Today we've invited Bohemian Hippy to to our blog. They're a team of Scottish vegans who help their customers live a 100% animal product free life, while helping out an animal charity too. And with 60% of our customers being vegan, we thought you might be interested.
Why Bohemian Hippy Merchandise Will Save Animal Lives This Veganuary
As part of its commitment to the wonderful cause that is Veganuary, Bohemian Hippy, an online vegan merchandise stockist, has put to together a sample of its amazing and ethically sourced merchandise to help you do your bit in 2018.
At Bohemian Hippy, we understand how important it is to wear your message about veganism and animal rights, so we created a shop where you can find not-for-profit ethical clothing with full vegan ink.
Being vegan is a way of life and, as the good people over at Veganuary say, there are many reasons why people should go vegan in 2018. A way of living with compassion and care and a way of living that lets us eat all the delicious food that we like without having to harm or mistreat hundreds of thousands of innocent animals to do it.
We’re very proud to be vegan here at Bohemian Hippy, and we’ll take any opportunity we get to shout about the benefits of being vegan for both humans and animals at any given opportunity, so we thank 280 Bakes for this amazing opportunity to shout about what we do!
We believe that the only downside to being vegan is that there simply isn’t enough vegan merchandise to let us shout about it properly. At Bohemian Hippy however, we’re on a mission to change that.
That’s why you will be met with a huge range of vegan merchandise when you visit the Bohemian Hippy webstore. We sell bespoke products, each featuring exclusive designs, slogans and patterns, so you can proudly display your vegan tendencies and look cool doing it.
Our t-shirts, sportswear, bags, and home products are sold not for profit. Instead of taking any money ourselves from the sale of our vegan merchandise UK, we’re putting it toward the foundation of Lotus Animal Sanctuary.
Lotus Animal Sanctuary has been a dream of ours at Bohemian Hippy for some time now, and will let us improve the lives of many animals and teach adults and children alike that animal agriculture is not how they were meant to live.
As well as providing a home for various animals, such as calves that are discarded by the cruel dairy industry, the Lotus Animal Sanctuary will give every visitor the chance to get up close and personal with these wonderful animals. That way, we can show the world how much love these animals can give, and that they are deserving of as much better quality of life.
If you agree with us and want to help make Lotus Animal Sanctuary a reality and really get on board with our friends over at Veganuary, why not represent your beliefs with some of Bohemian Hippy’s vegan merchandise?
Here’s just a few of our most popular products which we hope will allow your to burst with vegan pride in 2018.
Tote Shoulder Bag – Peace Justice Vegan – One size 42x38cm
Our vegan tote bags are ideal for carrying the shopping, spare clothes or absolutely anything that you could need with you. Even better, our simple yet effective design jumps out from the bag’s front, leaving nobody in doubt that you are living your best meat and cruelty free life. Go you!
Vegan Athlete Performance Shirt
One of the most frequent and irritating arguments against veganism is that humans are somehow supposed to eat meat to gain protein and stay strong. Of course, that’s just not the case, and you can show the world just how strong and healthy you are as you work out in our Vegan Athlete performance shirt.
Please note, this is just a wee sample of what we offer here at Bohemian Hippy. Feel free to explore our whole range online!
Good luck for Veganuary people, we're right behind you! Be vegan, be proud.
With love, Bohemian Hippy x
Thank you Bohemian Hippy. Best of luck with your animal sanctuary - we'll stop by if we're ever in Scotland!
You can follow Bohemian Hippy on Twitter, or Facebook.
Want to celebrate your new vegan wardrobe? A cake just *makes* a celebration, and we deliver vegan cakes all over Bristol and Portishead!
Until next time,
Louise & Team
Vegan living in Bristol? Here are our top 14 tips for vegan treat finding in our amazing city.
Please ignore the awful grammar. Something we are working on to improve with Storify! (Grrr!)
How do you like our top Bristol vegan tips? Have we missed anything big?
Why not go try somewhere new this month - you don't need to be vegan to enjoy the food here!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We've been looking for new bakers this month, and we're please to announce Heidi and Sue have joined our team. Welcome to 280 Bakes, ladies!
Heidi is a mum-of-one from Patchway in Bristol. She's originally from Hungary and learned her initial baking skills from her mum. Then, baking birthday cakes for friends and family, devouring blogs and recipe books (especially those from pastry chefs), she honed her skills and has become an accomplished cake baker.
Heidi joined 280 Bakes to allow her to bake more, as it's something she really enjoys. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is her favourite cake.
Sue is the second baker to join us this month. She's our most eastern Bristol baker, from the area of
Hanham. She's a keen golfer, and Sue's favourite cake is Lemon Sponge.
Sue says James Martin is one of her favourite chefs, but she inspiration from all over.
We're looking forward to seeing your cakes, guys, welcome to the team!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
So, you're throwing a party for New Year? Awesome! Here are our top tips on how to have THE BEST New Year party your friends have ever been to!
