Category Archives: Vegan

Ethical Co-op – Organic food online

Collection points located conveniently in numerous suburbs:

Ethical Co-op offer fresh organic fruit, vegetables and dairy in Cape Town.
Countrywide, the offer a wide range of high quality products such as herbs and spices, body products, seeds and paints.

Their online website and ordering process is efficient and very usable and a decent % of their range is well priced as they source directly from local farms and suppliers.

Website: www.ethical.org.za
Twitter: /ethical_co_op

ResistTheOrdinary Ethical Anything Cape Town

Vegan, Vegetarian, Organic, Free Range

“Eating seems as a pasttime activity”
Excerpt from lyrics of ‘System of Down’s song: Toxicity.

This blog is aiming to document South Africans with a positive Ethos in the Food & Drink industry.
We want to shout out and promote anyone who’s producing positive output along these lines:

1. Animals and humane practices.

2. Supporting farmers who are pioneering the way forward to healthier grown food (Free from hormones, pesticides, cages & GM/Monsanto etc)

3. Better for the environment.
You should not sh*t where you sleep – Even rats know this!

All suggestions welcome, we wanna hear from you!

Plant Cafe – Cape Town city centre

One of the biggest pioneers of food in Cape Town.

A cafe established in 2013 to promote plant-based food choices and to provide a space in Cape Town for vegans, vegetarians and people with food allergies. Their website has a great resources page (including Vegan recipes).
Recent news: Fridays now open until 21:00.

Website: http://www.plantcafe.co.za
FB: /PlantCapeTown
Twitter: @PlantCT

Basic Stock – Community Grocer & Cafe

Marissa from the Netherlands fell in love with South Africa and has opened a inspirational shop in Somerset West. A lovely selection of local produce goodies ranging from Gluten Free, Organic to Free Range.

‘I believe that many of our health problems are connected to food and can be treated through a change of diet. It is my passion to help people find their way to better ingredients, free of chemicals and preservatives, while not having to compromise on quality. ‘

Main Road, Somerset West
Website: basicstock.co.za
FB: Facebook
Twitter: /basicstockdeli

Apollo beer – Vegan / vegetarian friendly beer

Quality craft beer Cape Town

Apollo Brewing Company are the 1st brewery in Cape Town to source a settling agent alternative to Gelatin (Beef/Horse/Pig derived).

Vegecoll by Laffort is a potato based product which aids the settling of proteins in beer to help produce a clear beer.

Tel: 081 725 3959
Website: www.apollobeer.com
FB: /ApolloBeer
Twitter: /ApolloBeer

A boycott is one of the most single powerful votes that you can make

A few years ago, I was offered the name of a company during a conversation:
“Proctor & Gamble”.

Do your homework and you’ll realise that this corporation have made a fool out of anyone who owns a pet, claims to love animals or has tried a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle in ignorance.

Why? Answer: This company blatantly tests on animals!

Excerpt from the uncaged boycott website:

“Traditionally known for their soaps & detergents, P&G now produce a massive range of products tested on animals. E.g Pantene Pro-V, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Ariel, Daz, Fairy, Max Factor, Olay, Iams, Eukaneuba etc.”

You’d be surprised how many of your regular daily products are made by P&G: Hair care, cosmetics, perfumes, personal hygiene, laundry care, snack food, paper and feminine hygiene, and even pet food. “

And yes, we’ll agree that not everyone can afford alternative products!.. or can they? An entire separate post in it’s own right.

The point to make here is simple:

There are many folks out there supporting these products in ignorance and those who know and apathetically continue to vote and buy unethical products even when they can afford to make a switch.

Until we flesh out this post, check out all the Proctor and Gamble brands which support animal testing for items as trivial as detergents and toiletries.

The start of any change is awareness, and dialogue (without lecturing, eek!). Start talking to friends & family about this if it’s important to you!

Warning: Be prepared to watch good people you know, do nothing despite receiving the above knowledge. Humans are creatures of habit.

Fooling you: “Product not tested on animals” vs “The ingredients that make up a product”

Watch out for false misleading claims.

If a product states anything along the lines of “New improved recipe”. Then it’s been tested on animals.

By law, all new synthesised chemicals (ingredients of a product) have to be tested on animals to be passed for usage in products.

What are your alternatives?

