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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Long Easter Weekend

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! We in the Netherlands had Monday off as well for Second Easter day so we had a three day weekend. And it couldn't have come at a better time. My exams start in two (!) weeks and I'm so stressed for that! Really needed a break from my daily routine and an extra day off. 

On Saturday I went to Lindsey's for high tea. And omg she made such a feast! It looked so pretty and the sandwiches were exactly as you get them at a restaurant high tea! Really felt it was Eastern time. We had so much fun and talked and talked that we forgot the time until we noticed it was 8pm so I stayed for dinner. Then we continued to chat the whole evening as well!

On Easter Sunday I went to Amsterdam to meet my family for brunch at Krasnapolsy. I was there before for drinks and high tea. Omg everything was so good and pretty plated! There were even oysters. We started with a cold buffet and a warm buffet after with meat and salmon. And if you know me, salmon is my favorite! But that wasn't the biggest surprise, but the desserts were! Loved that the desserts weren't in a buffet form but served on trays like a high tea. There were so many chocolates and cakes and macarons, seriously the best!

After the brunch I walked through Amsterdam and did a little shopping. Too bad the weather wasn't nice but that didn't let me from taking pictures!

Carnaval at The Dam


Friday, April 7, 2017

My New Favorite Healthy Breakfast

I'm getting a new take on what I'm eating lately and it's getting some tweaks here and there. Not only do I want to eat less bread, but I also want to eat (at least in the coming 7 weeks) foods which will be a healthy benefit to my body and brain because of my exams. Healthy body = healthy mind.

One of the major changes is that I have incorporated dairy again. Lactose free yoghurt that is. If I would eat normal yoghurt in these amounts, my stomach wouldn't handle it well. The reason for me eating yoghurt is that it it is very filling, great protein source, low carb and best alternative if you don't want to eat soy (like me). My normal breakfast would contain two slices of spelt bread with peanut butter and jelly or pb and banana. Really satisfying and not even that unhealthy. In the weekends I would make oatmeal, but my new breakfast is just much more fulfilling and tasty.

I made my own trail mix of mixed nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate covered seeds, mulberries and chia seeds on top.

I find this so satisfying and so yummy! The yoghurt contains lots of protein and is very filling itself, but the nots have healthy fats and is very filling as well. The dried fruits, mulberries and chocolate covered seeds add a little sweetness to it which curbs my sweet tooth.

To make it even healthier I add half a banana. Seriously, this keeps me full till lunch! Also love that it has so many textures and flavors, every bite is different!

I keep my mix in a big jar

4 tbs of trail mix

Mix, add banana and chia seeds and enjoy!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Eating Our Way Through Antwerp

Saturday coffee break with a little rice cake

Last Friday I wrote that I would write another post on our trip to Antwerp, except now only with pictures of our food. And the food did not disappoint! We basically only ate Belgian foods which is of course necessary when you're visiting another country.

Friday night started with champagne in the hotel (which he brought from home, such a sweet surprise!) and then some more champagne at the restaurant. My appetizer was a shrimp croquet. So so good!

My entree was pig which recommended wine. Loved that at the menu they had all beer and wine recommendations. They had beer recommendations at every restaurant which is not that weird as Belgium is a very good wine country!

The only place I visited for the seconde time was Horte. Years ago I had lunch here with two Italian friends and also had the caesar salad and a white wine. This happens to be my favorite lunch: caesar salad, white wine and fries with mayo. Perfect! My company just made the whole experience a little sweeter. ;-)

On Saturday evening we went to "De Rooden Hoed" which we found on the internet when we looked at the hotel. We both had baked mussels which were really good! 

For main course I had rabbit. Omg so tender and tasty!

On Sunday we basically felt over eaten. The breakfast at the hotel was very big an varied, so it was hard not to try it all. Of course, we had to eat a 'sugar waffle' while we were here. We have these in the Netherlands as well, but these tasted much better. ;-)

I didn't take a picture of the lunch we had at the terrace, but I had duck salad. Yummy!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Happy April!

Happy April! Now that it is April it means two things. One: exams are in 4 weeks (yikes!). Two: exams will be over in 7 weeks (yay!). Four weeks doesn't seem far away at all, however seven weeks seems like a lifetime away...

In the week after our weekend to Antwerp I got a little stomach bug and gave myself a break from studying. A break that lasted a whole week (from Thursday to Friday). Now I don't know if I did the right thing, but I really needed it to regain some energy. First of all to get better, second of all to get energy and to get motivated again for studying. This Saturday and Sunday I studied for hours on both days and that makes me feel good!

Last Friday evening a friend and I went to see Beauty and the Beast. And omg, I loved it! Even better than I could imagine. Seriously would love to see the movie again and again. Gaston and LeFou were brilliantly casted and made me LOL.

Loved all the songs they sang and my favorite lyric (since years): "With a dreamy far off look, and her nose stuck in a book" (see my Twitter). They did added some songs, but they had to to tell the complete story. Never realized Disney didn't tell the whole story. But to be honest, those questions didn't occur to me either. If I may say one negative thing, is the fakeness of the Beast. With the technology today, they could have done so much better. Also: I love Emma Thompson!
No go and see it! "Be our guest!"

I'm also really looking forward to Easter. Luckily, in the Netherlands, we have two Easter days. Which means, we'll have Monday the 17th off! Which basically means studying all day for me but I don't care. Sunday I'll go to Amsterdam to have brunch at Krasnapolsky. So excited!

Also loving the weather lately. It's been up and down lately but I don't mind when it gets colder on the weekends since I'll be locked up anyway.

It's beginning to look like Spring!

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