Me & My Monkey – Antwerp

With autumn in town, the temperatures change and the warm winter coats come outside out of the closet. Let this be the perfect opportunity to go for a coffee between two classes. Well, every opportunity to get a good coffee is welcome! So, this morning, my friends and I decided to go to a warm, cosy place and heat ourselves
with a -you won’t guess it- coffee.

In our quest for the perfect coffee bar, we came across a cute little places called ‘Me and My Monkey’

After changing my mind for like three times, I decided to go for a ‘speculatte’. You can never go wrong with speculaas, but this latte was amazing. For those who don’t know what speculaas is, it is a typical Belgian spiced biscuit. It has something autumnal, and it is given to children when ‘sinterklaas’ comes, a Belgian variant of Father Christmas. But don’t get me wrong ; we Belgians eat speculaas during the whole year because it tastes delicious! (for the vegans amongst us; the speculaas from the brand ‘Lotus’ doesn’t contain milk or eggs!) Now back to my speculatte. Something convinced me that this was the best speculatte I ever had. It is the fact that this one contained speculaaspasta. ‘speculaaspasta’ is another Belgian speciality ; it is basically a spread made from speculoos. JUMMY!

One of my friends ordered an homemade ice tea and the other one ordered a cappuccino with marzipan and almond. The cappuccino was served in a cute vintage cup. I really love these kind of coffee cups ;  in fact, I collect them. Let this be another reason to come back, which I definitely will do. I had no time to try other things but the menu contained so many things that looked delicious. I will keep you updated when I go back.

Before I end this blogpost, I have some advice for you : go to Antwerp and check this place out by yourselves !

Xoxo Ines

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For more information :

Me & My Monkey
Oever 18, Antwerp

https://www.facebook.com/mamm666?fref=ts

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TARTINE – Antwerp

Hi foodlovers,

A (great) while ago, I went for lunch to an Antwerp lunchbar called ‘Tartine’. They serve breakfast and lunch, but their focus lays (obviously) on their ‘tartines’. (a.k.a. slices of bread) (a.k.a. sandwiches)

I had high expectations about this place, and when I tasted the delicious little cake served with my coffee, my craving for their sandwiches increased. I ordered a ‘tartine maison’, a HUGE sandwich filled with a slice of chicken- meat, loaf, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, rucola salad, pesto and balsamic-cream. It was delicious, but just too much! And what is even better, I only paid € 6.50 for it, which is not too expensive in Antwerp!

I had no space left to try one of their desserts, but I will definitely come back!

Kisses, Ines

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For more inspiration, check my friends’ blogposts about ‘Tartine’

Sarah Kafif.be: https://www.facebook.com/SarahKafifOfficial?fref=ts

Food, Fashion and Fabulous things http://foodfashionfabulousthings.tumblr.com/post/119379199637/tartine

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Borough Market (London) – Foodie alert

I only need two words to describe Borough Market: Food. Heaven.

Foodies, beware: you won’t leave this place without buying something. Impossible.

If you need some arguments to be convinced to visit Borough Market, just keep on reading. I love this place, convincing you is no problem for me!

First of all, this isn’t just a simple weekly market (the one – almost- every town has). Borough Market is more of a food hall, open from Monday to Saturday. (check the website for more detailed information)

Furthermore, there is a wide range of variety, from cookies to hamburgers over cheese, fruit and vegetables. But it doesn’t end here. There are non-food stalls too, including a barber-shop!

To continue with, you will find home-made food everywhere, including organic, vegan and gluten-free products. (Healthy-food-alert!)

You can have lunch in Borough market (I had an amazing veggie-burger, one of the best things I’ve had in London) Or, go to one of the pubs/restaurants close to Borough Market, there is plenty of choice of them.

And, if you’re not convinced yet, you will see friendly faces everywhere! (Isn’t that a really good argument?)

So, what are you waiting for?  Do you still need more reasons to buy that ticket to London?

With love, Ines

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Quick feta-salad

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted something, but here I am, back on the internet and with a whole new recipe!

So, today I wanted to create a healthy but tasty salad for lunch. I let my kitchen-brain work and the result (a feta-salad) was not bad. (happy me!)

If you want to try this at home, you will need these ingredients:

  • Feta cheese (1 package)
  • Ham cubes (also a whole package)
  • Cherry tomatoes (I didn’t count them, add tomatoes as much as you like)
  • A red onion
  • Olive oil + balsamic vinegar (2 spoons of olive oil + 1 spoons of balsamic vinegar)
  • Salt and pepper

This recipe is so easy, you only have to slice the feta cheese in little cubes, add the ham cubes, slice the tomatoes in 4 and slice the onion. Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar, spice it up with pepper and a little bit of salt (feta cheese has a salty taste, too much salt will ruin your salad). That’s all.

