Top 5 Cheap Veg-e Eats in London

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Meal In London

Being a vegetarian can often be tough, especially when it comes to finding a reasonable, half decent, meat free meal in the capital. With people across the world celebrating world vegetarian day today, we set about finding our top five cheap vegetarian eats, all of which are sure to turn meat lovers into veg heads!

Ethos

This restaurant, located just by Oxford Circus, specialises in different vegetarian dishes from around the world. Ethos offers a self-serve buffet with dishes from places including Japan, Italy, Korea and Mexico. If you are looking to expand your knowledge on vegetarian meals then this is the place to come. Price wise Ethos is very reasonable and you pay for your food by weight.

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Rasa

This restaurant in Stoke Newington offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes from India. Inspired by home cooking, all their chefs are trained in the Indian state of Kerala to ensure an authentic cooking experience. The menu holds a number of well-known and unusual dishes and with many of the meals being priced under £10 it’s very reasonable.

Punjab

Punjab is another Indian restaurant, which is located near Covent Garden. They offer a great selection of Punjabi vegetarian dishes including a renown mixed vegetable curry and the Delhi delicacy, Paneer Makhani which is cottage cheese cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Boasting to be the UK’s oldest North Indian restaurant and serving many dishes for under £10 it’s no wonder that it is often found packed during dinner hours. Be sure to make a reservation if you are planning on heading there.

Maoz

Maoz are a global vegetarian fast food chain and have a small restaurant by Leicester Square. They are renowned for their falafel pittas, which you can buy on their own or as part of a meal deal with Belgium fries and a drink. Once you have your pitta you can head on over to their salad bar and fill it with whatever takes your fancy from pickles to shredded red cabbage or a combination of their huge selection of sauces. With main courses costing between 5 and 9 pounds it’s a great place to grab a cheap bite when you’re on the move.

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La Gelatiera

This gelato and coffee house is located in Covent Garden and serves a wide and unusual selection of gelato flavours which change on a daily basis. Some of their most popular flavours include Basil and chilli, Honey, rosemary and orange zests and Cornish blue and walnuts! Having won a number of food awards for their original taste and flavours this is a great place to head if you are looking for a sweet treat, and with prices ranging from 1 to 5 pounds depending on size it’s also very reasonable.

So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in LondonShareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together which makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try In New York!

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If you are headed to New York or are a New Yorker and are bored of going to the same old places then check out our pick of the capital’s most random and weird pubs that you must check out!

Jekyll and Hyde

With live entertainment, spooky special effects and an even weirder assortment of unusual artefacts from across the globe, Jekyll and Hyde claims to be New York’s only haunted bar. Their resident guests include Tobias the Werewolf, Dreadmina the Vampire and an Egyptian mummy, and are on hand to make you jump out of your skin whilst you enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.

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Camp

Heading back to nature this Brooklyn bar feels like you have stepped out of the city and into the countryside on a camping trip. With board games, an open fire and a wood cabin interior, this pub will have you reminiscing about family summer camping holidays in no time! They even serve mini fires for you to roast marshmallows and chocolate on!

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Burp Castle

Burp castle is a Belgium beer bar with a selection of Belgium ales that change on a daily basis. The pub claims to have been set up in 1022 by ‘Brewist Monks’ and bartenders can still often be found serving pints in monk robes. The bar has a very loyal following and is one to check out if you are in the Manhattan area and fancy an ale!

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Jaguars 3

Jaguars 3 is a Brooklyn bar, restaurant and nightclub with a wild side. The place is covered in wildlife replicas, jungle shrubbery and flashing lights. Head over to the jungle neon bar for a selection of cocktails and after hit the dance floor which feels like your lost in a wild shrubbery of jungle plants and animals.

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Slaughtered Lamb Pub

Another horror themed pub that made it onto our list is the Slaughtered Lamb Pub. With a werewolf lounge, dungeon game room and an incredibly spooky yet lively atmosphere this pub is defiantly worth a visit if you like a scare. If you are looking to eat then make sure you try out their speciality ‘the slaughtered lamb burger’ which is raved about by locals!

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Use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect day out today!

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Top 5 Alternative Stag Do Experiences

Save With Shareagift Towards …. An Amazing Stag Do Experience

Stag Do‘s are now a big milestone in the road to getting married. With so many different activities available for stag do‘s it can be difficult to find the right one for your party. We have picked our top 5 alternative stag do experiences for those looking to do something a bit different but still have a truly memorable time.

Gorge Scrambling

If your looking for a Bear Grillsesque stag do experience then a day of gorge scrambling is for you. The activities that you do depend on the company that take you out but expect waterfall jumping and climbing, rock climbing, boulder hopping, cave exploring and raging rapids. It is a physically demanding day out so ensure that all the lads are up for the challenge before you book, but once you are out in the wilderness it’s amazing fun and a great team building and bonding activity.

