What I ate in Cuba

Sunday, October 13, 2019

It's been a while since we last spoke but I think this post will be a good one to catch up ;)
This summer I went to Central America including Cuba. As you could probably guess by now, this is a what I ate there as a vegan.
As predicted it was quite hard. For one, Cuba doesn't really have import, therefore they only eat what they can grow. Secondly, Cubans looooove their meat/fish and cheese.
Luckily there is this space age technology now called the internet. So I could do all my stalking beforehand.
The one I'm going to talk about first was based in Vinales called Finca Agroecol√≥gica El Paraiso AKA organic farm.
We arrived after cycling thirty minutes in 40 degrees celsius heat up a steep hill. The view was amazing and made it all worth it. We were sat at a table overlooking the valley and organic farm where birds flew from palmtree too palmtree. After asking if we could have the lunch vegan they gave us a so many plates full of fresh organic food. Including drinks it only cost 11 per person (the food in the picture wasn't even all of it). 
The plantain, vegetable soup which I paired with the rice and beans and guacamole where my favorite. The rest was also amazing, you could really taste that it was from farm to table. 
With our bellies full we went on our way back, as happy as ever. 


After being lost and getting really hungry we stumbled upon a place where we were told that day had veggie paella. We really didn't care at this point what it was, as long as we could put something in our stomachs. And we were pleasantly surprised. Maybe a bit to salty, however after sweating as much as we did, that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. It had a good ratio of veg, beans and rice. All in all a good meal if you're in search of something to still your bad mood. 

This restaurant called La Esquina, has an interesting side story. Let me tell you quickly. We got there as two blonds, immediately stared at. Ordered our food but without cheese, weird looks followed the rest of the night. In the end it wasn't because we order vegan, which we originally thought. but because they well thought we were hot. We got free ice-cream out of it. Bonussss.
The food was okay, could use more pesto. Which we got the next three times we went there, as well as more funny looks. Oh well, some of them were hot so we didn't mind really.

We were walking through the streets of Old Havana when we past this place called El Dandy. It looked artsy and the people there seemed nice. We went in asked for the vegan option, happy that the staff new what that meant, and order basically all of them. The fries were a bit to sweet but I have zero complaints about the rest. We had vegetable taco's with mango chutney and a spicy sauce. Delicious, nice and smokey. I had a salad which was a bit boring but just what I needed for some health. We shared the fruit platter, and croutons with guac and pico de gallo. Can't go wrong with that. 
We went back the day after, I think that says enough. 

It was a struggle finding food everyday, especially since there wasn't wifi to look up some places easily. However it was an amazing experience getting to try some real Cuban food. 
Hope you enjoyed reading yet another food blog.

Yours Faithfully,


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

HI!! I went to a museum again. Let me tell you about it. 
Moco museum in Amsterdam got my attention because they have a large Banksy and now and a Kusama expo. I love Banksy's street style graffiti art and really wanted to see his work up close. Afterwards I found out that this museum is on Banksy's list of illegal expositions. As in he did not give them permission to show his art. So something to think about if you're considering a visit. Nonetheless it was awesome to see his take on controversial topics. 
The Kusama part was very small and therefore kind of a let down. 
However, we really came for the Amethyst Ball Cavern created by Daniel Arsham. He has done a new show called Connection Time and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved his take on it with connection the alternative realty with architecture and pop culture objects. 
We didn't spend much time there since it is not a big museum and usually crowded. It was still a fun activity, especially since we went out for food afterwards. 



Yours Faithfully,

Vegan at Rollende Keukens

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Hey food truck lovers, it's me again with a new review of vegan food.
On June 1st two fellow vegans and I went to Rollende Keukens Festival in Amsterdam. It was located outside Westergasfabriek. Prime location for organizing such an event, especially with the beautiful weather we had!
The day was filled with consuming food joyfully without any suffering involved. We tested 10 of the Best Vegan options. Critiquing them on looks, overal taste, low waste and the ability to somehow consume it with grace.

1.0 Friethoes vergane glorie

Okay we can all see this burger is very aesthetically pleasing, no need to further discuss that. You just want to inhale it in one go. Although that wasn't entirely possible because it was a bit messy to eat. The jackfruit was made into an actual burger, not just some loose pieces you sometimes find. Topped with delicious kerrie mayo, crispy onions, sriracha and some veg. The burger bun was plain but it paired beautifully with the burger. Now the inside could truly shine. It was served in a paper servet, as minimal waste as possible. Applaude for that. On the other side they did have to research where jackfuit came from. Made us kind of suspicious. All is forgiven though because the guys serving us were rather hospitable.

2.0 Coffee on wheels Amsterdam
After the burger we felt like drinking some iced coffee because it was 25 degrees and we were nice and toasty. With it came a vegan brownie. It did melt a bit, but hey so were we. The coffee itself was flavorful, although it was served in plastic cups. But then again it had a paper straw, compensation I guess. The brownie was fluffy, moist (I know everybody hates this word, it's just the perfect way to describe it) and not overly sweet. Fast service and a rustic looking truck. Ok next.

