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London Cafe Review: Social Brew & Social Raw

Social Brew & Social Raw is a welcome addition to the Putney café scene. After a leisurely walk along the river it’s the perfect stop off where you can sit down for a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch or drink. Hellooo cooling down with a cold smoothie whilst London is scorchio!

The interior is spacious and light, with friendly baristas and a chilled aussie vibe. If you’re a coffee fan, I definitely recommend the iced coffee. It’s beautifully served with the coffee in ice cubes and the milk to pour over as you wish.

Social Brew Putney - Iced Coffee

There are plenty of vegan options, both savoury and sweet. The counter shows off the beautiful vegan patties, decadent slices and raw cakes. There’s something to suit every hunger level and dietary requirement. I love finding these new cafes that offer such awesome Vegan options!

Social Brew Putney - Counter Treats

Hipsters and health food addicts are well catered for, the menu includes foodie favourites such as avocado on toast, acai bowls and almond butter toasties.  Plenty of Instagram-worthy options to keep everyone happy.

Social Brew Putney - Green Juice & Acai Bowl

With a drink options of matcha lattes, cold-pressed juices and smoothies, you’re spoilt for choice. The smoothie menu features some epic flavour combinations, peanut butter and banana anyone?

These two are a fan…

Social Brew Putney - Smoothie Fans

If you’re inspired to make some raw creations of your own, or just need some more healthy food supplies, you’ll also find shelves of staple raw cooking ingredients like Walnuts, Cacao and Maple Syrup.  The ‘Social Raw’ part of the deal…Social Brew Putney - Tucking into the Cacao Acai Bowl

What a welcome addition to Lower Richmond Road, it’s already proving popular with the locals (don’t worry, you’ll still get a table). When you’re next in the area, pop into Social Brew to fuel up – you’ll be so glad you did!The Vegan Edit - Thanks for reading

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Farmacy Notting Hill – London Review

If you’re on the search for a chic new brunch hang-out, a healthy lunching oasis or some detox dining, then Farmacy in Notting Hill is your wellness mecca. There are so many good reasons why everyone is talking about this place.

In my opinion, this is one of the best health-food restaurants in London. Located on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, Farmacy is well placed to cater for the fashionable health-conscious locals. From the outside, it actually looks like a pharmacy crossed with a florist, with all the luscious plants in the windows. However once you step inside, it’s clear this is not your typical pharmacy, or restaurant for that matter.

Farmacy's Stylish Interior

The stylish interiors are impressive.  Light-filled, huge, gorgeous garden-inspired décor with gorgeous bronze details – a delight to admire whilst you wait for your table (there is a no-reservation policy).

The menu has a good variety of options, all packed with nutrients and free from gluten, sugar and dairy. The best sort of food to put a spring back in your step!  There are dishes from around the world, and all are vegetarian or vegan.  You’ll find hero dishes such as the Farmacy burger (millet, black bean and mushroom – served with chips and goji ketchup), the pumpkin, coconut and lemongrass curry and the sourdough pizza. I recommend the buckwheat breakfast pancakes as a great way to start the day.

Farmacy's Buckwhat Pancakes

Whilst the focus is very much on fresh, seasonal and nutritionally balanced meals, indulgence and comfort food are still a firm feature.  You’ll find artisan cocktails, cake and ‘nice-cream’ on the menu.

My personal favourite: a raw banoffee pie confected from a biscuit base with bananas, maca caramel and coconut whipped ‘cream’. The ideal vegan treat for when you fancy a spot of indulgence.

Farmacy Raw Banana Pie

The Alchemy Bar serves novelty syringe shots (ginger, turmeric, cayenne, lemon – fire starter), as well as cold-pressed juices and a range of nutritional juice cocktails, organic wines and beers.

Farmacy's Iced Matcha Latte & Witches Brew Juice

I must confess, I have a soft spot for any business with a strong environmental conscience.  Everything Farmacy do is about promoting sustainable living, which means big brownie points.  All the ingredients are sourced from local organic UK farms, so the food is good for you and good for the planet – Win-win.

