. 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.)

. 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~

 

. i’m not dead (yet) + random eats #7 .

Phew, how long has it been?! I actually lost track of the last time I wrote on here with the loads of deadlines looming over my head in addition to finals week.

With that being said, I was able to take a breather during a mini road trip to Cape Cod! My friend randomly decided it was time to check this off her bucket list, so off we went to see the sunset at the beach…

P1000640.JPGP1000643P1000656P1000663P1000666P1000667The wind was wild, y’all.

As for my eats, I’ve been eating the usual plant-based goodness :).

P1000604P1000606Lazy burrito bowl made with black beans sauteed with tomatoes and taco seasoning, tempeh and green peppers (same spices), lettuce, guac, salsa and cilantro rice.

P1000608For some reason, it didn’t occur to me then that the rice was supposed to go on the bottom.

P1000611More excited about the avocados in the back.

P1000615P1000612This is just the prep ingredients for my sammie, but it looked so pretty that I had to snap a shot! Courtesy of Iggy’s bread.

P1000630The classic.

20170418_141746 (2).jpgAs humble and strange as this sounds, one of my all time wishes was to know and socialize with the kitchen/cleaning staff. Sadly, I was too awkward to do that prior to college (I still am tbh), but finally…I was able to hold a long conversation with the woman at the vegan/vegetarian section of the dining hall. I really enjoyed the conversation, which started from how great farmer’s market tomatoes were to how kids nowadays don’t conserve energy (I’m a grandpa on the inside).

P1000674Anyways, she packed me this giant stack of vegan cookies that were there. I’ve been going through them one by one— all day, er’rday. Don’t worry, I balance it out with other nourishing foods, and a cookie will not kill me.  Plus, it’s nourishing my mind ;).

Seriously though, I still have 5 left.

P1000683Leftover arugula got blended into pesto. It was a simple recipe on the back of the package of arugula (thanks TJ’s!) that I adapted by adding sun-dried tomatoes and nutritional yeast.

I also have to clean out my fridge before I move out (in just a few days!), so someone please help me finish my jar of mayonnaise and tub of butter.

20170420_193652 (2).jpgI was lucky to walk into an event happening in one of my dining halls, where the theme was “Educate Your Plate” and the whole place was filled with plant-based menus. The lighting was dim (“to set the ambiance”) so the picture is really crummy, but my plate included: quinoa stuffed poblano peppers with avocado, mushroom tacos wrapped with steamed greens, avocado hummus with pita, green beans, small sample of kombucha and various grilled fruits. The small plate in the corner was also full of roasted root vegetables with some chimichurri sauce. Needless to say, I was happily stuffed by the end of the night.

P1000675They also had a plant-your-own herb station! I was torn between basil and mint…heck I wanted them all! But we were limited to one, so I stuck with mint.

P1000676P1000678Cute froggy for finishing touch.

I feel like I should have written something longer and more entertaining to make up for my long absence. I’ll be sure to come back with more exciting posts once I’m home and able to test recipes!

And I completely forgot to mention this earlier in the year: I’m going to Switzerland and Germany this summer! WOOHOOO! Although it’s only for 2 weeks, I’ll be sure to snap some lovely pics!

Off to finish studying for my other exams~

. veggie fried rice .

P1000580This fried rice appeared in my last random eats, and I thought I’d share the recipe. It’s nothing special really; just toss everything in a frying pan and stir!

P1000583.JPGMe being my Korean self, I couldn’t not eat this with gim (roasted laver). I also added a pickled ume (umeboshi) as a salty/tart contrast. But I think anything spicy or tangy will be good with this dish; kimchi or quick-pickled cucumbers sound awesome!

P1000581.JPGTo be honest, I never measure when I cook, so I don’t have exact measurements. However, I stick to ratios (1 spoonful : 2 spoonful), so I’m guesstimating based on that. Feel free to adjust to your taste!

Veggie Fried Rice (serves 1)

Ingredients:

1/2~2/3 cup cooked brown rice (day-old if using the glutinous type)
1/4 cup broccoli florets, bite-sized
1/4 cup diced mushrooms
2 TBSP diced onion
~2 oz carrot, diced
~1 oz sugar snap peas
3 oz extra firm tofu
3 cloves of garlic (substitue with 1/4 tsp garlic powder)
1 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 TBSP nutritional yeast
splash of rice vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
drizzle of oil for pan
garnishes: sesame seeds, crushed roasted laver, spring onions

Directions:

  1. To start off, add nutritional yeast and rice vinegar to your tofu and crumble with a fork. If you have black salt (kala namak), then go ahead and add some to this mixture.This will act as our “egg.”P1000577.JPG
  2. On a frying pan, add the oil (use small splash of water if you are avoiding added oils) on medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onions and fresh garlic to the frying pan and stir occasionally until fragrant and golden-brown. This will take about two minutes.
  4. Add the rest (carrots, mushroom and broccoli) into the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Once the vegetables have softened a bit, add the egg mixture. Stir and fry for about 3 or 4 minutes, making sure no pieces are burnt.
  6. Finally, add the rice and continue frying until the rice is heated through-out. Pour the tamari or soy sauce while continuing to stir.
  7. In the last few seconds, add the sesame oil and give the whole pan a few more good stirs to evenly distribute.
  8. Remove the pan from heat. Serve on a plate with garnishes of choice.

 

P1000582.JPGIf you could tell, this recipe is highly adaptable. If you don’t have or like some of the veggies, just omit. That bell pepper that’s been sitting in your fridge for a week? Go ahead and toss them in! Have fun with this “recipe” and use it as a base to get creative!

Hope you enjoy~ Happy munching!

. random eats #6: cooking all day .

Just another random post of my eats on Sunday. I was in my room most of the time, so I got the chance to cook! I miss having a kitchen, and using my mini camping stove lessens the pain of not having any direct heat to cook with.

P1000573I woke up a little later than usual (9-ish?) and for some reason I decided to eat pasta. I just used  leftover “mac-n-cheez” sauce made with butternut squash, potatoes, and spices. Maybe it’s the addition of bell peppers (bad idea) or not enough nutritional yeast, but I didn’t get that cheesy flavor. It didn’t matter, because I never liked mac-n’-cheese anyways. It was still super creamy and filling though, especially with the lentil penne.

P1000580As a post-workout meal I enjoyed a huge bed of fried rice. I just love looking at this photo because of all the colors~ It was actually half veggies, half rice. I’ll probably post a recipe for this :).

P1000584For dinner, I got a little lazier. I just cooked off tempeh marinated in gochujang sauce on quinoa and roasted asparagus.

P1000587And to end off sweet, I had a little portion of Nature’s Path Blueberry Flax cereal and some plain soy milk. I know some people think it’s unreasonable to call cereal dessert, but please— I can eat cereal anytime, any day. And I find it so enjoyable that it can be dessert if I want it to be.

I was shocked that I hit my protein goal so easily today (78 grams)! I’m a girl of small frame, so this is the high-end, but I’ve been trying to eat more protein since I workout more often. My goal is to hit 20 grams per meal (more or less), so hopefully I can keep up with this!