Byron Bay Cafes – my top pick

As some of you will know I spent the majority of my Winter Break in Australia! I traveled to Melbourne and Sydney, but Byron Bay was by far my favorite. I’m a sun lover and I dream of living by the ocean, but what made this place even more special was the AMAZING food and nature that surrounded this town. It’s something I don’t get to experience a lot, having lived in big cities my whole life, and it was a breath of fresh air. Being in Byron was like a step back from the life I’m used to, everyone seemed to laid back and the lifestyle was just so relaxing and fluid. One of my favorite days I spent in Byron Bay was at Folk.

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Folk is a cafe on a patch of land surrounded by nature, and it’s heaven on earth. It’s a caravan type building where you can order your food and take a seat in their quaint little garden. I’m not used to this kind of thing, so as a typical tourist, I found it intriguing. And let me tell you, it looks like a small side of the road cafe, but the food that comes out of there is soooo good. (just writing about it makes me crave it) The beautiful location adds to the tranquility of the cafe, and with good food in your mouth and the sun on your back you can’t help but feel like everything is perfect.

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I LOVE restaurants and cafes with lots of different juices, smoothies, and health lattes to try out, and Folk did not disappoint. I think I sipped on all my familys’ drinks, but as usual, I stuck to my signature matcha latte, which they had sprinkled dried rose petals over. I don’t know what I was expecting the food to be like, but it exceeded all of my expectations! The dishes are not like the boring regular breakfast dishes you would find in any other place. I had a bowl full of hummus, dips, avocado, poached eggs, and some rice filled with spices and it tasted insane. I liked how their food was different and exciting, but still tasted amazing (and it was presented so beautifully, an added bonus!)

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I would highly recommend this breakfast spot for anyone in the area, and would even go as far as to call it the best breakfast place I ate at during my whole trip to Australia! (and I ate a lot of good food, so that’s saying something…) Let me know if you’ve ever been to Folk, and what your Byron Bay recommendations are (as I’m sure I’ll find my way back there soon)

See you next week,

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The places you NEED to try in NYC

Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer weather! If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@Little.Miss.Expat) you will know that I’ve been spending the past few weeks around the East coast of the United States. So far I’ve been to Washington D.C., New York, Newport, and I just finished a summer school course in Boston. I learned so much at the course, and I can not wait to share a lot of it with you guys! I’ve absolutely been loving my time in America so far, and I’ve come across so many hidden gems that I want to write about! So I decided to put together a guide to some of my favourite places in New York City, and if you like it, perhaps I can do some more for the other cities I visit this summer.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York quite a few times, but I don’t think I had ever experienced it to the full extent that I did during this trip. I LOVED it. As I’ve said, I love being around nature, but I’m also a city girl. I’ve grown up in two large and bustling cities: London and Dubai. So it’s no wonder that I enjoyed the experience of being in New York. I stayed in SoHo, which I think is the most ‘happening’ and alive neighborhood because there are so many cool things close to there! Before we arrived in New York I had a rough idea of all the places that I wanted to visit while we were there. But I discovered so many more during our trip! In this post, I’m going to share all of the interesting places I visited with you guys. Obviously, there are many more spots in New York to visit, but these are the ones I’ve personally been to and would recommend to you guys.

Cha Cha Matcha

You guys know I am a matcha addict! I’m not a huge fan of sodas or coffee, but give me a matcha latte and you’ll win me over!!! I had seen Cha Cha Matcha all over Instagram before I went to New York, and it had always been on my list of places to try. And let me tell you it was not disappointing… they had every kind of matcha drink you could think of. I decided to get the matcha soft serve ice cream, as I wanted to try something different, and it was soooooo good!

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The Matcha Bar

So this was also another matcha place which I loved! What is it about New York and all these matcha spots??? They had a window bar on Crosby Street, where you could place an order for any kind of matcha infused concoction or sweet treat, and enjoy it on a bench outside.

