A trendy spot serving the most exciting dishes in the city: MOOD, Eindhoven

 

MOOD is a popular restaurant in the middle of Eindhoven’s city centre. It’s designed beautifully and even though it has it’s modern look the vibes are extremely cosy, classy and trendy. It has an amazing atmosphere and from the moment you sit down you feel like you are in for a treat. Even though the inside of this restaurant is amazing, I love to sit on their buzzy terrace especially in the summer. Imagine a warm summer evening with some friends, sitting outside with a glass of wine and the most exciting dinner spread out for you on the table. For me, this is one of the most lively and exciting spots in the city where the atmosphere isn’t only inviting, the food is also absolutely delicious!

 

What to have

 

The menu here is irresistible – this counts for both non-vegans and vegans. The food they serve is a combination of French and Asian cuisine. It’s extremely vibrant, colourful and a little experimental at some points.

I love to start with a little picking and the perfect dish to place in the middle of the table are Edamame (€4,50/£4). Its a great dish to share and they are super delicious and very healthy, win win!

After some picking the real feast begins. I am personally in love with the Vegetarian sushiroll (€13.50/£12). They make this sushi roll colourful and extremely exciting as it’s full of flavours and textures. It’s beautifully presented on a plate and every bite is an explosion of flavours. The roll is made with asperges, (tamago for vegetarians), cucumber and avocado. It’s slightly sweet and refreshing at the same time. This is my ultimate favourite dish that I recommend to anyone!

As a side dish or even as a main for lunch or dinner I love getting the Thai mango salad (€8,50/£7.50). It consists of sweet and spicy avocado, cucumber, quinoa, and mango. It has lots of colours and flavours and it’s extremely refreshing – which is amazing especially in the summer.

 

Some days you have to be lucky to get the king of desserts. Because sometimes they make THE most delicious chocolate brownie I have ever tasted. This brownie tastes like everything you have ever dreamed off. It’s gooey from the inside and the outside layer is slightly crispy. It’s presented like art on a plate surrounded by strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries. The combination of the rich chocolate and the fresh strawberries is so powerful and extremely delicious. Trust me, this brownie overrules any vegan and non-vegan brownies, it’s THAT good.

 

 

Where to go

 

MOOD is open from Monday to Saturday at 12:00 – 23:00 and on Sunday from 14:00 – 23:00. They are located on Keizersgracht 6 in Eindhoven.

On weekends I highly suggest you book a table as it get’s very busy.

I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this spot just as much as I did! Bon a petit!

 

 

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Summery Lunch at La Vita è Bella, Como

 

La Vita è Bella is a restaurant where you can enjoy a real Italian atmosphere. You can find it in the middle of Como’s city centre next to the lake. It’s a great spot to have a delicious and healthy meal but still enjoy a true Italy. 

What to have

 

The menu here is amazing. Not only do they make some delicious traditional Italian food – the type of food you can only eat in Italy, its an experience in itself. But they also have the biggest selection of salads, which for a vegan lover is a dream!

One of my favourite salads is the ‘Insalata di Arance‘ (€8.50/£7.50), which consists of fennel, orange, rucola and toasted almonds finished off with a vinaigrette. This salad is crunchy, fruity and extremely refreshing. Perfect on a warm summer day!

Another one of my favourite salads is called ‘L’orientale‘ (€9/£7.90). This plate consists of a green salad mix with couscous, green beans, peppers, onion and mango croutons finished off with an amazing vinaigrette on top! The amazing thing is that they might have over 50 different salads on the menu, but you can still tweak your own. I am personally in love with avocado so I love to add it to my salads. Maybe you have a passion for fruit or fresh tomatoes, just ask and they will prepare it for you!

After lunch or dinner you of course have to finish your meal Italian style, it’s espresso time! If you aren’t a coffee lover it’s in Italy where you will learn to drink it! An espresso is almost like a digestive and I think it’s the perfect end to a dinner.

