breakfast smoothie

My weekend breakfast challenge, take two.

This morning I decided to mix it up a little. Luckily for me, the results were tastier than expected. It’s good sometimes to experiment and add more unusual favourites to create something delicious. I absolutely adore coconuts but would never think to use it to make a smoothie. It’s obviously pays off to be brave sometimes…

All you need:

  • 4 tbsp of natural or greek yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp of coconut cream
  • 1 ripe medium mango
  • 1cm piece of lemongrass
  • juice from 2 apple

 

Now, put it all together in a blender…

… and it’s all yours! I guarantee, you will want more :-). Bon apetit!

no time breakfast

I normally struggle with breakfast ideas. Why is it always the same stuff: toast and jam, a bowl of cereal or granola??? There are so many yummy options and you don’t need much time at all. I decided to challenge myself (oh yeah) and try to have something different at the weekends to start with. Perhaps I will managed to incorporate those habits into my weekday routine later??? Will see how it goes…

Today, I’m having a white breakfast smoothie I found in Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook: Jamie’s 15 minutes meals.

Things you need:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup of milk – 250 ml
  • 3 tablespoons of ground or chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or less depending on how sweet you want it to be

Sounds easy…

Blend it altogether, sprinkle some cinnamon on top and voila! You will be surprised how filling it is.

PS. If you are using a hand blender, make sure you cover the jug or it will be very messy…

spring time beach time!

It’s never easy to dress for the beach when it’s not quite the bikini weather… It can often be windy but the sun can make you feel hot too. Whenever I can I try to layer up. You can always take your off your jacket & scarf or a cardi. Well, then you do end up carrying everything like a camel but at least you are prepared for all the elements. Leggings are always the winner and I really got to love those cotton mini skirts recently. Wear a simple top and a jacket / blazer and you are ready to rock at the beach! Make sure you have your sunnies and some sunscreen on. A simple up-do will be more comfortable if it’s windy.

jacket/blazer – zara: $89

top – religion: $120

mini skirt – asos: $23

leggings – sportsgirl: $10

cardigan – zara: $29

long weekend escape: Melbourne

Visiting new places is my addiction. I chose to go to Melbourne for the last long weekend. One hour on the aeroplane and you are there. I think it was the shortest flight ever. Since I landed in the evening I wandered over to the Southbank to see the fireball show put on by the casino on in the evening every hour on the hour. I expected something spectacular that would last for at least 10 minutes. Instead,I witnessed a few fire flames being spat out of large concrete columns for a minute or two at the most…. Anyway, Southbank looks really colourful and impressive even when it rains. The next day, I explored a number of Melbourne’s laneways with hundreds of independent boutiques, galleries, hidden bars, cafes and quirky restaurants. I absolutely loved the atmosphere. There’s a great vibe around and people seemed to be generally content and relaxed. The following day I headed down the Great Ocean Road (will have a separate post on it) – totally worth the effort. I decided to go to the beach on the final day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous (unlike the other two days) so it a good choice. I visited St Kilda and enjoyed a jug of Sangria in peace away from the city’s hustle and bustle then jumped on the train to Brighton Beach. It’s only a short walk to the most adorable beach with tens of colourful beach huts lined up along Dendy Beach. Such a simple idea made this place truly vibrant. I could not stop taking photos. I was back in the city to go up the steps of the Shrine of Remembrance to admire Melbourne’s panoramic views. Absolutely breathtaking! Melbourne is a funky Australian city, I loved the trams and wide streets as well as the super narrow laneways. Many people say it feels more European than Sydney or Brisbane. I think it’s more Australian as well as more fashionable and has a great culture vibe, perhaps with a slight European twist.

The thing to remember is bring some warm and waterproof clothes when visiting the city. Melbourne is much colder than Sydney and the weather can change without a warning even on a warm summer day.

Melbourne Southbank at night

Southbank

Melbourne Coop’s Shot Tower

One of many Melbourne Laneways

Cafe

Beware of trams in Melbs 😉

City view from the Shrine of Remembrance

Sangria at St Kilda

St Kilda city views

Colourful huts at Dendy Beach, nr Brighton Beach

City skyline

and even more colour…


18th biennale of sydney

Summer is just around the corner and Sydney is back to life… not that it’s ever asleep anyway…. With numerous music festivals, food events, art shows and exhibitions there is plenty to choose from. Last weekend I went to the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Cockatoo Island. It’s easy to get there as there is a free ferry service provided from Wharf 6 in Circular Quay every 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes later you get to the island (as long as the captain can park the boat – it took another 15 minutes to do it during my trip…). The only thing you’ll need is time. You can spend hours wandering around the exhibits. If you get tired grab a coffee at one of the bars and cafes, relax admiring panoramic harbour views. For more information on this and other Biennale events go to http://bos18.com. Hurry, the festival ends this weekend 16th September!

weekend escape: blue mountains – leura

I can confidently say I adore the Blue Mountains! I just fell in love at first sight. There’s something magical about this place. So peaceful and full of happiness. Generally speaking I’m not a huge fan of hiking, mountains and bushwalking. I was brought up in a very flat region of Poland. It was too far to the mountains or the sea. When I was younger, I actually used to hate climbing when visiting the Tatra Mountains in the south of Poland. Well, people change…

I was completely mesmerised by the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Everyone seemed so relax and radiating with happiness. My friends and I found this amazing cafe/restaurant/bar: Leura Garage on first day of our stay. Packed with people this place is funky and modern but not pretentious. Their menu is not overwhelming yet anyone could easily find something yummy. The service was great and you felt right at home. For more info and their menu go to: http://www.leuragarage.com.au.

