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Awesome Earth Bags

Posted on 25 March 2017

In a world where we’re inundated with mass-produced made-in-China products, it’s becoming more and more rare to find something that is genuinely unique, individual and full-to-the-brim with good karma.

Earth BagsBut we have found Earth Bags. And they are awesome!

Earth Bags are beautiful one-of-a-kind bags handmade with love in Jo’burg. All the bags are perfectly imperfect, sewn with recycled, reused and remnant fabrics by previously disadvantaged tailors using the principles of Fair Trade. Sewn onto the patchwork are messages that create awareness of real issues facing our planet, the plight of animals, or just to inspire people.

These amazing bags are incredible conversation starters, as well as being works of art.

Earth Bags donates to various charities with all bag sales, including Greenpeace, Blood Lions, Saints Animal Charity Shop, and Spaniel Welfare. They also do bespoke orders, using people’s own photos, pictures and messages.

Earth Bags are delightfully original and a beautiful show to the world of your conscious decision to care for our world and her animals. Go check them out on facebook at www.facebook.com/earthbagssaOpens in a new window or email Barbara at unique.earth.bags@gmail.com.


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Balgowan Cheeze

Posted on 15 March 2017

Balgowan CheezeBalgowan Country Trading Cheeze is a delicious, firm cheeze, containing no wheat, nuts, soy or dairy. They use only the best natural ingredients and their products are all hand-made with love in Cape Town.

Not only is Balgowan Cheeze tasty, it is also a healthy source of protein for vegans and those with allergies to soy, nuts, wheat and dairy. Because their products are fresh and preservative free, you can expect them to keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

They only sell directly to the public at present, but are investigating outlets in Cape Town and Natal.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan cheeses.


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Bean Around Randburg?

Posted on 9 March 2017

Bean Around, RandburgBean Around is a B&B establishment at 47 Aries Ave, Sundowner, Randburg, Johannesburg, catering for vegans and they are fellow vegans!

They are conveniently located about 15-20 minutes away from other restaurants that offer vegan options. They do not allow guests to cook meat and fish in the kitchen and they provide separate facilities for reheating take-outs that contain meat or fish, as well as a separate fridge. If you are looking for vegan friendly accommodation, Bean Around is the place for you.

Breakfast:

Coffee and tea are free with every meal (and at any other time). Served with soya milk; almond or oat milk can be provided if you request in advance.

1. ON THE GO

Toast with humus, veez (vegan cheese) or marmalade. Fruit.

2. GRAB ‘N RUN

Cereal: cornflakes, muesli or porridge (oats, mabella or maize). Yogurt (soy & cashew-based). Toast with veez, hummus or marmalade. Fruit.

3. AT YOUR LEISURE

Patty (lentil & oats or Fry’s) or 2 Fry’s sausages or tofu scramble. Hash browns or latkes, or toast with hummus. Fried tomato, onion and optional banana. Fruit and yoghurt.

LIGHT LUNCH or SUPPER

1. Patty or Fry’s schnitzel or sausages. Baked beans or creamed corn or rice. Steamed mixed veg. Fruit.

2. Quinoa salad (quinoa with finely chopped veg and onion). Green salad (lettuce, olives, cucumber, tomato, sprouts, greens – all as available). Hummus, veez or vegan mayo.

DINNER R100

Share your preferences and food sensitivities and they will prepare you a dish depending on what foods are in stock. Typical meals are –

1. Lasagne (lentils, soya, veg, white or cheesy sauce)

2. Macaroni veez and veg (cashew-based cheesy sauce)

3. Veg stew and rice (with soya chunks, Fry’s chunky strips, or chickpeas)

4. Oven bake: tofu strips, baked potato chips, baked veg

5. Bobotie (e.g. butternut, lentils, soya mince) and rice, or cottage pie, with baked veg

6. Pies (spinach & mushroom, curried veg, soya mince, or butternut)

7. Creamy dhal and rice with baked veg

8. Homemade pizza deluxe (cashew-based veez and toppings to choose from)

9. Stir fry or patha with rice or baked chips

10. Pilaff and veg

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly accommodation in the Overberg.


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Product review – Eco Products

Posted on 9 March 2017

A review of Eco Products’ baobab oil and powder…

Eco Products baobab powder
I started adding Eco Products’ baobab powder to smoothies and thoroughly enjoyed the zing it added, especially in the morning. I used it for the last 2 weeks and I can feel a difference, especially my husband as he is prone to feeling lethargic. He works in a very stressful environment.

The vitamin C, calcium and magnesium are excellent, especially as we are fitness fanatics and the extra boost is most welcome. It is also a natural source of dietary fibre which keeps us regular. I would highly recommend incorporating this superfood into your daily eating plan as you are sure to reap the benefits.

Eco Products baobab oil
I used the baobab oil on a scar on my knee and within the first 2 days I could feel the texture changing. I will continue to use this and I have no doubt that eventually the scarring will fade and the texture of my skin will improve. Not only is it non-greasy, but easy to use as a spray on.

Thank you so much to Eco ProductsOpens in a new window – my only regret is that I have not stumbled upon this sooner. .