Mountain Boarding

Derived from snowboarding, this off-road activity will see you riding down dirt tracks and grassy hills strapped to a plank of wood on wheels. With popularity growing, mountain boarding centres are springing up all over the place and although it takes a bit of getting used to, once you have the hang it gets very addictive. A great stag do experience if you are looking at trying something new and are keen to see your friends falling left right and centre!

Underground Zip Course

Underground Zip lining courses are a great activity, and have the added benefit of being inside so it can be done whatever the weather. Usually held in caverns and caves these courses have an underground maze that you must make your way though with zip lines, rope bridges, tunnels and obstacles. The darkness of the caverns give the experience an eerie feel and gets your heart racing as you traverse the course.

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Goggle Football

Goggle football is essentially a game of football but all players must wear goggles whilst on the pitch. A new activity that has been gaining popularity amongst stag do and team building experiences, the goggles disorientate the players which can often result in some hilarious football. Take a look at the video to see what we mean!

Extreme Cave Trampolining

This year saw the first cave trampolining centre open in Wales, the centre is made up of a number of giant trampolines suspended underground covered in nettling. Imagine a giant underground bouncy castle for adults, if you are after a completely new experience then this place is worth checking out. This centre has gained a tremendous amount of popularity and we are sure to see more opening now that the first one has been a success.

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If you are in charge of a stag do and liked the look of any of these amazing activities, or if you are planning something completely different then head over to Shareagift and create a stag do collection page today to ensure that everyone gets their money in on time. Shareagift provides you with an easy to use platform to collect money online for anything from stag do collections to wedding gift list pages, honeymoon funds and charitable collections. If you are involved in wedding planning then head over to our website and see how we can make your life a whole lot easier.

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Sand, Sea, Surf, Sun and Shareagift!

Save With Shareagift Towards… A Gift For A Rainy Day

We love finding out the different ways in which people use Shareagift. This week we caught up with Rebecca, and she told us about how she used Shareagift to collect money online for her friend’s leaving gift.

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What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for your friend Danella?

Our friend Danella has decided to leave Toronto and live in Costa Rica for a year.  She has a large circle of friends and we thought it would be the best idea to pool funds and buy a Visa gift card for her to use as a ‘rainy day fund’ while she is away.

Why did you choose Shareagift?

We chose Shareagift because it allowed us to collect funds from her friends by sharing the direct page link.  You can invite people through email or paste the link on social media.  I like that you can customize your page and add pictures, but most importantly, I love that everyone can see the running total, that way the collection process is transparent.  

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How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It was super helpful as I was able to receive collections from some of her friends that I had never met. Instead of meeting up with friends to collect money, everything was done online.

How much of an impact will this gift have on Danella?

This money is going to provide her with a rainy day fund, she will be extremely grateful as she begins this new adventure in her life.

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I could see myself setting up a Shareagift page for a friend’s upcoming baby shower.

If like Rebecca you have a friend who is moving away, or if someone is leaving work, a Shareagift page is a great way to collect money online with friends towards an amazing leaving gift, to show them how much you are all going to miss them!

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Top 5 Tech Gifts For Grandparents

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Gift For Your Grandparents

Technology seems so intertwined into our daily lives it can be hard to imagine a life without your smartphone, laptop or smart TV. If you don’t keep on top of the latest tech it can be very easy to fall out of the loop. Many elderly people feel that they have missed the boat on technology and chose not to get involved with it. However, there are many tech gadgets that are easy to use and can help with improving health, keeping more active, avoiding boredom and giving relatives peace of mind. With grandparents day fast approaching we have put together a list of our top 5 tech gifts that are sure to bring out your grandparent’s inner techy!

Fitbit

Fitbit is a tool to help you monitor how active you are throughout the day and it also keeps an eye on your health. As we get older it gets more and more important to keep on top of your health and Fitbit tracks steps taken, stairs climbed, distance travelled, calories burned, activity level and sleep quality. Their smart scale can also help you track weight, body fat percentage and BMI with online graphs and mobile tools. This would be a great gift for any grandparent as all they need to do is wear it and you can help them look through their stats and see what needs improving or changing in their daily routine.

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telyHD

telyHD is a camera unit that sits on top of your television set and delivers high quality Skype video calls directly to the TV. As long as it is plugged in and your TV is on anyone can get in touch with you via Skype. This is a great idea for grandparents who want to be able to stay in touch with family from across the world but aren’t ready or willing to invest in a computer or tablet. The system is also designed with new users in mind and is very easy to use.

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TV Ears

Often with old age comes loss of hearing, TV Ears is a clever little tool that syncs with your TV and allows the user to adjust their own volume and tone while others around them can have the TV at their preferred volume. It is designed to sit just under your chin and is ideal for listening if you are sitting or lying down.

