5 x The Best Breakfast Spots in West Village, New York

In a completely food-obsessed city, the West Village seems to be a breakfast focal point. Not only is the food incredible, but the environment of that particular neighborhood gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to kick off the start of your day. Instead of skyscrapers, you’ll find brownstone, pre-war buildings complete with classic New York fire escapes and every tree-lined, cobblestone street seems to be the home of some cozy, quaint restaurant packed with people looking for a delicious meal and good coffee. Although I’m sure there are dozens of fabulous options to choose from, here are five of my favorite Breakfast Spots In West Village.

Hundred Acres – 38 Macdougal St
Located right on the borderline of the West Village, SoHo and Greenwich Village, Hundred Acres is a Mediterranean style restaurant that never disappoints at breakfast time. Unlike a lot of other typical NYC breakfast spots, Hundred Acres is spacious so a good choice is you have a large party – and they have a backyard garden area! They also take reservations on OpenTable which is super convenient when looking for the right place to eat. The lemon ricotta pancakes and the cinnamon rolls are both superb! www.hundredacresnyc.com

Hundred Acres, best breakfast spots in West Village

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Monument Lane – 103 Greenwich Ave
Any place with chicken & waffles on the menu gets an automatic thumbs up in my book. With outside seating during the warmer seasons, Monument Lane is a great place to people watch. Good food, friendly staff and a varying menu with plenty of different options to choose from – what more could you ask for?! They also give you an adorable little notebook to sign when you get the bill – it’s all about the little details and one of the reasons why it’s one of my favorite breakfast spots in West Village. www.monumentlane.com

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Waffles & Chicken at Monument Lane

Bluestone Lane – 30 Carmine St (*multiple locations)
A casual, Australian cafe that serves great coffee and simple brunch items. One of my favorite things about it – the staff are all Aussies! I like that this cafe gives me a taste of a different part of the world, all the way down to the carefully chosen decor. The avocado smash and the berry bowl are both delicious! www.bluestonelaneny.com

Bluestone Lane, Breakfast Spots in West Village
Love the interior!

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The Wild Son – 53 Little W 12th St
This restaurant is located on the border of the West Village and The Meatpacking District right next to the Hudson River. It’s small, so not ideal for large parties, but if you’re looking for a place to grab a coffee and some breakfast with a friend, this adorable restaurant is a great choice. They don’t take reservations, but stop in to put your name down and take a stroll along The High Line while you wait. You can’t go wrong with the blueberry corn waffles! www.thewildsonnyc.com


The Wild Son, Breakfast Spots in West Village
Always busy and cozy!

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Their signature dark lemon soda. Source

Cafe Cluny – 284 W 12th St
A trendy, upscale West Village brunch spot that you go to when you want to be seen. Covered in charming and tasteful decor, this modern French restaurant is a complete embodiment of the vibes of the village and could be a good location for a celebrity sighting. www.cafecluny.com

Cafe Clunsy, best breakfast spots in West Village

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Delicious and healthy! Source

Love,

Casey

*Casey is one of our guest bloggers from New York. She’s a 25 year old that grew up in Long Island NY. After graduating college, she moved into NYC and took a job in marketing. She and her large friend group of about 9 girls are all about trying out trendy restaurants and keeping busy with all this amazing city has to offer. She also has her own personal blog, Adolescent Adulthood. She will publish an article in the beginning of each month.

5 x New Hotspots in Amsterdam for January

I compare Amsterdam to New York and London sometimes because there are so many new places that open up these days, it’s almost impossible to keep track of. Here are 5 new hotspots in Amsterdam that are all open or opening this month!

