London Vegan Bird Takes New York: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of some of my fave restaurants in NY, which all happen to be in Brooklyn as that’s where we stayed (highly recommended).  I wish we had more time to visit the many other places on my extensive list but I think we had a good go!

Bliss Cafe

Located on super cool, Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, Bliss Cafe is a vegetarian and vegan cafe offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. We went for brunch and I had the Vegan french toast covered in tasty strawberries and bananas and my boyfriend went for the more masculine choice of breakfast burrito which he thoroughly enjoyed.  Would have loved to have gone back for lunch and tried the highly acclaimed Bliss Bowl.  Next time!!

191 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn NY11211

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/bliss/menus/main.html

Bunna Cafe

We had never tried Ethiopian cuisine before so when we saw that Bunna Cafe was 100% vegan, we jumped at the chance for a visit.  We were not disappointed!  We wanted to try it all, so that we did.  We started with the Lentil Sambusa appetiser and then went for the Ethiopian Feast for 2 which included 9 small dishes to share with lots of gorgeous bread. Be prepared to get messy as obviously you have to eat with your hands. My faves included the portobello mushrooms sautéed with herbs and onion and the steamed kale.

1084 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

http://bunnaethiopia.net/bunna/index.php/bunna-menu

Wild Ginger

Thai food is my absolute favourite so seeing that Wild Ginger was also another fully vegan restaurant, I couldn’t wait to visit.  The menu was extensive but I was in the mood for something simple so I ordered the Organic Tofu with Mixed Vegetables and Steamed Vegetable Dumplings.  Both were lovely and just the uncomplicated fare I was after. My bf also went for the Barbecue Vegan Ribs which was another hit.

Various locations, we went to: 112 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

http://wildgingerny.com/index.php?route=common/home

Dun-Well Donuts 

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And now for something sweet. We visited the very famous (well in the vegan world) Dun-well Donuts on Montrose Avenue in Brooklyn.  I had heard that they offered a trillion different varieties of vegan donuts so was a little disappointed to see only about 8 different flavours but then again it was towards the end of the day. Saying that, I probably would have chosen the Peanut Butter and Jelly anyway! The Bloke went for Raspberry.  Extra shout out to the delicious coffee too.

222 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 1120

http://dunwelldoughnuts.com

So that’s it.  We saw, we ate, we conquered.  New York is definitely the best city I’ve visited for vegans (and that even includes the wonderful San Francisco).  Let me know your recommendations for your discoveries in NY as we are sure to be returning soon.

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Bird’s Eye Review: The Vegan Kind June 15. #TVK20

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Sweet snacks, salty snacks, smelly things and things you can squeeze. Here’s my review of #TVK20:

Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Coconut 320g (RRP £3.50)

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Following on from the success of the original Choc Shot, Sweet Freedom have launched a coconut version.  Containing very little and almost entirely natural ingredients, this is a great alternative to syrups and sauces.  I drizzled some over porridge which was delicious and also put some on my banana ‘nice’ cream. However, come the cooler months, I will definitely be making a yummy hot chocolate.

http://www.sweetfreedom.co.uk  @sweetfreedom

Roots Hand Cooked Vegetable Crisps with a Pinch of Sea Salt 50g (RRP £0.90p)

IMG_1759I have to say, I’m really not a fan of vegetable crisps. They’re just a little too salty for my tastes and these, I’m afraid, were no different.  However, if they are your kind of thing, then they’re a healthier alternative to the humble potato so perhaps give them a try. www.rootscrisps.co.uk @rootscrisps

Elements for Life Yummy Scrummy 60g (RRP £2.50)

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I’m always up for a healthy brownie and this one was pretty good. It was chocolatey and rich meaning that it took me 3 sittings to finish the whole thing (yes, very unlike me). I really liked the Goji berries giving the flavour a nice fruity tang. Free from refined sugar, these sweet treats contain fruits, nuts and raw cacao. www.elementsforlife.co.uk @MakeRawChoc

Friendly Soap 95g (RRP £1.99)

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This natural handmade soap is pleasantly scented with pure essential oils of Lemongrass and Hemp. It was nice to use, lathered up well and didn’t leave that tight feeling on your skin. So, yes a pretty friendly soap!  www.friendlysoap.co.uk @friendlysoapltd

Pip and Nut Almond Butter Nut Butter Squeeze Packs 30g (RRP £1.19)

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I’ve been hearing a lot about these Nut Butter’s lately and this is the first squeeze pack that I’ve seen in the UK.  Great for portion control as I have been known to polish off a fair few spoonfuls straight from the jar.  Needless to say, this was my favourite product in this month’s box, by far.  I may just be starting to love Almond Butter even more than their peanuty relation! Shock horror!

http://www.pipandnut.com  @pipandnut

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London Vegan Bird takes New York: Part 1

Ah New York New York. You have my heart and now also my stomach which has grown exponentially in the 5 days of our wonderful trip. Here is part one of some of my favourite restaurants in NY!

