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Ready, Set, Jet!
This more of my recent Iceland Adventures.
If you know me, then you know I do not believe in making the effort to go somewhere to just stay a few days. For all the hassle of multiple flights, immigration/security checks and jetlag its just not worth it to stay a few days.
You can read more about this trip here and here. The weather was excellent and the people were friendly. Food was expensive, but I just came from New York (Click here to read about that) so it wasn't that much of a shock.
As you may recall from this post I recently went to New York. We had an amazing time! I had business in Long Island and Rockville, (yes, thats an actual place) and then had some free time. Here is a bit of this adventure...
Excellent place for smoothies and juice. I ate there, errr 3 times this visit. They aren't cheap but the food is fresh and organic. They source local produce and are always busy. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Here is the link to their menu if you want to see for yourself. Menu
It was a really enjoyable few days. I promise to take tons of pictures when I return in February.
See you at the airport -
I'm sat in a coffee shop going through some of my pictures taken so far in Iceland.
I'm waiting on a car to take me chasing the Northern Lights so this will be a brief post. Iceland has been on my bucket list for sometime. How about you? Have you wondered what all the fuss was or is it calling you too? I actually didn't know much the country until I started planning the trip. But the more I learned, the more I knew it was time to go...
Did you know its a shorter flight from NYC to Iceland than to LA? Crazy, right? And It's on London time so there is no excuse if you are coming from that direction.
More on Iceland to follow..
Do you like strawberries? I do, they are probably close to my favorite fruit after bananas and pineapple. No wait, I love blueberries and blackberries and and and ...Okay strawberries are good, but so are most all fruit, lol
Recently I went to the market and strawberries were on offer! How crazy is that? It's the middle of winter! But I couldn't resist, so I purchased $5 worth and had an over flowing bag of delicious, red goodness. This week I’ve been adding them to nice cream and smoothies but I still have a huge bag left. I searched on line for easy strawberry vegan recipes and decide to try a cake and candy recipe.
I dumped the strawberries in the blender with a homemade coconut butter. Blended it as a separate layer to the Chocolate and froze each layer, before adding the next layer to the candy mold.
These are really large molds. (Like you could make soap in them, wtf? The molds are food grade, I checked again if you were worried.) It took a long time to for the whole thing to freeze solid, but the favor was really, really good. The "chocolate" part was my standard PB cup recipe without the peanut butter.
You remember these, right?
I was looking for a link to the recipes and can't find it. I know I have shared it before, but I am posting it again.
Raw and Simple Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
• ½ cup of coconut oil (melted)
• ¼ cup of raw cacao powder
• 2 tablespoon of pure maple syrup (maple syrup for vegans)
• Raw peanut butter or almond butter (stir well and place in fridge ahead of time)
Mix the coconut oil, cacao powder, and maple syrup together in a bowl to make the raw chocolate.
Pour a small amount of chocolate (1-2 teaspoons) into each candy mold to create the bottom.
Place in the freezer for 5 minutes until completely firm.
Place a small dollop of peanut/almond butter (I use my ½ teaspoon) onto the center of each cup.
If your peanut/almond butter isn't completely solid, place the tray back in the freezer for a few minutes to solidify.
Add more raw chocolate to each cup until it is filled to the top.
Place back in the freezer for another 5-10 minutes until solid.
Store in the fridge.
Quick and super great tasting treat!
So that recipe (without the peanut butter) was the bases for my strawberry experiment. Do you have a fav strawberry fake bake or raw recipe? Please share if you do!
Even in fridge it melts. I need to do a but of work on that, but oh well I had company and these were soon gone! #Win!
This would be very pretty in a springform pan, with this layer on top. I added cocao shavings between layers for an extra treat. It also needed to stay in freezer, but it was so good and very filling. The "cheesecake" part was raw cashews and the crust was simple date/pecan mix. Honestly no one minded it needed to be eaten cold!
MMMMMMmmmmmm Just looking at these pictures makes me hungry again. I think I will make another trip to the market.
Catch you later-
I love late night flights.
