Thursday, December 7, 2017

Recent Favorite Things


My recent favorite things! Just like my other Favorite Food blogposts where I post food that I like and deserves a shoutout, I pretty much do the same thing with this Recent Favorite Thing blogpost. Just with not only food but also, you know things!

Please check it all out down below and perhaps it might give you some present and gifting inspirations for the upcoming holidays as well!    

Mijn recente favoriete dingen! Net als bij mijn Favoriete Food blogartikelen waar ik eten plaats die een plekje in de spotlight verdien, doe ik hetzelfde met Recent Favorite Things. Maar dan niet alleen met eten maar ook dingen dus!

Bekijk ze gauw onder en wie weet breng ik je ook nog eens inspiratie op voor het kopen van cadeautjes voor de aankomende feestdagen.

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black charcoal toothpaste
Black charcoal toothpaste, probably the most expensive (€6,99) toothpaste I have ever bought in my entire life! I think it`s well known of how popular the ingredient black charcoal is in beauty products and it seems that they have also made it to the oral hygiene as well. Lately I`ve spotted these trending videos about black charcoal toothpaste and it appears to white up your teeth in a more natural way. I`m a big fan of black charcoal and was of course intrigued and so when I saw the Dr. Organic Charcoal Toothpaste at De Tuinen shop I didn`t hesitate but purchased and claimed it

Product review coming soon!
Cinnamon stick
I was out of cinnamon sticks at home so I needed new stock. I`ve bought these amazingly long cinnamon sticks at Flying Tiger and me as a number 1 fan of cinnamon I adore it.
cinnamon soap bar

See? I told you I`m a number 1 fan of cinnamon! This handmade bar of soap is actually a gift from my friend Jessie and I love it, thank you! This bar of soap smells delicious and very gentle to the skin when I use it in the shower.

hummus crispbread
This Swedish knäckerbröd (crispbread) with hummus filling is my recent favorite snack at work. Each day I just pop a packet (or two) into my bag and it`s just a nice quick treat that I can gobble up with ease without making it messy. Great!
watermelon water
Cute packaging wins my heart by 80% and sometimes 100% and this packaging was definitetly the case. Pure concentrated watermelon juice by What a Melon is great and super refreshing!
chunky yarn
Two beautiful recently bought yarn from my favorite Belgium craft chain store Veritas! Both of them turned into scarfs.
And I`ve made one for a friend of mine as well!
metal straws
Ever since fashion-Youtuber Jenn Im mentioned about metal straws in one of her `favorite month` videos I knew that I had to have them as well. And I eventually got them from Urban Outfitters. Normally I would not buy them because they were quite pricey but these were on sale and that made my day of course.

One thing that I don`t like is that the color comes off quite easily displaying the gray metal base. And because of this, I might as well remove the entire color layer because I kind of like this gray metal base.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tours: my city of France


Tours. And no I'm not talking about the cycling tournament Tour de France but Tours, one of the many picturesque cities of France that I have visit this year.

When I was like 8-9 years old I went to France for the very first time and the main goal was Disneyland Paris. Happy 8-9 year old me! And of course we also went to the center of Paris as well but since I was little and not very much into culture & history as I am now, I don't really have a clear memory of me wandering around Paris.

That's why I consider Tours to be my first real French city ever. And Tours has been treating me being a firsttimer very well and to all who consider France/Paris you may also want to add Tours to your list. Bonus: less tourist guarantee!    

Tours. En nee daarmee bedoelde ik niet op de welbekende wielrenner competitie Tour de France maar Tours, een van de pittoreske stad van Frankrijk. Deze bezochte ik in de afgelopen zomer. 

Toen ik 8-9 jaar was ging ik voor het eerst naar Frankrijk met als hoofdbestemming Disneyland Parijs natuurlijk! Ja, ik was een blij kind hoor en natuurlijk hebben we de stad Parijs zelf ook bezocht. Helaas kan ik er niet veel van herinneren en de kleine-ik vond historie & cultuur ook niet echt boeiend destijds. Dat is inmiddels wel veranderd! 

Ik kan niet veel over Parijs herinneren en daarom is dus Tours voor mij mijn eerste echte Franse stad. Ever! Tours is gelukkig een fijne stad en daarom is het ook een aanrader voor ieder toekomstige bezoeker aan deze land als Frankrijk. Want pluspunt: sowieso minder toeristen!

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this is Tours
Saint Gatien`s Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours)
For a not so religious person that I am, I do love churches and cathedrals and when I was in France last Summer I had my fair visit to it.
Lunch time!
After exploring a couple of hours in Tours it was time to sit down for lunch. Our friend G. has found a bistro that serves authentic French food and this bistro is also tipped off in the Michelin Guide 2017. Awesome! I can`t wait!
`Au Lapin qui Fume` is the bistro called which literally means rabbits who smokes. More of this hotspot review soon!
Another touristy to-go place is `Les Halles` which is an indoor food market and that`s always nice right!
We were a bit on the early side because some of the stands were not open yet so my tip for you is to visit Les Halles in the afternoon.
Luckily this pastry stand was open and so does my heart.
And I got a chocolate filled éclair, very yum!
Happy to see some blue sky in the later bits of the afternoon.

Rue Nationale
This 700 meter long street is called `Rue Nationale` and is one of the oldest shopping street and definetely one of my favorite street in the city of Tours. I also love the tram rails that leads all the way from south to north to the Pont Wilson(Wilson Bridge) and the ferris wheel on the background just complete this whole picturesque image.
Ice coffee

A bit of a Paris vibe with all these colorful flowers on a row.
Back home again working out and to sweat off that éclair + the many other French pastries I had in France. #workharderplayharder