This title seems, again, strange. But once you’ve read this post, you’ll understand what I meant.
Do you know those little flower stores? Or the bookshop, where the man behind the counter knows everything about your favorite author? I love those shops.
The people who work there, work with their hearts. They put their passion into their shop. They make long hours and work for our pleasure. They do what they love.
In this picture you see my mum. She bought some juice and fruit in this tiny store. The man who worked there, knew where everything was and helped us find our route to the subway. Although his store was small, he helped us and thought with us.
Local stores make the economy. I believe they own the creativity. They have smart solutions, and are open for suggestions.
They are passionate about their stores and work with their hearts.
I also find the weirdest, but cutest things in local stores. The nicest clothing, the books that I’ve never heard of, and the funniest postcards.
That’s why I find it hard that local stores need to close. Bigger companies are taking over. They don’t share the passion. They don’t work with their heart. I support local shopping. And I hope you’ll do the same.
I went to Londen a few days ago. Only stayed there for 1 night, but it was awesome. I love Londen. I went with my mum and we had such a good time together.
We had an high tea, which wasn’t completely vegan, but most of the thing were vegan so everything else was for mum. 😄
Since I watched Sherlock on Netflix (about 2 years ago) I wanted to go to Bakerstreet. I don’t know why but I’ve been in Londen 2 times since but never went there. So today we decided to go!
Here I am, in front of his house. I was totally fan girling there. I doubt that’s even a verb, but you probably get what I mean.
We walked around the old Dickens streets and ate lunch in the sun. We ate dinner around Picadilly circus, and did some shopping. I only bought a bag in the Disney store. Cinderella is on it.
I already knew that you can eat a lot as a vegan in Londen, you just have to look good and go to different places. The tourist restaurant don’t have vegan options on their menu, but the local restaurants do. And you can of course always ask for it. I made a video about my day, you can see it here. I hope I made you all want to go to Londen. It’s amazing, definitely worth a visit.
Recently I went to the ikea to look for a new closet. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did had a great dinner together with mum.
Did you know IKEA offers more and more vegan options? I read about it, and was curious to know if the IKEA here had this too.
What did I want to try?
I like the fact that IKEA spotted the need for Vegan food, and made an effort into putting a vegan option on their menu. Of course I tried the “meatballs”. You could see all the veggies in it, it has multiple colours. The waitress in the restaurant asked me if I wanted fries or couscous, and I chose couscous.
This was what it looked like. A plate full of fresh vegan food.
But, did it taste good?!
Yes, it did! They weren’t soaky like the ones I made. They were a bit crispy and a little bit fat. They bake them in oil. The couscous was also good; filled up with beans. I definitely be back for this.
IKEA well done! You’re making a step in the right direction by adding this to your menu. I liked it and will be back for this.
I still eat like the vegan high carb way. I love my carbs, and I get them out of fruit or pasta/patatoes.
Of course I also eat a lot of veggies and rice. I love salads and beans.
I try to eat as various as possible, sometimes this can be quite challenging. Especially when I’m at work and need to eat something in a hurry. Most of the times I grab something fattening, something that makes me feel saturated for a short petite of time.
Why do I do this? Why do I make the decision to eat fat food that is actually not good for me.
I think it has to do something to do with the fact that I have little time. I need to eat in minutes and fastfood is easy to eat. It’s also cheap and you don’t have to do anything to prepare it. It’s just easy, I’m to much in a hurry and to lazy to make something before.
I want to do something about this because I’m gaining weight and it’s making me feel bad. I gained a lot of weight over the years and that was a good thing. Due to my illness I was pretty sick and underweight. Now I’m at a healthy weight, but I don’t want to gain more. I already gained more than planned.
I think it’s a good idea if I think better about what I’m going to eat. I need to meal prep more. If I do that, there’ll be always something in my fridge I can eat before work.
I’m currently in Poland, in the city Poznan. It’s a short trip for my study society, and I’ll be there till Monday.
As some of you may now, I need to try new things. I find it hard to stap outside of my comfort zone, so I need to train that. Now that I’m in Poznan, I really want to try some new things.
This is what I had; dumplings!
But not normal dumplings; fruit dumplings. They were filled with strawberries and raspberries. They taste really good.
It was a real step outside my comfort zone, because it’s hard to find vegan food and food that I can digest well. Fried of fatty foods hurt my bowel, so I tend to avoid them. That’s why I don’t do it. But I tried this and it was good. I’m so happy I dare to do it.
I’m curious what I’ll do next, here in Poland. I’m here with friends that I trust, besides that I brought my boyfriend with me.
I’ll keep you updated!
I discovered something new. And I’m so happy I found it. Or better said, them. Do you all know the concept of a dinner club? You go to a location, people cook for you and you pay/or give something in return? (I also made a vlog about my day worth of food)
Well, today I discovered a vegan dinner club, in the middle of Amsterdam. I didn’t knew what to expect, and I hoped I’ll get some tasty food.
I got a really really nice, nutritional and healthy meals! It cost 6 euro, but this was what I got:
In the cup is lemonade, freshly made. The yellow substance in the little bowl was Dahl soup. The orange sauce on the left was a mango chutney. Then there was rice with cashews, and a salad made of papaya, kale and other veggies. And finally the green stuff on the right was spinach with chickpeas and lentils. Later I got a dessert, a small piece of a cranberry cake, with maple syrup on top.
It was so great to eat with like minded people. They understood me as a vegan, I didn’t have to ask if the cake was made with butter. They all talked about how they knew we could change the world, person by person, by becoming vegan.
I loved it, and I will definitely be back.
Have you got dinner clubs where you live? Vegan ones?
This morning I started my day with a power juice. I had to be at work at 6.30, really early for me. I couldn’t eat yet, but didn’t want to work on an empty stomach.
A power juice from Brandstof! The juices from Brandstof are fresh (they have a 3 day fresh grantee) and made out of veggies. They have all kind of flavours, and they all give your morning a boost. They use ingredients like ginger or vennel, that really boost up your metabolism.
I think it’s never a good idea to skip breakfast completely, but to have a juice instead seems like a good thing to me.
What do you think about a juice to start your day with? Good idea or a no go? Is it to much of an effort, or do you buy it like I did?
Thanks for the reading, and like or comment. I’m happy to be sharing my journey for a better health with you.