K1 Klubhouse Flea Market

So I had heard a lot about this place even before I went there and we had been planning to go here even before we reached Kenya. I was super excited to see the flea market because I had heard a lot about it and seen so many cool pictures. Plus everything is handmade and local which I thought was really cool!

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This is what the place looks like with lots of umbrellas hanging everywhere and everyone sitting in the middle. It had such a great vibe we were super into it!

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And the stalls had so many interesting things too.

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Here are some locally handmade organic vegan and cruelty free soaps, shampoos and more. If you’re interested in buying them you can check them out on Instagram by clicking here.

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These amazing artwork had us mesmerized and the artists were super nice and let us take pictures of them. If you’re interested in the artwork please contact them at +254720428735 or by clicking here.

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They also had some interesting graffiti as well as a bunch of areas for food and drinks.

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Overall, we just had such a fun time here and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Nairobi. The flea market is only there on Sundays though so if that’s what you’re interested in Sunday would be the perfect time to go. If you just want to look around and have some food/drinks you can check it out on any day.

Special thanks to Mistryland for all the pictures I bugged her to take that made this post possible!

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The Hogtown Vegan- Experience And Review

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So this was the last place we went to and it was definitely our favourite. As you can probably tell by the name it’s vegan and offers a bunch of amazing foods most of which are vegan alternatives for meat based foods. The place itself is really cozy and has a really cool vibe.

We ordered the buffalo wings and the Philly cheesesteak with a side of fries and as you can probably see below their portions were huge. We had to take most of the Philly cheesesteak with us because we couldn’t finish but it was so worth it. The fries were the best fries we had in Toronto and their cheese was so good. It didn’t taste like real cheese that much but it just had such a nice flavour to it that it didn’t even matter. The price was also really good for the amount we got which is always a plus!

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Overall, I absolutely loved this place and would definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the neighbourhood. I’m so glad we this was the last restaurant we went to in Toronto because it really lived up to the hype!

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Udupi Palace- Experience And Review

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This is another restaurant that we were super excited about. We hadn’t had South Indian food in forever and we were really looking forward to trying this place out. Plus the Udupi Palace had really good reviews online and the food looked good so we were excited.

When we first walked in we saw the beautiful decorations. They were so pretty and gave the restaurant a really nice Indian feel to it. The paintings were really beautiful in particular and they were so nice to look at while were eating.

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We ordered the fries, the assorted palace hor-d’oeuvres, the idli manchurian and the vegetable uthapam. The fries are fried potatoes so literally there is no way you could mess that up (some people do apparently…) so we loved them. The assorted palace hor-d’oeuvres were really good and the portion was great for the price. The idli manchurian was the best out of all the dishes and I am definitely going to try to replicate that one at home! The uthapam was good but bland- it didn’t have much spices or the right amount of salt for my sister (I didn’t try it myself because I was preoccupied with the fries…). I would definitely recommend checking out this place if you like Indian food and especially if you’re a fan of South Indian food because their idli was amazing and their dosa’s have gotten really good reviews too although I haven’t tried the dosa’s out myself.

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Overall, I think we had a great experience here and the majority of the dishes we had were absolutely delicious.

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Cosmic Treats- Experience And Review

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So Cosmic Treats was the second restaurant we went to on our first day in Toronto. We had heard a lot of good reviews of it online so we were looking forward to it and had high expectations. However, unfortunately we were a little disappointed by it.

So let’s start with the cupcakes. We ordered one vanilla and one chocolate. They both looked really good and the vanilla one had little bunny ears (it was during the Easter weekend). The taste was a little too sugary for us and it was one of those things where the first few bites taste amazing but then your mouth is just like TOO SWEET STOP. The flavour was really good though I can’t complain about that.

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We also ordered some cheese sticks to balance out the too sweet cupcakes and to be honest they were only just okay. Like they weren’t bad but they just were not great. Maybe it’s just me and I personally didn’t like it. The filling was jalapeno flavoured cheese which I felt was too jalapeno-ey (I don’t know how else to describe it…). The cheese’s texture was nice though- it was hot and gooey and soft.

