November has been and gone! Only a few weeks until Christmas is here where I can eat my weight in vegan chocolate, crunchy roast potatoes and sit and plan my 2018 goals. Before the festivities begin, why not check out my November favourites where I sampled vegan Christmas sandwiches, attending a bloggers brunch and got wet and wild in Dubai’s number 1 water park.
Essex Bloggers Brunch
I was lucky enough to meet some wonderful bloggers at the beginning of November at an Essex meet up at Bills in Chelmsford. Emma over at The Beauty Analyst organised the breakfast and it was wonderful meeting so many likeminded, inspiring, strong and passion women. All of us blog about different topics, many fashion, lifestyle, travel and beauty. I was the only Vegan blogger which added another dimension to the mix and felt incredibly welcomed, something I am always a little apprehensive about. I indulged in the delicious Coconut Porridge with Candied Pistachios and sipped on a soya latte (predictable or what?). After chatting for hours we all planned to attend another event together with the South East Bloggers team in December. Bring on the festive drinks!
Cruelty Free Secret Santa
The lovely Sarah over at Sarah Kirby Blog (formerly The V Nice Life) ran a cruelty free secret Santa that I took part in. Without giving too much away, I absolutely loved creating a package for my secret Santa, reading their blog and scouring their Instagram to see how much I could find out about them and what they may love to receive. Better still they have received the package and I have bitten my tongue on shouting ‘it’s me!’ Can you tell your secret Santa after Christmas? I hope I can! Nevertheless I am glad they liked it! I am now ecstatic to receive my own and get into the festive mood.
Vegan Christmas Sandwiches
November saw the release of a multitude of vegan friendly Christmas sandwiches. First on my list to try was this year’s Pret Very Merry Christmas sarnie that I wrote an in depth post about here. The cranberry sauce and crunchy onion pieces made this as festive as possible but unfortunately didn’t beat last year’s baguette.
The second I tried was the Parsnip and Butternut Squash fritter sandwich from Boots. I was disappointed with this purchase as I usually love grabbing a Boots meal deal on the go for the great value it is. This was unfortunately bland and flavourless, without the crispy fritter coating I had longed for. It tastes more like cheese and pickle combined with falafel and hummus mushed in one sandwich. The only benefit was having vegan mayonnaise to make it less dry. I wouldn’t buy this little guy again unfortunately and will stick to the sushi salad instead.
The winner was the Tesco Finest Bubble & Squeak brioche type roll with braised red cabbage, apple pieces, sage and onion stuffing with lashings of vegan mayo. To top this bad boy off was a sachet of bacon flavoured coconut flakes, a crunchy addition to an outstanding festive feast. This was worth the £3.50 and felt indulgent without the calories.
Still on the list to try is M&S Chestnut Roast Wrap and EAT’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Seedy Stuffing & Slaw.
Aquaventure Water Park Dubai
Having just returned home from a weeks holiday in Dubai, I can safely say the ultimate highlight was the Aquaventure Water Park on the Palm. I have been lucky enough to experience water parks in both Europe and America and this one may have topped them all. The only thing missing was the whole family, particularly my thrill seeking brother, as my sister and I ventured here alone. From drop slides, group dinghies and meandering river rapids, we were spoilt for choice. What’s more, the rapids allowed you to float freely to the next adventure, conveyer belt and all taking you up into the tower and onto the next, patiently awaiting our fate at the bottom of a huge drop. The beach was the most peculiar though, beautiful sand and warm waters overlooking skyscrapers and motorways; surreal and almost utopian. The price per adult entry was around £55 each, steep but definitely worth it. I’d highly recommend!
What were your favourites this November?