Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Best Vegan Food in Lisbon, Portugal

You might think that travelling as a vegan would be difficult, but in reality I've never had any trouble finding delicious vegan food on any of my adventures! The vegan movement seems to be alive and well in Lisbon, which allowed Dylan and I to eat at a new restaurant for lunch and dinner for almost every day for the full 8 days that we were in Lisbon. Today I'll be running through the best vegan or veg-friendly restaurants that you absolutely need to check out while you're in Portugal's capital city.

I would highly recommend downloading the Happy Cow app before you travel, as it has been such a lifesaver time and time again. The app shows you where the nearest vegan or veg-friendly restaurants are located, so you'll never be stuck just ordering fries at a random restaurant again!

Organi Chiado

Address: Calçada Nova de São Francisco, n.º 2, Chiado, Lisbon
Phone: 216 065 121

I would have recommended this restaurant based on the incredibly friendly service alone, but luckily the food was also outstanding! I'm fairly certain that the menu changes daily, but if you happen to be there when the braised tofu is available, get it! The food was super fresh, flavourful, and satisfying. The owner himself came over to our table to make sure everything was okay, and he also gave us recommendations for other vegan restaurants we should check out while in Lisbon.

Organi Chiado Lisbon

Organi Chiado Lisbon Portugal

Vegana Burgers

Address: C.C Saldanha Residence Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 42E Lisbon, Portugal 1050-105
Phone: +351 21 353 0018

First of all, this place was really, really hard to find. We had wifi, and we still walked around the block for about 10 minutes before finally found the entrance. So, don't stress out if you don't find it right away! This restaurant offers a few unique variations of the standard veggie burger. I ordered a peanut butter inspired burger with sweet potato curls, and I was left feeling very satisfied! However, I was a bit disappointed to see advertisements for real meat burgers inside a 100% vegan restaurant. I believe that Vegana Burgers is a sister restaurant to a non-vegan burger shop, but it was still really annoying to have signs for real meat right on the table. 

Vegana Burgers Lisbon

Ciao Ciao Italia 

Address: Doca do Bom Sucesso, Belém, Lisboa

After exploring Belém for the better part of the day, we were walking back along the waterfront, and were passing by an ice cream shop. It was a super hot day, and ice cream sounded incredible. I was shocked to see a sign on the front door announcing that vegan options were available! This vegan gelato was incredibly creamy, and I'd say it's a definite must-try if you're in the Belém area on a hot day.

Ciao Ciao Italia Lisbon Portugal

Burger Factory 

Address: Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103, LX Factory, Edifício G - Piso 0 - Espaço 0.5, 1300-501 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 912 988 747

If you find yourself hungry and at the LX Factory, then you might want to consider eating at Burger Factory. This isn't a vegan restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, but the staff was really knowledgeable on veganism. There was another vegetarian restaurant at the LX Factory, but when I inquired about vegan options they said they were sold out. Even their veggie burger had egg in it. So, we walked by Burger Factory, and while we thought it would be a long shot, we asked about vegan options. They have veggie burgers & hot dogs on the menu. I ordered the veggie dog, but they were out of hot dog buns. The waitress suggested they could serve it on a burger bun, and that ended up to be delicious! 

Burger Factory Lisbon Portugal

Princesa do Castelo

Address: Rua do Salvador 64A, 1100-466 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 887 1263

This is another restaurant that seems to have a menu that changes daily. This restaurant is located near Castelo de São Jorge, which is a must see while in Lisbon. I really loved how fresh this food tasted, it wasn't oily or processed at all. The meals all seemed to be fairly simple, but the flavours were delicious. 

Princesa do Castelo Lisbon Portugal

Primo Basílico

Address: R. dos Remédios 37, 1100-441 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 888 5287

This is where we actually had our first meal in Lisbon, and it did not disappoint! Primo Basílico is a small pizza shop, but they actually had four vegan pizza options available when we popped in! I got a calzone, onion pizza, and pizza with a creamy white sauce. Everything was delicious, and very reasonably priced. 

Primo Basílico Lisbon Portugal

Primo Basílico Lisbon Portugal

Tweny Pancake 

Address: Av. João XXI 22C, 1000-302 Lisboa, Portugal

I found this place online when I was planning our trip, and it did not disappoint! Tweny Pancake is a 100% vegan pancake shop that offers many different flavours and toppings. I was super excited because they serve vegan hot chocolate, which can be quite hard to find. The pancakes were fluffy and the toppings were delicious. 

