. random eats #9 .

Summer is finally here!

That means Korean barbecue…

P1010164P1010163Tofu and veggies for me, of course heh.

…smoothie bowls…

P1010172…pickling fresh veggies…

P1010183…and acos!

P1010192.jpgThis jackfruit taco was from the Hot For Food blog and it is BOMB.

Got my ingredients prepped and everything was ready in 20 minutes. I used Trader Joe’s canned green chiles because I was too lazy to roast my own poblano peppers and Mission corn tortillas because they were what I had on hand.

And do take the time to make the adobo cashew cream sauce! I gobbled up three in no time 🙂

 

. europe trip pt 3 .

Guys….this wasn’t intended. I had everything scheduled…or so I thought. I’m at fault for not double checking. Since this “Europe Trip” series is dragging out too long, I’m going to end it here on part 3 with the highlights and eats :/

Sorry for the delay and hope you enjoy the rest of my Europe experience!

P1000955P1000961Welcome to Sanssouci!

Where there’s beautiful tulip gardens…P1000992.jpg…and awesome Italian food.

P1010047.JPGMushroom pizza sans cheese with the perfect crust!

But before departing for Prague…I just had to pick up these infamous doughnuts.

Brammibal’s is a small, all-vegan cafe located in Maybachufer Str. that sells various, unique flavors of doughnuts and other breakfast foods.

Yes. They were just as good as they look.

P1010060Top left (clockwise): Dulce leche creme, Pistachio-rose, PB-chocolate fudge, Strawberry-basil

P1010058Top left (clockwise): Cinnamon sugar, Maple coconut bacon, Lemon-rosemary, Caramel-hazelnut.

If you’re looking to indulge in Berlin, come here come here!

Brammibal’s Donuts

Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin, Germany

www.brammibalsdonuts.com/

10 am – 6 pm (Mon.-Sun)

Prague was a few hours drive and we were immediately struck by the beauty of all the buildings and markets.

P1010086P1010099Our cute Airbnb ^_^P1010083P1010078P1010096I admit that there was a strong tourist-trap feel here, but it was an awesome experience in general. Besides, the prices for everything are even lower than in Berlin! After 2 nights in Prague, we headed to our next destination: Salzburg, Austria.

P1010109I’m telling you, Europe knows what’s up when it comes to vegan options. You can pick up some organic crackers, vegetable spread and banana soy milk at drugstores like the dm store!

My camera broke down during the whole Salzburg trip (-_- of course), but my parents and I agree that out of all the places that we’ve been to on this trip, Salzburg would be our choice if we had to move and live in Europe. It’s the perfect combination of tourist-y attractions, beautiful buildings and low cost-of-living. Plus, it’s not as crowded and hectic as Prague.

We stayed at a pretty cool hotel near the city called Eco-Suite. It was one of the pricier places during the trip ($127/night) but it fit the bill for our needs.

Next up was Munich. Home of the Bavarians and Pretzels!

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P1010157Some cool cars that we spotted in BMW World in Munich.

P1010143And these cute guys that were swimming everywhere 🙂

Last stop was Constance, where we were greeted by the beautiful nature it offers.

Conveniently, my uncle and aunt lives in Reichenau island near Constance, so we didn’t need to book any hotel rooms during our stay. I am so grateful for my cool cousins who provided me with an enormous supply of vegan goodies (that I unfortunately didn’t take photos of): cheese, salami, hummus, spreads, cream cheese, yogurt, jerky, candy/snacks, ice cream, etc. I know. Pretty awesome 😀

That wraps up the rest of the trip. Thanks for sticking with me! Week’s eats and recipes will resume next post so stay tuned!

. europe trip pt 2 .

Continuing on from my last post, the third day of the trip was packed with events since we decided to visit both Strasbourg and Heidelberg in one day.

Day 3: Strasbourg, France

P1000877But first, lunch (featuring bunch of random things from Migros): protein seeded bread, avocado, ‘Toscana’ spreadable cream, chocolate soy milk.

P1000881Strasbourg isn’t too far from Konstanz (where we stayed) so we made it there in little time.

P1000882P1000883P1000884I only saw these kind of cathedrals in TV shows or documentaries so it took me a while to absorb everything before registering how gorgeous this place was. Look at those beautiful candle offerings!

P1000893P1000908We were also able to access a view from the top of the cathedral. Maybe I’ve gone slightly out of shape, but the endless stairs were a bit tiring (my mom, on the other hand, was totally out of breath).

