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I am young grasshopper.

I’ve been sick for a really long time. I loathe anti-biotics and can’t remember the last time I was ill, so I went with the “wait it out” approach. Weeks later I have found myself not bouncing back as I would usually expect and s a result have re-examined my toxicity levels.

I’m de-toxing. Bye bye booze and for the most part “Hello Vegan Diet.”

I could sing the praises of Vegan cuisine long past your attention span, but I also do not feel I am at a stage in my life where I can completely eliminated egg whites, sushi on occasion – perhaps the odd glass of celebratory bubbly?

So I’m not telling you all I am a Vegan. I am not a Vegan – I’m just going to be shifting my focus onto a Vegan diet and avoiding alcohol for a while, and I hope that in my upcoming… [ Read more ]

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Quinoa – the unsung hero

Quinoa, quinoa, how did it take me so long to find you?

Quinoa is a grain like crop with edible seeds. It has a texture that is somewhere between rice and cous cous, yet is a pseudocereal as it is not a member of the grass family. Quinoa is classified as something called a chenopod which means it is closely related to spinach and beets.

A “grain” native to South America, Quinoa was once called “the gold of the Incas” who recognized its value in the stamina of their warriors. Nutritionally Quinoa is high in fiber and has more protein than any other grain (12-18%). What’s more is that Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential acids. Not only is Quinoa a good well balanced source of all the amino acids, making it perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets, but it… [ Read more ]

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Yalla Yalla -Lebanese in London

There were two things compelling me to try out “Yalla Yalla” before I leave London. The first was a tweet I saw, ranking it amongst the Top 10 places in London to eat in terms of value for money. The second was the tagline – “Beirut Street Food” – having fallen deeply in love with Lebanon, its people and its parties over June/July this year – I feel drawn to Lebanese cuisine and culture more than ever.

Seating only 28 people, the restuarant is small and cozy, with hints of eastern flair but decor minimal enough to prevent claustrophobia.

There are a selection of mains, covering Lebanese traditional favourites such as Shish Taouk, Kafta Meshoue, Lahem Casserole and Schwarma’s. If you don’t know what these sorts of dishes entail you can check out the full menu with descriptions here.

Yalla Yalla also offers a selection of mezze dishes, mostly… [ Read more ]

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Melissa Plastic Dreams

Melissa Plastic Dreams is a shoe manufacturer I truly madly deeply love. Melissa began their journey 30 years ago, inspired by footwear worn by the fishermen of France, and today stand as the leader in design and development of jelly shoe technology.

Melissa shoes are made from MELFLEX plastic – a patented, hypo-allergenic, recyclable and extremely flexible PVC.  Melissa shoes recycle 99.9 % of factory water and waste, and use no animal products, making their shoes green and vegan friendly Furthermore, Melissa shoes smell like sweets and remind me of scented My Little Ponys and cupcakes. Even after a year, the smell dominates the shoe section of my walk-in-cupboard.

I first discovered Melissa shoes at Big Blue in Johannesburg and have never quite managed to get the obsession out of my system. They are extremely comfortable, smell delightful, and with the clever collaborations melissa holds with other designers, they hold… [ Read more ]

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