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Dig Inn

So I discovered Dig Inn for the first time this summer and I am so happy I did. It was delicious! I’ll always opt for a local and fresh option if there is one, and Dig Inn was so convenient for this! Basically, they cook up a bunch of options daily that you can create your own bowl out of. Such as rice, grilled vegetables, salmon, etc… It’s a nice option when you need something more filling than a salad, and you’re out and about.

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By Chloe

I had read about By Chloe before coming to New York, and I was intrigued to try it. It’s an all-vegan restaurant, but their food is just as adventurous and delicious as any other place. I was surprised to find myself eating a burger, fries, and Mac & Cheese that was all vegan and tasted so good! It was definitely an experience, and it sold me on eating more vegan options in the future.

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Completely vegan!!

Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen is one of my all time favourite places to eat at when I’m in America. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically the best salad restaurant you will ever go to. You can pick one of their options, or make your own salad with their fresh ingredients. I also love getting their iced jasmine tea along with my salad.

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Jacks Wife Freda

So I had heard so much hype about this place and naturally, I wanted to go check it out! Let me tell you the rosewater waffles were AMAZING. The one I went to in Lafayette was quite small, so be sure to be ready to wait or get there super early if you want a table.

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The Butchers Daughter

This little breakfast spot was sooooo cute and is fully vegetarian (and has lots of vegan options). We went to the location in Nolita which had plenty of outdoor seating for a nice summer day, and the food tasted really great!

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Sadelle’s 

If you’re going to try one of the breakfast spots on this list, it should be this one. IT WAS AMAZING. They are known for their bagels here and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. According to my sister and dad, the smoked salmon here is the best they’ve ever had, and I personally loved their breakfast potatoes. It’s in a super trendy setting, and the breakfast options are all so fresh and taste great.

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They’re well known for their bagels, and there’s a reason why…

Georgetown Cupcake

So I’ve been to their stores in Georgetown, NY, and Boston because I absolutely love their cupcakes! They’re so light and fluffy, and they have a lot of interesting flavours. I would totally recommend checking out the store, but be ready to queue as it gets super busy.

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Dean and Deluca

So technically this is a deli, not a restaurant, but I would definitely still keep it on my list! On nights where everything was busy in NY, my family and I got a selection of salads and snacks from Dean and Deluca and had a little feast in the garden. I like how they have daily dishes that taste really great, and they’re convenient for anyone on the go.

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So that wraps up my eating guide to NY, and all the places I tried that I would definitely recommend. I hope that you try some of these places, and let me know if you do! Also comment down below what your favourite eating spots in NY are as well!

See you soon!

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The perfect study spot – Wild & The Moon Dubai

Hey Guys!

I have been super busy recently, and I am really excited for Spring Break! I have a tonne of really exciting and helpful posts planned for you guys, that I hope you’ll enjoy. Something else that I’ll also be doing during Spring Break is preparing for my AP exam, if you don’t know what that is, it’s the big examinations that all students in the American curriculum take if you’re in an Advanced Placement course. I’m really nervous for this exam, as I have a lot of content to study, but I’ll take you guys on that journey with me and give you guys some of my tips about studying for a big exam.

However, something that I’ve really been practicing recently is taking breaks. Usually, I like to get everything done early on the weekends, and I don’t get to spend time doing things I like and just giving myself some time to chill out. I talked about this a bit in my ‘February In Review’ post, but one thing that I’ve been doing to give myself more relaxation time is to schedule in breaks. Now… I LOVE food, I’m always up to try a new cafe or restaurant, and any place that makes a decent matcha latte is practically heaven for me. And I love being able to bring my laptop along so I can get a bit of work done while I wait for my food. Not in an unsociable way, but sometimes you just have a lot to get done! I have been looking for the perfect ‘study cafe’ for a long time, and I think Wild & The Moon wins.

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It literally has the cutest interior and gives off calm and relaxed vibes. I love being surrounded by plants and greenery, so as you can imagine this cafe is my dream. It’s very peaceful and simplistic, but there are lots of plants dotted around the place. It’s the perfect place to bring your laptop and get a change of scenery while you’re studying and have a delicious drink.

