Sun, sea, and snorkelling on Okinawa

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The last stop on our trip was the tropical island Okinawa, south of mainland Japan. The temperatures in all places we visited had been quite high for late October/November, but when we arrived on Okinawa it was like we went back to summer. Read all about it right here!

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Positive vibes in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima is a very special city. We decided to go there for a couple of days mainly to learn more about its horrendous history and the impact the atomic bomb had on the population. However, I left with a much more positive feeling about the city then when I arrived. Read the whole post here!

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In the mood for Italian food

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Summer may be officially over, but we can always try to recreate the taste and feel of summer with a good recipe. With all the photos coming in from Milan Fashion Week (especially those from the colourful Dolce & Gabbana show) I’m personally craving the taste of Italy, and so I wanted to share a pasta dish that a friend of mine once cooked for me and that always brings back my memories of the Tuscan sun even when I’m in (rainy) London. Click here for the recipe!

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Peach & Prosciutto salad

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The weather is getting better and better which means that the time for summer salads is upon us again. I recently tried this salad with peach and prosciutto and this will definitely go on my favourites list. I absolutely love summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and peaches because it’s so easy to make great dishes with them. They are perfect for smoothies or cakes and when you combine them with cheese, herbs or prosciutto (like in this recipe) they make for a delicious salad. You can eat this salad for lunch or even for dinner, but you might want to add some ciabatta for some extra filling. The ingredients you need for approximately two servings are the following:

  • 120 gr. mixed leaf salad
  • almonds, about a small handful
  • 3 peaches
  • 120 gr. goats’ cheese
  • prosciutto, about 6 strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • optional: ciabatta

These are the quantities I used, but you can adapt them to your personal preference.

Preparation method

  1. Cook the prosciutto for 2-3 minutes or just before it gets crispy. Let it cool down and cut it into small pieces.
  2. Peel the peaches and slice them.
  3. Chop the almonds, and cut the goats’ cheese.
  4. Then mix the almonds, peaches, prosciutto and goats’ cheese with the mixed leaf salad.
  5. Whisk the olive oil with the vinegar, honey, and mustard and drizzle over the salad.

Enjoy!

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Coffee cravings – London

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A couple of years ago the UK was definitely not a coffee country. If you wanted a proper cup you really had to just drink tea or go to a coffee chain such as Starbucks, Costa or Cafe Nero. But a lot has changed since then. Especially in London. Of course, there’s still a Starbucks on almost every street corner, but if you know where to look you’ll find a lot of nice coffee bars that serve very good coffee. These are some of my favourite places which I found through The London Coffee Guide (2014) and by just wandering around.

Store St. Espresso – This coffee bar, which is around the corner of UCL, was my coffee haven during exam time. Store St. is a really nice light cafe with friendly staff. Perfect for a quick coffee to go as well as for catching up with a friend.

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The Attendant – The Attendant is located in a former Victorian public lavatory, which might as well be the most original location for a coffee bar in all of London. It does sound a bit weird to have coffee in a place that people used as a loo, but it’s actually not. The place is renovated in a very stylish way to make sure everyone enjoys their coffee and food to the fullest.

Monocle café – This cafe is a spin-off from the Monocle magazine. Just like the magazine it’s very polished and quite hipster chique. It’s a small cafe so perfect for a quick coffee before you go and explore the shops of Marylebone or indulge yourself in the art at the Wallace Collection.

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Appestat – Appestat is a lovely cafe located in the Camden Passage in Islington. The owners are really friendly and I always find it a pleasure to go for a coffee there. Apart from coffee, they sell a range of artisan products such as cheese and charcuterie.

The Coffee Works Project – Next to Appestat you can find the Coffee Works Project, which is always buzzing with life. The best thing about this cafe is the garden in the back, which, if the weather allows it, is a perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Look mum no hands! – This is a coffee bar and bike shop in one, so you can have a coffee while you’re waiting for your bike to be repaired. Look mum no hands! is a very colourful place, decorated with cool bike accessories. The coffee as well as the food is delicious.

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Some other places I’d recommend are: Ginger & WhiteNude Espressoand Shoreditch GrindBut this is really just a small selection of the great coffee bars in London. I’m sure that in a months time I’ve already visited places I could add to my favourites list.

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