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The green dream

The green dream


There's nothing more inspiring to me than those first days of October when the leaves start falling off the trees and you can slowly see the world change into a more colorful place. Lately I haven't been feeling like myself. Mostly because I'm unhappy with my work situation, I've felt spiritless and quite lonely. I'm disappointed because I'm not where I thought I would be at this point in my life and I've been beating myself up over it. But I'm coming to realize that that is just life, full of unexpected situations but also full of possibilities. The arrival of autumn came just in time for me to start feeling hopeful again and draw some positive energy out of small moments like collecting pretty leaves on walks through the park and putting together some new fall outfits like this one...







Since it's one of my favorite colors, especially for fall, a forest green coat has been on my wish list for as long as I can remember. So this year I walked down every store and tried on basically every one I could find when this Bershka piece really hit the spot. I ordered it online and luckily it arrived just in time for our little trip to Amsterdam. I wore my newest addition with a floral H&M dress and burgundy tights. I'd normally never think of combining green with burgundy but as it usually goes I accidentally threw this on and happened to like it.

It was my first time in Amsterdam and I had the best time exploring the city and its many, many shops, coffee bars and foodie spots. I'll put up a list of my favorite addresses soon so stay tuned!


OUTFIT DETAILS | Dress: H&M - Coat: Bershka - Bag:
Mint&Berry - Watch: Even&Odd (via Zalando)
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Red fruit tiramisu

Red fruit tiramisu



A while back I shared a recipe for salted caramel tiramisu from Laura Zavan's book 'Tiramisù', a collection of the most delicious variations of the Italian dessert. Now I'm sharing my favorite one: tiramisu with red fruits. Contrary to the classic version, here the ladyfingers are dipped into a strawberry sauce instead of coffee and sweet wine is mixed under the mascarpone cream. It's a wonderfully light dessert that, to be honest, I've wanted to share for quite a while but simply couldn't find a way to properly photograph. Then I found these super cute jam jars at Dille & Kamille and knew it was meant to be. Let's get started!

Ingredients

  • 500g mascarpone
  • 5 eggs
  • 120g + 2tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 10cl sweet wine
  • 500g strawberries
  • 100g raspberries
  • 100g blackberries
  • 2 oranges
  • ± 30 ladyfingers

How to make the mascarpone cream:

  1. Separate the eggs.
  2. Beat the egg yolks and the sugar into a foamy mixture.
  3. Add the mascarpone and the sweet wine and whip until you get a thick cream.
  4. In another bowl, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt.
  5. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture.
  6. Put the mascarpone cream in the fridge while you make the strawberry sauce.

How to make the strawberry sauce:

  1. Mix or blend the strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar (add more if needed)
  2. Squeeze the oranges with a juice press
  3. Add the orange juice to the strawberries and stir

How to put it all together:

Honestly when it comes to the layering, it's just like lasagna. You can do it any way you want, it will still end up tasting fabulous. The technique largely depends on the medium you use to present the tiramisu in. For my jam jar versions I did the following:
  1. Start with a layer of mascarpone cream
  2. Dip a ladyfinger into the strawberry sauce, crack it in two and put it on top of the cream
  3. Add a raspberry, blackberry & strawberry (Tip: if they're large ones, I choose to cut them up first)
  4. Repeat this until the jar is full and finish with a nice layer of cream and red fruits on top
  5. Refrigerate for about an hour and enjoy!

Have you ever experimented with ways to make tiramisu? If you give this recipe a go, be sure to share your thoughts on it! 
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A mini guide to Porto

A mini guide to Porto



At the beginning of July Rens and I made a five day trip to Portugal’s second biggest city, Porto. Five days wasn’t too long but it was sufficient. Just the right amount of time to check out the main tourist attractions, enjoy the best port wine in the cellars of Villa Nova de Gaia and discover the best spot for pastéis de nata (which turned out to be our local bakery). We also found some really great places to have breakfast, dinner and everything in between which of course I don’t wanna keep from you. If you’re planning to go there, now or anytime soon, here’s my roundup of the best foodie addresses we encountered in Porto.