P1000912P1000920Unfortunately, my camera acted up against me during the later half of the day, so I have zero record of my Heidelberg visit. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy the moment~ best record is great memories, right?

Day 4: Frankfurt/Berlin

P1000922This is the only picture I have of Frankfurt, because tbh we spent 3 hours at the Frankfurt airport using the restroom and eating McDonald’s. By the way, not sure if anyone else was aware of this, but McDonald’s is so much cooler overseas. Like half of the places I’ve been to used touch screen self-ordering system and the menu had different things (like fancy sauce bottles). I still hate McDonald’s anyways, but it was interesting to see the difference between the ones in the states and the ones elsewhere.

P1000923P1000924P1000929P1000931P1000942P1000946P1000948First day of sightseeing in Berlin! We did the usual touristy stuff like visiting the Brandenburger Tor, Berlin Cathedral, Berlin wall, etc. The only thing I brushed past was Checkpoint Charlie because it was in the middle of the street and there were swarms of people trying to get pictures. I didn’t have the energy nor the determination to do that. Plus, it was probably the best place for pick-pocketers to get their hands on something.

P1000951P1000952And who can leave out currywurst when in Berlin?! And don’t worry this is vegan 🙂 If you go to Curry 36, there’s this vegan beauty for 2,50 Euros. If you’re lucky, the line for this place will be short.

P1000953To cool myself down in the 35°C weather, I got a simple Oolong tea to sip on from Comebuy Bubble Tea. I’m not sure if there are any vegan milk options, but if you’re like me and enjoy unsweetened tea to quench thirst, then this is a good option.

More on Berlin on the next post! See you soon~

. europe trip pt 1 .

I’m back!

Well, honestly I’ve been back for two weeks now. I was just too lazy to put together a post;;

If you’re reading this out of the blue, you probably don’t know that I went on a trip to Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. Of course, it was all crammed in two weeks, but it was still such an awesome experience. I’m still thinking back on it and dreaming of my next visit.

The first day started off kind of hectic in Switzerland, because we couldn’t get SIM cards or the car we wanted for rental. We ended up stuck in the airport for 4 extra hours.

P1000763In the end everything went well with the rental. Not with the SIM cards though. Word of advice: make sure your phone is unlocked by your provider.

Day 1: casual sightseeing

P1000766The clean streets of Zurich.

P1000768The beautiful and grand hauptbahnhof.

P1000770A little snack I picked up.

P1000771I actually brought avocados on board with me from Pittsburgh. To be fair, I had three in the fridge and I couldn’t just leave them for two weeks only to come back to see sad looking avocados. Thus, they traveled 6000 km and made my meals much better.

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Day 2: Interlaken and the Alps

I’m sure Interlaken is one the must-go’s when visiting Switzerland. Even if we weren’t planning on riding the iconic red train up the Alps, we wanted to see the famous picturesque view.

P1000807P1000831P1000839P1000844P1000857I was seriously blown away by the view. The Swiss Alps certainly exceeded my expectations. Hiking this beauty is added to my bucket-list.

P1000859Our favorite ALDI in its home in Europe.

P1000870P1000869Strawberry near the Alps makes it 100 times better.

P1000871P1000872Also picked up chocolate soy milk, dark chocolate and vegetable spread at a Swiss chain called Migros. There were so many vegan goodies available that I was sad to not be able to explore the grocery aisles more.

Next up is our trip to Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany! See you in part 2!

. pavement coffeehouse @ boylston .

Right before finals week, I’ve been madly trying to finish one of my papers and I learned that I write best in new environments. For a change of pace, I walked to the nearest coffee house to my dorm which happened to be Pavement Coffeehouse. They have other locations, but the one on Boylston was the closest spot.

P1000619Symmetrical buildings along the way.

P1000622It was such a nice day and I loved that Boylston St. was so empty early morning.

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P1000629.JPGHurray! I was so excited to see this sticker outside of Pavement.

P1000627The typical ‘hipster’ vibe coffee houses emit these days.

P1000628Pavement specializes in bagels too, with flavors like plain, multi-grain, everything, poppy seed, etc. They even had vegan tofu cream cheeses in two flavors: veggie and habanero. There’s also hummus and PB if you want something more natural.

P1000624The seating area. Be prepared, because this place gets PACKED in a few hours after opening.

P1000626I ordered the multi-grain with habanero tofu (nice spicy kick!) along with an iced black coffee. The day started getting really hot during noon, so I appreciated having a nice cool drink to sip on.

