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!Β 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 πŸ˜‰ ) 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 cafΓ© by its name or by the food it specialises in; you CAN be surprised!

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Win 2 Tickets To Cork Veg Fest On May 13th!

Competition time! πŸ™‚

Cork Veg Fest is coming up on May 13th and it’s set to be a fantastic event! I went to Dublin Veg Fest last year and I had a fantastic time (you can watch my vlog of the day at the bottom of this post!), so I fully expect Cork Veg Fest to be just as good, if not better.

Not only will there be stalls and stalls of delicious vegan food and products, there are some really cool speakers lined up including Patrick Baboumian, one of the world’s strongest men, the world’s strongest vegan and one of the faces of PeTA. As well as Baboumian, the Vegan Mammy will be speaking at the event and so will Fiona Oakes, vegan super athlete.

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There’s something for everyone!

How to win, you ask? Head on over to my Instagram to enter! All you have to do is like the competition photo and follow @dublinvegfest, which is the official account of Cork Veg Fest. And that’s it! You might as well try and enter – someone has to win! πŸ˜€

Best of luck!Β 

Update: The winner is nadya_in_ireland! Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating! πŸ™‚

Seaweed and Vegetable Korma | Exploring Donegal

Hey all!

My mammy and I took a trip to Kilmacrennan today to leave my brother off at a gaelic match and while we were there, we took a look at some of the gorgeous scenery. One thing you just couldn’t miss were the cutest little cottages this side of Donegal. There was actually a museum inside but we got distracted by a veggie cart and forgot to go in! I’ll have to put it on some kind of list to remember to go back.

I picked up some Donegal dulse (dried seaweed) from the cart so I’m going to fry that up with some herbs and have it with Linda McCartney sausages and beans on toast tomorrow. Delicious!

It was the sunniest of days today (which anyone living in Ireland will know is super rare) and I had Lavera suncream on my face but none on my body. I was convinced I’d be lobster red by the end of the day, but thankfully I avoided sunburn by jutting in and out of shady patches!

There was a car boot sale at the church across the road from the cottages in aid of the Northwest 10k but although we went to take a look, there wasn’t much there. Though I did have my eye on 70s style upholstered chairs that turned out not to be for sale! Sickened, but it’s probably for the best. I need to save more!

There was also the cutest little caravan next to the veggie stall selling tea and muffins and the like. I got really excited when I saw a chalkboard menu with the words ‘VEG’ in front of something, but it turned out not to be vegan unfortunately. It was a really unique little business, though, so hopefully they’ll expand their choices in the future to include at least soy milk (fingers crossed!)

We had hungry bellies so we drove back into Letterkenny to get some food at Wholegreens, an (almost) vegan cafe that serves delicious, filling food for vegetarians and vegans alike! I got a vegetable korma and picked the plate clean. I would highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

If you haven’t checked out my vegan haul video, check it out to see the vegan treats I picked up for myself in town as well!

Overall it was a gorgeous day and I so wish I’d gone to the beach as well. Next time!