Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza | Travel

Ibiza Sunset
Ibiza Sunset
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Sunset

As the rain continues to fall on the first miserable day in England in months, I already feel the need to jump on a plane to someplace sunnier. This time last year my friend and I took a trip to Ibiza in search of sun, sand and cocktails. We found all of these things – as well as some delicious vegan food!

We stayed in San Antonio and there were so many cute cafes lined along the beach front and marina. It was the ideal place to enjoy some food whilst looking out into the sea and people watching (I loove people watching!). One of the first meals I enjoyed there was just a simple but delicious pasta and tomato dish, with a ridiculously strong drink on the side. I’m convinced no other countries have spirit measurements.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Pasta
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Pasta

One night we headed to the Ibiza Rocks Diner and I was really impressed to see a vegan burger on the menu! Even to this day it remains one of the tastiest vegan burgers I’ve tried. A must if you’re in the area.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Ibiza Rocks Diner  Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Ibiza Rocks Diner

Exploring the island’s bars and clubs by night, we spent most of our days chilling around the pool and trying not to let the hangovers defeat us. The vegan food choices at our hotel weren’t great – breakfast was mainly bread rolls and fruit, whilst bar snacks were chips and beans. Luckily, we were pretty central and there was a Subway just around the corner. The veggie delight never fails, and I was surprised to see avocado as an option here – I’ve never seen that before! Also, why do Lays taste so much better than Walkers?!

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Subway
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Subway

As we all know, breakfast is the best (and most important) meal of the day and on a holiday where rather a lot of drinking is involved, it’s important to find some good places to eat! There seemed to be quite a few restaurants with some great options – one called Bondi Ibiza we stopped at had even had oat milk and Linda McCartney sausages.

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Bondi Ibiza Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza

On our last night we took a walk to the famous Cafe Mambo to watch the sunset, which was incredible. The atmosphere is so relaxed but also buzzing at the same time – the ideal place to end a holiday. Cafe Mambo itself was obviously super busy but there was a restaurant right next door called Fresh Ibiza, boasting the most amazing view across the water. I enjoyed this delicious spicy veggie curry (and another strong cocktail, obvs).

Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza - Fresh Ibiza
Sunshine & Vegan Food In Ibiza – Fresh Ibiza

Overall it was such a fun holiday and I’d definitely want to go back again, perhaps to explore more of the island too. Being at the centre of the party capital was such a brilliant experience but part of me feels like I’m getting too old to drink this much anymore, sob.

Now, if it could stop pouring with rain in the UK now, that would be fantastic…

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30 Hours In Hamburg | Travel

30 Hours in Hamburg
30 Hours in Hamburg
30 Hours in Hamburg

So, what do you do when when of your favourite bands go on tour but you can’t make any of the UK dates? You look further afield, of course!

That’s exactly what me and my friend Sadie did in April – we hopped on a plane to Hamburg for the weekend to go and see Fall Out Boy. We arrived early afternoon on Saturday and left Sunday afternoon, giving us little more than 30 hours to make the most of our time in this pretty German city. Luckily for us, the weather was absolutely amazing so we could enjoy exploring in the sunshine.

Hamburg Town HallHamburg Town Hall

Naturally, our first port of call was finding some food. After taking some touristy photos outside the city’s impressive town hall, we headed to Vincent Vegan – a 100% vegan burger place situated in the shopping centre food court. Although reading the menu was slightly problematic as it was all in German (who’d have thought?!) the burger and chips were soo delicious. My only regret was that I unintentionally ordered a water with basil leaves in it, which tasted like liquid pesto. Bizzare!

Vincent Vegan Hamburg
30 Hours in Hamburg – Vincent Vegan

Needing a walk after all that food, we headed to Hamburg’s Planten un Blomen – a beautiful park with a lake and botanical gardens. It was surprising to find a peaceful area in such a bustling city. Just round the corner from the botanical gardens was a seating area and a few bars with the most chilled atmosphere. It would have been rude not to take advantage of the situation and enjoy a totally over-the-top cocktail in the sunshine.

Hamburg Botanical GardenHamburg Cocktails

After retreating to our hotel (IntercityHotel Hamburg) for an hour or so for a power nap, we headed down to the Mehr! Theatre for Fall Out Boy. Considering the band headlined the O2 Arena back in London, it was pretty mind blowing to be able to watch them perform in a rather intimate 3,500 capacity venue. Their set was a great mix of bangers from MANIA as well as some old school classics like ‘Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)’. It was such a fun night – this band never disappoint live. Above all else it reaffirmed my love for Pete Wentz, no matter how long his hair gets.

