Nutty Quinoa Porridge

Quinoa doesn’t only make a great lunch or dinner, its also an amazing breakfast! This quinoa porridge gives you an amazing energy boost to make sure you get your day started in the best way you possible can! It’s full of protein and fiber and it has a slow energy release, making you also feel full for longer!

On top of all this, it tastes absolutely amazing! Win win! It has a deliciously creamy texture and the crunchy nuts give it lots of flavour! The best way to start an energetic day with a smile!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 50 grams quinoa
  • 150 ml almond milk
  • tablespoon agave syrup
  • tablespoon rasped coconut
  • small hand full cashews
  • tablespoon almond butter
  • small handful fresh strawberries

 

Method

 

  1. Combine the milk and quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil – stir it once in a while. Then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes until most of the milk has been absorbed.
  2. Stir in the agave syrup and pour the mixture into a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the rasped coconut and add a spoonful of almond butter on top.
  4. Break the cashews into smaller pieces and cut the strawberries into small slices, add these as a finishing touch!

 

 

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Leroy’s – A hidden gem in the form of the trendiest Vietnamese restaurant

 

Let me start with the fact that I immediately fell in love with this place the moment I walked in. The smell of fresh ingredients and spices fill the room and even finds it way to the outside porch. You can immediately feel the amazing atmosphere and this has 100% been created by the lovely owners. You can feel their passion and love in both the restaurant and the food.

Leroy’s is now one of the trendiest places in Canggu and the must go to in the weekend for the most delicious pho and a cocktail with your friends! It’s almost as if this spot has become the place to fall in love with both it’s food and with each other as the mood in this restaurant is so uplifting and exciting.

 

 

What I love

They recently renewed their menu which also meant, more vegan deliciousness!

Starter

Lets start of with the ‘Vietnamese taco’s‘ (60k Idr/ 3.20 Gbp), they truly are a vegan delight. They are made with tempura eggplant, fragrant slaw, herbs and a homemade Sriracha. It’s the most fresh ingredients combined to make the ultimate crunch.

Another amazing starter is the ‘Rice paper rolls with peanut tofu satay‘ (45k Idr/ 2.40 Gbp). It’s refreshing and perfect for a hot day in Bali. My favourite part of this dish is the peanut sauce, I mean.. it can’t get any better than this. (Sometimes I like to order some ‘sweet potato fries’ and just dip them in the peanut sauce, naughty but oh so yum!!)

Main

My absolute favourite main course and one of the reasons why I came here so often is for the ultimate ‘Mushroom and Bok Choy Pho‘ (60k Idr/ 3.20 Gbp). This Pho is served with a side of Sriracha, hoisin sauce, raw bean sprouts, chopped chili, lime, mint and basil. You can decide how spicy, fresh or sweet you want your Pho to be by just adding the ingredients yourself. It’s an extremely nutritious meal and an absolute winner when it comes to flavour.

Another great meal for main or even for lunch is one of their great salads. My favourite is the ‘Vermicelli bowl with grilled tofu satay‘ (60k Idr/ 3.20 Gbp) This salad is made with avocado, zucchini, radish, edamame, pickles, cucumber, iceberg, slaw, herbs and served with spring rolls. It’s so refreshing, so colourful and so delicious. It’s full of flavours, textures and an ultimate must try when you visit Leroy’s.

Desert

However, now it’s time for the grand desert. Im not having the “I’m so full from my started and main” excuse, because you will regret not having tried the desert of deserts! To finish of your amazing dinner and to just put the cherry on top you have to try the ultimate delight. This is heaven in the form of a ‘Vegan Chocolate Brownie‘ (35k Idr/ 1.85 Gbp). It’s everything you want a brownie to be. It has a slightly crispy outside but as soon as you put your spoon through you can feel it’s gooey centre. The chocolate is so rich and you would never (ever) of guessed that this is actually vegan. Trust me, you’ll be able to fool anyone! So yummy! (One of my favourite deserts in the whole of Canggu – and yes I have thought of coming there late at night just for the desert, guilty.)

 

 

Where to go

Leroys has recently announced that they will be open for lunch too! Woohoo!

They are now open everyday from 11am- 12am and their address is Jl. Tanah Barak No.43 in Canggu.

Enjoy!

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Denf Coffee – favourite coffee in Eindhoven

 

A good coffee can make any day better. I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys turning the coffee machine on in the morning, longing for the sound of coffee beans to be pressed together and heated which releases that unique aromatic smell that will make any morning a happy one.

When I’m at home in Eindhoven there are a few places I love going to for a delicious cup of coffee. I’m in love with cafe’s and always tend to work best when I’m surrounded by people and of course, enough coffee to get me through the day. One of my favourite spots where the moment you walk in you can already smell freshly made coffee is at Denf.

They have their own coffee roastery right there in the cafe. You can hear the coffee beans being made to perfection so that you can enjoy the freshest cup of coffee right there on the spot.

The atmosphere is amazing and on a sunny day you can enjoy your cup of coffee outside on the terrace. That’s also the exact spot where you’ll find me! It’s also a great cafe to get your laptop out and do some work. With lots of plugs around the cafe they are extremely work-environment friendly. There is a great mood at this cafe and I also have to say, the person that handles the music, you’re taste is divine – hand me your playlist!

 

What I love

What I love? The coffee! The almond cappuccino has a delicious nutty taste, the coconut macchiato is smooth and extremely flavoursome and the soya cappuccino is a classic! However, the real test to find out how good the coffee really is, is by drinking an espresso. And let me tell you, the espresso is flavoursome, dark of taste but not at all bitter. It’s very short and not at all watery. You can really taste the fact that they know what they are doing, and that is making some kick-ass coffee.

