Weekend discovery that changed my newly vegan life:
I found a Health Food Store near where I live that has just opened a few weeks ago (apparently, I had no clue!) and that has most of the ingredients and foods that I have desperately been looking for! I am so happy!!! It was like walking through a candy store as a kid! If somebody saw me, they must have thought that I am crazy as I was so excited and looked at every (and I literally mean EVERY) item that they had in the store Herbie, they even stock nutritional yeast flakes! Well, I guess this is gonna be my next go-to store and slowly but surely I will be able to transition my cupboard into vegan friendly!
I'm doing ok. I'm finding more and more vegan foods and whatever I cannot find I'm trying to substitute with things I have at home. Before I decided to become vegan I looooved cheese so now I'm trying to find cheese substitutes but at the moment I have just found one cheese that I can eat. I would love to get some grated vegan cheese or vegan cheese spreads but I can't find them anywhere. Well, I'll keep looking... xx
I'm in Reading, and having a hard time finding good vegan/veggie ingredients, but making a serious effort here. There's just so much meat everywhere, and such a lack of vegetable choice in the majority of supermarkets. Today I had to go to three different shops just to find a round cabbage to make the rustic pasta for my bf! Got there in the end, and he's loving the things I make for him.
Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look for v-friendly stores? There's a small holland and barrett in town, but they are a bit short on ingredients.
Also, I'm having a difficult time finding good body care products (I'm used to living in Vancouver where there's plenty of choice) - especially face wash and body cream. I'm not too keen on what I've seen in boots/super drug.
The best shop I've found so far is a great shop in Brighton - though it's too far away to frequent.
I don't know if anyone is still on this forum as it's over a year and a half old...but i'll try anyway!
I'm in Henley-on-Thames - the only way I can continue my voyage along this veggie/vegan route is the fact that there's this tiny independent health food store just across the road from me. Waitrose is ok for fruit and veg, but still have trouble finding things like kale and daikon. Really lucky though, this town has a great little farmer's market every thursday and sometimes i can find some great things there. Wish i could get over to london a bit more, as there seems to be a few more cafes there that cater to the veggie/vegan side of things.
Anyone else in the area know of any good little shops or cafes?
I am new here. I run a vegan blog called fatgayvegan.com and I review lots of restaurants and products from around the UK and all over the world. I am originally from Australia but am now located in London. I also run lots of vegan events in London like the monthly London Vegan Drinks and London Vegan Potluck, as well as supper clubs. Details are always on my site and would love to keep building the vegan community here in the UK.
@Sascha: you should check ot the London meetup.com There are regular vegan and vegetarian meet ups on there. i haven't been to any myslef but am looking forward to it in a couple of months when i'm more free. the vegan monthly bookclub sounds really cool, too.
@Renee: if you have a farmers' market near you then i'd say you're all set. waitrose is really good, too. i was surprised to find really good quality organic apples there recently - different varieties loose, not in plastic straitjackets! ;-) really good vegan cafes are few and far between but you can make a special treat from time to time and travel to places where there are lots (i did to bristol). besides, it's a good opportunity to invite people over and revive the old tradition of cook-ins;-) i'm gluten free as well, so eating out's a real pain.
@FatGayVegan: great. i'll have a look at your bog at the weekend. btw, there's a new veg ethiopian restaurant that does deliveries: