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Elgin Ridge Wines

Posted on 21 September 2016

Elgin Ridge currently have 3 vegan wines available:

Elgin Ridge WineseMCC 2011 – In 2010 Marion was heard to ask Brian to make her some MCC. Her exact words were “what’s the point of a girl owning a vineyard if she can’t have her own bubbly”.

Brian agreed on the condition that the wine would not be released for at least 5 years. The 2011 vintage is 83% Pinot Noir & 17% Chardonnay, matured for 2 years in old French barrels followed by 3 years in bottle. Zero Dosage. The result is a wine of distinct individuality.

For 5 years the MCC was affectionately known as Marion’s Bubbly and is now labelled as MV, Marion’s Vineyards, in recognition of Marion’s hard work in Elgin Ridge’s organic vineyards.

Pinot Noir 2013 – Colour: Deep, rich garnet, Nose: Sweet dark cherries, earthy, roasted cocoa beans, balmy frangipani floral notes, Palate: Black cherries, summer fruits, rich texture, long with good acidity.

Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Colour: Pale yellow-green, Nose: Upfront ripe pineapple, sweet melon, bell pepper, camomile, blackcurrant, buchu, Palate: Candied citrus, pink lady apple, lime zest, salon tea, rich and textured finish with well integrated acid.

Listed in boutique wine shops such as Vino Pronto, Wine Concepts, Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar.

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Cape Town’s Unframed Ice-cream Bar

Posted on 21 September 2016

Unframed Ice Cream on Kloof Street makes Cape Town’s best artisan ice-cream, including dairy ice-cream, vegan ice-cream and sorbets using natural flavours like dark chocolate, strawberry and pistachio, produced direclty in their lab from real food.

Their vegan flavours are currently coconut milk based, but they will be expanding their vegan range in the coming months. They always have at least 4 vegan flavours out of 10 at any given time, including sorbets. They also offer amazing toppings, half of which are vegan, and have introduced superfoods such as white mulberries and mesquite cacao mylk.

Open 1100-2200.

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Belightfull vegan catering in Cape Town

Posted on 19 September 2016

BeLightFull aims to bring veganism out of the dark and into the light. They provide affordable, nutritious and ethical food. Order ready-made meals from their menu and have your food delivered or collect from one of their partners. They offer cooking classes and workshops, as well as transition mentoring where they will hold your hand through the entire process while you adapt to a plant-based diet.They also cater for events such as birthdays, weddings, dinner parties, year-end functions, wrap parties etc.

They have an extensive vegan menu consisting of salads, dressings, soups, sides, mains and desserts. Baked goodies: seed bread (gf), brownies, malva pudding, rusks, cinnamon buns, muffins etc. They also take special requests, such as gluten, nut and soya-free.

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The power of peanuts

Posted on 9 September 2016

Peanuts are considered a popular staple snack items. Whether you enjoy them raw, or on fresh bread, peanuts have more to offer than just a delicious taste.

While high in calories, raw peanuts are best known for their heart benefits due to their high levels of monounsaturated fats. Some studies have shown that diets high in monounsaturated fats decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseaseOpens in a new window by as much as 21%.

The power of peanut butterPeanuts have also been found to contain as many antioxidants as some fruits, as well as oleic acid and polyphenols. Other benefits offered by peanuts include reduced risk for cancer, gallstone prevention, decreased risk for alzheimer’s disease, lower weight gain risk, and cholesterol reduction.

For those that choose to consume peanuts in the form of irresistible peanut butter, there are a few things to watch out for. Companies like Jif and Skippy fill the peanut butter with added fats and preservatives. Consuming products that have loads of additives and preservatives can become detrimental to one’s health. For that reason, many peanut butter lovers have steered towards using more healthy and organic forms of peanut butters.

Making your own peanut butter at home is as easy as having some dry roasted peanuts on hand as well as a food processor. While it may take a few tries to get the exact variety of peanut butter you like, you can customize your own recipe with the addition of honey, cane sugar, and/or salt and know your freshly made peanut butter is preservative free.

If you’re not quite the DIY type, many companies have already done the job for you with a wide variety of nut butters ready to purchase at your local grocery store or online. Many of these organic and natural products contain up to 85% less fat than your standard off-the-shelf peanut butters.