1. Avoid the anti-climatic moment at 12.01 am with a banging playlist - make sure the first few tunes of 2018 are party starters, even if you've been going for several hours already! We suggest...
- Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
- Calvin Harris - Feels
- Pharrell Williams - Happy
2. Make sure there's a cake - everyone loves cake! Our boozy New Year cakes are perfect for the occasion. Gluten free, standard or vegan... and we deliver! Orders close on 29th December.
Our Destiny and Louise went to the Bristol Viva Vegan Christmas Market this weekend, and did they nail it? Yes they did!
Take a look at the amazing cakes the ladies took with them... and consequently sold to many, many hungry vegans! Everything from stewed plum cupcakes to gluten free gin and lemon cake, mince pie shortbread to a boozy Christmas cake - we had it all.
If you see anything you like here, we'd be happy to bake anything for you again if you couldn't make the event - just contact us!
That was our final event for 2018, but we are starting to book on events for next year, so stay tuned for more information!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We're the gluten free cake myth busters! Here are six myths about gluten free cakes... totally busted!
Umm... These cakes from our bakers rose beautifully! This is a carrot cake (left) and gingerbread (right), both 100% gluten free. It does help if you have a good recipe - just replacing the 'normal' flour with gluten free versions doesn't always cut it.
Why not learn more about our gluten free cakes and test the myth yourself!
Myth #2: Gluten Free Cakes Are 'Gritty'
Again, it's all about what you put in the mixture. A pure gluten free flour may be a bit gritty, but mixed with other types of flour can really balance it out. Try coconut flour, ground rice, chickpea flour... There's lots to choose from.
Myth #3: Gluten Free Means A Grain-Free Diet
A common mis-conception of having a gluten free diet is it needs to be 100% grain free. This isn't the case, as rice, millet, buckwheat, corn, quinoa are all gluten free grains.
Oats often falls into the no-go category for gluten free diets, but actually, this is also incorrect. The reason oats get a bad name is they're easily contaminated with wheat in production and processing, so you're best off avoiding our banana oat cakes and flapjacks if you're having issues with gluten, though through no fault of their own!
Myth #4: Gluten Free Products Are 100% Free Of Gluten
No need to panic - you can still trust our 'gluten free' cake labelling, but gluten free is a legal definition, not a scientific one. It means food contains less than a certain legal amount of gluten. In the UK, for example, this is less than 20 parts per million. More info on this can be found on this website for Coeliac sufferers.
Myth #5: 'Glutinous' Products Contain Gluten
Wrong! 'Glutinous' actually means 'sticky'. Gluten is in wheat, barley and rye (see oats above), so, for example, 'glutinous rice' is just sticky rice - you're safe there! Why not try this fab recipe for this gluten free Sticky Date Cake from Food52, now you know you can?
Myth #6: Going Gluten Free Is A Fad
This is the worst myth of all. Going gluten free, for the majority of cases, is a decision a person takes to improve life changing, often painful and complicated symptoms. If you're medically diagnosed - and please don't self-diagnose - as a coeliac, you may have a combination of a number of symptoms (these are just a few):
- weigh loss - liver complications - repeated miscarriages
- alopecia - mouth ulcers - ataxia (loss of coordination)
Changing to a gluten free diet can alleviate some of these problems, and lead to a healthier lifestyle - for those who need to make the change.
If you're concerned you may be coeliac and could therefore benefit from a gluten free diet, make an appointment with your GP. More information is on the Coeliac UK website, but nothing beats face to face, personal medical advice.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Our Louise went to Switzerland this time last week and here are some of the great photos of Swiss cakes she sent us. Way to make us jealous...!
Swiss cakes are always a delight to look at... and to taste of course! I am need of a serious diet after all the goodies El Husbandio and I enjoyed on our short break in Switzerland this month - we just couldn't resist some 'market research'! Take a look at some of the festive treats we found around Bern, Zurich, and surrounding alpine villages. Which would you choose?
Top row: Mini Chocolate Almond Chocolate Bundts, Chocolate Walnut Tart (totally counts as cake!), and Lebekuchen.
Bottom row: Plum Pie, Plum Parcels, and Apple Strudel.
If you like what you see here, take a look at the cakes from a whistle-stop tour of bakeries in Zurich last December. Take me back!!
Big thanks to my fellow cake lover and ever-up-for-a-giggle tour guide, Lou G. xx
Owner, 280 Bakes
City life can be frantic and stressful. This blog post shows you how Bristol living is made oh-so-much easier with 280 Bakes and some local business friends.
Bristol Life Hack #1: Fuss Free Foodie
Not sure what to cook for dinner tonight? Wondering what spices to add to your soup? Want to know if shellfish are in season? The Fuss Free Foodie is here to help the good folk of Bristol get the answers to their foodie questions!
Join the Fuss Free community with like minded foodies and enjoy the inspiration! If you don't fancy cooking and want to eat out you can also find restaurant reviews, from Bristol restaurants (including new areas like Whapping Wharf) highlights from new menu launches and food bloggers' favourite hangouts.