Tweny Pancake Lisbon Portugal

Tweny Pancake Lisbon Portugal

39 Degraus

Address: Rua Barata Salgueiro, 39, Lisbon, Portugal, 1269-059
Phone: 0213140429

This restaurant is situated inside of cinema, so there's lots of movie themed memorabilia around. We each ordered a veggie burger and fries, which was the only vegan option available at the time. Apparently they have a fully vegan brunch once a week, which I wish we could have checked out! While I thought the veggie burger was just okay, Dylan thoroughly enjoyed it. 

39 Degraus Veggie Burger

Jardim Das Cerejas

Address: Calçada Sacramento 36, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 346 9308

If you're really hungry, you need to check out the fully vegan buffet at Jardim Das Cerejas! The food here was absolutely delicious, which led us to return three times! The buffet changes for the most part everyday, but there were some staple dishes each time we dined. 

Jardim Das Cerejas Vegan Buffet

Jardim Das Cerejas Vegan Buffet

Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project

Address: Rua Vitor Cordon, 26 Lisbon, Portugal 1200-484
Phone: +351 967 989 184

This was another restaurant that we ate at multiple times, because it was that good. I would highly recommend order the vegan steak and the crème brûlée, they were both incredible. Not only was the food delicious, but the presentation was also top notch!

Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project

Ao 26 - Vegan Food Project

Gelados Fragoleto

Address: Rua da Prata 61, 1100-413 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 347 9472

I was really impressed with the availability of vegan gelato and ice cream in Lisbon! Gelados Fragoleto had some really delicious flavours available, like caramel, hazelnut, and mint. So, if you're wanting something different than the typical fruity sorbets that you can get almost anywhere, go to Fragoleto for really creamy and unique flavours. 

Gelados Fragoleto Vegan Ice Cream

If you're also vegan or just veg-curious and planning a vacation to Lisbon, then as you see you'll have plenty of options! The only area that Lisbon is lacking in would be vegan bakeries. Unfortunately we didn't find any vegan pastel de nata's until we arrived in Porto.

Have you been to Lisbon before? What has been the most vegan city that you've been to?

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V.

I'm back with another one of Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks! This formulation is probably my favourite, as it dries quickly, and doesn't move at all once it sets. Additionally, all of the shades are 100% vegan & cruelty free, which makes me love them even more! The shade L.U.V. is a stunning rich violet that quickly won a special place in my purse.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V.

This is just a miniature size, but the regular tubes look the same, just longer. The doe foot applicator makes applying this super pigmented lipstick really simple. There's no discernible scent to these liquid lipsticks, so they shouldn't irritate anyone that's scent sensitive. I love these liquid lipsticks because they are super long wearing, transfer resistant, and matte yet comfortable. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V.

L.U.V. is a beautiful bright purple shade with a pink base. I find this shade to be super flattering, and it's not too bright, so it'll work well year-round. This shade is super pigmented, so you'll only need to go over your lips once. If you have really dry lips, you might want to touch up with a lip balm or clear lip gloss for added hydration.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V. Swatch

Have you tried any of Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks? I keep discovering more and more shades that I absolutely "LUV", and this one is no exception. If you're looking for a more dramatic shade, check out my review of Echo!

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

July 2017 Empties

I'm a bit late with my July empties - life has just been crazy busy these last few months! But, better late than never, right? This month's empties is composed of mostly skin care products, and only a few makeup bits.

July 2017 Empties

Nivea Creme Care Shower Cream - This product was unique in the fact that it's a body moisturizer that you apply it to wet skin in the shower, and then rinse off. I found that it did add a slight boost of hydration to my skin and was easy to use, but unfortunately Nivea isn't cruelty free so I won't be repurchasing.

Philosophy Vanilla Bean Nutmeg 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath - This scent was absolutely divine! So warm and yummy... it pains me that Philosophy isn't cruelty free! 

Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil - This was a nice cleansing oil, it removed all of my makeup with ease. If you have any cruelty free dupes please let me know!

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub - I use a lip scrub every single night, and Lush's are some of my favourites. This particular scent was limited edition for Valentine's Day, and while it was nice, I have to admit that it was a bit too sweet for my liking. 

Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm - I've grown to really like Burt's Bees lip balm over the last year! I don't rely on lip balm nearly as much as I used to, and the waxier texture of these balms is actually quite nice. 

eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner - I received this in a Glossy Box a while ago, but just recently fell in love with this mini! I prefer to use a liquid liner, and this formula was incredible. Very easy to apply, create a wing, and it didn't smudge throughout the day. 

July 2017 Empties

Bioderma Sensibio Tolerance+ - This facial moisturizer was very gentle, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin. 

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel Mini - Who doesn't love the Satsuma line from The Body Shop?! I've been using this line on and off since I was in high school, and I still can't get enough of it. Will definitely repurchase in the future. 

Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner - I had this tube kicking around for far too long, and I finally got around to using it up! You can use this product as a moisturizer or as a primer, but I chose to use it as the former. This was a great Summer moisturizer, as it was very lightweight. Not sure that I loved it enough to repurchase, but it was nice. 

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser - This was just a mini, and I brought it with my to Portugal. It's been a minute since I've used a foaming cleanser, but this one was quite nice. I've been exploring the Ole Henriksen brand this year, and I've been really impressed!

Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Hand Therapy - This was a great mini size to keep in my purse, and the formula was super hydrating without being greasy. I'll have to research whether or not C&E is cruelty free before I go to repurchase! Right now I'm using a hand cream from The Body Shop!

July 2017 Empties

Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner - This duo was nice and hydrating without weighing my hair down! Live Clean has some really great hair care products, and I love that they're all cruelty free and vegan. 

Live Clean Argan Oil Hydrating Liquid Hand Soap Refill - I've mentioned this many times, but Live Clean's hand soaps are by far my favourite! Their refills are a great way to cut down on packaging waste, and they're also more affordable. 

July 2017 Empties

So there you have it, my July 2017 empties! Hopefully next month I'll have more beauty empties to share with you - I'm super close to finishing up two foundations! 

What products have you emptied recently? Have you tried any of the products that made it into my recycling bin this month?

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

I recently rounded up five empty black pots from Lush and headed over to the Rideau Centre to trade them in for a fresh face mask! I've tried most of Lush's vegan face masks, and I've never been disappointed. I went into the store thinking that I would pick up Rosy Cheeks again, but then I saw the bright blue pot of Don't Look At Me, and I just had to try it out!

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Lush's Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask is Lush's most expensive fresh face mask, ringing in at $13.95 CAD. So, it's a great one to try out when you're taking part in Lush's recycling program. This bright blue mask is formulated with kaolin, ground rice, murumuru butter, organic silken tofu, and lemon juice. The lemon notes appear strongly in the scent of this face mask, making it a great one to use in the morning to wake you up.

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

I like to leave this mask on for about 15 minutes. This face mask doesn't dry completely, so it doesn't ever feel tight or uncomfortable. I like to splash a bit of water onto my face, and then exfoliate my face with the mask - the ground rice makes things very scrubby! After the mask is completely rinsed off, my face is so incredibly smooth and soft. Seriously, I don't think my face is ever as smooth as it is right after I use Don't Look At Me! I also feel like this mask works well to control oils without stripping my face completely. Apparently you can use this mask all over your body, but that would be quite the pricey indulgence. 

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Lush's Don't Look At Me is absolutely a winner in my books! I love how this mask helps to gently exfoliate my skin, while also nourishing and hydrating. Even though this is Lush's priciest fresh face mask, I do think that it would be worth the splurge every once in a while.

What are your favourite fresh face masks from Lush?

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Giant Mechanical Creatures Roam Downtown Ottawa #LaMachine

2017 is a big year for Canada, as it's our 150th birthday! While Canada Day has already passed, events are still taking place all year long to celebrate. Most recently, La Machine has brought their incredible mechanical show to the streets of downtown Ottawa! I've been looking forward to this show ever since I saw the promotional video about a year ago. Well, today I was able to catch a bit of the action, and it was pretty spectacular!

Long Ma La Machine

La Machine Ottawa

I headed over to the National Gallery for the 2 pm event. Even as I was walking through Major's Hill Park I could already tell that it was way busier than normal. I got to the National Gallery just after 1 pm, and the crowd was already massive. Ottawa is usually a fairly quiet city, so it was a welcomed change of pace! 

Kumo La Machine

There were two giant mechanical creatures: Long Ma and Kumo. Long Ma is a dragon-horse that shoots firey flames, and Kumo is a spider that shoots water. The two creatures are not only massive, but also are engaging in a weekend long duel. While Long Ma shoots fire, Kumo counters with water. The creatures "walk" throughout the downtown core, while police direct the crowds so nobody gets crushed. I do wish that the routes for the creatures were released to the public in advance, as no one really knew where to go to get the best view of the show. 

La Machine Ottawa

One of my favourite aspects of this show was the live band that followed the robots in the sky. There were four separate robotic lifts, each carrying between 1-4 musicians. This musical accompaniment completed the show, and was incredibly impressive! 

La Machine Ottawa

La Machine shows are taking place all weekend long, you can take a look at the schedule here. I won't lie to you: the crowds will be huge and might be overwhelming, but the atmosphere was really friendly and exciting. It's not too often that something like this makes its' way to Ottawa, so if you're able to catch some of the action, definitely do so!

Have you managed to catch Long Ma and Kumo wandering the streets of downtown Ottawa? What did you think of the show?

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