Vegan Valentines Day Bake Sale

Vegan Valentines Day Bake Sale in aid of Miracle’s Mission. Show your love for stray animals and bake for a stray this Valentines Day.

Anybody can take part in the event and the bake sales can take place anywhere with friends, family, colleagues in schools, bars, shops, offices, colleges etc.

All you need to do is get a group of people involved (any number of people), each bake or buy a vegan baked good and then purchase each others goods on the day of the sale! Please email Miracle’s Mission for any advice you may need, for promotional posters or for recipe ideas at veganeventsuk@gmail.com.

The Mission

1 – Show people that vegan baked goods are delicious, and that you can easily create vegan versions of your favorite original baked goods.

2 – Introduce people to veganism in a friendly and fun way.

3 – Raise money to help save more animals.

Facebook event

Rockstone Vegan FORTNIGHT? Let’s go twice!

…and that’s exactly what I did.

Along a strip of Southampton that (comparatively speaking) stands the test of time, sits The Rockstone, a boozer that ticks all the boxes – a traditional pub atmosphere, friendly staff, brilliant rotation of craft beers, and the pièce-de-résistance for vegans and omni’s alike – a huge menu that boasts some of the most decadent delights this side of the Solent.

As part of their commitment to providing new and exciting special menus, their Vegan Fortnight, originally introduced as a one-off but repeated again and again due to demand, recently ran to coincide with the beginning of Veganuary. Proving to all that veganism doesn’t have to be boring.

And boring it was not. So much so that on my first visit, I was so dazzled and torn by the great options that I planned to visit a second time before the main course came out.

IMG_1048On that first visit I was tempted by the ‘Voyal with Veese’* seitan ‘chicken’ burger, topped with a hash brown. It seems like this is the Marmite of the vegan burger world according to pretty much everyone I asked. Regular meat eaters were a little dismayed at the glutenous texture of the seitan, seasoned vegans reasoned that due to the thickness, the seitan to breadcrumb ratio was off. My opinion is positive, I REALLY liked this burger. I mean, I could barely wrap my mouth around it, it was a nibbler for sure. But it was satisfying to eat, and had a texture that doesn’t appear very often in my regular diet. Also, let me repeat: THIS BURGER COMES TOPPED WITH A HASH BROWN. I feel it can really do no wrong in my eyes.

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Check out my mates inspecting their Voyals with incredulity

On my second visit, torn by the ‘Steve MacQueen & Chz’ and the ‘SSriraCha Cha Slide’, I let my hunger from a day of fasting in preparation get the better of me and opted for the former, which – you guessed it – came with a healthy portion of mac cheeze on top of a sweet potato & bean burger. Whilst this burger initially seemed lack-lustre after the joy of the seitan, it was actually flippin’ delicious, and boasted all the glorious individual flavours from the sum of its parts.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Rockstone’s portions, they are plentiful. Whilst costing slightly more than your average beer and a burger, you will be hard pressed to find a better burg for your buck. For that reason, I unfortunately had no room left to sample one of the many amazing starters or desserts that had been specially designed and homemade for the event. Though from a previous trip a few months earlier I was lucky enough to sample their homemade ice cream. Perks of knowing a chef huh!

I also failed to try any of the enticing vegan beers especially tapped for the fortnight, on account of my Dry January. Watch out February – I’m banking all these urges! The pub deems this special event to be a great success, and have been delighted by the positive response to their menu.

Vegan Fortnight will be resurrected in September and will revert back to their standard (still great!) vegan options as of today. Until then, we’ll keep you posted on the delicious events to see us through the Spring/Summer!

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Cheers!

*Dear Rockstone, no one enjoys pronouncing this many ‘V’s in such close succession. But watching people try/avoid was hilarious!

Portsmouth Vegan Festival – 4th March 2018

100 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day at Portsmouth Guildhall from 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Entry is £3 payable on the day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portsmouth-vegan-festival-tickets-39452653950?aff=es2 to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers.

To book a stall, sponsor, host a talk, demo or workshop or find out more information please email veganeventsuk@gmail.com.

Website: www.veganeventsuk.co.uk.

Find you a Tinder date who’s vegan – Dinner at Zizzi

If you’re a single vegan using Tinder, you are probably quite nervous of the food discussion with your matches. I’ve tried the Grazer apps but I figure shrinking my pool will do me no favours…#foreveralone…and hey, people can change with a bit of influence right?

After exchanging enough texts to establish they were attempting Veganuary, my date and I set up a night to go for food. I asked what they were missing in the 11 days without the usual content of their diet, and the answer was firmly ‘pizza’. I could think of a few options – Pizza Express, The Stable, Pizza Hut, Franco Manca and in hindsight Brewdog – which I’m glad we didn’t pick as I’m a fan of their beers and given that I’m doing dry January it would have been a bitter sweet visit! In all honesty, a date in any context without booze frightens the heck out of me so bravery points to me!

A few days before, I happened across an Instagram post from a friend who had eaten a pizza off the specials at Zizzi. It looked fab. I suggested it. Tinder date agreed. It was pizza time!

I’d not been to Zizzi before. The venue itself is on the Watermark complex of West Quay, overlooking the old walls. It’s quite light and loud – we’d arrived quite soon after I’d finished work so there were a number of families, but the bustle, atmosphere and quirky decor gave us the ingredients for a lighthearted chat. We had turned up with pizza in mind but were disappointed when we looked at the menu and saw a stark lack of (ve) options. The waitress came to take our order, I mumbled a bunch of words, one of which must have given her enough guidance for her to fetch an allergen menu.

