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Mic Dejun/Brunch în București

Este o misiune aproape imposibilă să faci un top obiectiv al localurilor. Suntem atât de diferiți încât nu ai cum să fii sigur că ce îți place ție va fi pe placul a încă 10 persoane. Cu toatea astea, suntem pasionați de topuri de toate felurile, să le facem sau să le citim. De câte ori nu ai dat click pe un articol doar pentru că avea cuvântul top în el? Eu recunosc că de nenumărate ori, în special când eram în căutare rapidă de idei.

Celor în căutare de idei pentru mic dejun/brunch cool și cafea bună în București vă propun:

(Articol în curs de actualizare)

1. Arome

Arome este printre puținele localuri vegetarian-vegan friendly din București. Merg la ei pentru toast-ul cu avocado și humus, Holy Grail, salata vegană de zucchini, supe, limonade, smoothie-uri și nu în ultimul rând DESERTURI! Gradina lor este o oază in mijlocul Bucureștiului.

Cafea: Bocca Coffee

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2. Trofic

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Trofic este cel mai apropiat local ca atmosferă de cele vest europene. Vestea bună este că vor deschide un spațiu mai mare în zona Timpuri Noi. Deschiderea oficială este stabilită pentru  ianuarie 2020, așa că abia aștept! Câteva favorite din meniu sunt toast-ul cu somon și ouă poșate, toast-ul cu avocado și toast-ul cu dovleac și brânză (introdus în meniul de toamnă-iarnă). Sincer, aș putea să aleg orice din meniul lor si nu aș pleca dezamagită. Deserturile sunt delicioase, nu rata french toast-ul. De asemenea, la Trofic găsești cele mai bune checuri (morcov/dovleac/portocală)!

 

Cafea: Provine de la Origo, dar este o varietate diferită.

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3. Frudisiac

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Premiul pentru cea mai bună granola din oraș (din cele gustate) se acordă localului mai sus menționat. Clătitele americane sunt piesa de rezistență a meniului. Nu poți să mergi la Frudisiac fără să îți comanzi o porție. Preparatele zilei mă surprind plăcut de fiecare dată, dar dacă nu îmi face nimic cu ochiul, merg la sigur cu toast-ul cu avocado. Au și o selecție impresionantă de smoothie-uri. Deserturile de la Rue du Pain sunt excelente, dacă ajungeți la ei pentru cafea e musai să cereți și un croissant alături.

Pro Tip: Comanda o porție de clătite la două farfurii – vei avea parte de mai multă ricotta și mai multe fructe!

Cafea: Drop Coffee Stockholm

4. Manufaktura by Doncafe

Printre puținele locuri de la noi în care găsești ceva asemănător cu porridge-ul de la englezi. Este servit cu fructe proaspete (struguri, mere), nuci, semințe (dovleac și floarea soarelui) și goji. Omletele cu trufe sau parmezan (in funcție de sezon) sunt delicioase și vin in porții generoase. Aici poți savura una dintre cele mai bune cafele din Bucuresti. <3

Cafea: Varietăti de la Doncafe râșnite și prăjite pe loc.

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5. Bread & Spices

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Bread & Spices a fost primul loc din țară în care am găsit toast cu unt de arahide și gem (peanut butter jelly time!). Meniul este bogat, cu opțiuni atât pentru gurmanzi clasici cât și pentru pretențioși. Pâinea și produsele de patiserie/cofetărie sunt făcute de ei și sunt cât se poate de gustoase. Limonada cu ghimbir servită caldă este un deliciu!

Tot nu ai găsit cel mai bun mic dejun/brunch în București?

 Mai am să-ți prezint câteva localuri de unde poți alege!

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6. Bite

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Ador platoul vegan cu humus, avocado cu zaa’tar și cartofi dulci copți, si salata de quinoa. Însă ce imi place cel mai mult la Bite este decorul cu accent tropical al localului. Grădina lor este frumoasa, dar nu sunt sigură că este pusă în valoare așa cum trebuie.

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7. M60

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La M60 nu am mai fost de ceva timp pentru că găsești destul de greu locuri de parcare in zona Amzei. 🙁 Preferatele, care se regăsesc și în meniul actual, sunt toast-ul cu avocado și chili și salata cu somon nordic, avocado și mango. Nici deserturile nu sunt de ocolit, am gustat acolo unul dintre cele mai bune carrot cake-uri.

8. Simbio

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La Simbio găsești loc doar dacă te organizezi din timp și rezervi o masă. Odată ce ai ajuns acolo, e cel mai bun moment să comanzi un burger, normal sau vegetarian. Preferatul meu este naked burger-ul cu avocado, roșii uscate și brânză de capră. La Simbio am băut cea mai buna Margarita din oraș. Gradina lor este pretextul ideal pentru un “garden party”.

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9. Rawdia

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Dupa cum ii spune numele, specificul localului este raw vegan. Surpriza este că au un meniu care se schimbă zilnic. Trebuie să încerci varianta lor de Snickers si ceaiul cald cu ghimbir! Daca nu poți ajunge la ei, te poți abona la meniul săptămânal și vei primi acasă/la birou preparatele selectate.

 

10. Rio Juice

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Rio Juice este singurul loc (momentan) în care am găsit Acai Bowl, în București. Acai este un “super fruct” originar din America de Sud, bogat în antioxidanți, calciu, fibre și multe alte vitamine benefice organismului. Cei de la Rio Juice creează niște boluri frumos colorate, perfecte pentru postat pe Instagram.

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11. Papila

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‘Papila (gustativă)’ se remarcă prin selecția inedită de supe bune, atmosfera prietenoasă și faptul că servesc ouă TOATĂ ziua!

