Food, Friends and Festivities.

If you missed last month's post, find it here: "Up and Autumn! 2015"

We kicked off the month of November with a wonderful pizza night with the Birmingham Vegans. Again, I probably say this every month, but we love this pizza (!!) and the great company that comes with pizza night. We enjoy how the Birmingham Vegans put on a monthly pizza night. It gets us out of the house and socialising with other people who have the same views as us.

One great thing we found out this month is that the Mint Crème chocolate bar at Aldi is accidentally vegan. It's a fantastic cheap chocolate bar for mint fans.

After work one night we decided to go out for dinner. When we lived in Canada, we tried to go out every Friday for date night. Now that we have got into the swing of things living here, we have started to try and bring back our date nights. We went to Wagamama because we heard they have vegan options.
The food at Wagamamas was really good, and we will be returning again. It's also nice that we tried Wagamama's because it's a chain restaurant and we will be able to go to it in other cities in England if we can't find other places to eat. That evening we had drinks with our flatmate and chatted into the wee hours of the night. The rest of the weekend we spent relaxing. 

For meat free monday we made our way to "Vegan Grindhouse take over the Mockingbird" for the second time. The food was great, but we did have to wait awhile to receive our food. They told us they had forgot to put in our order which was an honest mistake. We had one of our friends meet us there for dessert which was also kind of a waiting game. They only brought out 2 of our 3 desserts and forgot about the third. 
Mac and Cheese

Philly cheese steak 

Overall we had a great time hanging out with our friend and despite it taking forever to get our food it did taste amazing. I think cause of the wait was that the kitchen was overwhelmed but an unexpected large group. Anyway, we ended up discussing a possible trip with our friend...

As the week went on, Birmingham City Centre started to set up for the German Christmas Market that they have every year.
The Christmas lights were starting to get put up and, with the chilly air, it's beginning to feel like Christmas.

The German Christmas Market

Also a Ferris wheel and ice rink were under construction in front of the library. We walked the streets of the city centre and made our way down to Brindleyplace.

We had a coupon for Handmade Burger Co. It was buy one burger get a second for one pound. We got it on the back of our movie ticket when we went to see the James Bond called Spectre.
Sweet Potato Burger.. Amazing.
We did end up planning a weekend trip with 3 of our friends and that will be taking place in December, so make sure to come back and check out that blog post.

Now that Christmas is in the air in England, all of the fancy English food is making its way to the shelves. We heard a lot about Christmas Pudding. We decided to join in on the Christmas traditions, vegan style. We bought vegan Christmas Pudding and some vegan custard. We made ourselves a vegan dessert and it was delicious.
Vegan Christmas Pudding.
The next weekend we were invited to attend another Birmingham Vegans meal. We met at an Indian restaurant called Deepalis to hang out with 27 other vegans or vegan curious folk. On the way to dinner we had joked about how long it took to get our food at Vegan Grindhouse. Little did we know what we had in store.

We played games at dinner and enjoyed meeting new people. Dinner was taking awhile but since we knew there was 27 of us we expected a bit of a wait. We weren't too concerned at first. That was until it had been 3 hours and we still hadn't received our main courses. We hadn't ordered any starters so we were getting very hungry. By the time we received our food we had been waiting for 4 hours.

Not everyone had to wait for 4 hours, but some of us did.  People's order were coming out sporadically. Some people had to leave before getting their dinner otherwise they would have missed the last train home. While dinner tasted great, the restaurant was not equipped to handle a group that large. We will consider returning to that restaurant, but never with a group that large.

The next day, our friend Plant Based Nurse, and 2 of our other friends went into Kings Heath to go to the Purely Vegan Store. They have been around for awhile but Kings Heath is kinda out of the way for us. It's a great store though.
Our Goodies from the Vegan Store.

After we went to the Vegan store, we went on our journey through Middle Earth as we called it. It was a great day.