 

 

Where to go

 

La Vita è Bella is open everyday for lunch at 12:00–16:00 and for dinner at 19:00–23:00. Their address is Piazza Domenico Croggi 4 in Como. 

 

 

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Fresh bagels and juice at the ultimate breakfast spot – Bagel & Juice

 

Bagel & Juice is one of my favourite spots in Eindhoven. I love going here for breakfast, lunch or have a quick bagel to go. It’s an amazing spot where you can sit outside and overlook one of the cosiest streets in the whole city. It has a lovely and welcoming atmosphere and of course, most important of all, they make THE best bagels!

 

What to have

 

The Force Juice (S €4.25/£3.70, L €5.75/£5) is the ultimate green juice that will make you feel fresh and amazing! It consists of spinach, mint, lime, kiwi and orange which adds a little sweetness. Perfect for a clean morning juice to wake up feeling great!

For breakfast or lunch I absolutely love the ‘Vega Bagel(€5.20/£4.50)This bagel consist of hummus, avocado, rucola, tomato, red onion and sunflower seeds. You can choose between different types of bagels such as wholegrain, sesame, sun-dried tomato or cinnamon raisin (which are perfect for the more sweet bagel lovers). However, I always order this bagel with the multigrain bread. I love how crispy and full of flavour it is. The smooth avocado and hummus combined with the crispy rucola and sunflower seeds is the ultimate combination of textures. I always love how vegan food is a combination of interesting flavours and this bagel represents that perfectly!

While eating my bagel I always love to have a ‘fresh grapefruit juice’ (S €3.75/£3.30, L €4.95/£4.30). Even though some people think its a little bitter I think it has a delicious flavour and I love how refreshing it is. It also has a lot of health benefits including that it helps you digest (perfect for after lunch) and it has a lot less sugar than normal orange juice!

 

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Where to go

 

Bagel & Juice is open everyday from 8am – 6pm and its address is Kleine Berg 19 in Eindhoven.

 

I’m sure you will love this spot just as much as I do! Make sure to sit outside, grab some sunshine and enjoy a fresh juice, bagel and finish of with a delicious coffee! It’s both the perfect breakfast and lunch! Enjoy!

 

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Best Vegan Pancakes at The Meets Eatery, Amsterdam

 

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and what’s a better way to start the day than with some pancakes! Being such a pancake lover I decided to go for a vegan pancake hunt in my favourite city, Amsterdam!

I quickly found a cafe that is now one of my favourite spots in this beautiful city. The Meets Eatery is a cafe that serves one of my favourite all time breakfasts. It’s located in a trendy and cosy part of the city that is full of life and energy.

I love to sit on the terrace in the sun, watching people go by on their cycles while enjoying my cup of coffee and of course, digging into the best vegan pancakes I have ever tasted.

The Meets Eatery serves the most delicious vegan meals that are home-made and locally sourced. Everything on the menu is free from refined sugars and additives, and are mostly organic. I fell in love with how vibrant and exciting their menu is. However, even the classics like a good cup of coffee and a vegan croissant are an absolute winner.

 

 

 

What to have

 

 

 

However, the ultimate breakfast is the vegan ‘Apple Cinnamon Pancakes‘. (9.50/8.30 Gbp) These pancakes are made using spelt flour which makes them super healthy but will also keep you full for longer – which helps you with your diet. They are served with warm apple that just makes you think of cosy winter nights. The cinnamon gives a warming sweet flavour while the crunchy nuts that are sprinkled on top give a pleasant crunch. The combination of flavours and textures is so incredible. In fact, it’s so good, I bet no-one would ever believe the fact that they are vegan.

 

 

Lunch/Dinner

 

 

Another great lunch or starter for in the evening is the ‘Red Lentil Soup‘ (S 6.50/5.70 Gbp, L 8.50/7.45 Gbp). It consists of red lentils, carrot, ginger, turmeric and coconut milk. It’s a very comforting and creamy soup which is full of flavour.