  • Look to your kitchen & garden for alternatives. Less costs, less foot print, less packaging, less synthetics fo your body
    Many household items can serve as alternative cheaper replacements for body products.
  • Skin:
    Olive oil on cotton removes eye make up really quickly.
    Witch hazel concotions make great skin toners (Wellness warehouse sell an affordabl with hazel and rose product)
  • Hair:
    Bicarbonate of soda as hair shampoo.
    Vinegar (white or apple cider etc) as conditioner: You can soak Rosemary (antiseptic, softener) and/or Lavendar in the vinegar and strain after a 1 or more weeks to make a lovely smelling concoction. Dilute with water as required and apply to hair, rinse or leave in.
  • Buy an Aloe vera plant or request one on Gumtree for free. Aloes multiply quickly & you can separate out the babies for an endless supply.
    Aloe vera is amazing for your skin’s health. Burns, rashes etc (contains Vitamin E & more).
    40 Ways To Use Aloe Vera
  • Household cleaning:
    Lemon, vinegar and detol make great counter cleaning disinfectants
    Dish washing liquid has had the same recipe for years, add detol and you have a perfect floor, bathroom & toilet cleaner.
  • Keep an eye out for product which are: certified organic

Credits:
Imagery sourced from: http://www.theprospect.net/

Rescue Battery Hens Cape Town

At the end of their 1st of 3 laying cycles, caged battery (egg layer) hens are sent for cull after a dismal life of confined servitude.

You can rehome these hens to your backyard for a happy retirement and you are likely to receive some eggs on the side while these very sweet and funny ladies live out the rest of their lives (0-3 years) in peace.

Visit this not for profit initiative’s website (launched Cape Town, Nov 2013): simply fill out their adoption form and you’ll join the queue for adoptions rescues which reopen after winter in October 2014.

Website: http://www.rescuebatteryhens.co.za/
FB: /RescueBatteryHensCapeTown

Cape Town Markets – Community

Oranjezicht CityFarm

The Oranjezicht City Farm is a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community in Cape Town, South Africa.

They’re always looking for volunteers. Be sure to join their Facebook page to get the latests news.

Open to the public every Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm, one is able to pick an incredible selection of locally grown seasonal produce. Really worth checking out and supporting.

Tel: 021 801 5799. corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. Cape Town city centre

Website: http://www.ozcf.co.za/
FB: /OZCFarm
Twitter: @OZCFarm

City Bowl Market on Hope

City Bowl Market on Hope is becoming the place where Cape foodies meet.
Relax at this fun market every Thursdays (16:30 – 20:30) and Saturdays (09:00 – 14:00)

Enjoy live music, good company and delicious food from around the world.
Their mission is to be a viable and sustainable, independent, quality food market, rooted in the local community

Address: 14 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Website: http://www.citybowlmarket.co.za/
FB: /CityBowlMarket
Twitter: @CityBowlMarket

City Bowl Market vendors to check out:

The Hungry Herbivore (Raw vegan meals / Desserts / Snacks)

FB: /HungryHerbivore
Twitter: @HungryHerbivore

 

Namaste Cape Town Waterfront

Vegan & vegetarian indian street food at its best right here in Cape Town @ the Waterfront’s Market on the Wharf.
Filling lunchtime rice pancakes cramped full of vegan delights, spicy dhal infused soup, etc. See menu screenshot below.

You can find them in the upstairs section of the market and enjoy your meal in chilled Indian lounge setting.

Tel: 076 518 5315.
Website: http://www.marketonthewharf.co.za/the-market/
FB: /VaFoodMarket

Bay Harbour The Market Hout Bay

Packed full of vendors who are leading way forward with conscientious food. This is a market not to be missed!

Website: http://www.bayharbour.co.za/

FB: /pages/Cape-Country-Lamb/141019789248441
Twitter: @BayHarbourMkt

Bay harbour market vendors to check out:

Cape Country Lamb (Organic free range meat)

“Our A Grade lamb is sourced from farms using low stress stock handling techniques and is free from unnecessary additives, hormones and preservatives.
This enables us to guarantee the free range lamb that you get is 100% organically produced and can be traced back to its farm of origin.”

FB: /pages/Cape-Country-Lamb/141019789248441

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House of Machines – Cape Town city centre

Be sure to read House of Machine’s website “about” page: An ‘old vs new’ décor, honouring both man and machine.

Motorbikes and man stuff galore!

Open from 7am on weekdays, the café offers an range of locally-source healthy meals.

Cashew granola and ‘avo on toast’, and serves up a devilish cup of the black gold, in their exclusive espresso brand, Evil Twin.
The 100% organic arabica bean is grown in the rich fertile soils of Honduras, sourced from a single estate, where they are shade-grown, free from any of the pesticides, chemicallydrenched fertilizers or crap that might find its way into your cup”

Tel: 021 426 1400. Shortmarket Street. Cape Town
Website: http://www.thehouseofmachines.com
FB: /TheHouseOfMachines

Tibetan Teahouse – Simons Town, Cape Town

Food for body & soul.

The Teahouse leads onto a deep-set and sheltered verandah which has fabulous views over False Bay and is ideal for whale watching.

The menu offers imaginative and tasty vegetarian and vegan food, styled on original Tibetan recipes

Tel: 021 786 1544. 2 Harrington Road, Seaforth, Simon’s Town

Website: http://www.sopheagallery.co.za
FB: /TibetanTeahouse