12. Avocadoo

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Avocadoo e localizat in Băneasa Shopping City, dar sper să deschidă un alt spațiu undeva mai aproape de centrul orașului. Ca sugestie, un design ‘jungle green’ ar fi binevenit. Toate produsele conțin avocado într-o măsură mai mare sau mai mică (d’oh). Mă declar fan avocado, deci îmi e greu să aleg un preferat din meniu, dar un top 3 ar conține toast-ul cu avocado, humus roz și brânză feta, Buddha Bowl și supa de cocos și dovleac.

 

13. Fratellini Bistro

Fratellini Bistro este localul cel mai potrivit pentru un mic-dejun/brunch business. Are atmosferă și decor de bistro franțuzesc, cu un meniu elegant, bine pus la punct.

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14. Fior di Latte

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Când spun Fior di Latte mă gândesc la cel mai bun tiramisu din oraș! Este un local elegant, atent decorat, perfect pentru orice moment al zilei.

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15. Matcha Bar

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Primul matcha bar din Romania este cât se poate de instagramabil datorită culorii “millenial pink” și are un meniu vegetarian-vegan friendly. În afară de băutura care îi dă numele, îți poți comanda tot felul de latte-uri colorate și bio, pe baza de spirulină sau turmeric, smoothie-uri sau limonade.

Au supe și quiche-uri bune și o selecție de toast-uri și salate healthy. Dulciurile sunt împărțite în două categorii: pe bază de matcha sau fără matcha. Selecția este impresionantă asa că vă îndemn să aruncați o privire pe meniu înainte să ajungeți acolo. Dacă băuturile colorate nu sunt pe placul tău, poți oricând să alegi un ceai verde japonez sau un pahar de vin.

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16. Mikkeler

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Cea mai bună parte a unui brunch la Mikkeler este că îl poți savura alături de o cafea de la BOB. La brunch poți merge doar în week-end, cand deschid la ora 12, altfel este deschis de la ora 17. La beri nu mă pricep, dar au un meniu impresionant și presupun că sunt bune. Aviz amatorilor!

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17. ARC Bakery

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Terasa de la Arc Bakery cu vedere la parcul Herăstrău este ca scoasă din reviste. Ne plac produsele lor de patiserie/cofetărie, în special croissant-ul cu migdale și eclerul cu fistic. Aici am gustat cel mai bun Croque Monsieur din oraș.

18. Ad Hoc Bistro & Ză Lokal

La Ad Hoc găsești cele mai instagramabile deserturi (courtesy of Cărți, Dulciuri și Flori). Meniul e scris pe tablă, atmosfera e relaxata, ai putea să crezi că ești în vizită la niște prieteni. Ne plac burgerii, mic dejunul leneș, toast-ul cu avocado și rodie ș.a.m.d.

19. Maison des Chefs

Maison des Chefs by Mega Image este un restaurant concept 3 in 1: Casual Bistro, Wine Gallery si Fromagerie. Ne-au plăcut toast-ul cu dovleac, supele, pate-ul de casă cu carne de rață și dulceață și burgerii. În plus, au o selecție impresionantă de brânzeturi (fromagerie în incinta localului) și vinuri (peste 200 de sortimente de vinuri din diferite colțuri ale lumii: România, Franța, Italia, Chile, Africa de Sud sau Noua Zeelandă).

20. B4 Market

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Imi place foarte mult design-ul localului, dar nu am revenit din cauza faptului că în ziua în care am fost la ei, prepararea micului dejun a durat mai mult decât ne-am fi dorit. Era imediat după deschidere, așa că merită o altă șansă. (Va urma…)

21. Frank Dining Dessert Bar – Inchis

UPDATE!

Frank s-a inchis intre timp si a devenit al doilea sediu Avocadoo.

Am ajuns prea târziu pentru ora brunch-ului la Frank, dar am promis să revenim pentru toast-ul cu avocado și ou poșat și MAI ALES pentru deserturi. Localul e destul de ascuns (parterul unei clădiri de birouri) și nu are o capacitate mare; a se verifica disponibilitatea meselor înainte.

22. CPWHF – Coffee Place With Honest Food – Inchis

Coffee Place with Honest Food are legătură cu Steam Coffee Shop, dar nu găsești același soi de cafea ca la ei. De încercat tot de la ei din meniu, de la toast-ul cu pulled pork sau cel cu avocado, la checul cu unt de arahide și gem sau granola.

23. Meron

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La Meron vei găsi o selecție variată de toast-uri și omlete însoțite de o cafea super bună. În plus, te vei simți ca un turist în propriul oraș, datorită vecinătății cu Hotelul Cișmigiu și Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta.

24. 5ENSI by BeanZ Cafe

5ENSI by BeanZ este locul ideal pentru un “summer brunch”. Are o terasă frumoasă și e poziționat central, într-o clădire modernă. Ne-au plăcut burgerii și deserturile, în special Kunafeh (vezi poza).

Cafea by BeanZ 🙂

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25. TrickSHOT

Trickshot Promenada este foarte spatios si are un meniu variat, e aproape imposibil sa nu gasesti ceva sa iti placa (incearca burger-ul cu trufe si salata Ahi Poke Hawaian). Marele avantaj al localului il constituie accesul la terasa Promenada Mall (deschisa în permanentă). Iarna, decorul feeric este completat de un patinoar in aer liber.

 

Daca ai si tu localuri preferate, spune-mi intr-un comentariu!


