There’s an abundance of cute and cosy cafes and bakeries in Portland and I’m lucky I had the chance to try a couple of them. A must visit while in Portland – if you like sweets and are looking for an all vegan bakery – is Petunia’s Pies & Pastries. Located on 610 SW 12th Avenue in Portland, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries is a gold mine of vegan goodies. As you enter the bakery you’re met with rows and rows of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other goodies. You’ll find ice cream on the menu too, as well as coffee drinks and even cocktails to go with your sweet treat. Having wandered around the city of Portland for a couple of hours I’d worked up a craving for something sweet. We made our way to Petunia’s and stepped right into vegan candy land. Perusing the display of cakes and cupcakes, I was…

New York City has any kind of breakfast you could desire. The only issue is finding the time – and stomach space – to try them all. We made it though a variety of places during our stay, among others we had breakfast at Two Hands in NYC. Two Hands is a hip and cosy little cafe with two locations in New York City, one in Tribeca and one in Nolita. It’s a great spot for breakfast as their menu features a ton of tasty morning goodies like banana bread, açai bowls, croissants and other breakfast sandwiches. I opted for an açai bowl topped with granola, berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and shredded coconut. I also had to give their banana bread a try. Their banana bread is served with espresso mascarpone, toasted buckwheat, walnuts and honey, but I asked for it plain, wanting to try the bread on its own…

Matcha has become an increasingly popular alternative to coffee and cafes are catching on, offering creamy matcha lattes in addition to their regular coffee drinks. While in New York City, I tried several. Here’s where to get a good Matcha Latte in New York City. Out of the places I had a chance to try during my stay in New York City, I found two favorites for Matcha Lattes. The first one I scored on already on our first day in NY when we went to Broken Coconut for breakfast and I had their delicious toast with almond butter and banana, and a matha latte. Broken Coconuts matcha latte was just right in terms creaminess and had just the right amount of sweet to counter the bitterness of the green tea flavour. I had it with almond milk but they also offer coconut milk matcha lattes. If you’re a huge…

Portland has a lot to offer in terms of vegan dining, especially of the sweet variety. One place that became an instant favorite of mine is Sweetpea Baking Co. Sweetpea Baking Co. is a super ute little café and bakery. Their main offer is a variety of mouthwatering sweets like cookies, danishes and cinnamon rolls the size of your face. We met my sister at Sweetpeas for breakfast. Their menu includes bagels, oatmeal, granola bowls, biscuits and gravy, waffles, and a variety of quiches. And everything is vegan! I started with a matcha latte, while exploring the menu (and sweets), trying to decide what I wanted to get for breakfast. I quickly narrowed it down to the bagels and began contemplating what toppings to choose for my vegan everything bagel. There’s all kinds of toppings available for your bagels, and you can build your own bagel sandwich as well. I…

Everyone has their essentials, those “must haves” in your carry on luggage when you travel. Long haul flights make those little necessities that much more important. Here’s what’s in my carry-on when I travel.For many, summertime means much needed time off work or school (insert collective sigh), and time off allows for travel! I’m a pretty restless person, so when I travel – especially if a long haul flight is involved – I make sure I’ve got lots of good stuff in my carry-on bag to keep me entertained, comfortable, and satisfied. Before my flight, you can be sure I’ve downloaded lots of exciting podcasts to listen to (I love the true crime podcast Sword and Scale). I’ve got a good book on my Kindle (I’m currently readingCome a Little Closer by Rachel Abbott), my iPad and iPad keyboard are with me on the flight so that I can do some…

You might have heard of dry brushing. It’s this trendy and popular thing to do for your skin and blood circulation. Dry brushing has gained fans worldwide and made beauty retailers everywhere stock up on the familiar natural looking brushes used for this beauty routine. Here’s why and how I dry brush, and what the benefits of dry brushing are. Dry brushing is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – brushing over your skin in circular motions using a dry brush. The brushes used for this practice are usually made of cactus sisal bristles, with a wooden handle. A brush made out of cactus might sound like the last thing you want to be running up and down your body. Don’t worry, the brushes – although slightly rough – aren’t like the kind of thistles you’re imagining. And it’s not meant to be painful or break the skin. So…

I’m sure you’ve heard that green tea is good for you. Perhaps you often opt for green tea at your local café or sip on it for breakfast. But do you know what’s so great about green tea?  I’m a green tea drinker myself. I have at least one cup a day. I drink it because I like it, and because I’m aware of the advertised benefits of it. I thought I’d share some of them with you. What’s so Great about Green Tea? Just a little disclaimer: the following are the alleged benefits of green tea. I’m not a scientist so I can’t promise all these benefits are correct. The bottom line is: drink it if you like it. If you don’t, then don’t drink it. The green leaves that the tea is made of are full of good nutrients like polyphenols which help reduce inflammation. These nutrients are also claimed to…

Beauty products and makeup is fun! But we need to be choosy about which products we invest in so that we’re not supporting animal testing or harming the environment. These are my makeup favorties! As much as possible, I try to purchase organic and vegan products. This applies not only to my makeup products but also to the food I purchase and eat. I don’t want to invest my money in companies who are testing their beauty products on animals, nor do I want to use products that are going to harm the environment. I also don’t want to put makeup or other beauty products on my body that contain ingredients and chemicals that are going to be harmful to my skin and body. So organic and vegan (as much as possible) is my best option! My Makeup Favorites Ok, so not all of these are makeup, but they’re all…

Summertime is made for reading! And I do a lot of reading. I’m on my 18th book this year and plan on reading many, many more. Here’s 10 books to add to your summer reading list – I’ve read all of them this year. 10 books to add to your summer reading list Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil This is a suspense novel that’ll have you rushing through the pages to find out what happens. Emma Price six year old son wanders off from school an presumably drowns in a terrible flood in the River Ouse, his red oat is fished out of the river but a body is never found. Ten years later, Emma has finally found her footing again – she’s married and pregnant. And then her son Aiden returns. Frustration builds as Emma tries to get answers from Aiden about what happened to him and where he has…