Thursday, 18 June 2015

Hello England! Time for a giveaway...

I landed back in the UK yesterday evening after a fun journey home - BA gave Nick and I a free upgrade to business class! Hell yeah! That made flying pretty fun as I got to cosy on down in a flat bed, watch a movie and catch some zzz's. Bliss. Last night we stayed with Nick's sister in Thames Ditton and bright and early this morning I clocked a communal jigsaw at the station. They were also playing some nice classical music and it all felt very English all of a sudden. Our onward journey via train through fields and farmland was almost too easy - I'm not used to being somewhere where I understand everything and know how it all works anymore and it kinda feels a little too familiar. After the ridiculous excesses of Texas with it's gigantic gas stations, conenuts (yep... that's an ice cream / doughnut hybrid... more about that soon) and enormous burgers it definitely feels a little weird to be back.

We're at Nick's dad's place now and we all spent the afternoon cleaning out the van and getting it all ready to be loaded up with our stuff on Saturday morning and then early next week we'll be heading for Eastern Europe via Berlin and either The Netherlands or Belgium depending on which route we choose. We definitely have some serious planning and organising to do but this is the van that we'll be calling home for the next three and a half months.


Isn't it cute?! I am SO freaking excited! I'll be blogging about the van, what we're taking with us and what we'll be cooking in there all summer and I'll make a video tour for YouTube as soon as we get some of our stuff in there. If you wanna make sure you don't miss that visit my channel here and click subscribe.

If you read my previous post you saw that I was at Vida Vegan Con a couple of weeks ago and if you've been paying attention you probably spotted that I recently made a YouTube channel. One of my first videos was of my little shopping spree at Rabbit Food Grocery and I didn't just pick stuff up for myself I also grabbed some things for y'all as they say in Texas. There were also a couple of great things in the VVC swag bag of wonder that I thought were too good for my European friends to miss out on so I figured it was giveaway time!


The winner will win everything pictured above which includes:

Entrants must live in Europe and they cannot have attended Vida Vegan Con. To enter you just need to leave a comment below letting me know which US product you most wish you could get easily where you live. The competition closes midnight Sunday because I need to post this out to you on Monday so you need to be checking your e-mail / social media / whatever contact info you leave me on Monday morning. Posting about the giveaway on social media isn't a requirement (that's actually illegal y'know) but if you're feeling nice and want to spread the word that'd be lovely of you & I'd totally appreciate it. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.

60 comments:

  1. Aaah dream giveaway! For me it's gotta be dandies marshmallows, would give anything for them to be available in shops in the UK! (Floralfrosting on IG & Twitter)

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  2. Has to be the Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows, I love marshmallows and pumpkin but had no idea the two could go together outside of my wildest dreams!

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  3. Ahh I wish there were so many more US vegan products available over here in the UK, I can't decide on just one so my top two are definitely dandies marshmallows and the Alternative Baking Company cookies! I've heard brilliant things about both! my Instagram is michaelat12

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  4. Eeeee.... your van is adorable! All the best for your European adventures.... I've been really enjoying reading about your travels (and am a little bit jealous, I must admit ^_^).

    I'd love to be able to get soy curls in the UK. They're used in a bunch of cool recipes that I'd like to try, and the next closest thing seems to be TVP chunks, which are a bit pants. You can get me on Instagram @inradtaste

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  5. Not sure if my comment went through but I'm so jealous of all your travels and food eating right now! US food I wish we could get here in the UK is Gardein chik'in tenders...I'm addicted. Social media for me is @soydivisionblog on Twitter!

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  6. Looks so so good, I'm jealous!

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  7. Wow, I'd love to try the mac and cheese. I do make my own but I'm intrigued to see what the stuff from a box is like.

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  8. The thing I wish I could get is Earth Balance. I find it so much more buttery than the substitutes we can get here.

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  9. I'm in the US, so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for those pumpkin marshies!! Can't wait for your van adventures.

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  10. That Love Bean spread sounds nice (I have sweet tooth...)!

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  11. From your range of goodies, chocolate coconut spread sounds to die for!

    Other American treats on my wishlist are Earth Balance cheddar flavour squares - I got some in the Vegan Package Swap and they were so good.

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  12. My favourite vegan US product not available over here is Sweet&Sara toasted coconut marshmallows, they are sooooo good. From your selection I would love to try the pumpkin Dandies.

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  13. The van is so cute!
    I wish so much I could get GT's Kombucha! It's the best I've ever had and I've never found a kombucha in the UK that comes close

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  14. Interesting stuff will love to try

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  15. Paula Readings19 June 2015 at 09:27

    Tootsie rolls love them.

