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    me and Helen love our local H&B staff. It is always good to go there.

    We stoppped ourselves from buying things on a sunday as they got no extra pay and were expected to work it. The less money through the tills the less likely they were to continue sunday service.

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    is she a nice person? I find most H&B staff unbelievably grumpy. but maybe that's just north London.
    The ones in Oxford are wonderful, though varied, the staff in Aylesbury are great.

    Oddly, I've always found the female staff in both Oxford and Aylesbury (the two stores I go to most often) are a little more friendly than the male ones.

    They always seem to remember my Husband and I as the vegan couple. Well, if I have to have a label, there are worse ones!
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    Quote Buddha Belly View Post
    me and Helen love our local H&B staff. It is always good to go there.

    We stoppped ourselves from buying things on a sunday as they got no extra pay and were expected to work it. The less money through the tills the less likely they were to continue sunday service.
    The staff in Welwyn Garden City are always friendly too.

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    I bought some Vegi Deli hotdogs in H&B yesterday and they had Morrisons special offer price stickers on them - what is that all about. (The sticker said 1.99 but they were trying to charge 2.15 for them.)
    sounds very cheeky

    i still haven't found any of this cheesecake everyone's talking about.
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    me and Helen love our local H&B staff. It is always good to go there.

    We stoppped ourselves from buying things on a sunday as they got no extra pay and were expected to work it. The less money through the tills the less likely they were to continue sunday service.
    I don't get any extra money for working weekends, nights or bank holidays...are you gonna stop shopping at Asda and Sainsbury's?

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    I found mango and passion fruit cheesecake in the H&B in Didcot! It's made by the same people as the strawberry one. I know what I'm having for supper.
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    Does it have 1 passion fruit seed and a thumbnail of mango in the middle?
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    ^ The piece of fruit (possibly mango) on the top would probably be best described as a slither.
    Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer "extortion". The "X" makes it sound cool.

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    Did someone say Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecake? Yes I think they did.

    Is it tasty? Yeah, but not quite as good as the strawberry one.






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    Thank for reminding me I had nommy cheesecake in the fridge!

    *scoff* *scoff*
    Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer "extortion". The "X" makes it sound cool.

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    [QUOTE=emzy1985;604008]I don't get any extra money for working weekends, nights or bank holidays...are you gonna stop shopping at Asda and Sainsbury's?
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    I am happiest not going out at all on a sunday. I hate being dragged to the shops by Helen.

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    I hate being dragged to the shops by Helen.
    I really really dont get that whole drag your man to the shop thing - they linger outside the cubicles looking really bored and then have to smile and say you look great just to get out of there quickly.... sheesh - go yourselves women!
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    Bless, but yet again this weekend I was talking to someone in H&B and they suggested Quorn to me... two seconds after talking with me about my being vegan. I then explained that I'm vegan, and therefore don't eat Quorn... to which there co-worker pointed at the box and said 'It's got cheese on it, see'. Yes, well, the cheese just makes it a super veganfail.

    This was the manager too....

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    I really really dont get that whole drag your man to the shop thing - they linger outside the cubicles looking really bored and then have to smile and say you look great just to get out of there quickly.... sheesh - go yourselves women!
    How horrible of us to want to spend time with our partners.... we are really evil
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    How horrible of us to want to spend time with our partners.... we are really evil [/QUOTE]

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    *Shock*

    I have never seen vegan cheese cake before! Not even in my local Holland and Barett! What is going on here?! I. MUST. LOCATE. THE. CHEESECAKE!

    Am going to Holland and Barett later, actually, will definately ask what they're doing with the good stuff when I go there! Unfortunately, it's quite a small store, since I live in tiny-town, ahaha. I'm going to attempt to locate a larger branch now I'm back to veganism though, since I L-O-V-E most of their products! I saw someone mention the pasties earlier, and I have to say that I tried them last week (two in as many days) and they are so good! I almost had a heart attack from the shear joy of finding such a delicious treat!

    Does anyone else absolutely adore their little vegan chocolate button things? Yum, and a half. So good. I have to find out, however, whether they still offer the vegan smarties they had when I was a little child!

