Crispy kale bites

This vegetarian meal is delicious, healthy and easy to make. The two main ingredients, quinoa and kale are very healthy, nutritious and recommend in most diets. Benefits of quinoa are numerous. It’s non gluten seed and excellent plant based protein source for vegetarians. It’s also high in fibers, vitamins (B1,B2, B3, B6, B12, vitamin E,) antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron. Kale is also super healthy food low in calories and high in fibers and vitamins.
Delicious bites are practical, it can be prepared as a snack, appetizers, breakfast or addition to a main course. Also, you can keep the leftovers in the fridge for next day.

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Ingredients are:

– 3 cups of chopped kale
– 1 cup of cooked quinoa
– 1 egg, large
– 1/2 cup of parmesan
– 1/2 tsp of salt
– 1/2 tsp of pepper
– 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
– 1 tbsp of dried basil

Procedure:

First you need to prepare quinoa. For one cup of quinoa goes two cups of water. Cook for twenty minutes or until water evaporates. It’s recommended to cook a kale a little bit, until it’s loose.
Next step: Mix one egg in a bowl, than add prepared quinoa, kale and remaining ingredients. Mix everything together and that’s it. The mixture is prepared. Take a tablespoon of it, shape with your hand and put on baking paper. Preheat oven on 200 °C (or 392 °F) and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

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Crispy kale bites are ready for consumption. Enjoy! 😉

Milan city – out of the fashion week

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Last november I visited global capital of fashion and design, Milan. Beautiful metropolis is capital of Italy’s northern region, Lombardy. Yes, we often associate it mainly with Milan Fashion Week and I heard from few people that there is not much to see in Milan, but I definitely wouldn’t agree with that! Like city of arts, commerce, industry, design, education, entertainment, fashion, media, tourism it has a lot to offer. I stayed there for few days and didn’t have a chance to explore everything, but I will have more opportunity in the future. 🙂 This was my first time in Milan, so I visited the most famous places in the city that are mostly recommended.

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When I arrived, my first thought of the city was that it did not look like other Italian places I visited. The mixture of historical, modern and contemporary buildings made me think that this is a place of magnificent architectural achievements. And first example of that is world famous:
1) Duomo cathedral
This cathedral left the biggest impression on me of all cathedral I saw. It’s is also the biggest cathedral in Italy (the larger one is in the State of Vatican City). Dedicated to St Mary of Nativity, it took about six centuries to finish it. Built in the Gothic style, today this extraordinary construction attracts tourists all over the world. Big square in front of the church is always filled with people who take pictures. 🙂 So if you want to avoid it, you should come early in the morning. Also you can visit the interior of the church or the roof where you can enjoy the panorama of the city.

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Next place worth visiting and also unique architectural piece is shopping mall:
2) Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
It is located near Duomo cathedral. Built in 19th century, it was named after Vittorio Emanuele II (first king of Kingdom of Italy). With beautiful mosaics on the floor and glass domes on the roof I think this is the most elegant shopping mall. Here you can find nice restaurants, cafes, one of only two seven – star hotels in the world, luxury shops as Prada, Gucci, Luis Vuitton etc. If you’re are not on a budget for shopping here it’s pleasure to walk around and enjoy in this beautiful place. 😉

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When I’m in Italy I can’t resist to try some good ice cream. 🙂 This time I found amazing gelateria near this place. It’s the best ice cream I’ve tried so far. The name of gelateria is ‘Cioccolati Italiani’. If you are chocolate lover, try ‘chocolate temptation’. It totally worth 4,5 euro as you get two flavours of ice cream, white cream and nutela. So delicious!

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Next recommendation in sightseeing Milan is great:
3) Sforza Castle or Castello Sforcesco
Square plan castle with 200 meters long sides, four towers and thick red – brick walls looks very impressive. Built in 15th century was residence of powerful Sforza dynasty. Castle is decorated by many famous artist including Leonardo Da Vinci! Entrance is free, you can walk around and enjoy in sightseeing. Also there are several museums and tickets cost about 5 euro. For me it’s very interesting place for taking pics, especially big fountain in front of the castle.

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Walking through the largest public park in Milan, Parco Sempio we decided to visit:
4) Civic Aquarium of Milan
It’s located on the edge of this park and it’s the third oldest aquarium in Europe! If you are a fan of underwater world you will like this place. You can see and learn a lot about different species of aquatic animals. I wasn’t impressed with this place, because I visited similar place in Budapest which for me was much more interesting. You can find more about it here

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In this park we visited one more interesting place, city’s gate, Porta Sempione. It’s also known as Arco Della Pace or Arch of Piece. It represents triumphal arch of Napoleon’s victories.

