Toms Shoes

New shoes you say? I hardly ever buy new shoes I either can’t find ones that are comfy enough or I just can’t justify the large amounts of money some of the shoes cost for the very short life they seem to live, however I have been looking for some slip on slip off type shoes to replace my old tatty vans which had seen better days, they had a massive hole in the bottom and my feet would get soaked every time I went outside when the floor was wet or damp, which in the UK is pretty much all the time, so they had to go.

I had looked at various options Vans being one of them but a lot of them were not vegan friendly, either using some form of leather in the shoe design or the manufacturing process of the shoe wasn’t vegan, I then found Toms, I had used them before buying my daughter a pair a couple of birthday’s ago the overall quality of the shoe felt good but of course I never got to wear them, they just wouldn’t fit my feet.

Not wanting to get something plane or a single colour I found these they looked perfect all be it a little bit expensive however they were vegan and Toms donate a pair of shoes to people in need for every pair sold which in my book is a winner.

So how do the shoes feel I hear you asking? The fit was perfect, not to small, not to big just perfect, in a way they don’t even feel like they are on your feet, not in a barefoot kind of way, though, more like a lightweight fit you don’t feel your feet carrying them when you walk, they are soft under foot too so when it is time to put in some steps they are ready for the challenge.

I would totally buy another pair, maybe in a different colour or a different design but if you are looking for a new shoe ready for Spring/Summer I don’t think you could go wrong with a pair of Toms.

Liar Liar & Fat Rabbit Review

Liar Liar has been open in town for a while now but I have never been, today I decided to give it a shot.

You are made to feel welcome from the moment you walk in, the customer service is fantastic I ordered a Latte with Soya milk, while I was waiting a lovely lady came over “Are you eating in?” I was “You can go and find a seat if you like, we will bring your drink to you” I did just that, I found a stool in the corner, the same girl came over “There is plenty of space upstairs if you would like to sit up there” amazing, I went upstairs and found a seat, it was really roomy, not cramped the windows are huge and let is loads of natural light, I just sat there for a while taking it all in.

My drink wasn’t that far behind me, delivered in a lovely mug I took a sip, usually, I like a sugar in my coffee but this was lovely, it is really hard to explain but the coffee tasted delicious, much nicer than Starbuck’s offering anyway.

The great think about Liar Liar is they also host Fat Rabbit, a vegan street food pop-up restaurant which I believe has permanent residency here. The menu selection was vast much larger than any other cafe I have ever been to, I ordered the Falafel Burger with Fries.

When it arrived it looked delicious, so colorful and fresh it had gherkins though and usually, I won’t eat them but I thought to myself I am going to leave them on and experience this dish to its full potential.

It turned out that the burger was just a lovely as it looked, I managed to eat it all but couldn’t manage the coleslaw or garnish the burger and fries filled me up so much.

Would I recommend this venue to someone else? Absolutely. Will I be going back? Definitely. Liar Liar is now by far one of my favorite cafes in town.

Monkey Wrench – The Best Of The Foo’s

Do you live in or around Oswestry? Get your diary and a pen and mark ‘Monkey Wrench’ against May 5th, this my friends is a gig you are not going to want to miss. I have had the pleasure of attending two of the Band’s rehearsal dates to capture video and photos for their

I have had the pleasure of attending two of the Band’s rehearsal dates to capture video* and photos for their Facebook Page and I have to tell you they are tight, as a band the quality of the material is just amazing. The sound, the setlist it all just works so remember May 5th Saith Seren Wrexham be there or you are going to miss out on the debut of one of the best upcoming bands the area has seen.

Here are some photos I took…

*Facebook wouldn’t let me share the videos here, if you would like to see them head over to the Facebook page linked in the main post.

Apple Watch Review

I have had the Apple Watch for a good few months now and thought I would share my thoughts on it as a daily watch.

I decided to get an Apple Watch around Christmas 2016 I had been wanting one for a while but held off waiting, when the Apple Watch 2 was released I decided that I wanted to get one, I started saving and when Christmas came I had enough money to go out and buy one, I opted for the 42mm watch face made from Aluminium with a white sports wristband, I don’t know what it is about watch bands but certain bands don’t sit nicely on my wrist, the Apple Watch band however, is super soft and really comfortable.

So, about the watch itself…

The home screen is completely modular, you can select a number of different faces and depending on the face you choose you can choose different ‘widgets’ from Watch supported apps installed on your phone to show up in these widget areas, for example, I have Dark Sky weather installed on my phone and you can see it shows the information about the weather in the middle of the watch face, pretty cool right?

Single pressing on the weather on the watch face will load the current weather forecast where you can scroll through various bits of information that Dark Sky has collected about your current location.

The Apple Watch supports Apple Pay and if it is enabled the watch has to have a pin code set, this is to secure your card details, you can unlock the watch with the phone if the phone is unlocked then the watch is unlocked if you don’t want to get your phone out to unlock your watch you can single tap the screen and enter your pin number manually.

Selecting an application to open on the watch is a fidely business, you have to single press the digital crown which will load the applications page, you can then scroll around until you find the application you want and single pressing onto it will launch it.

Interestingly one of my favourite features of the Apple Watch is its integration with Siri, putting dinner in the oven and setting a timer is easy peasy simply summon Siri using the phrase “Hey Siri” and ask her to set a timer, she will then set the timer and vibrate the watch when it is done, you can also ask Siri to send text messages, initiate phone calls, and other cool things.

Controlling music is also super simple, although Spodoesn’tsen’t have a native watch application if music is playing on the phone you can launch the now playing application on the watch to control the volume either with the on-screen buttons or you can use the digital crown, pause and start music, skip songs also if you have a playlist playing you can’t view the songs in it (at least I haven’t found a way) still much better than getting your phone out of your pocket every time to change a song.

I use YNAB on my iPhone every single day, they have a native app for the watch which I can load to view current category information, unfortunately you can’t add transactions from the watch or do anything else like you can on the phone but the brief overview of the budget from the watch face is great.

 

Calendar notifications are also great, if you have an event coming up you will get a notification on the watch telling you the time of the event and the description plus location should you have entered it into the calendar event description, pretty neat right.

Finally the activity monitor and possibly the most integrated application into the watch but the one that I use the least, the watch will track various bits of information, how long you have been active for, how many steps you have taken things like that and display them in what they call the rings, when the rings close the goal has been reached, the watch will chime and vibrate and will continue on another loop until it closes for a second time. There is so much more than just the watch face view for activity but as I don’t use it that much I don’t really have much to say.

If you are looking for a smart watch I would totally recommend the Apple Watch, the price may be higher than some of the competitors but the quality of the device and the quality of the software and integration with the devices I already own is fantastic. 

Harissa Aubergine Kebabs

Editorial Note: This was a follow along, taken from Issue 5 of Vegan Living Magazine which was an extract from 15 Minute Vegan

We have been reading the above-mentioned magazine for a while now and there are some really yummy recipes in there, tonight I decided to give one of them a go, Harissa Aubergine Kebabs with a mint relish, they turned out really well and tasted just lovely, I might make a small change next time and have them inside a pitta bread, I think they would be easier to eat that way but still they were pretty amazing.

I took a few photos along the way to show what was to come.

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The Recipe

  • 1 Large Aubergine
  • 6 whole cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsps harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 large flatbreads
  • 1 small pomegranate (seeds only)

For the relish

  • 1/4 cucumber finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp of cider vinegar.