup and cosmetics. Grab yourself one of these bags at jadegreenvegan.com/shop and remember that 5% of profit is donated to an animal charity, meaning you can help save lives whilst you shop!

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CITY CRUISES LONDON | VEGAN OPTION

At the start of the year, we had an awesome time celebrating my mum’s birthday on a lunch cruise along The Thames with City Cruises. As the cruise includes a meal, we emailed them beforehand to let them know that we are all vegan and to see if they could offer a vegan option. They were really accommodating and made up a great vegan meal for us: a flavourful vegetable hot pot, accompanied by roast potatoes, carrots and green beans, followed by a fresh fruit salad for dessert.

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If, like us, you love boat trips and are looking for a fun way to see London whilst eating a delicious vegan meal, then be sure to book a cruise with City Cruises (and don’t forget to email in advance to let them know you’re vegan)!

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NAMASTE IN WITH MY DOG / CAT

For all of you guys who are animal-loving yoga fans like me, I am super happy to announce that I have released new colours of the popular Namaste In With My Dog tank top, as well as the highly requested Namaste In With My Cat design in both tank tops and a jumper.

As always, a % of profit is donated to animal charities, meaning you can help save lives whilst you shop! To grab yourself one of these new items, head to jadegreenvegan.com/shop

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WHAT TO BRING TO ELEPHANT NATURE PARK

At the end of December last year, I spent a week volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand with two of my best friend Maria and Natalie. We had an absolutely amazing week, and if you’d like to find out more about our experience, be sure to check out my volunteering vlog and volunteering Q&A at the end of this post.

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After we left the park, Maria, Natalie and I were chatting about some of things that we wished we had brought with us, as well as the things we did bring that proved to be essentials. I thought that it would be really useful to put this into a blog post for any of you who are planning on visiting the park to use as a kind of packing checklist. So, here are the not so obvious items you should definitely consider taking with you:

Mosquito spray – there are lots of insects around at night so a good insect and particularly mosquito repellent is essential. I took the Incognito* spray and it worked really well for me!

Insect repelling shampoo – I took the Superdrug 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo Tea Tree & Lemon, it’s super cheap and its ingredients make it naturally lice repelling (I assumed this meant other insect-repelling too, and it worked really well for me! I actually liked it so much that I have continued to use the shampoo at home). Be sure to also bring a good hand wash/shower gel combination as there are no toiletries in the accommodation bathrooms.

Dry shampoo – as most of the showers were cold on our visit and we didn’t find the hot showers until the day before we left, we didn’t end up washing our hair very much when we were there (like maybe twice in 7 days) so a dry shampoo would have been really useful!

Hand Sanitiser – there is a lot of picking up poop and dirty work so a little bottle of hand sanitiser comes in very handy!

Microfibre towel – towels aren’t provided at the ENP accommodation and as microfibre towels are really light-weight and super absorbent, they won’t take up a lot of room in your luggage and will come in very handy!

Packing cubes – ever since our trip to Australia 2 years ago I take my packing cubes with me everywhere I go as they are such a great way to organise your luggage; so really this is more of just a general travelling tip rather than an ENP specific recommendation but is still something worth considering!

Ziplock bags – ENP has a great  washing service which is super inexpensive and ideal if you are continuing to travel afterwards and want to re-wear your clothes; however, if choose not to get your washing done, ziplock bags are really useful as your clothes will get super dirty throughout the week, so putting your dirty items in the ziplock bags stops them from contaminating everything else in your bag.

Old clothes to donate – at the end of the week, there is a box where you can donate any unwanted items such as shoes/clothing; so I would recommend taking some old clothes with you that you can wear for volunteering, then get washed and donate at the end of the week! You can also donate any towels/blankets to the dog sanctuary, so if you have room in luggage, I’m sure that would be really appreciated.

Long sleeved and long legged clothing – although the hot weather makes it tempting not to bring anything long-sleeved with you, on the cutting corn/collecting hay days you will want to cover your arms and legs if you don’t wanna get scratched to bits. It’s also nice in the evening to have some leggings/trousers and a hoodie to throw on if it gets a little chilly.

Vegan snacks – if you’re fancying a snack outside of meal times, there is a little shop which sells chocolate bars etc; however they all contained dairy. So, if you’re vegan I would definitely recommend bringing some little snacks with you such as Cliff Bars*.

