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All things Autumn

It's coming to the end of October and I can certainly feel the change in temperature. I've been experimenting again with my cam and got some quality natural photo's, most of the shots are from around our new home, there are so many trees here and it looks beautiful in...
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University Essentials shopping list

Shopping for university dorms can be  s o o o  s t r e s s f u l . . . Because you're essentially moving out of your parents house with nothing but your clothes.  It can be quite a shopping list to write, but luckily for you I've done it all for you, not only your...
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Butternut squash & Blue Stilton risotto

Description Making risotto is great because it's very similar to past dishes, you can simply add as many veggies as you like and you know it will taste amazing.  This dish sprung from a little Coop recipe card which used butternut squash and blue Stilton cheese, it is...
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Why should I go to University?

There will be many of you in school and college who are having a think about what you want to do with your life. And you've probably had a load of lectures of your teachers, parents and organisations about what you're planning on doing after school and college. Many...
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Amsterdam City break

City of Sin As you may have seen from my Instagram feed back in March, I had a long weekend cityscape to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Although I love the beach, bikini and a sun tan, I think I'm finally getting the jist of these city breaks, a few days away can be very...
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Butternut squash & Blue Stilton risotto

Description

Making risotto is great because it’s very similar to past dishes, you can simply add as many veggies as you like and you know it will taste amazing.  This dish sprung from a little Coop recipe card which used butternut squash and blue Stilton cheese, it is a tasty combination.  If you not too keen on blue Stilton, as it does have a strong flavour, why not try it with feta cheese? The vegetarian dish is a great source of fibre and protein along with plenty of vitamins to offer such as vitamin A + C, as well as adding so Omega 3 fatty acids in too.

 

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Ingredients

1 butternut squash

1 cup of risotto rice

1 vegetable stock cube

4 spring onion

110g blue Stilton cheese

1 handful of walnut halves

Season with: Black pepper & Parsely

Method

  1. The whole squash goes into the oven on 200 degrees for around 30-40 minutes (or until soft inside)
  2. Prepare the stock and put the rice to a frying pan, add the stock a bit at a time, until cooked through, if the rice needs more water just add without stock.
  3. Add onions to rice
  4. When the squash is ready, half it, remove the seeds and mash into the rice.
  5. Cube the cheese and crush the walnuts to sprinkle on top & you’re ready to go!

Comment if you would try this!

Would you prefer feta cheese or blue Stilton… Thanks for reading, I hope this gives you a little meal inspiration. Have you subscribed yet?

Love Sian x

Vegan: Butternut Squash & chickpea Korma

Description

I had a bash at another vegan recipe, however this one was unplanned, I was simple trying to use up some ingredients in the cupboards and fridge and Volia! It’s quite funny how much I learnt when I was making this curry, I always wondered how Korma was made and it is so so easy and like I said all by accident! I’m excited to try this as a non-vegan meal too.

Ingredients

1/2 butternut squash (baked)

1 tin of coconut milk (or evaporated milk)

1 tin of chickpeas

80g frozen peas

1 leek

1 onion

1 handful of sugar snap peas

1 clove of garlic

A few sprays of coconut oil spray

Spices – 1 tsp of  each

Turmeric, cumin, curry powder, parsley, coriander

  • If you like curry a little spicier add 2 tsp of the spices!

 

 

Method

  1. Slice and dice all the veggies we need, and add to a pan with the coconut oil spray, fry until soft.
  2. Add in the chickpeas and heat for about 5 minutes
  3. Add in the butternut squash (after you’ve baked it – so it’s soft)
  4. Pour in the milk and simmer for 10 minutes stirring thoroughly to breakdown the squash.
  5. add in your spices and herbs, season with black pepper and eat up!

Nutrient breakdown

This is an overview of all of the macro-nutrients (e.g. fat, carbohydrates, protein) and what individual ingredients of the recipe offer as a percentage to each nutrient.

