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Veganism – it's taking hold of the world and it seems that everyone is becoming or has become vegan these days.

Ireland has definitely caught up with its European counterparts when it comes to giving meat the chop from our diets.

When ranked, the most popular countries for veganism in 2018 shows that Ireland came in at…number eight. 

Looks like the days of Irish stew are long behind us. 

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Veganism means nothing animal based – so no meat nor fish nor dairy nor honey.

As well as food, it also means embracing a lifestyle where you don't wear leather or wool or visit the zoo.

For people, it all means different things for different people – for some, it's all about animal rights and others it's about having a healthier diet.

So where do other countries come on the list? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We have, in order…
1.        Australia (Score 100)
2.        United Kingdom (Score 98)
3.        New Zealand (Score 87)
4.        Sweden (Score 84)
5.        Canada (Score 79)
6.         Israel (Score 78)
7.         United States (Score 65)
8.         Ireland (Score 62)
9.         Austria (Score 60)
10.       Germany (Score 59)

Ireland has climbed from 11th place in 2018 to 8th this year, which puts it below the United States, but above European vegan powerhouse Germany.

The vegan diet is becoming so popular in Ireland that last year Deliveroo reported a 73% jump in vegan orders across the country through its app, clearly showing there’s a change in the air.

And when it comes to veganism in Ireland itself, the top five places are as follows: Bray (Score 100), Galway (Score 90), Dublin (Score 83), Cork (Score 81), Waterford (Score 78).

So we're not doing too badly when it comes to the health stakes.

Fair play to us we say. 

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It's almost here…the day in which all mum's get a pat on the back for the all they do day in, day out, for us.

And what better way to celebrate than to go out for dinner?

Well, we have great news as none other than Captain Americas are offering a FREE meal to all mother's in all of their venues this Sunday, March 31. 

Yes, you can eat for free all day long to mark the occasion.

Captain Americas is always a winner amongst kids and adults alike, and have been serving up mouth-watering food and gorgeous cocktails for more than 40 years. 

It's the perfect spot to celebrate the most important woman in any of our lives – our mum.

And let's be fair, she does deserve it.

T&Cs apply; Main meal free for Mums with purchase of one kids & one main meal, one mum per family per table.

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All that and dim sum: Lucky Tortoise launch new deal by giving away free lunch!

Yes, you read that right.

Not only is it PERF for us broke people but it's also delish.

The free im sum is available today Thursday, March 21 in celebration of the launch of their new lunch deal in their new permanent home at 8 Aungier Street from 12-4pm.

So what are you waiting for? 

The new lunch deal which includes miso, okonomiyaki, pork siu mai, five veg dumplings, rice and kimchi all for €12.

To be one of the first to sample the delicious new offering, all you have it do is drop down to the Lucky Tortoise today from 12pm where diners will be served on a first come, first served basis.

We're on our way…

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We can hardly contain our excitement.

What's better than  a Kinder Bueno?

You guessed it, a Kinder Bueno ICE-CREAM.

Well, it has landed in Ireland and can be bought in shops around the country. 

Kinder is launching five different types of ice cream – you can have Kinder Joy ice cream, Kinder ice cream stick, kinder ice cream sandwich, Kinder Bueno ice cream cone, and Kinder Bueno ice cream bar.

We're legit drooling at the mouth here.

BUT THERE'S MORE – you can enjoy the iconic egg-shaped Kinder Joy but in ice cream form with milk and chocolate ice cream in a scooping cup – as well as an exciting surprise.

Then you can have the Kinder ice cream stick, which combines milk ice cream with fresh whole milk, covered with milk chocolate, either individually or in a 10-piece multipack.

De-lish.

If you're not feeling the stick, it also comes as an ice cream sandwich in individual as well as six piece packs for the whole fam. 

The Kinder Bueno hazelnut bar is also available as a cone with milk chocolate sauce, a crunchy cone, topped with hazelnut cream made of Ferrero hazelnuts and choc bits.

I mean, come ON. 

We're planning on gorging on these gorge ice-cream snacks until they make us feel sick, wbu? 

