Friday, April 24, 2015

Hotspot: Meneer Smakers, Utrecht

When I was on a food tour in Utrecht with some fellow foodies (Charlie from Charlie's Kitchen, Michelle from Studentenvoer and Chantal from Feel Good by Food) , we really wanted to get a nice and juicy burger. Meneer Smakers is known for it's burgers, so we all wanted to go there. And thank God we did! My burger was DE-LIC-IOUS. Read on to see the rest of the photos and my burger!

Charlie ordering her burger!
My burger: The Mister Smakers burger with 100% prime beef burger, grilled paprika, eggplant, aged cheese flakes, the secret Smakers family sauce and bacon.
Home made fries.

If you ever go to Utrecht and you're hungry, make sure to give Mister Smakers a visit. It's definitely worth your money and it's now a waste of your calories! I went home full, but happy.

Meneer Smakers Burgerbar
Nobelstraat 143 - Utrecht
Twijnstraat 62 - Utrecht

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recipe: Californian Green Goddess salad

This is probably one of my favorite salads ever! It reminds me of my stay in florida. There are lots of subtle flavors and the dressing with strong flavors gives this salad it's power.

What you need for two servings:

  • 75 grams black quinoa (cooked according to the package)
  • 2 cups of lettuce (I used a mix with rocket)
  • 100 grams of peas (frozen)
  • 25 grams chives
  • 15 grams basil leaves
  • 2 ansjovis filets
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1 avocado
  • 100 grams shrimp
  • Pine nuts (grilled)
  • Black pepper)

What you do:

  1. Cook the peas for 2 minutes, drain it and cool it under cold running water.
  2. Mix the quinoa, lettuce mix and peas and put it on the plates.
  3. Chop the chives and half of the basil in small pieces. Chop the anjosvis and mix with the lemon juice, the mayonnaise, the chopped chives and basil. Use a hand blender to blend it into a dressing. Add a bit of black pepper to taste.
  4. Half the avocados and cut out thin slices and put it on top of the lettuce/quinoa mixture. Divide the shrimp between the plates and top everything of with the dressing and some grilled pine nuts. You're done! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Outfit: On the road

Today's outfit I'm showing you is one of my recent favorites, since almost everything is bought on our vacation in Florida. Clothes are a perfect souvenir right? Every time you wear it, you think back of a wonderful time. Photography by Shannon Zwart from Bee Creativities.

What I'm wearing:
Blazer: Pull and Bear - High waisted skinny jeans: Levi's - T-shirt: Adidas - Shoes: Nike WMNS Air Max Lunar1 (Bright Mango) - Tote bag: Studentenvoer - Ring: Calvin Klein - Watch: Michael Kors

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Digital Project Life: Week15

Since I'm doing Project Life digital, or better, with the Project Life app, I'm back in the flow. Each week I can't wait to get some pages done, while I'm chilling on the couch. It gave me so much rest! Don't get me wrong, I love my 'analog' Project Life albums that I made the last 4 years, but it's sooo much work and I'm a busy girl. I can't wait to make an album out of them at the end of the year!
This week I'm sharing my pages for week 15:

Left page.
Right page.
The full spread.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Recipe: Guilty Pleasure Smoothie

From time to time (or like, very often) I'm craving peanut butter or chocolate. So I came up with the perfect smoothie to handle these cravings. It's very filling, a real calorie bomb, but it's also pretty clean and it's filled with protein and carbs, which makes it a perfect post workout smoothie.

What you need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 medjool date
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 1,5 tbsp organic peanut butter
  • 0,5 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 200 ml almond milk

For the topping:

  • 0,5 tbsp raw cocoa nibs
  • 0,5 tbsp whey protein crispies (optional)

Directions:

  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Put it in a big glass, or share it with someone, like I did! Top it with the cocoa nibs and whey crispies. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hotspot: YoghurtBarn, Utrecht

To start our Utrecht food tour, we decided to have breakfast at the YoghurtBarn. I already visited the one in Amsterdam, you can read about it here, so I knew what to expect. They gave us foodies a warm welcome. We all chose one of their specials, with a nice hot drink. When they were making our food, I had some time to shoot some photos!

The Yoghurt Barn, doesn't only sell yogurts with all kinds of delicious toppings, they also have delicious baked good, lovely special coffees, teas and juices. You can do an high-tea, pick up a picknick lunch box or take home some home made granola.

The interior is lovely, a mix between industrial and homey. You immediately feel comfortable there, so you can fully concentrate on the lovely food and drinks they serve.

Our big breakfast, so yummy!
I chose Merry Berry with organic curd cheese (hangop) and it was delicious!
They also gave us these savory yogurts with cucumber, olive oil, salt, pepper, mint and pistachios. Something different, but pretty tasty! Perfect to use as a dipping sauce. 

We had a great time, with lovely food. We were stuffed after eating everything. I sure want to get back there soon to try one of the other flavors! I totally recommend going there if you like a lovely healthy breakfast.

YoghurtBarn Utrecht
Vinkenburgstraat 15
3512 AA Utrecht

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review: Fuji Instax Share SP-1

Instant photography has always been one of my hobbies. I own several Polaroid cameras, but I stopped using it when the film got more and more expensive. I got myself a Fuji Instax Mini, because film for that camera is much more affordable. At the time it was hard to get your hands at that camera, so I was super happy when I finally got it. Right now those cameras are sold everywhere and so is the film! I've used it for a couple of years, but in the end I didn't use it as much as I would like to. It's pretty hard to get the settings right, my photos often came out too light, too dark, or out of focus. Now the film is affordable, but it's certainly not cheap. So I ended up not using it anymore, because I was scared to ruin more of the film.

A couple of months ago I found out they made a new Instant device. The Fuji Instax Share. It was just what I was looking for! It's an instant printer that uses the same film as the Fuji Instax Mini (so I could use the film I already bought once). The big difference is, you can print the photos from your phone! This means, every picture comes out just the way you want. So no ruined film anymore, the first day I got this baby at home I finished a whole pack of film!

It's really easy to use, you download the app, you connect your phone with it through wifi, you make a photo or pick one from your film roll, there are some editting options and you just press Print! I already thought up some projects I want to do with my photos and I'll share the DIY's here on my blog.