Hurrah! Here we go… not an abundance of options, but certainly enough to whet our appetite. We shared starters, a glorious pizza bread with whole roasted cloves of garlic atop – cooked to perfection so that they could be spread like butter – and a fresh portion of bruscetta topped with a big dollop of pesto. I was quite full by the end of the starters, but luckily the pizza main was so good, I ate it without trouble or question. I settled on a spicy Pepperonata Pizza and my date had the Rainbow Pizza – the limited edition Veganuary special! We were both really impressed. From living in Bristol which has endless vegan pizza options, to move home and find a decent vegan cheese on a pizza filled me with glee. AND THEY ARE ALSO ON DELIVEROO. There were two lovely looking desserts and a (teasing) vegan wine list, but feeling full we scooted off for coffee elsewhere.

To make the deal sweeter, upon asking for the bill, the waitress helpfully suggested there were some vouchers knocking about online, so we did a search and came up trumps. If you happen to go before the 18th January, you can get 40% off all food – and there is also 2-4-1 on Vegan mains for the whole of January. You can see all deals here.

Go along and let us know what you think!

Rosie 🌱

‘How To Be Beautifully You’ Monthly Events

How Beautiful Do You Feel?

The Organic Hair Lounge have created an event that will be held monthly throughout 2018 and they are focusing on you lovely ladies embracing YOUR beauty!

Do you know how beautiful you are? Do you focus on your assets or your flaws… like your acne skin, ever increasing lines on your face (ageing sucks huh?) or dull, lank lifeless hair that only ever looks good after leaving the salon? Do you apply makeup to only feel like mutton dressed as lamb?!

Well at the monthly event – Be Beautifully You – you will receive experti advice on a 1:1 basis – you will get a skin analysis with a mini facial to suit your skin type, followed by a Hair consultation, Hair treatment AND blow dry!! Finally a makeup consultation and mini makeup session with Olivia Marshall all for just £40pp!

There will also be a short talk for you on subjects to encourage your natural beauty to shine bright

This event is limited to only 3 people per event so to secure your place NOW by visiting the Facebook event.

*all products used are inline with ‘The Organic Hair Lounges’ ethics and beliefs and are ALL cruelty free, vegan and where possible – Organic!

Raw Eden Beauty January/February Sale

Take advantage of the January/February Sale at vegan and organic therapist Raw Eden Beauty. Treat yourself to some pampering through the winter months!

🌱Organic Facials £25
🌱Organic Manicures £20
🌱Organic Pedicures £25
🌱Massage with foot ritual £25
🌱Back Scrub & 30 min massage £28
🌱Lash Lift £35
🌱Organic Spray Tans £15
🌱Gelish Nails £15

Also….50% off Raw Eden Beauty Shop! 💋

🌱Eco by Sonya Winter Skin £15
🌱Eco by Sonya Invisible Tan £15
🌱Eco by Sonya Face Tan Water £15
🌱Eco by Sonya Himalayan Salt Scrub £15
🌱Eco by Sonya Coconut Body Milk Coconut 🌴 🥥 £15
🌱Eco by Sonya Deodorant £5
🌱Eco by Sonya Outdoor Spray £5
🌱PearlBars Toothbrushes £3.99

FREE delivery 📦

Contact on Facebook, email or text 💚

Web: http://www.rawedenbeauty.co.uk
Phone: 07432285666
Email: lucy@rawedenbeauty.co.uk
Address: 41 Chalvington Road, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3DY, United Kingdom

Vegan Fortnight at The Rockstone

Vegan Fortnight returns to The Rockstone this January!

This is their 5th Vegan ‘Takeover’ at The Rockstone, due to popularity and demand!

The menu below has us salivating at the very thought!

– STARTERS/SIDES –

Taco’n ‘Bout A Revolution – 4.95
BBQ jackfruit tacos, served in blue tortillas with charred corn salsa and lime rice.
(Ve/GF)

Stranger Wings – 4.95
Vegan chicken wings, in a sweet and spicy jerk rub. Served with a a creamy mango dip.
(Ve)

– MAINS –

Mango’s Not Hot – 12.50
Sweet and sour vegetable curry, with mango, butternut and fine beans, served with rice.
(Ve/GF)

Royal With Veese – 14.50
Succulent seitan ‘chicken’ deep fried in our secret herbs and spices. Topped with bbq sauce, a hash brown and vegan cheese. Served in a floured bun with fries and a side salad.
(Ve)

A Fish Fit For The Cods – 12.50
Juicy, flakey vegan fish fillet, battered in lemon and curry seasoned batter. Served with seasoned fries peas.
(Ve/GF)

SriraCha Cha Slide – 14.50
Veggie or Sweet Potato & Bean burger, topped with smashed avocado, Sriracha hot sauce and toasted pine nuts. Served in a floured bun with fries and a side salad.
(Ve/GF Option)

Steve MacQueen & Chz – 14.50
Veggie or Sweet Potato & Bean burger, topped with rich vegan mac and cheeze. Served in a floured bun with fries and a side salad.
(Ve/GF Option)

Bahn Mi From Writing Puns – 11.50
Pickled vegetables, red pepper hummus and fried vegan sausage, drizzled with garlic butter. Served in a fluffy baguette with fries and a side salad.
(Ve)

– DESSERTS –

TBC!

This will start booking up very quickly so grab those tables now, you can book on Facebook or by giving them a ring on 02380 637256.