The Creamiest, Raw, Organic & Vegan Chocolate Bars – Ombar Chocolate

 

As soon as you take a bite and you hear the iconic sound of chocolate breaking into two pieces you can already start to taste the first hint of pure dark cacao.

Being an absolute chocaholic I have tried many, but many different vegan chocolates. But when I tried this small bar I had no idea that it could have so much in store. Ombar’s chocolate bars are made of 100% plant based as well as natural ingredients. I find that lots of vegan chocolate is either too sweet, has an oily after taste or it might taste way too healthy and bitter for some people or children. Whilst I noticed straight away that Ombar’s chocolate has a very honest, dark and pure chocolatey flavour. Not too sugary, not too bitter, natural and no nasties – just real raw chocolate bars that taste amazing! 

The pure cacao flavours are rich and the texture is firm and crunchy. I’m writing this as I sit next to the fire and I just broke another square of chocolate, I can honestly say that this is the best plant-based chocolate I have tasted so far. And as I am enjoying it, so will the little ones. I love how this chocolate is raw, plant-based, Fair Trade, natural and organic but it still tastes great and honestly the little ones will love it too!

I do a lot of baking and I’m sure that everyone is tempted to get their apron on a little more often whilst the days are getting colder and darker. Apart from enjoying a square with my coffee I also find that this chocolate is great to cook with. Put a few squares on your hot porridge as it melts into the oats, shave some chocolate on top of your hot coco with whipped cream or melt it and mix into cakes and brownies.

I highly recommend you to try all the different chocolate bars from Ombar and let yourself indulge in some chocolate delight! Whats a better way to enjoy the cold winter days with a hot coco and a piece of chocolate in your hand whilst cuddling up in your big jumper. Sounds like pure perfection to me!

 

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Vegan Burger in Como – Mystic Burger

 

When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.

 

What to have

You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!

The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!

The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a side salad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!

 

 

Where to go

 

Mystic Burger is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday. 

Their address is Via Diaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.

You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!

 

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Sweet Matcha Smoothie

 

This green smoothie is the sweetest green smoothie you will ever taste! I love having it for breakfast as it’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and full of vitamins. The banana, dates and matcha in this smoothie will give you lots of energy which is perfect to start the day with! I also use spinach which is extremely low in calories and its full of vitamins and iron. Also adding a tablespoon of chia seeds will give you a boost of protein as a finishing touch! Healthy, sweet and yum! WIN WIN!

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • Splash almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • 2 hand fuls frozen spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • Tablespoon chia seeds

 

Method

 

  1. Apart from the chia seeds place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some extra almond milk if you think its a little too thick.
  2. Pour your smoothie into a glass and top it off with a tablespoon of chia seeds.

 

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Simple Rawnola

I am in love with this little treat which is perfect to sprinkle over some ice cream or as a topping on your smoothie bowl. It’s super yum and perfect in the morning as it will give you an extra energy boost!

You only need a few ingredients and a blender and you’ve got it whipped up in no time!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 200 grams medjool dates
  • 200 grams oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 80 grams shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 handful raisins
  • pinch of salt

 

Method

 

  1. Simply remove the pits from the dates and place all the ingredients in a blender and mix until it forms a smooth mixture.
  2. Get the mixture and crumble it in a pot, then place it in the fridge for about 30 min.

 

You can keep it good for about a week in an airtight pot.

Use it as a topping on top of your ice-cream or on smoothie bowls! Yum!

 

 

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Tropical Coconut Chia Pod

 

I am in love with this Tropical Chia pod as it’s so refreshing, delicious and super easy to make! I have been making it a lot lately as I didn’t have a lot time in the morning to make breakfast so I prepare a few pots the evening before. It’s super quick to prepare and it’s full of nutrition and protein which will give you a great boost to start the day!

 

Ingredients

Makes 3 cups

  • 10 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 bananas

 

Method

 

  1. Put the chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla powder and agave syrup in one bowl and mix well.
  2. Then poor the mixture into 3 separate cups.
  3. Now leave in your fridge to set. After about 10 min make sure to stir the mixture to make sure you don’t get any lumps. It will take about 2 hours or so for your pudding to set. You can also prepare it the evening before and leave it overnight so it’s ready for you to enjoy in the morning for breakfast.
  4. Once the Chia pudding is ready prepare the topping by placing the peaches and bananas in a blender and blend until smooth. Simply poor the smoothie on top as well as some more pieces of peach for extra yumminess!

 

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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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