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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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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.

VEGAN IN BOURNEMOUTH: COSY CLUB

On Boxing day we visited Matt’s lovely Grandma in Bournemouth and went for a big family meal at an awesome vegan-friendly restaurant: Cosy Club.

Cosy Club has a main menu as well as a vegan menu with lots of options; however Matt and I both decided to go for the vegan breakfast made up of: grilled tomato, field mushroom, falafel, wood-roasted peppers, spinach, fried potatoes, baked beans and toast. As if that wasn’t enough, I also ordered extra hummus and avocado on the side which created the perfect breakfast combo!

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If you’re in Bournemouth and are looking for a great, vegan-friendly restaurant, then the Cosy Club is definitely worth a visit.

You can check out details of more vegan & vegan-friendly eateries that I’ve visited in Bournemouth here: https://jadegreenvegan.com/tag/bournemouth/.

VEGAN IN PHUKET: RED DUCK

If you guys follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently spent 2 weeks in Thailand: the first volunteering at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai and the second exploring Phuket and volunteering at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.

Volunteering with the elephants was one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I’m excited to be sharing more about that with you guys on the blog in the coming week. In the mean time, you can watch my volunteering ‘week in the life’ at Elephant Nature Park vlog here:

If you have any questions about what it was like to volunteer at the park, please feel free to comment them under this blog post and I’ll be filming a Q&A next week to answer all of your questions :).

Now, back to the purpose of today’s post: I am super excited to tell you all about The Red Duck – an awesome vegan-friendly restaurant we found in Kata, Phuket.

The Red Duck serves delicious Thai food and has a huge variety of vegan options. Everything looked so good that we definitely had eyes bigger than our bellies and decided to order a main dish with rice each, and share some fried noodles too. Oh, and then add a dessert to that!

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For main, Maria and I both had the sweet and sour tofu which comes with rice and a variety of veggies and was absolutely delicious. Natalie was a little optimistic about her ability to handle Thai spices and went for the ‘mild to medium’ curry which was super yummy but hot hot hot in English terms! Without us even saying anything, the staff were so incredibly lovely and brought out lots of coconut milk to make it milder, and when they saw Natalie had only eaten half of it brought out an entirely new mild one! How lovely is that?! Finally, the vegetable fried noodles we all shared were a big hit and were definitely my favourite part of the meal!

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As if we weren’t full enough from our mains, we all ordered ice-cream for dessert (one of the fruity flavours is vegan – I can’t remember what it’s called but the staff are all super knowledgeable and helpful and the menu is clearly labelled with vegan options) and it was the perfect way to end an awesome meal!

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Look out for more Thailand posts in the next couple of weeks :).

Potato Tomato | Vegan in Whitstable Kent

Last week, my mum, Poppy, Panda and I visited Potato Tomato – an awesome little 100% vegan pop-up restaurant located in the Whitstable Harbour Markets on the Kent Coast.

Potato Tomato serves a great variety of homemade vegan food, both hot and cold. On top of having a delicious menu, its insanely cute beach hut location, reasonably priced menu and the fact that it’s dog-friendly makes Potato Tomato the perfect place to grab lunch on a beach day out.

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My mum and I ordered two main meals to share: the double stack cheese burger and the cornish pie with chips. I’ve never tried a cornish pasty, but according to my mum the cornish pie tasted exactly like a traditional cornish pasty, which explains why Potato Tomato is so popular with vegans and non-vegans alike. During our visit, it was so great to hear people come over who are not vegan and say how much they love the food, a real testament to how creative and flavourful Potato Tomato’s menu is.

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The burger was stacked full with delicious ingredients including not one but two burger patties, vegan cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato and of course lots of sauce. I absolutely loved it, so much in fact that I kinda hoped my mum wouldn’t like it so that I could eat her half too but unfortunately for me she agreed that it was amazing!

