Light Bites

Places that are perfect for lunch or if you aren’t feeling that hungry.

The New Plough, Burnopfield – Review

A collective sigh of relief for many parents is being breathed this week. The Teen returns to school to start his final year of compulsory education and the reality of this is setting in. I decided to take him out…
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The Herb Garden at the Harbour – Review

Since it opened its doors earlier in the year, I have wanted to visit The Herb Garden’s sister restaurant down on the marina in North Shields. Unfortunately other things always seemed to get in the way. With a week off…
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Döner Haus, Sunderland

When you become vegan one of the things you presume will be consigned to the dim and distant past, never to be repeated again, is the guiltiest of all food pleasures – the drunken kebab. While many food companies like…
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Newcastle in the Sky*

I cannot stress enough how scared I am of heights. There’s plenty of pictures of me looking (more) ashen-faced up the Burj Khalifa, Empire State Building, and random tall tourist monuments all over the globe. On a recent trip to…
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Bubble Pop Waffles in Newcastle

Hearing that Creams – an American style dessert diner – was launching a new menu featuring Bubble Pop Waffles got me thinking. These street snacks were popular in Hong Kong before making their way to the shores of Blighty, for…
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Dog Leap Cafe, Newcastle*

The joy of blogging is being able to share hidden gems with the readers of Canny Food. The children and I were invited along to try out Dog Leap Cafe, which is located within St.Nicholas’ Cathedral in the centre of…
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Peppermint Cafe, Morpeth

After discovering a cafe in Morpeth that was amenable to vegetarians and vegans when organising Vegan Restaurant Week I stuck it on my ‘to-visit’ list. Last Saturday I was tired and hangry after driving over 100 miles for my day not…
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Tea Sutra Lunch, Newcastle

I’m a big fan of a cuppa and a slice of cake, if my fan girl behaviour towards Quilliam Bros recently is anything to go by, and you definitely can’t go wrong with a good brew. There’s certainly no such…
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Working our way through the menu at Grumpy Panda

If you’ve already read our previous review of Grumpy Panda – the North East’s first vegan diner experience – you’ll know we were big fans of the ‘junk food’ on offer. Its proximity to where I live means it is almost…
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Wildflower Vegan Cheeze Subscription Boxes – Review

One of the many reasons people cite for not turning vegan is cheese. I’ll admit it was one of my original stumbling blocks, fearing the dairy free alternatives in the supermarkets that I’d tried historically were the best accessible. Thankfully…
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