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Iceland Vegan Food Guide – My Reykjavik Foodie Adventures

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge foodie. I wasn’t fully happy with the oats, rice and baked beans for every meal and I decided to sacrifice my budget for eating out. You know what they say, food is a great way to learn about a culture, and I wasn’t learning much when I was making my sad little porridge for every meal. Surprisingly enough, we found a vast variety of vegan options through the app HappyCow (it’s a must for the vegan traveler), and there was even a fully vegan restaurant! Here are some places we visited.

 

Vinyl cafe

This is the first and only (so far) fully vegan joint in Iceland. They have a super chill vibe, great music and delicious food. Gaia tried the soup and the kale salad (she approved) and I had the holy grail of sandwiches – the Kawaii sandwich with added Oumph. OH MY LORD. That sandwich was probably the best sandwich of my life. It was crunchy, oily, salty, and super flavorful. It had a fair amount of avocado, soy cream cheese, grated vegan parmesan, caramelized onions and mushrooms and Oumph. Oumph is a Swedish soy meat that needs to be exported to every corner on earth inhabiting humans. We also had their vegan viking beer called, well.. Viking. It was very tasty and made me feel cool. I’m a huge sucker for anything viking OK. I don’t judge you, you don’t judge me.

Aalto Bistro

This bistro is located in the Nordic House and we went there after the pool. Thankfully it was marked on the free map we got at The Bus Hostel so after asking some bus drivers that stopped the bus for us to help with directions (show me another country that does that! God, I love Iceland), we made it to Aalto.

They have a vegan menu that was so decadent and Christmassy. It was next level vegan gourmet food. We had the nut roast with some fancy salads and fancy bread, which were all super good, but my favorite was the dessert. We got a spread of seasonal sweets that literally blew my mind. Thankfully Gaia doesn’t like sweets so I ate hers too. I love my life.

Bike Cave

Another cool restaurant with an interesting twist. It’s a bike repair shop as well! With a shower (van life anyone?)! We had a nice vegan burger, delicious fries in all shapes and sizes, vegan onion rings and a few more things. I am a huge fan of vegan junk food, so this meal totally hit the spot.

Supermarkets

I know, I know, as travelers we all have a budget to adhere to, and I’m not gonna lie. Eating out in Iceland is expensive. So why not go to the supermarket and cook yourself a feast? There’s a nice variety of vegan essentials in the supermarkets in Iceland.

We went to Bonus because we heard it’s the cheapest. We got yummy hummus (looked awful, but as an Israeli, I approve), Linda Mccartney’s sausages, vegan nutella (by euroshopper), bread, flat bread (omg it was amazing), probably the best tasting spinach i’ve ever had and lots of other bits and bobs. For dessert we also found vegan chocolate chip cookies (by europshopper) that were super good! They also have a variety of soy products you shouldn’t miss out on.

Airport food

Being emetophobic, germophobic and an extreme foodie, I NEVER eat at airports. But there I was, in the airport for 24 hours, my stash of chocolate covered rice cakes was dwindling slowly, I finished the last bit of peanut butter and I was slowly getting famished. I knew it had to be done. It was time for my first ever airport food. And what a surprise it was!

I found a 24/7 little shop in the airport with heaps of overpriced sandwiches, and they had 2 vegan options! One was a hummus wrap, and the other was some sort of sandwich. Being the hummus addict that I am, I decided to venture with the hummus wrap. Twice. It was sooooooooo good! Good flavor, good texture, none of the veggies were too soggy or gross and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took another one for the plane.

All in all, seems like Iceland has quite a it to offer to any traveler. From restaurants with vegan options, cafes with soy milk, vegan ice cream shops, and fairly vegan friendly supermarkets [it’s all relative right?], you can always find something to eat that will make your vegan tummy happy while in Iceland.

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Quick & Easy Vegan Recipes For Fall

The red and gold autumn leaves that make a crunchy sound when you step on them, the weather is not scorching hot anymore, the smell of apple and cinnamon and pumpkin spice everything… Don’t you just love fall?
I am an absolute sucker for seasons, and fall especially. Even though there is no real change of season here, I still take advantage of everything fall inspired in this wonderful time and nothing says more fall to me than fall inspired food (probably since it’s not cold enough for nice clothes haha).
So in today’s video I wanted to share with you guys my favorite vegan recipes of fall 2015!

My epic apple pie oatmeal for breakfast

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My warm veggie salad with tahini dressing for lunch
(full recipe can be found in my ebook)

warm veggie salad for fall henya mania

Hot apple cider as a snack

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lentil soup with veggies and toasted bread for dinner

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All of the recipes are preparation method are in the video, so make sure to check it out and subscribe to my channel if you like it.

What is your favorite thing about fall? 🙂

 

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6 Awesome Tips To Make Your Long Distance Relationship Work

Hey Maniacs!

After receiving tonnes and tonnes of questions on our youtube and tumblr me and bae @jasonpizzino decided to finally make a video about how we make our long distance relationship work for us. we are sharing our tips in this video with you guys, hopefully you can get a thing or two out of it.

I thought I’d give you guys a quick summary of the video in this post so you could also read it out and make more sense out of it. Please make sure to share this post with whomever you think this will benefit, as It will help them and us as well 🙂
1. Trust each other

Trust is a key point in making a long distance relationship work for you. If you lack trust you will keep picking on little things and damage your relationship. working on the mutual trust is of high importance.

2. Keep your independence in check

First and foremost, you are your own person way before you enter a relationship. It’s vital to keep your independence in check; avoid neediness, learn to entertain yourself without your partner. Remember, you don’t need your mate to be complete, it is just an addition to an awesome life you are building for yourself. I used to be a super needy girlfriend and a great book that helped me is ‘Why Men Love Bitches‘.

3. Contact each other on whatsapp and facebook calls

Facebook and whatsapp now have this awesome feature you can call each other off your phones if you have the apps installed. For us it was simply a lifesaver! We also texted each other most of our waking hours on whatsapp, we always kept in touch.

4. Skype sex, sexting and snapchat nudes

This one is a must. Sex is an inseparable part of a normal relationship in our opinion, and we took advantage of every app we could use to send each other sexy nudes, sexts and masturbated to each other on skype. It’s actually a really interesting aspect of sex that I didn’t experience much of before going on a long distance relationship and I fucking loved it.

5. Schedule specific times to talk

To be honest, I had massive issues with this one, I didn’t like the feeling that Jason is putting “A call to Henya” in his daily schedule, as it made me feel like I was some chore you need to do in between feeding the dog and answering emails. But trying to manage a long distance relationship between continents, when I’m in Israel and Jason’s in Australia, it was kind of the only option. What do you know, after less than a month, I became more fanatic about scheduling than he was!

6. Work towards a goal

The first time me and Jason split up, we didn’t know what we were going to do. We had no goal in mind and no idea when we will ever meet again. our relationship was standing on the rocks after several weeks and then Jason Bought a ticket to come see me in Thailand. Since we had a date we knew we were working towards, it became way easier. As time went by, we started working towards a bigger goal of living together in Asia, working on our social media and be together. Some people can manage a long distance relationship for years and years, for us, it wasn’t sustainable so we decided to work towards being with each other long term. It’s important to know your boundaries and how long you can be away from each other, and figure things out from there.

 

I hope this was helpful to you guys, please let us know in the comments what do you think and if you have any other tips that worked for you. Make sure to check out our youtube channels and subscribe if you like what you see. If you want to reach out to us you can easily do so via email, snapchat, insta and tumblr [even anonymously].

My channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/g0v3gan

Jason’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/highcarbhealth

 

Have a wondeful day and go vegan!

Henya

 

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