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If you find yourself in Cork this May, you should see the hybrid festival of food and design, which will be taking place from May 17-19.

Design POP is set to merge innovative design with local and international food and drink experiences in a collaborative pop up festival with events and exhibits taking place in various iconic locations across the city.

We like the sound of that. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you're a fan of design, you'll love that Design POP will see six of Ireland’s leading designers working closely with six top local food producers to create bespoke installations.

These will be strewn across Cork city centre throughout the festival.

It will be a three-day event that will also engage the public through a program of pop-up events in venues around the city through workshops, showcases, exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations.

So there's something for everyone – see you there, yeah? 

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We can all agree that Vogue Williams has a stunning figure.

And now the presenter has revealed the secret behind her amazing body by showing fans what she eats in a day.

And it's definitely not what we expected.

Vogue Williams shares a snap of her breakfast with fans

Since giving birth to her first baby in September, the 33-year-old had snapped back into fantastic shape so we were keen to see what her diet consists of.

She took to Instagram to document her day-to-day routine.

She started off with her breakfast, showing us that she ate porridge made with milk , water, berries and honey followed by two marshmallows and two or three cups of tea.

Sounds like heaven to us. 

Vogue shares a snap of her snack after tennis

This was followed by an after tennis snack of a yoghurt, pear and cup of tea…plus two sneaky marshmallows.

However, Vogue then posted saying, ''Then Spen gave me a piece of his chicken so I put the pear back.''

Then it was lunch time.

Vogue revealed her day-to-day diet with her devoted followers

She snapped a picture of bread writing, ''I can't help eating the bread and then I kind of ruin my meal because I'm full.''

Her lunch was tacos to start followed by prawns and grilled octopus for mains.

Then it was on to sushi and lamb for dinner followed more chocolate and almonds.

This balanced range of food is something we can all realistically do and not deprive ourselves of anything. 

Sounds good to us.

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We all love taking care of our skin with an established morning and evening routine, using great products that we don't mind spending a fortune on. 

Yet, sometimes, we forget that all these serums and lotions can be useless if we don't pay attention to our diet. 

Make sure to consume the food below regularly and you will notice a significant improvement in the look and general health of your skin.

1. Avocado

Avocado contains essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin. 

If you eat enough healthy fats, your skin will keep a good elasticity and remain soft and supple.

2. Oily fish

Salmon is a great source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats, which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can even slow or reverse the signs of premature ageing.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also well-known for their ability to combat and prevent many chronic skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

3. Kiwis…

…or any fruits and vegetables with a high content of Vitamin C, such as oranges, blueberries, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C is often a powerful ingredient used in anti-ageing creams because it is a super antioxidant. Essential to produce collagen, it promotes radiant skin and help blemishes heal properly. 

4. Nuts and seeds

Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds… these delicious nuts and seeds we love in our granola are packed with protein that stimulates collagen production.

They are also full of healthy fats, magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, Vitamin B and E, reducing inflammation, fine lines and promoting a clear acne-free skin. 

5. Carrots

Carrots and other fruits and vegetables high in beta carotene are your skin's best friends.

This antioxidant is converted to Vitamin A inside the body, helping repair skin tissue and protects against damaging UVA and UVB. 

6. Water

The first step to a beautiful hydrated skin is… an hydrated body!

When you are even mildly dehydrated, your skin already looks dull, dry and greyish, so aim at 8 to 10 glasses a day. 

Bonus: what not to eat

You may have already guessed, but processed food should be avoided if you want a beautiful looking skin. 

Deprived of nutrient, high in additives and preservatives, they make your skin age quicker without providing it what it needs.

Biscuits and sugary drinks, for example, lead to the production of insulin which may damage collagen and accelerate wrinkles.

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This may be the beauty product we've all been waiting for…What are our two favourite things? Pizza + glamorous eyeshadow = pure, unadulterated joy.

Yep, that's the truth. Glamlite Cosmetics have changed the make-up game by creating a pizza-themed vegan eyeshadow palette, and it's absolutely unreal.

