SUBWAY REVIEW

As we all know, the majority of food places and supermarkets are taking part in ‘Veganuary’ which means there’s lots of new products on the market with a lot to try! I wish I could make my way through absolutely all of the places I love so I can taste and review them, but during these times especially; I don’t have a big enough bank account 😀

Anyway here is a quick review on the new Sub T.L.C (Tastes Like Chicken) at Subway.

I had to get a footlong as you know, greedy guts here! I believe the ‘chicken’ substitute is a soy protein, it really did have a tender and alike taste to chicken which worked great alongside all thaaa salad you like, and I had ketchup for some random reason (I kind of panicked when they asked what sauce I wanted). I also chose the seeded sub as I love texture in my food.

Okay, so it was YUM, not amazing but it was satisfying. I overall give it a 7/10 taking into consideration price too. Texture was there and flavour but it wasn’t gourmet, however Subway is a fast food chain so can’t really complain!

I did have to also try the Vegan Double Choc Cookie! I rate that a 9/10 I could 100% eat like 10 of these. Check your local Subway store for how they are operating and what’s on their menu! https://www.subway.com/en-GB

THE BOTANIST, MARLOW (REVIEW)

Heya guys, I’m back with a new review, so much going on this year it is super hard to stay consistent with content, but I’m happy to post again! This review is super exciting to write, it is already making me want to go back here as it was exceptional!

This stunning resteraunt in the heart of Marlow (but has many other restaurants in other regions) is so botanical (hense the name), with its beautiful dishes and amazing cocktails your in for a treat if you visit here. I have visited several times and NEVER have I been disappointed once, the vegan options are varied which always is a good start to me. So I think it’s time I actually review them as the service is ace and the workers are so friendly from door to table.

On this occasion I opted for the Moving Mountains burger, as I know this brand of vegan burger is a winner, I had it served with sweet chilli fries. Ok, so I cannot explain to you how insane this dinner was, the burger was deliciously flavoured and is by far THE ABSOLUTE BEST vegan burger I have tasted so far (it beat the actual vegan place I last reviewed). Funny story, as I started eating the burger I honestly thought it was accidently meat 😀 this was because it also had pulled jackfruit on top which wasn’t mentioned in the menu and it all tasted like pulled pork and beef, my boyfriend started to get worried and I nearly just nearly had him try it…damn! (he’s not vegan at all). After asking the waiter she reassured me there was no meat whatsoever and that it’s just that good! I was astonished, so yes it was the perfect burger and those sweet chilli fries topped it off so well as they were sticky and slightly sweet. Now you are probably drooling and wondering what this looks like so the best image I got is below….

Here is a summary of this place:

Price: Looking around £15-£20 per head depending if you have 2 courses, could be more like £30 if your having cocktails/drinks etc. I think higher price end but happy to pay as you get what you pay for here!

Service: Outstanding, friendly staff who are super happy all the time!

Cleanliness: Super important right now during COVID but anyway it is always clean and never found or seen anything in food

Food: Delicious, cater for all diet types, such a variety of food and presented so nice. They use a lot of garden accessories for dishes which is super different and cool.

Atmosphere: Nice lighting, plenty of seating and it’s comfortable. I would say it is always slightly chilly whenever I have been but bearable!

REVIEW: BLACK GOO BREAKFAST

I am back with another review, yes another for BLACK GOO! As you know their cakes are insane, but how about brunch/breakfast? They have you covered. It is delicious, filling and not underwhelming at all I promise especially for us vegans:) So I had this one over at the Berkhamsted café but this is available at Tring too.

Now for me, I know how hard it can be to get a satisfying vegan breakfast without it tasting or looking gross, I can confidently tell you that this is now the 2nd BEST one I have had (Wild Strawberry Café does come first at the moment!)

Here we have it…. the Vegan Goo^^ in all it’s glory! What can you not love? Bubble n squeak, beans, hash brown, shrooms, tomato, toast, avocado and falafel; all alongside a cup of tea. Atmosphere here is great, awesome music in the background and it’s at the top of an antique shop which is a good workout for the legs;) Hopefully if in need of bfast/brunch places, then head here!

REVIEW: VEGAN SPARTAN

EPICLY TASTY AND ENTIRELY VEGAN!

Honestly so excited to share this review on this resteraunt. It’s based in Hemel Hempstead town centre, to which I never knew it even existed. Better late than never right? Also got an awesome deal as we ate there on a Monday during the 50% off scheme 😀

Price range: £20-30 per head depending whether you get dessert and nice drinks.

Atmosphere: Super spacious, enough room between each table, really clean and smart inside, friendly staff. Quite a few families here which I was surprised but also so happy kids were eating plant based foods!

Service: Everything was presented well however service was really slow especially on our desserts, I understand it may be because of the whole Covid scenario atm though. I liked they bring you water without you even having to ask!

Food (important part): I first had a Black Velvet milkshake which was divine! It tasted similar to red velvet, I thought it would actually be black but as you can see from the image it was almost the usual red colourish, yummy though! I then just had to go for one of there burgers; the BBQ Jackfruit and pineapple burger with potato wedges. Those wedges were proper, they are honestly the best wedges I have had, super chunky and taste perfect with there ketchup! The burger was sweet and satisfying, I do want to go back to try a more metier patty type burger, however this one is good if you are after a less meaty texture. Lastly I did have an ‘After Eight’ dessert, it was a soft similar to mouse like texture and super minty and chocolate heaven. It was presented beautifully and it was rich which is how I like my dessert.

