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Top 10 Vegan Restaurants Around the World

Date Created: 08 November 2016 by Kim Coppins

VeganThere are many reasons for living by a vegan diet, some medical, some due to personal taste preferences and others respecting personal beliefs. No matter why you choose a vegan diet it’s important to find great places to eat out with a great selection of food. It’s important to remember that vegan is quite different to vegetarian, and it’s not safe to assume somewhere that does vegetarian food can prepare vegan dishes. Sometimes it can be hard to find a good vegan restaurant while travelling the world, that is why we have put together a list of some great vegan places to visit on your travels.

Loving Hut – England and Worldwide

With restaurants located in London, Brighton, Norwich and many others around the world, you have plenty of locations to choose from. The loving Hut is a completely vegan friendly franchise which serves a great range of vegan Chinese food with the aim of supporting the environment. You can choose from dining out in the Loving Hut or opting for a take away to eat in your own home or travel accommodation.

Source: http://lovinghut.co.uk/

Wild Ginger Pan- Asian Vegan Café – New York

Located in Brooklyn New York, The wild Ginger Pan-Asian restaurant offers a large selection of Authentic Pan-Asian vegan dishes. Some of the options on offer include soups, salads, noodles, a number of dishes and great selection of desserts and smoothies, there is something for almost everyone.

Source: http://wildgingerny.com/index.php?route=common/home

Coox and Candy – Germany

Coox and Candy is a unique vegan restaurant found in Germany. The restaurant serves a mixture of vegan choices available to take away and to self-serve! If you’re not looking for a full meal and want to opt for something a bit lighter their coffee shop is a great place to catch up with friends and enjoy a slice of cake.

Source: http://www.coox-candy.de/

Funky Pies – Australia

Using only plant based ingredients Funky Pies offers a selection of tasty sweet and savoury pies, a handful of sweet treats and a selection of vegan supplies to stock your cupboards at home. Funky pies have the mission of not only creating awareness around animal rights but also surrounding human rights while supporting local charities. If you fancy a trip to Funky pies head over to Bondi NSW Australia!

Source: http://funkypies.com.au/home.html

Real Food Daily - California

As featured in the Vegetarian Times Magazine, Real Food Daily has been serving a plant based creative and balanced menu since 1993. All dishes served by Real Food Daily are free from meat, dairy, eggs, butter, cholesterol, saturated fats and pesticides. From Burritos to burgers the menu has something for everyone to choose from.

Source: http://www.realfood.com/

Bon – Taito-ku in Japan

Bon is a Buddhist vegan restaurant which is quietly situated in Taito-Ku in Japan. The restaurant serves a range of vegan only imaginative dishes, attractive to the eye and appealing to the pallet. Being a traditional Japanese style restaurant you should expect to leave your shoes at the door and fall in love with the authentic culture.

Source: http://www.fuchabon.co.jp/english/english.html

Kao’s - Sweden

If you’re visiting Sweden be sure to take a visit to Kao’s for a specular vegan meal. Kao’s offers great vegan food free from unnecessary additives and made from fresh organic ingredients. While offering an A La Carte Menu and a buffet there is plenty of opportunity to try as many dishes as you like, all while situated in a friendly cosy environment.

Source: http://veganistan.se/malmo/kaos

Green Point – Peru

Established in 2013 Green Point is the only 100% vegan restaurant in Cusco, Peru. The establishment offers a different set lunch menu everyday including a salad buffet, soup, a choice from 2 mains and a desert. The main aim of Green Point is to help change the perspective of vegan food showing it can be exciting and taste great.

Source: http://www.greenpointveganrestaurant.com/

42 Degrees – Paris

42 Degrees is the first 100% raw food restaurant in France, serving only vegan and gluten free dishes. Not only is the name modern and appealing, but there is real thought behind it as all food prepared within the restaurant is heated to a maximum of 42 degrees. The reason for this is when cooking food at any temperature above 42 degrees most of the natural nutrients, vitamins and enzymes are destroyed.

Source: http://42degres.com/

Soju – Santiago

Located in the capital of Chile, Soju offers many spectacular dishes which you almost wouldn’t believe are vegan friendly. Offering a great selection of mains and deserts everyday there is something for everyone to try, even if they aren’t a vegan. With a great rating on trip advisor suggesting potion sizes are generous, prices are good and the staff are friendly it would be a shame not to give this little resultant a try.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/soju.comidavegetariana/

Some of the above restaurants’ tickled your taste buds? If you do decide to visit some of the best vegan restaurants around the world don’t forget to purchase comprehensive travel insurance. Visit our website or contact a member of our team today on 0333 323 0090 to find out how our travel insurance can cover you.

Great Camp Site Meals

Date Created: 10 May 2016 by Kim Coppins

Family BBQAt Questor Insurance we love the joys of camping but we don’t like to miss out on a decent home cooked meal. When it comes to cooking while on a camping trip there are many options available ranging from the ever so basic Hexi stove, traditional camp fire to the more complicated gas powered cooking stove. No matter what your cooking options are you needn’t eat only noodles and soup every night. Take a look below for some of our top simple camping recipes:

 

Vegetarian Omelettes

Omelettes are quick and easy yet very nutritious, the biggest trick with this one is transporting the eggs without breaking them. There are many ways to transport eggs including purchasing a gadget specifically designed for this or wrapping them in bubble wrap or kitchen roll.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Eggs are required for each omelette
  • A small amount of grated cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Red, yellow or green peppers
  • Any other vegetables or cooked meats you would like to add
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to season

Method:

Step 1: Beat the eggs together

Step 2: Slice the olives and vegetables

Step 3: Add the cheese and vegetables to the beaten eggs and mix well

Step 4: Add a small amount of oil to the frying pan and pour in the omelette mixture

Step 5: Gently fry the mixture until it has begun to firm up

Step 6: Turn the omelette to cook the other side

Step 7: Once the omelette is cooked all the way through it is ready to serve

 

Jacket Potatoes with a topping of your choice

This one takes a little more time but is so rewarding on a cold evening, to make the jacket your own you can top them with cheese, beans, scrambled egg or even ham and salad. Don’t forget you can use sweet potatoes for something a bit fancier.

