Killer Tomato serving meat

Some sad news for the London food scene (and for the animals being cooked, more to the point).

Remember when I wrote about Killer Tomato on Leather Lane? I absolutely raved about the vegan spicy sandwich I devoured and proclaimed it to be the best sandwich in town.

Torta ahogada aka Drowned Sandwich

Torta ahogada aka Drowned Sandwich

Well, some undesirable news has reached me here in my faux-ivory tower. Read more ›

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Vegan having a moan

My pal Joe in Berlin wanted a platform to complain about something.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to give you all a break from my self-righteous posturing, so below you will find the unabridged moan by Joe about the phenomenon of vegan restaurants not opening when they are supposed to open.

I can’t say it happens all that often in the UK, but Joe deserves to be heard!

Read on. Read more ›

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Vegans cooking for vegans

I think you need to make plans to visit the West Midlands before the end of the year.

As you all know, a fabulous 100% vegan food truck launched a while back called The Vegan Grindhouse. The idea behind the business was to supply events in the local area with completely plant-based tea, coffee, cakes and treats. I wrote about them here.

The truck has enjoyed an incredibly successful start, but things are about to change slightly for the vegan business.

I reached out to Lisa, the owner of The Vegan Grindhouse, to see how things were progressing and I received some not so good news and some excellent news. Read more ›

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More vegan groceries

Are you ready for photographic evidence of another one of my thorough supermarket expeditions?

A few nights back, Josh and I visited the mammoth Tesco Extra in Colney Hatch (North London) and returned home with some fun and tasty vegan products.

See proof below. Read more ›

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Operation go vegan stay vegan

A post this week in which I voiced my concern about vegan people opening non-vegan cafes has garnered a lot of attention. The comment thread on Facebook has a life of its own and I think it is evident that this discussion is happening at exactly the right time.

One of the commentators suggested it would be beneficial for me to organise a platform to assist people looking to change their businesses into a completely vegan affair.

OK. I think I can offer some assistance. I don’t have a lot of time but I do take it on board that actions speak louder than words and I genuinely want to help people (and businesses) to go vegan and stay vegan.

What can I do?

I want to hear from people thinking of changing a non-vegan food business into a vegan food business. Once we have made contact, I can offer the following if you want it:

  • email conversation about your business and a vegan transition
  • you can phone/Skype me to talk about the situation
  • if you pay for my travel (I will travel by the cheapest means if necessary) I will spend a day with you and/or your employees talking about a vegan change, discussing vegan alternatives to dairy and working out a strategy and I will not charge for my time
  • I will supply you with testimonials by other business owners who have made the transition in unlikely locations
  • I will supply you with practical advice on sourcing vegan ingredients to replace dairy
  • I will help you write a press release about your relaunch and get it to as many press outlets as possible, as well as local, national and international activist groups, bloggers and social groups
  • I will make myself available via phone and email to discuss publicity questions in the month following your transition
  • I will feature your business on my blog and link to you on social media around the time of your transition to a vegan business

Just because I love to be dramatic, I am calling this the Operation Go Vegan Stay Vegan initiative. It is kind of like a vegan challenge, but for businesses.

Why am I doing this? The main reason is I am working to improve outcomes for non-human animals. Another reason is I wholeheartedly believe now is the right time for vegan business owners to take this step.

As I have mentioned on Facebook, there are 100% vegan cafes in regional Mexico, the West Midlands, Prague, rural USA and even an almost three hour drive into the countryside from my home town of Brisbane, Australia. They are popping up in the most unlikely places and they can succeed!

If you do vegan food and drink well, people will pay for it. Not just vegans, but people in general.

Please get in touch if you think you would like to make your business part of this vegan transition initiative. I am not the most knowledgable person but I am confident I can bring useful ideas together that will help you make this change to your business in the most positive way possible.

If you would like to offer a case study of your own vegan business (especially if you changed it to vegan from non-vegan), please get in touch via sean@fgvpr.co.uk – I will need all the vegan community firepower and ideas I can get.

Please note: I will have to exercise discretion in regards to who I assist and this might be based on my own workload or a host of other reasons. I envision being able to work with one business during a calendar month period. I am predominantly looking to assist UK businesses but will consider offering advice and time to people in other parts of the world but I will not have the same insights to offer.

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Chvrches

When I am not sitting in my ivory tower stuffing food into my fat face, I write music reviews for the Louder Than War website.

My latest review details my experiences at the Brixton Academy watching the awesome band Chvrches.

You can read by clicking here.

If you don’t want to read but love good music, I have kindly embedded a music video from the band for your enjoyment.


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Guide to Paris

Paris is famous for a lot of things. The Eiffel Tower. Louvre. Notre-Dame. Arc de Triomphe. I could go on and on and on. The city is packed solid with world-famous landmarks and attractions.

Paris has been referred to as the most visited city on the planet and it is believed the area welcomes in excess of 30 million visitors each year. It is a destination that has been celebrated in countless films, books and songs.

2014 has seen the city come into another kind of renown as veganism has seemingly swept all before it to make Paris one of the must-visit hot spots for compassionate tourists.

This explosion in plant-based eating has been painstakingly documented in the brand new Vegetarian Paris – The complete insider’s guide to the best veggie food in Paris.

Compiled and written by Aurelia d’Andrea, this compact book is the perfect guide for vegan travellers. It contains maps, shopping information, event listings, colour coded vegan listings of almost 20 establishments, dozens of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes, transport information, accommodation tips and even a handy basic language and phrase guide.

The book is small enough to be taken out for a day of sightseeing and packed with enough useful information to make you glad you did.

You can buy your own copy of Vegetarian Paris online here or read on for a chance to win a copy.

veggie paris guide

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Vegan cereal

A short and sweet post to share one of my Sainsbury’s finds.

This isn’t a new product but it is new to me.  Read more ›

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Nottingham falls short

Nottingham almost got a new vegan cafe today, but pesky and harmful dairy made it on to the menu.

Such a shame.

Today marks to grand opening of a new food provider, The Bluebird Vegetarian CaféThis café is operated by Adrian and Kate, two vegans who (according to their website) were able to achieve their dream of opening The Bluebird thanks to the help of family, friends and Freecycle donations.

As happy as I am for the vegan community of Nottingham to have another location to dine out on plant-based food, I am puzzled as to why a vegan of more than 20 years (Adrian) would open a cafe with dairy on the menu in 2014. Read more ›

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New vegan mayo hits UK

Here is some news worth celebrating.

The Financial Times (yes, the FT!) has reported the UK is about to see the launch of a vegan mayonnaise brand that has exploded in popularity across North America. To add to the excitement, the brand will be exclusively launched in Tesco stores, making it widely available to shoppers all over the country. Read more ›

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