Sticky Fingers
Coffee, cakes and bites and it’s as simple as that. Sticky Fingers is a place where you will run into a lot of bloggers because it’s very Instagramable. (is that a word?) It’s new on the Amstelveenseweg near the famous Vondelpark so perfect for a break after a walk. The interior is pretty cool because they have a white wall where they molded in some recycled furniture. Amsteveenseweg 3, Amsterdam, www.stickyfingers.nl

Sticky Fingers Amsterdam

Stach at the Overtoom
Stach is a wonderful food and drink store with several franchises around the city but a few days ago they’ve opened a new store on the Overtoom. They will prepare different kinds of healthy foods like  Poke Bowls, Poke Salads, Sushi, Sushi salads, Springrolls and Vietnamese streetfood. Besides all that, they also sell lot’s of ingredients, ready to go meals, chocolate, cookies, healthy bars, coffee and more. I’m glad this store is closer to my home now and I will visit them soon! Overtoom 112, Amsterdam, Facebook

Stach Overtoom Amsterdam
Stach Overtoom has a cute little seating area too!

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Source: Stach Facebook

Lavinia 2
Another very tasty and healthy hotspot that we love! Lavinia 2 is also located on the Amstelveenseweg (new hotspots in Amsterdam galore here?) but a bit closer towards Hoofddorpplein. Lavinia is serving homemade meals and cakes that are all organic. They offer catering and attract all sorts of people that a a little conscious about their health. Like the first Lavinia in the Kerkstraat, you can hire the place for private events in the evening and they also host a number of events. Amstelveenseweg 192, Amsterdam, Website

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Libertine Cafe Cafe
Another trick out of box of the biggest food and drink entrepreneur in Amsterdam; Casper Reinders. He recently also opened restaurants Bo Nam and Blue Boy and he just added Libertine Cafe Cafe. They describe themselves as “a place for locals and wanderers alike”. Sounds like us! Situated in central Amsterdam’s 9 streets, it’s a perfect location to say the least. Come here for all day breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Wolvenstraat 22, Amsterdam, Facebook

De Biertuin Prinsengracht
A beer garden in the middle of Amsterdam? Yep, it’s happening. Well, it’s a second location but the first one was in East so a bit far for some residents and visitors. This one is located on the spot where BoCinq used to be. It’s near the Leidsestreet so very easy to reach. They will serve a lot of beers, burgers (also veggie), sausages, salads, chips if you have to believe it, a great atmosfeer! They will open this month is all preparations go to plan. Prinsengracht 494, Amsterdam, Facebook

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There you go, 5 x fresh and new hotspots in Amsterdam you can visit this month!

Love,

Elke

5 x winter drinks to keep you warm this Christmas

We’re ditching the cold drinks this month and can’t wait to snuggle up in front of the TV of fireplace with a hot drink. Inspired by the world and other platforms, we have selected 5 delicious winter drinks to keep you warm this Christmas!

1. Golden Milk 
This recipe originated from India where they use the spice Curcuma in almost everything. ‘Curcuma (or Turmeric Root Powder as they call it) might well be the healthiest spice on Earth. Made by grinding the dried root of the Curcuma longa plant, this ancient superfood and key ingredient in curry powder has been used by Indian Ayurvedic healers for centuries’. States the healwithfood.org website. So with this good news it’s one of the best winter drinks as it will help your immune system throughout the winter.

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Recipe and photo by The Green Happiness

Ingredients: (for 2 persons)

  • 400 ml almond milk
  • 1 tsp kurkuma
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 sp ahorn siroop (10 ml)
  • 1 sp cinnamon

Preparation:
Pour the almond milk in a saucepan and add the Curcuma, Ginger, Cinnamon and the Ahorn Syrup. Stir well and heat until it simmers. Now it’s ready to drink and you may top it with a little cinnamon!

2. The ultimate Hot Chocolate
Oelala, this recipe is finger licking good! We all know how to make a hot chocolate but this drink includes marsmellows so take a moment and take your time for this one. It only takes a few minutes to make!

