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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The Bohemian, Newcastle-upon-Tyne | Restaurant Review

If you’ve read my other recent posts (or if you follow me on Instagram), you’ll know I took a trip to Newcastle in the UK last week. I used the wonderful Happy Cow resource to figure out where all the vegan places were, and on the last night I checked out The Bohemian with my boyfriend and best friend (neither of whom are vegan).

We were only in the city for a few days so I missed out on some other places I wanted to go to, but I’m glad I got to The Bohemian. We’d actually headed to Pizza Express beforehand to try out the new vegan cheese (and we actually got dessert there too), but sure feck it. Holidays mean you can treat yourself! And treat ourselves, we did.

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Pizza Express Vegan Mozzarella | REVIEW

While I was in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last week, I was on a mission to try as many vegan foods as possible. In my search, I came across a Pizza Express and remembered that they had just launched a new vegan mozzarella on their pizzas. Naturally, I had to go!

I ordered a customised pizza (my go-to) with peppers, onions, spinach, jalapenos AND vegan mozzarella. The staff were really helpful picking out everything vegan on the menu as they had a comprehensive list. This included wine! There were four vegan wines on offer (including the cheapest one, thank god!) so I ordered a glass for about ยฃ5. Hey, I was on holiday!ย I should’ve written down the names of the vegan wines but I was too excited, I forgot! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ If you ask in the restaurant, they’ll let you know!

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Dr Dรผnner Phytovitality Immune Support Capsules | REVIEW

A few months ago, I started looking for a good supplement to give me a boost during the winter months. I know everyone hates being sick, but I REALLY hate being sick. Thankfully, I haven’t been ill with cold or flu for at least a year (touch wood) and that was mainly because I’d just left my job and was VERY stressed out and run-down.

I don’t get the flu shot as I think that our bodies are totally capable of fighting off illness on their own. As long as we prioritise our health and make sure we go into flu season with an equipped body, we can fight off any cold that threatens to derail our health. Eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, upping your vitamin C intake and taking a vitamin D supplement to help vit C absorption are all part of making sure your body is prepared for winter. Another way you can do this is through a supplement.

Enter, Dr Dรผnner!

The family-run company was founded in 1948 by Dr Helene Dรผnner and remains passionate about the restorative effects of plants and medicinal herbs. This is called Phytovitality. Dr Dรผnner has been harnessing the powerful properties of plants for four generations and handpicks its organic herbs from the unspoilt UNESCO biosphere at Entlebuch in Switzerland.

From what I can tell, they seem to be an excellent, ethical company that supports local farmers. Their orchards support endangered bird life, 100% of their electricity is renewable (obtained from local hydroelectric plants) and they also strive to achieve carbon neutrality. Definitely a company I can get behind!

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I was sent Dr Dรผnner’s Phytovitality Turmeric, Pepper and Green Tea capsules with Vitamin C and, honestly, they couldn’t have come at a better time. There were a few choices to pick from, but I chose the immune support capsules as they were exactly what I’d been looking for, and as a massive fan of turmeric (I put it on EVERYTHING), it seemed ideal for me. They’re also vegan, gluten free and non-GMO. Win!

Curcuma (turmeric) is revered as Indiaโ€™s โ€˜sacred plantโ€™ and it is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. If you don’t already use turmeric in your cooking, consider adding it during the winter months especially. Dr Dรผnner’s turmeric is sourced from the best quality producers in Ayurvedic cultivation areas, and because the capsule blends turmeric with pepper it improves the absorption and increases the bioavailability of the active ingredients.

The capsules also contain Green Tea, a renowned antioxidant, as well as Vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system. They can be taken every day, but it’s not necessary to do so. When you order a packet, you’re sent 60 capsules, which is a two month supply, but if you take one every two days then you can stretch that to three months. That pretty much covers the winter months.

They capsules themselves look quite large in the packet, but when you take them out of the foil casing they’re actually fine. I started a skin and nails supplement last year but I had to stop it because the capsules were far too large. In terms of size, they’re just shorter than a 20 cent coin.

I took the capsules for a month and I will absolutely be buying them again after I finish them in a month’s time. I usually get sick around Halloween, it’s like clockwork, and I didn’t get sick this year. Not even a sniffle. The only difference in my routine from last year is that I started taking this supplement. Coincidence? Possibly, but I don’t think so. The capsules are packed full of goodness that is specifically designed to support a healthy immune system, and I think its done its job. I definitely felt like I had more clarity, I wasn’t as stiff in the mornings and overall I just felt a bit… boosted!

The pack costs ยฃ25.99, which isn’t cheap, but at the end of the day, if it prevents you from getting a nasty cold, in my opinion it is totally worth it. Especially when you factor in the costs of Lemsip and lozenges and days off work. Plus, you have to remember it’s a 2 month supply, which works out at ยฃ13 per month. For the quality of the product, I think this is a fair price.

If you’re looking for a supplement to support you through the winter months, you should definitely consider these. I’ve tried quite a few supplements in my time and these are one of the best; they don’t upset my tummy, there’s no nasty aftertaste and they’ve kept me healthy throughout cold Irish days (and hopefully they’ll continue to support me throughout the freezing winter). I wish the size of the capsule was a little smaller, but ultimately it’s not a problem. I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

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Hearty Vegan Food at Nancy’s of Ardara – Restaurant Review

I often find myself lazing around my house at weekends, and as someone with mental health issues and a habit of hibernating out of season, I felt I needed to get out of the house last weekend. I’m so glad I made a plan and saw it through – that in itself is good for mental health – as I had a wonderful time with my family exploring Donegal.

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Naturally, explorers get peckish after a while and I was absolutely ravenous after we got to Ardara. We had driven through Ramelton, Glenties and we had yet to go to Donegal Town, so it was time for food!ย nancys restaurant review

I was a bit dubious at the prospect of finding a place that offered some hearty vegan food options for me, but after seeing a menu option for a ‘veggie burger’ at none other than a SEAFOOD BAR, I realised Ardara was not quite like other places! It was way ahead!

We decided to pop in to ask if the veggie burger was vegan-friendly and thank God it was because otherwise I might have turned my back and not experienced the delish food on offer at Nancy’s!

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The bar/restaurant is like a labyrinth inside; there are so many little hidden hallways and doorways and staircases and it’s so ‘old Irish’ charming. The staff as well are very friendly and they engage you with you at the table, which is always nice.

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They had a whole section of vegetarian food available and all of it could be modified for vegans. Their menu also specifically stated that their soup was dairy free (the menu was LAMINATED, so it’s here to stay ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and it was so refreshing not to have to ask. They also had a vegan carrot cake on offer for the troopers who managed to get through their portions!

I also had a soup to start, which was so thick it was more like a stew than anything else. It was delish! Though it came with Dairygold butter, so obviously I avoided that and just enjoyed the soup on its own.

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I had a veggie burger with – wait for it – chilli on the side! I thought this was a bit strange (chips weren’t available), but although I could’ve gotten baby potatoes as a side instead, I really wanted to try the chilli because it’s a main option on the menu as well. Two birds with one stone! Not that I’d excuse violence towards birds, but you get the idea!

I didn’t opt for the carrot cake because I was absolutely STUFFED but I imagine it would’ve have been fab as well. The moral of this review is that you shouldn’t judge a restaurant or cafรฉ by its name or by the food it specialises in; you CAN be surprised!