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21 de Motive sa vizitezi Milos - Combinatia perfecta intre Santorini si Mykonos

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EN: 21 Reasons to visit Milos

The perfect combination between Santorini and Mykonos

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Recunosc ca titlul e mai mult pentru a va atrage atentia pentru ca sunt mult mai multe motive pentru care merita sa acordati o atentie cat de mica acestei insule.

Cum ajungi in Milos? Cu avionul pana la Atena, apoi high speed ferry din portul Piraeus: aprox. 3-4 ore, in functie de viteza feribotului, sau cu avionul (Olympicair, Aegean Airlines), durata unui zbor fiind de 40 de minute.

EN: I admit, the title is just a way to get your attention because there are a lot more reasons to direct your smallest attention to this island.

How to get to Milos? By plane to Athens and then by the High Speed Ferry from Piraeus Port: approximately 3-4 hours, depeding on the speed of the ferry, or by plane  (Olympicair, Aegean Airlines) with a flight time of around 40 minutes.

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Am surprins atatea peisaje spectaculoase in aceasta calatorie incat imi este imposibil sa le cuprind pe toate intr-o singura postare. Pentru cateva dintre motivele mentionate mai jos vor urma si postari individuale. Aici vei regasi o parte din farmecul frumoasei insule Milos.

EN: I have captured so many spectacular landscapes during this trip that it is impossible for me to include them all in one post. For some of the reasons mentioned below, individual posts will follow. Here you will find part of the charm of the beautiful island of Milos.

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Peisajul lunar de la Sarakiniko

EN: The Moonscape from Sarakiniko

Probabil al doilea cel mai faimos lucru din Milos dupa statuia lui Venus. Partea proasta este ca locul este aglomerat la orice ora a zilei, dar datorita faptului ca se intinde pe o suprafata mare, ai sanse sa prinzi o portiune doar a ta de unde sa poti admira frumusetea peisajului.

EN: Probably the second most famous spot to see in Milos after the statue of Venus de Milo. The downside is that the place is crowded at any time of day, but due to the fact that it stretches over a large area, you have the chance to find a  place just for yourself where you can sit and admire the beauty of the landscape.

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Plaja langa o mina abandonata – Paliorema/Thiorichia (Old Sulphur Mines)

EN: The Beach near an Abandoned Mine –

Paliorema/Thiorichia (Old Sulphur Mines)

Daca vrei sa fii singur pe plaja, aici ai sanse pentru ca nu multi se incumeta sa ajunga la minele abandonate din cauza drumului neasfaltat.

EN: If you want to be alone on the beach here’s your chance because not many dare to reach the abandoned mines because of the dirt road.

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Plaja Tsigrado

EN: Tsigrado Beach

Coboara pe o franghie pentru a ajunge la plaja Tsigrado.

EN: Slide down a rope to get down to Tsigrado Beach.

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Sate pescaresti unice

EN: Unique Fishing Villages

 

Sate pescaresti transformate in cazari idilice: Klima, Mandrakia, Fyropotamos. Acestea sunt unice si se gasesc doar pe insulele Milos si Kimolos – sora mai mica a insulei Milos.

EN: Fishing villages transformed into idyllic accommodations: Klima, Mandrakia, Fyropotamos. These are unique and are found only on the islands of Milos and Kimolos – the younger sister of Milos Island.

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Plaja langa o mina functionala: Voudia

EN: The Beach near an active Mine: Voudia

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Bentonit, Perlit, Barit; Sunt doar cateva dintre resursele naturale ale insulei care inca se mai extrag din aceasta zona.

EN: Bentonite, Perlite, Barite; These are only a few of the island’s natural resources that are still extracted from this area.

Plaja Geotermala – Paleochori

EN: The Geothermal Beach – Paleochori

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Datorita activitatii vulcanice, in aceasta zona a insulei exista izvoare calde submarine care incalzesc apa si portiuni din plaja. Unul dintre restaurantele de pe malul marii are amenajat un spatiu unde se prepara mancare vulcanica.

EN: Due to the volcanic activity in this area of the island there are underwater hot springs that heat the water and portions of the beach. One of the restaurants on the seaside has an area where volcanic food is prepared and served.

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Plaja curcubeu – Firiplaka

EN: The Rainbow Beach – Firiplaka

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Nu cred ca am vazut intr-un alt loc mai multe culori care sa se imbine perfect cu albastrul apei. Cu siguranta aceasta este plaja mea preferata din Milos.

EN: I don’t think I ever saw another place with so many colors that combine perfectly with the blue of the water. This is definitely my favorite beach in Milos.

Papafragas, Kapros & Alogomandra

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Sau cum sa faci plaja intr-o pestera.

EN: Or how to sunbathe in a cave.

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Plaka

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Locul in care te poti bucura de celebrele apusuri cicladice si de o plimbare printre frumoasele alei marginite de cladiri albe.

EN: The place where you can enjoy the famous Cycladic sunsets and a walk among the beautiful alleys bordered by white buildings.

O! Hamos!

sau restaurantul unde era tot timpul coada

EN: or the restaurant with a neverending queue

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O! Hamos este cel mai cunoscut restaurant din Milos, cu un meniu ce consta in preparate traditionale realizate din ingrediente locale. Proprietarii detin o ferma de unde se aprovizioneaza pe tot parcursul anului. Restaurantul este celebru si pe Grecia continentala, grecii venind in weekend special pentru a lua masa aici. Meniul este scris de mana si peretii sunt decorati cu mesajele prietenilor sau ale celor care au trecut pragul restaurantului.

EN: O! Hamos is the best known restaurant in Milos, with a menu consisting of traditional dishes made from local ingredients. The owners have a farm from which they supply the kitchen throughout the year. The restaurant is also famous on mainland Greece, the Greeks coming during the weekends especially to dine here. The menu is handwritten and the walls are decorated with messages of friends and those who have passed by the restaurant.