Hotel buffet breakfasts can be a disappointing place for vegans, especially when they’re continental. IntercityHotel provided clearly labelled soya milk so I could enjoy some oats, fruit and bread rolls to fuel day two of our mini adventure. Aptly, our morning consisted of a visit to Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland – the world’s largest model railway and miniature exhibition. Admittedly, I had my reservations when a friend told me I must visit but I soon understood why. It was brilliant! The amount of hours it must have taken to create such hugely intricate models is incredible. My personal favourite areas were Las Vegas and a festival scene, complete with muddy toilets! This is definitely a place that has to be seen to be believed.

Hamburg Miniatur WunderlandHamburg Miniatur Wunderland

After all that excitement, we still had a little bit of time to walk through more of the city before we left. The architecture in the city is really stunning, round each corner you can find a different beautiful building to admire, as well as the huge amount of lakes and rivers (it is a port city after all). There’s a great balance of old and new structures standing side by side, making one of the most visually appealing cities I’ve ever visited. I also noticed how clean and tidy all the streets were.

Hamburg LakeHamburg buildings

We soon found ourselves in the art quarter , which I wish we’d had more time to explore. We did however find a vegan cafe called Nasch and enjoyed a wrap, raisin & hazelnut cookie and a refreshing lime juice. Unfortunately it was time to head to the airport after this, where we spent many hours waiting for our delayed flight. Eventually we made it made it home ready for work again Monday morning.

Nasch Cafe Hamburg
30 Hours in Hamburg – Nasch Cafe

It’s amazing how far you can go in just a weekend when you try! I’d definitely love to visit Hamburg again one day, there seems to be so much more to explore.

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A Magical Weekend In Disneyland Paris | Travel

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A Magical Weekend In Disneyland Paris – Outside the castle

My friend Amber and I were lucky enough to spend a long weekend in our favourite place recently – Disneyland Paris! We’ve been able to visit twice during the park’s 25th anniversary celebrations and this time was just as magical as the first. Even though we were only there for a few days we managed to do SO much, my feet have never ached that much before but it was so worth it!

We stayed in Hotel Cheyenne, a Disney hotel that’s Toy Story themed. It is honestly the cutest damn hotel I have ever stayed in, I loved it SO MUCH. Aside from being totally adorable, there was a Starbucks on site that offered soya, almond, oat AND coconut milks. How’s that for choice?! So ideal when you’ve been awake since 4am to catch the Eurostar.

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In between riding Crush’s Coaster for the 15th time and swooning over Prince Naveen in the Parade, we managed to find some delicious vegan friendly food around the parks. The highlight was most definitely Agrabah Cafe’s buffet – there was SO much choice; from houmous, chickpeas, salads, bread and pasta to tasty vegetables. We filled up so much on this at lunchtime on our first day that we barely needed to eat again for the rest of the day! Most definitely worth the 35 euro price tag. We didn’t have time to visit the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Village this time round but from what I remember from our last visit, there were a couple of good vegan options on the menu there too.

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Another surprising find was a Coco themed restaurant in Frontierland (the name of which I cannot remember but it was opposite Thunder Mountain). They sold chips with Mexican beans and cheese on top, so I just ordered them without the cheese! They were so delicious and even came with a side salad to make you feel a little less guilty.

A lot of the food outlets around the parks offer chips, tomato pasta and salad baguettes. Not the most exciting options but they’re are perfect when you’re on the go all day and just need a pick me up in between your next ride or show.  There are also many carts selling popcorn and candy floss that make a yummy treat at any time! Speaking of sweet treats, we also scoured the souvenir shops to find all of the vegan friendly sweets to take home and found three different types of Goofy Bonbons, including cola-bottles! Most of the hard lollies are obviously vegan too but personally I am not much of a fan.

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A Magical Weekend in Disneyland Paris – Goofy sweets

Even though we found quite a lot of good food choices, I’m really glad I packed a whole load of flapjacks and nakd bars to tide me over for the weekend, as sometimes we found ourselves quite far from anything vegan friendly and needed a quick pick me up.

I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that Disneyland isn’t the most vegan-friendly place in the world to visit but it certainly can be done with a little bit of forward planning! The staff in most places were also really accommodating and tried their best to provide us with vegan options. If you’re still not 100% sure, they actually have an allergy menu called Natama which is available in a lot of their food outlets if you ask. However, because the dishes are free from 16 different allergens it probably won’t be the most delicious meal you’ve ever had! But still, it’s brilliant to know the option exists. Fingers crossed their range of vegan options will continue to increase as time goes on.