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Recipe and photo by Jamie Oliver

Ingredients: (for 2 persons)

  • 565 ml full cream or semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 ts of good quality drinking chocolade
  • 1 handful marsmellows
  • some sugar for extra tasting

Preparation:
First put the milk into a pan. Bring to a simmer – not a boil – and while it’s heating, put a tablespoon of choccie powder and sugar, if using, into each mug. Add a little warmish milk from the pan to each mug – you just need enough to dissolve the chocolate powder. At this point, plonk a few marshmallows into each mug. When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a plastic jug or flask. I normally do this over a sink as I always end up spilling a bit (the trick is to have a big enough jug or flask so the milk only half fills it – you need the extra space for shaking and frothing). Screw the lid on tightly, place a cloth over the lid for safety, and shake hard for a minute. Remove the lid, minding the steam, and pour the milk into your mugs. A little stir, and you can slurp your way to heaven!

3. Homemade Glühwine
It’s a traditional Christmas drink that you will find at most Christmas Markets around the world but the best recipes come from Germany or Austria. It will warm you up in an instance. (just be careful you drink responsibly as it contains alcohol)

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 whole gloves
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange
  • optional: star anise

Preparation:
Pour red wine into saucepan and add all the spices, use medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Reduce to low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure that the wine won’t boil! Use some cinnamon sticks as garnish and enjoy!

4. The Christmas Coffee Cocktail
Wow, this coffee cocktail is serious business! Feeling a bit sleepy after all that food? This baby will wake you right up! 

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Wake me up baby! Photo & recipe by Electric Everyday

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oz strong coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 oz creme de cocoa
  • fresh whipped cream
  • grated chocolate, for garnish

Preparation:
It’s a combination between strong coffee and liqueurs so pour all of them into a glass after heated up. Stir all together and top with fresh whipped cream. Garnish with grated chocolate. Serve warm or over ice. (but we prefer warm of course)

5. Turkish Salep
When I visited Istanbul 2 years ago, I discovered a drink that I couldn’t stop ordering. It’s called Salep and it’s one of the perfect winter drinks to serve your guest over Christmas. It’s the feeling when you come home from an ice-skating trip, when your hands and feet are cold and your mother gives you a warm drink. Salep brings you right back to that moment. It’s sweet and has a milky anise taste to it. 

Winter drinks : Salep
Photo by and recipe by Lauren Rothman

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons glutinous rice flour (Glutinous rice flour can be found at any well-stocked Asian supermarket)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosewater
  • ground cinnamon for garnish
  • chopped pistachios for garnish (omg yes!)

Preparation:
In a small saucepan, combine rice flour and milk, whisking well. Set saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. When mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes longer, add sugar and rosewater and stir. Divide salep between two mugs and garnish with cinnamon and chopped pistachios.

All the recipes are quite simple to make and will wow your family or guest you may have over Christmas. So run to the shops, what are you waiting for?

Love,

Elke

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5x breakfast galore in Amsterdam East

Whether its a lazy Sunday morning (with possibly a slight headache) or a pre­ work date during the week, going out for breakfast is thé reason to get out of bed. I love the fact that there is no need to dress fancy but all the need to just chill and start your day as relaxing as can be. The only thing that might cause some stress: where to go? Decisions, decisions. Worry no more, I’m giving you five great places in the east of Amsterdam for the perfect kickstart!

1. Bar Wisse
A hidden gem if you ask me . With industrial elements mixed with just enough coziness, the interior is hip and inviting. Sitting next to you is a hipster couple with a fresh stack of pancakes, behind you the family next door. Everybody comes here and that makes for one hell of a relaxed atmosphere. But even more important: the food is perfect! The menu gives you just enough to choose from, with plenty of ‘not your everyday’ sandwiches. I would normally skip the fish for breakfast,but their
mackerel and avocado sandwich is to die for. Same goes for the steak sandwich , for the heavy users. Don’t forget to order a coffee, i’m still dreaming about the soft blend. Needless to say, I’m a Wisse fan.
Bar Wisse
Linnaeuskade 1A, 1098 BC Amsterdam
www.barwisse.nl
Tue ­ Thurs 08:30 ­ 01:00 / Fri: 08:30 ­ 03:00 / Sat: 10:00 ­ 03:00 / Sun: 11:00 ­ 01:00

