Amsterdam Fried Cauliflower with Sambal dip. We are in #veganAmsterdam , and one of the most delicious stops was Meatless Distric vegan restaurant. There is something about tempura fried veggies that makes them absolutely irrsitably delicious. So much so that even though we just have had lunch at another downtown chinese restaurant, we could not resist this simple crispy treat.
What is Sambal dip? It was yummy, but we of course want to know how to make similar yummy treats at home. Here is th first recipe we find online:
1/4 cup mayonnaise.
1 clove garlic, minced.
3 tablespoon ketchup.
1 tablespoon sambal chile sauce.
1 teaspoon rice vinegar.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
Sambal is a hot sauce or paste made from a mixture of chili peppers, a native of Indonesia cuisine.
A WORKOUT A DAY KEEPS THE DOC AT BAY
Mother nature knows when we need regular physical activity to keep limber, to increase and maintain bones mass, to extend heart and lung efficiency, to activate chemical balance, and to enlist our immune system.
Exercise helps the body process more efficiently the 5,300 gallons of oxygen it inhales daily. It sparks natural highs thanks to endorphins, brain chemicals containing pleasure-inducing properties similar to opium.
Great as these benefits are, they are not the reason I exercise.
I do it because they clear my head and fill me with enthusiasm to play my mission each day. [+] When I am low in energy, exercise recharges me. It also relieves stress. Likewise, the mind is always sharper after a workout. [+] Decisions are made easier by exercise. [+] I’ve also noted that when I am not exercising regularly, I’m not nearly as caring or tolerant with others. [+] Better sleep and weight control round out the incredibly positive effects of exercise.
Question for you: What are some of the benefits do you experience after a workout?
Back when we had wanderlust but not as much money and free time we would explore Vancouver Island. We went on a weekend trip to Tofino for whale watching around Canada Day, Looking back on it, we are reminded of what a great trip it was. If you're ever on Vancouver Island make sure to check out Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino.
You know those moments, when you’ve been in a country for a while now and you just need a break from the cuisine. Like, Chinese food it’s been great, but it’s been spicy and oily and Lizzy needs a break. So you search out a joint that does western food, or at least something different, just to give your stomach a break?
We realised that China has good ol’ Pizza Hut. Somewhere I wouldn’t normally go, but dear god I needed the change, so we trekked out to find it. I was stoaked, I was about to get pizza, so exciting! We order and let’s be honest, how good does my pizza look?? But wait, you say, that’s not a pizza! It’s a cocktail. To which I reply, well when you can have nothing on the menu because they can’t do a cheeseless pizza and everything else has meat, you have to order something! Might as well be a cocktail to get you through the reality of not being able to eat. #veganlyf#fuckyoucheese
We made it to Hong Kong and went out to see their famous lights. It definitely lights up more than any other place I’ve been. There’s a light hue over the top of the city sky that takes away the absolute darkness. We sat to watch the light show that occurs everynight at 8pm. Unfortunately we couldn’t really see anything, turns out it doesn’t happen at 8 like we heard, but 7:45 and then again at 9. I’m personally still sceptical because we were definitely there at 7:45 and I saw nothing! I’m not sure if we were looking in the wrong spot or if because of the hue you couldn’t really see anything, but it was still nice to wander around in the evening.
We took the famous Star Ferry over to the main island of Hong Kong, and I absolutely love boats, so regardless of the lights I loved it! It’s only like 3 HKD, so super cheap!
The other great thing to get your hands on in HK is their octopus card. It’s essentially a metro card used for public transport, but you can also use it as places like 7 eleven and fast food outlets, so it’s quite useful! At the end of your trip, return it and they’ll refund you 50 HKD that was the cards deposit, along with any money left over. So you don’t loose any money getting it! Win win really ☺️ #thoselights#sobright
We can never get tired of smoothie bowls 🍓
Smoothies & smoothie bowls are the easiest way to get your greens in! You can put such a huge bunch of spinach in the blender and throw in your favorite fruits, and the only way you can actually tell it has greens is from the final color 😁
So many different combinations! What’s your favorite?
Comment below 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 we can always use some inspiration ❤️
Indonesian vegan tasting menu. By the time a man with a broad smile approached me, I had spent half an hour going over a thick menu to find vegan dishes. “Would you like to try our vegetarian tasting menu?”... He asked. “Of course... but most of your vegetarian tasting menu dishes have eggs in them”. “I can make all of them without eggs for you.” Me 😳. “How about I make it for one person.” I could not have possibly asked for all three myself - tasting menu, all vegan and for one person.
