My Fav Vegan places in NYC N.01

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Since most of you know, if you've read my previous blog, that I'm mostly vegan. Therefore I was almost obliged to check out New York's best vegan food places. I'll elaborate on some more the others, due too the amount of food I had there or what my experience was. Disclaimer; all pictures and opinions are my own.


Butchers daughter



Overall 4,2
Venue 4
Food 4,7
Location 3



For my drink I had the mango slatsi smoothie which was very silky, smooth and definitely pleasing. As a starter I shared the quac dip with bread with Renee. You got a overload of avocado what we very much enjoyed, it had enough flavour without to much added salt and pepper, always good! It is something I would surely choose as a snack any time. 
For dinner we shared the burger and raw zucchini spaghetti. I count myself as a veggie burger know-it-all since I've head a lot of them in my life. As most of them tend to be quite dry this one was too. But I liked that it was a bit spicy and the vegan cheese was truly an added bonus. I had never had such 'spaghetti' before. I love normal wheat pasta so I was kind of hasitend but Oh boy what was I pleasantly surprised. It was so good I would give it 5 stars.

The location is nearby A subway station which makes it easy to find. However it isn't a very clean neighborhood in China town but the restaurant itself is totally the opposite of that.

You walk into a very modern hipster little corner cafe where you sit on moving crutches at window bars. It is full with cute succulent plants, all sorts of wooden things and baskets of fruit. If you need to use the bathroom don't worry they've got you covered, it is nicely designed as well and if you don't need to just go and wash you hands. Next door there is also a market where you can buy the ingredients, very nice right! 

All in all it was a restaurant where I would surely go again for lunch or dinner (they have a broader selection of meals after 5pm) to check out more of what they have to offer! 



Dun-well-doughnuts


Overall 3,7
Venue 4
Food 4,2
Location 3



I went for the Vanilla sprinkle doughnut, quite boring in comparison to the rest they had but I was just feeling it. The dough was really soft and just perfect, the doughnut wasn't very vanillary, but it didn't matter it was just a good classical doughnut. The shop was cute, really nice to have a midday convo with some coffee or get some work done or your laptop. It is located in a cool part of Brooklyn, a little harder to find if you're not familiar, but hey that's why maps exists right. 


Champs diner



Venue 4,3
Food 4,1
Location 4,6
Overall 4,3 



I got the Bananarama pancakes, and I can highly recommend them. The Coconut whipcream was a very nice creamy surprise and the chocolate pieces are just sweet goodness. After that I got the Frensh toast slam, which was really interesting. The Tofu tasted almost exactly like egg and the bacon was nice and smokey. 
It is the cool neighboorhood Buchwick in Brooklyn. The diner is kind of grungy chic, you have cool black booths, walls of glass and helpful, friendly waitresses.  Definitely not hard to find as well.


The cinnamon snail


Food 4
Venue 3
Location 4
Overall 3,7




I got the coconut & basil doughnut, the frosting was amazing but the dough was a little bit dry unfortunately.
It is located nearby a very big subway station, therefore really easy to find. The cafe it self was decorated nicely and there was a lot of seating space but it was more grab and go, which doesn't have preference. 

Yours Faithfully,

Elianne

Me and my shadow

Sunday, July 2, 2017





"Even a white rose has a black shadow. You might lose it in the dark, you might become it, but is something that will stay with you forever."


Being a normal kid has never come easy for me, I' ve always had struggles with numbers and letters. At the age of six my mom discovered that I had dyslexia and dyscalculia. Dyslexia and dyscalculia are brain disorders which can effect your language and math skills on a daily basis in a lot of different ways. With me it meant that reading was a lot harder, learning how to spell a word and grammar was difficult. Also numbers were a disaster I always read them wrong. For example; if it said on the paper 62 I read 26. Simple things like the names and order of the months, left or right and the times tables I could not remember. Infrequent orders or quickly changing patters always caught me off guard. If I was making arithmetic sums and it was divide by three times in a row and the fourth sum would be times 2, first off all I wouldn't even notice the change second of all my brain could not handle such a sudden change of rithm. In the summer were I would go from middle school to high school we could finally get it diagnosed which meant that some spelling errors wouldn't be looked at and that I had more time during tests. Dyscalculia is still very difficult to indicate whether a person truly suffers from it or not so to this day I still struggle with it on a daily basis.
But I've come to terms with it, I have accepted that this is something I will carry with my for the rest of my life and that it is just a part of me. Flaws make a person because you are more than you're mistakes. In the end I am even thankful for it, don't get me wrong I definitely do not consider it a gift but in the end it made me a fighter.

People used to consider me a shy person and a copy cat, which never improves ones self esteem especially when in puberty. I was in a group where I never really felt welcome, where I knew I did not belong. When I finally got out I felt relieved that I could end this chapter of my life and start a new one. That is when I truly started to change as a person. I began to trust myself and started doing things I could never have dreamed of doing. I made a plan, a plan of what I wanted to make of myself. life is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself.



The big frightening list:

1. step out of my comfort zone
2. be creative
3. say/do what I like
4. forgive those who have wronged me
5. accept/forgive myself



Step one

I genuinely liked my own little safe zone that I had created for myself, but I knew it was time to get out. I used to care so much of what other people thought of me but that makes life so much more tiering and less exciting. Constantly so focused on what to say or how to behave that I didn't do anything at all. In those moments I really hated myself. Why couldn't I just say something? However one day something clicked in me, I had had enough of my own self-pity. The decision was made that from that day on I would just engage with people. I still struggle with this on a daily bases. If I have nothing useful to say, I tend to just say nothing at all. Pushing myself is all I can do. So that's what I did/do. I went from being an introvert to an extrovert.

Step two

One perk of being dyslectic is that most of the time your creative side of your brain is more developed to compromise the loss of what it is missing. I love that part of me. Ever since I was little I've always been busy drawing, painting and doing crafts. I also love reading, writing, listing to music and dancing on it. I lost that side of me a little when I started high school, daily life and homework just took up all that time. Plus I got in contact with the internet and all that it has to offer. The internet undoubtedly killed my creativeness for a while. I hated that. So when I came to New York I jumped at every opportunity to be creative. That is why I started this blog for example, as for my second (photography) Instagram. I used the WWW to create and share with those interested. I got my motivation and urge to create back. 

Step three

In the past I never actually formed my own opinion I came to that conclusion when one of my teachers said to the class that we were all very easily influenced by what people tell us. I didn't like that. I realized that from that moment on I wouldn't judge people by there appearance, nor would I blindly believe what people tell me. If I would see beauty in something I would not wait for others to agree. And so I did. there are always three parts to a story, the one, the other and the truth. 

Step four

Have you ever noticed that it doesn't matter how many good things a person says to you, if they say one bad thing you will only remember that. I am not going to give examples since hurting people is not the intend of the letter, what I am going to give you is some advise. It is better to be remembered as a nice person than as a bitch. So be loving, trust me in the end they'll always choose a good person over an unkind person. So hereby I'll let go of all the frustrations and finally be free minded.

Step five

A very wise someone once said to me "How can others love you if you do not even love yourself, since how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you." Loving yourself is not about being perfect it is about admiring the imperfections, flaws make a person. Self love also begins with accepting your mistakes, stop dwelling in the past. Everybody has a chapter they don't read out loud. Even though I am never done evolving, I sometimes stop for a while and reflect from where I came and where I ended up. When I am happy with the result, I know I am on the right track to completely loving the person I am.


"Every one has a dark side, a shadow, however it is something that follows not leads."

Yours Faithfully, 

Elianne


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