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Friday, August 18, 2017






Budapest the hidden treasure

Monday, August 7, 2017


What a heck of a trip this was, probably everything that could've gone wrong, did. Nonetheless I must say this was one of the best trips I've had so far.
It all started when I came back from America, me and my two besties met up and decided to go on a holiday. We wanted to go sight-seeing in a city in a warm country where you also had a good party scene. Fortunately enough we had heard a lot of good things about Budapest, so the decision was easily made. We booked the trip there and then.
We where flying via Brussel since that was a lot cheaper, or so we thought... We arrived at Brussel airport only to discover we where at the wrong one! We had to take a cab, which wasn't cheap, to go to Brussel Chareloi the most crappiest airport ever where only to companies flew from. I think you could guess we where quite mad. We almost missed our flight to, the only reason we didn't was because it was delayed 15 minutes. When we were finally in our apartment, we went straight to bed.




The first day, we went to have breakfast at this really cute place. They served mostly all kinds of vegan pies and had a lot of different musli options. We ate our bellies full with the delicious healthy food and started the day of right. After that we went to go see the Sint-Stefanusbasiliek, it's a really beautiful church fully decorated with gold, marble and all sort of holy paintings.
We went to the panorama top from where you got a good look over the whole city. Definitely a must do.
Since we decided that we wanted to have breakfast at the apartment. We did some grocery shopping at the great market hall, where you had all you needed to make a tasteful meal. We looked around, bought our food and went home. For dinner we went to this vegan restaurant called; Sunshine restaurant an confectionary. I had without a doubt the best vegan pizza I've ever tasted, the falafel/hummus platter and pesto pasta we tried are definitely worth mentioning as well. Afterwards we went home and crashed.



The second day we scoured the Buda side of the city, I think I was most impressed with the immensely detailed orange, green and yellow roof of the Buda castle. Since it was hot we did everything slowly, had a long lunch and late dinner. In de evening we decided to go out to one of the ruin bars. It was a very nice club, you had a lot of different bars, a dance area and an open area, it was an amazing night.





      

The next day we wanted to relax so we took a early morning spa day. Budapest is famous for it's thermal baths, the Gellert hotel having one of the most beautiful ones. It was a super chill morning an got us ready for the rest of the day. We went shopping
in the afternoon and we all found some nice things.



The fourth day we went to see the parlement, it is a huge white rock building with purple rooftops. Absolutely a must see, same as the WW|| Memorial; shoes along the Donau which is right behind the parlement. It is crazy to think what happend there, people being shot in the head and into the river swapped away by the current to the end of the river, only to become a mass grave full of empty bodies who where only killed because they happend to jewish. We found the shoes the size of probably not even a ten year old, it struck us how people where capable of doing such terrible deeds. Try to imagine standing there not even really knowing what it is to live, and never finding out because your life ends right there on the side of the river before it has even started.

On the last day we got a late brunch at the New York Cafe, it one of the pretties old coffee houses in budapest. I must say it is not cheap but I thing it is totally worth a visit. The venue is stunning, it has all the golden details, beautiful paintings, twisted pillars and brightly shining chandeliers and on top of that there is live music. It varies between a improvising pianist and a well trained mini orchestra. It was amazing, although you can't get vegan food here there are enough veg-options or items they can make vegetarian for you. It was a lovely end of our trip.

But we weren't done yet, we still got some drama coming. I'm going to keep this brief since I'm already so done with this part, but I feel like I need to mention it. We found out that we wouldn't make our last train back to The Netherlands, so we were stuck at the airport in Brussel. We tried to hitch hike, but no Dutch person is crazy enough to travel all the way via Brussel, which of course is logical. So that meant we had to stay the night, luckily I had messaged my dear friend Elien before hand and we could sleep at hers. It all worked out, but please remind me to never travel via Brussel ever again!

Yours Faithfully,

Eliane

My Fav Vegan places in NYC N.02

Thursday, August 3, 2017

By CHLOE

Overall 4,4
Food 5
Venue 4
Location 4,3





This must be my favorite off all, it was my go to and therefore I tried almost the whole menu. Spoiler alert; I liked it all! The guac veggie burger is amazing seriously I could it every day. It's nice and creamy especially with fries (sweet potato, or normal) and a beet ketchup or spicy mayo you're all set. The hot dog is very good, fresh and spicy at the same time. The pesto pasta is precisely the right amount of pesto, but if cilantro isn't your fav let this one slide. The mac and cheese, Oh my god it's the best I've ever had, even better than the 'real' one in my opinion. They but some smoked mushroom on it, how they do it is a mystery but it tasted EXACTLY like bacon. The purple smoothie is creamy, sweet, fruity and nicely filling. The quinoa salad must be my favorite of all. It is loaded with all the good stuff, you get quinoa which on it's own is already good. Even more you get avocado, tomatoes, crunchy chips, lettuce and spicy 'ground beef'. This combo gives a fresh but still filling and flavored salad.
You have multiple (5 (soon 7)) locations (google your closest), the ones I visited, the Flatiron, the other in Greenwich Village. Both easy to acces. They are all very cool decorated, I personally love the hipstery style they go with. It's almost always busy, the only downside, but is it really? It shows it's good! trust me just wait a lil, it's worth it.

By CHLOE Sweets

Overall 3,8
Food 4,5
Venue 3
Location 4,3














Can it get any better than a vegan bakery? YES, because it's from by chloe. If you feel like a lil dessert or even a whole cake your wish is granted at this place. It's right next to by chloe's greenwich village location, perfect right?! The chocolate chip cookies are chewy, soft and extremely delicious. the cupcakes are good too, but not special. The pecan pie is nutty, the caramel is perfect and just the right amount of sweet. They also sell coffee and other beverages, if necessary with soy, almond and coconut milk option. 
It is quite small, but there is outside seating. Cute decoration, quite like the main locations. 

Peacefood

Food 4,6
Venue 4
Location 4,7
Overall 4,4













At this restaurant I got once again a veggie burger, it was a normal cheese burger. The burger was fantastic, it was nice and juicy, I could've sworn it was real meat. It was the best fake meat vegan burger I've tried so far. Also the vegan cheese was a nice bonus, moreover it was just a normal burger.
The venue is very nice for a date or family dinner, and very close to union square. 

Blossom

Food 4,2
Venue 3,5
Location 4
Overall 3,9



I was told to get the lasagna, so that's what I did and I was glad that I followed up the recommendation. The lasagna tasted precisely like 'real' lasagna even a meat eater said so, it was very filling though. The truffle risotto is also a good choice.
The restaurant is perfect for a date, but even with friends it's a nice comfortable place, a little pricy. 

Beyond sushi

Overall 3,2
Food 4,2
Venue 2,5
Location 3





Mango roll was really good, nice flavor and texture. The perfect combo between sweet and savory.
Green roll different than what I've ever had. It is made with a pesto sauce, and the top gets caramelized. Dumplings are good as well, they're made with tofu and mushroom. In comparison with the rest of the food not that special.
It's located in a very small room not very cosy, and the waitress wasn't very kind or patient. But hey maybe she just had a bad day. The food is worth it though, but maybe get it to go.
A little walk to get there but not to far from the flatiron building or subway. 



Yours Faithfully,

Elianne


disclaimer; all pictures and opinion are my own 




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