JetBlue runs a nonstop flight from ABQ to JFK leaving at midnight MT and arriving around 6:00 a.m. New York time. The fare is affordable enough you can upgrade to "more room" seats and still afford to take your luggage, lol.
It was coldish in Albuquerque, around 22' F so I was very glad to see the shuttle bus.
When we left the airport was very quiet. The shuttle driver informed me that this was the only plane leaving at this time, so we breezed through security with the rest of our fellow passengers.
Oh and if you are thinking of booking, plan ahead. This flight was almost full - I'm glad I booked well in advance.
It was a busy day, running last second errands and getting everything ready to leave. I try to purchase what I think I'm gonna need (like travel adapters, extra cords, etc) ahead of time and not rely on the airport shops. Most of the airport shops in ABQ were closed, but a few cafes were still open as people had one last beer or taco, lol.
We boarded quickly and were off...
I have read nightmare stories about JetBlue, but honestly have never had any problems flying with them. (And honestly I don't know of anyone else that has.) #Propaganda?
I don't know, everyone can have an "off day" but thankfully this was a good time to fly.
From there it was Uber to a nice hotel and breakfast.
I called the hotel in advance to make sure we could get an early check-in. Our room was ready for us at 6:30 a.m. with no extra charge. #AnotherWin
It really does pay to become "members" of your fav hotel chains. They often go out of their way to help you. We ate breakfast and took a nap before for the next adventure began.
Next Post will be New York Adventures...
See you at the airport!
It's great to be back in New York again.
I have a list of NEW VEGAN places to check out while I'm here and a few new things I want to do. There is never enough time to do/see everything, even those this city never sleeps!
The flight in was lovely and the weather is better than I expected. Plus it's always nice to return to NYC, any time of the year.
Check out my twitter and IG accounts for live pictures as I continue to explore this amazing city. I don't think I will have time to write much until things settle down, meaning I may not blog about this until March. (Not kidding) #TrueStory
Catch you later-
It's been a busy week ~
I'm working away on sorting pictures for a totally random and self indulgent blog post. So be on the look out.
Today I have a busy agenda of visiting with friends and eating my weight in Vegan cake. #GoodTimes
Catch you later and Happy Sunday!
It's the 1st VeganCuts Snack Box of the Year! #Yipee!
This month’s treats arrived fresh and with new items and some old favorites. If you want to check out past boxes Click here and here.
There are also some awesome favorites included like Beantos and JJ’s Sweets.
This is new or new to us anyway. That's the nice thing about the monthly boxes, we find lots of great new products I probably would never even know about. I am not often in health food stores and honestly the local market does good to have organic peanut butter, so this is a really nice way to learn about and try new, vegan snack options.
Guess what I ate first? Lol I had a nice cup of herbal tea and a Fig Bar. They are so GOOD!
People often ask me if a monthly snack box is worth the money, because you cannot, of course, pick the food. With this box being Vegan it's a no brainer. We look forward to it every month.
Catch you later~
Honestly, I only review about 1 out of every 40 places I visit. I think I'm like most people...It has to be really excellent/amazing/cool shit or suck ass for me to be bothered enough write a review. Do you feel the same way?
But I always READ the reviews!
I don't know about you, but I also take into account where the person is from and what they actually write...for instance, low rating on hotel due to bad weather? WTF? Low rating for hotel because the bathroom was dirty? EEEEW! Pass!
I'm about to leave again and I can't remember where I stayed before or even what neighborhood. Why didn't I review it? Oh yeah, it was just an "all right" venue. I will endeavor to do better in reviewing!
See you at the airport~
Are you afraid of solo travel?
Why? Being able to travel solo is a great gift. You will learn so much about yourself and the world. You will grow in ways you never imagined. The world isn't as scary as the news would have you believe and you are way smarter than you give yourself credit for.
Being able to travel is a gift. It doesn't always have to be big, lavish trips to other countries or long stays. Just being able to leave and see something new is a great gift. If you have solo travel anxiety then start small. Go see something close by first and then start going further and doing more. The world is full of adventures, ins't it time you experienced more of it?
Travel opens the mind and heals the soul like nothing else. Solo travel will help you grow and become more confident as it also teaches you the world. What are you waiting for?
See you at the airport~
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