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Veggie boozing!

Veggie boozing!

It’s easy enough to choose to eat plant-based foods, but what about the other thing vital for life, BOOZE? Not all beers (and wines, and spirits) are created equal, and some may contain animal products where you’re not expecting them…

BVBG: VX Bristol

BVBG: VX Bristol

VX Bristol first came to my attention for their vegan kebabs (as seen on a Wriggle recommended list). We’re lucky enough to be moving to Bedminster imminently, so thought it was a good idea to get the lay of the land, regarding veggie and vegan […]

Veggie roast dinner pie at The Golden Lion, Gloucester Road

Veggie roast dinner pie at The Golden Lion, Gloucester Road

No three words bring joy to my heart like “roast” “dinner” and “pie”. So when I saw Wriggle had an offer on for a vegan roast dinner pie, courtesy of Pie Baby, at the Golden Lion, I couldn’t resist.

Sadly, there are no photos of the glorious pie, as we scoffed it far too fast, so this isn’t a proper review. Pie Baby’s menu looks amazing, and if the roast dinner pie is anything to go by, it’s all delicious! The pie was comprised of ale seitan and puff pastry (I need to try making seitan soon, apparently it’s quite simple!), with roast potatoes, a great vegetable selection, and some lovely gravy. The deal also included a drink and pudding (oh my god the pudding. Banoffee pastry thing with ice cream, amazing), amazing value at just ¬£19 each.

We’ll be back to try more pies!

(header photo by Sam Gillies, other two by me)

Off-grid living tips from Maximus Ironthumper on Youtube

Off-grid living tips from Maximus Ironthumper on Youtube

A friend recently introduced me to the excellent videos from Maximus Ironthumper, a normal bloke who bought a plot of forestry land using a loan, and built his own house on it. You can see a playlist of his off-grid how-tos here, and I’d really […]

Leek and mushroom pie

Leek and mushroom pie

I’ve not done a recipe for a while (too busy eating breakfasts) but the recent cold weather inspired me to make a pie! The recipe was inspired by the fact that I had a lot of mushrooms I needed to use up…

BVBG: The Roots Lounge, Bristol

BVBG: The Roots Lounge, Bristol

Here at the Bristol Veggie Breakfast Guide, we appreciate eggs. My better half and fellow breakfast-tester, Sarah, is an especially passionate fan of eggs in all their forms. So when I told her we were going for breakfast at a newly-opened vegan cafe, she was a bit unsure.

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BVBG: La Ruca, Gloucester Road

BVBG: La Ruca, Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road is one of the most interesting parts of Bristol. Famed for being the UK’s longest independent high street (not sure if that’s still true), it’s home to all the cliche Bristol stuff, like Banksy artwork and old crusties not wearing shoes. Nestled in […]

BVBG: Grounded, Bedminster

BVBG: Grounded, Bedminster

Off to the exotic vistas of Bedmo today, to try Grounded‘s veggie breakfast offering. Conveniently sited opposite a massive Asda, and there’s always the possibility you’ll see a lady walking a skunk (no, really). Grounded is a chain in Bristol with a few branches dotted […]

BVBG: Patisserie Valerie, Bristol

BVBG: Patisserie Valerie, Bristol

Zut alors! Patisserie Valerie is best-known for serving delicious cakes and desserts, usually piled high with cream and chocolate. So I was surprised to see that they also do lunch, sandwiches and all-day breakfasts! We popped in to give them a try…

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First impressions: good amount of toast. That pot of tea is enormous, but it was also almost ¬£3 – to be honest, a single cup would have been fine. Beans in ramekin – never needed, just let those bad boys mingle with the rest of the breakfast. The mushrooms were pretty crap – watery and tasteless (I think they were frozen). However, the one redeeming feature of this breakfast was the “spinach and cheese frittata”, which was a bit like a cheesy, mini-omelette. Tasty, but couldn’t save this breakfast, sadly.

Too pricey, a bit meh РI give this 3 sausages out of 10.

Carrot etc soup

Carrot etc soup

You know how it goes – it’s Boxing Day, you’ve eaten and drunk far too much, and you want something that feels at least a little bit healthy, compared to all the cake and booze you had yesterday. You also bought WAY too much veg […]