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forced juice detox

25 Mar

hi lovelies!
i got another surgery done, yay!
no really, i removed two wisdom teeth, and had to empty my sinuses- fun stuff! in any case, on doctor’s orders i wasn’t allowed any solid food for 10 days, only liquidy foods.
now, for a passionate eater like myself, that sucked bigtime. no steak, no chicken or turkey, no salads and crunchy veggies… but you know what, i decided not to let that get me down, and use it as an incentive to get my juicer down from it’s winter exile on the top kitchen shelf.

the three juicesketeers: juicer, citrus press, blender

the three juicesketeers: juicer, citrus press, blender

lovelies, it was a delicious week. i unleashed my creative juices (puns!) and made up smoothies and juices on a daily basis.
here are my concoctions, with ingredient list:

the getting started
imagecarrot
apple
cucumber
white grape
spinach
beet
raspberry
herbal tea

basically, i just wanted to try everything. first day back home, day 4 of eating liquids, i was sick and tired of water and broth they gave me at the hospital, so i really went for it :)
was delicious, and motivated me for the next day. i have to add though, that the cup i use is 0.5 liter- so im actually drinking at least half a liter of smoothie/juice in the morning, which is enough nutrients to keep me satisfied until the afternoon.

the so good i don’t want to stop

5banana
raspberry
blood orange
apple
carrot
herbal tea

i use both the blender, and the juicer. for bananas, raspberries and other soft ingredients, i like to keep all the fibers and just blend them, with water, almond milk, coconut water, herbal tea or skimmed milk. when i finish juicing the harder ingredients, i just add them to the blender, and give it a last spin, so that it’s nicely mixed.

the exotic pink one

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the smoothie
image3

the mostly veggie
6carrot
celery
lettuce
spinach
white grape
apple

the incredibly yummy
image2
the classic
image4

i got the stitches removed yesterday, and am allowed to start slowly eating solids again. however, it didn’t stop me from having juice today. i’ve gotten pretty used to it, and i wouldn’t want to miss having my delicious vitamin and taste explosion in the mornings!
while i was still recovering, i would have soup in the evening. i used my crock pot to make a delicious, healthy and light chicken rice soup with veggies. i found a recipe for this soup here, but i tweaked it to my needs and liking. i overcooked the rice, so that it pretty much fell apart, and shredded the chicken and veggies to a pulp in the processor. let me tell you, it wasn’t a pretty dish to look at, but it was so delicious! here’s the recipe for my chicken rice soup (of course you dont have to overcook the rice, nor process the chicken):
– 2-3 chicken breast fillets, skinless
– 1 big white onion, chopped
– 2-3 cups of mixed frozen veggies (i used a mix of broccoli, carrots, peas and cauliflower)
– 1 cup of rice (any rice you like)
– 8 cups of water or broth (i used 4 cups of stock and 4 of water- you can use chicken, beef or veggie stock, whichever you prefer)
– herbs
– salt and pepper for seasoning
start by putting half of the veggies in the crock pot, then layer the chicken over it, throw in the herbs, salt and pepper. then add the rice (spread it over the other ingredients),  and add the last layer of veggies over it. add the liquid, making sure everything is covered. cook on medium for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. after about half the time, i like to give it all a stir, and add some more liquid, if i feel the rice absorbed too much.
i had enough to eat from it for 5 days. i’d say it’s about 7-8 generous servings. it tastes amazing when served hot, with some lemon juice drizzled over it

i hope to have motivated you to welcome spring by trying these tasty doses of vitamins, veggies and fruits!
til next time lovelies xxxx

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my most recent date, or what the hell is wrong with you, man

