Archive for July, 2012

I work in the centre of Oxford and the closest place for a drink or some food is The Living Room. I go there for a drink fairly frequently but haven’t been for food very much. I went a while ago and had some kind of mushrooms on toast (fancy mushrooms, ciabatta) which was vegan friendly but they have since changed the menu. I remember when I did eat there before that they were a somewhat tricky place – there was a tomato humous starter and it turned out they put cheese in the humous. What!? Why would you take a vegan’s favourite food and put bloody cheese in it!?

Anyway, a colleague wanted to go there for lunch for her leaving do and after looking at the menu (it didn’t seem hopeful) I thought I’d email and find out what they said.

This is their response:

Hi  Jen,
Thank you for your  enquiry.
We  don’t  cater for Vegans but we can arrange something for you. The Houmous suitable for  vegans and the risotto can be adjusted to suit you but we need to have a bit of  notice on that one.
Kind  Regards,
Jorge Dores
Sales & Marketing  Coordinator

Now the thing is, in life I am generally a pretty easy to please vegan. Give me a salad with a bit of avocado or an olive or two, or a nice pasta dish with some veg. I know when going to most places that I’ll have to adjust whatever is on the menu and the chances of there just being a vegan dish available are slim to nil. But really? I think it’s the “we don’t cater for vegans” bit that bugged me about this email. Without reading any more about humous or advance-notice-risotto, I’m really not bothered about going there. I don’t think I’ve ever received such a disinterested email from a restaurant I have emailed about food!

OK, rant over! 🙂


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A while ago I bought this hair dye from Holland and Barrett and I’ve only just got around to using it.

I have pretty dark brown hair (with the odd patch of white ones!) so wasn’t sure how well it would work, but I am pleased with the results! I don’t think you can tell very well in this photo, but it has given my hair a nice reddish tinge.

I hate taking photos of myself! But thought if I was going to do a post about hair dye then I should really – I’m aware I look like a bit of an idiot!

It was really easy to use. I did a test on a bit of hair because I’m often allergic to things so thought it was a good idea. All you have to do is pour one little bottle of dye into a bigger bottle and shake it lots, then apply to your hair with the plastic gloves provided. The bottle has a small applicator end where I guess you apply it to your roots but I just ended up squeezing loads into my hands and shoving it on my hair! I have a lot of hair 🙂 I was a bit worried I’d end up with a red parting/forehead/ears but it all came off fine when I washed it out. And I didn’t stain anything in the bathroom, well done me! Once you’ve got it all over your hair you leave it for 30-40 minutes and then rinse it off in the shower. You rinse until the water runs clear and then use the sachet of shampoo that comes in the box, and the conditioner. My hair feels lovely and soft. I was pleasantly surprised with the whole thing – easy to use and no mess!

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