Until next time, DLP. 💚🌱

Fry’s Family New Chilled Vegan Range Is Comfort Food Heaven | Food

Fry's New Chilled Range
Fry's New Chilled Range
Fry’s New Chilled Range

The sheer amount of new vegan products that have already been released in 2018 is truly mind-blowing and trusty Fry’s* have been at it too. They have launched a new chilled range that consists of 13 products, perfect for those days when making dinner from scratch feels like far too much effort. As someone who is a big fan of their nuggets, I had high hopes for this new range.

Check out my thoughts on three of the new products below.

Fry's New Chilled Range - Beef-Style Chargrilled Strips
Fry’s New Chilled Range – Beef-Style Chargrilled Strips

Chargrilled Beef-Style Strips

First of all, I was really impressed with how fast these cook! They take just four minutes when fried and only a few more minutes in the oven. They have a really great smokey taste and a good texture. They definitely have more to them than a lot of other vegan meat replacements I’ve tried, it really felt like I was having a hearty meal! I decided to fry them with veggies and added some spice mix to make fajitas. So simple and quick but dee-licious! I also had loads left over for the next day and it tasted just as good re-heated.

Fry's New Chilled Range - Spicy 3 Bean Pasty
Fry’s Family New Chilled Range – Spicy 3 Bean Pasty

Spicy 3 Bean Pasty

Admittedly, this was definitely large enough to eat on it’s own but I couldn’t resist teaming it with a jacket potato and veg. Along with a generous helping of gravy it was SO tasty and filling. The pastry was also really crispy. My only slight criticism would be that it takes rather a long time to cook (it says 15 mins on the front but was more like 30 in mine, but maybe I own a crappy oven) and I would love to be able to grab something like this that I can quickly heat up in the microwave for lunch.

Fry's New Chilled Range - Veg & Bean Country-Style Pie
Fry’s New Chilled Range – Veg & Bean Country-Style Pie

Veg & Bean Country-Style Pie

Have you noticed a theme yet with this range? That’s right, everything is SO comforting and filling – absolutely ideal for these dark winter months. There are so many delicious flavours in this pie and the crust is lovely. I teamed it with sweet potato chips but it would be ideal with mash too.

Overall I am super impressed with this range! I would definitely pick all these products up again and can’t wait to try the rest. They can currently be found in Holland & Barrett and Ocado but I would love to see them stocked in Sainsbury’s or Tesco one day soon!

*This product was gifted to me by Fry’s. This is in no way a paid post and the opinions expressed are completely genuine. I would never recommend a product or service I didn’t truly enjoy.

Is Glastonbury Festival The Easiest Place In The World To Be Vegan? | Lifestyle

: Rum slushie whilst waiting for Foo Fighters
: Rum slushie whilst waiting for Foo Fighters
Vegan Glastonbury: Rum slushie whilst waiting for Foo Fighters

Fellow vegans will know the familiar struggle of trying to find food whilst out and about, more often than not having to settle for a bowl of chips and a side salad whilst friends tuck in to huge burgers. When I was lucky enough to bag a ticket to Glastonbury Festival earlier this year, I was fully prepared to live off chips for five days but I have never been so wrong in my life. I’ve attended many festivals before becoming vegan and even as a meat eater there has never an inspiring choice of food. Glastonbury however, was the complete opposite.

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Vegan Glastonbury: Incredible vegan pizza

When I arrived at the festival, tired and weary as the sun rose on Wednesday morning, all I wanted to do was find some food (and maybe have a nap). Within half an hour of entering the site, I found a stall selling vegan pizzas. Needless to say I spent the next hour happily sat devouring it whilst waiting for my friends. As the weekend progressed, I began to realise I had never found it so easy to be vegan away from home than I had at this festival. Almost every food stall had at least one vegan option, or a vegetarian option that could easily be made vegan. The food was absolutely delicious – from Club Mexicana nachos, falafel and houmous pittas, Caribbean curries to noodles. It was vegan heaven! I really felt like needed another week there to be able to try it all.

Club Mexicana nachos
Vegan Glastonbury: Club Mexicana nachos
Houmous and falafal pitta
Vegan Glastonbury: Houmous and falafal pitta
As well as all of the incredible food, there were so many tents, posters and signs dotted around the festival site promoting a more eco-friendly way of life. Especially, of course, in the Green Fields. Half an hour in that place is enough to restore your faith in humanity and truly believe a more peaceful world is possible, for humans as well as animals. A sign that particularly stuck in my mind read: “Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon deforestation.” How utterly insane is that?

And the best part of all? Not once did I feel like an awkward customer asking for the vegan option. It was accepted as a completely normal option on so many menus, it made me feel hopeful that one day the rest of the world would be like this too. Who’d have thought that a field in the middle of Somerset would be the easiest place in the world to be vegan? Dear everyone else, you have a lot of catching up to do. 🌱⛺️

Green Fields Entrance
Vegan Glastonbury: Green Fields Entrance