19 Aug

lovelies,
i’ve very recently gone on a date that was not all that. actually, it really sucked. big time. after it was over i felt like going home, curl up on my bed and cry into my cat’s fur- he wouldn’t have liked it, but he’d take one for the team, i’m sure.
how did it come to the date? well, a friend of mine suggested i get ”tinder”. it’s an app that locates people in your vicinity with the same application. it’s very woman friendly, as you get to ”like” or ”nope” the people that show up on your locator feed, before they see your profile. basically, if you ”like” someone, only then they can see your profile. once there’s a ”match” (both liked eachother), you can start chatting. my girls and i installed it- just for fun, of course! r-TINDER-large570
after some browsing through the app, this blurry picture of a guy’s profile shows up. despite the blur, i felt like there was something i can work with- i could see just about enough of him to give it a go. what do you know- it was a match!
we get to chitchatting, mainly about what we do to keep cool in the crazy heat we had in vienna. i mentioned going for viennese ice coffee was a regular thing besides being poolside most of the day, and he suggested to meet up for a coffee. he seemed nice enough, so i agreed. we set for the next day, early afternoon. around noon that day, he texts about trouble at work, and if we can postpone to the next day. sure! no problems, sunday afternoon it is!
right, i’m getting ready to go meet this guy, i choose a cute yet effortless outfit of dark denim shorts with tiny little white stars, and a blush pink cami top. we were set to meet at 4 pm- we were only meeting for half an hour, as he had plans with friends and was catching a plane later that evening- totally fine for a first date. at 3:55 he texts me ”if i know how long i’m going to be”.
ummm, ok… it’s not that i’m late, and was just around the corner, so i text back ”2 mins”. once at the cafe, i perform a quick scan of the place but don’t spot someone that could be my blurry date, so i text him that i’m there, and am finding a place to sit. maybe he is running late, that’s why he asked how long i was going to be…
as soon as i sit and whip out my phone, i hear chairs moving and a figure appears by the table. i look up, and the guy asks: ”nadia?”
two thoughts cross my mind instantly- 1. we’ve been texting for two days, the name of the user is right at the top of every chat window- and you STILL get my name wrong? what the hell is wrong with you, man?
2. i’ve seen this guy during my scan! but dismissed him right away because he looks sixteen, not 28!
whatever, i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, even if i’m a little irritated, stand up and shake his hand, saying ”it’s nadine actually, but close enough i guess.” as soon as he sits down, he asks me if i’m still up for ice coffee, as it’s not that hot anymore. given that it still was 29 degrees C, i was seriously wondering if this guy just has a pretty lame sense of humor, or if he’s serious. i told him i thought it was warm enough to still get two scoops of vanilla ice cream in coffee, yes.

viennese ice coffee

viennese ice coffee

moments later the waitress shows up, and wants to take our order. he asks her if they served ice coffee, she says ”yes of course”! then, he asks how much it costs. when she answers 5 euros, he deems it a fair price, as he says ”thats ok, i’d like an ice coffee”. i’m honestly speechless by now. seriously, how much did you think it was going to cost? this guy is not doing himself any favors…
i proceed with ordering one too, and try to start a conversation. i ask what kind of job entails an emergency on a saturday afternoon, and he informs me that he ”actually lives and works in london, but is in vienna for business over the weekend.” is this guy for real? how in any way, is that an answer to my question? so i make myself clearer: ”what is it that you do?” ” oh finance, investment blablablabla (don’t actually remember, i was so fascinated, obviously), but i don’t really want to talk about what i do, as it doesn’t have a very good reputation. what do you do?” so i tell him that i’m in between jobs right now, and enjoying the summer, but that i used to work at a bank in the communications sector, and didn’t really like it. at that, he proceeds to freely recount how the firm he works at just pulled a gajillion euro deal with said bank, and just keeps on going on and on about money and work… i’m sorry, didn’t you not want to talk about work? why am i being treated to such a riveting tale?
when he’s done, he asks me if i’m still going to the pool today. i answer that it’s too late now, but that i was looking forward to spending the whole next day in the water. you know what his next question is? ”when do you get off work?” i kind of blankly stare at him at this point, and explain very slowly that right now, i’m not working, but when i used to work, i would get off around 5 pm. wow. did this guy not listen to a word i said? what is wrong with you, man!?
as the allotted time for the date comes to an end, i’m beyond happy, and when he starts getting antsy, i beckon the waitress over so that we can pay and i can get the hell out of there. needless to say, he doesn’t even attempt to stop me paying for my own ice coffee, and proceeds to pay for his own. don’t get me wrong, i really didn’t want him to pay for it, but it’s about the gesture, the principle of gallantry- no, not gallantry, manners!
when we walk out, he suggests we should add eachother on facebook- i say sure, but my mind is saying no way. i ask him for his last name. ”i’ll whatsapp it to you.” wow. such mystery. not for the first time, but what is wrong with you, man!?
at the end, he looks for a car2go, and i spot one across the street; when he makes no move to go to it, i ask him ”don’t you need it? well then bye!” we shake hands, and i speedwalk into the distance.

this is the second date i’ve been on recently, and even though the first one was great, but sadly there was absolutely no chemistry, this date made me feel really frustrated, disappointed, sad, and most of all hopeless. where are all the good guys? taken. or gay. or just want to be friends. isn’t that great? time to get another cat, i think. or maybe i should spice it up with something a little more exotic like a chinchilla or a mini horse. i think my cats would like that.

hello, i'm your new roommate!

hello, i’m your new roommate!

