What I Ate Today #4

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I have not wrote a What I Ate Today post in ages! I wanted to turn this into a bi-weekly series, but blogging took a bit of a backseat to life at the end of last year, so I did not get around to sharing the few food-days that I took photos. Not wanting the photos to go to waste (despite their not-so-fantastic quality), I wrote them up into blogs post over The Holidays to share now. Better late than never, and it is not as if any of the food is particularly seasonal any way.

I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into what we eat now and then. I think it is fun to share what we eat and, it makes me feel like I am contributing a bit to veganism as well. Hopefully, in a friendly way, by appealing to people’s noseyness. You never know, you might see something you fancy trying.

On to today’s What I Ate Today!

I am pretty sure these photos are from sometime in October. My notes also tell me that I wasn’t feeling all that great so I skipped lunch.

Morning snack

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Nothing too exciting for my morning snack, an apple and a bottle of water. I like to have something small before I cycle in the morning and then have breakfast when I get home. It’s too heavy in my belly otherwise.

Breakfast time

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It is another smoothie. It is always a smoothie. This time I went for banana and forest fruits. I think this was the culprit for not feeling all that great this day. I find the forest fruit mix is far too acidic for my stomach. Kris however, seems to love the stuff… so he can eat it all. I am sticking with my blueberries.

As per tradition, I present you with a handy-dandy recipe!

Banana and Forest Fruit Smoothie

4 frozen bananas
2 cups frozen forest fruits mix
Approx 750ml of water

Blend that baby until smooth.

You can use less stuff, to make less. Obviously. 

Snack time

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My favourite snack! Dates and peanut butter! Five is maybe one too many, but they taste too good to care.

It has also been a while since I have had any Dates & PB, that needs rectifying a-sap.

Dinner time

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Oh, this was delicious! Way back in September (I think), Kris and I were in the UK for a couple of days and decided that we should take a trip to Whole Foods in London for no other reason than the possibility of fake-bacon. We were not disappointed and found this Tofurky tempeh bacon to try. And, what better way to try it than in a classic BLT sarnie for dinner.

Nom nom, indeed. We went for some warm, crusty bread, tempeh bacon slices, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard and ketchup. With a little side salad because it did not all fit in the sandwich.

And that’s it. If I’m recommending anything from this day, it is dates & PB. Try it, you (hopefully) won’t regret it. If you do not like it, well, that’s just more for me then. 

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Four Days In Disneyland Paris

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It is about time I got to blogging about our trip to Disneyland Paris back at the end of November!

I have covered some of the highlights of the trip already, but now it is time to share a selection of the many photos that I took. As per tradition, let’s start with a day-by-day trip-rundown and the photos that do not really fit anywhere in particular. After this, I have another four blog posts that are a little more “themed” so you can get the entire magical feel of Disneyland! At least, I hope you do.

With any luck, I will share them all before the season starts to change so they remain, somewhat, seasonally accurate.

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Disneyland Day One

Up and out before the Sun had even thought about doing anything, we started our trip with about six hours of travel time. As we were meeting Danielle and her mum in Lille, Kris and I decided to go for a rather convoluted train travel to Disneyland, instead of taking the two-hour direct train. Everything, shockingly, went smoothly, even the train tickets were checked, for once, and I felt justified in spending my money on them.

Things got a little bumpy when the Eurostar decided to arrive up over an hour late and we almost missed our connecting train to Disneyland, but with five minutes to spare we were hurrying our guests down to the platform and figured we’d just introduce ourselves properly once we were on the train. It is more important to catch your train than it is to confirm these strangers you have just picked up on the station are the right people.

Since I had met Danielle and her mum before, that was not too much bother, Kris just had to assume I had not made a mistake. Come to think of it, I do not think I formally introduced Danielle or her mum to Kris at all… Oops.

After that, it was Disneyland a-go, go!

Check in – and hotel upgrade! – done. It was time to head to the park!

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First stop: Phantom Manor!

I will admit, I spent a good part of this trip following Danielle around to whichever rides and parts of the park she wished to go to and thoroughly enjoying that. I also encourage you to visit her blog for in-depth Disney details, reviews and loads more photos, should you be interested in something with a little more substance than what I will be providing here.

I am a bit of a Disney amateur and may have asked who the occasional character was, as well as: “what does Goofy look like?”.

I can, however, tell you that we had a great time and using the map I have open in another internet tab, I might even be able to provide names of both rides and locations in the park.

Back to the trip!

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From Phantom Manor, we headed back to Fantasyland for a bite to eat, then to It’s A Small World and finally Peter Pan. Then it was dark because winter.

Oh and Peter Pan: totes awesome.

We ended our first day watching the Christmas Tree being turned on and then dinner at Cape Cod, which despite sounding very un-vegan, did have a sufficient amount of vegan options.

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Disneyland Day Two

Today started off with our first meet and greet of the trip with Donald Duck. Which was weird. They have no faces. I might be 27, but the lack of real faces gives me the eebie jeebies. Much weird.

I decided afterwards that I much preferred the role of portrait photographer and only stepped in for a photograph when we had the opportunity to use the Photo Pass.

Most of this day was spent in the Walt Disney Studios Park. We rode Crush’s Coaster, the Flying Carpets (not that mine and Kris’ carpet would go up and down so were just stuck at the bottom for the whole ride…), the ride based on Cars and then we went to watch Mickey and The Magician at Animagique which was a lot of fun.

After that, Danielle and her mum went off for a tour and Kris and I continued wandering around the park checking out the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the Art of Animation and the general area of Toyland until we all met up again.

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At some point the four of us rejoined and enjoyed the delights of CinéMagique and the infamous Tower of Terror.