    Shame it's such an expensive store though! Is there a cheaper alternative? Or anywhere you can buy their stock at lower prices in bulk?

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    We've had a couple of the cheesecakes and probably won't buy again...Make your own - cheaper, nicer, fresher
    I had one today & agree. I liked it, but ate most of a whole one without knowing how much it cost. I've had miles better from scratch. Of all things, cheesecake is extremely easy to veganise.
    One problem you might have, if you haven't had the mamma cucina stuff before, is shovelling through the heap of fruit hiding the cheesecake underneath. Then again, you might not.

    There is something I particularly liked about the packaging, other than the hilarious hand: it's the first list I've seen "Non Dairy Lactic Acid" explicitly printed on.

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    I suspect I'd have liked this more if I'd never tried tofutti ice cream before, as it tasted very similar to me, and I've never been keen on it (the ice cream).

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    It does have a similar taste to the ice cream I guess, but not as bad because I was able to actually eat the cheezecake

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    Holland and Barrett is far too expensive, the Swedish glace is like a 1 dearer than Sainsbury.
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    I suspect I'd have liked this more if I'd never tried tofutti ice cream before, as it tasted very similar to me, and I've never been keen on it (the ice cream).
    Toffuti ice cream tastes like ice with no flavour to me. :smile:
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    I'm sure I read somewhere about some lemon bite things at H&B. Can you tell me again please? I looked and couldn't find anything like that.
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    Do you mean the Nana's Lemon Dream Cookie bites Marrers?


    There are very tasty


    I went into H&B the other day and found Mrs Crimbles Gluten Free Apple Pie in the freezer, just from looking at the ingredients I couldn't figure out whether it was vegan due to the very non descriptive "flavorings".

    Upon browsing their website it turns out that it isn't vegan unfortunately:
    http://www.mrscrimbles.com/foodinfo.htm#vegan

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    Thanks Zero, those are the ones! At least I now know what I'm looking for.
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    I bought some of the lemon bites and the chocolate ones, I'm not a fan to be honest. I found the texture very grainy and off-putting, will make my own cookies next time so I get the crunchy and chewyness I desire from a cookie.

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    Lemon flavoured compacted sand.

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    I like the lemon and choc fudge cookies!

    However I bought the strawberry cheesecake and was much less keen on that. It tasted ok but had a bit of a synthetic smell which put me off. I think the biscuit base was nicer than the topping!

    Also got some vegan chocolate beans (smarties, basically) which are good too - not had a chance to try them before

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    I bought some of the lemon bites and the chocolate ones, I'm not a fan to be honest. I found the texture very grainy and off-putting, will make my own cookies next time so I get the crunchy and chewyness I desire from a cookie.
    That is what gluten free seems to be like unfortunately, however I have no choice, I have to put up with gluten free non-goodness.
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    I liked the topping of the cheesecake much better than the base Est.

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    Toffuti ice cream tastes like ice with no flavour to me. :smile:
    I know. I have nearly a whole tub of it in my freezer. I was thinking of letting it defrost and then mixing it with cocoa and sugar or maple syrup to see if that gives it some taste!

    I've never tried any of the Nana's stuff.
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    I liked the topping of the cheesecake much better than the base Est.
    In that case let's share!

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    Toffuti ice cream tastes like ice with no flavour to me. :smile:
    I've used not great icecream to make a mocha in the slowcooker the past. Here is a recipe I used, barely adapted from a cookery book. (Fresh from the Vegetarian Slowcooker)

    500ml Chocolate Soya Ice Cream
    1000ml Coffee (Warm) You can use chickery or barley based drinks if preferred
    125ml Brandy or Brown spirit of choice (Optional)
    2 tsp ground almonds
    Additional cocopowder if not strong enough for your tastes

    Place ice cream in slowcooker, pour coffee over the top. Stir and leave on slow for 1-2 hours

    Makes quite a lot, so if you want, just 1 part ice cream to 2 parts coffee, and add a splash of brandy and a little bit of almonds.