Calories: 49% milk, 19% chickpeas, 17% squash

Carbohydrates: 30% squash, 30% milk, 21% chickpeas

Of which sugar: 52% milk, 28% squash, 7% peas

Fibre: 26% squash, 23% chickpeas, 14% peas

Protein: 48% milk, 24% chickpeas, 9% peas

Fat: 78% milk, 14% chickpeas, 2% peas

Of which Saturates: 95% milk, 3% chickpeas, 1% peas

Hope you enjoy! Remember to #sianylou if you try any of these recipes.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite curry of all time!? Mine in Madras 😛

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Much love, Sian x

Ham asparagus & fusilli

Ingredients

Pasta – package for serving suggestions

50ml single cream

2 slices ham

3 asparagus’

3 tbsp frozen peas

3 tbsp sweetcorn

1/2 yellow pepper

Method

  1. Boil a pan of water, add in pasta
  2. Chop up the veggies and ham and add to a hot pan to soften
  3. Later add in the peas and sweetcorn
  4. When the pasta is almost done add in the cream and simmer
  5. Add in the pasta and season with black pepper

Nutrient breakdown

This is an overview of all of the macro-nutrients (e.g. fat, carbohydrates, protein) and what individual ingredients of the recipe offer as a percentage to each nutrient.

Calories: 47% pasta, 14% peas, 14% cream

Carbohydrates: 63% pasta, 14% peas, 14% sweetcorn

Of which sugar: 31% sweetcorn, 29% peas, 23% peppers

Fibre: 35% peas, 27% pasta, 16% sweetcorn

Protein: 32% pasta, 23% peas, 19% ham

Fat:63% cream, 12% sweetcorn, 7% ham

Of which Saturates: 85% cream, 5% ham, 4% sweetcorn

If you’re going to try this remember to comment and let me know how it went and tag me using #sianylou 🙂

Hope you enjoy, I love pasta!

From Sian x

All things Autumn

All things Autumn

It’s coming to the end of October and I can certainly feel the change in temperature. I’ve been experimenting again with my cam and got some quality natural photo’s, most of the shots are from around our new home, there are so many trees here and it looks beautiful in Autumn, especially when the sun comes out.  We’ve been making the most out of our time at home because we have a proper fire and surprisingly it heats the house all the way through.  It’s all very cosy and relaxing to watch the flames dancing around.  I have a love hate relationship with the Autumn season, as I love all the vibrant colour it gives us and the Halloween season but I can’t stand the cold!

Do you enjoy Autumn?

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University Essentials shopping list

Shopping for university dorms can be  s o o o  s t r e s s f u l . . . Because you’re essentially moving out of your parents house with nothing but your clothes.  It can be quite a shopping list to write, but luckily for you I’ve done it all for you, not only your kitchen equipment but a few other bits you might want to consider when you venture out to buy!

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Kitchen

Knives

Forks

Spoons

Tea spoons

Sharp knives

Plates

Side plates

Bowls

Mugs glasses

Wine glasses

Coffee flask

Water bottles

Reusable bags

Tea/coffee/sugar pot

Mason jars

Tins

Frying pan

Sauce pans (x3)

Baking trays,

6/12-hole cake tin

Loaf tin

Cake tin

Mixing bowls

Measuring jug

Chopping boards

Tupperware or plastic boxes

A fruit bowl

Slow cooker

Toaster

Kettle

Steamer

Blender

Electric mixer

Coffee machine

Mini fridge

Crock pot

Baking dish

Egg cups

Place mats & coasters

Sieve

Whisk

Fish slice

Wooden spoon

Spatula

Tongs

Masher

Ladles

Tin opener

Bottle opener

Cork remover

Peeler

Pizza slice

Scissors

Grater

Cling film

Tin foil

Sponges

Cleaning products – for kitchen & clothing

Recipe books

Note pad – for noting recipes you’ve created!

