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Review: Ziva, Mallorca 

Hello everyone, 

Hope you’re having a great summer (if it’s summer wherever you are in the world!). I recently went to Mallorca in Spain so today’s post is a short review of a health food cafe/takeaway shop I found. 

I went to the one in Santa Catalina and the one in Calle Protectora (both in the capital, Palma). Check out their website here for more info. 

At the Santa Catalina branch, below, we ordered 2 smoothies: a blueberry burst (the purple one) and a strawberry delight (the pink one). So so so delicious. Both smoothies were amazing and I chose to add a scoop of Sunwarrior protein to mine (the strawberry) because it didn’t have any already in the ingredients. Delcious! I would highly recommend! 

I also got a kombucha to try as I’m trying to eat more fermented foods. The kombucha isn’t made by them, it’s from a Spanish brand I’d never heard of but it was really delicious – I don’t usually like ‘health drinks’ but this was seriously good! Here’s a link to the kombucha brand’s website www.kombucheria.com  

The apple and cinnamon granola we got to eat at home with yoghurt, but you can get it with almond milk to eat there, which is nice. It was really tasty, crunchy from the buckwheat and sweet from the dried apples but not overly sweet like some ‘healthy’ granolas often are. 


The above picture is at the Calle Protectira where we got a blueberry blast and the dish of the day – courgette noodles with veggies in a Thai curry sauce (made with coconut milk). It was average, I didn’t eat it all and I wouldn’t buy it again but I don’t usually enjoy raw food dishes (apart from salads) so I wasn’t surprised. 

The atmosphere in both Zivas is comfy, warm and welcoming although I didn’t enjoy in the Calle Protectora branch that it is mixed with an estate agents and furniture store all in one shop (weird)! However, that branch does have the peaceful courtyard, lovely to sit in the sunshine (or shade!) and sip away at your smoothie! 

Staff were helpful and informative, service was quick but I would say price is quite expensive for what it actually is, however that wouldn’t stop me buying there again! 
Taste: 8/10

Presentation: n/a

Service: 8/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Location: 7/10

Price: 4/10

Menu: 8/10 

WOULD I GO BACK? Yes. 
What’s your favourite smoothie? Leave a comment and let me know! 

H x

Review: Ruby’s Diner, Sydney

Hi everyone,

The reason for the lack of posts recently is that I’m on the other side of the world! I’m currently in Sydney, Australia which is our third stop out of six on our month long tour! Now, the great thing about australia is brunch. Yeah, the beaches are great, the wildlife is crazy and in summer its amazing weather but seriously…brunch. In Europe, breakfast or brunch seems to be more of a take it or leave it kind of thing but here in Oz its definitely treated like the most important meal of the day.

After visiting Melbourne and its many breakfast cafes, I thought Sydney’s offering might disappoint as I had heard that Melbourne is the place for brunch. I was wrong. Today, I dragged everyone to Ruby’s Diner in Waverley for something to warm us up during Sydney’s current ‘cold snap’ – AKA British summer!
  Bearing in mind it was 9.30 on a sunday morning when we arrived, we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table because we didn’t mind sitting outside (with cold little me practically on top of the heater of course).

3 freshly squeezed orange juices, a bottle of water, one flat white and one long black later and we were ready to look over the menu. I could have literally ordered everything on there as it all sounded so good but I’ve had eggs, avocado, bacon and all that stuff for the past few days, so today I fancied something sweet. I couldn’t decide between the ‘5 grain bircher muesli with seasonal fruit, nut crunch, yoghurt and honey’ or the ‘Roast pears with coconut yoghurt and buckwheat coconut crunch’ (pictured above). 

  
My dad decided to get the bircher (pictured above) so I went for the pears as it sounded like quite a unique dish (Plus, I have a thing for coconut yoghurt). The bircher muesli was delish and the fresh banana plus the crunchy stuff on top was right up my street and when I tried a spoonful, I was jealous that my dad ordered it and not me. The roasted pears were really good. Fragrant, juicy and soft, they had been cooked in vanilla and orange (among other things I’m sure) and the coconut yoghurt on top made the sweetness of the pears not seem overwhelming. The buckwheat crunch, which I thought would just be boring roasted buckwheat when I saw it was actually really yummy. It added a different texture and a nice extra cinnamon flavour. The only thing I would say is that I think three pear halves is a bit much, as towards the end it seemed a bit sickly and started to taste a bit like a candle smells. I still somehow managed to eat it all though so it can’t have been bad!

  
Both my mum and brother ordered what I would have ordered if I had gone for something savoury, the ‘House-made baked beans with manchego and oregano on sourdough’. My mum got it plain and the competitive eater brother ordered a poached egg, avocado and bacon to go with it. They both loved the beans and the toast and my brother (who has probably eaten more avocado than anyone I know) said the avo was really nice and fresh. My mum is the most selfless person in the world and to prove it, all I need to say is she spooned a big heap of beans on the crunchy toast and gave me the first bite. My thoughts? Aaaah, how nice of her… F*$#!!! Yep, I burnt the roof of my mouth. Its blistering as I type this. The beans were worth it. The perils of being a foodie.

