Monthly Archives: June 2016

5 of my favourite places to eat in Liverpool

Another week has gone by and I’m still no closer to finishing my dissertation or attaining that perfect summer beach body. I just love food. I mean I’m trying, I’ve switched out fizzy drinks for water with lemon slices and mint leaves and I’m cutting down on the carbs. So as long as I’m trying that’s what counts, right? As for the dissertation…well that’s for me to think about tomorrow. Or the next day… Anyway with trying to cut down plus being absolutely broke because it’s not pay day, I’ve started my monthly dreams of what food I can treat myself to come tomorrow. The holy day. The day of riches. The day I’m a millionaire before I spend the rest of the month poverty stricken. You’ve got to love that student life! Anyway this got me thinking, seen as I published 5 of my favourite places to drink in Liverpool, it only seems fair that I get the food covered too, right? Liverpool’s food scene has exploded over the past year with so many cool places opening on what seems to be a weekly basis. So if I don’t cover any cult favourites I probably haven’t tried them or they don’t have many options that cater for me. Speaking of options, obviously the places I’m about to mention do amazing vegan and vegetarian friendly food BUT I do also have primarily meat eating friends, family and an occasional meat eater boyfriend so don’t you worry meat-eaters, I’m sure you’ll love these places too! Anyway, in no particular order, let’s get started!

Lunya, 18-20 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DS Lunya.co.uk


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Where to begin with Lunya? Well firstly Lunya is a Catalonian tapas restaurant with enough dishes to please even the fussiest of eaters. Now for my vegan friends I will point out, Lunya likes their meat. Inside Lunya has split the ground floor level into a deli and restaurant/bar. The deli does have cured meats on display. However they do also provide numerous vegan and vegetarian dishes that are super tasty. I tend to come here with my parents as they’re not vegan or vegetarian so there is enough dishes to please all of us. I also like the olives that you can pack yourself at the deli and they offer two varieties of Estrella, which is like one of my favourite beers ever,  cause you know I’m a classy lady.

Mowgli, 69 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ Mowglistreetfood.com


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Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines which I can thank my Dad for. Growing up, when we had takeaway nights, it was  always his first choice. I would never want to pretend that I didn’t eat meat growing up because I did. My favourite dish was always lamb saag with mushroom pilau rice. When I made my lifestyle change I just avoided Indian food because I didn’t really know what choices were available to me. I’d never even heard of Indian street food until Mowgli popped on the scene with not only tons of choices but…a seperate vegan menu! I can not stress how good the food at Mowgli is. I could literally eat their Bhel Puri alllllll day. Infact, even thinking of it now is making me hungry and I only just ate. Their drinks menu is impressive and they offer milk alternatives for coffee. The atmosphere is amazing and the fact that the place is usually always full is testament to how good their service is.

The Egg Cafe, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool, L1 4ED eggcafe.co.uk

Left image via Yelp and middle via @theeggcafe

Egg cafe. The holy grail of vegan and vegetarian cafes in Liverpool. Well at least one of the more popularly known anyway. Egg Cafe is completely vegan and vegetarian friendly and offers everything from cheese on toast to vegan roast dinners and cakes. Situated in a loft style space on Renshaw Street, Egg cafe oozes creativity with its art hangings and painted walls. Again this is a place that is always busy and the food is sooo good it doesn’t even scare off meat eaters (I’m looking at you Jamie!) In terms of recommendations it definitely has to be the tandoori mushrooms which are pictured above. They ooze flavour and (once again looking at you Jamie) so tasty, they even leave meat eaters craving them.

Wahaca, 24 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DS wahaca.co.uk

Left image via Liverpool Echo

I mentioned earlier that Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines. When it comes to my all time favourite though it would have to be Mexican food. I just love the spices and rich flavours. And also because Mexican food is a cheap, easy dinner idea for a house full of students. I love Wahaca’s interior design and their rooftop terrace cocktail bar just screams summer. Their cocktails are also to die for and they do an amazing Horchata! I’ll admit one thing though, I’ve not been to Wahaca since I made the switch from Vegetarian to Vegan. Although they do offer a ton of meat free dishes, most include cheese. I guess vegans would have to be creative and maybe request dishes sans cheese. However, their rooftop cocktail bar and decor is cute enough to justify a visit in itself.

