Ping Pong vegan menu

Anyone for Dim Sum? I love that more and more chain restaurants are now offering a vegan menu and this was a new discovery for me this week. Ping Pong specialises in Dim Sum and sharing platters all with an asian flavour, of course.


Vegetable Spring rolls and Mushroom and Spinach Dumplings

If you’re hungry, don’t be fooled by thinking these are small portions, you will be more than satisfied. We started off with  sharing the spring rolls, trying both the tofu and truffle and mixed vegetable varieties. Both equally as delicious.

The spinach and mushroom dumplings were also out of this world. Complete melt in your mouth goodness.


Braised Chilli Aubergine Rice Pot

We shared the braised chilli aubergine rice pot and the enormous cashew nut rice bowl with bean curd. Both were outstanding.


Cashew Nut Rice Bowl with Bean Curd

Don’t forget to also try the iced lychee tea. A total triumph.  Unlike Joey from Friends (outdated 90s/00s’ reference here) , if you actually like to share food, this is the perfect place for you. All tied up in a great atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff to boot.

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2017: In Review

I’m aware I’ve been very quiet on here of late but hopefully that’s about to change as I really want to get back into the LVB blog life again.

To ease myself in and remind me of what a pretty good year I’ve had, here are some of my highlights from 2017.

Moving back to Shire

2017 saw me moving into my own place in the town where I grew up. Something I never thought I would do but I now know in my heart it was right thing. Being back in the countryside, near my friends and family is where I’m meant to be right now.

London marathon


My second marathon and it was a toughy. In hindsight, I definitely over trained for this one, rocking up to the line with 3 20 milers, a 21 and a 22 under my belt. By the time April had swung round I had most definitely lost my running mojo. Still, the atmosphere pulled me round and the celebratory Wagamama with my friends was nearly worth it.

Lake District and Lakeland Trails

One of my favourite races last year, the Coniston Half Marathon made me fall back in love with running. It was a challenging and hilly course but so beautiful and spending the weekend with friends made it all the more wonderful.

Northampton Half Marathon

Sometimes, not often for me, you get those races where everything falls in to place. Having been ill the night before, my hopes of a sub 2 hour were left by the wayside but my friends who also happened to be Northampton Half pacers had other ideas. Running with my Run Club was so special and I enjoyed every moment. I finally got that elusive sub 2 finish to top off the day. Oh and that’s me in the middle of my gorgeous friends who also smashed it that day!


One of my favourite places in the world, I was lucky to tag on to a family holiday and visit Indian Shores in Florida again this year. Running on the beach everyday was a definite highlight and it was great to see how many more vegan options/places.

So many events, races and activities planned for 2018 so stayed tuned.

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Abokado : New Vegan Menu

Abokado, the health focused quick service restaurant based across London has recently launched a new vegan menu and I was lucky enough to try it out.

Firstly for breakfast, new options include:

  • Peanut Butter Bagel , £1.29
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Bagel £1.90
  • Peanut Butter free porridge top

Abokado are now offering Pip and Nut peanut butter. Try it on a bagel with banana or in porridge.  I went for the Peanut butter and banana bagel and was not disappointed.I love this peanut butter as it’s super clean, free from palm oil and very tasty.


The new vegan lunch options include:

Inari Veggie, £3.49 Eat in + £4.18 img_5619

Great for a light bite, this includes Inari, miso, avo, cucumber and rocket rolls with ginger, wasabi and soy.

Miso Avocado Wrap, £3.49 Eat in + Vat £4.19


This was incredible. Fresh Hass avocado, cucumber, edamame, baby spinach, inari and splash of homemade fresh miso dressing in a wheat bran tortilla. Highly recommended.

Clean and Green, £4.49 Eat in  + Vat £5.28img_5621

For a larger lunch, try this  combo of some of my favourite things . The sesame and ginger dressing is a triumph! Miso, avo, cucumber & rocket rolls, veggie dumplings and nari with a fresh soy, ginger and wasabi.


Verdict? Some great new options, all were complete winners, all healthy and delicious so if you have an Avokado near you, go check it out.

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