Bar Wisse Amsterdam
Bar Wisse

2. Helena Primakoff
As if entering a friends place where a bunch of strangers also happen to have walked in, Helena’s is home. This is where you don’t rush anything and forget the time. Simple and sweet, perfect to read your newspaper or chat with your friend. Preferably over a big piece of their carrot cake with a fresh mango smoothie. Perfect bliss. Don’t care for a sweet breaky? No problem, they have one of the best club sandwiches in town! Super fresh, rustic bread stacked with chicken, avocado and bacon. Some chips on the side and your good to go for a day full of adventure. That is, if you even want to leave this place.
Helena Primakoff
Lijndenstraat 28, 1018 Amsterdam
www.helenaprimakoff.nl
Mon ­ Fri: 08:30 ­ 16:30 / Sat ­ Sun: 10:00 ­ 16:30

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3. Bakers & Roasters
This ‘kiwi’ place is where you need to go if your craving a heavy breakfast. Although i’m not really convinced that the friendliness of the waitresses is genuine, they do spot a hangover from a mile a way and advice you which breakfast goes best with that unwanted friend. In our case that meant ‘the cubano’, a huge bun with ham, cheese, pickles and best of all: pulled pork. After eating this baby its perfectly acceptable to go back to bed and digest. Too heavy? They have tons of other options (Pancakes, poached eggs, cakes). If you have the chance and the weather allows it : go sit outside. The terrace gives you sun and lots of people the watch. The inside is a bit more cosy and slightly sterile, but hey, your main reason for coming here is the food anyway!
Bakers & Roasters
Kadijksplein 16, 1018 AC Amsterdam
www.bakersandroasters.com
Mon ­ Sun: 08:30 ­ 16:00

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One of the best meals on the menu, the veggie breakfast!

4. Clubkoffie
If you are like me and feel easily satisfied as long as you can order a good coffee and a club sandwich, Clubkoffie is your go to breakfast spot. They focus on two things, surprisingly: coffee and clubsandwiches. Now don’t worry if you are not into those big, three layered breads, they have some other nice and pretty healthy alternatives (yogurt, Acai, cakes). Or you just pick a two­ piece of bread club. No more excuses not to go. now back to the important part, the food. They offer ten (!!) different kind of clubs, ranging from classic to vegan to pulled pork, all served with vegetable chips. I haven’t tried them all, but they are on my list for sure. Second best part about this place is of course the coffee. They serve you a strong cup made of beans from a very local roasting company called Stooker, run by two guys who also trained the Clubkoffie staff. Can’t go wrong with these cappuccino’s. The inside of the place is cosy and fun, but I advice you to enjoy your plate on
the cute and very sunny terrace!
Clubkoffie
Krugerplein 2, 1091 KX Amsterdam
www.clubkoffie.com
Mon ­ Fri: 08:00 ­ 17:00 / Sat ­ Sun: 9:00 ­ 17:00

Clubkoffie Amsterdam

5. Bedford­-Stuyvesant
I’m a sun lover, so with every chance I get I am outside absorbing that vitamin D. Therefore I can only admit that the outside space of Bedford­Stuyvesant in the Javastraat, is perfectly located to catch some rays. However, this is the one place where I would recommend to pack your stuff and head inside (with the Dutch weather that’s not really hard). Drawings on the wall, cute tables and comfy couches combined with industrial touches and a bar filled with cakes, this place is cool! Same goes for the menu, lot’s of not ­so ­ordinary sandwiches, smoothies and juices. The best one if you ask me: the mean green. Pesto, spinach, avocado and Turkish bread, yum! Combine that with a big glass of fresh orange juice and you’re good to go for the rest of the day!
Bedford­Stuyvesant
Javastraat 55, 1094 HA Amsterdam
www.bedfordstuyvesant.nl
Ma ­ Fri ­ 08:00 ­ 19:00 / Za: 09:00 ­ 19:00 / Sun: 10:00 ­ 19:00

Bedford stuyvesant Amsterdam

Bedfort stuyvesant Amsterdam

Remember: breakfast is the most important me a l of the day! Don’ t skip it, you know where to go now.

