On Friday I had the great pleasure of attending a vegan brunch preview at Cafe Velvet, one of the trendy hotspots in the Saint Catherine area. Myself, the lovely couple from the BelgiumVeganEats Instagram page, and Lorena from The Happy Vegan Bakery had the opportunity to taste test the menu before the inaugural vegan brunch that took place at Cafe Velvet yesterday. It’s fantastic to see more and more places embracing veganism in Brussels, and just in the past three years I’ve noticed a huge leap in cafes and restaurants offering plant-based options. Sure, the vegan scene in Brussels isn’t… View Post

As we look to 2018, a lot of us want to start the new year with a change, and it’s fantastic to see so many people have signed up to take part in Veganuary for the first month of the year. I wanted to share this article that I wrote for Vegan Food & Living Magazine as I think it offers some practical help for those of us who want to do a little more for the vegan movement. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so do comment below! Wishing you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and all the… View Post

I fell in love with Florence within minutes. It has a beautiful, gentle, laid back air, but with all the benefits of city life, along with history, great food, and extremely friendly people. The city is surrounded by hills, and it is well-positioned for travel into the Tuscan countryside, ideal for walkers, cyclists and ramblers alike. Of course, when you travel, where you stay can make or break your trip, and I look back on my time in Firenze with such joy because of my experience at Velona’s Jungle Suites. This is simply the most exquisite design hotel/B&B I’ve ever… View Post

Winter is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but my skin gets rather dry at this time of year. My face can always be relied upon to be oily – all year round, whatever the weather, the skin on my arms and legs, however, do not have that pleasure. Do you ever find that central heating is really drying? I do. Even though my face isn’t dry per se, it hasn’t been feeling its best – and I think it’s because of frequent flying, heating and the horrible cold weather. The lovely people over at Skintifique got in… View Post

Last time I was home, I was kindly set a couple of products to review from Skinny Caffe. Whilst I am not a fan of quick fix weight loss gimmicks, I do feel that there are certain ingredients that can be easily incorporated into daily life that can certainly help nourish the gut and iron out digestive issues. Skinny Caffe offer a range of hot drinks that include superfood ingredients designed to boost metabolism, help curb sweet cravings and help with digestion. All of the hot drink products are vegan-friendly and also gluten-free too. And some of the ingredients include:… View Post

It feels like it’s been forever since my last blog post. I’ve been pretty much non-stop recently, but hopefully as we get closer to Christmas and New Year things will start to calm down… well, a little bit perhaps! I recently spoke at the prestigious event Vegan Days in Italy – the country’s biggest vegan festival – and I have to say it was one of the best weekends of my life! I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s something so inspiring and motivating about spending time with like-minded people – there’s a true energy and vibrancy. I feel revitalised after… View Post

I’ve been well and truly knocked down with the flu for the past few days, but as I’m slowly starting to come back to life, I thought a nice and uplifting post is in order. And what better way to feel uplifted than by talking about champagne? Yes. I love the all bubbles… prosecco, cava and of course champagne… I always feel chic when sipping on a glass (or une coupe de champagne as we say in French), it’s feel-good, oui? With Christmas festivities just a few weeks around the corner, if you’re organised and starting to put together your… View Post

I know that milk and cheese can be the final things that stop people from moving to a plant-based diet, or even if you just want to cut down on animal products, knowing what milk to use can be a little overwhelming and confusing.  Today I’m going to run through my top vegan/dairy-free milks, and what drinks they are most suited to. I’ve been vegan for almost 3 years, and before I moved over to the V side, I dabbled with dairy-free milk on and off, as I felt it was a healthier option.   Something that you may have already experienced is milk… View Post

This year has been one of the most hectic I’ve ever had if I’m honest with you. It seems like I haven’t been in one place for too long and constantly working and creating behind the scenes. Of course, I love travel so I’m certainly not complaining (plus it’s all been research for my book and upcoming vegan city guides – whoop!), but sometimes I feel like (to quote Lord of the Rings), butter (vegan!) spread over too much bread. I’m hoping that I’ll have more time as we head to Christmas, once my current projects are completed… maybe 🙂… View Post

I am so excited to tell you about a new brand that reached out to me recently. As you know, I love finding new vegan and cruelty-free products to write about, and Dolma Perfumes is one that you need to know about! Dolma Perfumes is a one-stop shop full of products for women and men, offering candles, body lotion, cosmetics and of course perfume. Back when I first transitioned to veganism, I was genuinely rather shocked to discover that a lot of those well-known perfume brands use animal substances in their fragrances. Not only is this pretty grim, it’s obviously… View Post