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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Green Living Store in Durban

Posted on 30 December 2016

The Green Living Store in DurbanGreen Living Store is a 100% plant based store dedicated to empowering the world and its inhabitants through a plant based diet – providing plant based dietary products, alternatives, information and health centred lifestyle solutions.

They believe health is wealth so they are open and available to all – whether vegan/vegetarian/lactose intolerant/environmentalists/health seekers/aliens/weirdos/geeks/scientists and last but not least – human beings. In short anyone is welcome, no matter what your reason for seeking an alternative and plant based diet is, in the end the result is the same – we save ourselves, we save animals, and we save the planet (in no particular order), which we need to exist.

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Earth Elements

Posted on 30 December 2016

Earth Elements productsEarth Elements products are 100% organic, natural and unrefined. They are handcrafted and made up of a blend of oils and butters to treat, nourish and protect the hair and skin. The main ingredients are: Jamaican Black Castor Oil for hair oils & facial mists and unrefined Shea Butter for the skin balms. The blend of oils and butters nourishes, heals and treats most skin or scalp ailments and encourages hair growth or re-growth in cases of traction alopecia.

Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty. Currently stocked at the Wellness @37 Degrees.

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EcoProducts’ Baobab products

Posted on 28 December 2016

EcoProducts Baobab OilEcoProducts Baobab Oil is a source of Omega 3, 6 & 9 for your skin. This warmly coloured oil is extracted from the seeds of the ancient Baobab tree. The oil is organic, cold pressed and absolutely pure. It is a rich and nourishing oil with excellent skin moisturizing properties.

Applied directly to the skin, it softens, encourages regeneration of cells and improves the elasticity of the skin. As tissue oil it can apply it where scaring or stretching has occurred and it is safe for pregnant women. Known for its anti-ageing properties, it can be used as a face moisturizer. Baobab oil also helps relieve the dry skin associated with eczema, sun spots, skin cancer and scaly skin.

EcoProducts Baobab Superfruit powder is an abundant natural source of calcium, vitamin C, as well as magnesium, potassium and dietary fibre. This baobab powder is extracted only from naturally fallen fruit and minimally processed to retain all its super-nutritional vitamins and minerals.

With its citrusy-sweet-sour taste, you can add a whole lot of goodness to smoothies, use it in savoury dishes, make vegan mayo, veggie burgers, deliciously decadent hot and cold drinks and more. All while getting great nutrition.

Available from Wellness Warehouse, Faithful to Nature, Yuppie Chef and health shops.


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Organic Moringa

Posted on 28 December 2016

Organic Moringa capsulesMoringa is an excellent non-animal source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. Moringa leaves are packed full of nutrients the body needs, in a high bio-available state. By using Moringa daily, you can supply your body with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to protect and heal itself. These capsules are available in containers of 150. Dry leaf powder comes in packs of 125g and 250g.

Available from Spar pharmacies, Alpha Pharm, and other health shops.

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Back 2 Nature

Posted on 18 December 2016

The Back 2 Nature range

Back 2 Nature skincare products are hand made in small batches, with sheer love and gratitude towards nature. Using all nature’s finest ingredients, which are locally, sustainably and organically sourced where ever possible. They do not contain any animal products, have not been tested on animals and do not contain any palm oil, preservatives, parabens, fluoride or alcohol. Thus ensuring that all products are earth friendly, marine friendly and pure healthy food for your skin. Endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty.

All products are packaged in glass jars to avoid the use of plastic and to encourage the re-use and recycle of all packing materials. Back 2 Nature’s greatest intention is to encourage conscious consumerism.

Surf Zinc, Face Sunscreen
Coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, carrot seed oil, zinc oxide, iron oxide, non-gmo soy wax, carob powder and cocoa… with a dash of love and gratitude towards nature.

REEF SAFE & BIO-DEGRADABLE
Most sunscreens are extremely harmful to the oceans due to a variety of chemical ingredients in the products, however Back2Nature’s Surf Zinc contains no chemicals which may be harmful to the ocean. Ensuring you leave nothing but footprints & respect on our beaches.

SPF +- 50 & WATERPROOF
Due to the natural waxes and non-nano zinc oxide in the sunblock, Surf Zinc is waterproof for at least 60 minutes, as long as you do not wipe the goodness off your skin, also with a natural SPF of +-50 provided by the natural oils, minerals & waxes.

Toothpaste
APPLICATION
A small wooden spatula will be provided to scoop the toothpaste onto your tooth brush. Use the same amount, as you would with any other toothpaste.

USES & BENEFITS
Why is this toothpaste an earthy grey? This is due to the bentonite clay, which is great for drawing out heavy metals & toxins in the mouth, at the same time being alkaline & full of minerals. Baking soda is also filled with minerals that are required to keep your teeth healthy and is great for removing stains from teeth. Coconut oil is a hero all round, and is great for oral use to remove bacteria in combination with the essential oils that (also acts as anti-bacterials also giving the earthy paste a great taste) Why is toothpaste in a glass jar? well, Back 2 Nature isn’t a fan of plastic, so will avoid it wherever we can.

SUITABLE TO TREAT
Whitens teeth, removed unwanted bacteria, removed toxins, even suitable to sooth toothache. (clove)

Major stockists nationwide: Online Store – www.sa-back2nature.com
Xpression Surf Shop, Muizenberg: Stock – Surf Zinc, FaceFood and Lip Food
Lifestyle Surf Shop, Muizenberg: Surf Zinc
Ocean Deck & Shop, Kalk Bay: The whole Back 2 Nature range.
*Coming Soon: Clay Cafe, Hout Bay – The whole Back 2 Nature range

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Gather in Woodstock

Posted on 18 December 2016

Gather, of 196 Victoria Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, offers farm-to-table, plant-based nourishment and other treasures for sustainable living. They also host talks, workshops and events on weekends and in the evenings that advocate living mindfully and in harmony with our planet. The Gather food ethos is rooted in environmental sustainability and in sourcing produce from Cape Town’s peri-urban organic farmers, working with surplus or would-be-waste crop wherever possible.

They run a chalkboard menu that changes daily as they work with local, micro farmers and a certain level of adaptability is required. Everyday you can order a soup, salad or bowl, smoothies and other items from their counter top of baked goods and snacks, all of which are plant-based/vegan.

Open 10 am – 3 pm daily.

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