Torch – the short walk back from the communal area to the accommodation can be a little bit dark at night so if you don’t have a torch on your phone, it would definitely be useful to bring one with you.

Portable phone charger – with so many incredible photo opportunities, your phone battery can die really fast at ENP (at least, I know mine did), and when you’re not busy volunteering, you won’t want to be stuck in your room waiting for your phone to recharge, so having a small portable phone charger will be very useful.

 

I hope you guys found this list useful and as always, if you have any questions please feel free to comment them down below. To find out more about our volunteering experience, check out the two videos below:

My Elephant Nature Park volunteering vlog:

My Elephant Nature Park volunteering Q&A:

 

* Links marked with an asterisk are affiliate, this means it won’t cost you any more to purchase but I may earn a small commission if you purchase the product using my link 🙂

PRAGUE VEGAN GUIDE

At the start of January, Matt and I spent four days in the beautiful city of Prague. The combination of snow, beautiful architecture, christmas markets and an abundance of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants made it our new favourite city! Whilst exploring the city, we tried out as many vegan eateries as possible and I’m really happy to be able to share them all with you today.

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Mama Coffee

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Type of food: Cute café with a huge variety of vegan options

What we ate: Soya hot chocolate (amazing!!!), pita bread & hummus, sundried tomato & sesame paste on toast, veggie burger & Ukrainian dumplings

Find out morehttps://www.mamacoffee.cz/content/kavarny/

 

Maitrea

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Type of food: Beautiful vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan options (Matt’s new favourite restaurant in the world!) Be sure to book in advance during peak times as it can get very busy. We didn’t get a chance to try out Lehka Hlava, Maitrea’s sister restaurant, but it looked awesome too!

What we ate: Veganised tempeh bruschetta, vegan cream of split pea, vegan maitrea vegeburger, vegan paella à la barcelona & warm vegan pancake (from the kid’s menu)

Find out morehttp://restaurace-maitrea.cz/en_home.htm

Find out more about Lehka Hlavahttp://www.lehkahlava.cz/en_home.htm

 

Plevel

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Type of food: Gourmet style vegan food in a nice casual restaurant

What we ate: Chickpea patties with tagliatelle, eggplant rolls filled with chickpea paste & yellow thai curry

Find out morehttp://restauraceplevel.cz/en

Dhaba Beas

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Type of food: Casual vegetarian Indian food chain, eat in / takeaway buffet with vegan options

What we ate: noodles, rice, curry and an assortment of pastries

Find out morehttp://www.beas-dhaba.cz/en/dhaba-belehradska

Loving Hut

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Type of food: Fully vegan café chain with veganised favourite foods including traditional Czech food

What we ate: Schnitzel with mashed potato & veggie burger with chips

Find out morehttp://www.lovinghut.cz

Creme de la Creme

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Type of food: Eat in or take out ice cream parlour with vegan options

What we ate: Vegan chocolate & salted caramel ice cream

Find out morehttps://www.cremecreme.cz/en/

Pizza Letna

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Type of food: Pizza take away / delivery with vegan options

What we ate: Vegana pizza with mushrooms and red onions

Find out morehttp://www.pizzaletna.cz

Radost FX

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Type of food: Cool restaurant with vegan options & a night club attached

What we ate: Veganised nachos, smoked burger & soya milkshakes

Find out morehttp://www.radostfx.cz/en/

Burrito Loco

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Type of food: Take away mexican open 24 hours with a vegan options, making it perfect for late night snacks

What we ate: Nachos with dip

Find out morehttp://burritoloco.cz/en/

Hotel U Bar

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Although this wasn’t a vegan restaurant, I thought I’d let you guys know about this little gem as it is one of my favourite places we visited in France, and I’m pretty sure we visited at least 3 times!! The rooftop bar has has such a fun vibe and amazing views over Prague so be sure to check it out during your visit!

Find out morehttps://www.hoteluprince.com

I can honestly say that we enjoyed the food at all of these eateries but we of course had our favourites and I’ll be writing more detailed posts about these in the coming weeks, so be sure to look out for those.

My Prague Vegan Diary video will also be going live on my youtube channel tomorrow, so look out for that if you’d like to see more behind the scenes footage of these awesome restaurants.