    I wouldn't go out of my way to buy ice cream to make it, but if I find a tub has been left out too long and started to thaw, I sometimes make it.
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    Place ice cream in slowcooker
    Ms Derious you are officially a complete nutcase, that certainly tops my cooking with dishwasher recipe

    Sounds tastey thou
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    Ms Derious you are officially a complete nutcase, that certainly tops my cooking with dishwasher recipe

    Sounds tastey thou
    I've been planning the cranberry recipe for as soon as I see said fruit arrive in the shops. It sounds aces

    I, being poor, have only my dreams no dishwasher, so will have to shake things violently instead.
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    Just been in my holland and Barrett and EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP IS BUY 1 GET 1 HALF PRICE, until 12/11/09. yipeeeee

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    Omg...they have those gluten free burgers I want for 2.50 Might get them seen as everything is buy one get one half price.
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    Nice. I'll have to stock up on their yummy own brand veggie sausages. They make the best sausage sandwiches ever when combined with fried mushrooms and brown sauce.
    Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer "extortion". The "X" makes it sound cool.

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    I, being poor, have only my dreams no dishwasher, so will have to shake things violently instead.
    I'm sure Yeats would have said it much the same way had he been alive in our time

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    Shut up, you lot!

    Do you have any idea how teeth-gnashingly frustrating it is to hear you quacking on about all these vegan products, to someone all the way up here in Oz where we can get none of it! (At least not by just walking into a shop.)

    Oh well, I think I have a recipe for vegan cheesecake somewhere. I suppose I could make my own.

    Actually, I take it back - it's prob just as well this stuff isn't readily available where I live - I'd be like the back of a bus!

    So, go ahead and enjoy; just think of us while your gobbling away.

    Cheers

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    Just been in my holland and Barrett and EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP IS BUY 1 GET 1 HALF PRICE, until 12/11/09. yipeeeee
    'tis indeed a good offer, i took advantage of it the other day and no doubt will again before the offer is over.

    has anyone tried the Ador oat bars they sell? i bought a couple to try, the prune and ginger bar is really nice. i'm not sure about their claim that they keep you feeling fuller for longer though, i'm always hungry.
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    We are off the raid the Letchworth branch on Saturday. Not tried those bars Gorilla but have seen them in there.

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    I popped into the H&B near Camden Town when I was in the area for a gig on Sunday and stocked up on fudge, licorice comfits and nut butters (cashew and almond).
    Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer "extortion". The "X" makes it sound cool.

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    I have the strawberry chees cake defrosting in my fridge as we speak. I brought two sos rolls, frys burgers and a cheesecake for 5.20 today. (Instore offer plus family discount...whoop!)
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    I finally found some Nana's cookie bites and thought they were quite nice. I had the choc chip ones (several flavours for sale at Wholefoods, Brewers Street, Soho).
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    great deal there at the mo - got lots of seeds and nuts!

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    Got rather excited today. Went into H & B and they were just putting out some Clive's Pies. Well, actually, as the very nice lady was putting them into the fridge I was taking them out again and putting them in my basket. Bought two Aloo Gobi Gluten-free pies for my OH and a Creamy Mushroom for me (which I had for my dinner and which was lovely).
    I had to restrain myself, and try really hard not to do a happy dance round the shop. I just have to go and buy some every week now to make sure they keep ordering them!

    Nomnomnomnom

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    ^ oh yum! I hope my local H&B have the pies. I sometimes get them from Planet Organic and they are so good.


    Mmmmm pie.
    Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer "extortion". The "X" makes it sound cool.

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    They said it was the first time they had got the pies in (I bought them at a health food shop in Stratford previously), so they were interested in the fact that I'd had them before.
    must...buy...more...pies

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    ^ oh yum! I hope my local H&B have the pies.
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    The 'cheese cake' sound interesting. I'm thinking of asking my dad to get some for me, but I I want to double check that they are still vegan and their are no none vegan cheesecakes that he could confuse them with.

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    The only "cheezecakes" I've seen in H&Bhave been vegan ones Dreama and they specifically say that they are suitable for vegans on the back, your Dad could check this and if he's unsure double check with the staff

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    The strawberry cheesecake is pretty good! The base is quite soft but has loads of flavour.

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