The next Monday we made our way to The Church with a group of our Vegan friends. The Church is a pub in the Jewellery Quarter that specializes in Soul Food. We wanted to support The Church on its Meat Free Mondays. They offer all of their vegan and vegetarian dishes for 50% off. 
In the Jewellery Quarter.
Pulled Jackfruit Burger! 
This was probably the best burger I have ever tasted. After dinner we made our way to the Blue Orange Theatre for an Improv show. They were pretty funny and we were able to put in suggestions for their acts. We put in lots of suggestions which of course coming from 7 vegans were all about veganism. The show was hilarious and they used our suggestions. (We found out later than one of the improv people had just gone vegan.)

Tuesday the 17th we had tickets for the Wavves concert at the O2 Institute. I was sick and gave my ticket to our flatmate so only 1/2 of wanderlust vegans enjoyed the show that night.

We wrote a blog on Minimalism to show how it has improved our lives.  We hope the blog post is helpful for others who are interested in living more, with less.

We also wrote a blog this month on why we moved to England. We had a lot of people asking us why would we move abroad, and why would we choose England of all places.

For the rest of the week we relaxed, watched movies and tried to get healthier again. We watched the Amazon Prime TV series "Bosch" It is a police show and it was well worth the watch. Unfortunately they only have one season, and we enjoyed the show so much we wished the second season was already out.

To celebrate our healthy selves again, we took advantage of Mr. Singhs Monday pizza deal.
 The pizza deal they have every Monday is buy one XL pizza and receive a standard small pizza free! We ordered an XL Vegan Pepperoni and a small Veggie Supreme. Both were delicious.

On Wednesday we realised that the coupon we had to Handmade Burger Co. expired that very day. Not wanting to waste a perfectly valid coupon we met up and walked to Handmade Burger Co. again for another buy one get a second for a pound burger. We passed by the Christmas set up in city centre on the way there.
The Ferris wheel ready for business.
 We found a Jamie Oliver Vegan Brownie Recipe online and had to try it. The brownies actually turned out really good and didn't last more than a day in our house. The recipe is linked in his name if anyone wants to try it. It's pretty straight forward. It happens to be filled with walnuts which have omega 3s so you know it's healthy. As we mentioned previously, we are on a bit of a health kick this month.
Filled with Walnuts.
 On the last weekend of November we got together with a lot of our vegan friends.

On Friday a couple of our friends came over and we planned a week away in December with them! Whooohoo, another trip planned! We think it will be quite fun to go on holiday with some friends we met here.

On Saturday my coworker was in a play. Being a supportive coworker, I gathered a few of my vegan friends to go see the play. The play was quite good and some of the actors were really talented. After the play we went with one of our friends to our favourite place.. Cherry Reds. We ordered some drinks and chatted until 1am. They also had vegan Red Velvet cake!! Yum, we haven't had Red Velvet cake since before we became vegan. It was amazing.

Vegan Red Velvet Cake. 

On Sunday we had some of our vegan friends over for a crochet party. I did a beginners class on the basics of crochet. It was a fun filled night with yarn and chocolate.

To wrap up November we attended another Meat Free Monday at Mocking Bird. Vegan Grindhouse took over the kitchen again. Today they did an open mic night as well which was really fun. The food came out really fast this time and was great.

Chili Dog
 We saw musicians, comedians and spoken word artists. Everyone was fantastic. Even the world famous Thom Milner, Birmingham Vegans administrator, performed a set.



This is a video of one of his songs from a different night.

Check out his website.

Well that is another month come and gone living in the United Kingdom. We now look forward to December as we have a lot planned.

Chao for now.

To see what we are up to next month, find it here: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Comments

  1. Wow, this food looks delicious. This was informative regarding vegan foods. I wouldn't trying the red velvet cake. I think I may see if Earth Fare has this one.

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    1. Mmm. It was all delicious. We had such a great food month.