Anyone in favour of plant-based diets or guilt-free indulgence will love this chic vegetarian and vegan restaurant. In their own words, Farmacy has ‘everything to nourish and inspire health-conscious food lovers with fast-paced lives’. With its delicious menu, elegant décor and stylish bar, Farmacy is bound to appeal to people who are reluctant to try meat and dairy-free dining too. Find yourself a date 😉 and pop down to Farmacy for some good clean fun!

http://farmacylondon.com

Last Minute Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Recently I celebrated my first anniversary as a vegan, and naturally I’ve been excited for my another vegan Christmas! I thought I’d put together a fabulous Vegan Christmas Gift Guide to share some of the gorgeous products made by ethical and vegan brands. Whilst Christmas is a lovely time of year, it is also a time when there is a huge amount of mindless consumption and wastage.  I wanted to find products from companies who give back and consciously limit their impact on the environment.  There are loads of amazing products out there, and as a results of researching for this post I now have a huge wish list for Christmas!!

For Vegan’s who love a cuppa…

Vegan Christmas Gift Guide- mug is £12.50 from online store Ethical Market
This cute mug is £12.50 from online store Ethical Market

 

Pukka Tea's Tumeric Gold
Pukka Tea’s latest brew is this delicious Tumeric Gold £2.49

 

The Vegan’s who love luxury beauty…

Vegan Christmas Gift Guide - Noctua LuxurySoy Candle from the Ethical Superstore £12.50
Noctua LuxurySoy Candle from the Ethical Superstore £12.50

 

Luxury Shower Gel from Greenfrog Botanic
Luxury Shower Gel from Greenfrog Botanic £8.40

Those Vegan’s who are handbag lovers…

Matt & Nat do the most gorgeous ethical vegan handbags and accessories. The plum tote below is a gorgeous Winter colour, and is big enough to fit in your laptop and yoga kit!

Plum Tote Handback by Matt & Nat £94.95 from Ethical Superstore
Plum Tote Handback by Matt & Nat £94.95 from Ethical Superstore

 

Black Purse by Matt & Nat £50
Black Purse by Matt & Nat £50

To delight the Vegan magpies…

It’s often hard to find jewellery that is ethical made with responsibly sourced materials. This twisted gold ring is handmade in Rajasthan in India, using traditional techniques passed down by expert jewellers.

18ct Gold Ring with Ruby stone - £48 at Ethical Superstore
18ct Gold Ring with Ruby stone – £48 at Ethical Superstore

Some treats to please the Vegan chocolate addicts…

These chocolate truffles are something else! They do lots of different flavours such as Champagne, Hazelnut and Midnight Espresso! Seriously delicious and more-ish, perfect to get your chocolate fix in a cruelty free way 🙂

Booja Booja's Organic Vegan Truffles - £7 Waitrose Online
Booja Booja’s Organic Vegan Truffles – £7.00 Waitrose Online

So these incredibly delicious bites from Livia’s Kitchen are a healthier, more scrumptious version of Terry’s Chocolate Orange. You can also get these bits in plain millionaire shortbread version, and also in little bars. They are divine, I can’t recommend them enough. Be warned, you’ll eat them all in one sitting!

Livia's Raw Millionaire Bites - £4.99 from Planet Organic
Livia’s Raw Millionaire Bites – £4.99 from Planet Organic

 

For lounging in luxury…

Ruby & Ed Slippers
Luxury Slippers from Ruby & Ed at £38

One of my favourite new brands are Hey!Holla who do an awesome range of ethically made gym and loungewear. The quality is amazing, and there are lots of different designs to choose from!

Hey!Holla's Sweatshirts are all FairWear certified, and fabulous! £65
Hey!Holla’s Sweatshirts are all FairWear certified, and fabulous! £65

For the Vegan’s that are always busy…

A5 Freedom Features Notebook £4.99
A5 Freedom Features Notebook £4.99

All Vegan’s love to cook right….?

No Vegan Christmas gift guide would be complete without some of the awesome cookbooks that launch just in time for the silly season!

Aine Carlin's latest book 'The New Vegan' - £10.49 on Amazon
Aine Carlin’s latest book ‘The New Vegan’ – £10.49 on Amazon

 

'But I could never go Vegan!' from Kristy Turner £11.54 on Amazon
‘But I could never go Vegan!’ from Kristy Turner £11.54 on Amazon

For those Vegan’s who love to travel and explore worldly cuisines, this Indonesian cookbook is bound to please..