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  16. I wish Tofurky was some here in the UK! It looks amazing!! Thanks for the chance x

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  17. I would love to get twinkies, my kids loved them when visiting the usa x

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  18. Girl scout cookies! ever since they started producing vegan ones I have been insanely jealous!

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  19. Good luck with our adventures !
    I'd like to find Sjaak's organic and vegan chocolates in the UK. They are delicious!

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    1. I meant YOUR adentures (wish it was "our" haha)

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  20. Rescue chocolate bars.
    Sam Stevens
    sam@tickell.plus.com

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  21. I love pumpkin flavoured anything so canned pumpkin (that doesn't cost an arm and a leg) would be nice. Also baking extracts. I have my eye on maple, chocolate and coffee extracts...

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    1. Oh yeah, and I don't care for posting my contact info for all the internet to see, but I'm reachable through the PPK (same username obviously).

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  22. The van looks ace, I'm excited for your adventures in it! What a great prize. The thing I would love to be able to get easily which I've only tried once when you sent me some in a Vegan Snack swap is soy curls. I've just had a friend on holiday in NYC searching for them but no luck :(

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  23. Earth balance mac and cheese earth balance mac and cheese earth balance mac and cheese earth balance mac and cheese

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  25. Oh wow the chocolate coconut spread would be amazing. Wish I could find that somewhere local!
    @SammiLMcS on Twitter
    sammi_the_vampire@hotmail.co.uk

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  26. I wish we could get the "beyond meat" stuff, and Upton's seitan! Enjoy your trip!

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  27. I love the look of your van! We're going on a two week trip to Europe in August so I can't wait to hear your tips and use the zine you made!
    I'm lucky living in Manchester because there is so many vegan shops! But I would LOVE to try the earth balance mac, especially after watching your video!

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  28. I wish we had Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme Marshmallow Fluff over here. That stuff looks too ridiculous to be true!

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    1. And you can reach me on Twitter @dystopic101!

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  29. It all looks great but I'd very much like to try the eyeliner :)

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  30. Oooh! I was hoping you'd share a pic of your van! how cute it is!! I'm so excited for the continuation of your adventures. I also love that you're doing a VVC giveaway and that it's only open to people who didn't attend VVC. Such a sweet idea. Hearts to you!

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  31. Marshmallows! Dark chocolate covered pretzels! Affordable miso! Vegan taco trucks - they fit horribly in a suitcase!

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  32. Wow, you must be overexcited about your trip with the van. Cannot wait to follow your journey especially because we are thinking of going to Eastern Europe too in September, travelling by train though.

    To answer your question there are many US vegan products that I often see online and that I'd love to try, the 'cheeses' though are the ones that I'm more interested in, especially the artisan ones, they look so good. There are many by Vtopian that look great like the "Mapled Seitan Cheese Ball" just to name one. Have you ever tried them?

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  33. The pumpkin marshmallows, sound so wrong but taste so right!

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  34. Dandies marshmallows they sound rather interesting

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  35. Ummm prohibiting Vida Vegan Con attendees from entering is ALSO ILLEGAL. Just kidding I just want more mac & cheese :P

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  36. No worries about the giveaway, I'm still not sure if I'll be able to haul all my junk back home as it is! I only wish we had more time to hang out together, but I'm glad we could finally spend some time chatting in person. Enjoy the next leg of your journey- It sounds like you have many more exciting adventures ahead of you!

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  37. I've heard good things about Earth Balance so i'd love their products to be available in the UK

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  38. The mac and cheese

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  39. Wheeler's Vegan World Famous Hot Fudge is something I'd love to try.

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  40. The crispy cheetos crisps that they've stopped selling here

    trevor linvell

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    1. @TheBouncyFrog on Twitter if that's easier :)

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  42. The Mac and Cheese looks great

    @NickHopkins1234

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  43. My wife would love the eyeliner

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  44. The Love Bean Chocolate and coconut spread sounds delicious! I wish I could get that easily where I live : )
    @KristynHarris

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  45. I'm pretty obsessed with trying that bacon grease stuff. I'm pretty sure I'd smear that shit over everything. Want!

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  46. That Love Bean spread sounds nice

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  47. We used to be able to get Tofutti chocolate fudge pops over here and they were one of the best things I've ever eaten, I wish they were available in the UK again. From your selection, I would love to try the pumpkin Dandies and the mac and cheese. I really wish we had more Earth Balance stuff over here too.

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  48. Earth Balance mac & cheese cannot be found here in Cambridge & on a windy, chilly summer day mac & cheese would be perfect. Also too idle / busy reading novels, blogs to make some from scratch.

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  49. Earth Balance mac & cheese for me. I really really love it.

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