Maray, 91 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HF maray.co.uk

Left image via Liverpool Echo and right image via designmynight

I feel like tapas food is a common theme within this post. I’ll say it’s my parents fault because that’s the only type of food we ever have as a family anymore when we eat out. Not that I don’t like it, I mean you either have one big dish and risk not liking it or you can eat at a tapas restaurant and have 3 small dishes so that it doesn’t really matter if one doesn’t tickle your tastebuds. Maray, like Lunya & Wahaca, is a tapas style restaurant. Once again their cocktails are amazing (I promise I’m judging these places on food although cocktails also seem to be a running theme) and their falafels are some of the nicest I’ve ever tasted. It’s all in the blog name really, falafelsandchat, falafels are the key to my heart! There is tons of choice for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike and all vegan dishes are clearly marked on the menu. I love the decor and atmosphere in Maray and, like Mowgli, the fact that Maray is usually busy proves what a good job they do.

I know I said this was a list of 5 but then I remembered this little gem and felt so guilty for forgetting about it and I’m nice, so one more just for you guys…

Crust, 25 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4DN crustliverpool.co.uk

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How could I forget about Crust?! Honestly, it’s probably my favourite out of this list. If not my favourite then definitely in the top 3. I’ve actually posted about Crust before which you can read here in my St.Patrick’s Day blog post. I would argue that Crust offers some of the best pizza in Liverpool. They’re home to the black dough pizza which is made from vegetable charcoal that supposedly has great effects on your body. The vegetable charcoal that is, not the pizza but hey we can all dream. Crust offer vegan cheese with a supplementary cost of £1.50 which I honestly don’t mind paying. Now don’t get me wrong I know the cheese on my pizza (middle) doesn’t look as good as the cheese on the right, but it’s vegan and it tastes amazing. Don’t judge a pizza by its looks but by its taste! Their pizzas are all freshly made and the tomato sauce base is one of the nicest pizza sauces I have ever tasted. The staff are so friendly and helpful which is always a nice bonus when eating out. Next time you’re on Bold Street, which as you can tell from this post is rapidly becoming a food haven, and you’re craving pizza you know where the goods are at!

*Unless stated, all pictures are my own.

I’m a big foodie so there is tons of places I could have added to this list but honestly I’m too lazy to review 10 places and I’m sure you’d get bored! As always I love to hear what you think- have you tried any of these places? Do you love them? Maybe you disagree with me? Also if you have any suggestions of where offers great vegan food please let me know! WordPress users can comment in the box below or you could follow me/ let me know what you think via:

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June My Little Box: My Little Summer Vibe Box

Wow what a week this has been! I’m not sure how it has been for everyone else but here in Liverpool the sun has been shining and I even got burnt (why didn’t I borrow your sun cream Ariane?!) Weather has been maxing at 26 which, for North West England, is really good! So it seemed fitting that My Little Box’s yearly summer box came in nice and early just like the sun.

My boyfriend has just got a new car so decided that his previous ‘job’ of being my ‘taxi driver’ was not something he hated any more but something he was actually begging to do. The box arrived and we decided to go to Sefton Park (a beautiful, renowned park in Liverpool that should definitely be visited). I decided that the greenery and flowers would prove perfect for an unboxing but lo and behold out rolled the grey clouds and down poured the rain! But it’s the thought that counts right?

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Like always I will state that this box is not necessarily vegan or cruelty free. I have a years subscription (before I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan) bought by my boyfriend that will end in August. If anyone knows of any vegan boxes to replace this please let me know! 🙂

Firstly I was happy to see that the quote cards are still alive and kicking. I guess the gyst of this months card is a holiday checklist- when you’re a forgetful as me this is always a plus!

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Again I like how My Little Box has stuck to the glossy mag as opposed to the foldout poster style magazine they have previously favoured. I just find the glossy magazine easier to read and more user friendly. Every month my little box include a ‘gimmick’ item, except this month it was like an extra treat, especially when you consider the hot weather as of late.

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I’ve previously been sent a blend of loose leaf green tea by Kusmi that was delicious. I’m excited to try this ice tea blend and I will be sure to let you know what I think!

What sets My Little Box apart from other boxes is the inclusion of a lifestyle product every month. I always get excited by the lifestyle product because for me personally, they almost never disappoint. Previous months have included things such as tote bags, beads for customisation of ear phones and photo frames. I will admit I did spoil this months for myself by visiting the My Little Spoiler page but I was delighted all the same.

 

Now ignore the bad photos, I placed my boyfriend in charge of the photographs and complimentary with the camera he is not! Basically the tshirt is a white tank top that reads ‘Girls just wanna have sun’. The material is soft but a little on the thin side. I’m not sure if I’d incorporate this into my daily wardrobe but it will definitely be travelling in my suitcase as a coverup on the beach or teemed with shorts for a relaxed holiday outfit.