bratislava and big apple red

25 May

last weekend i was in bratislava visiting my best friend.  we were so lucky with the weather, it was gorgeous!

the main reason i went is the nightlife. not for nothing bratislava is dubbed partyslava– the alcohol and entrances are so cheap! the city is crawling with international people (many big international companies have their european hq in slovakia), but everywhere you go you mainly hear british english. thanks to ryanair and their airfares, bratislava is a super popular place for bachelor/ette parties (as the brits call them: stag and hen nights).

we went to about 4 places on friday night, and ended up at trafo, a fun and crazy club right in the city center. we were home around 4 in the morning, and when we woke up at 1 pm on saturday, we were both nursing a slight hangover. my bff suggested we go chill in the sun, and drink some lemonade (very popular) at leblon, a brazilian churrascaria right by the river. i had lemonade joe, a deliciously refreshing lemonade with cucumber slices, elderflower syrup, limes and soda.

me and my lemonade joe

we then walked around town, and ended up strolling by the blue church– or as we call it, the disney church:

disney church facade

by sunday our nails were a mess, so we went to get them done. i fell in love with opi big apple red! such a striking red shade with fuchsia undertones- the perfect red for summer! needless to say, i wanted to get it. when i got back to vienna i looked online for it, and because i was curious about the much acclaimed seche vite i was browsing for that too. i stumbled upon micky nail studio, a new store in vienna that also has an online shop. what makes micky nail studio special is that not only do they carry most collections of opi, they also stock essie, china glaze, seche vite, orly and zoya! if that wasn’t enough, opi and essie are cheaper there than anywhere else i’ve seen. before i knew it, my fingers started clicking, and i checked out a basket of 5 nailpolishes. it happens, right? when the haul arrives, you’ll know it :)

opi big apple red

 

food overload

18 Apr

i will be documenting my trip to the states by categories: food, stuff i got, and locations. i think this will make it easier to post about this awesome trip :)

first off of course, the foooood! we ate so much during these 9 days, but we don’t regret a single bite, everything was beyond delicious!
we had a running joke : “if in doubt, then always avocado” it was kind of like our theme food. we had it at every breakfast, and sometimes in sandwiches too- we just couldn’t get enough of the stuff!

in my scottsdale post there’s a picture of the bird, this insane omelette filled with turkey, pepperjack cheese, mushrooms, and of course- avocado. here’s another picture of it:

the bird is the word

it came with a side of fruit and potatoes, and it was just an explosion of flavors and tastiness! i had it every day for breakfast. not ashamed to admit it. the place we had this amazing treat at is breakfast club. needless to say that we highly recommend stopping by for the bird and a glass of super awesome cold tasty orange juice.

at our friend’s wedding, we had the chance to taste some crazy yummy cake pops, the groom was a smooth oreo cake, and the bride a velvety sugar butter cake. they were almost too cute to eat, but so delicious, one couldn’t resist!

bride and groom cake pops

since the bride is american, and the groom austrian, the dinner buffet was an original mix of both cultures: wienerschnitzel and potato salad, and mini burgers accompanied by mac’n’cheese. there was also a delicious salad, which unfortunately i didn’t take a picture of, baby spinach leaves, croutons, dried cranberries and cheese.

mini burgers and *le mac'n'cheese in a martini glass

at olive & ivy i had an incredibly good lemonade. i know, lemonade, right? what could be so special about it? well, it was the perfect mix of zesty, sweet, fruity and minty. deeeelish! unfortunately we didn’t eat anything there, we were still stuffed from our stint at breakfast club, but the food looked amazing!

lemonade and gold glitter polish

one evening we were so tired that we decided that it was time for pizza hut. i crave pizza hut, all the time! most probably because we don’t really have it in europe, only in a couple of cities, so wherever i go to a place that has the hut, i don’t leave till i’ve had one awesome pie :)

vegetarian pizza deliciousness

we left arizona after five days, and went to huntington beach in california, and continued our food bonanza there, with the best burger ever. no joke, 25° (degrees) on walnut street has the juiciest, tastiest, lushest burgers. and incredible sweet potato fries aswell.

like manna from heaven

our usual breakfast spot became the sugar shack on main street, where we would get our daily avocado fix in a breakfast burrito. i had never heard of this, but after trying it, i wondered how i could live without it! a soft tortilla, wrapped around an omelette with mushrooms, pepperjack cheese and caramelized onions, that hugs huge chunks of avocado. it blew my mind!

breakfast burrito goodness

i also couldnt leave the states without having had my beloved cherry coke

cherry coke with a cherry on top

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