 

 

Where to go

Denf is open from Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm, and on Saturday from 9am-6pm. The address is Clausplein 4, 5611 XP Eindhoven.

If you don’t have much time just pop by and get a take-away coffee, trust me, it’ll be worth it!

 

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Burgers, bikes, tattoos and live music at Deus Ex Machina, Bali

 

One of the trendiest spots in Canggu is Deus Ex Machina. Here you can wonder around in a shop in which you can buy anything that you can call trendy! From surfboards and backpacks to bikes and watches. Buy yourself a brand new surfboard then have a seat in the garden where you can enjoy a delicious burger to celebrate!

Deus Ex Machina has a great atmosphere and its an amazing spot for a delicious dinner and a beer! Or visit on my favourite night which happens to be ‘Tacos-N-Tatt-Teusday‘! Every Tuesday you can enjoy a delicious plate of tacos, a freshly made margarita and of course if you are lucky a whole new tattoo that will be done on the spot! 

Tuesday nights aren’t the only fun nights as every day of the week there is a different event. From ‘Aperitivo Saturdays‘ to ‘Sunday roasts Sundays‘.

 

 

What I love

For breakfast I love getting the Açai Smoothie bowl (80k Idr/4.20 Gbp). It consists of blended açai with strawberry and banana topped with granola and fresh chia seeds. Its extremely refreshing and super fruity.

For a great lunch I usually get the ‘Pumpkin hummus on rye bread‘ (55k Idr/2.90 Gbp). The bread is thick and crunchy with an amazing pumpkin hummus, topped with sesame seeds and alfalfa – creating a perfect simple plate with delicious flavours.

 

 

If you are a pumpkin lover like I am I definitely recommend you to try the ‘Roast Pumpkin soup‘ (50k Idr/2.60 Gbp). This soup is an amazing lunch or perfect as a starter when having dinner. The soup is creamy, comforting and extremely flavoursome. Dip in some of the crunchy gluten free bread and you’ve got yourself a healthy and delicious meal!

When having dinner its always nice to enjoy the live music, great atmosphere and a drink with some comforting food. I personally love the ‘Vegetarian burger‘ (70k Idr/3.65 Gbp) they serve here as it tastes clean, healthy and delicious! The burger consists of a lentil patty topped with tomatoes, lettuce and mashed avocado. Its full of flavour and textures – crunchy bread, fresh tomatoes, smooth avocado and a deliciously flavoured lentil patty. It comes with a side of fries or a crunchy salad, I always choose the salad as for me it adds even more fresh flavours and of course some green goodness!

 

 

Where to go

Deus Ex Machina is open on Saturday until Thursday from 7am- 12pm and on Friday from 7am- 11pm. The address is Jl. Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu, Bali. 

 

 

 

 

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Mad for Mad Pops vegan ice-cream

 

On a sunny day in Bali who wouldn’t go crazy for some delicious ice-cream! It’s the ultimate holiday feeling to sit in the sun, feel the breeze and enjoy a refreshing home-made ice cream. However, for vegans like me its always a bit of a search to find the ultimate vegan ice-cream. But the hunt is finally over – because I have found a little piece of vegan ice-cream heaven!

 

 

Mad Pops sells healthy vegan ice-cream made from locally sourced seasonal fruits and coconut milk. This delicious ice-cream does not contain any preservatives or additives and is all hand made! It’s the perfect treat on any day! Just pop in and get blown away by all the amazing flavours – you won’t believe they are vegan!

 

 

What I love

I always have trouble choosing, however at Mad Pops I can stare at all the flavours for the longest of time. All the flavours are absolutely delicious and depending on my mood I will always have a different combination. Nevertheless, a must try is the ‘Stracciatella’ with a delicious creamy flavour and chunks of chocolate. Both ‘Matcha’ and ‘Coconut Mint Chocolate Chip’ are also a must try. They are so good – I still can’t believe its vegan!

Get your ice-cream served in a vegan cone and topped of with one of many delicious toppings such as nuts, sprinkles or Oreo crumbles – a treat that has blessed us all by being fully vegan!

 

 

Where to go

Mad Pops ice-cream shop currently has two locations in Seminyak and Canggu and is open everyday from 11am – 10pm. 

Its the perfect place for your guilty pleasures that you actually don’t have to feel guilty about! Im sure you’ll fall in love with every bite just as much as I did! Buon Appetito!🍦

 

 

 

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Canals in Amsterdam are frozen and making your way around town has never been so fun

 

As if the streets of Amsterdam could become any more beautiful.

Here I am standing on the crackling ice surrounded by the most beautiful architecture. Children chasing each other on the ice as they slip around the corner. As I take a deep breath the cold air creeps up my nose and cuts as a knife. Its a beautiful sight and feeling that I rarely experience in the month of March when in Amsterdam.

 

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The last time we were able to make our way trough town on ice-skates was in 2012. Now we are so lucky to set eyes on this magical sight yet again. Its a winter wonderland that we don’t get to experience often and its dreamy!

 

 

At sunrise the early birds make their way on the ice and take advantage of this rare spectacle. Several nights ago the temperate dropped to -15c creating a thick layer of ice. But you’ll have to be quick as the sun is coming out and nights are no longer cold enough to make the ice thicker. So get your ice-skates out and get your moves on the ice because this is something you might not witness for a very long time!

 

 

 

 

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