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Trypiti

sau locul in care poti dormi intr-o moara de vant si lua cina cu vedere la apus.

EN: or the place where you can sleep in a Windmill and have dinner overlooking the sunset.

Medusa

Restaurantul unde gasesti cea mai buna caracatita din Ciclade.

EN: The restaurant where you will find the best octopus in the Cyclades.

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Milos Cove

Sau singurul Resort de pe insula construit pe un zacamant de obsidian.

EN: Or the only Resort on the island built on an Obsidian deposit.

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Apus de soare la Utopia Cafe

EN: Sunset at Utopia Cafe

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Locul in care te poti delecta cu cele mai frumoase apusuri de pe insula alaturi de un pahar de prosecco/vin/etc. Localul nu accepta rezervari, asa ca trebuie sa iti ocupi locul cu cel putin o ora inainte de apus.

EN: The place where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets on the island with a glass of prosecco / wine / etc. The Cafe does not take reservations so you must come in at least one hour before sunset.

Adamas

Locul cu cele mai frumoase si apreciate restaurante situate pe malul marii. Este portul principal al insulei si punctul de plecare pentru cele mai importante obiective turistice.

EN: The place with the most beautiful and popular restaurants located on the seafront. It is the main port of the island and the starting point for the most important tourist attractions.

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Psaravolada

Restaurantul cu cea mai frumoasa priveliste si cele mai gustoase preparate de pe insula. Imi aminteste de peisajele de pe coasta Italiei.

EN: The restaurant with the most beautiful view and the tastiest dishes on the island. It reminds me of the landscapes on the coast of Italy.

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Mic Dejun/Brunch la Kivotos ton Gefseon

EN: Breakfast/Brunch at Kivotos ton Gefseon

 

Aici am mancat cel mai bun mic dejun din Milos si am savurat cea mai buna cafea intr-o gradina traditionala. A fost unul dintre cele mai relaxante momente ale calatoriei, prilej cu care am incercat si unul dintre faimoasele deserturi grecesti, Galaktoboureko (foietaj cu crema de vanilie).

EN: Here we had the best breakfast in Milos and enjoyed the best coffee in a traditional garden. It was one of the most relaxing moments of the trip so I had to try one of the most famous Greek desserts, Galaktoboureko (pastry with vanilla cream).

Apus de soare la Papikinou

EN: Sunset at Papikinou

 

Sau cum sa admiri dintr-un hamac portul din Adamas invaluit in culorile apusului.

EN: Or how to sit in a hammock and admire the port of Adamas shrouded in the perfect sunset colors.

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Achivadolimni

 

Cea mai buna vedere la caldera in jurul careia s-a format insula Milos. Plaja cu cel mai fin nisip de pe insula si locul in care poti privi avioanele care aterizeaza pe insula.

EN: The best view of the Caldera around which the island of Milos was formed. The beach with the finest sand on the island and the place where you can watch planes land on the island.

Apus de soare la ruinele Castelulului Venetian

EN: Sunset over the ruins of the Venetian Castle

 

Adica locul cu cea mai buna vedere panoramica a insulei.

Pont: opreste-te la biserica Panagia Thalassitra pentru a admira privelistea.

EN: Or the place with the best panoramic view of the island.

Tip: Stop by Panagia Thalassitra Church to admire the view.

Daca esti pasionat de design-ul si arhitectura cicladica

si vrei sa scapi de aglomeratia de pe Santorini si Mykonos.

EN: If you are passionate about cycladic design and architecture

and also want to escape the crowds on Santorini and Mykonos.


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City Break Sofia

City Break Sofia

City Break Sofia

Would you believe me if I told you that Sofia has one of the most interesting cuisines in the South East of Europe? I would say that it’s a magical combination of Slavic, Greek and Turkish recipes. Banitsa, shopska salad, tarator soup, mekitsi, and the list goes on! Let me take you on a 4 days journey in the capital of Bulgaria where you will not only have the possibility to try the local food, but you will also find out some amazing facts about Sofia’s rich history, as it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Day 1

Presuming that you arrive in the morning, you will need to grab a coffee and eat something. I know exactly the place where you need to go: Fabrika Daga, the best place in town for breakfast and brunch. They have a lot of interesting things in the menu but I recommend the “traditional Bulgarian breakfast”, mekitsa. It is usually served together with Bulgarian white cheese and jam.

 

You can also check the Romanian version of mekitsa made by my grandma here.

If you want to learn something about Sofia’s history without making your own research, join the Free Sofia guided tour. The tour takes place 3 times/day during April-October and twice a day in the rest of the year. The duration of the tour is approx. two hours, so you have enough time to cover the main attractions and get some local insights from the guides. You can find out more here: Free Sofia Tour. The tour starts in front of the Palace of Justice and ends near two of most famous churches in Sofia: Sveta Sofia and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. If you still have energy, you can visit both of them or postpone the visit for after lunch.

The church of Saint Sophia (God’s Wisdom) is one of the oldest in Sofia (built in the 6th century). Nowadays, the red bricks construction is very close to its original form. During the Middle Ages the church of Saint Sophia was the first thing that people would notice from far away and they would say: “Look, there it is! Sofia!” And this is how the city got its name.

Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar – Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century long Ottoman Dominion in 1878. You can read more here. The Alexander Nevsky Square is also a popular fair and flea market hub during the weekend. We’ve witnessed a cool meeting of the car enthusiasts. So keep a close eye on the weekly events.