So, just to also mention I took my non-vegan boyfriend with me and even he enjoyed the food, and he is super fussy. I would definitely return and try some more items!

CHICKPEA BUNS

Thesee turned out delicious, they are perfect paired with the Black Bean Burger (previous post) or topped with absolutely anything you fancy! They are nice and fluffy in the middle and slight crisp to the outside! You could totally turn this mixture sweet and make chickpea pancakes too!

Ingredients

300g gram (chickpea) flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

300ml water

Pinch salt and pepper

1 tbsp parsley

Sprinkle of nutri yeast

Sprinkle Bouillon vegan stock

1 clove garlic minced or use garlic powder

Dash of other spices of choice

Olive oil for frying

Method

  1. Using a large mixing bowl, add in absolutely everything and mix until well incorporated. The mixture will be slightly thick. Allow to sit for 5 mins before you start frying.
  2. Once this has sat, heat your pan on a medium heat with the oil. Using a ladle or tablespoon, plop the mixture in (I made 1 at a time to avoid them joining). You want to keep it at this heat to avoid burning. They need just a minute or 2 each side.
  3. Ensure to scrape away any burnt bit or residue in the pan between each one you fry, this will avoid the outside tasting funny or going more darker in colour!
  4. As each one is done let them rest on a plate and you can serve immediately or store for meal prep! Enjoy:)

EXTRACT COFFEE (REVIEW)

Heya guys! Hope all is well during these unprecedented times, I thought I would do a little review seeing as physically we are unable to go anywhere to try new things… it’s all delivery and online ordering for now! Hopefully this can keep your mind occupied for a bit especially if you are a coffee fanatic then this is right up your street.

To me a good coffee is hard to come by, I am very reluctant to drinking any instant coffee or generic branded as it usually makes me react funny. I thought I really couldn’t have caffeine but just turns out I need to have the real deal, freshly grounded with no artificial nasties. Making coffee is just the little thing that you take time for you to enjoy it’s the little things right?

So I first discovered this coffee when visiting The Wild Strawberry Café at Peterley Manor Farm (posted a review on this place a while ago so check it out!) and fell in love with it. The blend at the time was a seasonal filter and was the most smoothest I ever did taste! It was perfect with a splash of oat milk and just overall super easy to drink. Soon as it was my mission to find out where this coffee was sourced and after a few emails to the café I was introduced to Extract Coffee! I ordered it straight away and can now enjoy this coffee in the comfort of my own home. Now I order once a month a different blend each time and the featured image of this post is my most recent! An amazing combination of caramel and nuts, just what it says. I love that you also get a little card with your coffee which actually explains the origin of the blend you have chosen it’s super interesting and a nice addition I think. They also sell teas, chocolate and coffee equipment if you want to be pro style;)

Check them out and I hope this was interesting for you, would love any recommendations you guys have too!

Review: Leks Be Vegan

This lovely lady does some serious cooking and the flavours are INSANE! She provides a takeaway food service from home or delivers locally right to you, it’s every weekend only and it is ENTIRELY VEGAN! She creates an awesome platter of either 6 or 8 options that include pumpkin and coconut curry, brown lentil stew, mango salsa and plantain waffles, and don’t forget the Mac n ‘cheese’ pie…(plus more!!) and other times she creates one whole dish like her Popprawn and waffle combo. She definitely works hard in the kitchen and really inspires me to experiment with flavours in dishes. P.S these images are going to make your mouth drool…

 

Leks Be Vegan

I cannot recommend her enough so check out her page on Instagram by clicking the title above! Also for those of you that hadn’t seen on my Instagram I am working on doing deliveries of some sweet things, so me and Leks may well be doing a meal deal… 😉 Watch this space.

Product Review: Livia’s!

Another RARE all natural sweet treats brand, YAY! Livia’s products are in really colourful and catching packaging so I can assure you will not miss these when you next visit your local supermarket or health store.

I have tried a few types of her products now including the Million Squares, Dunx and Nugglets! I have even baked a couple of her recipes and they do not fail, they are heavenly. My favourite has to be the Dunx so far, it is a much healthier alternative to your commercial brands that are high in fat and sugar and chemically induced beyond… These dips are all nut butters and sweetened either with maple, dates or coconut sugar! You get 4 little GF oat biscuits to dunk in with the perfect amount of dip for your biscuits, who doesn’t love that combo??? I also like that you can incorporate the snacks into recipes, I made a banana bread and added in the Nugglets which you can actually check out in my Recipes tab, and it made it that bit extra tastyyy.

If you are hesitant to trying a more natural sweet fix, then these should be top of your list, you honestly would not have any idea that these include NO refined sugars or dairy products (not that that’s a bad thing anyway?!) so give it a go, trust me you will be wanting more. I understand that these types of snacks do cost that bit extra, but to me you can’t put a price on health or happiness, so I say do what’s good for your physical and mental health and try something new!

You can find her range in all known supermarkets; Tesco, Holland and Barrett, Asda, Sainsburys etc. ANDDDDD she also has a shop on her website so go check it outtt >>https://livias.co.uk/shop/<< Whilst your there, check the endless recipes on there that you have free access too!