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If you know me at all, you know I love supporting ethical and environmentally friendly companies, and Wild & The Moon is perfect. It’s full of organic and plant-based foods, made from simple and fresh ingredients. I love this line from their philosophy “We need nourishment to grow, blossom, seed and spread…” Isn’t it just beautiful? It’s honestly my new favourite spot in Dubai, and I’ll definitely be back during Spring Break while I’m studying for my big exam. I really want to try some of their cool juices and smoothies next time I’m there, and I’ll let you know how they are.

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Let me know if you try this cafe and what you think!

See you next week for a super exciting post,

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The Vienna Eating Guide

Hi Guys,

So, if you’re one of my regular readers you’ll know that over winter break I visited Vienna, which meant that I ate lots of yummy Christmassy treats and snacks. One of the things I really wanted to do on this trip was to visit Christmas markets, instead of going to the big tourist attractions. And because I LOVE FOOD, I got to try lots of different fresh and delicious street food snacks at the markets.

I tried a mix of traditional food and general street food, but I wanted to share it all with you. Here you go!

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You have got to have roasted chestnuts, they’re my all-time time favorite winter street food!

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You CAN NOT go to Austria without trying an Apple Strudel!

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This chocolate cake is traditional to Vienna, it’s called the Sachertorte… it’s a must-have if you’re visiting Vienna. 

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How beautiful do these strudels look?

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I WANTED TO EAT EVERYTHING… I’m not joking…

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In one of the dessert shops, we could see the chefs working on their cakes.

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Finding yummy snacks at the Christmas markets.

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Chocolate covered fruits and nuts were sooooo good! And it made me feel like I was being a little bit healthy.

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And of course, because it was Christmas time, I had to try all the gingerbread!

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I didn’t try this cheese, but how cool does it look?

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These sweet pastry rolls were delicious

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And of course, you can never go wrong with fries and onion rings…

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I’m literally drooling looking at this sandwich right now, it was amazing!

These are all the different foods I tried when I was in Vienna, I hope the pictures aren’t making you too hungry!! Have you ever been to Vienna, if so, what did you try? And if you could try one of these foods, which one would it be?

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Eating For a Purpose – Health Food Haul

Hey Guys!

So, if you’re one of my regular readers you will know that one of my new year’s resolutions is to learn more about the food I eat, and what it does for my body.  This year I want to eat for a purpose. I already have a very healthy lifestyle, and I’m really interested in nutrition, so I wanted to combine these two things and do something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. This year I want to learn about all the vitamins I need to eat, what food contains which nutrients, and what types of carbs will let me run better. In other words, I want to know what every piece of food I eat does for my body.

So… For Christmas this year my parents got me a hamper full of healthy ingredients from Daylesford Farm, and honestly it was the best present ever! You should have seen my face when I opened that hamper. As well as all the ingredients I got from Daylesford Farm, I also picked up some goodies at Whole Foods when I was in England, and I ordered some powders from Tropeka, that I’m super excited to try out.

I thought that in this post I would share what ingredients I’m planning to use this year, and why I chose them. So here’s what I’m using so far:

  • A natural tea that is meant to calm you down: It has all kinds of whole ingredients in it, such as rose petals and dried fruit. I like to have this in the evening or before I go to sleep.
  • Manuka Honey: this is a really good alternative for sugar when you’re cooking, and it has all kinds of antibacterial properties.
  • 3 Grain Museli & Granola: So these aren’t really ‘health foods’ but you guys know I love my granola and yogurt, so I got some new ones for the new year.
  • Pink Himalayan Salt: This serves to balance your electrolytes, and keeps you hydrated. As a runner living in a desert, hydration is key.
  • Dried Mulberries, Goji Berries, and Blueberries: I’m planning to put these together with some nuts and seeds into a trail mix that I can have as a snack during school. Mulberries, goji berries, and blueberries are all rich sources of antioxidants.
  • Almond Butter: I know people that swear by their nut butter, I’ve never really tried one, but I’m planning to give this one a go.
  • Tumeric: I think Tumeric has to be the health craze at the moment, it has anti-inflammatory properties, it’s an antioxidant. I’m not too keen on the taste, but I’m definitely going to try using this a lot.
  • Lucuma Powder: This powder contains, calcium, protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B3, and It’s perfect to put in your smoothies.
  • Cacao Powder: This powder is super high in antioxidants! And, I mean it tastes like chocolate, so what could be better?
  • Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are a source of magnesium, which helps keep your immune system healthy, and makes sure your muscles are working properly.
  • Almond Flakes: Again, I’m planning to put this into my trail mix, as it’s really high in protein, magnesium, and vitamin E.
  • Spelt Flakes: Spelt helps you to build strong bones, and aids your blood circulation.
  • Coconut Sugar: It’s a healthy alternative to sugar when you’re cooking, it’s on the low glycemic side of the scale which means that it doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much.