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The last but not less important place on this list is beautiful:
5) Naviglio Grande
It is one of five canals. Today they are mostly used as irrigation system. This charming district has become a place for enjoying for both locals and tourists. On both sides of the canal you can see a lot of shops, restaurants, galleries, bars filled with people who enjoy their aperitifs.

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All these places are free. You can visit it in just one day, if you’re ambitious. 🙂 But my advice is to take a time and enjoy in every location you decided to visit.
Exploring neighborhood near my hotel, founded one small but cute Sardinian restaurant, ‘Barilla’. They make delicious pizzas. So if you are near this place – my recommendation. 🙂

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Photos taken around Milan:

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One more tip for visiting this city:
I was accommodated in a hotel very far from the center. Milan has a very well organized city transport so I mainly used the metro and streetcar to reach a certain location. In this way you get to know the other parts of the city but feel the way of life of its people better too. 😉

Hope you enjoyed reading this. 🙂

Did you visited Milan? What is your favourite place in the city?

Avocado toast!

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Why is good to eat avocado?

This tropical fruit is considered as one of the healthiest foods. Its characteristic is that unlike most of the fruits avocado is high in healthy fats. 100 g of this fruit contains about 160 calories and 77% of the calories in it are from fat. Because of this it is very nutritious.

Also to mention that doesn not contain any cholesterol and it is low in saturated fat. Beside this, avocado contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants.

I am not a medical expert but read some of the benefits of frequent consumption of avocado: reduce total cholesterol levels, lower risk of metabolic syndrome, support healthy blood pressure levels. Interesting fact-avocado is good for eyes, it contains nutrients Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are important for eye health.

Another reason why avocado is one of the favorite and popular fruits is that is in group of weight loss foods. It is very often recommended in diets by nutritionists.

It is very easy to combine avocado with some other food. Personally I am not thrilled with its flavor, but I tried it with some salads and toasts and it was very tasty.

Recently I made avocado toast with salsa and I was very satisfy so I decided to share this recipe.

The ingredients you need are:

-four pieces of bread (toasted)

-two avocados (medium size)

-tomato

-two cloves of garlic

-one small hot pepper

-chive

-olive oil

-salt, pepper

The process is very simple.

Mash avocado with fork and apply on toast.Finely chop remaining ingredients (tomato, garlic, hot pepper) and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with some olive oil, add some salt, pepper and chive (to taste). Stir the ingredients and apply over the avocado. Sprinkle with chia seeds and your delicious meal is ready. Enjoy!

Hope you will like! What is your favorite avocado toast?

Playlist for running!

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One of my favorite workouts for many reasons is running. Some of the benefits are: it built stronger immune system, burn fat, change body composition and metabolism, improve circulation and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Running is also such a stress relief activity. It helps you to cope with everyday irritation and stress.  What I like the most about this sport is the feeling after workout. I’m more happier, relaxed and field with the energy. You don’t need to run a marathon, few kilometres in the morning will make your day more productive.
Rainy and colder days are coming so I try to use each sunny day to do my jogging. During the winter I usually go to the gym. Treadmills are also good options. 😉
One of the most important thing that I bring with me when I do workout is the phone with a playlist of good music. Running without it can be a little bit boring and sometimes you need some good songs which will give you the energy and help you to persist. Currently I have a playlist with 25 songs which motivate me during my run so I decided to share it with you. Maybe you can use this playlist for some other cardio sport or you want to change your current running playlist. Hope you will like it!  Enjoy!

1.   Coldplay – Hymn for the weekend
2.   Cris Cab – Loves me not
3.   Alan Walker – Faded
4.  Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers
5.   Zara Larsson – Ain’t my fault
6.   Sia ft. Rihanna – Beautiful people
7.   Major Lazer – Cold water
8.   Kanye West – Famous
9.   Coldplay – Belive in dreams
10. Axel Thesleff – Bad karma
11. Selena Gomez – Hands to myself
12. The Chainsmokers – Don’t let me down
13. Keyshia Cole – Shoulda let you go (RAH deep remix)
14. Jay Sean – Ride it
( Remix Bentley Grey)
15. Diplo – Revolution
16. Sia – The greatest
17. Major Lazer & Showtek – Beliver
18. Major Lazer – All my love (remix)
19. Fly project feat Andra – Butterfly
20. Major Lazer, Skrillex ft. Beyonce – Energy
21. The Chainsmokers & Martin Garrix ft. Bebe Rexha – On fire
22. Dj. Laingiboy × Era Istrefi – Bon bon (reggaeton/remix)
23. Avicii & Calvin Harris ft. John Newman – Life now
24. Martin Garrix ft. Justin Biber – Fly
25. Coldplay ft. Calvin Harrid Alesso – Possibility

Adriatic island Korcula – Korcula old town!