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  2. The German Christmas Market sounds fun. I would LOVE to be able to go to that myself someday.

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    1. We enjoy the German Markets. Lots of see and do. Hope you get to visit the real German markets in Austria or Germany though!!

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  3. Mmm, all this food looks delicious. I'm a big fan of eating, so I'd love this.

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    1. Lots and lots of food at all times. We love eating too.

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  4. Wow this food seems delicious!!! I'm vegetarian and I would eat all this with joy:)!

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    1. Glad to hear. We are always on the hunt for amazing foods.

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  5. I'm not vegan, but we always try to do meatless Mondays at my house, so it's fun to get new ideas for meals. I'm going to have to see if I can make a sweet potato burger now.

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    1. Glad to hear you do meatless mondays. Lots of ideas here!

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  6. Sounds like it was a great month filled with lots of fun and lots of great food. I can't believe you guys had so many long waits though!

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    1. Haha. yeah it was kinda unbelievable. Such a weird month. Lots of delicious food though, ONCE WE GOT IT!

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  7. I love how there are a lot of Vegan options in your area. You even found Vegan Mint Chocolate & vegan pizza! That's something that has yet to happen where I live.

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    1. Where abouts do you live? I am sure we would find it!

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  8. I totally, totally admire your determination to go Vegan!!! I'm not totally Vegan but I've been trying to implement a meatless Monday plan and cut out as much as we can here and there. I's so awesome you found these places. I wish I could! Thank you for the heads up about the chocolate bars too! I love Aldi I'm totally gonna look for those. I have to sneak it in when I can at my house! lol

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    1. Aldi is amazing. And it is so cheap! Good luck in your journey! If you have any questions we are more than happy to help.

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    2. It is!! You can eat way healthier for way less! Thank you so much. I will DEFINITELY be checking you out from time to time. :)

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  9. Wow- lesson learned: you can find lots of alternative food choices if you look around

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  10. The lights look wonderful. I love Christmas lights. :) It's surprising how many different types of alternative food choices you can find if you look around.

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    1. We love discovering all types of vegan dishes.

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  11. A shame that the food took so long to arrive but it is great that when it came the food was good. That MAC AND CHEESE LOOKS SO GOOD!

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    1. The mac and cheese was delicious. It is one of our favourite dishes.

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  12. I used to live and go to school in Wolverhampton. That was many moons ago. I have fond memories of the place, and one day when I visit England again I will be there :)

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    1. We have been to Wolverhampton a couple times. It was great.

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  13. The food looks fabulous and it's great that they have it all in vegan options. And it looks like your first month there is going quite well.

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    1. We enjoyed many great meals in Birmingham.

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  14. Clearly, you won't get hungry there! Lots of choices for vegans. The pizza and chocolate is perfect :)

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  15. This looks like such a fun place to visit. That ferris wheel looks like it would be a blast to ride on at night.

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    1. Yeah Birmingham is a wonderful city. Definitely go in the winter.

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  16. Now this is a lot of good food! WOW! I think it's awesome that you found so much vegan food while you're there. It's not going to be difficult for other vegans, like me, to look for a place to eat. These all look amazing and I'm sure you also had a great time with your friends.

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    1. We had a lovely time hanging out with our friends and enjoying delicious food. If you make it to Birmingham - Check out the Birmingham Vegans facebook page for meet ups!

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  17. I am not entirely vegan but I have been following a diet lately that doesn't require me to eat meat and I've been enjoying it. It looks like there are a lot of great places to eat over there!

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    1. Glad to hear you are enjoying your diet.

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  18. Everything just sounds amazing! I think it's great that there are many options for vegans in Birmingham. It would be so nice to try all these good food.

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    1. Birmingham has a huge selection of delicious foods!

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  19. This looks amazing! Lots of great looking tasty food! That's good that they offered so much vegan food while you were there! It's difficult to do that!

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    1. We never have a problem finding vegan food! You have to be open minded.

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