Saturday, December 30, 2017

London 29.11 - 4.12.17

 Festive feels in Carnaby street.

 Spotted a cutie in Mudchute animal farm.

I really like The Real Greek, this was the second time we ate here and this type of food never disappoints me. Dished from the top: Pitta bread, hummus, spiced chickpeas, white beans in tomato sauce, dolmades & falafel with a read onion & tomato salad. 

 Yorica serves all vegan FroYo and ice cream. I topped mine with cookies, brownie chunks, passionfruit & sprinkles. YUM.

We were meant to go to Winter Wonderland but the lines were INSANE so we skipped it.

 It looked pretty from a far distance too:) 

We had dumplings at Ugly Dumplings which were super good. Go here if in London! They have a vegan platter which I’m now drooling at thinking about.

The vegan brownie in Veggie Pret has caramel inside and is pretty much perfection.  


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

animal therapy

A few pictures from Mudchute Park & Farm in London when I was visiting my bf three weeks ago. 

I felt like I had a pretty deep connection with this precious sheep

 Meow!

Baby♡ Animals are life. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Vervet Monkey Foundation - My Experience

I volunteered at the Vervet Monkey Foundation in Tzaneen, South Africa, from the 23rd of October to the 17th of November. I was really nervous to see if the VMF was truly an ethical place so I tried to do as much research as I could beforehand but in the end I just trusted the information that was online. I saw it as a gigantic bonus that the foundation was vegan, ufortunately most of the other animal volunteering places i looked up said that they serve a standard western diet of meat and dairy. This in my opinion is extremely counterproductive, why go out of ones way to help some animals while contributing to slaughter others at the same time? 

The VMF was established in 1993 and is a rehabilitation sanctuary for vervet monkeys. Most of the monkeys there were brought in either injured, orphaned or as ex-pets. It’s a hands-off sanctuary because the monkeys shouldn't be humanized. Animal ethics are of course super tricky but from what I saw, heard and experienced, the volunteers at the VMF truly care about the well-being of these animals. The goal is always to rehabilitate with the intention to set the monkeys free. Unfortunately, a lot of the monkeys cannot be released into the wild because of their pasts.

The workdays looked like this:

07.00-10.00 work
10.00-10.30 break
10.30- 12.00 work
12.00-14.00 lunch break
14.00-17.00 work
17.00- dinner & evening off

The work task varied a lot but it could be for example monitoring some monkeys, taking notes to see that they were eating/drinking, interacting with other monkeys, integration etc. Chopping and preparing fruits and vegetables and distributing it, going around the enclosures and filling water bowls and milks, washing bowls, handing out enrichments and medicin etc. There was also a lot of maintenance work to do all around the foundation, such as painting, de-weeding, cleaning, taking lantana to be burned etc. The work could be quite tough physically, but it was really rewarding. Lunch and dinner was cooked for us (unless we ourselves had the cooking shift) and everything was vegan. We had a meeting every Wednesday to go through the week and get information about possible changes, new monkeys etc. On our days off we could just chill at the foundation or go to the town of Tzaneen, hang out at a fancy hotel near by, or do trips someplace else. I went to Kruger National Park with three other volunteers and Dave’s (the founder) sister for three days. It was an amazing safari experience where we got to see soooo many beautiful animals. On our evenings off at the VMF you can just relax, watch movies, have a drink etc. The people at the VMF were super lovely, we were about 40 people there at the time and it was incredible to be a part of a group that is so passionate in helping others. 

The volunteer village

 The foundation was full of wild vervet monkeys that loved to steal the food, they’re called bandits. 

 Skunky monkey!

They like resting their feet like this on the fence.

My dear little Theo who I got to monitor a lot<3  It was supposed to be getting into rain season when I was there but everything was extremely dry as you can see and there was only a few rain days during my stay. Usually it’s already green and luscious at this time of year. 


I definitely recommend going volunteering to the Vervet Monkey Foundation, I miss it a lot. Especially my little monkey friends<3 

Friday, October 20, 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Life update!! I’m going to volunteer with Vervet monkeys for 4 weeks in Tzaneen, SA.
 Stay tuned for an update after the trip!


All animals deserve better 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

#metoo


Yes, all people get sexually abused and harassed, but don’t try to minimize women’s suffering because “men get sexually assaulted too”. The whole point is to shine light on this problem as a whole, WHAT can we do together to avoid these situations?? People (mostly men, let’s be real here) who don’t know other people’s boundaries, LISTEN to what women are saying in times like these and believe that our feelings are true. And random men on the streets & in bars etc, don’t tell me to smile, make me smile. Old men, stop whistling and looking up and down at my body, I could be your granddaughter. Don’t just randomly grab my butt. STOP when I say stop. Major lack of communication going on in this society.... I’m going to say what you’ve probably heard a million times before. Everyone knows someone who’s been sexually harassed/assulted/raped yet NO ONE seems to know a harasser/assaulter/rapist. Could it be that men have a different view on what is considered a compliment and have a different take on rights? Yes, so let’s talk about it and create boundaries that we’re all comfortable with. Can everyone take responsibility here and just be a respectful person, how hard can it beeeeee.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pennywise


Last night after work, I went to the movies with Bettan & Cecu. I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever to see It and I was so happy that B suggested we’d go since pretty much all my other friends either hate horror movies or live someplace else. I really liked the movie, it was both scary and funny. At times it got a bit over the top (supernatural stuff doesn’t scare me that much) but overall I liked the story and the acting was on point.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

cinnybunny


A few nights ago me and Vicke walked around Töölönlahti to get me a cinnamon roll from a café called Taideterassi. We couldn’t believe neither of us had never been there before, it was such a beautiful location and cozy cafe. The cinnamon roll wasn’t too shabby either....! A+ 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

