Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Veggie-goodness in Belfast

Since this blog began we have had a list of the best vegan/vegetarian places in Belfast down the side for you to check out. But we thought we'd take this opportunity to let you know about two places in particular that might be worth checking out at the moment.

The first is Oodles Noodle bar on Botanic Avenue (http://www.oodleslovesnoodles.com/). Although not strictly vegan/vege, this places offers delicious and affordable vegan/veggie food prepared right in front of you. You can either sit in or take away and the staff are always pleasant and welcoming. In addition, on a recent visit we have discovered that Oodles are now selling vegan goodies made by the company 'Natasha's Living Food' (www.natashaslivingfood.ie), which is based in Dublin. According to the member of staff I spoke to, this company is the only one in Ireland making such vegan treats and Oodles are their only distributor in Northern Ireland, so they are definitely worth checking out.

The second place is World Peace Cafe on Donegall Pass (below Potala Buddhist Centre and just past the police station), who are open Monday-Friday 12-2pm for vegetarian/vegan lunches in a relaxed atmosphere. The cafe are holding an event on Friday 23rd April at 7pm with a half hour meditation (optional) followed by a three course veggie meal (with vegan options) for £12.50. This event needs to be pre-booked and you can find out how to contact the cafe by visiting their website at http://www.meditationinbelfast.org/wpc.html.

Check out the list on the left-hand side for more ideas on where to eat out/buy food in Belfast.

(Vegan Hugs)

2010 Update...

The Veg-Heads have had a quiet year so far, but all that is about to change. We now have 62 members in the facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=135649283773&v=info&ref=ts), and we are getting new requests to join all the time.

We also held our first meeting of 2010 on Monday 19th April at Jenz coffee house on Lisburn Road. Topics under discussion included the idea of a cookery club for us veggies to get together and cook some food and exchange some recipes. We also discussed the possibility of another vegan stall to raise money, which could then be added to the funds we raised with our last stall and given to local animal charities.

We agreed that perhaps the current format for meetings (that is, emailing a time/venue and expecting people to show) was proving problematic and decided that the next Veg-Heads get-together should be for the cookery club and arrangements are underway to get this planned for next month.

In the meantime, there are active debates taking place between members on the facebook discussion boards, so if you haven't already done so then check out the facebook group and send us a request if you're interested in joining.

That's all for now.

(Vegan Hugs).