What's new for the Fuss Free Foode team? They will running 'edible Christmas gifts' workshops in December, and going forward into the new year you can expect to see more organised to help you build your foodie repertoire and cooking skills. Their website launches in December so stay tuned to the Fuss Free Foodie on Facebook and Twitter to hear about it first!
The Fuss Free Foodie: For time poor Bristolians who still enjoyed eating great food!
Bristol Life Hack #2: We Caboodle
Caboodle is a new social enterprise set up by three BS3 mums – Isabel, Ellie F and Ellie B - who all struggled to find childcare to fit around their freelance work. After many meetings, involving kids, cafés and cake they saw an opportunity to develop a community business that would support other parents and carers in their situation, and Caboodle was born.
Caboodle’s co-working with onsite crèche is the first of its kind in Bristol. There’s no commitment and you can book last minute – great for freelancers where work fluctuates and those working at home.
The four and two hour pop-up sessions (lunch included) run every term-time Monday at Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster and have been met with a fantastic response.
“We Caboodle is a fantastic idea, executed well. It has meant that I can get a scheduled chunk of office time to finish of my projects, introduced me to a lovely group of people in similar circumstances to myself and allowed my two year old to try formal childcare. The crèche is superb as is the working environment (and the lunches too )” ~ Craig Andrews, Caboodler and Digital Editor at Shattered Glass.
Book online or visit Caboodle's Facebook and Twitter to find out more!
Caboodle have made it their "mission to provide a space for mums, dads and carers to work flexibly, supporting each other to have fulfilling careers and healthy family lives, whilst their children blossom in versatile, quality childcare.”
Bristol Life Hack #3: Flatpack Monkey
Flatpack Monkey is a small business which offers a home, garden & workspace furniture assembly service throughout Bristol. The company assembles an extensive range of flatpack furniture from all leading high street & online retailers including Ikea, John Lewis, Next, Argos and many more.
The team are friendly, fully insured and trained with the product knowledge and experience to professionally assemble your flatpack furniture to the highest quality of workmanship and to the manufactures specifications, offering an affordable and simple pricing structure with no call out fee; the price you see is the price you pay per item assembled.
The company offers many services including a Pick & Deliver Service where we can now offer to pick your flatpack furniture items from your local Ikea Bristol and deliver your items straight for us to assemble. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to wait in for a delivery which can often be "silly hours" that don’t work around your plans for the day. We offer a discount for multiple items and have regular offers on our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
If you don’t have the transport, time or patience, Flatpack Monkey offer an reliable, hassle-free flatpack furniture delivery and assembly service, with simple but competitive pricing.
Bristol Life Hack #4: 280 Bakes
And finally, to us: 280 Bakes. We make Bristol life easier not only by baking home made cakes and delivering to your door, but by offering a same day service: CakeOD.
The idea for CakeOD was inspired by some lovely, yet disorganised people we know. They'd forget it was their turn to bake on 'Cake Friday' in the office, birthdays of loved ones would slip their minds, and they'd not have noticed the note in their diary saying their bestie was popping over for a brew that afternoon.
Cake was required, and fast!
Popular misconceptions is that we included the 'OD' element to CakeOD as a nod to possible overdoses on baked goods, our vegan, gluten free and standard cakes are soooo tasty. In fact, the 'OD' refers to 'on demand' (think '4OD' for Channel 4's TV catch-up service). We deliver our customer favourites on demand - as long as you order by 12.30pm!
Home made cakes, delivered same day across Bristol: As easy as that!
So there's our four life hacks for making living in Bristol that much easier. Have we missed anything or anyone who can do the same? Feel free to comment below to help out your fellow Bristolians!
Here's to an easy life!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Christmas is coming, and you know there's always someone who's hard to buy for. If they're a baker, we have ten awesome gift ideas!
All images have links connected to them where possible - happy shopping!
What will you be buying the baker in your family this Christmas? What would YOU like, as a baker?
The Team @ 280 Bakes
It's Black Friday! *groan*
1. Bake a cake
It had to be our top recommendation, of course! Baking is fun, you can bond with your kids over it, and the Gods are in your favour if you follow one of our amazing recipes:
Seasonal pumpkin bakes are some of our favourites
Tres Leches - if you fancy something creamy
Try Bread Pudding for a squishy, fun time!
Swiss Roll - for something a little more challenging
2. Go on a leaf hunt
The leaves are all pretty much off the trees, so head up to your nearest park and send the kids on a leaf hunt. Look for a) the most symmetrical leaf, b) the best colour leaf, c) the biggest leaf. You could even download a leaf identification app (this one's from the Natural History Museum) to help them learn something on your Autumn stroll. It'll keep them occupied for a while, at least!
3. Visit someone you've not seen for a while
Bring a smile to a relative or old friend who lives nearby. Walking there could even link in tip no.2, if you see enough trees. And don't show up empty handed - they'd love a piece of your cake from tip no. 1!
Wishing you all a calm Black Friday,
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Welcome to the 280 Bakes blog! Most posts are by our team, but if you fancy guest blogging, give us a shout!