Have You Met….Vegan Edinburgh?

I think we all know I will not be attempting the vegan lifestyle anytime soon, however if anyone was to convince me otherwise it would be Vegan Edinburgh and this is due to Emma’s beautiful imagery. A good picture of food makes your mouth water and Vegan Edinburgh hits the nail on the head.

If you have been living under a rock recently here is a little definition for you:

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” 

Whether it is a lifestyle choice or for dietary reasons veganism has become ever so popular in recent years and due to this restaurants are slowly but surely adapting to the new dietary climate. It is more shocking nowadays to not have something vegan on the menu, gone are the days were vegetarians could only choose from a mushroom risotto or a goats cheese tart, I can’t even imagine how hard it was for vegans.

So, let me introduce you to Emma from Vegan Edinburgh, your one stop shop for all of your vegan needs in Scotlands beautiful capital….


Describe your blog in three words:

Vegan Food Porn

What made you start blogging?

When I decided to go vegan around 18 months ago I was shocked that there was no beautiful website out there that was talking about all the great vegan food in Edinburgh from a local perspective, so I decided to try and build it myself.

I think people have this preconception that vegan food is all just dry salads or “rabbit food”, but nothing could be further from the truth! I want to show the world that vegan food can be just as tasty, if not tastier, than “normal” food and that being vegan in Edinburgh is incredibly easy. You just need to know where to look. 🙂

Why should we follow your blog?

If you’re a vegan in Edinburgh my blog is essential reading – OBVIOUSLY – but I like to think that it’s a good site for meat-eaters and vegetarians too for a dose of vegan inspiration. Veganism doesn’t have to be black and white; even if everyone was to go vegan for a meal or two a week, it would make the world that little bit better.

Name your three favourite things about Edinburgh.

Just three?! Oh boy. Okay.

First: the stretch of the Water of Leith between Stockbridge and Dean Village. The wildlife, the scenery and the views are just cracking. I love going for a run there.

Second: all the wonderful galleries and museums. We are so lucky to be in a city where fine works of art, knowledge and incredibly fascinating stories are so accessible and ready to explore completely free of charge.

Lastly: the people. Contrary to popular belief, Edinburgh folk are incredibly friendly and are ready to welcome you with open arms, no matter where you’re from. They’re also really smart; I’ve had lots of interesting and challenging conversations over a pint in many an Edinburgh pub!

What is your favourite food to eat? Why?

If I’m in need of some proper comfort food, I’ll make a big bowl of pasta with a creamy avocado sauce and fried mushrooms. If it’s avocado it has to be good for you, right…?!

What is your least favourite food to eat? Why?

Apart from the obvious meat and dairy thing… broad beans. I don’t know why, but I can’t stand them.

Where is your favourite place in Edinburgh to eat and why?

Kalpna vegetarian restaurant in St Patrick Square. They have an incredible vegan thali which has five different curries, pakora, rice, bread and a pudding. I did a stint in India around ten years ago so I always gravitate there when I am feeling nostalgic!

Where is your favourite place to drink in Edinburgh and why?

I love having a G&T at Juniper at 20 Princes Street. I have a bit of a thing for gin and this bar has a fantastic selection. It also has breathtaking views across Princes Street and the Balmoral Hotel to the Old Town, so if I have guests visiting Edinburgh and I want to impress them, this is where I take them for a drink.

Where is your favourite place to have a coffee in Edinburgh and why?

I love The Milkman on Cockburn Street. It’s a fairly new place but it has a beautiful aesthetic and the coffee is absolutely fantastic. There are always vegan chocs and nibbles available, and sometimes they get vegan bakes in from local bakers Glutteny.

You can only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chickpeas. They are so versatile – you can roast them, blitz them into hummus or cook them into a stew. I don’t like the idea of eating the same thing for the rest of my life, so if I have to commit to something then I need to be able to mix it up a little!

What is your biggest food vice?

Potato waffles. I know they are terrible for you but they are so delicious, and so quick and easy to make. Did you know you can cook them in your toaster and they take like five minutes?! My husband told me about this and it changed. my. life.

What is your favourite city for food other than Edinburgh? Any recommendations?

Glasgow has an incredible foodie scene for vegans. There is so much choice. I love Mono Café Bar – their entire menu is free of animal products and the food is just incredible. I usually have the Buffalo tempeh burrito with a side of chips… just glorious.

Fill in the gaps : If I had to be food I would be  ….. Because…

If I had to be a food I would be a cup of peppermint tea – because I’m warm… yet refreshing!.. and if you brew me for too long I get a little bitter…? Am I doing this right?

What are your three favourite social media accounts to follow?  (Can be any form of social media)

Does Youtube count?  I have a bit of a crush on Jenny Mustard (https://www.youtube.com/c/JennyMustard) – she does beautiful videos about the vegan and minimalist lifestyle, and does it so perfectly it makes me want to move out to Berlin and have her life. She’s a huge inspiration to me.

Moving over to Twitter – before my first blog was even a glint in my eye, I have been following Gary at @edinblogger. He writes some really interesting stuff about this great city, from festival show round-ups to food reviews and hidden gems, and he takes a pretty decent picture too.

Finally, @carroneasdon on Instagram… she’s a super talented lady that I used to work with and does things with a cameraphone that I can only dream of. Follow her for some great and imaginative shots of Edinburgh.

If you are a blogger or local food business and want to be interviewed for my ‘Have You Met’ series, ping me an email to talorgilchrist@gmail.com with the subject Have You Met….?.

Vegan Edinburgh social media: 

Website: VeganEdinburgh.com

Twitter: @Vegan_Edi

Facebook: facebook.com/VeganEdinburgh

Instagram: @Vegan_Edi

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