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The gorgeous town with the same name as the island Korcula is located on the north-east coast of the island. In previous post I wrote about Vela Luka as a place where I was located this summer, but occasionally me and my travel partner were going on the other side of island to change a bit our daily routine. It took us about 45 minutes to get there, by car. We planned to spent all day on this side of island, so I brought with me clothes and other necessary staff. First stop was place near Korcula town- Lumbarda! We decided to spent a day on the beach here and then to go in Korcula old town.

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Lumbarda is also beautiful Mediterranean place and nice choice for summer vacation. It’s known as a place with vineyards and famous Croatian wines ‘Plavac’ and ‘Grk’. The main reason why we were coming here few times are two beautiful sandy beaches: Vela Przina and Bilin Zal. ‘Vela Przina’ is the biggest sandy beach on the island Korcula. It’ s located on the southern side of Lumbarda with a view of Lastovo island. Second beach, Bilin Zal, is located on the north side of Lumbarda and from there you can see peninsula ‘Peljesac’. For me, this second beach is more beautiful. Clean water, fine sand and very nice atmosphere on the beach are the reasons why I’m coming back here again. Near beach is big parking place and it costs 3 euro for whole day. One part of the beach is concreted and there is a big restaurant with nice food. It’s usually full of people. Near this restaurant are showers with warm water. I had to mention this, because I was so happy when I saw it. 🙂 Most of the beaches where we were didn’t have. 🙂 On the beach are two places where you can go to a massage. Also what is different with this beach is that the reef is longer than usual. For me this was interesting and nice change after wild rocky beaches over the island. It’s also convenient for some sport or children. After a day of sunbathing and water activities I was ready to go early evening to Korcula town.

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Korcula town is located about 6 kilometers from Lumbarda and it’s considered one of the most beautiful medieval cities in the Mediterranean. The old town is surrounded by a graceful walls from the Middle Ages and the streets of the town are made in the form of fish bones to protect the town from winter winds.

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Along the main street in old town are many restaurants with delicious food. Dinner on the walls of the fortress overlooking the sea with excellent local white wine was a blissful moment of the night. 🙂

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Korcula town is also known as birth place  of the famous world traveler and writer, Marco Polo. His house is located in ‘Depolo’ street near main street in old town. Part of the house is open for tourist where you can find out more about his life. Korculans proudly emphasize this so you can see much of it in his name, such as restaurants, shops, boats, names of dishes, desserts etc.

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Summer nights can be more interesting if you see the column of young men dressed as knights with torches in their hands. This is traditional dance from Korcula town ‘Moreska’ which represent the victory of good over evil. It’s used to be played only on special occasions but today it’s very often performed for tourists. Last year I had the opportunity for a moment to experience medieval times. Accidentally we were in the column that followed the knights. 🙂

 

Korcula town offers a lot of other things to visit, see and try…I haven’t toured all, but I hope that I will in future visits to this magical town.

Hope that you like my posts about places from my summer vacation. I had a wonderful summer here and if you decide to spend your next summer vacation on Korcula island I’m sure you’ll not regret it. 😉

Adriatic island Korcula- Vela Luka!

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In the previous post I described Island Korcula and beautiful beaches all over the island. This time I will write more about the biggest town on west side of the island-Vela Luka.
This summer I was settled in a weekend house few kilometers from Vela Luka, so had a chance to go there every day.
Vela Luka is a place located on the western side of the island Korcula. It’s name means ‘Big Harbour’.  It’s not accidentally, due to the appropriate position Vela Luka become the main port of Korcula island.

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Nowadays  local people are more and more focused at tourism, with several hotels (Korkyra, Pojsedon, Jadran, Adria), camp and private accommodation, but Vela Luka was also well known for it’s great shipyard Greben (from 1948) and sea food industry “Jadranka”. Today it is also known as place for rehabilitation, with its medical center ‘Kalos’ for rheumatic disorders.

