Three years ago, at the end of 2013 between Christmas and New Year, I started The Bruges Vegan Blog. I had already been blogging in Dutch on Graswortels (previously called Veggieleven), but decided to start an English blog to share restaurant reviews and other things vegan related with people from around the world.
3 YEAR BLOG OVERVIEW
In those three years, I have published 231 posts on The Bruges Vegan. A lot of those posts are restaurant reviews. But there are also other posts about our garden, homemade meals in our kitchen, reviews from events like vegan festivals or lectures, and some posts about animal rights. The posts about Remembrance day (Armistice day, but not for the animals and The animal do not want our medals and statues) were shared more than thousands of times. I also posted some shop review (30 posts) and posts about vegan products like vegan caviar or Danish pastry.
It is rather a coincidence that the 3 year blog-anniversary coincides with the milestone of 100 restaurant reviews (number 100 is published after this post). That is an average of 33 restaurant reviews a year! It does not seem like we go out for dinner or lunch thàt often, but we do like to try new places and are constantly on the lookout for places that offer vegan options. It is exciting to see that in those three years, our list of places where vegans are welcome in Bruges and around Bruges is steadily growing. Although on that front Belgium still pales in comparison with other places like London, Brighton or even Vienna, which we have visited recently and where veganism is certainly more mainstream.
We had plenty of good experiences, but also some rather sad experiences.
Here’s a gallery of our more enjoyable dining out experiences. Some are real fine gastronomic dining, but we also enjoy the occasional burger or falafel in a fast food place just as much!
Unfortunately we also had some not so good experiences, which I won’t dwell on for too long here. Let’s just say being served raw tofu, or rabbit food is not our idea of an enjoyable dining out experience. And yes, we also had some occasions where we were not quite sure whether what we were served was actually vegan, or even on one occasion, staff bluntly admitted serving us oyster sauce.
We don’t only look at the food, but alo take comfort, service, hygiene, into consideration when writing a review (see A word or two about our restaurant reviews) And yes, even the hygiene of the toilets shape our overall impression!
We try to be fair in our restaurant reviews. if it is good, we will spread the word, but if it is not good, we will surely also say so, even if it is a vegan friendly place. On that respect, see our post A critical note about vegan (friendly) places? Don’t you dare!
GIVEAWAY – 2 X 2 vegan dining at restaurant Hashtag Food
Hashtag Food is a trendy and relaxed bistro in the city center of Bruges (Belgium). They have a seperate vegan menu (it used to be veggie and vegan, but recently, they have made all their vegetarian meals vegan!).
We have visited Hashtag Food twice, and really enjoyed it! Everything is fresh, homemade (even the bread). We have posted two reviews of Hashtag Food, you can see them here Hashtagfood 1, and here Hashtag Food 2. The menu changes every couple of weeks, so a visit to Hashtag Food is always a new discovery!
To celebrate our 3 year blog anniversary, and 100 restaurant reviews, we are giving away 2 vouchers for a vegan lunch/dinner (3course) for two people, at Hashtag Food, in Bruges Belgium. So in total, 4 people (2×2) can go dining at Hashtag Food.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GIVEAWAY
- Write a comment on this blogpost with your best vegan dining out experiences (and what was so good about it). Or if you don’t have any vegan dining out experiences, tell us which (vegan friendly) restaurant you really would like to visit for a vegan meal and why.
- You can write the comment in English or in Dutch.
- Please only one entry per person
- Make sure you write a correct e-mail address in the appropriate field, as I will need that to contact you.
- Deadline to enter the Giveaway is January 2, 2017 (so you have time to tell your friends at the New Year’s parties about this giveaway, and they can also enter 😉
- Two winners will be randomly drafted
- Each winner receives a voucher for a vegan 3 course meal for two people, at Hashtag food, Bruges.**
Two winners will be announced on January 3th, 2017 on this blog, and on my (facebook page and twitter) and I will contact them via e-mail.
If you accept the prize, I will need your postal address to send you the voucher.
If a winner does not respond within 5 days, or declines the prize, a new winner will be chosen.
We want to compare your restaurant experiences with ours and it would be great if we get to know more vegan (friendly) places!
We realise that this prize is probably more appealing for those leaving near Bruges, or planning a trip to Bruges. But even if you live further away and not planning a trip to Bruges anytime soon, we would love to hear your restaurant suggestions! And maybe it can tempt you to visit Belgium and Bruges in the New Year 😉
** About the prize:
Voucher is non-refundable or exchangeable for something else.
Voucher is for a vegan 3 course menu for two people: a starter, a main dish, a dessert. Drinks and extras not included.
Voucher is to be used on one visit (so two people going together, not the winner going twice).
Voucher needs to be used before September 1, 2017.