Naughty but Nice Cream are Spreading Their Wings

If you’ve been following my Instagram you will understand that recently I have had a slight addiction to Nice Cream.

For those of you are not yet up to date, let me update you.

NANABAR is London’s first made-to-order Nice Cream bar. Offering you 6 individual flavours that are spread over six days of the week (Monday-Saturday), leaving you to choose from 3 sundae specials on Sundays!

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The Nice Cream is made from frozen bananas and served with nutritious whole-food toppings such as; Raw Cacao Nibs, Crumbled Sicilian Almonds, Dried Cranberries and more, depending on the flavour.  You can spice them up even more by adding a shot of either:

  • Chai

  • Flax

  • Hemp

  • Peanut Butter

  • Almond Butter

Or why not make it a meal by adding granola and a shot of your choice?!

I would definitely recommend the Rocky Road (Thursday). I fell in love with the fudge sauce so much that I asked for the recipe and have attempted to make my own version at home.

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NANABAR’s Nice Cream not only nourished my body, it nourished my soul, as I have met like-minded individuals that share my vegan passion and have blessed me with ideas to continue my vegan journey when sometimes I get a bit lost with it all.    

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So if your taste buds are watering for some sexy, wholefood, plant based goodness, you only have ten days left to head down to NANABAR (45 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A) before they close. Thereafter, you can catch them with their mobile pop up. 

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Cafe Van Gogh

One of my biggest cravings since transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is what I like to call ‘fat food’. You know Mac n’ Cheese, BBQ Wings, Potato Salad and so on. Which is why I was over the moon when Cafe Van Gogh contacted me to trial their brand new vegan menu. 

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Cafe Van Gogh is a social enterprise cafe meaning that it is not-for-profit, as all profits are reinvested into the local community through on-the-job training and food nutrition workshops. 

Located in North Brixton (7 minutes walk from Oval Tube Station), Cafe Van Gogh is the perfect spot to enjoy wholesome plant based dishes inspired by Caribbean and Asian flavours. 

I was so excited to learn that Cafe Van Gogh is now 100% Vegan as in the past it used to offer vegetarian options; but due to popular demand the founder Steven Clarke made the decision to change the menu and offers his customers with various plant based options which do not fail to tantalise those tastebuds!

On arrival my guest and I were given the fondest welcome by Steven himself and he made us feel right at home (providing us with the WIFI code)!

Luckily for us we were blessed with beautiful weather, so Steven seated us in the corner of the garden courtyard which was absolutely stunning; and refreshed our dry palates with a Tumeric Latte which I fell in love with so much that after my third glass I was made aware that it had ran out (ha, ha). 

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Then the food began to arrive, lucky for us we were hungry as the portion sizes were out of this world. 

We were blessed to have received and tried the following;

  • Seitan Sticky Ribs (with potato and pickled onion salad, grilled corn, “bacon” butter)

I am not usually that keen on seitan as I am not that fond of the texture but I cannot fault Cafe Van Gogh’s version. I have never eaten a ‘real’ rib in my life but the likeness of it was unreal. I really enjoyed the sauce they had been marinated in and getting my hands dirty!

  • Sri-Lankin Jackfruit & Aubergine Stuffed Chapatti (with dhal, pineapple chutney, salads)

I love asian infused flavours and I really enjoyed this meal; however it is very filling, so I would recommend not eating anything before you get to Cafe Van Gogh as to not ruin your appetite. 

  • Jerk Plantain (with smoky beans and mango salsa)

Plantain is one of my all time favourites and I was impressed with the jerk sauce. Not many restaurants make the sauce spicy enough, but boy oh boy Cafe Van Gogh you got it spot on.

  • Side of Mac N’ Cheese

Mac N’ Cheese Pie was my go to before I became vegan; its just my all time comfort food and I haven't found a recipe nor have I ordered a vegan one that has hit the spot as of yet. Fortunately Cafe Van Gogh put their own spin on their version and I really enjoyed it and was pleased to find out that they had made their own ‘cheese’ sauce.

Can you believe after all this we still had room for dessert! To my surprise after tasting both the;

  • Sticky Toffe Pudding

  • Black Forrest Oreo Sundae

I fell in love with the Sticky Toffee Pudding and my friend fell in love with the Black Forrest Oreo Sundae which had not been expected.

So far I can honestly put my hand on my heart and confidently say that this is one of the best vegan cafes I have ever been too and as you have seen despite our bad press, vegans could probably eat you meat eaters under the table!

Cafe Van Gogh is also has a space upstairs to hire if you have a special celebration or big meeting. 

I want to say a huge thank you to Cafe Van Gogh for being such a remarkable host and I cannot wait to come down and see you again.

'POSH NOSH' AFTERNOON TEA

Last month I was invited to Vegan Afternoon Tea by the lovely @lifeveganstyle with NOSH Garden Kitchen at La Suite West.