BEN & JERRY'S

Thank you Ben & Jerry’s for having a non-dairy ice cream line and for leaving the cows alone, even if it's just for a second. My favourite is the Peanut Butter & Cookies one, the question is when the Coffee Caramel Fudge one will make it’s way to Finland?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

shroom picking with the little fam




These pics are from a couple of days back when we went mushroom picking with a hysterical blueberry-munching dog haha. I’m back at my parents’ place now because I have work close by but I have a few days off which is much needed. I’ve been researching a bit about yoga teacher training stuff and also practised some yoga, made falafels, read our old childrens’ books & watched paradise hotel. Later I’m gonna go for a walk, have a sauna sesh & watch a movie, in other words I’m having some quality alone time. Happy weekend peeps! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

♡ Bergen






Yesterday in a nutshell: Arrived with the Flybuss and oriented my way to Niklas & Malenes super sweet apartment, walked and looked around in the town centre with Niklas, grocery shopped, watched That 70’s Show, ate Malene's homemade falafels and tzatsiki, drank wine in the sofa while the rain pored outside (coziest moment in a long time), played a board game and struggled to understand the rules (language barriers haha) and met a few of Niklas’ friends who came over, went out to a couple of different clubs to dance. 

Today in a nutshell: Woke up late, ate breakfast & chilled out for a bit, rented bikes and rode them around Bergen (hot tip!!), admired the views, streets & houses, ate donuts, got wet from the rain (which is pretty much constant but I don’t mind at all) and now: try to pet Saga the cat who’s extremely skittish. Later on we’re going to Pygmalion for dinner. I could seriously consider moving here, it’s so peaceful and cozy, I think I feel at home ❥

Friday, September 8, 2017

Goodio



A couple days ago I had acai bowls, coffee & raw cake with Cat, Emmy & Celina at Goodio, which I really liked. Earlier today we had brunch with some of the girls and later tonight I’m gonna hang out with them again. ♡ I’m so grateful even to be in the same country as most of my girls right now because it’s something very rare thing in our group of friends.Tomorrow I’m heading to Bergen in Norway to visit my cousin and his girlfriend for an extended weekend which I’m suuuper stoked about. Happy Friday everyone!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bar no. 9

On Thursday we had lunch at one of our fave date spots: Cafe bar 9. I had the same that I always have because it’s just too good, kasviskorianteri wok with marinated tofu.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I’m currently back home, haven’t been here for like a week so it feels good. I walked pass the market square today where the attack took place on Friday. There was a little sea of candles and flowers and it really touched my heart 


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Yummy Bare Bar

I’ve started to eat a lot of energy & raw bars, they come in so handy at work and I literally haven’t tried any nasty tasting bars in my life which means I’m rarely disappointed. Wish they’d be cheaper though.. maybe I should start making my own? Ok I’m gonna go google bar recipes now, later! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

🍫Coconut Milk Chocolate by Renée Voltaire🍫


Am I crazy to think this chocolate tastes a bit like Fazer’s regular milk chocolate?? It doesn’t taste coconutty at all, just really light, smooth and creamy. This might be one of my favourite vegan chocolates now.... Watch out Rapunzel Nirwana & iChoc. It’s organic (sadly also a bit pricey) but it makes for a great gift because it’s cruelty-free and honestly who doesn’t like that? And as a bonus the packaging is super pretty! You can at least find this chocolate in Vegekauppa, don’t know about the availability in other stores...🍫🍫🍫

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

this moment ☾



Last night I was alone at our country place. I took a dip in the soothing sea wearing only my birthdaysuite (halleluja freedom) with a glass of rose in my hand. Then I returned to the steaming sauna and just took a moment to be really reflect on and be grateful for everything I have. I haven’t felt that kind of bliss in such a long time. Sea & sauna & solitude = best therapy ever ♥

Thursday, July 27, 2017

27.7

I’m currently at our summer place. We’ve had relatives over since yesterday and mrs meowington (pictured) also paid us a visit which was nice, freakin’ LOVE animals.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Makers Cafe






Me and Vicke went for a waffle brunch to Makers Cafe in Lauttasaari on Saturday. I reeeaally liked the place, the waffles, the interior, the atmosphere and the overall vibe. You get to eat as many waffles  (which are gluten-free) as you like and they have both salty & sweet toppings (everything vegan except for the feta cheese). They also served delicious coffee & Rooibos wildberry iced tea. 
Love cozy places like this.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

This week in some pics

Cauliflower ramen at Fat Ramen in Hietalahden kauppahalli 

Girls night at Emmy’s. I finally got to meet this little princess named Celina 

Lucky to have a master chef boyfriend

Iris as her happiest self in Mellsten

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Date night at Gaijin

On Saturday night, me and bf had a date night at Gaijin in Helsinki. We had emailed in advance and checked if they would do a vegan tasting menu for me and they sure did. I got 8 dishes while my bf got 10 but that was all forgiven after the food started rolling in and after we rolled out of the restaurant after we were done.

 My seasonal rhubarb drink aka “Suck My Garden” tasted like sour candy My bf had the Herushinki cocktail which was super refreshing. 

 This bun dish was probably my favorite of them all, can’t quite remember what it was though...

 Another plus was that they were very generous with bringing out more Gohan japanese rice which was meant to be shared. 

OI can promise you that you won’t get disappointed if you go here as a vegan foodie or if you’re just interested in trying some delicious North Asian veggie dishes.