The Vegan SA Blog
Posted on 29 April 2017
Vondeling, meaning ‘foundling’, lies on the slopes of the unspoilt and undiscovered Paardeberg mountain, approximately 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. It was granted to Swedish immigrant Oloff Bergh in 1704 when a three-centuries-old winemaking tradition began. Today, an environmentally sensitive approach to farming and minimal intervention during the winemaking process ensure wine with a distinct fingerprint of origin. Vondeling’s flagship wines, Vondeling Babiana and Vondeling Erica, are named after rare species of fynbos that are endemic to the Paardeberg mountain.
The Vondeling wine tasting room and function venue is situated on a gentle slope so that visitors can enjoy the expansive views of the Paardeberg and surrounding countryside. Pre-book a generous farm-style Vintner’s Platter or contact them to arrange specific catering requirements for your corporate or family event.
Complete with thatch roof, high steeple, stained glass windows and church bells, St. Clement’s will make a wedding in the winelands unforgettable. The chapel is conveniently situated alongside the tasting room and surrounded by rolling lawns, a charming garden, vineyards and spectacular views of the Paardeberg and surrounding countryside. Wedding receptions can be hosted in the function venue, which offers minimalistic elegance with a touch of Cape country style. In winter, a roaring fireplace will keep you and your guests warm and cosy. In summer, receptions can be hosted on the shaded veranda or on the rolling lawns under a marquis or billowing white linen shade cloth.
The Farm House comprises 7 en-suite bedrooms, which are luxuriously appointed and extremely comfortable. Other areas of the house include a fully equipped kitchen, dining and sitting room with a cosy fireplace. The Farm House has 2 extremely efficient housekeepers and a wonderful chef who will do as much – or as little – as you require. Surrounding The Farm House are peaceful gardens with delightful shaded terraces, a 20- metre swimming pool, BBQ area and spot-lit tennis court. The Farm House is available to rent subject to availability.
Visit the Vegan SA website direcory for more South African vegan wines.
Posted on 21 April 2017
Established in 1992, Col’Cacchio pizzeria is an elegant Italian pizzeria that boasts over 30 restaurants nationwide. They promise patrons a dining experience of choice, health, fun and good quality Italian-inspired food, including crisp, thin-based artisanal wood-fired pizzas and a variety of freshly prepared salads and pastas. They aim to serve their customers the best handmade meals, crafted using the finest sourced produce.
Vegan options: Salad: Spiroco. Pizza: Vegan Margherita, Lazio, Bianca. Dessert: Amistoso. Pasta: Pomodoro (spaghetti, penne, linguini and zucchetti are egg free). Add a vegan pumpkin seed pesto and/or any vegetables as extras. You can also build your own pizza or salad using a variety of fresh ingredients.
Various restaurants in and around Cape Town, Hermanus, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Knysna, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Durban, Randburg, Sandton, Midrand.
Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more vegan-friendly dining in South Africa.
Posted on 14 April 2017
Swallow Hill Estate of Greyton produces grapes and wines on the premises using only their own Tempranillo and Viognier grapes. The vines are farmed using organic farming principles. No animal products are used in the wine making process. They have 3 wines: Tempranillo, Tempranillo Rosado (pink), and Viognier. All their delicious artisan wines are mindfully hand-made on their small single vineyard wine estate in Greyton with minimal environmental impact.
Wines are available directly from their cellar and locally in restaurants and wine dealerships.
Visit the Vegan SA website for more South African vegan wines.
Posted on 5 April 2017
The Almond Creamery dairy-free nut milk is a fresh handmade blend made with almond macadamia and coconuts. With a 5 flavour range available in 375 ml glass Consol bottles: Classic, Vanilla, Chai-spice, Chocolate and Frappuccino. The Almond creamery also offer 1 litre bulk classic pouches at select stores.
A Locally made nut milk that is low in calories and contains 5 times more nuts compared to most other brands, rich in omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants. With no hormones, preservatives or added sugar, only natural, healthy, real ingredients in this plant based product, that is dairy, lactose & casein free.
Available at Wellness Warehouse, Spar, local health stores, delis and coffee shops (Seattle Coffee Co. & Knead Bakery).
Visit the Vegan SA website directory for more South African vegan milks.
Posted on 4 April 2017
Food made with 100% love, naturally, at 35 Plein Street, Stellenbosch.
Vegan Breakfast: Rye or energy bread topped with spinach, grilled tomato, mushrooms, avocado and rocket. Drizzled with sesame oil, roasted seeds and nuts R70
Vegan Wrap: Rocket, hemp seed pesto, grilled peppers, mushroom and avo served with truffle oil French fries. R75
Vegan Salads: Spicy lemon cous cous served with chickpeas, mint, peas and sweetcorn. R85; Rocket, roasted balsamic cherry tomatoes, red onions and peppers topped with pecan nuts. R75; Avo, cucumber, rocket pesto, baby marrow, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. R75
Substitutions and add-ons welcome. Almond milk available.
Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly dining in the Western Cape.
Posted on 1 April 2017
A Punjabi-Asian fusion restaurant in Energy Lane, Century City, serving the best flavours the East has to offer. Most of their extensive menu can be adapted to accommodate vegan diners. They also cater for wheat and gluten intolerant customers.
Indian: Pea and Potato Samosa; Tofu Malabar, Achari Mushrooms, Tarka Dal, Amritsar Chole, Green Bean Poriyal, Jeera Aloo; Vegetarian Parda Biryani; Plain Paratha, Rotis, Basmati Rice, Lemon Rice, Mushroom Rices and Jeera Pulao; Dairy-free Coconut and Cucumber Raita.
Oriental: Vegetarian Spring Roll, Crispy Chilli Potatoes, Tempura Veg; Mushroom Salad; Phad Ped Tofu, Sweet and Sour Tofu; Vegetarian Green Curry, Vegetarian Red Curry; Thai Fried Tofu Rice, Veg Fried Rice; Veg Hand Pulled Noodles, Tofu Phad Thai, Veg Bangkok Noodles (ask for non-egg noodles), Veg Spicy Noodles (ask for non-egg noodles), Veg Phad Khi Mao Rice Noodles.
Visit the Vegan SA directory for more vegan-friendly accommodation in Cape Town.
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.
But 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/earthbagssa or email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 15 March 2017
Balgowan 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.
Posted on 9 March 2017
Bean 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.
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.
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.
Posted on 9 March 2017
A review of Eco Products’ baobab oil and 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.
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 Products – my only regret is that I have not stumbled upon this sooner. .
Reviewed by Natasha Naidoo – Vegan SA
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.
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.
Posted on 22 February 2017
For 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.
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.
Vegan options include:
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.
Posted on 14 February 2017
Lifematrix 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.