THE FARPLACE VEGAN STORE NEWCASTLE

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other week I finally got round to having a look around the Farplace Vegan Store in Newcastle. I had been meaning to go there for ages but just never managed. Anyway I just thought I’d share my thoughts with you on the store and on what I bought.

My first impression was oh it’s smaller than I thought and then, I recognise a lot of these products, you can find them in most big supermarkets. However, I guess the bonus here is that all the vegan food is all in one place and you do not need to go searching for it. They stock a wide range from frozen to packaged and from snacks to meals. What was also great was that it had some local produce, like some local vegan ‘cheese’ or baking mixes in cute jars. It also stocks some beauty and household products which is fab because they are more difficult to find in supermarkets.

Here’s what I bought:

Cashew & Cranberry Nut Roast £2.95 – I really enjoyed this actually. It kind of tastes like stuffing, so it goes well with greens, roast potatoes and and gravy. At £2.95 it seems quite pricey at first but I would say this nut roast is good for 3 people, so £1 pp ain’t bad really.

Organic Dark Lavender Chocolate £2.70 – Now at this price it was definitely a treat and sadly one I wasn’t too keen on. I love the scent of lavender and am always interested in floral tasting foods and drinks, but this one wasn’t for me.

Violife Mediterranean Style ‘Cheese’ £2.75 – Violife is by far my favourite vegan cheese brand out of what I’ve tried but I haven’t tried everything they have to offer yet, so I thought it was time to pick a new ‘cheese’ and I went for the Med style. I’m not sure which cheese this med style is supposed to resemble most, but taste wise it’s not bad. I haven’t tried melting it yet, so not sure if that works well or not, but I think this is the kind of ‘cheese’ that would pair well with olives and foccaia as it is advertised Mediterranean style foods.

Organic Grilled Aubergine Pate £1.95 – I have tried various vegan pates before but they have usually been tomato/pepper based so I wanted to try something very different. There was quite a range to choose from but I settled on the aubergine pate. It was well flavoured had a nice texture and went really well with the pitta and avocado I ate it with. Will definitely be repurchasing this.

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Love Carina xo

MATE DATE AT THE BOHEMIAN

Good evening beautiful souls,

On Wednesday I went to Newcastle to catch up with an old friend from uni. My friend Rachel was doing dry January and so we decided to meet up over lunch in Newcastle instead of over drinks as we usually would. I was excited to see what Newcastle had on offer regarding food because with my biggest new years resolution being to eat a vegan  diet this was a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant I wouldn’t previously have given much thought. After some browsing I decided on The Bohemian which had great reviews. It took us a couple of minutes to find (google maps aren’t always helpful aha), but once we found it I realised I’d walked past it many times before as it was just past one of my favourite pubs in Newcastle, The Fourth. It has a cute vibe and is a mix of restaurant, bar and record shop. I didn’t look at the records this time round but will definitely have a browse next time I go!

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Once in and seated we were lucky to discover that The Bohemian was participating in the Newcastle restaurant week and so we got a special three course menu for £15, not a bad deal at all. After some deliberating (I’m actually glad we had a restricted menu as all the choices sounded so good) I went for the Shredded Peking Jackfruit, with hoi sin sauce, pancakes, spring onion and cucumber for starters, The ‘Greek’ Pizza for mains and the Cointreau and chocolate tart for dessert. Wow it felt like I was splashing out, I mean I never order three courses when I go out!

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I really loved the starters, the peking jackfruit was ok on it’s own but wrapped up in the pancake with the spring onion and cucumber and dipped into the hoi sin sauce was an amazing combination!

The Greek pizza was also scrumptious; on what seemed like a homemade stone baked pizza base the vegan cheese was perfectly melted and flavours fantastic. Now I’ll admit vegan cheese can definitely taste different and isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the vegan mozzarella on the pizza tasted fab to me and I really enjoyed the pizza as it had been a while since I had a freshly made stone baked pizza.

After starters and mains I really was rather full, however I still managed to polish of my dessert! The chocolate tart served with a fruity sorbet was the perfect combination of light and tart with creamy and heavy chocolate – heaven.

So if  you haven’t been able to guess – I would highly recommend The Bohemian in Newcastle. If you ever try out this restaurant do let me know what you think – I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo

AUGUST FAVOURITES

Hey friends,

I love reading monthly favourites posts but have only ever written one so far, so I thought it was high time for another. August has been crazy busy for me, so here’s what I’ve enjoyed this month in between all the craziness!

Tea!

I have been loving the Pukka Cleanse tea this August. It is light in flavour and comforting. Nettle, fennel and peppermint are all great herbs to help settle the stomach, so this tea is great for your stomach when stressed.  It is very calming in general, I like to drink it in the evenings when I settle down to read before bed.