After the long walk you need to have something to eat (lunch or dinner, depending on the hour). You have two options: Lavanda or The Little Things. Both of the locations function in old houses. Also similar is the fact that they share the space with other locations. Lavanda shares it with One More Bar, which is considered one of the best cocktail bars in town, while The Little Things shares the garden with Mamma Mia restaurant.

Like many restaurants in Sofia, The Little Things has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, that makes you feel like you are having lunch/dinner in your friend’s house. Each room has a different theme that comes along perfectly. The small garden is equally charming, especially when the wisteria that covers the house is in full blossom. The Little things is opposite St. Sedmochislenitsi church, a hidden gem is Sofia situated in a beautiful park. The church was created in 1902 on base of an abandoned Ottoman mosque. Before the mosque, at the same place existed a nunnery of the Rila Monastery and an Early Christian temple from the 4th-5th century. You can visit it if you still have time.

Lavanda also has thematic rooms, even one that transforms into a cinema so that you can watch a movie with your friends while enjoying a glass of Bulgarian wine. The menu changes according to the seasonal ingredients. I recommend the tarator soup for starter and the lime cheesecake for dessert. Book a table on the balcony if you want to enjoy a romantic atmosphere that will remind you of old Vienna or Paris.

Day 2

Now that we are familiar with mekitsa we just can’t get enough of it so we head to Mekitsa & Coffee to have breakfast and find out in how many ways one can serve the traditional dish (jams, chocolate and nuts, ice cream, caramel and fruits, honey and walnuts, ham and even peanut butter or avocado). For those of you who like to eat healthy food – there are mekitsas with wholemeal flour with no added eggs and milk. You can also order buhti, smaller versions of mekitsa. If you’re there early you can sit at the long table near the window and watch people passing by.

City Break Sofia

If you’re craving for more coffee, head to Chucky’s Coffee House for one of the best coffees in Sofia. Now we are ready to dive into history by visiting two of the most representative museums: National Archaeological Museum and the Regional History Museum.

The National Archaeological Museum is situated in the centre of Sofia in a building that was once the largest and oldest Ottoman mosque in the city, completed in 1494. The museum stores a large number of items, divided in four sections: Prehistory Hall, Treasury, Main Hall and Medieval Section; some of them are threatened by damage due to the design of the building, which is characterised by high moisture levels during the summer season so hurry up before it’s not too late.

Next to the Museum you will see the Presidency building, where you might witness the changing of the guard. Step into the courtyard between the Presidency building and the Sheraton Hotel to see the Saint George Rotunda, which is considered the oldest preserved building in Sofia. The Rotunda is a part of a large complex of ancient buildings from the late 3rd and early 4th century. You can read more about its amazing history here.

Now we are really hungry so we go to Shtastlivetsa Vitosha Boulevard for a Bulgarian lunch:

City Break Sofia

or to Pastorant, the best Italian restaurant in Sofia (according to me):

If your energy level is good, then we are heading to the second museum on our list, the Sofia History Museum. The Museum is located in The Central Mineral Baths building, a landmark for the city known for the mineral springs in the area. It was built in the early 20th century near the former Turkish bath (then destroyed) and was used as the city’s public baths until 1986. My favourite part of the exhibition was the Royal Carriage.

Head back to the hotel to relax and get ready for dinner. You will need to make a reservation as both restaurants are popular with tourists. Ashurbanipal or L’etranger? The restaurants are very different but the food is sooo delicious.

Ashurbanipal looks like it’s closed from the outside and when you enter you might ask yourself if you are in the right place. The owner is also the chef and the waiter. You won’t have any menus, he will let you know what dishes are available but rest assured that there will also be vegetarian and vegan options. The salad and bread are complimentary and everything we tasted was delicious!

City Break Sofia

L’etranger is the typical French restaurant, fancy and romantic. If you are not the adventurer type, then the safe option is L’etranger. I loved the cosy atmosphere and the design of the location. The desserts here are some of the best in town, heads up for the lavender cheesecake and brandy flambated strawberries. Yum!

City Break Sofia

Day 3

This will be a long day as we are going to discover Serdica, a Thracian settlement that developed into modern Sofia. Breakfast calling! Our destination today is Hlebar, located in one of the nicest neighbourhoods, Oborishte. Before we get there, let’s have a walk on Oborishte street, one of the most pleasant streets in central Sofia, flanked by the large neo-classical residences of various foreign missions.

Hlebar has the best banitsa in town (a traditional Bulgarian pastry derived from an Anatolian recipe). You can also choose something else from their daily menu as they also serve omelettes, soups or salads made from fresh local products. Their bread is delicious, as in many other places in Sofia. You can try to combine the banitsa with boza, a malt drink made from maize (corn) and wheat or millet. The fermented beverage is popular in many countries from the Balkan Peninsula and the Caucasian region.

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Close to Hlebar is one of the nicest parks in Sofia, Doctor’s Garden. We can have a walk in the park before stopping at the beautiful flower-shop nearby.

Don’t forget about the best specialty coffee shop in town: Dabov. They provide roasted coffee to a number of coffee places in Sofia (the list is short as the trend is just starting to become popular in Bulgaria) and if you head to their shop you can also drink perfectly brewed coffee on the spot (no snacks though).

Next destination: Serdica. Short historical summary (thanks Wiki): Serdica was possessed by Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great and later by the roman emperors Trajan and Diocletian. Constantine the Great called the city “my Rome” and was seriously thinking of moving the imperial capital to Serdica but Byzantium (Istanbul) subsequently won. During the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I the city was surrounded with great fortress walls whose remnants can still be seen today.