You can also try protein peanut butter or whey peanut butter if you’re looking for a bit of a fitness boost in your savory spread. Peanut butter is an excellent source of proteinOpens in a new window for your muscle building goals and also a very affordable option.

The leader in the natural nut butters field in the USA is without a doubt Nuts ‘n More. Their appearance on the hit TV show Shark TankOpens in a new window opened America’s eyes to the many benefits of all natural and all organic peanut butters. In addition to a wide variety of peanut butters, they also offer almond butter which is packed with whey proteins as well as flax. For those looking for something a little sweeter, they also have a cookie butter spread, still packed with proteins as are all their nut spreads. Nuts ‘N more offers so many different flavors there is a healthy, natural option for even the pickiest of eaters.

Final Thought

Before you purchase your next jar of peanut butter, take a moment to remember what you gain (proteins, longer lasting, more natural taste) and what you lose (extra fats, added calories, and preservatives) when choosing a peanut butter. Remember, not only do natural nut spreads taste better, they’ll leave you and your body feeling great as well!.


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Review: The Matlombe Lounge opening

Posted on 9 September 2016

A review of Matlombe Lounge restaurant, Johannesburg …

Matlombe lounge had their grand opening on September 3rd, unveiling a veg restaurant / music venue which is nestled just outside the heart of Jo’Burg and about 10 minutes away from Maboneng. As you enter there is a distinct clean and modern feel with the outdoor entrance area having low white lounges that sit on artificial turf, all while shaded by strategically cut yellow and white stretch material. The interior is equally suave, with glimmering lights, slim lined furniture, and a stage featuring the standard musical paraphernalia.

The Matlombe LoungeIt was their big day and staff rushed around with last minute preparations, all while bass boomed from speakers and clients started to trickled in. One of the owners Mmabatho, a passionate high energy actress with big dreams, greeted my friend and I with her new menu. After pointing out vegan and vegetarian options, she went on to explain the health benefits of herbal teas, fresh smoothies and fruit juices which, they have on offer. Mmabatho is an absolute pleasure to be around and runs the establishment with her husband, further to promoting local talent and performing in a band together.

Once settled in, I decided to try the Supercharge smoothie, although it was orange it should have been a combination of dates, sesame seeds, banana, kale, coconut water and Spirulina. Still tasty but with whole blocks of ice floating around and a strong sunken spirulina flavour, I got the impression that they might need another blender.

That being said the food was fantastic, I ordered the simply divine breakfast that’s modestly priced at R38.50, it’s an all-day breakfast as the venue only opens at 11 am and I would definitely recommend it to anyone, at any time of day, and especially if you have a babalas. A delectable conglomeration of scrambled tofu, mushrooms, a Fry’s braai sausage, grilled tomato and avo with rye toast on the side. It was missing a chickpea taco and zucchini which, were listed on the menu but I hadn’t noticed and found the meal to be scrumptious, as it was.

My friend had the falafel, roast veg and avo tramezini – a flavoursome meal which is also reasonably priced at R35.00, served with a side salad, freshly cut chips and a sterling chilli sauce. Regrettably there was no avo.

The Matlombe Lounge all-day breakastFor desert, cake! All of Matlombe’s cakes are vegan and a generous slice of carrot cake was provided, covered in a soft heavenly icing and sprinkled with dried cherries. It was undeniably delicious and a must try for any cake lover.
In spite of the mishaps the food is divine, we had fun, met great people and exchanged ideas, Matlombe Lounge is a place that I would like to show off to tourist friends. With a back exterior wall that is covered in bright graffiti, you get a real feel for Jozi and there is a sense of music comradeship, with musicians exchanging ideas and doing what they do best – playing.

Basically, if you are looking for a licensed restaurant with loud music that serves herbal teas and vegan cake, you have found your place, and I write this while listening to their Youtube channelOpens in a new window. It dawns on me, the tunes are as good as their food and I can honestly say that I look forward to re-visiting for a bit of Jazz and cake.

Matlombe Lounge, Shop 2 One Central Place, 30 Jeppe street, Newtown, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Tel.: Sifiso: +27 83 775 1033, Mmabatho: +27 83 757 0277. Open Mon-Sat.