P1000625Time to start work!

I would say Pavement is over priced for a bagel, but I should also note that the bagel was high quality. The exterior was wonderfully chewy and the inside was firm yet soft(?). This place won’t be an everyday thing, but it is a nice treat from time to time when I’m being productive hehe.

Pavement Coffeehouse

1096 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215

http://www.pavementcoffeehouse.com

7 am – 8 pm (Mon.-Sat.)

. simple vegan pancakes .

Super fluffy pancakes for those special mornings!

P1000725I usually don’t make pancakes or waffles simply because 1) they’re more time consuming than a bowl of cereal with almond milk and 2) they don’t fill me up. However, I had a weird craving for pancakes one night, so I excitedly got out of bed the next morning and made a small batch for me and my mom.

 

P1000720.jpgAnd it just so happens to be in time for Mother’s Day! If you’re mom digs the whole breakfast-in-bed thing, she’ll surely appreciate this. However, eating in bed is a big no-no in our household; we don’t even have proper food trays, so I had to use this baking sheet for the photo.

This recipe can be doubled/tripled/quadrupled/etc. for a larger batch.

Simple vegan pancakes (serves 2)

Ingredients:

Dry:
120 grams whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
12 grams cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Wet:
236 mL (1 metric cup) plant milk  
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
27 grams coconut oil, melted (alt. 2 TBSP any liquid oil)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

  1. Stir in the vinegar (or lemon juice) into the plant milk and set aside. This will make our “buttermilk.”
  2. Preheat a skillet or griddle on medium-low heat.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. After about 5 minutes, the “buttermilk” should be slightly curdled. Incorporate this into the dry mix along with the oil. Let the batter sit for a minute; it should be pretty thick.
  5. Lightly grease the surface of the skillet/griddle and ladle or spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter at a time.
  6. Flip each pancake when the batter rises and bubbles appear on the top surface. If it does not easily separate from the pan, the pancake is not ready to be flipped.
  7. Serve warm with maple syrup and vegan butter and garnish with your choice of toppings.

Topping suggestions:

  • banana coins + coconut flakes + cinnamon
  • blueberries + lemon zest + powdered sugar
  • goji berries + cacao nibs + slivered almonds
  • orange slices + pistachios
  • banana coins + cacao nibs + hemp seeds

. random eats #8 .

Hello! I’ve comfortably settled back at home where I could relax all day long~

P1000706.JPGAlthough I don’t have much photos for what I ate during my time here so far (not because I was lazy or anything…), I decided to post something before my trip to Europe. I think my brain hasn’t fully processed the fact that I’m leaving this Saturday, because I feel way too relaxed.

On to the real content.

It was pretty chilly the past week, so I turned to the comforts of a hot bowl of oats.

P1000714.JPGI added sugar cookie PB and a raw apple for a nice crunch.

P1000736.JPGOr I bake it in the oven. This was almost the same combo except with tahini instead of PB. Also, look how cute this mini cast iron is!

P1000716.JPGI’ve been making my lunches consist of just one huge salad. This time I added baked falafels, tomato, cucumber slices and cilantro drizzled with tahini dressing and side of babaganoush and hummus.

P1000718.JPGFalafels have to be one of my favorite foods. I don’t mind the baked ones like here, but I have to say that fried falafels take the win.

P1000733.JPGAnother salad that consisted of the same base of spring mix, cucumbers and tomato, except with the addition of a pesto pasta salad. I bought the same Ancient Grains POW brand of dried pasta, only in the black bean version this time. Tbh I really bought it just for the color, but I ended up really digging the stuff.

I didn’t really care to take pictures of my dinners, because they always consist of the usual Korean food that my mom prepares, but perhaps I should give you guys a peek next time…

This is pretty random, but I’ve been wanting to mention my aroma diffuser for a while. I saw one in MUJI, and I immediately decided I needed one. The price tag at MUJI made my eyes roll to the back of my head, but luckily I found a cheaper alternative at Amazon.

P1000685.JPGThe essential oil is from MUJI though, and my room now smells amazing. I actually think this will make a great Mother’s Day gift.

Speaking of which, I have a pancake recipe coming up— just in time for Mother’s Day! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to prepare a brunch this year, since we will already be in Zurich by Sunday.

P1000725.JPGI made it breakfast-in-bed style, but we’re too much of clean freaks to actually enjoy it that way. My mom ended up taking this back downstairs to the kitchen table to eat this.

Look forward to the next recipe and a veggie eatery! Have a good day~