We ended the day by watching the fireworks display and then heading to Hunter’s Grill for dinner. Obviously we were going for the most vegan sounding places… Still, there were vegan options so it was all good.

I will be sharing the photos from the Walt Disney Studios Park and the fireworks in another blog post or two. 

Disneyland Day Three

Day three was all about Discoveryland, Fantasyland, riding the Railroad and then heading back over to WDS Park for the Moteurs Stunt Show.

We started the day in Discoveryland going for Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Orbitron and then Autopia. In between Kris and I went to ride Space Mountain whilst Danielle and her mum went to check out Nautilus.

Discoveryland was definitely my favourite section of the park, not for the rides, although they were really good, but for all the details – which I have saved for another blog post!

After our morning in Discoveryland, we were back in Fantasyland to do some of the rides we missed on the first day: Snow White, the Tea Cups and Casey Jr. Then it was time to ride the Railroad all the way around the park before heading back to the WDS Park to enjoy the stunt show.

To end our third day, we walked through Toyland together, had a ride on Slinky Dog and then parted ways for dinner time. Kris and I enjoyed more buffet-ing at La Cantina (which was delicious!) and then retired to the hotel for a bit of TV in bed.

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Disneyland Day Four

Our last day!

We went for another day in the Disneyland Park, starting with a meet and greet with Thumper and Miss Bunny. Still just as awkward as Donald, and now there were two people without faces!

From here, it was straight to Adventureland to check out Indiana Jones, the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, a bit of Adventure Isle and Pirates of the Caribbean. This section was all about the details again, so I’ll be sharing some more photos from here with the ones from Discoveryland another day.

We ended our last day with a ride on Dumbo, a leisurely stroll down Main Street and a really good dinner at the Chuck Wagon Cafe. Oh and a little shopping too before heading to the train station just to find out our train was delayed for an hour. Good job we were taking the direct train home this time!

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And that was our trip in a nutshell!

It was definitely an experience, one that was made extra special with company. Had Kris and I gone alone – chances are, we wouldn’t have – I do not think we would have had half as much fun. It is not our usual adventure, but I am glad I gave it a chance.

Will we go again? Probably not. Do I want to watch a few more Disney movies? Maybe a little bit. I just need to decide which movie. Have you ever been to DLP? Would you ever go? 

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Another Liebster Award Thing

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I have done this reward before, I just went back to have a gander at my previous answers, they are pretty amusing if I do say so myself. Since that blog post I have been an avid avoid-er of the Liebster Award Blog Tag Thing that does the rounds on the internet about once a month.

Until now. Or more accurately, until October 2016 where Tasha (jolly nice lady, by the way), tagged my butt for a bit of Liebster action. Since, we sit comfortably in the internet-friend-zone – at least I hope we do, otherwise I have just proclaimed internet-friendship for nothing – I thought I would do the tag again. Oh, and do not forget to pop over to Tasha’s post and check out her answers too. The tag made me say that. 

But, before we get started, I just have one small question for this tag. Why is it based around the number eleven? Why eleven questions? Why not ten or twelve, both infinitely more satisfying than the number eleven. Does anyone know? I would sure like to know all about this number eleven. Eleven just seems so misplaced, who picks number eleven? No one. It is like picking nine, no one picks that number either.

Whatever tag. Here’s to your eleven questions.

Let’s. Get. Started.

Q1. What do you love the most about blogging? Why do you blog? 

I blog because I wish to spread joy and happiness to the world through passive aggressive tag posts and my love of banana smoothies for breakfast.

What I love most about blogging is my blog-bubble that I have created by never using Twitter (or engaging with the community), therefore never being exposed to the hashtag: drama.

I love my bubble like that yellow fish in Nemo loves his.

Q2. What is your favourite book that you go back to time and time again?

I do not have one.

I am feeling pretty successful with this tag already.

Q3. Favourite song at the moment?

Again, I do not have one.

Another successful answer. Nice one Brain.

Q4. As it is October (sort of), what is your favourite villain or monster from a film?

I have no idea. I rarely watch films so any villains that I have come across are totally lost on me.

I am already revelling in the success that is this blog post and it is only question 4.

Q5. If you could spend the day with any character from film, TV or a book, who would it be? 

OK, I think I can answer this.

I am going with Kel from A Darker Shade of Magic, he seems like a swell dude and that books were pretty darn good too.

Q6. Halloween or Christmas? 

Neither.

Not ever.

Q7. Current go-to recipe, food or snack? 

To make up for my abysmal attempts at previous questions, I will go for all three here.

Go-to recipe: Moroccan-style chickpeas.
Go-to food: Bananas – smoothie-d, ice cream-ed or just as they are. Or potatoes.
Go-to snack: Dates stuffed with peanut butter.

Q8. What is your favourite and least favourite thing about Autumn?

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My favourite: the colours, of course.

My least favourite: rubbish weather. But that applies to every season. You cannot enjoy a season if the weather is pants.

Q9. Where do you want to travel the most next? 

Scotland. More specifically, Scotland on my bike with my tent and my future furry friend.

Q10. What was the last film you watched and would you recommend it? 

I have no idea, and probably not. I would not recommend any films because I do not like films in general.

Q11. Do you have a favourite quote? If so, what is it? 

Some of my best friends are carbs.

I just found it on the internet. Sounds alright to me.

And that is a wrap. I am all tagged out. I am obliged to make up my own questions and tag people but no. By all means let me know of a tag you have done recently, or that you think I might be interested in. Maybe I will subject myself to more tag-trauma at a later date. Riddle me this: As it is October (sort of), what is your favourite villain or monster from a film?

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