Saturday, February 17, 2018

REVIEW // Dr. Organic Charcoal Toothpaste

1. PRICE: €6,99 ($8,67) at Holland and Barrett
And my most expensive toothpaste I have ever bought in my life.
AN EMPTIE
2. HOW MANY TIMES DO I BRUSH MY TEETH: everyday, once.
So I have used up this Dr.Organic Charcoal Toothpaste within 3 months+ which I think is a fair time process to give out a validate review and thoughts about this Dr.Organic Charcoal Toothpaste!
3. THIS TOOTHPASTE IS: vegetarian/vegan friendly // free of parabens // organic
4. THIS TOOTHPASTE PROMISES MY TEETH: whitening // clean // soothing //
protecting

You don`t have to brush your teeth
just the ones you want to keep
Surprisingly the charcoal toothpaste does not stay black but turns into a light gray-ish but refreshing minty foamy substance.
I have never had any cavities before -knocks on wood- in my entire life even when I was a kid and I`d love to stay this way. I just don`t like dentists ya know! I only brush my teeth once a day always in the evening before going to bed and because I only brush my teeth once a day I brush my teeth pretty hard. Sometimes too hard because my sink can turn into a bloody mess...
I know I need to be more gentle and softer for my teeth but so far it leads to a clean, fresh and zero cavities in my teeth
BEFORE AND AFTER

So here`s a snap of beginning and after 3 months brushing my teeth. I want to keep it raw and true as possible so these photo`s has no filter layer or are edited besides cropping out the photo`s. At first impression it doesn`t show any huge difference at all. Perhaps it`s the way how I took pictures of my teeth because I only took them in my room with just natural light.

In real I do have to say that my teeth does has lost bits of the yellow-ish tone and looks whiter but not cosmetic white as a rockstar. And I`m quite pleased with the results actually because it still looks naturally white.
PRO
everything from point 3. // taste just like a regular mint tootpaste

CON
it`s pricy // it contains a sweetener stevia like why? Why do you need to sweeten toothpaste and besides stevia is ew.

 ★☆ 4/5
‘Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth’

Saturday, February 10, 2018

3 Nice Vega Hotspots in Rotterdam


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Hi, my name is Mei, I love food and travel and these are my favorite places to eat vegetarian food in Rotterdam!   
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Hoi, ik ben Mei, ik ben dol op eten en reizen en dit hier zijn mijn eetplekjes uit Rotterdam met mijn favoriete vega opties!

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SPIRIT 
ADDRESS: Mariniersweg 9 3011 NB Rotterdam
SPIRIT is a buffet restaurant that serves 100% vegetarian friendly & super organic food that makes every tummy happy and back in good spirit again! SPIRIT also reminds me a lot of the buffet section of Wholefoods whereas at SPIRIT you also pay for your food depends how much it weights. So what food can you scoop up onto your plate? Well, everything! From breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lets see what I have shall we?
Plate of diversity
Grab a plate, scoop, fill, weight, pay. In this order.
So I try to fit breakfast, lunch and dinner in one plate but there was so much to pick from really!

MY PLATE WEIGHT: 0,425 kg
THE PRICE: €14,44 ($17,70) (TIP: breakfast time appears to be cheaper)
SHIITAKE PANCAKES: I`m a foodie-adventurous so of course I had to try out shiitake pancakes which I have never had before. Thinking that it would be a savory snack turns out that the dough is sweet. Hmmm. It`s a pretty OK pancake I guess. With an aftertaste.
CROQUETTE: YUM! And it was still crunchy on the outside!
RISOTTO BALLS: also very yum and still crunchy on the outside as well which I find it rare with buffet because most of the time deep fried stuff tends to be soggy and tough. Not at SPIRIT clearly!
AVOCADO w/ GRAPEFRUIT SALAD: I wasn`t too sure how this combo would work but it did and it`s surprisingly good!
CAULIFLOWER HAWAII: sweet and spicy, nothing wrong with that!
SATÉ TEMPEH: I was looking forward for this because it looks like a skewered chicken with peanut sauce Indonesia style. I wonder if this vega version would be good too and it was not bad with 70% that tasted like actual meat I find.
SPRINGROLLS: this rolled up goodness was just delicious!
CHEESECAKE: vegan cheesecake! And a very good one! Love the fresh fruit on top that gives a nice sourness to it.

