Sol y Sombra

Wednesday 25 July 2018

We'd heard lots of good things about the vegan food at Sol Y Sombra Tapas Bar in Broughty Ferry and had tried to go a few times but left it too late to get a table booked. Finally, we were organised and managed to get a 9pm table on a Saturday night!
Choice:★★★★★Staff Knowledge:★★★★
Value for Money:★★★★☆Overall:★★★★☆
When we arrived there was some confusion about our booking where we were told to go upstairs then downstairs and our table was in the bar rather than the restaurant area which was fine although a little crowded with people standing and having drinks at that time. Our waitress asked about dietary requirements at the start (there isn't a menu) and was also able to tell us which wines were vegan friendly. Then the tapas began! The first course was delicious with lots of bright and colourful dishes, my favourites were the bean pâté, a very yummy aioli, and a lovely little tomato salad. Things got a little confusing with the next round of dishes as we were dining with non-vegans and our waitress changed, it wasn't completely clear which dishes were for who or what they were. Some were meant for us all to share but were put at our end of the table and a non-vegan dish was placed right next to me which I asked about and had to be double checked with the kitchen. There was a tomato and chickpea dish, paella, patatas bravas, asparagus, mushroom stuffed courgettes and vegetable skewers. The evening tapas is £25 per person, not including drinks and dessert, The vegan options did seem better value than the non-vegan from what was on our table but there wasn't quite as much food as we'd expected from other reviews. We decided to share a dessert and went for the raw chocolate hazelnut tart, the other vegan option being orange or lemon sorbet, and I'm glad we did as it was so rich and chocolatey but not too filling. Yum!
27 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2BH
Mon-Sun 12-2.30pm | 5-9pm

Menu Key:
No menu - waiting staff ask for dietary requirements but it's recommended to mention at time of booking 
Suitable for Little Vegans:
Not suitable for under 5s
Dog Friendly:
Small outside seating area
Steps to upstairs restaurant but can eat down in bar
Top Tip:
Book far in advance 

Glasgow Vegan Festival

Saturday 21 July 2018

some of our festival food haul 
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Tyne Chease
Gin & Mix
The Big Vegan Cheese Making Kit
The Green Room
The Green Room Vfish & Chips
Cool Jerk Pies
Brownins Food
Missy's Vegan Cupcakes
Missy's Vegan Cupcakes
The Vegan Kind
Mimi's Bakehouse
Last weekend we were excited to attend the Scotland Vegan Festival in Glasgow at Hampden Park. We arrived early and there were already queues but it did get increasingly busy very quickly once we were in. There was a large selection of stalls including vegan information and charities, beauty, merchandise and jewellery then lots and lots of food - cakes, cheese, pies and more. The huge number of people made it tricky to take photos and see everything so we focussed on buying our favourite foods fast in case anything sold out as it was a bit chaotic! Here are a few of our highlights...

1. Tyne Chease - I was really excited to try this and it didn't disappoint! We restricted ourselves to one tasty artisan cheese and went for the smoked but I can't wait to order more online, especially for a Christmas treat.
2. Gin & Mix - these premixed cocktails were so fresh and fruity, a lovely summer drink for picnics and barbecues.
3. The Big Vegan Cheese Making Kit - these kits look like a lot of fun and would make a great gift. They contain ingredients for making 6 varieties of 'cheese' including halloumi, feta and ricotta!
4. Considerit - I had some delicious chocolate ice cream from here and we got an Oreo doughnut to take away. Sadly I didn't get to try it as my husband wolfed it down before I could but that must mean it was good!
5. The Green Room - this was one of the most popular stands and we couldn't resist trying a (brunch time) Vfish and chips, it was very realistic with lovely batter too. Yum!
6. Cool Jerk Pies - we first tried these fab pies at the Dundee Vegan Festival in 2016 so made sure to stop by and pick up one of each. The macaroni is still my favourite!
7. Brownins Food - another stall with lots of queues, we tried a delicious Caribbean Jerk soy wrap which was so good!
8. Missy's Vegan Cupcakes - this stall looked amazing! So many tempting treats, it was difficult to know what to choose. In the end, we opted for slices of the baked lemon and oreo cheesecakes and I'm so glad we did as the lemon one was probably one of my favourite vegan desserts ever.
9. The Vegan Kind - I'm sure most vegans know of the wonderful Vegan Kind as they have a humongous range of products stocked on their online supermarket as well as the fab subscription boxes they offer.
10. Mimi's Bakehouse - I love Mimi's when visiting Edinburgh so it was lovely to see their stall here with so many yummy cakes including red velvet cupcakes and Oreo brownies. Mmm...

A few of the stalls were the same as Aberdeen's Vegan Festival which you can read about here if you haven't already. We didn't stay for the talks as we had other plans but it was a great morning of trying yummy vegan food and we had plenty of treats for later. To find out about other upcoming Scottish vegan events, check out our post here.

Aberdeen Vegan Festival

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Almighty Foods
Almighty Foods
Wise words from Herbivore Kitchen
Faceplant Foods
Cairn O' Mhor
Herbivore Kitchen
Faceplant Foods
Faceplant Foods
Yogi Tree
Viva La Vegan
The third Aberdeen Vegan Festival took place on Sunday at the Aberdeen Football Club at Pittodrie. There was a selection of stalls from food and sweet treats to cosmetics and charities as well as talks throughout the day. I was actually helping my Mum run her Blushberry Botanicals stall as it was her first time exhibiting at a Vegan Festival. We had a lot of fun chatting about veganism and sharing her products! I managed to nip away to explore the other offerings and taste some vegan goodies. Read on for a few of the highlights...

1. Almondine - Aberdeen's favourite patisserie now offers delicious vegan macarons. They are the prettiest colours and we couldn't resist a box of 7 with one of each flavour to take home. Mmmm...
2. Almighty Foods - based in Perthshire these guys make amazing chocolates and spreads. We thoroughly enjoyed the samples on Sunday! My favourites are the Strawberry Blonde chocolate and Hazelnut Fuj spread. Yum!
3. Foodstory - set up with their gorgeous greenery and chalkboards we were delighted to see them at the festival. You can read our review of their Sunday pancakes on our last visit here.
4. Cairn O' Mohr - fabulously fruity vegan wines, what's not to love?? A visit to Cairn O' Mohr is on our summer bucket list!
5. Herbivore Kitchen - Edinburgh based business with insanely good brownies. We opted for the Biscoff brownie and it was SO GOOD. Gooey and chocolatey and just all round yum.
6. Faceplant Foods - from the moment the doors opened there was a growing queue. Once you've tried the food you'll realise why, it's more than worth the wait! We had nachos and mac n cheeze for lunch. The macaroni was perfect, lovely 'bacon' bits and oh so creamy. They sold out early on so if you're visiting them at a festival it's worth stopping by them first.
7. Yogi Tree - gorgeous colours and fabrics, this stall had a selection of beautiful ethically sourced and recycled yoga clothing.
8. Viva La Vegan - fun and quirky vegan merchandise from pins and patches to t-shirts. My husband had his eye on the 'humane being' t-shirt so I'll have to keep that in mind for future gifting!

Next up we're visiting the Glasgow Vegan Festival on Saturday. So excited!