I spent the last five days of March 2016 in Melbourne, a city I had longed to visit for ages. I left Christchurch early on a Sunday morning, and arrived in my Airbnb in Melbourne by 10 AM on Easter Sunday, just in time for brunch! But before I get into the food hotspots I tried in Melbourne, I wanted to share six coffee and juice spots. Melbourne is an absolute heaven for food lovers. There's a cute coffee place, juice bar, café or restaurant literally everywhere you look! And Australians know how to do good coffee. And juice. There are hundreds of other places to discover in Melbourne, but I wanted to share six coffee and juice places I tried myself!
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
If there's one thing which is hard to replace when trying to eat vegan, it's cheese. When I say I eat vegan 90% of the time, the non-vegan 10% is cheese. Pretty much ;) On pizza, in a toastie, on a panini, on my pasta... Although I stay away from meat, butter, yoghurt, milk, fish etc., cheese is my guilty pleasure. There are alternatives but I haven't come across anything which comes close to a creamy burrata or salty mature cheddar. I'll keep looking! In the meantime, I've found a pretty great alternative to grated parmesan cheese, using 4 ingredients only. It's really super simple to make and you can sprinkle it on anything; from pasta to avocado toast!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A few months ago I travelled to New Zealand and Australia for two months, which was my first long trip ever. It was also my first time travelling by campervan (in NZ), which meant I had to use my creativity to come up with tasteful and healthy meals every day. With a limited amount of resources, it can be rather challenging! In this post I'll show you that you don't need to live off fast-food, pasta and cornflakes when travelling/backpacking. Especially when you travel, eating nutritious foods is super important. You need all the energy for hikes, walks, long beach days or whatever other activities you have planned. I've got a few tricks which worked quite well for me!
Monday, August 22, 2016
Since I've been listening to some new favourites during my workouts and runs the past few weeks, I thought it was time to share a new Soundcloud playlist. I've been listening to Spaceships and Runaway non-stop, just can't get enough (runaway is just the ultimate running song). Also, the Tomorrowland sets by Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Bakermat and Sigala have been firm favourites during my runs or while travelling. I've included everything below, so check it out. Check my Soundcloud for more playlists!
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Although I've been to many great cities, London is still my favourite city in the world. I lived there from 2011 till 2014 and those were some of the best years of my life (so far!) Since I still have some good friends living there I try to go back once in a while. I kind of spontaneously booked this trip a couple of weeks ago since I had never actually been in London in the middle of summer. I stayed with a friend and didn't have any real plans apart from wandering around, catching up with my friends and eating good food. I arrived Thursday morning and left Saturday late afternoon, so almost 3 full days. In this post I wanted to share with you new discoveries and old favourites to give you some inspiration for your next trip to London (check my London map for more)
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Nowadays you can find "bliss balls" at every health store and café. It's a small and healthy snack made with so-called superfoods. I know that there has been some controversy around the word "superfood" because it's been used as a very successful marketing trick. But simply said superfoods are really just foods which have a higher content of certain nutrients. Broccoli and blueberries are good examples of superfoods, but things like chia seeds and goji berries have been heavily promoted for their health benefits. In the end, it's all about the balance. There's not one type of food which will make you healthy, it's about the balance of everything you consume! These oat cacao inspired by Swedish chokladbollar are a great little snack full of nutrients which will give you an energy kick. They're super chewy, chocolate-y and simply delicious! Perfect to have in between meals or before/after a workout.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Since I'm going to London this week for a visit to my second home, I thought I'd do a London-flavoured post about one of the best things to do in the city on a Sunday: brunch. What else? I visited this cute little place called Lantana last November, and I totally forgot to share this one with you. It's less known than the really popular brunch places like The Breakfast Club and Granger & Co., but that definitely doesn't mean it's less good. Lantana knows how to serve a killer Aussie brunch! (and now that I've been to Australia, I can definitely confirm it;) )