13 May National Vegetarian Week
Since it’s National Vegetarian Week, I really wanted to share a few recommendations and thoughts on all things Veg: my fav places to eat, make-up brands and also events coming up that are 100% vegan fuelled. I think that vegan-ism is sometimes negatively stereotyped and thought of as unattainable, but really this couldn’t be further from the truth.
FAVOURITE VEGAN SPOTS TO EAT IN LONDON that any carnivore will love…
Out and about on the weekend: Stop off at the new Soho Vegan Market on a Saturday to have vegan cheesy panini’s by Jakes Vegan Steaks, or have a Bao Bun from Eat Chay Club, you won’t believe these are plant based! Also you have to try the new vegan chocolate cookie at Pret A Manger, best cookie I’ve ever had.
Dinner out: Mildreds in Camden or Soho or The Gate in Hammersmith for a more fine-dining experience. If you love Sushi you can check out the 100% vegan Japenese in Kings Cross, Itadaki Zen! After that you can walk over to Camden’s Spiritual Bar for a vegan creamy White Russian cocktail.
East-London Shopping Day? Have a ‘beef’ cheeseburger at Mooshies on Brick Lane. These are by far the best vegan burgers I’ve had – the amount of times I’ve taken my non-vegan friends to Mooshies and they’ve come out claiming that the burgers are better than meat! Then pop down the road to Crosstown doughnuts! They do 3 or 4 vegan options.
So, some people say that animal testing is necessary for us to realise what is safe for us to use and what isn’t. But here’s a fact you might already know: We are not rats. Or monkeys. Or mice, or any other animal that is being tested on. That means that the test results for the animal WON’T guarantee a single thing for us humans. The mice tested for ‘thalidomide’ came out fine and dandy, no harm done. So the medication was given a thumbs up for pregnant mothers to use, only to result in malformed babies! So what can we do about it? It’s our job now to stop FUNDING and encouraging the companies that continue this cruelty. One day they won’t be able to continue with animal testing, meaning safer medicines and cosmetics for us, and no more torture to our animals.
MY TOP COSMETIC BRANDS THAT ARE AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING.
Bare Minerals: My go-to for everything: I use their foundation, concealer, lipstick, moisturiser, you name it.
Urban Decay: I use their eye-shadow palettes every day! I love this brand.
Barry M: For the best nail polishes, and high street prices!
Lush: Everyone knows Lush! They’ve been fighting against animal testing since the beginning.
*Pierre Rene: You may not have heard of this brand, but I swear by their mascara! Check them out at https://shop.pierrerene.co.uk/collections/eyes
I recently went to Vegan Nights London in Brick Lane for the first time, and I was blown away by it. There were queues outside, with thousands of people travelling from all over the UK to attend. It’s like a mini festival with DJS, bars, stacks of amazing food and clothing stalls. It had such a great vibe and everyone was super friendly, my friend and I scoffed a vegan pizza, green burger from Green Grill, and Asian style chicken nuggets from CookDaily. (Cookdaily can be found in BoxPark, Shoreditch, I highly recommend them!) The next Vegan Nights London event in on Thursday June 7th, get your tickets at this link: https://app.dice.fm/partner/93-feet-east/event/2wa7m-vegan-nights-7th-jun-93-feet-east-tickets?_branch_match_id=519157186705878200
UK VEGAN CAMP OUT
This is my first year going to the Vegan Camp Out in Nottingham, and I’ll be playing a set of music too! Over 5000 people are predicted to be at the festival, I think it’s going to be the biggest vegan event of 2018! Tickets: https://www.vegancampout.co.uk/
If you’re interested in cutting out meat from your diet this National Vegetarian week, there is a lot of inspiration out there to motivate you. Instagram accounts to inspire and motivate:
FINALLY check out https://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org/ for more information on your meat-free week!
I know that in the next few hundred years, meat and dairy consumption will be a thing of a past. Be one of the first to make this huge step towards a greener, kinder planet.