Reviewed by Lesleigh Harnwell – Vegan SA


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ThreshHold sulphur supplement

Posted on 3 September 2016

ThreshHold sulphur supplementTHRESHHold from Bioforce SA is made up of MSM, which is an organically bonded form of sulphur found in plants. THRESHHold was developed to provide the body with the sulphur it needs every day. Sulphur is an important nutrient necessary for the maintenance of healthy joints, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue. It is also a key component of collagen and a building block of keratin. No wonder it is beneficial for hair, skin and nails. Because the body uses sulphur continually it is imperative to replenish this nutrient daily.

Available at pharmacies and health shops. This includes Dis-chem and Clicks.

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Bio-Strath health supplement

Posted on 3 September 2016

Bio-Strath tabletsBio-Strath is a well researched natural nutritional food supplement that provides the body with 61 different nutrients (11 vitamins, 18 amino-acids, 19 minerals and trace elements to 13 building substances) our bodies require daily, in a perfect form. It not only feeds the body’s cells but the unique combination of herbs in Bio-Strath help repair the body where necessary.

Bio-Strath may be taken to:

* Counteract exhaustion, fatigue and exam stress
* Build resistance to colds and infections
* Speed up recovery in convalescence
* Improve general well-being
* Improve memory and concentration
* Provide stamina for intensive work, study and sport
* Combat physical and mental tiredness and nervous tension
* Restore health and vitality to adults and children

Bio-Strath is an all-natural product and contains no stimulants, artificial colourants or additives.

Available at pharmacies and health shops. This includes Dis-chem and Clicks.

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Schmidt’s vegan deodorant

Posted on 1 September 2016

Schmidt's vegan deodorantSchmidt’s is a 100% natural deodorant. It offers great wetness and odour protection. It goes on smoothly, doesn’t rub off on clothing, and lasts all day. Schmidt’s contains natural plant based powders to absorb the sweat. Moisturises the skin under your arms, and it is a totally cruelty-free cosmetic. Endorsed by Leaping Bunny.

Available in South Africa from Fresh Earth, Faithful to Nature, Organic Choice, Bhealthy CC, Harmless House.

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Ferrer gazpacho

Posted on 30 August 2016

Ferrer traditional Spanish gazpacho soup
Ferrer selects the best vegetables at their ideal ripeness to get the intense flavour of this traditional Spanish soup. Serve it with chopped pepper, onion, cucumber and tomato to taste and enjoy a healthy and nutritious dish. It is made of raw vegetables and always served cold.

Available at Pick n Pay.

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Somerbosch Wines

Posted on 30 August 2016

The Somerbosch wine range

Somerbosch winery is situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. The Stellenbosch area had ideal soil and climatic conditions for the production of quality grapes with good fruit concentration.

Somerbosch wines are sold from the farm, but shipping from is definitely possible. They only sell at a few spars in the Helderberg and Stellenbosch area in South Africa.
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Almond Breeze milk alternatives

Posted on 25 August 2016

Almond Breeze milk alternativesAbout Almond Breeze Original and Unsweetened:
Almond Breeze, a great tasting and all-natural alternative to milk made from almonds. With great health benefits, Almond Breeze is a low-calorie, lactose-free alternative to dairy and can be used in cereals, smoothies, coffee, in baking and cooking or simply enjoy a delicious glass on its own.

Available in 2 varieties, Original and Unsweetened, Almond Breeze is a great alternative for people looking to live a healthier lifestyle. It is also suitable for people with dairy allergies or those following a vegan diet. As almond milk contains no cholesterol, it is also recommended for people suffering from heart disease or high cholesterol and the Unsweetened variety has a low glycaemic index (GI) with no added sugar, making it a suitable option for health conscious consumers.

About Almond Breeze Barista Blend:
You can now get your coffee fix with Almond Breeze Barista Blend, a great tasting, rich, creamy and healthier alternative to dairy. Created specifically for use with cappuccinos, lattes and flat whites, the great flavour complements the world’s finest coffees in terms of taste and provides consistency when frothing.

A naturally dairy and soy-free food, Almond Breeze Barista Blend combines the superfood benefits of almonds with delicious taste, and has less kilojoules than regular skim milk and soy. The non-genetically modified, Unsweetened Almond Breeze Barista Blend has no added sugar, is naturally low in saturated fat and suitable for vegans.