Bedroom

Bedding

Duvet

Pillows

Blankets

Hot water bottle

Alarm clock

Dustbin

 

Wall calendar

Indoor plant

Coat hangers

Door hangers

Shoe rack

Washing basket/bag

Hairdryer

 

Storage draws

Lamp

Desk lamp

Pin board

White board

Speaker

 

Full length mirror

Desk mirror

Storage boxes

Pictures frames

Dry rack for washed clothes

Document box

Bathroom

Towels

Hand towels

Shower cap

Head band

Tooth brush

Tooth paste

Toothbrush holder

Mouth wash

Floss

Hand soap

Bar of soap

Face wash

Shampoo & conditioner

Body wash

Body & face moisturiser

Scales

Sponge

Scrubber

Toilet paper

First aid kit

Stationary

Pens

Pencils

Pencil case

Sharpener Rubber

Desk tidy

Hole punch

Stapler

A4 files

Note pads

Diary

Laptop

Printer

Printer paper

USB stick

Laptop bag

Felt tips

Sharpies

Coloured pens

Pins

Blue tack

Cello-tape

Disclaimer: All items on the list are suggestions, the list is a guide and there is no need to buy 
all items on the list. Please note some items may not be allowed in your accommodation especially 
University accommodation such as slow cookers, mini fridge etc. There may also be some items that 
you want that I haven't put on my list, as I said this is a guide, please use appropriately.

Why should I go to University?

There will be many of you in school and college who are having a think about what you want to do with your life. And you’ve probably had a load of lectures of your teachers, parents and organisations about what you’re planning on doing after school and college. Many schools nowadays have a careers department full of people you can have a chat with to find out about the careers and opportunities there are in the world.  It’s great because there are jobs out there that you never new existed and something that might be for you.

When I was in high school I became obsessed with what I wanted to do as a career, I just wanted to know, you know? Like an end goal, something to strive for, it gave me a reason to work hard. I remember asking teachers, my mum, mums friends about how they found out about what they wanted to do as a job. My Art teacher shown me a website called the National Careers Service which has actually changed a lot from when I last used it, but it is an amazing tool to use if you want to browse different careers and find out what you could potentially do as a career. I was in year 10 in school when I decided I want to be a dietitian and from there I still haven’t changed my mind… Yet! The National careers service site is what I used to find out about the role of a dietitian, how much they get paid, what they do on the job and it appealed straight away.

University and your career come hand in hand.  If you know the career you want, does it require a degree, if so what is the degree you need? If you don’t know what career you want think about what University degree’s are available and will that get you a job that you love?

The key: Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day again

If there’s one piece of advice I could give to you about choosing a career is to imagine yourself in the job and not being bored that’s when you know it’s for you!

 

Student life is a whole new level of lifestyle as I’ve seen from my own experience and that lifestyle isn’t for everyone, I’m not even sure I’m keen on it myself if I’m being completely honest.  Other than living life as a student there are plenty of benefits of going to University.

  1. Meeting amazing people

You will come across a lot of people as a student whether it people from your course, societies, parties, friends of friends.  There’s a lot! With that in mind you are bound to find a least a handful of people you share interests with, I’ve met 2 of my best friends whilst at Chester University.  Uni is known for socialising and there’s a lot to do if that’s your kind of thing, there are plenty of memories to be made…

2. To be inspired

Since going to university I find myself constantly feeling more inspired, motivated and determined to complete the goal I set out to do, but a few other things, my blog, I’ve travelled with University, I’ve done CPD awards through University to gain experience and soon to be a qualified PT. There are a lot of opportunities when you go to uni especially extra activities to up your CV and travel!

3. To increase your career profile

As said before some jobs require a degree but the great thing about university is the option to gain skills and boost your resume, you can find a job (in my first year there was one point where I had 4 part-time jobs!), volunteer, attend guest subject lectures to increase understanding of research being done on particular topics.