My Glasses

Yes, ok, I’ll put it out there straight away – I don’t need glasses, these are fake – please don’t judge me haha! I just like the look of these pale pink geeky glasses. They are a fashion accessory to me and I kinda love them. I had wanted a pair for a while but couldn’t find ones that suited me. I kept browsing Primark’s collection whenever I was there and eventually I found these. They were about £2.50 so a bargain really, I don’t ever spend much on glasses for fear of breaking or loosing them haha.

Music

These four albums have been my most listened to this month.

Step Up is the perfect soundtrack for a productive morning as it makes you want to dance about the house.

Tropical Gypsy by Molotov Jukebox is a good choice for happy vibes. Upbeat somewhat crazy songs that will put a smile on your face and brighten your day. I saw them live at the Lindesfarne festival last year and they were great!

A Creature I Don’t Know by Laura Marling is a more peaceful CD and makes for perfect reading or game playing background music. I also love to listen to Laura Marling when having a relaxed breakfast.

Southpaw – another great soundtrack; this one is great for the gym or exercising because it has dome great paced beats.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

This is more of an event rather than a thing of course, but I couldn’t not mention it, because it has been a favourite this month. It was a beautiful day seeing my best friend get married and I was honoured to be a bridesmaid on her special day!

Game Time

Towards the end of August I had my friend Nadia and her fiance Roland visit me and it was lovely as I hadn’t seen her in four years!!! We spent so much of our time together playing games and it was great fun! I love board games! They are such a great way to spend time together with friends having fun. We played many rounds of Yatzi but I also rediscovered a favourite game of mine which is called Die Siedler Von Catan. If you like games and haven’t heard of this one I recommend you go buy it right now haha (you can buy it in English too, don’t worry). It’s about acquiring building materials and then gaining points by building streets and cities… I love it!

My New Piercing

I used to have the side of my lip pierced but took it out about a year ago because I wanted a change. Looking back on pictures I always missed it though so I decided to get my lip re-pierced, but this time in the middle where I had originally wanted it pierced. At first I wasn’t too keen as it pierced a little too close to my lip for my liking, however I have gotten used to it now and I love it! So glad I got it re-pierced!

Sainsbury Mugs

I bought these mugs in Sainsburys about 2 years ago and they are currently my absolute faves again! I originally resisted buying them but I couldn’t stop thinking about them so I just had to go back and buy them haha! I’m so glad I did! They are a good size easy to hold and nice to drink out of, wether coffee or tea, I have been using them every day this past month!

Vegan Pesto Pitta Pizzas

So quick and easy to make; using a pitta bread as the pizzas base, spread a little vegan pesto on and top with whatever you choose! My favourite toppings with pesto are definitely just some fresh tomatoes and vegan feta style cheese with a bit of seasoning – yummy! Pop in the oven for 10 minutes and you’re good to go – enjoy!

Watermelon

I have been absolutely obsessed with watermelon this month! When you get a good one they are so refreshing and tasty! Definitely my healthy go to snack this August!

I hope you have enjoyed my August favourites post. I think I will try and make monthly favourites a regular post on my blog because I have loved writing this post and sharing my favourites with you!

Love Carina xo

MY TOP 3 CRUELTY FREE/VEGAN BATH & SHOWER PRODUCTS

Hello friends,

My cruelty free / vegan skin care routine went down really well, so I thought I would also share what bath / shower products I use. My favourite brands are Faith in Nature, Funky Soap and Balance Me.

Faith in Nature have a wide range of products from cleaning liquids to shower gels. They are all vegan friendly. I love their Shower Gel & Foam Bath products and use them mainly for foam baths rather than as shower gels as they produce great bubbles for a relaxing bath and smell lovely and fresh too. I definitely recommend giving them a go, they aren’t too expensive either. To shop click this link Faith In Nature alternative have a look on amazon where you can sometimes find cheaper deals.

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I started using Funky Soap about 2 years ago when I wanted to strip back my hair from all the chemicals and let it’s natural oils take over again. Funky Soap are vegan and cruelty free and specialise in natural shampoo bars. Now admittedly they did not take well to my long hair at the time and washing the soap out seemed almost impossible, but I guess that depends on you hair type. When I shaved all my hair off for charity I went a good to months without washing my hair with any products bar warm water and then when it got a little longer I started introducing the Funky Soap shampoo bars which on the short hair worked really well and I am still using them to this day. It’s a small independent British based company and it’s nice to also support smaller companies rather than big chains. They are well worth a look as they’re products are more natural and cheaper the for example Lush. To shop click this link Funky Soap. They also produce shaving bars and liquid shampoos amongst other things, well worth having a browse.

Balance Me has to be brought up again (admittedly this is another tester product and one I haven’t actually bought as they are quite pricey) however, I just love the smell of Balance Me products. They are so earthy and cosy and make you feel more connected to nature. Although not all vegan Balance Me is a cruelty free brand and uses mostly natural ingredients. To shop click this link Balance Me.

Hope you found this helpful! Please let me know if you have tried any of these brands before and if you like them too!

Love Carina xo