NOO.ME
ADDRESS: Botersloot 18A 3011 HG Rotterdam
NOO.ME is an Asian fusion restaurant serving foods from multiple Asian countries with the leading ingredient: noodles! NOO.ME has been established since 2016 after a crowdfunding on the Internet which only took 3 days for them to reach their target. And that I think it`s pretty awesome! NOO.ME is not a veggie restaurant but they do have one 100% vegan dish which is the vegan laksa also called the `NOO.MEAT LAKSA`, a true Winter warmer!
Spicy food makes my nose run and o boy this bowl turned my nose into a faucet! Don`t worry I have enjoyed this bowl all the way to the end because it was a good hot. And spicy comfort food are extra nice anyway during these winter days. And that`s right, these are vegan shrimps on top and they were pretty darn tasty! Furthermore: vegetarian broth, tofu puffs, edamame beans, zucchini and bean sprouts. Delicious!

Koek & Pan
ADDRESS: Zwaanhals 430, 3035 KT te Rotterdam
Social media & food, they are like great business partner together because if it wasn`t for Instagram, I would have not found Koek & Pan. At least not any time sooner. Anyway! Koek & Pan (literally means Cookie & Pan) is a food place that specializes in pastry and pies. They are not a vegetarian restaurant but! They do have a pretty good veggie options. Like this vegan pulled pork pie!
Truth to be told I have never had real pulled pork before. Pulled pork is finally starting to become a popular dish here in Holland but do I feel missing out now that I`ve become a vegetarian? Nahhh, not at all! If I had to imagine how pulled pork would taste like, then this vega version would be my model dish. The `pulled` texture looks and taste just like meat and if you ask me indistinguishable from the real thing and only €2,85 ($3,50).
More about KOEK & PAN and their croffins (croissant + muffin) soon!

Friday, February 2, 2018

A day in Bruges


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It was on a Saturday 23rd September last year, which was the end of Summer already and Fall was just around the corner. Yet it was sill warm and sunny in Belgium - Bruges like Summer was never planning to leave. Me and A. we both wanted to visit this Belgium town for so long, and on a Saturday morning it was decided. We took my car and crossed the Belgium border and headed to Bruges. One item on the bucketlist also crossed down, just like that! Anyway read our little getaway in Bruges down below!
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Het was  zaterdag 23 september vorig jaar, en het einde van de zomer was al nabij en de herfst was al om de hoek aan het lonken. Toch was het in België - Brugge warm en zonnig - alsof de zomer niet van plan was om te vertrekken. Ik en A. wilden allebei deze Belgische stad zo lang bezoeken, en op een zaterdagochtend hadden we een besluit genomen. We namen mijn auto en staken de Belgische grens over en reden naar Brugge toe. En zo werd een item op de bucketlist ook gelijk doorgestreept. Ons mini tripje in Brugge lees je hieronder!

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This is Bruges
And this was also my first time driving to Belgium and yes, I was nervous! Even though it was only 1 hour+ driving and thank Lord it went pretty alright on the road. I guess if you want to be more confident behind the steering wheel I suppose you have to grab that steering wheel with both hands and be brave and that`s what I did. Luckily I have my bestie A. beside me who function as my two extra pair of eyes on the road.
Food First
The Potato Bar ❤ 4/5
We arrived Bruges around 12 PM and that means lunchtime and me and A. were starving! When we saw the words potato on the blinds it was simple and quickly decided.

Everyone knows Belgium makes great fries! According to Wikipedia fries were invented in Belgium.
OUR FOOD
2 ginger tea
1 vega burger
1 crispy chicken burger
1 small fries + homemade mayonnaise
One word: SCRUMPTIOUS!
Especially their homemade mayo is yum and just super indulging.
“ok, pretend you are not looking at the camera and act busy eating” - a foodblogger

CITY EXPLORING
Time to walk!
At Zara Home or H&M Home, no sure.
This gorgeous house is actually a kebab/pizza take away which I have decided to not put it in the picture.

Margritt ❤ 2/5

It was time for a coffee break and I really want to have a good one. Too bad Margritt was a let down for me and A.
PRO:
I guess the nice looking interior? That actually lured me and A. both in the first place.

BIG BOO:
so we asked for a glass of water. Like no big deal right? But the hostess literally rolled her eyes when we asked for it! We did get our water eventually but we had to collect it by our self at the bar instead being taken to our table. Mediocre service is business kill, just sayin`
A not well stirred méh matcha latte with dry sliced up piece of cake.
So I`ve decided to love Bruges anyway
Bruges is gorgeous! Most people who enters Belgium for the very first time will most likely visit Brussel or Antwerp but if you want to avoid the big tourist herd, Bruges is here for you! Not only it is less crowdy this city with her well preserved buildings is also listed and under protection of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North. Plus, I had a great shopping time too and I didn`t left Brugge empty handed.

I take you to the
candyshop
Apart the fries, Belgium is perhaps more well known for their chocolates.
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I purchased: Belgium waffles and a bar of dark chocolate, my favorite.
Edited with Adobe Lightroom.
First time editing with Adobe Lightroom too. I still need to find my handyness with the program but I sure love the features so far!