My Vegan Highlights of 2017

Vegan Highlights 2017
As you can see from my most liked images of 2017, this year has been a foodtastic year! This is why I decided to list some of my highlights of the year because there has been quite a few! Most are based in Birmingham, there are a few in London and some are in Berlin.

Not Dogs: The Vegan Christmas Options

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you would know that I have been wondering around Birmingham looking for the best vegan Christmas options. I've found a few but when you find one at an independent eatery, it's so much better. So venturing to Not Dogs to try out their Christmas options was a dream, especially as it's been nearly a year since the place opened in The Link between the Bullring and Grand Central.

Say what? Vegan Brunch at Natural Healthy Foods!

I love Natural Healthy Foods, their lunch/dinner options are great. You get healthy vegan options in the heart of Birmingham, what's not to love about that? So, finding out they were doing vegan brunch was like music to my ears. And then that I was invited to go try it out, was even better! Since then, they have also started doing a vegan Christmas dinner, which I also really want to try. I think I will end up living there! Anyways, back to the brunch...

I'm on a Mission for a Vegan Burrito!

The last time I visited Mission Burrito, I wasn't enthused. To be frank I was quite let down. So when I got invited to Mission Burrito's Blogger Evening. I was sceptical. Which was thankfully an opinion that was turned right around. 

T2 Tea Christmas Blogger Event

Tea is a beautiful thing. It may not actually cure everything but it can make you feel a damn sight better from anything that may be happening in your life. At least that's how I feel about it. Which is why I love the T2 store in Birmingham's Bullring. It's not only an aesthetically pleasing store but they also have a beautiful array of loose leaf teas and tea accessories. So being invited along to the T2 Tea Christmas Blogger Event felt like a dream. I know I say that about pretty much every event but I genuinely get excited and appreciative of them all. Unless they are dull, then I won't even mention them. Ever. They go into an abyss in my memory.

Keeping it Fressh!

When a new eatery opens in Birmingham, I become curious as to what their vegan options will be. That curiosity was heightened when Fressh opened up in late October, actually WAY before this when I heard that the place was gonna open, as they are fully vegan and have a look that is very similar to Eat by Chloe in New York. When I was invited to their soft launch, I was ready with my elasticated waistband and camera. I wanted to try it all and that's what I have tried to do. I have visited Fressh now a trio of times to ensure I was able to review it with a full knowledge of the service, some of the food and the prices.

Tamatanga: First Impressions of the Vegan Menu

When a new place opens in Birmingham, my curiosity ensures I try it out ASAP. This is how I felt when Tamatanga opened up a few weeks ago and I have been able to try it twice already. On the two occasions, I tried different dishes off the vegan menu. Each occasion was vastly different. Both are shown in images and descriptions below. Of course, when a place is new there will be kinks they will need to sort out. So I am taking that into account and plan to revisit the eatery in a couple of months.

Thrive Festival 2017: The Best Bits

Food festivals are my favourite thing. Lots of different high-quality vendors that love food as much as I do, what is there not to love?! So with this in mind, off I went to Birmingham's first healthy festival aka Thrive Festival 2017 at The Bond in Digbeth. The last time I went to this venue I was there for the Independent Birmingham Festival last year. That event had barely any vegan/dairy-free options for me but that wasn't the case this time. Thank God! Below are my top picks at the event. Some of the vendors were new to me but a number were some of my favourites on the Birmingham foodie scene.

I Only Have Pies For You

Pies are life. And someone who cannot have dairy and prefers vegan options, pies are not in my life anymore. So, when I heard about Pieminister arriving in Birmingham, I knew I had to try it out. So I got in touch with the folks over at Pieminister to talk to them about their vegan options and at the potential of doing a review. They offered to let me do a complimentary review but let me know that they only had one vegan option, with more coming in January, which I am excited to taste!

Miss Saigon Summer Menu Launch

A week ago, I was lucky enough to be able to watch Miss Saigon and sample the summer menu at Birmingham's Hippodrome. It was a great night that really made me thankful to be a member of the Brum Bloggers and that I had created this blog in the first place. So enough of the mushiness, read on to find out the vegan options that are available at the Hippodrome. Please note that this was a taster of the menu, so the portions were smaller than they would actually be.

Umami or Unagi?

My mother and I are on the hunt for a place to have a good curry. Something that is a little different to what she makes at home but is still tasty, innovative and authentic to a certain area in India/Pakistan. This is why we were both excited to have the opportunity to try out Umami in Harbourne. Lots of my fellow blogger friends have raved about this place, so I was eagerly awaiting the meal with a fork (or piece of roti) to try out what Umami had to offer.

We are Siamais, if you please

It's not every day that you get to go on a Brummie blogger double date, but that's exactly what happened when I visited Siamais last month. That double date was with these lovely ladies, aka Helen from Positive Fridays, Laura from Bite Your Brum and George from Caramel Latte Kiss.

Siamais has recently opened and is located in the Brindley Place area of Birmingham, which is central yet still away from the hustle and bustle of Broad St and the Bullring.

The Best Places in Birmingham for Vegan Cake

Sometimes you get a craving that only cake can fix. Whether it's because you're having a bad day, suffering from PMS or just broken up with the love of your life, cake can fix that pain. So where the hell in Birmingham do you go to get a good slice of vegan cake? Well, I've made a list that shall help you in your quest to make your day that much better. Check it out below.