Enjoy!

P.S. This recipe has no name yet, if you have a good idea, let me know!

Ines

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RAW Salad Company

Are you one of those persons who love to eat a good salad, but you are afraid of ordering one in a restaurant because you don’t want to end up with a plate for rabbits? Then you need to check out ‘RAW Salad Company’, a new salad bar in Antwerp.

A few weeks ago, I felt it was time to pay a little visit to this new hotspot. They only serve RAW food, so you don’t have to be afraid of eating unhealthy. I ordered the ‘Chef Curry’ salad, which included spinach, rucola salad, quinoa, sweet pepper, mango, mint, apple, cashew nuts, ginger, crayfish and a curry dressing.

After eating this delicious salad, I didn’t feel hungry at all, so I had no place left to try out one of their desserts. A real pity! (They looked very good) In ‘RAW Salad Company’, they even give you the opportunity to create your own salad. If you can’t get enough of RAW food, you can try their smoothies, yoghurts and desserts. (The smoothie I tasted – pineapple, banana, mint and coriander- was very good)

If you’re interested for more, you can check out this place by yourself. I will definitely come back to this hotspot.

Contact:

RAW Salad Company, Kammenstraat 55 Antwerp, Belgium
http://www.rawsaladcompany.be/

xoxo Ines

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Banana Bread – not for monkeys

Last Saturday I felt the desire to bake something for Sunday’s brunch. The idea of baking a banana bread had crossed my mind several times before, and I finally tried it out! I hope you will get inspired while reading this recipe!

I really love to cook, but since I have to avoid eating lactose, I have to find good alternatives for my favourite deserts, cakes and other recipes. I like to try out new things and I never made or ate a banana bread before, so last Saturday was the ideal moment for baking it !

I need to say, I started following a recipe, but adapted a bit to my inspiration of the moment. It was an English recipe in which cup-measurement is used, but in my country, we count in grams and litres when we bake. I only became aware of that problem when I already started, so that’s why I adapted the recipe. Whoops! That moment I was a bit afraid that my banana bread would fail but afterwards it just tasted delicious. I need to admit that I was very proud at that moment.

Let’s start explaining what you need in order to bake this delicious sweet treat!

First of all, you need your ingredients. I made three little banana breads, so if you want to make a big one, I recommend to double the ingredients.

  • 2 bananas. Make sure they are ripe because you need to smash them
  • 2 dates. Try to find fresh ones because they don’t include added sugars
  • 65 gr ground almonds
  • 65 gr flour of your choice. I used spelt flour   11121332_845886532132896_1030437480_n
  • A hand full of sultanas
  • A teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (you can add a bit more of it if you love cinnamon, but you don’t need to exaggerate)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (or a half, it depends on how much you like nutmeg)
  • A pinch of salt
  • vanilla extract (I used a little Dr. Oetker ‘bottle’ -see picture-)
  • A hand full of cacao nibs (or more, if you’re a chocolate lover like me)

Put the ground almonds, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sultanas and cacao nibs together in a bowl and mix all the ingredients with a wooden spoon.

Take another bowl, you will use itfor your banana-mixture. Squash the bananas with a fork, but don’t forget to release the peel!

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Believe me, this recipe isn’t difficult at all! Even if you are not an expert in cooking, you will manage baking this healthy banana bread. You can eat it as breakfast or as an afternoon snack. I did both, because it was too delicious! Everybody loved it and you don’t have to feel bad afterwards, because your sweet treat only includes healthy ingredie11310991_845886175466265_1621229999_nnts! Sounds nice, doesn’t it ?

If you are going to try this out yourself, let me know if you liked it! Enjoy!

xoxo Ines

Hello World!

I’m so excited! This is my very first blogpost EVER.

Before I start writing blogposts, I would like to give you a little introduction about myself.

The idea of starting an own blog is already sticking around in my head for a while, but I never really had the courage to start one. Until now. I decided to write a blog about food and lifestyle, because that’s what I’m most interested in. I changed my eating habits a while ago, because my doctor told me I have to avoid eating lactose. I have a lot of troubles with my digestion and therefore I also started to eat a lot healthier a few years ago. That’s the reason why I want to write about (healthy) food and cooking, but also –most importantly- because I just love to eat . Let’s face it, I’m a foodie! But as I already said, I’m also going to write about lifestyle.

I hope you will like my posts and maybe you will get inspired with my recipes and other posts. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Oh, if you were wondering what I do in my private life, I’m a language student at the university, and I’m enjoying all the little things in life.

Let’s start blogging!

xoxo Ines