Juice Generation

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Aloha Acai Bowl and Cashew Butter Baby Smoothie
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Pumpkin and Protein Muffin

This incredible Juice bar in Williamsburg is super cool. Filled with fresh fruit and veg in very cute surroundings. I had the Aloha Acai Bowl and my boyfriend had the Cashew Baby Smoothie. Both excellent choices! We may have finished with a nibble of the Vegan Pumpkin muffin which was also rather yummy.

http://www.juicegeneration.com

210 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg

Peacefood Cafe

Peacefood Cafe is a vegan kitchen and bakery offering soups, salads and sandwiches to name a few and then incredible sweet treats.  I wish I could have tried them all. I went for the Asian Greens Salad and my bf had the Tempeh and Avocado Sandwich. Seriously good. We couldn’t resist picking up dessert for later;  a Raspberry Jam Spelt Crumb Bar and and Apple Slice. Both were absolutely incredible. Highly recommended.

http://www.peacefoodcafe.com

460 amsterdam avenue
@ 82nd street

Candle 79

A special treat for our Anniversary as this restaurant is more of a gourmet experience. The food is beautifully presented and delicious.  We started with some wonderful onion rings with a very special chipotle aioli.  For Mains, I had what apparently is Alicia Silverstone’s favourite dish; Seitan Piccata and the bloke had the daily special of pecan crusted Seitan. This place is definitely rather pricey but had a great atmosphere for a special night out.

http://www.candle79.com

154 East 79th Street

Lula’s Sweet Apothecary 

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Now on to my favourite vegan ice-cream place in NY.  It was a little difficult to find as the store is on a quiet street but very worth it.  I had the Cookies and Cream ice-cream and it was as lovely as you would expect. Lulu’s offers frozen vegan treats & toppings served in an old-school ice cream parlor setting.

https://plus.google.com/116590996231594025781/about?gl=uk&hl=en

516 E 6th St

Look out for Part 2 of my favourite NY restaurants and let me know any of your favourite finds.

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London Vegan Bird Food: Top 5 Berry Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are great, aren’t they?  A fab snack or breakfast option.  At the moment, I’m trying to incorporate them into my everyday routine.  I have yet to venture into the Nutribullet world but when that happens (soon, I hope) I’ll be sure to share my recipes with you.  For now, here’s a selection of my favourite berry based options. Enjoy!

Super Berry Oat Smoothie

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1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Raspberries or Mixed Berries

1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries

2 Tbs Oats

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Green Power Smoothie

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1/2 Cup Frozen Mango

1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries

Generous Handful of Spinach

1 Scoop Vegan Protein Powder

1 Tbs Flaxseed

1 Cup Almond Milk

Nice not Naughty Smoothie

IMG_95101 Glass Vegan Chocolate Milk (I used Koko)

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/2 Cup Raspberries

Blind Date Smoothie

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 2 Frozen Bananas

1/2 Cup Strawberries

4 Dates

1 Cup Non Dairy Milk or Water

Almond Delight Smoothie

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1/2 Banana

1/2 Cup Rasberries or Strawberries

1-2 Tbs Chia Seeds

Handful of Spinach

1/2-1 Tbs Almond Butter

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

I would love to hear your favourite smoothie recipes.

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LVB’s Documentary Recommendations

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When I started on my vegan journey, I wanted to learn all there was to know about veganism and animal activist issues and I continue to do so.  Here are some important movies that I found helpful and educational and only served to reinforce the best decision I have ever made.

Black Fish 

Blackfish, the documentary which tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity, has gone mainstream and had such an affect on the general public, must be almost wholly responsible for the theme park giant’s dwindling profits and ever diminishing reputation. A true testament to the power of social media spreading the word and making a difference.  Oh and check out Steve-O’s campaigning antics.

http://www.blackfishmovie.com

The Cove 

The Cove is a 2009 documentary film that analyses and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. It was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year by the country’s whaling industry. It highlights the horrifying fact that migrating dolphins are herded into a cove where they are netted and killed by spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats. The film argues that dolphin hunting as practiced in Japan is unnecessary and cruel.  It is an emotional watch and definitely left me angry at the world!

http://www.thecovemovie.com

Forks Over Knives

This extremely fascinating documentary looks at the claim that the majority of degenerative diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes etc can be avoided and even reversed by adopting a plant based diet. It follows the personal journeys of highly acclaimed scientists in their field,  Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn whose research is gaining ever more traction to support this claim.

The recipe book is also worth checking out, including some super easy and nutritious meals, snacks and desserts.  Check out this documentary on Netflix right now.

http://www.forksoverknives.com

Earthlings 

A powerful, emotional and difficult watch, Earthlings explores the suffering of animals for food, entertainment and medical research to name a few. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, this film includes some horrific footage which is often very hard to watch but an important eye opener for all.

http://earthlings.com

Vegucated 

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. In learning about the cruelty of the meat eating industry, they find themselves more affected and involved than they had bargained for.

http://www.getvegucated.com

Cowspiracy 

Another documentary hitting a mainstream audience by the acquisition of one Leonardo DiCaprio coming on board as Executive producer and getting it in front of the Netflix big wigs. This entertaining and educational film follows Kip on his journey of enlightenment about the terrors and truths of the animal agriculture industry and its wider effects on the environment.  It is filled with unbelievable facts and figures and incredibly eye opening discoveries.

I would love to hear any recommendations you may have of further documentaries and movies to check out.

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