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Active Protective

If you are worried about your grandparents falling and injuring themselves then why not get them some active protective garments. The smart garment in the form of a wearable belt detects a fall before you hit the floor and deploys a small airbag to protect your hips from breaking with the imapct. Confused? Take a look at the video to see how it works.

iPad

Last but not least is the Apple iPad! You may not think iPad when shopping for gifts for grandparents however it is surprising how easy people find it to use. With an easy to use interface, touchscreen and a button that you can press if anything goes wrong which will take you straight back to the main menu, it is actually a lot easier to use than a computer. With iPad popularity growing amongst older generations many apps are now appearing which cater to their needs including apps like Pill Reminder Pro, Blood PressureiBP and Pocket Physio. Not to mention the back catalogue of music and film clips available via the YouTube app and social media apps like Skype, which help them keep in touch with the family.

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Shareagift can help you save with the family towards an amazing gift this grandparent’s day. We provide an easy platform for you to collect money online for a group gift from the whole family that can either help improve your grandparent’s health, make their life easier or even get them Facebook messaging you!

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Kasondra Gets A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Relaxing Getaway

This week we spoke to Shadia about her Shareagift campaign to send her friend Kasondra on a birthday getaway! Kasondra works a very busy job and only gets one day off a week so for her birthday, Shadia thought it would be a great idea to get all Kasondra’s friends to chip in towards a long weekend away in the coastal town of Monterey, so she could relax and have a few days to herself. Here’s what Shadia had to say about her campaign and Shareagift experience.

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What gave you the idea to create a Shareagift page and start collecting money for Kasondra?

I used Shareagift a few years ago to help raise funds to bring my mother to Lebanon for the first time. She’s first generation Lebanese but had never been! So when I was thinking of Kasondra’s birthday coming up, and I knew I wasn’t going to be in town to help her celebrate, I thought the best thing would be to crowdfund a mini-vacation, as she works far too much and could do with a break. The Shareagift platform worked great before and so I decided to use it again.  

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page was really instrumental because I could load pictures and links. Being able to share the link via Facebook, Twitter and email was awesome, all the info was right there.

How much of an impact will this money have on your friend?

The gift came at a great time, this is what Kasondra emailed me the other day; 

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This is one of the sweetest things anyone has every done. And it makes me feel so loved and supported to see this list of people who helped in this wonderful gift. Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this e-mail and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed, that I am surrounded by an amazing group of wonderful friends.”

She hasn’t gone on the vacation yet but she will in the fall, I’m going to help her plan it and I’m sure some rest and relaxation outside of our busy lives will be just what she needs.

If like Shadia you think that one of your friends could do with a relaxing getaway, a great birthday or thank you gift or simply a surprise to cheer them up, then head over to Shareagift, create a page, invite friends and start raising money!

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Top 5 Most Expensive Desserts From Around The World

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Over the past few years you may have noticed a surge in the number of dessert parlours that have been popping up across towns and cities in the UK. From ice cream sundaes to doughnuts and waffles people are going mad for sweet treats! Many of the desserts that are now available come to the same price as a meal if not more, and with this in mind we set out to try and discover some of the most expensive desserts from across the globe.

5 – The £650 Golden Phoenix Cupcake

In 2012 Bloomsbury’s cupcake store in Dubai unveiled the world’s most expensive cupcake priced at around £650. It is made from the finest chocolate and wrapped in 23 carats of edible gold sheets. The ingredients were sourced from around the world with the flour coming from Dover in the UK, the cocoa from Italy and the vanilla beans from Uganda.

4 – Krispy Kreme’s £1,000 Luxe Doughnut

The department store Selfridges in London partnered up with the American doughnut chain Krisy Kreme to produce the world’s most expensive doughnut. The Luxe Doughnut has a 24 carat gold leaf, gold dusted white chocolate flowers, edible diamonds and Dom Perignon champaign jelly. To put into context just how much this doughnut costs, for the same price you could purchase 2000 glazed doughnuts!

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3 – The £9,415 Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence

Created in 2007 at The Fortress, a luxury hotel in Shri Lanka, this desert is a golden leaf Italian cassata with Irish cream and infused with tender fruit. The dessert’s base is formed of mango and pomegranate compote and Dom Perignon champagne. In the centre of the desert sits an aquamarine stone, known as the stone of courage it is thought to bring good luck, happiness and have a positive effect on relationships.

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2 – The £22,000 Chocolate Pudding

This is no ordinary chocolate pudding, shaped like a Faberge egg and filled with gold, champaign, caviar and a two carat diamond this is one of the world’s most expensive deserts. The chocolate used to make this desert is a mixture of four types of Belgian chocolate flavoured with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey.

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1 – Strawberries Arnaud for £2.5 million!

The world’s most expensive dessert lives in the town of New Orleans in the USA. The desert consists of strawberries, port, red wine, spices, citrus and vanilla ice cream with a 7.09 carat pink diamond engagement ring, which accompanies the dish and is soaked in £1600 worth of wine. Unsurprisingly it is the least popular dessert on the restaurants menu!

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If these desserts have you licking your lips then why not organise a night out to a dessert parlour or host a dinner party and cook up your own special pudding. Shareagift can help you raise cash towards hosting the perfect party or an amazing night out! We provide the easiest way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to fundraising events or evenings with friends.

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