 

The starting point for Ancient Serdica is the Nezavisimost (Independence) Square, which is surrounded by the Largo, an architectural ensemble of three Socialist Classicism edifices in central Sofia: the former Party House in the centre, and two side edifices. The Largo also once featured a statue of Vladimir Lenin, which was later removed and replaced by the one of St. Sophia in 2000.

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A few years ago, a glass lid on the floor emerged in the centre of the Independence square, so that the ruins of the ancient Thracian and Roman city of Serdica could be exposed in an impressive way.

The two underpasses, the one in front of the former Party House and the one with the medieval Church of St Petka, contain the traces of the fortified walls of ancient Serdica and an original roman street. The paved main streets were leading to the city forum, which was situated under the present square Sveta Nedelya. Luxurious villas with sewerage, water-mains and paved streets were located in the region of Serdica subway station.

While you’re there, you can also visit the Square of Tolerance called after the four churches within few minutes walk of each other: a mosque, a catholic cathedral, an orthodox church and a synagogue. The temples of the 4 major religions in this part of the world are all functioning in the same square.

For lunch we have two options: Made in Blue or Soul Kitchen. Made in Blue is one of the most “instagrammable” places in Sofia which makes it a very popular place. You will need to book a table in advance if you don’t want to miss it out. If you book a table in the garden, don’t forget to also check the house before you leave. The menu contains an interesting worldwide selection.

Soul Kitchen is a great place for vegetarians and vegans. Everything is prepared and served with great care for details. It also has one of the nicest gardens in Sofia!

City Break Sofia

If you’re still up for walking you should head to Arena Di Serdica Hotel to see the remains of the Amphitheatre of Serdica. The Amphitheatre of Serdica hosted fights between gladiators and beasts and was considered the biggest in the eastern part of the Roman Empire and Bulgaria. You can read more here.

For a fancy night out you can choose between Sense Rooftop Bar and Jasmine Gastro Bar. The terrace at Sense Rooftop Bar offers you a 180-degree view on Sofia and some of its most emblematic buildings. The restaurant is on top of one of the most expensive hotels in Sofia, Sense, and it certainly lives up to its reputation.

Jasmine’s summer garden is perfect for a quiet dinner and the interior is equally inviting. The fact that it’s located on Rakovski Street, one of the main party streets in Sofia, makes Jasmine look like an oasis in the middle of the desert/noisy street. Their cocktail selection is amazing.

The night is young so you can sip a cocktail at Sputnik Bar, situated next to one of the best Bulgarian restaurants Rakia Raketa Bar. Their cocktail menu contains their own recipes but they also do “classics”.

Day 4

We cannot be productive on an empty stomach so we are going to have breakfast at Daro, a cosy place in the centre of Sofia where the Chef is one of the winners of Masterchef Bulgaria. It is also a good place for a quick brunch.

On our way to the most famous pedestrian street in Sofia we stop at Drekka for a matcha latte/coffee.

Vitosha Boulevard is the perfect place to relax on a Sunday afternoon while walking, listening to live music, admiring the Vitosha mountain (click here for Vitosha Mountain guide), watching people and why not, shopping?

If you feel like eating something sweet, there is a really nice place nearby where you can find the best sweets in town. It’s called Vila Rosiche, a beautiful house with a green garden in the middle of the town. You can also enjoy a cup of tea next to your cake and if you feel like you ate too much, you can take a walk in the National Palace of Culture Park nearby.

For lunch we have two options: the best burger place in town, Skaptobara, or the farm to table restaurant, Bagri. If you choose Skaptobara don’t forget to order the cheesy potatoes. They are delicious! Both locations offer a wide selection of Bulgarian craft beers + wines.

At Bagri, like in many places in Sofia, the menu is seasonal and changes accordingly. They have a sustainable approach as they want to offer the best taste by using healthy cooking techniques and supporting local, organic producers.

Last walk of the day will be towards the Ivan Vazov National Theatre and the beautiful City Garden, where many locals like to hang out. Ivan Vazov was a great personality of Bulgaria, often called the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Literature. You cannot miss the imposing Sofia Balkan Hotel, situated next to the park.

If you want to find out more about his life and legacy you can visit the Ivan Vazov House Museum that can be found in the vicinity of the theatre.

Now we need to get ready for dinner, as we have a reservation at Made in Home or Aubergine (it’s up to you, again). Made in Home is the elder brother of Made in Blue so you will enjoy it as much, if not even more. This might be the perfect place to relax on a Sunday evening and forget about all the worries in the world.

Aubergine offers an impressive selection of interesting dishes paired with local craft beer. As you might think, the main ingredient in their kitchen is the eggplant. The relaxed atmosphere sets the mood for a perfect romantic dinner.

Honorable mentions: Cosmos, Zoya & Sun Moon (Healthy Food), Moma Bulgarian Food & Wine

Bulgarian Street Art

Walks and Parks: Sofia’s main attractions are located in the city centre so everywhere you want to go you can arrive by foot. While walking around you can stop in the many small parks and admire the surroundings.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed my selection.

 

Later!


sustainable fashion

Sustainable Fashion: Truth or Dare?

Sustainable Fashion – Truth or Dare?

Sustainability in fashion is a pretty difficult subject to handle. For that matter I am still not sure if the terms are compatible. I am not even sure if I am entitled to approach this subject. It is something that I want to read more about and apply it on my personal choices.

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. It is not the first nor the second, but using the resources from the most polluting ones as electricity, heat and agriculture makes it a top offender. Starting with the production of the raw materials, continuing with manufacturing and shipping and ending with the disposal of the clothing item, the fashion’s industry end to end process can have a big impact on the environment.