Available at most Pick n Pay, Spar, Checkers, Food Lovers Market, Wellness Warehouse and Dis-Chem stores nationally

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Oreo’s cookies

Posted on 17 August 2016

Oreo's cookiesThe classic Oreo is a tasty chocolatey round sandwich biscuit filled with a creamy vanilla flavour centre, made for vegan sweet snacking on the go. First produced in 1912!

Available from most food stores throughout South Africa.

Note: that only the original Oreo variant is vegan. Other varieites contain cow’s milk or its derivatives.

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Namaqua Wines are vegan

Posted on 12 August 2016

The Namaqua Wines bottled red rangeAt Namaqua Wines they believe that the only complicated thing about wine should be the process involved in making a good one; wine is made to be enjoyed, pure and simple. Namaqua specialise in affordable carton wines but they do also sell bottled wines. They provide for a broad range of tastes – red, white, rose, sparkling, and in dry, off-dry, semi-sweet and sweet varieties. No animal products are used in their wines.

Other wine labels that are owned by Namaqua Wines: Rain Dance, Goiya, Spencer Bay, Guinevere, B4 Play.

Namaqua Wines are available at most liquour stores throughout South Africa.

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Saigon on Kloof, Cape Town

Posted on 11 August 2016

Saigon Restaurant on Kloof Steet, Cape TownA popular restaurant on Kloof Street, central Cape Town. Saigon specialises in Vietnamese cuisine but also serves some Thai and Japanese dishes. There are many vegetarian starter and main course dishes on the menu, most of which are vegan.

Starters – vegetable spring rolls, Vietnamese style vegetable or Saigon special avo/rocket/shitake mushroom crystal rolls, vegetable wrap sensation, steamed edamame beans, wood ear mushroom or wild herb salad, vegetarian sushi platter, butternut or miso soup.

Mains – red, green or yellow curry, baked aubergine, wok toasted or spicy tofu, tempura or crunchy seasonal vegetables, rainbow or wok fried spicy vegetable noodles.

Sorbets.

Open daily 1230-2130.

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Vegan home remedies to shield you from flu this winter

Posted on 31 July 2016

Olive oil by The Media ImageIt’s that time of the year when being exposed to the cold can leave you with a runny nose; body aches that make you feel like just staying in bed, or chills that give you a definite alert that you might have caught the flu.

We’ve put together a list of DIY vegan-friendly flu symptom remedies that may not only save you from expensive prescriptions, but also from filling your body with medications and chemicals. You can prepare them from the comfort of your home, without having to step out into the cold. And while you’re looking into your health remember that winter is a good time to look at getting insuranceOpens in a new window, such as life coverOpens in a new window.

Ginger tea mixture

In winter especially, it’s always good to have ginger in your fridge. When you feel a scratchy throat or an irritation on your nasal cavities, simply slice some fresh ginger and place it in a tea strainer. Ginger is said to help stimulate the nerves that cause mucus production. Boil some water and pour into the tea strainer where you have put in your sliced ginger, drink it after 5 to 10 minutes.

Inhale steam

Mint water by The Media ImageSteam is good for you because it helps open your airways, making it an effective natural method to combat a cold or flu. This remedy also includes the use of ginger. Boil water and empty into a large bowl containing a minimum of 2 teaspoons of shaved ginger. Put a towel over your head, lowering it until your head is right over the bowl, and then you can start breathing in the gingered steam.

Raw apple cider vinegar

You might not have known that apple cider vinegar is believed to have a wealth of health benefits. According to Prevention.comOpens in a new window just adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water helps to alkalinize your body, and viruses and bacteria cannot thrive within an alkaline environment. Try it out as soon as you feel a sinus infection or the development of a sore throat. It is a healthy mixture you can keep on drinking, even after your body is back in top shape.

A garlic mix

If you can stand garlic then it’s another item you should always have in your kitchen during the cold winter months. Garlic is a well-known natural support against colds and flu. This is because of its strong antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. In plain terms, this simply means garlic is a natural antibiotic which can be very effective in combating a cough. The oil found in garlic can help to lower your fever and is also good if you want to open up your respiratory passages. Make a soup by chopping up 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, boil them, strain off the garlic and drink the mixture.

So there you have it, stock up on these natural supplies during the winter season and you can prepare simple vegan home remedies that can help shield your family during this ‘flu season’.

Article supplied by Nosisa Assumani, The Media Image


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