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 I write this, it’s the final day of a little mini-break to Lisbon, that I arranged for Mr Green V’s 30th birthday! I’ve travelled a lot over the past year, mostly to do with work, so it was quite a novelty to have a proper holiday, with no laptop (!!) and no meetings. I’m usually extremely busy and always on the go, so this has been the perfect pause in the most beautiful surroundings. It’s no secret that I hate winter, I suffer from SAD, and with an olive skin tone and North African roots, I need a hearty… 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

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

Last week Mum and I went on a little mini-break up to York. I honestly can’t believe I’ve reached the age of 29 without ever visiting this beautiful city, and I’m so glad I finally managed to arrange a trip to explore it. It is such a picturesque location, with a really lovely mix of city life combined with traditional English shops, historic architecture and an almost homely feel. A touristic hotspot in the north of England, one of the main attractions for locals and visitors alike is the famous eatery, Bettys Tea Rooms. There are six Bettys in the… View Post

It’s no secret that Italy is my favourite country, and if you’ve read the Italy Diaries from the blog earlier this year, you’ll understand a little about why I am so obsessed with it. I first went to Rome almost 3 years ago, just before I went vegan, so it was wonderful to return in 2017 as a fully-fledged vegan, on the hunt for some plant-based Italian goodness. Rome is very vegan-friendly, and I firmly recommend taking some elasticated trousers with you because you will eat a lot. Even though a location is vegan-friendly, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll… View Post

Well it’s been a minute or three since my last post so I thought I’d put ‘pen to paper’ as it were and check in with you lovely kitty cats. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook you will have realised that a lot has been going on recently.   First of all I am thrilled to tell you that I’m launching a luxury vegan subscription box that will be available in October. But! If you click here, you can enter a competition to get your paws on a free box each month plus the new range… View Post

I often travel between the UK and Belgium on the Eurostar if dates and pricing permit me to. I’ve always found it a much more enjoyable experience than flying direct in to Manchester for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it is (by far) a rather pleasurable journey to take. Of course, as with any international travel, there’s security to go through, passport control and ticket inspection. Yes, you have to get to the Eurostar in good time before your train departure, but not as early as you would for a flight! There’s something almost therapeutic… View Post

I am a huge Tints of Nature fan, I honestly love their products and have been using them consistently for a while now (read my other review of their hair dye, shampoo and conditioner here). So when I was offered the chance to try out their new dry shampoo I jumped at the opportunity! I’ve been doing a fair bit of travelling recently as I’ve been researching the best vegan-friendly locations for my book and series of guidebooks and one of the things I found annoying was the fact that my usual dry shampoo was too big to carry on… View Post

After a little Italian interlude, I want to whisk you away to another wonderfully vegan-friendly city: Berlin. You probably know that Berlin is pretty much a vegan mecca. However, this can come as somewhat of a surprise, especially when you think of the typically meat/sausage-heavy diet associated with traditional German cuisine. I headed off to the Big B in search of the best vegan food, to really get a feel of the city, and of course, to find out where a travelling vegan can lay her head for a couple of nights.   The Almodóvar hotel is located in the… View Post