The cruelty-free, vegan beauty giant have described the Pizza Palette as; The world’s most ‘delicious’ palette, fresh out of the oven and ready for delivery!”

My God.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What's even cooler, if that's possible, is that the creator received hateful messages about her weight insinuating that she 'ate too many pizzas'. 

She then decided to carry out the greatest clap-back second only to anything Chrissy Teigen has ever done, by creating a PIZZA-themed palette which sold out in under 48 hours.

What an absolute QUEEN. We stan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The palette features 18 stunning 'toppings' to choose from, and colours to match. The names range from earthy emerald shades of 'Basil' to the shimmery gold of 'Pineapple', and even metallic purple 'Red Onions'.

This woman is a genius. The product has also been JEFFREE STAR APPROVED, which is no easy feat.

Gold star from the make-up Star himself;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The packaging resembles a take-away pizza box, with highly pigmented colours achieving full coverage for any skin tone.

We're joining the masses and queueing up for one; it's unique and encompasses a badass clapback? We must have it. WE MUST.

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Our relationship with food is always evolving and we always look forward to locking our lips around something new.

The good people at Deliveroo have assembled to predict five food trends that will dominate our plates for 2019.

Based on their food expertise – the future of food looks vegan, low-waste and drool worthy.

1. Healthy Frozen Savouries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Clearly the lovely people of Ireland have ignored any advice of avoiding avocado in order to afford a house, as the food platform has seen a massive demand for the tasty fruit and of course, the food God that is hummus. 

But for next year, it looks like we will be tucking into savoury and healthy ice creams, but it'll be vegan and veggie variations that we will be obsessing over.

2. Root to Tip Cooking

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The sense of urgency to reduce our food waste is a prominent problem on our minds this year and the conscious eco-effort is being brought into the new year. 

Root to Tip Cooking, involving the use of the full vegetable is a method of days gone by but will return and bring cooking back to basics.

Deliveroo predicts that restaurant partners on the platform will introduce innovative ways to reduce daily waste, by using the likes of root vegetable leaves to make tasty and flavoursome pestos to accompany dishes – big high five for this one.

3. Fermented Food and Drink

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They're good for your gut and they've been popping up all over the place in the last 12 months.

Their popularity has been seen by the food delivery service with the rise of pickles and sauerkraut. 

Breaking through the fermentation process for 2019 will be more orders and variety of kombucha – AKA the holy drink for the ole gut. 

4. Flexitarianism

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The vegans are coming and nothing is stopping their rise. Vegan-friendly options have exploded on Deliveroo, increasing by 100 percent.

73 percent more vegan orders were placed on the platform in 2018.

And it looks like it isn't slowing down any time soon, as Deliveroo predicts an increase in Flexitarianism, where customers will dip in and out of meat dishes in favour of #MeatlessMonday and #GreenSunday.

5. Sea Snacks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to global trend forecasters, sea vegetables and greens will become a regular addition to diets next year.

Get ready to tuck into kelp noodles to puffed savoury snacks made with algae.

And it doesn't come as a huge surprise as they've already seen an increase of 59 percent in seafood orders.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So what are you looking forward to chowing down on in the new year?

And are there any trends you would like to see left behind in 2018?

Either way, our love of food will never waver. 

 

Feature Image credit: panaceas_pantry/Instagram

 

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The I'm A Celebrity jungle is a great place to open up.

The famous faces have hours to chat about life and what has brought them Down Under. 

So we wonder if James McVey from The Vamps will open up about his previous battle with food.

The musician revealed to the Mirror about his private struggle with an eating disorder. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Opening up about his struggle with food and body image, the guitarist said it had all began when he was overweight as a child.

As James grew he admitted that he developed a “negative relationship” with food which led to him being "stick thin." 

But the 24-year-old didn't realise just how small his frame had been.

 “Fans always send me pictures from years ago and I’m stick thin, and I didn’t realise back then just how thin I was," he said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I was ill and I looked ill. I’m happy that now I’ve come full circle and see food as a positive."

“I don’t want to belittle other people who have anorexia, but I think I definitely had a negative relationship with food in those early days. I was obsessed with food," he explained. 

