I’m sure many if not all of you guys have one health-related fitness goal for 2018 and I wish you guys all the best on it! Sometimes I just crave something “cookie like” and indulgent, that’s where these bad boys come in: my vegan, refined sugar free chocolate chunk cookies.
Don’t they look AMAZING!!
I discovered this recipe by accident, I was baking in the kitchen, chucked a few ingredients I had in my pantry and BAM I made the best cookies I’ve ever made. They are soft and chewy and the chocolate chunks tie the whole cookie together. If you are looking for an indulgent yet healthy recipe, don’t worry ya girl’s got your back.
Lindt 90% Chocolate Block
The good thing about these cookies is that you can eat the batter because it’s vegan!
My friend and I were looking for a good brunch spot (you know..the usual weekend brunch routine) and we came across the dainty the little cafe of Fergus Coffee. Located on Wattletree Rd. in Malvern East, the location serves the perfect spot near the bustling Glenferrie Rd. but not too close to the hustle and bustle. To top it all off the spot the courtyard in the back makes this the perfect go-to spot for a nice brunch atmosphere.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the lovely Fergus Coffee staff and we made our way through the cute backpass to the courtyard.
At Fergus Coffee my friend had the Acai Bowl (w/ Almond Milk, Berries, Bananas, Chia Seeds, Coconut and Strawberries) and the Acai Smoothie, whilst I had the Hotcakes and the Mango Smoothie (w/ Mango, Coconut Milk, Yogurt and Honey).
The Hotcakes were the show stealer. The warm hotcakes and the cold ice-cream served on top was a perfect temperature balance. Perfect for a warm day! The sweet hotcakes were balanced by the tart and flavour of the berries and the freeze-dried raspberries. They tasted exactly like cake batter and the presentation was amazing (#aestheticfood goals).
The Mango Smoothie was my favourite of the two smoothies. It wasn’t too sickly sweet but not too sour. I love the underlying flavours of the coconut and the honey tied the drink together. The perfect tropical smoothie combination! The Acai wasn’t bad either but a bit on the sour side. However, it was still a great smoothie!
The Acai Bowl was great! The presentation of the dish on the wooden board and the fruits laid on top made it beautiful. However, the taste wasn’t anything original. I couldn’t really taste the acai and there was an overpowering taste of banana.
Overall, we had a great experience and brunch session at Fergus Coffee. I would highly recommend this place if you ever come across this area or if you need a function area because the courtyard is the perfect, spring-like area to have a meeting or a gathering. I’ll definitely come back to have those hotcakes once again! They were delish!
A huge thank you to David for having us that day, we had such a great experience!
It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’ve missed my blog! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts, I was in a bit of a ditch and life has been hectic. However, it’s my goal this year to post more often on here! Anyway, here is my first post of 2018! I’ve been loving my night routine and have a list of essentials I always use before bed! I thought I would share them with you:
I love a good tea and it’s always nice to have a suitable, warm drink before I go to bed every night. I’ve been obsessed with making chai lattes and have one almost every night (yep, I’m obsessed). I love the 90Degrees Tea Blends and I’ve been using them in my teas and chais! Here is my simple recipe for the perfect chai latte:
I have also been loving 90Degree’s Night blend which is perfect for when I’m feeling lazy or need to rush to bed!
be more grateful: gratitude journal
One of my goals this year is to be more grateful and thankful for the moments, things and people I have in my life and I bought this super adorable gratitude journal from Kikki K. Every night I write three things I’m grateful for and why. It honestly (this will sound really cheesy) makes the world of a difference. It helps me to slow and calm myself down when I’m having one of those days where my mind is racing and it also reminds me of the blessings I have in my life.
a little bit of self lovin’ with OLD: Optimal Living Daily Podcast
I was never a podcast person until this year. I’ve been really into listening and reading self-help and motivational books but sometimes I’m just too busy to read. I try my best to squeeze in a little bit of self motivation every day and so every night I listen to one of these short podcasts. I love these podcasts because they are not only short but super motivating and insightful. I listen to it on my Spotify every night right before bed and it helps me to calm my mind and get me pumped for the next day! If you are looking for a good podcast, I would definitely recommend starting with this one.
A face mask is always a must for one of those nights where you just need to rest and rejuvenate. I’ve been wanting to experiment with more Korean face masks and I found this website, Bare and Be where they have a really extensive range of face masks from Korea. It’s so hard to find good Korean skin care here and Bare and Be is great for finding good quality masks! I’ve been using the Wrapping Me. Firming Sauna Mask by Make p:rem, it’s my fav! I love the HYGGEE masks too! ==
Get Comfy w/ PJs
You can’t go to sleep without a nice set of PJs! I’ve been obsessed with my two sets of PJs from Rose Blanc. They are so simple yet elegant and not to mention they are super soft. My personal favourite is the blue one!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and maybe even start using some of my own essentials! Let me know what your night time essentials are in the comments!