3.0 Dutch Weed Burger
Next we shared 4 weed bitterballen. No calm down, not actual weed but seaweed my friend. The crunch was real with a warm soft comforting ragout on the inside. The seaweed bits were visible and the fishy flavor was there but pleasantly subtle. It was paired with an original sauce which could have been a bit more tangy. Service was slow but the big food truck made up for that with its looks.4.0 Looping Good
Aside from being an instagram sensation these rolled up ice creams were yummy. I filmed the whole process cuz yes I'm that bitch, find it on my insta ;). It took some time, a bit of commotion and the portion sizes did differ, however the end result was great. The flavors where: pineapple/mango with raspberry sauce and strawberry/oreo with coconut sauce. Perfect combination if I say so myself. They came in paper cups with plastic spoons, again compensation?..

5.0 Churros
What can go wrong with churros? Actually quite a lot. Too dry or cold etc. With these though, the opposite occurred. They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Warm but not too hot. Glazed with cinnamon sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is.
we didn't;t have to wait very long for them and they came in a paper baggy with an extra napkin, which we didn't need. Minus point for that. Overall a great experience.

6.0 Mr & Ms Watson
At the giant Watson truck, which looked amazing, we shared the loaded nachos. They also serve arepas with philly cheese topping. I need to try that next time, or if you do let me know how it was. Thanks. The nachos were heavenly. They could have given us a bit more of the topping so that the ratio would be more balanced. However the topping that we did get was devine. It was made from mushrooms, caramelized onions and some sauces. Even mushrooms haters will like this, trust me my fellow judges aren't as keen on them as I am, but even they loved it.
Served in a paper tray without any excess waste. Quickly as well. This might have been our favorite along with the burger.

7.0 Vleesch Noch Visch
I think this was my first gyros experience, therefore it might be arguable that I'm not the greatest judge for this dish. Luckily for you my companions are. They said the garlic sauce and other toppings were spot on. The gyros to bread ratio was well balanced and with the seasoning it tasted just like the real deal. The fake meat, which I am the right person to state my opinion for, was appetizing. It had the perfect texture and just tasted great. Again single paper wrapper, nothing to complain about here.

8.0 Flamkuchen
I'm going to keep it short and simple for this one. It was a let down. First of all it took some time to arrive but when it did, it lived up to my expectations because the crust was good. However the toppings, which on their own were enjoyable, were rather scarce. This made it all quite dry. Yeah very sad indeed.

9.0 Samosas
This delightful pastry was served in a paper bag freshly out of an amazing and authentic looking wood oven. The dough was flaky, crispy but still soft and the insides were apple, beet and cinnamon. The outside looked pink because of the beetroot I imagine. Very appealing. The service was brisk and once we sat down we had a lovely little chat with one of the guys there. Adding sauces is possible, not necessary.

10.0 IJscuypje 

To finish it all off we had two scoops of ice cream. The only two vegan flavors were orange and rosemary (sugar free). Swift service, well adjusted teamwork and again the compensation of paper with plastic. Seriously what's up with that, just give me a wooden spoon already. We could have brought our own now I've come to think of it.. Next time.
The orange was fresh, sweet and a bit sour in a good way. The rosemary one was creamy, silky and with a subtle hint of coconut and rosemary. It truly was a match made in heaven because I came to the conclusion that the the pairing tasted exactly like a split! Or orange cream bar for you uncreative Americans. So if you try this, definitely pick them both and tell me that I'm not the only one realizing things. I mean this.

Special thanks to my sponsors, with whom this post was made possible by helping me eat through all this amazing vegan food and paying for 2/3 of it. Love you.

Yours Faithfully,

Museum Voorlinden

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hey art enthusiast!

I recently went to the Voorlinden museum in Wassenaar and thought I'd share my experience :)
It was a Thursday midday with very nice weather. And I specify this because this meant there weren't a lot of people. Those who were there, all above 50 haha. So we fitted right in.
You might remember Renee my mistress in mischief whom I met in NY. She kept me company during this trip into aesthetics.
Upon arrival we drove onto a big estate. It had a beautiful country house, where you could dine, and a lot of greenery surrounding it. (We had a picnic later on) The museum is also on the same land. It resembles a futuristic looking building with a lot of white and glass. I rather like this for museums. The price wasn't great. They didn't have any student discount so we had to pay the full price of 17,50.. However in my opinion it's worth it if you go during this exhibition. The Yahoo Kusama exhibition travels, especially the Infinity room is a rarity to have close by. On busy days you only get 45 sec. in it, that's why it's best to go on a week day. We got to go in multiple times, without having to wait. The rest of the art was great as well. Even though it didn't make me feel certain emotions or provoked any thoughts it did make me want to create more myself.
Besides the Infinity room you have the famous small elevators, walk in swimming pool, giant grandparents on the beach and some more. We spent around two hours indoors, the rest was spent outside eating, drinking, chatting and enjoying the sunshine.
Definitely a day worth remembering.
(If you'd like to see more (like moving images) look on my instagram under story; Art)



Yours Faithfully,

Vegan Sushi review

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hey Sushi lover!
You've come to the right address if you want to read about me devouring some sushi. I saw a Facebook event named vegan sushi event en needn't know more. I was going. It was held in de stad tuin in Utrecht. The place was small but perfect for the occasion.