Thankfully, James is on the road to mending his relationship with food. 

“It’s now about building muscle and getting leaner. You need to eat more of the good things,” he said.

Recently, James' fans haven't been too happy with his treatment in the camp.

The 24-year-old missed out on a care package and his followers felt like he wasn't been given enough air time.

We definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of James' face on our screens. 

Fair play to James for bravely opening up about his battle with food and if you're struggling with an eating disorder, you can find help here

The helplines for ROI is 1890 200 444 and for the UK: Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, student line: 0808 801 0811, youth line: 0808 801 0711.

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Winter is here and there is one type of food that makes us particularly happy at the moment, the humble bowl of soup.

Filling, healthy, cheap to make, they are the perfect meal when it's freezing outside.

Full of vegetables, high in protein, this hearty soup can also make for a delicious lunch the next day. Give it a go!

Ingredients

  • 100g butter 
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced 
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced 
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 4 potatoes, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 70g flour 
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 400g cooked chicken, shredded 
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt half the butter. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2. While the soup is simmering, melt the remaining butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and continue to stir until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

3. Pour the sauce into the pot with the vegetables. Add the corn and the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve with fresh thyme.
 

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Buying a gift for your friends or family can be difficult enough when they don't possess 'notions.'

What are notions, you ask? Well, it's essentially when a person has grandiose elements of extravagance; whether in terms of fashion, style, food & drink, décor or just in their everyday life.

They drink non-fat, no-foam, five-shot half-caffeine pumpkin spice latte in a special cup at a certain temperature and will refuse to do most activities due to footwear, except yogalates.

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You'd never catch them drinking cans, especially not Tesco lager; they're most likely only drinking a craft beer that no one has heard of or a slimline tonic with lime cordial and a shot of vodka on the side.

Plebs such as us probably would take a taxi or public transport to a club, whereas someone with 'notions' might take a large limousine with white doves as their accessories.

According to the Urban Dictionary definition:

…You get the idea. It's luxurious hipster-ism.

So, how does one buy a present for someone who are that little bit too big for their boots? It's hard, but not impossible.

Here are our top 20 gifts for those with notions.. proceed with monetary caution.

1. Candlelight Prosecco snowglobe

ASOS, €12.44

2. A rose gold cocktail set

Littlewoods Ireland, €39.99

3. Topshop Flo Marabou shoulder bag  

Topshop, was €44.00 now €35.20

4. Whiskey stones

Sagaform, €21.00

5. Avoca sea-salt chocolate

Avoca sea-salt chocolate, €4.75

6. Huggable Avocado Cooling & Heating Pad

Urban Outfitters, €25.00

7. Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte's beauty universe

Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte’s beauty universe, €185

8. Scented Diffuser

Urban Apocethary, Oudh Geranium Scented Diffuser, €32.00

9. Pink Marble iPhone 6/6s/7/8 Case

LuMee, €95.00

10. Bicycle Leather Wine Holder

Urban Outfitters, was €49.00 now €29.00

11. Soirée wine aerator

Designist, €28.50

12. Crosley Cruiser Pink and Gold Bluetooth Vinyl Record Player

Urban Outfitters, was €119.00, now €83.00

13. Metal straws

Designist, €20

14. Fujifilm Instax™ Mini 9 Smokey White Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax™, was €159.00, now €111.00

15. JO MALONE LONDON Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne 100ml

JO MALONE LONDON, €109.00

16. Popcorn Maker

Urban Outfitters,was €35.00 now €29.00

17. G&Tea set

ASOS, Root 7 G & Tea Set, €41.48

18.Topshop petite luxe fur coat

Topshop, was €110.00, now €76.00

19. Grow your own indoor garden

Click and Grow, €200

20. Personalised hip-flask

T Shirt Studio, 17.25€
 

There you have it, ladies.

The ultimate gift guide for those in your life who are just that little bit EXTRA, or who think that litle bit highly of themselves.

If they already have some of these gifts, well then I'm afraid they have too many notions for their own good, and this quest is totally futile…

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