Love,

Jill

*Jill is one of our guest bloggers living in Amsterdam where she works as a content manager for a digital agency. She’s Crazy about traveling and has spend her studies in New Zealand . You can read a new article from Jill in every 3rd week of the month!

 

 

Top 5 » Best lunch spots in Antwerp

Sometimes you don’t want to reveal your best kept secrets but then again.. we didn’t start this blog for no reason! We travel to Antwerp at least once a month (for work or pleasure) and we found some quirky lunch spots we want to share with you!

These are our top 5:

1. Native
This hidden pearl is by far our favorite lunch spot in Antwerp. This bistro serves fresh, original, and good quality food. It’s organic, locally produced with sustainable ingredients, this is Native!
Vegan and organic food lovers will love this place!
During the summer they open a very nice terrace.

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Muntstraat 8, 2000 Antwerp
http://www.nativefood.be/

2. De Broers van Julienne
When we need to grab a quick and healthy bite, we go here. In a side street of the Kammenstraat – with lots of boutiques – you will find this small cute little restaurant. You can take away the best quiches, soups,  salads and other warm healthy dishes.
Besides that, they sell oil, wine, coffee, juices and other delicatessen. They  also offer catering and cook workshops.

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Source; http://www.lusterweb.com/nl/blog/vegatarische-restaurants-in-vlaandere

FOOD – COFFEE – JUICES
Kasteelpleinstraat 45-47, 2000 Antwerp
http://www.debroersvanjulienne.be/

3. Foodbar Cordoba
Cordoba is situated in a dockside area called Het Eilandje (the little island). We love this area in Antwerp, this is where the locals come to eat breakfast and lunch.
Don’t forget to stop by Cordoba, a lovely cozy place where you can easily stay for the whole day! Order the homemade ice tea with red fruit, the soup of the day with bread crumbs and their famous toast with hummus and grilled vegetables.

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FOOD – COFFEE – JUICES
Napoleonkaai 1, 2000 Antwerp
https://www.facebook.com/foodbarcordoba

4. Chick Pea
This cozy Mediterranean/Israeli restaurant offers a specialty that we really like: hummus.
Next to hummus – they offer hummus in 5 varieties, with chickpeas and mushrooms – they also serve delicious salads, Italian coffees and fresh juices.
We definitely recommend this place; The restaurant is situated in a lovely area, the owner is very friendly and the food was damn good!

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FOOD – COFFEE – JUICES
Oudaan 4, 2000 Antwerpen
http://www.chickpea.be/

5. Crumbles & Beans
This place, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and pastries in the afternoon, really surprised us. First of all the owners select their product with great care; bio croissants, fresh milk, wood roasted coffee beans van Antica Tostatura etc.
Next to that, the vibe is awesome – warm and comfortable –  the restaurant looks great and the owners are so sweet, the food is cooked with love.
Try their quiches and home made cakes!

Crumbles & beans

FOOD – COFFEE – JUICES
Lange Dijkstraat 16, 2060 Antwerp
http://crumblesandbeans.blogspot.nl/

You know where to find us in Antwerp!

Love,

Sarah

Top 5 » Street Food spots in Amsterdam!