If you ever feel like going away for the weekend, jump on a train to the Blue Mountains. This under 2 hours journey is definitely worth it!

Three Sisters, Katoomba

Our fav place for breakfast: Leura Garage

Poached pear with ricotta and pistachios, yum!

Muesli with super fresh blueberries and raspberries, pure heaven!

One of the best cappuccinos ever 🙂

Blueberry tarts to die for!

Love this car!

Spring time!

mca and harbour bridge

Have you ever been stuck at home wondering what to do? You don’t want to go too far to waste your time but you fancy something different. Next time you have no idea where to go head to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Located in the Rocks near Circular Quay and the Opera House it’s easy to get to by train or bus. There’s no entry fee to wander around the museum but sometimes they charge you for specific exhibitions. The place has been recently extended and revamped, it’s fun and vivid and some of the exhibits fairly interactive. Once you get tired there is a cafe on the top floor with stunning Opera House and Harbour Bridge views, just perfect on a sunny day. If you have more energy and time it’s great to walk across the Bridge. You can take breathtaking photos and enjoy the views. With even more time to spare you can climb the steps of the Pylon Lookout to have 360″ panorama of the Harbour. Once you are on the other side of the Bridge explore Kirribilli’s cafes or restaurants, go to the Luna Park for a quick ride on the Milsons Point side. Either way you won’t be disappointed and you definitely get enough exercise for the day.

Exhibits at the MCA


Chapel on the other side of the Bridge, Kirribilli

destination: bali (part:1)

Bali, sounds so exotic… Not so much to the Ozzies since it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. At first, I had high expectations since it’s such a well know place worldwide and a dream for many. Having talked to a number of people (mostly SIdney-siders) my expectations have changed. A number of my friends said a lots of places are full of noisy Aussie bogans. In the end, I had no idea what to expect so decided to go there with an open mind. I absolutely fell in love. There are so many things to do and every day of the trip was different. The plane touched down in Bali at night so I could not see much. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning. My friend and I stayed at Crows Nest, a stunning bungalow in Suara Ombak near the main beach. You could hear the waves crushing in a distance. It felt as if we were in the middle of the jungle with all the exotic trees and plants around. After breakfast, I ventured down the stairs to the beach. It was peacefully stunning. Unspoiled by the tourists, with huge rocks scattered around the sand. Later that day our group went for a stroll to Dreamland Beach. Walking through the bushes and local roads we could see Balinese people busy with farming and other house work. Once we got to the beach everyone was speechless. The location was perfect. Slightly secluded, the water was azure blue and the sand was light golden. Huge waves were chasing one another crushing at the last moment. We went to the top of the cliff and got into a hotel bar for a few drinks. Refreshed and relaxed we went to the Pura Luhur Temple in Uluwatu. We watch a cultural show at dusk and played with the monkeys… I should probably say they played with us… If you had anything detachable like sunglasses, hats or jewellery you should be more than sure one of those cheeky creatures would grab it in half a second. I’ve seen a number of monkeys wandering around the park with prescription glasses, scarves or hair clips. I, for example, lost my hat kneeling to take a photo of my friend and a monkey when another animal came running out of nowhere, jumped onto my back and ripped the hat of my head. I was lucky though since a kid passing by retrieved it for me… I learned my lesson…

Stunning Dreamland Beach

View from one of the bungalows

Bingin Beach

how to carry heavy stuff…

how it’s done in Bali, Kuta

One of millions in Bali, looking cute and innocent here….

Not so innocent here, didn’t know monkeys had access to prescription glasses…

whale watching in sydney

It’s time to do some whale watching! The Baleen or Humpback Whales are on their annual migration. Humpbacks travel thousands of kilometers from Early May to Late November, between their winter breeding ground to their summer feeding ground along the East Coast of Australia. Be prepared and patient. Make sure you have a good pair binoculars with you or a good zoom lens attached to your camera. Otherwise, you won’t see very much… It’s always nice to get out of the house anyway and walk around. I decided to go to the North Head Lookout (past Manly) last weekend. It was a really sunny day with a few clouds scattered around the big blue. The view was absolutely spectacular. You could see the city with tens of boats cruising along the harbour. I have not seen too much in terms of the whale, maybe besides the water going up in the air from whale’s exhalation and white water breaking around the animal but it was definitely worth to get out of the house. Next time I’ll try to get closer and perhaps jump on one of those whale watching boats!




what to wear in Sydney during winter

What to wear in winter when you live in Oz? Good question. I struggle sometimes. It’s warm outside (20 degrees) but once you are indoors I tend to get really cold. Well, there’s no central heating so drinking hot teas is my solution. Secondly, a scarf is a must, no real need for a winter coat in here but just make sure you have a few layers on just in case. If it’s too hot just take off you cardi or jacket. In winter I normally choose darker colours but I found this great tunic in bright green when shopping at Sportsgirl. I didn’t think this shade would suit me (optimistic as always ;-)) but I think it looks decent. Bright colours go well with more greys and more neutral tones but I absolutely love my fluoro pink nail polish. Pair of skinny jeans and an oversized scarf are my absolute favourites this winter.                 One more thing, don’t forget a cup of the on the go to keep you warm!

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top:sportsgirl – $25

jeans: bershka – $49

jacket: jorge – $60

shoes: wittner – $129

sunnies: sportsgirl – $29