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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Dr Dünner 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 Dünner!

The family-run company was founded in 1948 by Dr Helene Dünner and remains passionate about the restorative effects of plants and medicinal herbs. This is called Phytovitality. Dr Dünner 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 Dünner’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 India’s ‘sacred plant’ 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 Dünner’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 £25.99, 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 £13 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.

Have you tried any Dr Dünner products? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Essential Vegan Products for Winter | VIDEO

If you know me, you’ll know I absolutely adore winter time. Whether it’s the sweaters, the promise of possible snow (even though there never is), the clove and cinnamon smells in shops and the delicious food, I am ALL OVER winter. It is the hummus of seasons.

I figured I’d try and give my YouTube channel a jolt of life again by uploading (after 6 months… yikes!) a video on my essential vegan products for winter.

Unfortunately, my computer is out to get me and editing videos takes WAY longer than it should, so I’ve decided to take a new approach: I’m just going to sit in front of the camera and talk and I’ll try to be as coherent and on-topic as possible! I was really demotivated from filming content because the editing process was just so daunting, so I’ve just decided to go with this. Hopefully the format is okay and not too rage-inducing! 🙂

In the video, I recommend some products for mindfulness and to combat SAD (seasonal affective disorder) as well as for dry skin and lips. Other things I didn’t mention in the video (I ran out of space and had to cut it; apparently videos longer than 15 minutes are a no-no if you’re a small YouTuber!) include a decent pair of winter boots and a nice coat.

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I have a pair of boots made from pineapple leather from Nae.com and they’re brilliant. Nothing is getting through those bad boys! I have quite a few second hand coats and coats that I bought a few years ago, but I’m really lusting after one from Insane in the Rain, which makes raincoats out of plastic bottles. Unfortunately the price is a bit steep (£95), so it might have to go on the Santy list for now. I’m also lusting after a coat from Hoodlamb, but these coats are so far from what I can afford that my reflection laughs at me any time I look in the mirror and imagine it on me. €389. Not. A. Chance.

Another product I’d recommend is a supplement to support your immune system. These are the months where people most often get sick, so you need to take care of yourself properly.

This means drinking more water, taking a vitamin D supplement to combat lethargy, eating lots of vitamin C heavy foods like bell peppers and oranges, and also trying to stay active, even if it’s a bit of yoga in the morning. Make sure to eat a balanced diet as well and give yourself the best chance for staying well and happy during winter!

Difontaine’s Pizzeria In Temple Bar Unveil New Vegan Pizza

Oh my god, the time has come. Difontaine’s Pizzeria in Temple Bar has just unveiled their new vegan pizza! Be still, my rumbling tummy.

The pizzeria made the decision to offer a vegan pizza after gauging interest on their Twitter page:

With 1,075 votes and a resounding 84% YES GIVE US VEGAN PIZZA, they started sourcing ingredients and conducting taste testings with very willing volunteers.

I used to absolutely love Difontaine’s pizza, I made a beeline for it (or Ray’s, depending on how drunk I was – those cobblestones are treacherous in heels!) after every night out when I visited Dublin.

Once I went vegan, I had to say goodbye to many much-loved foods, but I’m so BEYOND happy that I can now have the glorious taste of Difontaine’s back in my life.

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Difontaine’s staff with first customer to try the vegan slice

From what I can gather, the pizza is sprinkled with a Follow Your Heart mozzarella/parmesan mix with their own cashew ricotta. Early accounts (the pizza is available on the menu from 5pm today) have said that it tastes absolutely amazing. I don’t doubt it one bit.

If you’re looking for more vegan pizza to try, check out my article on 3 other places to get pizza in Dublin!

5 Irish Vegans You Should Be Following

If you’re not from Ireland, you may not think that there would be many vegans on our little island, but you’d be surprised! We’re a growing community. Although there are no official figures of how many vegans there are in Ireland, we can still hazard an educated guess just by looking at the numbers that attended Dublin Veg Fest and Vegan Festival in Belfast, which put numbers in the thousands. Plus, veganism in Britain has risen by 360% in the past 10 years. It’s onwards and upwards from here!

Anyway, whether you’re an Irish native or not, here is a list of 5 Irish vegans you need to follow!

Cosmic Colette

Cosmic Colette is a vegan YouTuber and body positive advocate. She posts very regularly and her content is always incredibly helpful and informative. If you’re looking for a mindful approach to vegan living and eating, make sure to check out her videos (and her Instagram feed – I always find out something new or get a positive affirmation for the day!)

Vegan Mammy

If you have kiddos running around the house and you’re having trouble converting them to a plant based diet, Vegan Mammy has some fantastic recipes on her blog. There’s something for even the fussiest of eaters!

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Source: veganmammy.com

Green Leafy Gael 

If you’re active on Instagram, you’ve no doubt come across Green Leafy Gael in the tags! She’s a Donegal native and a passionate vegan and healthy eater. If you’re looking for fab healthy recipes and lots of great information on vegan living and rejecting fast fashion, she’s your first port of call!

Irish Mountain Child

Otherwise known as Saoirse, Irish Mountain Child is a blog where you’ll find posts on many different things, but she writes a lot about living a healthy lifestyle and shopping ethically. I really enjoy her Instagram feed in particular, especially now as she’s gotten engaged and is exploring ethical wedding options like checking out the dresses at Oxfam Bridal.

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Source: irishmountainchild.com

Veg Huns

If you’re looking for a bit of vegan comedy in your life (and sure who isn’t?) as well as lots of tips on the best places to get vegan food in Ireland (and abroad as well), then make sure to follow Veg Huns on Instagram.

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Do you follow any great Irish vegans? Let me know who they are in the comments below! I’d love to hear about them!