However, if you are a little more hungry then you have to try the ‘Mexican Veggie Burger‘ (11.50/10 Gbp). It consists of sweet potato, black beans, quinoa and is served with avocado or vegan mayo. It’s an amazing treat that you won’t even have to feel guilty for afterwards!

If you’ve still got a little spot then I highly suggest you to try one of their great vegan desserts or sweets. I mean, doesn’t a vegan ‘Chocolate Tart‘ just sound like the ultimate end of a great evening?! The tart is made with peanut and dark chocolate and finished of with a caramel peanut sauce. In other words, heaven on a plate!

 

 

 

Where to go

The Meets Eatery is open from Monday to Thursday at 11AM–10PM and from Friday to Sunday at 9:30AM–10PM.  Their address is Cornelis Troostplein 3 in Amsterdam.

Best coffee with a panoramic view

 

In one of Como’s cute streets you’ll find one of my favourite coffee bars named LoftNot only do they serve the best coffee here, you can also enjoy it while you are looking at the most amazing view. You are overlooking the houses with the mountains in the background on one side and on the other side you have a view over the church. You can hear the church bells in the background as you sit in the sun enjoying the Italian lifestyle.

Although not many people know about it, it’s a very popular hotspot with the locals. The fact that lots of locals love it is always a good sign! And as it’s a rather secret place you can really enjoy some quiet time with an amazing cappuccino or have an aperitivo with some friends!

 

What to have

 

I come here especially for the coffee. In the morning I love to get a delicious soya cappuccino and in the afternoon an espresso. When drinking an espresso you can really taste that the coffee they make here is pure, short, delicious and not at all bitter or watery – exactly how it should be!

On late afternoons they also serve aperitivo which is amazing. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine with some snacks and enjoy the afternoon warmth while overlooking the streets of Como and the beautiful mountains.

 

 

 

Where to go

Loft is open on Monday to Thursday from 9.30am- 10.30 pm, on Friday and Saturday from 9.30am- 2pm and on Sunday 9.30am- 12am. The address is Via Pietro Boldoni 5 in Como.

 

It truly is a spot that you cannot miss when visiting this beautiful place! Here you will live the true Italian lifestyle everyone dreams about!

 

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The Best Neapolitan Pizza in Como

 

I’m totally in love with Italy so it’s no wonder I found myself an Italian boyfriend! I always had a strong connection with the country of passion, love and food. But of course since I actually fell in love with a guy there my connection just became stronger and I now like to visit as often as I can!

I have been spending lots of time in Como and I thought that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find out where you can have the best vegan pizza in town! Lots of pizza’s and glasses of wine later and I have finally found the perfect spot!

 

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Often the less prettier and old fashion restaurants is where you can eat the best food. One of those places just like that is Pizzeria Da Benito. This pizzeria is hidden away in a small street 5 minutes walking from the centre. When the sun is shining you can sit outside and enjoy a cold glass of wine while you wait for the ultimate pizza.

 

What I love

 

Pizzeria Da Benito makes the best pizza marinara, an ultimate classic.  This pizza has a crispy crust, as you take a bite you can hear the crust break and white flower dust remains on your fingers. The tomato sauce is so rich, you can taste the freshness of each ingredient. And even though there is lots of sauce the bread remains crispy. It has the perfect balance of textures and flavours. You can truly taste the classic Italian flavours that will remind any Italian of their grandmothers food. It’s honest, and purely delicious.

What’s also amazing is the fact that they offer a choice of pizza dough. Instead of normal white dough you can also have a wholegrain, multigrain or kamut base. Making your pizza extra healthy! Healthy, fresh and absolutely delicious! Doesn’t this just sound like a dream?!

 

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Where to go

 

Pizzeria Da Benito is open everyday from 12–3PM, 6:30PM–12AM and their address is Via Briantea 29 in Como.

 

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