Vegan Street Food by Jackie Kearney - £11.89 on Amazon
Vegan Street Food by Jackie Kearney – £11.89 on Amazon

 

Vlogger Niomi Smart's guide to Vegan eating - £7.00 on Amazon
Vlogger Niomi Smart’s guide to Vegan eating – £7.00 on Amazon

Vegan gifts for the gym bunnies…

We all know that gym bunnies and ‘new year’s resolutioners’ love to workout in style!

Hey!Holla do super cute workout tops like this one at £40
Hey!Holla do super cute workout tops like this one at £40

What’s more important than the water that you drink? Gym bunnies and health nuts alike will love this BPA-free water bottle that features an alkalising core full of minerals that purify the water and add essential compounds. Stay hydrated!

Invigorated Water's Alkalising Water Bottle around £30 from Amazon
Invigorated Water’s Alkalising Water Bottle around £30 from Amazon

Stocking fillers or a cute gift to pop into a Christmas card for your best friend!

Super cute stocking filler Hair Ties from Hey!Holla at £8
Cute stocking filler Hair Ties from Hey!Holla at £8

I hope you’ve found my Vegan Christmas Gift Guide useful! Here’s hoping that your loved ones enjoy their gifts, and more importantly enjoy the time spent with you!

Wishing you a Christmas full of love, joy and laughter 🙂

Ruth x

 

The Elephant Restaurant, Ubud

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud is nestled up on the hillside just off the main road through Ubud.  The menu is 100% vegetarian, and the ethos is focused on sustainability and ‘Earth friendly food’.  In their words ‘we strive to be an ethical business and are recognized by the slow food movement for our environmentally aware and socially fair work practice’ – full marks for conscious cuisine!

The location is idyylic and they definitely get the prize for the best view.  The restaurant overlooks the beautiful Tjampuhan Ridge.

At £3-£4 for a main meal such as coconut noodle soup or a huge salad, you are truly spoilt for choice here. Almost all dishes can be adapted to be Vegan, and there are loads of delicious sides and extras on offer.

There is a huge menu of healthy drinks – Kombucha (pro-biotic fermented tea – really delicious!), fresh juices, smoothies and even cocktails served in a pineapple!

The Rosella Kombucha is delicious, a favourite drink of mine and a great replacement for wine if you’re avoiding alcohol.

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Rosella Kombucha

The Strawberry Cooler didn’t last long…

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Strawberry Cooler

I really did try an awful lot of items from the menu, as soaking up the view from the comfy sofa was just what I needed after a busy morning! This is the Mango & Dragon Fruit Smoothie…

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Mango Dragonfruit Smoothie

If you’re after a cocktail then Spike’s Jungle Fever is one to try – Absolute, muddle fruit, lemon basil, lime & honey, served in a whole pineapple!

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Beverages

This is the White Tiger Salad which is a beautifully presented combination of green leaves, roast pumpkin, sesame, carrot, tempeh, pickled ginger, edamame, nori and cucumber. Nutritionally dense and fresh, this salad is chock full of vitamins and minerals. I chose the lemon tahini ginger dressing which was divine!

The Elephant Cafe Ubud - White Tiger Salad

What does The Elephant’s philosophy of Earth friendly food mean? ‘We are trying to create food that is delicious and health to eat but which doesn’t endanger the health of the planet in it’s making’.

I love visiting and discovering amazing sustainable and health restaurants like here at The Elephant.  It warms my heart to support businesses that put so much effort into providing an incredible experience whilst focusing on working closely with the environment.  The team at The Elephant grow their own herbs, filter rainwater, use recyclable packaging, 75% of food is locally produced, 60% is Organic and they are taking steps to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products.

The Elephant Restaurant Ubud - Green Juice

If you’re off to Ubud, be sure to check out The Elephant for a lazy afternoon soaking up the view and a menu that will leave you spoilt for choice!

To get the seats with the best view visit the website to book a table: The Elephant Restaurant Ubud

Happy Travelling,

Ruth x