Next we have the three items that I know you’re all really here to see. Usually My Little Box provide a cotton drawstring bag containing the beauty items, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts these come in super handy for storing toiletries or general organisation. This month however, the items came packed in a strong, sealed plastic bag that serves as a swimwear bag. I think this is such a good idea! Often, when I’ve travelled out of the country on holiday,my flight leaves at a really awkward time. Although I may not be departing until the night time, I feel as though I can’t have one last dip in the pool due to fear of the dreaded wet clothing smell invading my suitcase. This would be a perfect combat to this and I really love the idea!

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This months bag contained three items which you can see below …

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The first product I will admit I got a little tooooo excited about. I initially thought this was a glitter eyeshadow but upon reading the product information it is in fact a primer for glitter shadows. Although not as exciting, I fortunately own quite a few glitter based eyeshadows. Next is a nail polish by Ciate. As I’ve previously stated I’m not a big nail vanish girl due to the job I work in. However it is a nice shade and I’ll follow up with a sample of the colour on my Twitter- you can find the link to follow me at the end or in my contact me tab! Finally I received a salt spray which I am super happy with. I love relaxed surfer waves and when you know how to handle salt spray, it is perfect in achieving those laid back curls.

All in all I am super happy with this box, maybe with the exception of the nail varnish but I guess that’s kind of expected with boxes of this nature. My Little Box sends out different products based on a survey that all subscribers  must complete. Maybe your box differed from mine? I’d love to read about what you received and your thoughts on this months box! You can comment below or tweet me at @abbieorbee

– Abbie

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All vegans are crazy [+why I made the switch]

From my experiences that is an opinion I hear echoed through the meat eaters of society. Before I jump into this blog post entirely let me first just point out how false that statement is. Don’t get me wrong there are some vegans who are ‘crazy’, but there are meat eaters and various other members of society who are ‘crazy’ too. I mean throwing that word around has tons of negative influence towards the mental health movement and it kind of insults people who do suffer with mental health issues but right now that’s a whole different debate entirely. Vegans may seem ‘crazy’ to you but to me I can’t think of anything more crazy than willingly supporting the oppression of innocent, sentient beings who have thoughts, feelings and a central nervous system just like you. Would you like your dog or your cat to be impregnated against their will? Have their children ripped away from them moments after birth? Have their male offspring simply put straight through a grinder because they’re not valuable enough to justify their upkeep? Be hung upside down and watch their fellow species have their throats slit knowing they’re next? No you wouldn’t because that would make you an immoral person if you did and you should really question your desire to own a pet if that’s the case. Now I want to emphasise that I’m not out to convert people. I don’t have any issues with people who eat meat as you can read about in my similar blog post here. I just wanted to present the other side to the story as opposed to vegans being labelled as aggressive and ‘crazy’.

When I first began this blog I was in the phase of transitioning from vegan to vegetarian. Don’t get me wrong I had slip ups, I’ll admit that. I don’t think that makes me a bad person because it just motivated me even more to keep what I was eating in check. I think the biggest mistake I made was trying to jump straight from a meat eating diet into veganism. There may be vegans who have done this straight away and for them would say ‘it’s easy’ but just like quitting nicotine, our SAD diet is addictive to our bodies. Dairy is addictive, it’s something the majority of us have spent most of our lives consuming. As long as people keep their end goal in mind, that end goal being vegan, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking it in steps. Pesketarian, vegetarian and then vegan. Do what you need to do to get there and not just get there, stay there.

Educate yourself too. Honestly for me that was the best decision I made. I’d always wanted to eat vegetarian but as a kid my willpower wasn’t that strong. As I got older I desensitised myself to meat, I made myself think of it as a seperate thing to the living animal it once was. I couldn’t bear chopping up chicken breasts or even handling any meat raw- that was left to my boyfriend. Likewise I have always been anti fur and anti testing on animals for cosmetic reasons. I just realised one day that I was a walking contradiction. I couldn’t think some things were wrong and continue to support the meat and dairy industry. So I tried to go vegan and I watched bits of films such as earthlings but I couldn’t stomach watching the torture that ensued. So I went vegan and I ended up slipping and eating dairy again, essentially eating a fully vegetarian diet. I knew that wasn’t good enough so I forced myself to watch the documentaries, educate myself with literature and seminars and honestly now? I couldn’t even dream of eating meat or consuming dairy again. For me forcing myself to watch the videos was the best thing I could have ever done and I think if you’re trying to go vegan it’s something you should make yourself do. It’s not nice and it’s not easy to watch but ultimately if it helps you stand up to the oppression and slaughter of innocent animals then why shouldn’t you watch?

As always I’d love to know what you think. Have you made the transition? What was it that made you say enough is enough? Leave your comments below or contact me through the tab at the top ^^^

You can read my similar post ‘The problem with going vegan is…’ here.

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– Abbie