What the fashion companies need to do: ‘Innovate or die’. This might sound tough but as the climate issue is one of the most hyped subjects of the moment, consumers start to be more aware of the impact that this industry has on the planet. In 2017, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit together with the Boston Consulting Group created The Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report. The highlights of the report, as presented on their website and inside the pages are the below:

As of today, the sustainability ``pulse`` of the industry is weak – scoring only 32 out of 100. Company size, far more than price positioning, correlates with a higher Pulse Score: most large fashion brands show progress, but the great mass of small to midsize firms representing around half of the market—a blind spot in the industry—have done little to 
improve their impact.

Apparel consumption is projected to rise by 63%, to 102 million tons in 2030, increasing 
the need for the fashion industry to address its environmental and social footprint. If the global population rises as expected to 8.5 billion people by 2030, the overall apparel consumption will rise by 63%, an equivalent of more than 500 billion T-shirts.

Today, humankind produces 2.1 billion tons of waste per year. In terms of annual ecological footprint, the world’s population already produces more than 1.6 times what the earth can absorb in the same timeframe. Assuming today’s current solid waste during production and at end-of-use, the industry’s waste will increase by about 60% between 2015 and 2030. The vast majority of clothing waste ends up in landfills or is incinerated; globally, only 20% of clothing is collected for reuse or recycling.

In many Asian nations, the sector’s minimum wages are less than half of what can be considered a living wage. The gaps between minimum wages and living wages are equally staggering in Eastern Europe and Turkey. This issue is heightened with the many factories that fail to comply with their countries’ minimum wage laws.

For example, in major textile manufacturing countries like India, the level of noncompliance reaches 51%. If there is no systematic, concerted push to respond to those realities, more than one-third of workers in the sector globally are projected to be paid less than the minimum wage by 2030.

Did you know that cotton, even organic cotton, is not that environmentally friendly as you might think? The “thirsty, little plant”, consumes more than its share of water, therefore has a great impact on water consumption. What is happening with the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, the 6th cotton producer in the world, is an extreme example of the impact that excessive cotton farming has on the environment.

During the 60’s two of its main rivers, Amu Darya and Syr Darya, were diverted from their main course in order to transform the arid soil into a fertile one for agricultural purposes (cotton farming being one of them). The result was the drying of the Aral Sea, which affected not only the fishing communities from the area, but also the weather by making the region’s winters much colder and summers hotter and drier. Excessive cotton farming is also affecting Pakistan (Indus river), China, India, USA and Australia.

Some companies are interpreting the eco-friendly trend in a wrong way. Due to the fact that the demand for clothing is higher, they are buying unused plastic bottles, which they can recycle into polyester, a ‘greener option’ when compared to nylon or polyester made from petrochemicals. Let’s stick to recycling used plastic, guys. 🙂

Cool websites where I have found useful information concerning the subject: Ecocult, Ecowatch, Copenhagen Fashion Summit

What we can do:

  • Invest in quality garments that have a clean background and that last longer;

  • Try sticking to the shapes and colours that fit you best. Do not order something that you are not sure of. e.g. not sure if the colour suits you, or the shape is good for your body type. I support changes in styling, but it’s best to try the new product in stores;

  • Support the fashion companies that are going eco-friendly, by investing in their pieces, even if they are more expensive.

The good news is that some companies are taking action concerning sustainability: high-end brands such as Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney, fast fashion retailers Zara, H&M – Conscious Division, Mango – Committed Division, or the Jeans Guru – Levi’s. The annual Global Change Award, initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation, wants to protect the planet and living conditions by helping start-up companies that offer eco friendly textile alternatives. This year the 1 million prize went to five different companies:

  • Crop-A-Porter/Agraloop €300,000 -> Making sustainable bio-textiles by using left-overs from food crop harvests.

  • The Regenerator/Swerea €250,000Separating cotton and polyester blends, turning them into new textile fiber.

  • Algae Apparel/Algalife €150,000 -> Turning algae into bio-fiber and eco-friendly dye that is also good for the skin.

  • Smart Stitch/Resortecs €150,000 -> A dissolvable thread that makes repairing and recycling a breeze.

  • Fungi Fashion/MycoTEX €150,000 -> Custom-made clothes made from decomposable mushroom roots.

What I can do:

More research on eco-friendly materials and fashion companies;

Invest in high quality pieces that can be re-worn in different situations and seasons;

Discover, highlight and invest in companies with environmentally friendly actions and charitable campaigns.

As much as I enjoy discovering seasonal trends in fashion, I do not want to be just a consumer. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, I love nature and appreciate everything that she’s constantly sharing with us. I want to be able to make smart choices. I know that it’s difficult to resist temptations, but step by step we can change the consumer behaviour. The companies will have no choice than to listen to us.

To end with, I want to highlight some brands that are having such initiatives, by sharing their vision, as stated in their about section.

Reformation – Fabric is the magic. We make our pieces from super sustainable materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. As we grow, our goal is to push harder to create more sustainable fabric options.

Re/Done– RE/DONE is a movement – a movement to restore individuality to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant, and a movement to create sustainable fashion. We take the vintage denim apart at the seams, repurposing it as the fabric of our new jeans. We are proud to manufacture our jeans in Downtown Los Angeles using water conserving methods and no harsh chemicals. Quantities will always be limited since each pair is handpicked, hand cut, and distinctly one of a kind.

Amur – A clothing collection created in New York City that was born from the concept that great style does not have to come at the expense of our environment—and that design can strike a balance between beauty and good intentions. It’s an approach that’s woven into our very name: A Mindful Use of Resources.

