One year ago this month, I decided to give up red meat. After chatting with vegan friends Michael and Maisie (Obviously Vegan), and watching documentaries Cowspiracy and Earthlings, both myself and Craig felt like a curtain had been lifted and, within a matter of days, our bacon-eating days were over. At first, I figured being gluten free and vegetarin would be too difficult so I kept eating chicken until October last year. Craig, however, cut out all meat last April, and he has been proudly vegetarian since.
I kicked off my pledge to go plant-based with a visit to Newcastle’s only fully-vegan pub, The Ship Inn. Located opposite Ouseburn Farm, The Ship Inn seems like any other trendy pub. Branding itself as a ‘superfood pub’, this place serves exclusively vegan food – but without the label. To me, this is pretty cool as sometimes the label ‘vegan’ can turn people off or make people think of bland, tasteless food – The Ship Inn is anything but!
And I’m back online! After four weeks with no broadband in the new flat, I’m so happy to be back on the blog. Last month we were invited to Tapas Revolution, one of the newest additions to Eldon Square’s restaurant offering. Looking back on these photos is slightly odd, as I’ve since decided to have a bash at a fully plant-based/vegan diet. But I’m still excited to share how great this meal was with you, so here it goes.
Last week we were kindly invited to try out Newcastle’s newest thai restaurant, and the jewel in the crown of the new intu Eldon Square food hall. We had actually already been to Chaophraya before this date, but I thought it might be of interest if I write a post covering both visits and comparing the service/food from our anonymous visit to our ‘VIP’ launch night visit – the results we’re quite as you would expect.
It seems like ages since I was walking to work along Salters Road and spotted the boarded up remains of the New Bengal, which had been a part of Gosforth High Street for decades. This week, the restaurant re-opened under ‘new’ name, New New Bengal, and we popped along to see if the food was as good as it previously had been at this Gosforth institution.
Zaap Thai is the latest restaurant to open on Newgate Street, on the former Co-op site which has since become a hub for bars, restaurants and even a hotel. We were kindly invited by the team to try out what they had to offer. I’ve got to be honest, I tend to avoid Thai/Chinese restaurants unless they explicitly state they offer gluten free, like Nudo Noodle House and Wagamama, since this kind of food generally does not lend itself to gluten free (soy sauce in everything!). I checked Zaap’s website and there was no mention of allergen info – I do wish more restaurant chains would offer up this kind of information easily as I would be more likely to go somewhere I know can cater for me than try somewhere new that doesn’t openly state it offers gluten free.