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For dessert we shared a heated chocolate orange brownie which had melted chocolate in the middle making it absolutely heavenly! We loved it so much that we bought four more to take away, as well as a piece of the lemon drizzle cake and a piece of banana, chocolate and nut cake. They were all so delicious and barely lasted a couple of days in our house!

After our visit to Potato Tomato, we spent the day chilling on the beach and walking around Whitstable Harbour Markets where we bought some art and also some veggie dog treats from The Whitstable Dog Company (which is opposite Potato Tomato)!

I vlogged our entire day at Whitstable beach, including our visit to Potato Tomato so if you’d like to see more behind the scenes, you can watch that here:

If you’re planning a trip to the Kent Coast, be sure to check out Potato Tomato for some delicious food, and all of the other awesome businesses in the Whitstable Harbour markets for a great day of beachside shopping!

VEGAN TRAVEL TIPS

As you all know, I absolutely love travelling and have shared lots of vegan travel posts on this blog and on my YouTube channel over the past couple of years. So, when I was asked to give a speech at the first ever Surrey Vegan Fair (which took place last weekend), I decided to talk about: MY TOP TIPS TO MAKE TRAVELLING AS A VEGAN AS FUN, EASY & STRESS-FREE AS POSSIBLE! It was such a fun experience and I think the tips are all super helpful, so I decided to write them up into a blog post so that you can all access them any time you like! If you have any tips to add, be sure to write them in the comments down below!

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RESEARCH RESTAURANTS

I always set aside around an hour before going on a trip to research vegan / vegan-friendly restaurants in location where I’ll be staying. The main resources I use to do this are:

  • Happy Cow – great website for finding vegan & vegan-friendly restaurants
  • Blogs – google vegan (location) i.e. vegan LA and lots of blogs will pop up
  • YouTube – search vegan (location) and you can watch loads of travel diaries / guides
  • Instagram – searching #vegan(location) is a great way to find delicious looking food
  • Google / Apple maps –  go to the maps app on your smartphone, type in ‘vegan (location)‘, it will pop up with a whole bunch of pins and you can find restaurants near where you’ll be staying

After I’ve done a little research, I prepare a list of the top restaurants that I want to visit and take that with me on my trip.

BE PREPARED

Being prepared will require a little bit of pre-planning but it will save you so much time and stress on your trip so will definitely be worth it. There are 3 main ways I prepare:

  • Take snacks: As you’ll probably be going on trips / exploring during the day, you won’t always be able to plan where you’ll be and if there’ll be a vegan restaurant near by. I therefore like to take snacks with me, and any type of protein / breakfast bar such as Clif bars are great, as they’re filling and fuel you for your day.
  • Find a supermarket / health food store near by: before my trip, I always do a quick google search to see if there’s a store nearby where I’ll be staying, so that I know I’ll be able to buy snacks there, and therefore don’t have to bring them with me.
  • Contact in advance:
    • The accommodation I’ll be staying at to see if they offer vegan meals or if anything they serve can be veganised.
    • The airline I’ll be flying with to book a vegan meal for the flight.

USE A LANGUAGE AID

If you’re travelling to a country where you don’t speak the native language, you’ll need a way to communicate your dietary needs. The way I do this is to:

  • Learn how to say: ‘vegan / vegetarian no eggs or dairy‘ if I feel comfortable speaking in the native language (which doesn’t happen very often).
  • Save translated phrase on phone / print card: before my trip I use google translate to translate the phrase ‘vegan / vegetarian no eggs or dairy‘. I then print screen it and save it as a photo on my phone to show to the waiters/waitresses in any restaurants I visit. You could also write out / type up a card to take with you and keep in your wallet.
  • Learn specific cultural things to look out for: for example, in Thailand fish oil is often added to lots of dishes, so it would be useful to take a card with you saying ‘no fish oil, please’ in Thai.
  • Siri is your friend: iPhone’s siri and similar voice-recognition softwares on other smartphones can be so handy on your trip! For instance, when my mum and I were in Italy last year, I activated siri and said ‘find dairy-free ice-cream near me’ and it led us to a great little gelateria that served delicious vegan ice-cream!