4. To be skilled/educated

Although, so careers do require degrees it doesn’t always specify a subject they’d prefer, so in that case if you’re not sure what you want to do it’s a good idea to go to university purely to study something of interest and be highly educated.  Education is a powerful thing to have. Nobody has an excuse not to go to uni as the government make it affordable for everyone.

5. To live independently

It’s an amazing feeling to live and depend on only yourself! When I officially moved out of my mums house I was so excited and I had so many plans of things I would do and how my routine was going to be. Living independently teaches you a lot, whether it’s organisation, money management or learning how to cook… I got you covered for that!

Personally, my university experience so far has been great! There has been ups and downs but everything that has happened so far a lesson has been learnt from it.  University is an amazing place to live out for the first time and experience independent living with a bunch of people you will meet, learn from and experience the whole thing with.

Are you going to university this year?

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Love Sian x

Grapes

Grapes are a great snacking fruit, I always find food I can pick and eat are great snacks, like plum tomatoes, blackberries, strawberries etc. Like all fruits there’s benefits because of the amount of vitamin and antioxidants in them. In this post I’m going to be talking about the nutrient aspect of grapes (green & red – AND the differences!)  and why they’re good for our health.

So are grapes all they’re made out to be? Let’s find out…

Background

The grape is the fruit of a grapevine, known by it’s Latin name, Vitis. They grow in different colours red, green and black with red grapes tasting slightly sweeter, growing in clusters from the woody vine. They come in useful for many things such as wine, jam, juice, jelly, vinegar, raisins, grape seed extracts and oils.

Originally they come from the Middle East around 6000-8000 years ago, yeast is a natural microorganism found on grape skin which makes wines, other liquids like vinegar and brandy too.  Dried grapes are known as raisins, currants and sultanas depending on the origin of the grape or type of grape.

IMPORTANT FACT!

DO NOT let your dog eat grapes and  raisins, (not that I’d expect you do) but grapes and raisins have been seen a health threat to dogs, the toxicity of the fruit can cause dogs to develop kidney failure which can stop urine production.

Health Benefits

Immune system & eye health

Grapes have a good range of vitamins. minerals and antioxidants, grapes are a good source of vitamin C which is great because vitamin C is involved in boosting immunity, collagen production and preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affecting eye sight.  Antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin act by neutralising free radicals which can damage the retina of the eye leading to cataracts and other conditions. Grapes has anti-inflammatory effects, because of quercetin, symptoms of allergies such as runny nose, watery eyes etc. can be helped by eating grapes.

Strong bones

Strong bones are very important, micro-nutrients like copper, manganese and iron help form bone tissue, eating grapes regularly in the diet can helps prevent age-related conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Manganese like Vitamin C aid collagen production along with protein metabolism and the nervous system.

Hydration & kidney health

Dehydration can often lead to head aches and even worse, migraines! Grapes have a good water content and within them is a bunch of antioxidants that can help relieve migraines and head aches, however red wine and alcohol is usually the cause of a sore head drinking grape juice or eating grapes can lift the symptoms. Because of the high water content grapes are able to reduce the acidity from uric acid which helps reduce the stress on the kidneys.

Reduce tiredness

Are you tired? Because of the Iron content grapes supply us it can reduce fatigue in the body, anaemia is an issue many people suffer from where there is a lack of iron in the blood, meaning oxygen isn’t transported around the body a effectively, this can make the body tired and sluggish, grapes can provide iron to give us an energy boost.

Heart health

Resveratrol is a antioxidant and flavenoid found in grapes which has found to reduce cholesterol levels, saponins in grape skin which bind to cholesterol preventing absorption along with fibre.  Reducing the risk of atherosclerosis, (plaques in the arteries) prevents damage from LDL (bad) cholesterol. Resveratrol has had claims that it could help against acne, Alzheimer’s and blood glucose control.