It's Tapas Time Again!

 I didn't realise it has been nearly two years since my last review of Tapas Revolution. Since then, I have visited Tapas Revolution on a number of occasions. However, the location of Grand Central is something that always bugs me. As it doesn't feel private enough, warm enough or quiet enough. This is why I haven't visited the place as much as possible. Especially with great tapas places like El Borracho de Oro in existence in Birmingham. So how would Tapas Revolution fare 2 years later? With the added competition and novelty of Grand Central gone? Read on to find out.

Brunch at Madcup Cafe

I love eggs. I'm gonna just put that out there, I really do. So, it should come as no surprise that I love to go out for brunch. The last time I went out for brunch was a couple weeks ago and we went to Madcup Cafe in Kings Heath. I have heard a lot of buzz about the place so thought I would venture there, especially as I heard there have a variety of hot drinks that don't contain caffeine and they serve acai bowls. And if you read my last post, you'd know how much I love those.

Nutella Travels: Madrid

For my birthday this year, my mother and I decided to spend a week in Madrid. We love Barcelona so we thought a good alternative would be Madrid. The beautiful European city is all about black coffee and pork and it wasn't quite what we expected but we were able to find some awesome vegan places that are making us want to go back. Below I have listed those favourite vegan foodie places that we found, that I highly recommend you visit if you are going to Madrid. Hope you've eaten!

Natural Healthy Foods

Can you believe there isn't a completely vegan eatery in Birmingham City Centre? Well, there wasn't until now. Natural Healthy Foods (NHF) has arrived and I am so glad it has. There are two NHF branches in Birmingham. The first is a vegan grocery store in Digbeth, which has been there for around 2 years now, I think. The second is the new vegan buffet eatery in Birmingham City Centre. Ok, so now the intro is done what is the food like and is it worth you visiting? Well, you have to read on to find out!

Nutella Travels: Berlin

Back in February, I went on a girlie holiday with a handful of friends to the alleged vegan capital of Europe, Berlin. Whilst I was there, I encountered some amazing vegan food. Although the city wasn't quite what I expected, the food was good and the vegan options were plentiful. So I thought I would list some of the best places I found whilst in Berlin. Because I don't know about you but I love discovering new food whilst travelling, especially good food.

Bodega: New Menu

When one of your favourite places invites you to try out their new menu, you say yes, times infinity. That's exactly what happened when I received the invite to try out the new menu at Bodega. It's funny how it panned out that week, I ended up going to the eatery three times. Once for the blogger event and twice with two different set of friends. Every time, I had something from the new menu but there was one particular dish that turned me on the right way. Read on for all the new fish and vegan options on the menu (three in total) and my opinion on them.

Rofuto: New Menu

Rofuto is one of those places that has become infamous in Birmingham. With spectacular views of Birmingham, a location in the heart of the Brum's nightlife and food that is sure to please all tastebuds, it's not hard to see why. I haven't been back since my last review, not because I don't love the food but because of the price point. However, they have recently launched a £19pp fixed menu, which looks pretty damn good and could get rid of that one qualm! Anyways, I went to go try out the vegan options off their new menu in February (bad blogger!). What follows are my thoughts.

Yo Sushi

There are so many good places to eat in Birmingham that some places go to the back of your mind. One of those is Yo Sushi for me, which I recently revisited because of the recent buzz about their vegan dishes.


Whenever I get invited to try out a Indian restaurant, I pray to God that it will be good. Because, as you know by now, it takes alot for me to like Indian cuisine that isn't prepared by my mother. So, when I got invited to try out Indico, all of these thoughts were racking through my brain. I have wanted to try out Indico ever since it opened and had heard alot of buzz about the place. The restaurant is based in Shirley and it specialises in Indian street food. I wondered what their vegan options would be like, how authentic it would be and whether it would be a place that I would want to visit again.

Cereal Killer Cafe

It seems that LinkStreet in the Bullring is the place to be. Not only is it the only home of Not Dogs but it is now also the home of the only non-London branch of Cereal Killer Cafe (CKC). When I found out CKC was coming to Birmingham, I was overjoyed to have a piece of London in Birmingham. I used to love cereal when I was younger, as I had a dairy obsession (crazy how things change) and wondered if CKC could fuel my nostalgia.

Not Dogs

When you get invited to try out somewhere new, you never know what might happen. It can leave you in a state of uncertainty and anxiety which is also mixed with excitement and anticipation. These are all the feelings I felt when I was invited to try out Not Dogs. The link between the Debenhams and Grand Central has been appropriately named LinkStreet and it has seen a plethora of new stores open. One of which is Not Dogs, a veggie fast food brand that started as a food cart at festivals and is the brainchild of two veggie food lovers, Katie and Jane.

Chung Ying Central Blogger Bites

Hi all, what a year 2016 was for food and it seems 2017 will be just as good. Well, if my first blogger event is anything to go by, it will be better! The event in question was the Blogger Bites event at Chung Ying Central, which was to showcase the winter specials on the menu. For those that don't know the restaurant that well, it is part of a trio of restaurants in Birmingham and is a name that has been in Birmingham for over 30 years. I have been to Chung Ying Central a couple times before but it has been a while since my last visit, I am not sure why as I always love the food.

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