Edun – Sustainability is the crux of our values; a reason to exist that is both ethical and responsible. The majority of our collections are sourced from mills that minimise their impact on the environment, with organic, recyclable or biodegradable qualities but also with water conservation, usage of solar energy or less pesticides. This aids in having a less harmful impact on the planet. Being a sustainable-forward company means working with new and evolving materials, challenging traditional ideas but also investing in quality.

Bonus: Sezane, for the ‘Demain action’ – The call to action arrived in 2017 with the T-shirt La Femme, which helped us raise over 150 000 euros for UN Women. And then my encounter with Martine Brousse, President of La Voix de L’Enfant. More than ever, I choose to keep Sézane on this path and to carry the commitment personally: with our daily program for children DEMAIN, which aims to raise 1 000 000 euros per year to improve access to culture and education.


Good things are happening in Oradea - Restaurants and Cafes

RESTAURANTS & CAFES

Note: Check the attached link for further information regarding the mentioned sights and places to visit.

 

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The upper street coffeeshop: Ristretto

Well positioned on the main pedestrian street in the old town, Ristretto has one of the best coffees in town. As a bonus, the products that we ordered looked exactly like the pictures from the menu.


The river restaurant: Rivo

This restaurant deserves its place in the top 5, although it was not our favourite based on what we tasted and where we had the chance to go. I would love to visit it during the summer, as the outside terrace looked really nice, and I had one of the best Gin Cocktails I ever tried. It is perfect for a romantic dinner or a family reunion.


The winner restaurant: MEATic

MEATic was definitely our favourite restaurant. We went there twice, ordered something different (except the dessert, dreamy cheese dumplings!) and enjoyed it equally much. Our dream of finding reinvented Romanian recipes that could make us fall in love again with our local cuisine came true.


The friendly coffeeshop: The Spot

If you want to relax after admiring the beautiful buildings surrounding Unirii Square and maybe visiting the City Hall Tower, you should pay a visit to this coffee shop and its friendly personnel. Besides good coffee, The Spot also serves yummy raw-vegan desserts made by Sweet Magnolia. I also tried a delicious Masala Chai.


The wine bistro: Rewine

Although the establishment is recommended for serving wine, we went there for breakfast and coffee, and we were not disappointed. We would have wanted to come back for a glass of wine and some pinchos, but the time spent in Oradea was too short.


The brunch restaurant: Baraw

They say that you should save the best for last, and apparently we did so with our last breakfast in Oradea. One delicious granola for me and maybe one omelette croissant for you. They also serve a large variety of burgers, the perfect option for a nourishing brunch.

happening in Oradea

The cool coffeeshop: Snoozz

Situated next to the Traian Park, Snoozz has the same atmosphere as our favourite coffeeshops in Bucharest. You can also enjoy a yummy bagel next to your choice of coffee. We can not wait to go back when we return to Oradea!


The fancy restaurant: Spoon

Spoon reminded me of the fancy places surrounding Herastrau Lake in Bucharest. If you want to relax with your friends in the weekend, this is the place to go.


N.B.: Reliva restaurant seems like a nice option for a romantic dinner. We wanted to make a reservation for Sunday but it was going to be closed so we did not have the chance to taste the menu.

Restaurants worth trying, although not tested: Allegria, Via29, The Hub, Rosecas.

Coffee to go: Street Coffee Roasters

Future coffee place: The Dripper

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The Greatest Joys in Life

The greatest joys in Life are the ones that cannot be measured. They are like the drops of water in the oceans or the grains of sand in the deserts. Let us not confuse them with measurable possessions. Most of the time we are not aware of their presence, or at least not until something extraordinary happens. For some it might be the colour of the trees in the autumn, the smell of coffee in the morning or the gentle embrace of someone you love. Which one are you?


Not Just A Blog

My name is Pomegranate Juice

… and I am happy to meet you. I hope that I am not late. I have been

 

meaning to introduce myself to you all for some time …

… but I guess that I am just too shy and have been lacking confidence. I will try to fix this while you go through my pages, but I will also need your help in this process. It’s not easy to open up and invite everyone into your world. This will be a learning process for the both of us. I am sure that I have a lot to learn from you and trust that you will also find some useful information through my pages. I will make mistakes, so please be patient with me and let me know when I cross the line. I want to help, but please do not take me for granted. This will be my personal expertise on several matters and I am open to hearing from you and bettering myself.

There are several things that I want to talk to you about. Firstly and foremost, FASHION. Oh boy, how do I feel about fashion?! I sometimes feel bad about it, as for many it is such a vain and boring subject. For me fashion is a never-ending story. Fashion is change and reinvention. When you think that something is out, it suddenly reappears in an updated/upgraded version. When you think that you can never combine various items/trends, fashion later says “why not?”. When you think that you know everything about trends, fashions says “oh no you don’t!”. One thing that I am certain of, and this goes for every subject, is that you can never know enough about fashion/subjects that you are passionate about.

Who also loves to TRAVEL? I am sure you do too. Travelling is such a rich experience in all ways. When travelling, one does not only find out new things about the places you see and the people you meet, but also about oneself. And even though you travel to the same places several times, you still find out new things every single time. They say that you can not know a person well enough until you travel together, and I have experienced that it is true. The greatest invention of all times might be the plane, as it allows you to travel the world and reach places that you could only dream of.

What is your most important asset? Your body, so please treat it as a temple. Your body is the temple of your soul, as I once read somewhere. It is important that you maintain a lifestyle that feeds your soul but also takes care of your body. HEALTH and BEAUTY are connected, this means that healthy is beautiful and healthy means different things for different bodies. There is no such thing as a perfect body. Your body talks to you if you listen to it. It will tell you what is good for you and what is not. Please be kind.