A source of fibre

Grapes are a great source of fibre, making it very effective at overcoming constipation, they’re classed as a laxative food because they contain sugar and cellulose along with organic acid. They contain insoluble fibre which is non-digestible as it moves through the digestive system.  Fibre is very important in the diet and it can actually make you feel full, sometimes when we eat a meal you can actually still feel hungry after it, fibre helps the fuller for longer feeling. Indigestion can be treated using grapes as it helps to neutralise stomach acids.

 

 

So how do I combine this into my diet?

  1. Snacks
  2. Cheese & crackers anyone?
  3. With breakfast
  4. Salads
  5. Salsa with a twist
  6. Fruit salad
  7. Bake em’
  8. Grape infused water
  9. Bake with them
  10. Jam them
  11. Smoothies

How else can I use Grapes?

Mash up a few grapes in a bowl with a fork and apply on the skin, hair and face. Here are some of the areas that grapes can help:

  • Soothing sunburn
  • Ageing skin – wrinkles etc
  • Help make skin supple
  • Even out skin tones
  • Lighten scars
  • Prevent hair loss
  • Shine for hair
  • Volume to hair
  • Prevent dandruff

Who’d of known grapes are so great!

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Which colour grape is your favourite? Mine is red they’re so sweet and juicyyyy

 

Lemons

Lemons are becoming rapidly more and more famous for current health crazes.  They are distinguishable by the bright yellow colour and sour kick from the juice, flesh, oil and zest, not only does it offer many flavours in foods, whether that be for sweet or savoury foods but also provides benefits to our health. This post is going to be all about how lemons can benefit our health and some of the science behind it. 

 

Background

Lemons (Citrus Limon), comes from a small evergreen tree which originates in Asia, firstly found in north-east India, north Burma and China this is due to the tropical conditions needed for the growth of the fruit. Later on spreading throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and America.  Lemons are useful for many different things, obviously food preparation and cooking, cleaning and also medicinal use e.g. aromatherapy.

The sourness of lemon comes from citric acid, lemons are made up of 5-6% of the acid giving it a pH of 2.2. It can be used as a short-term preservative to prevent the browning of fruits such as apples, bananas and avocados as the citric acid denatures the enzymes which slows the browning reactions.  In terms of health citric acid aids the digestion of food and dissolves kidney stones. Citric acid is also used on an industrial level, in ice cream as an emulsifier to bind the fats and also in soft drinks, this can appear in a powdered form.

Health benefits

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the main vitamin found in many citrus fruits, vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant and it’s used for many processes in the body.  One of the main diseases linked with inefficient vitamin C intake is scurvy, this is to do with turning pro-collagen into collagen which is involved in bone structure. In 1747 James Lind experimented on seamen who suffered from scurvy, finding that if the juice of a lemon was added to their diet the symptoms of scurvy became less so, however Vitamin C was unknown at this point. – The lucky bit is scurvy is rarely heard of these days!

Collagen production

The antioxidants fund in vitamin C can minimise the damage of tissues caused by free radicals in the body – (radicals can be formed when the skin is exposed to sunlight, without protection). Also ascorbic acid is a part of collagen production, collagen is a protein in the body used for structure of tissues, meaning more collagen less wrinkles and glowing skin!

Fat digestion & weight loss

Lemon can help the body digest fats by lipid synthesis, this is where fats that we eat are converted into useful molecules for the body to use such as phospholipids, also the breakdown of fats for energy. Antioxidants called hesperidin and diosmin are associated with circulatory improvements, although hesperidin is specifically linked with lipid metabolism and glucose regulation which improve hyperglycemia (lots of glucose in the blood – can lead to diabetes).

A molecule called D-limonene and quercetin can support weight loss as it helps the bio-production and breakdown of fats. The citric acid in lemons helps slow the absorption of nutrients of foods, meaning we get more out of the food we consume, which in turn means less bloating! Lemons contain a fibre called pectin which tells our bodies we are full, this is super useful for after we’ve eaten as our bodies stay full for longer, which can help prevent over eating too.