NOSH Garden Kitchen is located a short walking distance from Notting Hill and is a 2-minute walk from Bayswater Tube Station. NOSH is known for its bespoke nutritional programmes.

If you like me enjoy minimal elegance, NOSH Garden Kitchen is the place to be; there is nowhere else better suited than for it to be situated in La Suite West Hotel.  

The colour theme instantly set the ambiance; fuelled by white and splashes of green I immediately felt at peace and genuinely relaxed; I was in vegan heaven. I have a thing for open spaces and get deep satisfaction when surrounded by nature; hence feeling so at ease during my experience. The garden was stunning, although it began to rain quite heavy at one stage we were protected by the roof of leaves that captured the rain drops above us, leaving us with an earthly aroma.  

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As the fragrance of the earth was awakened by our natural surroundings we were given the Vegan Afternoon Tea menu with a glass of non-alcoholic fizz by our amazing host Maria.  

After a few minutes our delicate delights began to fill the table one by one; a selection of finger sandwiches which comprised of:

Cashew Nut Cream Cheese and Sundried Tomato Basil

Scrambled Tofu and Mustard Cress

BBQ Tempeh and Rocket Salad

My favourite has to have been the BBQ Tempeh and Rocket Salad, the BBQ sauce was so sticky and yummy that I even asked for an extra portion!

To follow we were given a number of Warm Homemade Scones which were served with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Coconut ‘Cream’; the ‘Cream’ was delicious, bursting with tropical flavours but I was a little disappointed with the Scones themselves as mine were slightly over cooked and I think I would have enjoyed them more if they were a little softer.

Before I divulged in anymore cake I took a little break and ordered a Peppermint Leaf Tea and a Hibiscus Tea. When they were carried out to me I fell in love with the teapots instantly. The styles of them were so in line with the elegance that we were already experiencing that I think I fell in love with NOSH just a little bit more.

To end our afternoon we were provided by the Chefs selection of cakes and deserts and I have to admit the brownie topped it for me.; rich and creamy just how I expected them to be. 

I would definitely recommend the NOSH Garden Kitchen to both vegans and non-vegans as the experience of this afternoon tea is one that will stay with me for a long time. We were treated like royalty and the food was simple yet extremely tasty and I was overwhelmed by the presentation of all the dishes. 

I will definitely be coming again, thank you.

PS if I wasn’t vegan and I experienced this I would be vegan by the time I left, (I promise I’m not being biased)!


Precious Vegan YouTube Launch

Hey,

Not sure if you’ve heard, but this week I finally made the jump; and I officially launched my very own YouTube channel!

I wanted you to get to know Jade, the face behind Precious Vegan and listen to my story and truth about why I became vegan and the struggles I have faced so far and how I have overcome them.

What to expect from Introduction Part 1

Precious Vegan Introduction Part 1 is a 6 minute video providing you with an overview as to why I became a vegan and touches slightly on the topic of mental health and how becoming vegan has helped my mood.

Part 2 will be uploaded next week and I then aim to publish one video per month on different vegan topics.

The lack of my most recent blog posts due to my hectic schedule was the main reason I decided to join YouTube as typing and editing blogs can become quite time consuming especially a long side a full time career and a part time business.

I also want to connect with people from all over the world; if you have been following my journey so far, you’ll have realised that I have the travel bug! Thus to connect with vegans across the world would really open up a lot of avenues for me in terms of my future endeavours.

I hope for the viewers who discover my channel enjoy learning from me and help develop my vegan journey into something magical by providing me with positive criticism, questions and ideas of how I could evolve within the vegan community to help other likeminded souls on their journeys also.

New Vegan Caribbean Pop-Up Lewisham

The Core of Life are hosting pop-ups within the borough of Lewisham bringing the flavours of the Caribbean to you; offering you the very best meat free, egg free and dairy free options.

Each dish has been carefully selected and homemade by naturopathic nutritionist Sharon Gardner to ensure they not only live up to your expectation of flavour but they cater to your nutritional needs.

The Core of Life experience will consist of a three-course meal embedded within the roots of the Caribbean culture. You will not only experience the flavours from the Caribbean but the social aspect too; your soul is your power and your core so be sure to feed it well whilst kicking back to some reggae rhythms. Bring a friend and kick back to some soulful music while enjoying all the flavours of the Caribbean vegan cuisine.

You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the delicious dishes on offer to you at these events. The Core of Life’s mantra is to be well within your core, so whatever it is you're after, Sharon and her team of health food specialists aim to meet your individual needs.

The importance of healthy eating and a positive lifestyle cannot be underestimated, and The Core of Life’s ethic is to enlighten people to this through their pop-ups. They aim to help keep people in tune with their core, by filling that void with nutritional healthy food choices, as opposed to the unhealthy food habits that so many people can adopt.