Bugo Art Burgers


Bugo Art Burgers was our first lunch stop in Porto. We both arrived hungry as a bear so when we discovered this burger joint just a ten minute stroll from our apartment, it seemed like the perfect place to satisfy our cravings. The concept at Bugo is simple: choose your burger, sauce & side dish and create your ideal personalised menu. I went for the free range beef burger topped with mango chutney and goat cheese, which was a sublime combo. It also looked like a little painting on a plate, which is probably what the ‘art’ part stands for.
RUA MIGUEL BOMBARDA 598 | bugo.com.pt

DeGema Hamburgueria

Another winner in the burger department was DeGema. A cute but classically decorated place serving over twenty different, super juicy burgers. You can either choose chips or oregano fries with garlic mayonnaise to accompany them. For drinks they have three types of homemade lemonade. The mango one was my favorite, perfect for a hot summer day!
PRAÇA CONDE DE AGROLONGO 116 | www.degema.pt

Mesa 325


A pioneer in Porto’s specialty coffee scene, Mesa 325 is a little gem hidden away from the busy center. Situated near a metro stop (24 de Augosto), it’s the perfect starting point for a day of exploring the city. Next to some top-notch coffee, the menu holds plenty of breakfast and lunch options including toasts, salads and my two favorite b’s: bagels & burgers. As we went for breakfast, we chose a menu of homemade granola with yogurt and red berries, croissants, cappuccinos and fresh orange juice for two. It was the best breakfast we had while in Porto and we only paid €7,50 each, which is like half of what you’d pay in Belgium. If I lived in Porto I’d definitely be a regular visitor!
AVENIDA DE CAMILO 325 | www.facebook.com/mesa325

Zenith 


At Zenith you get the full brunch experience, including fresh juices, scrumptious pancakes and colorful smoothie bowls. I really enjoyed their açai bowl with fruit and toasted almonds, while Rens indulged in the red berry pancakes with homemade ice-cream. No wonder people are queuing up from the moment the doors open. Make sure to be there early to avoid ending up on the waiting list as reservations aren’t possible.
PRAÇA DE CARLOS ALBERTO, 86 | www.facebook.com/zenithporto

Atelier

Atelier is a small coffee shop with a large range of hot drinks and homebaked goods. They serve the most delicious buttery toasts, fresh pastéis de nata and if you fancy an afternoon tea, they make their own scones too! As for the drinks, their chai latte tasted like fall in a cup – though that may or may not have had to do with the gloomy weather that day.
RUA DE CLEMENTE MENERES 20 | www.atelier-coffee.com

Bolíssimo


Situated in a small alleyway near the Palácio da Bolsa, you’ll find a little pink paradise called Bolissimo. Next to its adorable aesthetics, this little bakery is the place to be for delightful cheesecakes and other sweet titbits. For only €3 you get an espresso and a piece of cheesecake of your choice. Need I say more?
RUA COMÉRCIO DO PORTO 201-203 | www.bolissimo.pt

The Coffee Room


Not your typical coffee spot, The Coffee Room is literally a room on the first floor of a footwear store in the heart of Porto. Last year The Feeting Room introduced the concept as a way to create a corner for customers to take a break from shopping and enjoy a nice cup of specialty coffee. It turned into a beautifully styled space with large windows and a communal table in the center, allowing for a chat with the locals or fellow tourists.
LARGO DOS LÓIOS 89 | www.thefeetingroom.com

Gelato tips!


Gelataria Portuense

Focusing on the classics, Gelataria Portuense is an authentic gelato shop and long-time favorite amongst ice cream fanatics in Porto. Among other things, they serve some wonderfully creamy vanilla, chocolate and coffee flavors. Just a small walk from the beautiful Chapel of Souls, it’s a stop you can’t miss.
RUA DO BONJARDIM 136 | www.gelatariaportuense.pt

Santini

Another well-known ‘gelataria portuguesa’ is Santini with its iconic red and white retro-style interior. With flavors ranging from caramel and hazelnut to red velvet and pineapple-coconut, it’s a real tourist hotspot.
LARGO DOS LÓIOS 16-20 | www.santini.pt

Cremosi

My last gelato tip is Cremosi. Here they have more unconventional flavors on the menu like chocolate-mint(!), mojito and even Coca-Cola gelato. On top of that, they have plenty of pancake and waffle variations to choose from, in case you arrive on a colder day. You can find Cremosi’s shops near the charming Rua das Flores, at the Bom Sucesso Market and at Matosinhos beach.
PRACA DONA FILIPA DE LENCASTRE 25 | www.facebook.com/cremosi
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