Immune booster & fights allergies

Lemons as we know are an excellent source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which is directly linked to improving immunity by increasing white blood cell production to prevent and fight diseases, like flu’s and colds. Vitamin C also has shown to have chemo-protective properties to help prevent the risk of cancers. Antioxidants found in lemons (quercetin) have been found to fight allergies and reduce inflammation, which could lead to heart disease and arthritis. D-limonene

Digestion and detoxification

Lemon juice can trick the stomach into producing digestive juices for digestion, this is because the lemon juice has similar chemical structures to the juices in the stomach, this makes the liver produce bile to keep food flowing through the body (GI tract). After a meal, lemons can come in quite handy if you suffer from indigestion. The sourness of lemon is said to be linked with cleansing and detoxing the liver and gallbladder. The lymphatic system is hugely benefited by lemons, as the D-limonene is linked with the drainage of lymph nodes, this could be when ill.

 

 

So how do I combine this into my diet

There are a number of ways to use lemon when cooking, whether that be the juice, flesh or zest.  Although lemon gives a sour taste, it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.

  1. Cheesecakes & cake- I recently did a cheesecake recipe with limes, instead to switch it to lemons Click here to find my recipe!
  2. Salad dressing – A lovely health salad with a squeeze of lemon, definitely a low sugar & low fat option!
  3. Lemon infused water & ice cubes – Just add a few slices of lemon to your water bottle & drinks… don’t forget on nights out, vodka, lemonade & squeeze of lemon! Or simply pour the juice into a ice tray and freeze, adding to drinks when you please.
  4. Preserve fruit – Fruits like apple and banana when open to the air can turn brown, due to the enzymes reacting with oxygen, however lemon prevents this due to the acidity of the fruit, so for lunch tomorrow chop up some apple with a shimmy of lemon juice whack it in a box and away you go.
  5. Meat & fish marinade – When baking this works really well, also check out a collaboration post I did as an example Spiced Spanish chicken with lemon rice.
  6. Lemon sorbets and ice creams – These are perfect for a lower calorie dessert, easy to make and lasts a long time.
  7. Pasta sauce alternative – Sometimes pasta sauces can be overwhelming, but simple pasta dishes are often the best & the tastiest.
  8. Tray baked veggies – All the veg on a baking tray with herbs and lemon, Voilà!
  9. Homemade curds and marmalade – Again perfect on bread and crackers, delicious to make from scratch.
  10. Rice & grains – Rice, couscous, Bulgar wheat, quinoa all great as apart of mains, sides, salads. Couscous especially takes on added flavours really well – better than adding stock cube with loads of salt!

How else can I make use of lemon?

  1. Air freshener: Combine baking soda, lemon juice, essential oils, warm water, use as a spray
  2. Cleaning: Great for stains and odours, spray lemon juice onto the effected area, soak and wipe.
  3. Exfoliate: Lemon juice and sugar scrub removing dead cells and freshen skin
  4. Spots, scars and wrinkles reduced: Dabbing on lemon juice and flesh onto the effected areas
  5. Lightening hair, Dandruff management & a natural shine to hair: Add the juice of a lemon and olive oil together and apply using a spray bottle
  6. Achy feet & corn: Soaking feet in water and lemon juice, to help corns rub lemon onto it
  7. Aromatherapy:Simply smelling lemon essential oils can reduce hunger cravings.
  8. Nail strengthener: Soak nails in a lemon juice and olive oil mixture, great if your nails are damaged from falsies or weak generally
  9. Tooth cleanser, whitener and breath freshener: Helps neutralise the bacteria in your mouth due to low pH, however due to the high acidity of the lemon juice can reduce the enamel of teeth and increase the risk of cavities so avoid brushing with it
  10. Aids sunburn, however not to be worn in the sun! – Photosensitive so it can actually cause sunburn but helps sooth the burning and reducing the sting due to high amounts of vitamin C

 

This post took me longer than expected to out together, however… it’s definitely my favourite one so far, after all the research and reading I’ve got a lot out of it, I hope you did too! Super excited to add more posts like these to The Food Bible. I started with lemon because it’s probably my favourite I love it and as shown it’s obviously very good for our health.