Reviewed by Natasha Naidoo – Vegan SA


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Saucisse Boutique Deli, Woodstock

Posted on 3 March 2017

Saucisse is a family-run deli in the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, Cape Town. All products are free-range and ethically sourced as far as possible. They encourage their customers to experiment with the new tastes and flavours of the local-only produce they stock in their store. They welcome all – whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, LCHF or sugar-free, they will go out of their way to give you an amazing meal and experience.

Vegan options: Vegan Heaven breakfast, and any of the other meals are able to be veganised, at no extra charge. Or create your own breakfast or lunch based on their seasonal products and freshly made bread. Choose between a sandwich, wrap, salad or platter. If you’re having bread, make a selection from their daily bakery selection. Select your toppings off the extras board. Pricing will be determined based on your selection. Every Monday, in association with Green Monday SA, Saucisse has a Special menu with between 3–4 fully plant-based meals on offer. Almond milk available.

Mon – Fri 8.00 – 16:30, Sat 8:00 – 14:30.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan restaurants in Cape Town.


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De Oude Pastorie Guesthouse

Posted on 23 February 2017

De Oude Pastorie Guesthouse in Swellendam is on South Africa’s world-famous Garden Route. The Victorian style parsonage is a national monument built in 1904 and was home to the various ministers serving the old Mission church until 1972. Here in Swellendam the majestic Langeberg mountains embrace you while the long lazy summer evenings entertain you with spectacular sunsets and sweet scents from the garden.

Experience modern luxury in the 4 Victorian-style rooms situated in the historic manor house. In addition, the Garden Cottage offers 3 en-suite rooms with garden views – each with a private entrance.

Scrumptious breakfasts and warm hospitality with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere will entice you to linger longer. Their personal attention will ensure your stay is a memorable one.

1. Fruit juice

2. Tea, coffee with soy milk

3. Muesli /Cereals with soy milk

4. Fresh fruit platter

5. Toast with non-dairy margarine, jam/marmalade, peanut butter and Marmite

6. Cooked breakfast of veggie sausage or mung bean patties, toast, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, fried onions, hash browns or potatoes, egg plant.

7. Vegetable platter: avocado, tomato, cucumber, olives, fresh herbs, etc.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly accommodation in the Overberg.


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The Chickpea Project, Cape Town

Posted on 22 February 2017

Quiches from The Chickpea ProjectFor now, a home based vegan food enterprise which is growing rapidly! Food for vegans, vegetarians and food allergenic people. Such delicious simple food that caters to so many.

Quiches and Italian flatbreads are a speciality.

Orders can be made and then be picked up at Neighbourgoods Market every Saturday, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan shopping in Cape Town.


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The Red Herring

Posted on 21 February 2017

The Red Herring of Noordhoek (cnr Beach and Pine roads) caters to all. There are 3 unique areas: the bar and deck upstairs with the best views to enjoy sundowners; the restaurant which boasts a massive fireplace, perfect for those chilly winter nights; and the courtyard, a great area for families, right next to the rustic jungle gym. They have a dedicated local craft beer bar, and are dog friendly.

The Red Herring of Noordhoek, Cape TownVegan options include:

Starters:
Marinated Olives | R 32.00
Butternut Spring Rolls with plum dipping sauce| R 32.00
Red Pepper Hummus with toasted ciabatta | R 32.00

Vegan’s Choice Pizza | R 69.00

Asian Noodle Goodness | R79
with peppers, baby corn, mangetout, mushrooms, spinach, and toasted sesame seeds
(swap the egg noodles for vermicelli noodles to make this a great vegan dish)

Stuffed Mushroom | R79
with sun-dried tomato, spinach, onion and feta, topped with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan
(OR drop feta and parmesan and add our vegan béchamel and basil pesto sauce and crispy breadcrumbs)

Roasted Veg and Couscous Salad | R69
roasted vegetables, basil, and pine nuts

Country Salad | R69
tomato chunks, onion, cucumber, green pepper, and Kalamata olives (swap the feta for)

Roasted Butternut and Beetroot Salad | R61
with a mixed leaf salad, roasted beetroot, butternut, and pumpkin seeds

Funky Fungi | R92
crumbed mushroom burger with mushroom sauce, mozzarella, and basil pesto served in a sesame seed bun (OR drop the mozzarella and add our vegan Welsh rarebit)

Red Thai Vegetable Curry | R98
with jasmine rice and a garlic and herb flat bread

Persian Jewelled Rice | R69
with roasted veg

Side Dishes | R25 Chips, onion rings, side salad, side veg, couscous, Jasmine rice, sweet potato fries

Tel.: +27 21 789 1783

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly restaurants in Cape Town.


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Lifematrix vegan proteins

Posted on 14 February 2017

Lifematrix raw vegan proteinLifematrix is South Africa’s leading supplier of clean proteins, supplying a wide range of protein powders to suit any diet or lifestyle.

Further to offering MCT products that aid in weight loss or training goals and transdermal magnesium supplements that ensure effective absorption of the mineral, through the skin, they also supply tooth friendly sugar alternatives and strive to develop items that promote good health and overall well-being. Lifematrix is a division of Absolute Organix, who have been the forerunners for natural and organic products within South Africa since 2004.