We started off with a buddha bowl. (last pic) it had orange and purple sweet potato, soy crisps, vegetable and some great sauces. We drank Saki with it, which was served warm. 

After that sushi round one came. (middle left) It consisted of mango/wasabi, avocado/guacamole, cucumber/sweet potato/sweet sauce, cucumber/carrot/spicy sauce maki. Im not the biggest fan of wasabi but if you are that one would probably be your favorite. I basically liked all the others.

Next round had purple sweet potato/beet mayo, cabbage/curry, soy/sweet sugar maki. (middle right) They were all delicious and gone in no time. It paired perfectly with my mannen liefde beer. 

Third came the beyond meat sushi burger. I was really excited about this because one; beyond meat is something I'm always down to try; plus I thought it was very inventive to put in sushi. Let alone a sushi burger. How instragrammble is that! They put sriracha mayo and zucchini in between for some added flavor kick. 

Last but not least we got a noodle dish put onder our noses. And it smelled so good. It was teriyaki noodles with saut√©ed vegetables and tofu. (top left)  Wouldn't change anything about the dish at all. Maybe that it came with a spoon so I could scoop up all the little bits. 

Unfortunately I also have some criticisms. The amount of food we good was fine for the price but it took a long time for each round to be served. And with a long time I really mean a long ass time. If they would change that for the next event then I'd be more than down to go again.

So overall I had a lovely night. Most of it was spent on Happn looking for a hot date for my friend since we had a lot of time to kill. No harsh feelings, it was rather amusing. Plus she might have scored a guy. We could not have wanted more. 



Yours Faithfully,


Compilation of Happiness

Monday, January 28, 2019

- Mental health
- Physical health
- Sleep
- Vegan food
- Meditation
- Words of affirmation
- Ginger tea
- Salt lamp/fairy lights
- Oatmeal with extra peanut butter
- Physical touch
- Travel
- Family
- Sunrise
- Sunset
- Love
- Hiking
- Flowers
- Surfing
- Passing a test
- Reading
- Learning
- Growing
- Deep conversations
- Freshly washed linnen
- Polaroids
- The smell after rain
- Perfectly polished nails
- Morning walks
- You

Yours Faithfully,

What to do in Hong Kong

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dragons back

Hiking may not be the first thing you think of when going to Hong Kong but as of now it should definitely be on the list. Dragons back is one of the most popular hikes to do, however it isn't a busy track. We went at the end of the midday, I highly recommend doing so. You'll avoid most of the other hikers, the heat and end at the top during sunset. After that it's only a short hike down in the dark from where you can take the bus back. 


Sai kung hike 

Sai kung hike is one of those hikes that has almost everything. From beautiful beaches, waterfalls, rock climbing, stairs, forrest paths, cliff jumping and food stops. It is also how difficult and long you want to make it. The way to the first beach is very easy and fast, after that there are a lot more beaches to go to as well as a waterfall from where you can do some pretty high cliff jumping. The way back up the stairs is a killer but if you're in for something easier, like we were, you can take a speedboat back. It goes every hour and is worth the money, especially if you take it during sunset. The views are spectacular, and the you arrive back in Sai Kung in no time.


There are many beautiful temples in Hong Kong. The one above is the Man Mo, a temple in the city center. Right next to cat market where you can get all your antique souvenirs.
Nan Lian Garden and Chi lin nunnery should also be on your to do list. The typical asian garden complete with carper filled pond and tiny waterfall is a sight to see. With the calm and serene vibe you can come to peace in the middle of the city and admire the precise architectural skills of the asian culture. There is also a vegetarian restaurant on the premisses. The nunnery is attached to the gardens, you enter via a grand door into a square temple. Golden statues await you, as well as respect and the scent of incense.


Insta hot spots

Hong kong isn't only fun, for the ones looking for a great pic, you're in the right place. You can go to the Yick Cheong Building or ride a ding ding (tram) and get a perfect shot. Besides that riding a ding ding is a lot of fun. 
In SoHo there are a lot of cool graffiti walls to discover. You might need to fight some other tourist for a spot, but it's worth it in my opinion. 


Even though the waves weren't perfect when we went surfing it was still worth the trip. The trip from the city to big wave bay will take up most of your day, but it is easy to combine with a hike in the area. i'd recommend checking first of the waves are descent and if so, go! Even if you haven't surfed before, the rent of a board is cheap and the waves aren't far out. Easy to access even for beginners.

Victoria's Peak and Night life

Hiking to Victoria's peak will definitely make you sweat out all the dumplings and steamed buns you just consumed. Not only that, it will give you the best view of the city. For the less active, there is also a cable car going up and down. 
Hong kong night life is the best way to end the trip. Starting at a rooftop bar like ozone and drinking you way down to Lan Kwai for some clubbing. Or maybe a late night massage, whatever your deal is.

Hope you have a great trip!

Yours Faithfully,

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