How To Do Valentine’s Day In Dublin… Vegan Style

If you haven’t yet made plans and you’re looking for something nice (and vegan) to do in Dublin for Valentine’s Day, read on!

Get a three course 100% vegan Valentine’s meal for just €25 at Aperitivo! If you’ve never been, the eatery is VERY small, so expect to be a little cramped as Valentine’s night is super busy. But it’s all worth it for a slice of Buttercream Dream’s vegan rolo / cookies n’ cream cake! Just LOOK at that deliciousness!

Note: there’s an error in the Aperitivo menu – it’s not coconut cream!) and a Speculoos cake (Lotus biscuit flavour) is also available on the normal menu! Woo!

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According to their Facebook page, there are a few spaces left so get booking! If, however, you aren’t lucky enough to bag a place, you can also head to Cornucopia, who have an ALL DAY Valentine’s deal as well! It’s slightly cheaper at €40 for 2 rather than €50 (like at Aperitivo).

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And finally, the fanciest (and most expensive) dinner option for Valentine’s is at Platform 61 on South William Street! For €30 each you get a three course meal with a champagne cocktail. This is a little steep, but the menu looks SUPERB and there are no less than THREE dessert options, including vanilla ice cream with pumpkin seed oil, vegan brulée and a naughty brownie. Hell yes. Thanks to Veg and Vegan Dublin for posting about it!

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For your money you’ll get two meals or salads, two desserts and two glasses of wine or beer. Not bad, right? And at least at Cornucopia, you know there’s plenty of space even if it’s busy and you’re getting a filling meal!

The Rolling Donut is set to have a themed donut for the day that’s in it (smooth strawberry marscapone filling and a strawberry glaze… sounds delish) and to keep us vegans happy, there will also be a vegan one on offer too!

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Photo: The Rolling Donut Facebook page

According to a question asked on their Facebook page, the vegan donut will get a facelift, so it might just be a glammed up version of the usual raspberry flavoured one! Keep an eye on their Instagram and pop in to treat yourself and your loved one on the day!

If you’re feeling romantic, stop by Grafton Street and pick up some fresh lillies of roses for your partner (or just for yourself, sure why not?) and stop by Nourish to pick up a box of Booja Booja chocolates!

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And if you REALLY want to pamper yourself or your significant other, check out Skinfull Affairs’ special Valentine’s offer. For €50 each, you get a Yon-Ka botanical vegan facial with mask, followed by an ultra relaxing head massage as well as a standard manicure (or gent’s manicure). Offer ends February 18th! Book here. You can also get matching henna tattoos of love hearts if you’re so inclined (€10 for both)!

What are you doing for Valentine’s day? Are you having a quiet night in? Let me know in the comments!

Cake photo: Aperitivo’s Facebook page

 

 

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The Vegan Society Launches New Nutrition App

Veganuary has just ended and it was very successful, judging by the fact that Nature & Moi cheese completely sold out in my local Tesco! It’s wonderful to see so many people trying veganism, but it’s important to remind anyone transitioning to keep on top of their health.

A well-planned vegan diet leads to healthy, happy people at any age. However, if you’re transitioning and you’re just winging it, you may find yourself lacking in a few key nutrients, namely B12 and omega 3 DHA.

Well, The Vegan Society has your back!

They’ve just released a new app called VNutrition, which will help beginners (and even veteran vegans) keep on track of their health and make sure they’re getting all the nutrients they need.

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The app was developed by The Vegan Society’s in-house dietitian, Heather, who specialises in vegan nutrition. Fun fact: She is the only registered dietitian employed by a vegan organisation in the UK!

Speaking about the app, she said, “The Vegan Society is striving to provide high quality and accessible information about nutrition, and I’m delighted to have been involved in developing VNutrition.

Our alliance with the British Dietetic Association shows just how committed we are to providing reliable education about vegan nutrition and sharing the message that well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages.

“The app is based on UK guidelines about healthy eating and the best available evidence around vegan nutrition, and we hope it will help a large number of vegans and the vegan-curious.”

The app features handy hints and colourful illustrations that bring to life the basic principles of vegan nutrition, helping users to learn about portion sizes, getting their 5-a-day, hitting their targets for protein, calcium and omega-3 fat, and ensuring appropriate supplementation.

A simple checklist enables users to assess their nutritional intake, and a progress graph and personalised tips help them to identify areas for improvement.

It can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple store now.

Vegan Irish Stew Recipe | Comfort Food

This recipe has been a long time coming (mostly because I keep forgetting to pop it up!) but it’s still technically winter time, which means stew season isn’t over yet!

Ingredients: 

Vegan mince or tofu mince (recipe below)

Bisto gravy

3 large carrots

1 small-medium onion

1 clove of garlic (or 1 heaped teaspoon of garlic puree)

Rosemary

Thyme

A bag of baby potatoes

1 vegetable stock cube

Peas (optional)

Method:

Steam baby potatoes for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the stock cube with 1 litre of boiling water and transfer to a pot over medium heat.

Then add chopped carrots, onion and garlic (and peas, if including) to the stock with 1 tsp each of rosemary and thyme.

Mix 3 heaped tablespoons of Bisto gravy granules into the stock (you can add more depending on how thick you want the stew)

Add the steamed baby potatoes and store-bought vegan mince (or tofu mince) to the pot.

Let simmer for 20 minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with fresh parsley.

Tofu mince: 

After draining a firm block of tofu, crumble it into mince-like chunks. Marinate the chunks in 6 tablespoons of soy sauce, half tsp smoked paprika, a pinch each of rosemary and thyme, half tsp garlic puree. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, then bake on baking tray in pre-heated oven 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out and move the chunks around, drizzle some more soy sauce on top and pop back in for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy with brown bread and sunflower spread! 

On The Pig’s Back Eatery Vegan Burger | Review

First review of the new year, let’s be havin’ ya!

This weekend (19th – 21st January) was the first ever Vegan Foodie Festival. Held in Dublin, it was a really unique initiative. It wasn’t your typical festival layout; usually, vegan festivals are held at a particular venue featuring talks with special guests and a trade hall or food court for people to peruse between talks. Instead, the Vegan Foodie Festival’s was held across the city at many different venues. Its main goal was to link vegans with vegan businesses and businesses that offered vegan meals/products.

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Here’s To 2018 | A Quest For Happiness

This is it, my last official post of 2017.

I’ve written 60 posts this year (I suppose this one makes a total of 61). Taking the time to count that up really helped me feel like I’ve done something of use in 2017. I’ve written 60 posts. That’s something that I did. It’s an accomplishment, something that might even have helped somebody find their vegan transition a little easier. And that makes me happy. This has been a shitty year, but that makes me happy.

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