Offering a wide range of protein powders that include raw vegan protein, yellow pea protein, pea and hemp protein, as well as vegan super smoothie essentials and tropical fibre.

Available from Wellness Warehouse, Faithful to Nature, other health food stores.

Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan health foods.


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Absolute Organix omega oils

Posted on 14 February 2017

Absolute Organix omega 3Absolute Organix is South Africa’s leading supplier of natural and organic products. With over 500 lines in our warehouse, including organic foods, premium supplements, natural bodycare and eco-friendly household products. We exclusively represent leading international brands such as Holle organic baby foods (Swiss), Naturata organic foods (Germany) and Garden of Life wholefood supplements (USA). Further to being a certified organic processor (BCS Oko), Absolute Organix have a national sales and distribution infrastructure that has been supplying health and food stores, pharmacies and health professionals since 2004.

Absolute Organix manufature and supply omega oils that can be used as an essential fatty acid supplement. The range includes a perfect blend of omega 3, 6 & 9 oils, as well as Flax seed oil, and Chia and Flax seed oil.

Available from Take a Lot, Dischem, Wellness Warehouse, Faithful to Nature, other health food stores.

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Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek

Posted on 6 February 2017

Foliage Restaurant, FranschhoekSustainable, comfort cooking in a relaxed bistro setting in Franschhoek, with a big fireplace, wooden tables and chairs and an open plan kitchen. They use local produce and wine with an emphasis on terroir cooking. Their menu changes daily and seasonally and is based on local foraging.

Starters:
Charcoal roasted beetroot, broccoli, sprouts, 20 year old vinegar
Spiced Vadouvan-braised bean ragout, oak roasted sweet potato, red pepper puree, bitter wild greens
Foraged leaf salad, home grown crisp vegetables, granadilla vinaigrette

Mains:
Smoked tomato and fern risotto, dandelion pesto
Pan fried cauliflower, roasted beets, roasted watermelon veloute
Warm salad of porcini and root vegetables, wild mushroom vinaigrette, wood sorrel

Desserts:
Hot smoked apples, olive oil, coconut and buchu “butterscotch, cashew nut cheese, basil & blueberries
Mix wild berries, kombucha consommé

Foliage is open for dinner only from Monday to Friday. Open for lunch and dinner on Saturdays, and closed completely every Sunday.
Foliage will be taking a small annual break from the 20th of August 2017 and will be returning on the 6th of September for lunch and dinner as usual from Monday to Saturday. Closed every Sunday.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan restaurants in the Western Cape.


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Unicorn Café online store

Posted on 27 January 2017

T-shirts at Unicorn CaféThe Unicorn Café online store, based in Milnerton, Cape Town, supplies vegan delicacies, pantry products, clothing, recipe books and more to the plant based market, as well as foodies and chefs looking for speciality products. They are the official supplier for Beauty Without Cruelty.

Specialities include smoked V-salmon pieces, Portobello Road biltong, liquid smoke, gluten flour and coconut vinegar. If they don’t stock what you are looking for, let them know. They will endeavour to source it for you.

Zero waste is their chief goal. Their packaging choices are environmentally conscious and are either reusable or compostable, where possible. They compost, recycle and reuse.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more online vegan stores in South Africa.


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Soul Foods in Hout Bay

Posted on 26 January 2017

Soul Foods at the Shoreline Centre, Hout Bay, is a 100% plant based establishment.They provide daily menu items based on seasonal, naturally grown produce. They also do catering. They aim to provide nourishing and delicious food that encompasses the values of compassionate living.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan restaurants in Cape Town.


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Foods by Chemical Industry

Posted on 13 January 2017

Nutritional yeast provides plenty of protein, vitamin B, minerals and dietary fibre. It is bundant in selenium, iron, zinc, yeast glucan, which can fortify the immune system. It improves digestion, is natural and healthy.

Soya mince, chunks, and nuggets from Soya Foods SA. TVP is a vegetable protein having similar nutrition value as meat, for a fraction of the price. With a protein content of over 50%, rich in amino acid building blocks, it represents an irreplaceable source of protein in vegan/vegetarian meals.

Supro LF is an imported milk from the USA, without any traces of animal additives. Bag of 25 kg is sufficient for 250 litres of milk, meaning 100/125g makes 1litre of liquid milk.

Supro LF is lactose free, plus it is fortified-enriched with vitamins and minerals.

Chemical Industry products are available direct from the producer themselves.

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Hidden Leaf, Woodstock

Posted on 5 January 2017

A boutique urban eatery located in the heart of Woodstock (77 Roodebloem Road), Cape Town with a focus on fresh and ethically sourced ingredients. Their menu is small, but varied and they prepare a limited amount of dishes each night to ensure the best quality.

1. Vegan Burger and truffle potato wedges. – R110
2. Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs – R110
3. Vegan Spaghetti Napolitana – R 95
4. House Salad – R75

Winter menu: Vegan Cottage Pie – R85

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 07h30 until 23h00 – Tuesday until Saturday.

Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan restaurants in Cape Town.


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