Sunday, 3 December 2017

Everything Vegan | Cruelty-Free Apparel

With Christmas just around the corner, I am especially excited to finally share this review. Whether you are buying for a vegan friend or adding to your own wish list, the high-quality apparel from Everything Vegan make for awesome presents.

The company, based in California and founded by Aaron Seminoff, prides itself on providing 100% vegan apparel printed with organic water based inks.

I had the opportunity to pick out a few items from the store to try and as you can see from the image above, I went with a cute berry-coloured racerback tank top with the message 'You Had Me At Vegan' (catering to my inner romantic, no doubt) and a grey t-shirt that reads 'Powered by Plants' (an empowering testament to the energy you feel when you follow a healthy plant-based diet). As a final cherry on top, I also selected a couple of vegan stickers: 'Be Kind to Every Kind' and 'Save the Planet, Go Vegan', perfect for adorning my laptop, notebooks and any other surface that I can use to cheekily spread the message.

If you've ever wanted to make a bold statement about your vegan lifestyle (and why the heck not? - it's great!), then shirts like these are perfect, because they do the talking for you and act as conversation starters.

I found the items to be well-made and beautifully designed. Even after several washes, the colours are still bright and fresh. I've worn the t-shirt casually with a nice jacket thrown over the top in the colder weather. And the berry tank top is especially great for the gym.

Beyond t-shirts and stickers, you'll also find sweaters, hats and socks in the online store. You'll no doubt be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting one of the quippy messages, some of my other favourites being: 'I Yam What I Yam' (ha!), 'I Get Plenty of Protein Thanks!' (say it louder!), 'Vegan Vibes' (so chill...), and the more seasonal 'All I Want For Christmas Is For You To Go Vegan' (subtle...).

For these and many more wonderful designs, visit the Everything Vegan website. If you're quick, you can enjoy 30% in their sale using the code: CYBER30.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Vegan in Zurich, Switzerland | 11 Places to Try [VIDEO]

Took a trip to Zurich to visit an old friend who recently moved to the city and we had a blast exploring and trying out a bunch of vegan places. Below is a list of 11 vegan-friendly restaurants and joints I think you should visit.

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1. Queen Idia African Restaurant (Badenerstrasse 125)

This was a pleasant surprise. Possibly the only Nigerian restaurant in the entire city (I couldn't find any others online), this restaurant is cosy, beautifully decorated and offers a little slice of home away from home. Several items on the menu are accidentally vegan and most dishes can be easily adapted. Think jollof rice, fried rice, yam and stew, beans and plantain. The food was so good that I went back a second time before the end of my trip.

2. Bona Dea (Bahnhofplatz 15)

Located right next to the main train station, this vegetarian buffet restaurant is definitely worth a visit. The menu clearly draws some inspiration from Indian cuisine and 90% of it is vegan. For a set price you can fill your plate only ONCE. Of course, I went all out to 'get my money's worth' and in the end had to conclude that it was good value for money as I couldn't even finish it!

3. Elle 'n' Belle (Limmatstrasse 118)

Honestly, this place ought to be at the top of your list if you're ever in Zurich. This edgy restaurant and bar is all vegan and utterly delicious. You'll recognise a lot of the food on the menu, like burgers, chips, pizza etc. But they've added their twist to a lot of it, so when it reads 'black burger' and 'red burger', expect the bread buns to be just that. The black burger is infused with charcoal while the red burger is dyed using beets. It's bold food with even bolder flavours. And their carrot cake is bomb.

4. The Sacred/Vegelateria (Müllerstrasse 64)

Apparently the first organic vegan restaurant in the whole of Switzerland. This venue doubles as an eatery and ice cream parlour. We came just for the vegan gelato, and we were not disappointed. The customer service was fantastic and we struck up a lovely conversation with the gentleman who served us. He ended up introducing us to a vegan meet-up group that was parked there in the restaurant, and this led to a long and insightful conversation about the history and growth of veganism in Switzerland.

5. Roots (Am Schanzengraben 19)

It turns out that brunch is pretty big in Zurich and brunch places get booked out quickly. Roots is a healthy juice bar and restaurant with a handful of locations around the city, offering a gorgeous mostly-vegan brunch buffet. Remember to reserve seats a day in advance to guarantee a place. If you forget, there will likely be space to sit at the bar so don't let that put you off from visiting.

6. Hiltl (Sihlstrasse 28)

A ridiculously large vegetarian restaurant with loads of vegan options that are clearly marked. Whether you're after a buffet, takeaway or a la carte dining, Hiltl has you covered. It is also the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe, having opened its doors in 1898. It will be busy when you visit and you do have to weigh your plate to pay, but you will also be spoilt for choice and will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. There are a couple of branches dotted around the city.

7. Klara's Kitchen (Universitätstrasse 17)

Vegan-friendly takeaway joint near the University of Zurich. The menu changes every day, with three or four organic hot food options alongside wraps, cakes, juices and breakfast foods.

8. Rami 59 (Rämistrasse 59)

I think it's really cool that the cafeteria inside of the University of Zurich is fully vegan. Arrive at lunch time for hot food, and any other time for vegan cakes, drinks and snacks. I had a luscious mango cake - worth the visit if only for that.

9. Tibits

Similar to Hiltl, Tibits has a massive self-service buffet and the charge is by weight. There's a branch right here in London so I was already familiar with the restaurant. Several branches in Zurich so just google to find your nearest location.

10. Alnatura/Migros (Löwenstrasse 31)

I wanted to buy some chocolate to bring back home with me, but wanted vegan brands only. Alnatura was a lifesaver. This organic food/health store has a wide selection of vegan products including biscuits, chocolates, plant milks, ready meals, savoury snacks, and lots more. Reasonable prices too.

11. Caffe Spettacolo

Not the best customer service in the world, but they do offer vegan croissants and hot drinks if you've got a hankering for it. Check the labels first as not all the croissants are vegan. There's a branch in the main station and several others scattered around the city.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Chickpea, Vegan Sausage and Mixed Vegetable Curry

Serves 4
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- 2 large carrots (chopped)
- 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
- Broccoli (chopped)
- Cauliflower (chopped)
- 4 Linda McCartney vegan sausages (chopped)
- 1 tin coconut milk
- 1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
- Salt to taste

Heat the sunflower oil in a large saucepan and sauté the chopped vegetables and vegan sausages for a couple of minutes.

Add the coconut milk and seasoning. Allow to simmer until the vegetables are cooked through, then add the chickpeas.

Serve on a bed of rice, couscous or bulgur wheat.