Happy days! Greasy hotdogs and not so tasty ice-cream are a thing of the past. Amsterdam is opening her doors to a whole new and healthy Street Food era.
The city of Amsterdam is the first city in the Netherlands that will allow 50 entrepreneurs to provide street food from food trucks at various locations in the city. The trial will last 2 years and officially started on the 29th of June.
Besides the trucks, there are also new kiosks where food entrepreneurs can sell good food and make Amsterdam more healthy than ever before.
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Top 5 » Best Food Hotspots in Ibiza

It’s no secret that I’m a big food lover. I might be a little picky when it comes to food, but that’s because I know what I like.
I’m always looking forward to find the best restaurants whilst I travel. I can easily wander for hours to find the perfect place where they serve top notch food with a great ambiance. I’m only interested in good quality food and preferred not to expensive, but I can also easily order champagne with oysters in a star restaurant.

But how do you find these quality food treasures? That’s easy, just ask the locals where they love to eat! That’s exactly what I did in Ibiza.
I asked the owner of my villa to share some of her best tips with me – and these are one million dollar tips I tell you!

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Top 5 » Bali’s most healthy hotspots

It’s that tropical & magical little island, it’s the island that everybody escapes to recharge their batteries.
I’m talking about Bali, Indonesia.
Like London, Australia, and some other big western countries, Bali is is one of those places where the healthy food and lifestyle started a while back.
And yet more and more healthy hotspots are popping up.

This is our Top 5 of Bali’s  most healthy hotspots :

1. Sisterfields
With Australia around the corner, it’s not a big surprise that this kind of cafe opened up in Bali not too long ago.
They call themselves “The Iconic Australian Cafe”.
You can certainly have breakfast like a king or eat lunch like an emperor with one of their famous tropical juices.

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Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Bali 80361
http://sisterfieldsbali.com

2. Sari Organik, Ubud
I came to this place in 2010. First I wasn’t sure where I would end up because you’ll need to walk through the rice fields for about 20 minutes which makes this place even more special!

Once arrived, you can enjoy the best fresh coconuts, and homemade organic lunches.


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Source: letsmakan.com

Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud, Bali
There’s no website available but check this link

3. Shelter café 
From 7am you can indulge yourself with healthy food and this open tropical café.
Amazing salads, homemade gingerbeer, lemon squash or their super smoothies will make you want to come back here.
Many bloggers are fan of this place, and so is Wander-Lust! 

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Source: Facebook Shelter Cafe

Jl. Drupadi, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
http://www.sheltercafebali.com/
Be sure to visit their Facebook 

4. Ubud Hanging Gardens
You can imagine my jaw dropping when I entered the hanging gardens for the first time.
I had a wonderful dinner here with no time for a jump in the infinity pool but let’s just say we have a rain check on that one!
They mainly use vegetables, fruits and spices  from the Bedugul or are grown at their own property, their seafood comes directly from Jimbaran Bay making lunch and dinner very tasty!

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Source: both pictures courtesy to the Ubud Hanging Gardens

5. Warung Kecil
My parents told me about this secret place. Sanur residents love it here.
The prices are extremely low but the food quality is sky high!
From the outside it doesn’t look like anything special but it’s cosy and cute on the inside.
They offer vegetarian and vegan options plus healthy wheatgrass shots, fresh almond or macha milk, pressed juices, young coconuts and you can also go for a buffet.

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Source: Facebook Warung Kecil

Jalan Duyung no 1, Sanur, Bali
Check their Facebook for more info

Love,

Elke

Top 5 » London’s best lunch & coffee spots

We often travel to London, for business or pleasure, and we always enjoy it big time!
We’ve found our way but every time when we come back we discover new places, like the ones I have listed for you in this post.

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Top 5 » lunch spots in Amsterdam

There are lots of great lunch possibilities in Amsterdam, but a few standout!
I have chosen the below restaurants because they are different than many others;
» They serve top notch food
» Excellent service, very friendly
» Good quality at reasonable prices
» Great vibe
» Inspirational design
» They all have something in common, something special on the side!

“These are the top 5 lunch spots in Amsterdam”

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