This afternoon saw my first visit to Little Green, a vegan cafe in Newcastle. I went for a catch-up with an old school mate; his suggestion.
We were both really impressed with the place. And the food, of course. Also, we both plan to return.
So the Subway franchise has released a vegan patty. That’s obviously a good thing from my perspective. But, perhaps more important is the associated advertising campaign.
To see advertising for a vegan product on the sides of buses and posters at bus stops is a pretty huge step, unimaginable just a couple of years ago.
No doubt, this move has been influenced by the success of the Greggs’ vegan sausage roll and Subway will be hoping to see the increased turnover experienced by that company.
Still, whatever the motives, it’s a good thing for vegans.
And they’re quite nice too.
On discovering a tap takeover in a bar in town, I mailed the brewery to question whether their beer contains fish bits.
I didn’t expect a response until next week, so this was very much forward thinking, but they replied straight away. On a Saturday evening.
We don’t use isinglass in any of our beers so they are all vegetarian friendly. Hopefully you enjoy them!
So I obviously had to go back to try one.
And it was gorgeous. They’re based in Saltaire, which is also gorgeous, so I shall make the effort to visit their premises.
I came across Ojo Rojo when searching for vegan food places in Bournemouth. The place isn’t vegan, but the vegan options are pretty cool.
And the food was just gorgeous.
Followed by a Dead Pony Club in the Four Horsemen.
My second in command and I enjoyed a short train trip to Christchurch today.
We found a nice bar.
We also found a rather nice vegan cafe, Good Intentions.
Where we had some great chilli.
Then there was the Saxon Bar. Now, that was a cool place.
Today wasn’t just about beer though. There was history.
And, somehow, we managed to bump into someone (Brian) from our local. Synchronicity.
We’d purchased Summer takeaway wraps from Supernatural in town when it opened, then didn’t really bother after that.
But, after randomly reading the menu this evening, that all changed.
The food was great.
While watching Countryfile this morning, I was warned of distressing scenes. These came in the form of stock footage of cattle corpses being burnt in the early 2000s foot and mouth outbreak. Then, more recently, pig corpses in Belgium, following the arrival of African Swine Fever.
One wonders why most viewers would be disturbed, since death would inevitably be the end result. But, of course, slaughterhouse scenes are rarely shown on TV.
One proposed solution to the spread of African Swine Fever is genetic engineering. Currently, the approach is is to cull wild boar, to reduce the risk of the disease spreading. There’s apparently some opposition to this, but the main drive isn’t one of animal welfare, but of impact on food production.
The programme has now moved on to fluffy rabbits. They’re cute, so they’re allowed to live out their lives in better conditions. More importantly, they’re allowed to live out their lives.
Boho was a brilliant vegan restaurant on Pink Lane and I was so disappointed when it closed. But, in it’s place, we have Junk It Up, a vegan fast food place.
We were so impressed with the food.
I just ate two Greggs’ vegan sausage rolls. Wonderful. I shall sleep now.
I might have to be sensible more often. After a few pints of Guinness after work, then a takeaway pizza, I retired much earlier than usual.
Which enabled an early start to my Saturday. This morning, at a time I’d usually be eating toast, I’ve already:
– Been to the bank to withdraw boiler funds
– Collected a prescription
– Bought (and consumed) a Greggs’ vegan sausage roll
– Bought my first beer of the day
For the latter, I chose a refreshing blood orange IPA, in the Mean Eyed Cat. Well, after all, I’d usually be drinking orange juice at this time of day.