Indonesian food is definitely a great contender for a vegan lifestyle - almost entirely without diary with lots of #vegan options. Delicious & nutritious✅
Salt & Pepper tofu, with pine nuts and green onion. When I saw this small mountain of tofu in front of me, I thought “OMG, here we go... 🌱 vegan”. Husband smirked “That’s what vegan life looks like, darling”. First bite, second... this stuff is melting in my mouth... and why is husband stealing pieces of my tofu?! Tofu was finished to the last piece... his dish was not. Maybe vegan food ain’t that bad 🍃
#ChinaTown , #Amsterdam#europetravel
One of the disappointing parts of these glorious Chinese mountains and mysterious foggy and rainy conditions is that all the people visiting buy these stupid plastic ponchos to keep them dry. Whilst they could be reused, most people ditch them the moment they’re back on the cable car or bus, leaving them for landfill where they’ll stay forever. This wasn’t even the fullest bin that we saw. Was it really worth it for the 5 hours use? To have it on the planet forever? I mean, I know it’s not. It’s really important that people learn about plastic pollution and over consumption and most importantly see the links to their own lives. I had a raincoat (which is super cute and 70’s style) with me so that I could stay dry and not need these abominations. A little fore-thought and preparation could have stopped any of this rubbish! It breaks my heart to see that people have such a connection to nature, and don’t realise the damage their doing to it, particularly with plastic. #enoughisenough#plasticsuchs#reducereuserecycle
Be kind to every kind! 💙 Wat een prachtig land is Mongolië. Niet het eerste land waar je aan denkt als je als vegan op reis gaat en het is soms lastig om te zien hoe ze hier met dieren omgaan. Maar de dieren leven grotendeels wel in vrijheid en ze staan hier een stuk dichter bij de natuur dan wij gewend zijn. Gelukkig hebben onze Mongoolse gastvrouwen heel lekker vegan voor ons gekookt, iets wat zij totaal niet kennen. Dus het is een heel bijzondere ervaring! 😊
After the terrifying drive up 99 bends we got to the foot of Heaven’s Door. You can’t see it very well because of all the fog (GG, thanks fog) but it’s one of the biggest natural holes in a mountain in the world. Even with the fog it was still pretty incredible! The 999 steps up are pretty hectic and soooooo tiring, but I’m so glad we walked up the stairs, that achievement!
There are 2 options going up the mountain. A is taking the cable car to the top, riding the in mountain escalator down to Heavens Gate and walking down or paying extra to take the other escalator down the mountain and jump on the bus to the bottom. Option B is to catch the bus up the mountain, climb up the 99 stairs, take the in mountain escalator up to the peak, and then cable car down again.
We did option B because of my old lady knees and their inability to walk down stairs. Also the achievement of getting to be top of Heavens Gate is 100% the best bit! #tianmenmountain#allthosestairs#stairwaytoheaven#fuckyoufog
One of the most popular things to do in Zhangjiajie City is visit Tianmen Mountain. It’s a hectic and terrifying journey up the mountain that entails being on a bus for 99 terrifying turns near cliff faces, 999 exhausting steps and a bunch of elevators to the top.
This is the view from not even a 1/4 of the way up and it was already so mysterious and green that I was in love!
Sometimes we get dressed up, sometimes we get lost in the woods and sometimes we do both 🙃
I know that sometimes (okay all the time) life gets really busy, and in the middle of the chaos it’s easy to forget to stop for a minute and look at where you are now. Right at this moment. Whether it’s about where you are and who you are with right in this moment, or something deeper like how far you’ve come, what you have accomplished, what you have gained or who’s been around cheering you on, it’s so important to take a step back and be grateful. Grateful for the process that comes with making changes in your life and appreciating where you are now.
You guys!! This is insane 🙏🏻 Too Chic for Meat started as just a dorm room blog and has become a first-pager in Google. I’m so grateful for all my readers from around the world who read my NOT SPONSORED product reviews and send me emails for recommendations or just to say Hi 👋🏻 Please keep up being #toochicformeat 💋 And I promise a lot more vegan and cruelty free product reviews are coming soon 🤳🏻👩🏻💻
[New Post] This is a post that we enjoyed writing a lot because it is about all of our favourite vegan places across Europe. There is a lot of great places across Europe and we are often surprised when people complain about Europe not being vegan friendly or even vegetarian friendly. Are you kidding? If Europe isn't vegan friendly then where is? Seriously, check out these spots in Europe.
I really love that all around China they make an effort to place bins everywhere in order to keep the place clean. No matter where you go, even in a National Park, bins like these line the path so you can dispose of your waste instead of littering. Along any street in China you will see people picking up rubbish and sweeping the streets, almost continuously. Their streets are, to my surprise, more immaculate than any street in Australia, and litter is rarely seen.
However the culture of convenience and plastic is rife here. Take away food is put into plastic bags, and all food is rapped except for fruits, and even then the classic plastic bag is used to gather the amount you want. I tried to use my reusable produce bag a number of times but the language barriers made it a challenge.
Overall it’s great to see the measures being taken and the care the people have in keeping their environment rubbish free, it’s obviously of great importance to them, however it would be great to see plastic being fazed out with more reusable resources being implemented. I know that things like that can be tough when the people living in these countries don’t have the money to make these steps and live day to day. I wonder what could be done to help in this situation? #cleanerfutures#waste#reducereuserecycle
When you’re compelled to fumble out onto the slippery rocks to get a better view! 😍
This was along the Golden Whip Stream. A lovely flat path that follows the river. There are many brilliant views of towering cliff faces and gorgeous spots to immerse yourself in nature. A lovely place for a pit stop and a snack, but be careful, cheeky monkeys are everywhere and they will steal your food! (We saw it happen to some plebs) #zhangjiajie#monkeytrouble#datviewdoe
We were really lucky that our lovely hosts gave us some direction of what to do in Zhangjiajie National Park when the weather is foggy AF. We followed the route given and we were so happy to find that as we descended into the mountain side our visibility became so much better. I hate to admit it but I was a little disappointed so this cheered me right back up! We walked down the Luancuan Path near the Avatar Mountains exist and the views were spectacular. We climbed down considering we had taken the cable car up, however if you have bad knees (and I have the knees of a 90 year old man) you should probably do it in reverse. The path is steep and completely in stairs. I wish we had gone in a reverse manner because by the end my knees were in agony. Luckily at the bottom is a nice flat path along a stream to help stretch out your muscles. It was lovely and quiet because it seems to be a less popular path, but that just makes it all the more enjoyable because you don’t have to deal with the crowds! #zhangjiajie#travelhack#whenthefogclears