Ingredients:

  • Medium sized potatoes
  • Butter
  • Toppings of your choice

Method:

Step 1: Wrap the potatoes tightly in tin foil and bake them on hot coals.

Step2: Wait approximately an hour or so depending on the size of the potatoes

Step 3: Occasionally check the potatoes by stabbing them with a fork, once they are golden brown and fluffy on the inside they are ready to serve.

Step 4: Melt some butter on the potato

Step 5: Finally top the potatoes with toppings of your choice and serve!

 

The Classic Burger or Hot Dog

A simple yet classic camping dish perfect for the whole family. A meal with minimal preparation time however will keep everyone full for hours. Extra items can be added to this dish to give it extra flavour and colour.  

Ingredients:

  • Burgers or Sausages
  • Rolls
  • Relish
  • Onions
  • A mix of salad items

Method:

Step 1: Prepare a mix of salad for a side dish and to garnish the burger with

Step 2: Chop and fry the onions

Step 3: Fry/ grill the sausages or burgers until they are evenly cooked through.

Step 4: Arrange the sausages or burger in the rolls, topping them with relish, fried onions and salad to garnish.

 

Italian Meat Balls and a Tomato Sauce

Sit down to a hearty meal of meat balls and pasta to keep your camp family fuelled for their next adventure.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Pasta
  • Jar of pasta sauce of your choosing
  • Meatballs
  • Grated cheese
  • Oil for frying

Method:

Step 1: Boil the pasta until cooked.

Step 2: Too keep the pasta warm store it in a sealed tub with the lid closed. To keep the heat wrap the sealed tub in something thermal e.g. an old sleeping bag.

Step 3: Use a little oil to fry the meat balls until cooked through

Step 4: Add the tomato sauce and bring to the boil

Step 5: Finally serve the pasta and sauce with a sprinkle of grated cheese on top

 

S’mores

S’mores aren’t a meal but are the perfect camp fire treat especially with a nice hot mug of chocolate. One of the best things about S’mores is that the ingredients are easy to store and do not easily spoil.

Ingredients:

  • Marshmallows
  • A bar of chocolate or Nutella spread
  • Digestive biscuits

Method:

Step 1: Take 2 Marshmallows and poke them on to the end of a stick

Step 2: Toast the marshmallows over an open fire until they are golden brown

Step 3: Place one Digestive biscuit at the bottom of the marshmallows

Step 4: Place a square of chocolate or spread Nutella over the golden marshmallows and top with a final digestive biscuit

 

Top camping cooking tips?bbq food

  • Only cook in a well ventilated area and never in your tent, as the chemicals produced can be hazardous to your health and potentially toxic
  • Weigh your ingredients before your leave
  • Boil a pan of water while you are eating to wash up your used pots pans and utensils
  • Wash fresh ingredients at home so you don’t waste water
  • Don’t forget to pack tinfoil
  • Pack cooking pots with good lids in order to retain the heat
  • Never been camping? Why not have a trial run in the garden!

 

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Long Haul Destination Guide: Mauritius

Date Created: 20 April 2016 by Rakim A Dixon

Mauritius is an outstanding tropical island located in the Indian Ocean around 1,200 miles away from Africa, the capital of Mauritius is Port Louis. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for a memorable holiday.

 

What are the five top reasons to travel to Mauritus?

Beaches

The beaches in Mauritius are a vision you’ll never forget. The pure clear tropical beach, from the calm lagoon waters, to the shining sands that feel like powder to the touch. There are many activities that you can enjoy along the beaches of Mauritius, whether you are a couple seeking a moment of adventure or a family wanting your children to have a lot of fun.  Some of the activities that are available include parasailing, water skiing, snorkelling and much more.

Local Markets

There are a few local markets in the towns of Mauritius but the main one is on a Sunday located just 20 minutes from the centre of de Flacq. This market features fruit and vegetable vendors, artists with hand crafted items for sale, spice vendors and street food, the market really offers a piece of Mauritian life.

The Seven Colours

Mauritius is well known for a land mark called the Seven Coloured Earth, this is located in Chamarel, where the soil is marked by bright swirls and stripes of red, green, yellow and purple. People say that this was formed by volcanic lava cooling at different speeds, while others believe it is the result of various metal oxides.

A Round of Golf

Many golfers like to go to Mauritius to play a round of golf because some of the golf clubs that are on the island are outstanding. One golf course that many like to visit is the Four Seasons Golf Club, there are lagoons and beautiful coastlines that make it one of the most picturesque clubs in Mauritius. With a driving range and putting green, location activated (GPS) buggies and a variety of classes to improve your game.

The Weather

Mauritius has two seasons, summer and winter. Summer is from November to April and winter is May to October. There are not many differences in the weather conditions during the year and there are no defined wet and dry seasons. Also, there are very little differences in the temperature between the two seasons. If you would like to know more about the weather please check out - http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mauritius/weather

Going away on holiday any time soon and hiring a car, don’t forgot to protect the excess you are liable for with Questor Insurance - https://www.questor-insurance.co.uk/car-hire-insurance.aspx 

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