Let me know what you think!

Do you like lemon as much as me?

 

Sian x

All things Autumn

All things Autumn

It’s coming to the end of October and I can certainly feel the change in temperature. I’ve been experimenting again with my cam and got some quality natural photo’s, most of the shots are from around our new home, there are so many trees here and it looks beautiful in Autumn, especially when the sun comes out.  We’ve been making the most out of our time at home because we have a proper fire and surprisingly it heats the house all the way through.  It’s all very cosy and relaxing to watch the flames dancing around.  I have a love hate relationship with the Autumn season, as I love all the vibrant colour it gives us and the Halloween season but I can’t stand the cold!

Do you enjoy Autumn?

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Amsterdam City break

City of Sin

As you may have seen from my Instagram feed back in March, I had a long weekend cityscape to Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Although I love the beach, bikini and a sun tan, I think I’m finally getting the jist of these city breaks, a few days away can be very hectic, busy and stressful, but at the same time I do believe in treating yourself to a break away.  Seeing new things, exploring new places, breathing a different air, it all helps relieve stress and give your mind a break from everyday stresses.  This doesn’t need to be in a different country, it could be exploring your area, going to a new cafe for lunch or a road trip to a City.

 

Museums, Bikes & Canals

So what did we do on our quick trip to Amsterdam?

Number 1 thing I’ve learnt from City trips is that anything you want to see or do there, book it in advance.  The museums were jammed packed with hundreds of people all wanting to visit, meaning they actually closed the museums to people wanting to pay on the door, this was the case with The Van Gogh Museum, The Anne Frank House and The Rijksmuseum.  The city itself is stunning, the architecture, streets and canals are all what make it so pretty.  Speaking of the streets – they all look very similar, so it’s very easy to get confused and lost so may keep Google maps on standby!

One day we were there we hired bikes because as you may already be aware cycling is a very popular mode of transport over there.  I must admit it surprised me how many bicycles were stacked up on the sides of every road, thousands of them, I’m not kidding.  With this in mind I thought if we were to leave them anywhere, that we’d either loose them or they’d get stolen, thankfully we found them and they didn’t get stolen! Due to the amount of bikes there are in Amsterdam it’s quite unlikely it would be stolen, many of the ones we saw weren’t locked up either.  Because of the popular nature of cycling there are lots of cycle lanes, many having priority over the cars and pedestrians.  It’s easy to get run over by bikes so if you ever find yourself in Amsterdam watch out! – And if you hire bikes remember to ride on the right…

Money, Boat trips & Cafes 

I found Amsterdam is rather expensive to eat out, especially in the city centre, souvenirs are more reasonably priced, but I did find it easy to spend there.

What else can we do in Amsterdam?

Canal trips, I love a guided tour of anything really but it great to see the city from a different perspective and learn about the culture.  The Red Light district we happened to stumbled across, all in all it’s a beautiful street in the day time, but all you may be aware of it’s nature and fame.  China Town is a street with lots of restaurants and a free information point/shop, it quite nice to see.  Amsterdam is famous for it’s cafes and coffee shops, and with so many and variety it’s kind of hard to miss them, most sell foods, drinks and more…

Speaking of food, there is some classic dishes to try whilst you’re there,

  1. Raw herring – raw fish served with onions, pickles and a sauce
  2. Stroopwafel – also found in Starbucks, a flat caramel waffle
  3. Bitterballen –  a seasoned breaded ball of meat (I didn’t get to try this)
  4. Lots of cheese!

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A day in Paris

Follow my blog with Bloglovin For my 19th Birthday back in June I ventured to Paris with my boyfriend and a few friends for university.  Paris, I can imagine, is a place that is most likely on everyone's bucket list, it was definitely on mine.   I'd never been before,...

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