Vegan recipes from Scotland
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Sugar Skull Squirrel


  • 2012/03/09

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Sugar Skull Squirrel

London Vegan Tour 2012


  • 2012/03/07

I went to London last week. I'm going to post about the vegan life I experienced in London.



DAY 1

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The first place we went was Vegan X which is owned by Secret Society of Vegans. Their name is already too cool. They are selling shoes, clothes. accessories, cakes, energy bar, drinks and so on. Of course these are all vegan. Our bags were too heavy, so we only got Luna Bar and cup cake this time.
For dinner, we went to inSpiral. They have a little bit of a hippy-ish atmosphere, and food was really nice. There were around 10 kinds of ice cream and yummy looking cakes also!


DAY 2

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It was my birthday, so Rebecca and Mark gave me a slice of peanut butter cheese cake from inSpiral! Vegan cheese cakes don't taste like tofu in this country. They taste like cheese cake!
We went to Borough Market for lunch. It's a massive farmers market! Of course they are selling meat and cheese, but we can find the word, "Vegan", in so many places. And the vegetables looked so fresh. We got a cup of soup, and a vegan hamburger set from one of the stalls. The open atmosphere makes everything good!
 For my birthday dinner, we went to Saf. Everything is vegan and they are famous for the nice raw foods. It's expensive, so I would recommend this restaurant for vegans who want to have stylish vegan night out. I ate the "Trio of raw cheeses", "Seitan piccata and kale salad" and "butternut squash raw cheese cake", and almost died because of theirs incredible deliciousness...


DAY 3

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We went to Brighton which I heard is a bit of vegan and vegetarian paradise. There are more than 10 vegetarian or vegan restaurants and cafes in the city centre that are close enough to walk to. For lunch today, I ate Thai curry at Food for Friends which was established in 1981. More than half of the dishes have vegan options.
In the shopping area called the lanes, there is the shop of Vegetarian Shoes which is making high quality vegan faux leather shoes.
We started to drink beer around 7pm in the pub, got takeout chips between the pubs, and enjoyed the traditional British unhealthy vegan life.


DAY 4

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Sarah made oat pancakes for Mark and Rebecca for a nice Sunday brunch.
 After eating brunch, we went to Camden Market near inSpiral and found a vegan sweets stall selling massive sandwich cookies and chocolate cakes and brownies. It was too big to bite and made me feel happy!
We also ate pita bread, hummus, baba ghanoush and beet salad in a middle eastern restaurant inside the market. Their baba ghanoush was the best ever in my life. We found both of them in massive market, so I don't know where they are now...


DAY 5

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Last day. Before we leave London, Rebecca took us to an Indian vegetarian buffet restaurant called Indian Veg. It's only 4.50 for all-you-can-eat! Of course everything is vegetarian and almost all food was vegan! The walls are covered by vegetarian propaganda posters! It was like a dream world. I ate it until I almost died.
The last is Vegan X again! We bought some stuff including Ms. Cupcake and went back to Scotland! At last, I want to say thank you to Rebecca, Mark and Owen!

Frankenstein and Squirrel


  • 2012/02/15

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Frankenstein and Squirrel

Frozen Frower


  • 2011/12/07

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Frozen Frower

My left hand is trying to steal my coffee


  • 2011/12/07

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My left hand is trying to steal my coffee.

Elie


  • 2011/12/07

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Elie

UK Spouse Visa Information Vol.1


  • 2011/11/28

If you are looking for more information to get a UK's spouse visa yourself, I'm going to add some information which might help you.
(This information was valid for October 2011).

This is a list of everything that we gave to the UK Border Agency.

- My passport photograph
- Printout of our online visa application
- My current passport
- My old passport
- Copy of her passport
- Sponsorship letter from her
- My family register and translation
- 22 pictures of us (to prove our relationship history)
- Receipt of registration of marriage and translation
- My bank statement
- Her Japanese bank book and translation
- Her bank statement ( to prove her savings in UK)
- Her invoice for her cellphone and translation (to prove that she is living at current address)
- My Certificate of Employment and translation
- My Score report of Pearson Test of English Academic
- Her Certificate of Alien Registration and translation (to prove that she was living at previous address)
- My Gas Bill and translation (to prove that I was living at previous address)
- Customer's copy of Tenant's Insurance and translation (to prove that we were living together in previous address)
- Letter from her parents (to confirm accommodation in UK)
- Copy of her parents' passports.
- Annual mortgage statement of her parents
- Notice of council tax and Scottish water charges of her parents
- My CV

All of these papers need photocopies except my passport photograph and the printout of online visa application. Usually applicants for a UK visa can't translate the papers by themselves, but it's allowed for the spouse visa. If I start to write about all of the small things we did, like the way to write each letter, I think I would have to make new blog, so I won't do it! But if you have some questions, you can ask me in the comment section of this post.
(This information was valid for October 2011).

Vegan Doughnuts


  • 2011/11/26

Sweets that we were always looking for in Japan: Doughnuts!

Now I think Doughnut Plant and some vegetarian restaurants are the only shops we can get vegan doughnuts, so it's still very rare in Japan. When we wanted to eat doughnuts, we had to make them by ourselves. It was yummy though. (I'll put the address of vegan sweets blog at the end of this article, but it's all Japanese...)

My dream: vegan doughnuts... We found it so easily In the 2nd super market we went to around our house. And they were custard-filled....

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It was so cheap too!! Maybe just for me?? Under £1 for 5 doughnutsssss!! I think vegan is not part of usual culture here yet, but still in this culture people don't put anything in the food that they don't need.
The taste was good too; not too sweet like Japanese doughnuts, just a good level of sweetness.

Are you a Vegan sweets geek?? Go to Co-op.

My favorite vegan sweets blog (Only in Japanese)
http://ameblo.jp/ryoya1983/theme-10003957394.html

Japanese foods in Scotland Vol.1


  • 2011/11/25

We went to the largest chinese supermarket named 'Pat's Chung Ying Chinese supermarket'.

Pat's Chung Ying Chinese supermarket
http://www.patschungying.co.uk/

I think I don't need to talk about this in here,,, but it's too windy... I don't know if it's because of this wind or just because it's too much of a bother for them, but nobody is using a umbrella.
It took 20 mins by bus to get to this supermarket. We could find them easily because of the big sign outside and inside is the same size as small supermarket. Inside the store looks very simple.

At first, here is the food we got today!
-Natto 2 set (8 packs)
-Rice noodles
-bamboo steamer
-Maitake mushrooms
-Dried seaweed (konbu)
-Toasted nori sheets
-Miso
-Kinugoshi (silken) tofu
-Breadcrumbs (Japanese style panko)
-Fried Tofu
Total was around £27. Of course, everything was vegan.

Natto and maitake were two things that I thought I couldn't buy in Scotland. The price was double that of Japan, but I'm so glad I could find them. Even if it was four times the price, I think I would have bought them.
And I almost shouted when we found the breadcrumbs because we couldn't find them anywhere after 4 days of searching.

Also today, we didn't buy it, but we found frozen Udon and Ramen which looks yummy. And also It was vegan! I heard that imported japanese foods sometime can be vegan because of some import/export laws (e.g. Japanese curry, shin-ramen and so on...).

It's not so close from our house, so maybe we can't go that much. But still It's so helpful. If there is somebody who want to eat real Japanese food around there, I would totally recommend it to them!

Immigration


  • 2011/11/25

It's the 4th day after I moved from Japan to Scotland.
I decided to start this blog.
Now I think I'm going to write about living here as a vegan, vegan recipes, information about immigration, complaints about Scotland and so on...