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I don’t think ports are convenient places for swimming, but this one has few nice beaches. Usually, during my stay here, I had a practice to explore beaches in the neighborhood. Few kilometers from town you can find beautiful beaches as Martina Bok, Gradina, Tankaraca, Adria etc. But at night we liked to go to “Luka” for dinner in some of the good restaurants located along the main street. It’s not too crowded place but in July and August they regularly organize interesting events and on these days it can be more crowded. The most popular events are fisherman evenings ( each Thursday and here you can try local specialties) and traditional costume ball-‘Maskare’. ‘Maskare’ are usually held on last Saturday in July and this summer were very interesting. Local people were dressed up as characters from Roman mythology who paraded along main street.

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If you see group of 5-9 man who singing, on fisherman evening or some other event, that is ‘Klapa’- traditional a capella singing in Dalmatia. Klapa music perfectly match summer night on the coast of Adriatic sea.

Vela Luka is also reach in history and historical sites. One place is specially  worth to mention when talking about Vela Luka and it is archaeological place-Cave “Vela Spila” (Big Cave). It’s situated above the town and there are Mesolithic and Neolithic findings. Also radiocarbon dating  has shown that there was human activity 20 000 years ago. That was so long that Korcula was not an island but part of Balkan peninsula. 🙂

 

 

 Proizd Island

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When you’re in Vela Luka don’t miss to visit Proizd island! I could say for this island that is real pearl of the Adriatic.  It’s located on the western side from Korcula  island. During summer period there are organized tours every day and each hour. You arrive in half an hour with taxi boat. When you arrive, near port you can see one restaurant ‘Proizd’ and that’s all. Nobody lives on this island and that’s part of it’s beauty. Crystal clear turquoise water and untouched nature will make you feel you’re in paradise. Gorgeous rocky and gritty beaches are on the north side of island and you come there through marked forest trails. One of these is nudist beach (Donji Bili Bok).

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I had an amazing day on this island with lot of swimming, sunbathing, chilling, taking pics of nature…When is not too crowded it’s such peaceful and relaxing place.

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Maybe is enough to tell you that Proizd island is voted for the best Croatian beach in 2007 by Croatian National Tourist Board and British Daily Telegraph included this island among the five most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korcula Island!

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After seventeen amazing days ended one more summer vacation. I’m bit sad for that, but on the other side I can’t wait to share my experiences about places I visited.
This year I decided to spend my vacation on beautiful Croatian island -Korcula! This was my third visit to the Island and I had a lot of fun each day spent there.

Korcula island with 182 kilometres long coastline is the sixth largest island in the Adriatic. This Dalmatian island got its name from Greece name Korkyra Melaina (lat. Corcyra Nigra) because of the dense pine forest. Along the coastline are places: Vela Luka, Brna, Pupnatska Luka, Lumbarda, Korcula, Racisce and inside of island are Blato, Smokvica, Pupnat, Zrnovo.

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We can say that this is an island of orchids with 35 different species. Beside this all over the island you can find aromatic plants as rosemary, immortelle, mint, thyme and more.

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Driving through the narrow roads around the island you can see a lot of olive trees, vineyards and gorgeous dry stone walls called ‘Meje’. These stone walls are from  XIX century and had a multitude use. They testify the way that people separated space and plots of land but also hard work of people who built them and same time free the land to plant vineyards and olive trees. You can mostly see ‘ Meje’ on southern part of island.

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After this you can conclude what people are most concerned with and that is the production of olive oil and wine.
Traditional island wines are: Plavac (red wine), Posip (white wine from Cara and Smokvica), Grk ( white wine from Lumbarda). These are wines of very good quality and also famous in Europe. This summer we were mostly drinking Posip. It is excellent choice combined with fish plates.

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Along  the main road  you can see many wineries. My recommendation is to stop by in some of these wineries and try local wines. I’m sure that you will find something to your taste. 😉

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One of the main reasons why I’m keep returning every summer to the island are beautiful beaches and crystal clear water! These beaches are mostly rocky, with very few places on the island with sandy beaches. Fan or not of these types of beaches I’m sure that you will fall in love after first visit. I’m especially impressed with wild rocky beaches and beauty of untouched nature. I hope it will remain so in the future.

In rest of the post I’ll share pics of, for me, the most beautiful island beaches and in the coming posts I’ll talk more about the most visited island places: Vela Luka and Korcula Town.

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