The service was probably one of the worst out of the places we’ve been for breakfast but that could be because we were seated outside, on the very end and it was very busy! The atmosphere was nice, although as I said, we were outside so it would have felt different inside but it seemed to be a very popular, buzzing, family friendly neighbourhood cafe, which I liked.
Taste: 9/10

Presentation: 9/10

Service: 6/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Location: 3/10

Price: 7/10

Menu: 9/10

What’s your favourite breakfast dish? Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading, 

H x  

Review: Tahini Mallorca

Hey everyone,

Hope you are all doing well! Today I’m reviewing the restaurant Tahini in Puerto Portals in Mallorca. It was my first proper Asian/Japanese restaurant experience and I have to say it really impressed me!

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When I was younger I swore I would never eat fish (apart from fish fingers because… well fish fingers are great). The smell of it used to really put me off, but now I know that was only the smell of smoked salmon and tinned tuna and my life has changed ever since! I have recently started enjoying fish in all forms, fish and chips, grilled, baked, in fish cakes, you name it! I didn’t think I was ready for raw fish yet, but wanted to try Tahini as my parents thought I would like it, so we went! I know, sushi isn’t necessarily raw fish, as sushi actually means the sticky rice that holds it together (you learn something new every day!) but I was still not expecting to love Japanese food or sushi because of the strong flavours that I thought would overwhelm a foodbie (foodie newbie – I just made that up so now it’s a thing) like me. Anyway, enough rambling and on to the food!!

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To start, we ordered the Veggie Sushi, Edamame, Miso soup with Foie Gras and Truffle, California rolls and the VEAL AND VEGETABLE ROLL WITH TRUFFLE AROMA. Yes, you read that right and yes it was as good as you are imagining. The Veggie sushi was not my favourite but I think thats because it had quite a lot of either miso or soy on it, so I much preferred the avocado rolls which came on the side of the Veggie sushi. The California rolls were awesome, as always. Unfortunately, there is no picture of the star of the show, the Veal rolls, as I scarfed them down too quick to even contemplate taking a picture!

image1-11For our mains, my dad and I got the Halibut with saikyo miso, which comes with green beans and a carrot puree that I literally licked off the plate (no joke). The halibut was cooked perfectly, all soft and flaky and had a lovely but not overpowering flavour. My brother got the Teppinyaki Tahini style – a steak, of course! He also had the Fried rice as a side. My mum went for the Tahini noodles with king prawns and chicken and she said it was really tasty (I can vouch, as I may have had a forkful…or four… but it was purely for the review!)

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We requested a seat in one of the ‘boxes’ outside. Each box houses about four tables, with a fireplace for the winter and glass walls so you can see the Japanese inspired decor of the gardens around you. You would honestly not know you were in a famous Port in Spain! Service was very good, they were very happy to bring me a knife and fork and recommended the amount of things we would need as well as what we might like. Overall, very impressed! They also do takeaway (but you cant get the veal rolls to take away – which is kind of good because if you could, I would end up looking like a veal roll!)

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Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Location: 9/10
Price: 7/10
Menu: 7/10

Whats your favourite Japanese restaurant? Whats your favourite sushi? Have you ever had sushi with meat instead of fish? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x

Healthy Instagrammers

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is a little bit different as I wanted to share with you some of the accounts I spend a lot of time procrastinating browsing through in my valuable  spare time! You may not know this already but although I’m now a foodie, I also consider myself a healthy foodie! As much as I love chocolate, desserts, bread, takeaways, eating out etc. etc. I’m also really into health and fitness. I will do more posts about this in the future and I will be sharing some of my favourite healthy recipes but for today I wanted to keep it short and sweet (she says finishing the first rambly paragraph!).

In no particular order, here are some of the instagram accounts I love to go to for inspiration! (These accounts will inspire anyone, not just health conscious people as I can promise all of the food looks amazing and the recipes I have tested definitely live up to the expectations!)

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@superfoodsiobhan – A 20 year old vegan from England shares her quick and easy meal ideas. (Pictured above)

@deliciouslyella – Famous for her bestselling book ‘Deliciously Ella’, so many amazing recipes with so many nutrients packed in!

@Thebodycoach – Really funny videos from Joe who shows you how to cook your favourite meals ‘Leanin15’ style!

@Fitmencook – Innovative ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner that would fool anyone who didn’t know they were healthy.

@Cleaneatingalice – Simple meal ideas from Alice who shows that eating clean isn’t boring and isn’t rocket science!

@Zannavandijk – With a really good philosophy on food, Zanna shows that life is all about balance, so indulge every once in a while!

@livingthehealthychoice – Mouth watering meals made by German Pauline, featuring fresh, in season fruits and veggies.

@livinghealthywithchocolate – Chocolate! But no sugar, refined carbs or processed ingredients in sight.

@lorrainepascale – Lorraine is a chef, so understands how flavours work but tweaks her recipes to ‘healthify’ them!

@honestlyhealthy – Based on an alkaline diet, Natasha posts healthier family favourites as well as unique, creative dishes.

@hemsleyhemsley – Sisters who aren’t afraid to include meat in their diet, show how feeling good comes from eating delicious, healthy food! (I recreated one of their dishes, as seen below)

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Leave a comment below letting me know what Instagram accounts you love to have a browse through – healthy or unhealthy!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x