MAKE YOUR TRIP VEGAN-FRIENDLY

If you don’t have a particular place in mind to travel to, there are plenty of ways that you can make your trip vegan-friendly:

  • If possible:
    • Choose a vegan-friendly location: PETA releases an annual list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Citites, so choosing one of these cities to visit is a great idea
    • Go on a vegan specific holiday: there are now lots of vegan-specific holidays you can go on, such as vegan cruises and vegan camping trips! These trips are a great way to not only enjoy delicious food, but also to meet like-minded people. A quick google search will pull up lots of vegan holiday options.
  • Find vegan hotels: I use the website veggie-hotels.com to find vegetarian / vegan hotels all over the world.
  • Stay in an apartment / airbnb / hostel: or anywhere where you have access to a kitchen so that you can veganise your holiday by cooking your own food. This is also a great way to save money!

MY TOP 5 VEGAN CITIES

In case you’re looking for ideas of great vegan-friendly places for your next trip, here are my top 5 vegan-friendly cities that I’ve visited!

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  • LA, San Francisco & San Diego in California are collectively by far the most vegan-friendly places I’ve ever visited. Matt and I ate every type of vegan food you can imagine during our trip, and got most of it delivered to our hotel rooms! There are also so many fun things to do and lots of beautiful beaches to hang out at.
  • New York is such an awesome city with so many fun touristy places to visit. It also has a great vegan-food scene, so is definitely worth a visit.
  • Berlin has so much historic culture to explore and also is insanely vegan friendly. During mine and my mum’s visit, we stayed in a vegetarian hotel, visited lots of vegan restaurants, and even shopped at Veganz – an entirely vegan supermarket.
  • Sydney, especially the Bondi Beach area, is filled with awesome vegan restaurants and also has so many fun places to explore.
  • Queenstown is hands down the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited and it was made even better by the fact that we found lots of great vegan-friendly restaurants there!

ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS

When travelling as a vegan, you want to ensure you don’t support any unethical tourist attractions that exploit animals. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t interact with animals on your holiday; in fact, travel provides a great opportunity to see animals in their natural environment and perhaps even to volunteer at a conservation project / animal sanctuary. And fear not, as for every unethical tourist attraction, there is an awesome alternative:

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VIDEO OF MY FULL SPEECH

If you would like more detailed tips, you can watch my full speech from the event here:

VEGAN IN MALVERN |GALLERY 36

Last weekend we had a stall at the West Midlands Vegan Festival for the Jade Green Vegan Compassionate Clothing Line. We had a great weekend meeting lots of lovely people, and it was made even better by the fact that we spent a day with Matt’s mum and dad on the way home as they live fairly near by in Malvern.

Matt’s mum and dad called lots of local restaurants to see if any of their menus could be veganised and  Gallery 36 was by far one of the most accommodating. Even though Gallery 36 isn’t a specifically vegetarian/vegan restaurant, they have lots of vegetarian options and were so helpful and really knowledgable in telling us which dishes could be made vegan.

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I ordered the Vegetarian Platter (less halloumi and aioli, add extra falafel). The platter had a great variety of veggie dishes – I especially loved the falafel and stuffed vine leaves – and was served with a big rustic baguette making it super filling.

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Matt went for the Veggie Breakfast (less the free range egg) – another very easily veganisable dish – and absolutely loved it!

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So if you find yourself in Malvern, I’d definitely recommend visiting Gallery 36, and be sure to ask your waiter which dishes can be veganised as there were lots of others our waiter mentioned (including the patatas bravas and the vegetable bean chilli enchiladas)!

If you’d like to watch a vlog of our weekend at the festival and in Malvern, you can check that out here:

THE TIPSY BLACK SHEEP | VEGAN IN BECKENHAM

The Tipsy Black Sheep is a veggie catering company run by two lovely girls: Hayley and Ruth. They currently have a pop-up shop in Beckenham and I was so excited to have the opportunity to check it out last week.