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These are the healthy ingredients that I have at the moment, and I’m super excited to start cooking with them! Let me know if you’re using any of these ingredients, and what you like to use.

See you next week!

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4 Super Easy Snack Bowl Recipes

Hey Guys,

So if you follow my Instagram (@little.miss.expat) you will know that I LOVE yogurt bowls, granola, and smoothies. Those are basically my three guilty pleasures, and I could eat them all day if I needed to. I’ve received so many questions about how I make these bowls and what I put in them, so I decided to compile my 4 favourite snack bowl recipes into one post for you guys so you can try them! Don’t worry these recipes are pretty self-explanatory, and you can add in and substitute ingredients as much as you want to.

The Original – This is my go-to snack bowl, I literally eat this every day after school, and as a dessert after dinner on some days as well because I love it so much. I’ll tell you what I put in mine but you can add in any of your favourite berries, and as many as you want.

You Will Need:

Yogurt (I just use a local Greek yogurt)

Mixed Berries of your choice (I use strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)

Granola (my favourite is Lizzies Granola)

Mixed Nuts (to add on top)

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The Original.

The Fully Loaded Exotic – This is for times when I’m feeling a little more ‘out-there’. This yogurt bowl is filled with lots more fruits and flavors. It’s sharp, sweet, and tangy at the same time, and perfect for a summers day.

You Will Need:

Yogurt (I just use a local Greek yogurt)

Mango

Kiwi

Pomegranate

Passion Fruit

Figs

Shredded Coconut

Granola (I use Lizzie’s Granola)

Mixed Berries

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The Fully Loaded Exotic Bowl.

The Nutty Chocolate Bowl – For all of you with a sweet tooth, this one will be perfect for you! It’s basically a smoothie bowl filled with peanut butter, cocoa powder, and banana, but because I only use a tiny amount of the cocoa powder, I call this bowl a healthy one 🙂

You Will Need:

Peanut Butter (I used one that was infused with coconut, extra yummy!)

Cocoa powder

1 Banana

Milk

Walnuts

Ice

(blend all of these ingredients together to make the ‘base’ of this smoothie bowl)

For Toppings:

Cacao Nibs

Banana

Crushed Walnuts

Almond Slices

Shredded Coconut

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The Nutty Chocolate Bowl.

The Simplistic Chia Seed Pudding – Guys I’ll be honest, I’m a huge fan of chia seed pudding and I love to make it for myself as a treat. The word ‘pudding’ is a bit misleading, because it just means that the chia seeds are being soaked in some sort of milk. But this whole dessert is actually pretty healthy and is definitely delicious.

You Will Need:

Chia Seeds

Coconut Milk

(warm up the milk and mix it with the chia seeds. Refrigerate this mixture for a few hours before you assemble the pudding)

For The Toppings:

Mixed berries of your choice

Granola

Shredded coconut

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The Simplistic Chia Seed Pudding.

So those are my four healthy snack bowl recipes and trust me they are all delicious. I’ve never written a blog post about my recipes before, but it was certainly interesting to do, and the pictures were really fun to take. Let me know if you’re interested in seeing more of my recipes! Tell me if you try any of these recipes, and tag it with the #LittleMissExpatRecipes for a feature!

See you next week 🙂

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