Hayley and Ruth were so kind and welcoming, and it was really lovely to meet two people who are so genuinely passionate about what they do. Their creative menu has such a great variety of options and is so reasonably priced, meaning we definitely had a difficult time when deciding what to order.

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MAINS ▷▷▷

After much deliberation, I decided to order the Red Lentil Burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips on the side. The burger patty was bursting with flavour and was accompanied by the perfect combination of delicious toppings.

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My mum ordered the Yellow Lentil Curry with green rice and was a big fan. She (reluctantly) let me try a little bit and I agreed that it was absolutely delicious.

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DESSERTS ▷▷▷

Both the chilli-me-sofly chocolate brownie and the banana cake looked amazing so we decided to order them both and share. Topped with caramel sauce, they were both so sweet, delicious and moist. My mum said that they are the best vegan cakes she’s ever had, and in fact, we loved them so much that my mum decided to buy another 2 of each to take away with us!

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The warm and friendly atmosphere in the shop, coupled with the amazing food makes The Tipsy Black Sheep pop-up a must visit! So, if you find yourself near Beckenham make sure to check it out – I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as we did!

Update: unfortunately the pop-up shop has now closed but The Tipsy Black Sheep still do private catering and will soon be offering a delivery service (which I’m super excited about). You can read more about that here: http://www.thetipsyblacksheep.com/catering-menu/

VEGAN USA GUIDE | LA, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN DIEGO & LAS VEGAS

Hey everyone!

After just over two weeks travelling around the USA, I am now back in the UK and am finally getting back to my normal routine after losing almost a week to jet lag, seriously. I’d like to say that was an exaggeration but unfortunately it isn’t; for almost an entire week I was practically nocturnal – going to bed at 6am and waking up at 3pm!!

Anyway, now that I’m back home (and awake in daylight hours!) I’ve been reminiscing about all of the fun things that we did and all of the delicious vegan food we ate, and there certainly was a lot of it. We started our trip in LA, then we headed to San Francisco, then to San Diego and finally Las Vegas! I loved every one of these cities in a different way and all of them had an amazing vegan food scene (we’re talking everything from deliciously healthy cafes to late night pizza deliveries).

As always, I wanted to take you all along with me as much as possible, so I vlogged our entire trip, posted restaurant reviews, and also instagramed a lot of our #veganfoodporn! However, there were also lots of eateries we ate at that I didn’t get a chance to share with you guys, so I thought I’d create this blog post to collate all of my  vlogs and restaurant reviews from our trip, as well as adding in some of the other eateries we loved.

If you guys are from the US/travelling to the US/just curious about what the US has to offer, then I hope you find this post useful :).

ps – if you have a favourite vegan friendly eatery in any of these locations, be sure to comment it down below!

LOS ANGELES

Blog posts ▷▷▷ Fala Bar

Other vegan friendly eateries we visited ▷▷▷ Johnny Rockets, Ben & Jerry’sJamba Juice, DoomiesSuperfood Cafe, Satdha, Fresh Brothers, Taco Bell & Seed Kitchen

LA VLOG #1 ▷▷▷

LA VLOG #2 ▷▷▷

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SAN FRANCISCO

Blog posts ▷▷▷ Seed and Salt

Other vegan friendly eateries we visited ▷▷▷ Loving Hut & Patxis Pizza

SAN FRANCISCO VLOG ▷▷▷

SAN DIEGO

Blog posts ▷▷▷ Amardeen CafeKindred & Lean and Green Cafe

Other vegan friendly eateries we visited ▷▷▷ Craft Pizza Company

SAN DIEGO VLOG ▷▷▷

LAS VEGAS

Vegan friendly eateries we visited ▷▷▷ Wynn BuffetSlice of Vegas & Violette’s vegan

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Which place would you guys most like to visit?