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So that was my experience at Cosmic Treats. The cupcakes were nice and the cheese sticks were okay-ish. I would recommend going there just because the neighbourhood is so cool and hipstery you will love it especially if you like graffiti and artsy areas.

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Home Again!

I’m so excited because I’m finally back home in Kenya for the summer!

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I am so happy to be home and I am definitely planning on relaxing and catching up on my sleep as well as catching up with my friends and family of course!

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I’m also super excited because I spent a couple of days in Toronto and I can’t wait to share all the amazing (and not so amazing…) experiences I had there so definitely look out for those posts which are coming soon!

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Also if anyone knows where to get vegan products in Kenya let me know because I would really appreciate any recommendations. I usually go to HealthyU but it’s just really expensive and I would love an alternative.

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Anyway I may be a little less active for the next few days as I’ll be catching up with everyone but I’ll still try to post daily!

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6 easy ways to help our planet

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Unless you live in the forest, I’m sure you’ve heard of that small thing called climate change. The planet is under strain and could be irrecoverably damaged if we don’t change our ways. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want future generations, including my own future kids, to grow up in a damaged, dangerous environment and not get to see some of the wonders of the world that I’ve been lucky enough to see. Polluted air is killing more people that before, species are dying out at alarming rates and everything is looking rather bleak. Here are a few small changes we can make that will make a difference to our planet if we all work together:

  1. Eat less meat

I think this is one of the most hotly contested ways we can help our planet as a lot of people really enjoy eating meat. That’s your perogative…

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5 Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Here are some easy ways to cut down your daily plastic waste at work and at home.

I seperated it into two areas, the first one is ‘Always carry‘, which focuses more on products that are convenient in our daily life and the second one is ‘Replace‘, which shows alternatives to ‘throw-away-products’ that we usually use at home.

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There are also a lot of beautiful naked (plastic free) cosmetics that you can easily purchase at LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics in store & online

Products:
‘Full Of Grace’ Solid Facial Serum
‘Yuge’ Hot Oil Hair Treatment
Solid Showergel and Shower Body Conditioner
Solid Shampoos (1 = saves 3 plastic bottles and lasts for 80-100 uses)

Products:
Refillable Naked Lipstick
Naked Foundation Slapstick
Naked Highlighter Stick

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5 Student Friendly Vegan Recipes

All 5 seem amazing can’t wait to try them!!

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When I first decided to become vegan, one of the hardest things was finding recipes that were easy and budget friendly. So I thought to save someone hours of searching for some quick vegan grub, I’d make a post with my top 5 student friendly recipes. These recipes are mainly my own concoctions made from experimenting with and combining different recipes I found, but I have included links to those that came from elsewhere. I’d also like to point out that these recipes can all be made gluten free by substituting the flour – it might just require extra moisture to stop it drying out!

Enjoy!

Lentil Curry

This recipe was one that I threw together when I was improvising, and I have to say, it’s one of my favourites. It’s quick and easy, and you can experiment with what veg you throw in – these are just my usual…

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5 Ideas for a Very Vegan Valentine’s Day

These are awesome ideas especially the cat cafe one!

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As soon as February hits, we all know what to expect. Flowers. Red hearts. Balloons. Dinners by candlelight. Large teddy bears. Generic gift baskets filled with lotions, perfumes, candy. They’re all simple and, sometimes, classic ways to commemorate February 14, but, depending on your Valentine, you might want to try something a bit different. 

Do you have a special vegan in your life that you’re looking to woo this Valentine’s Day? Not sure where to start? With the holiday rapidly approaching, you might be (tofu) scrambling to come up with some ways to knock your partner off feet. Well, don’t fret! Here are some fun ways you can celebrate with your vegan Valentine this year.

Head to a Cat Cafe

Is there a more fun outing than sipping on coffee while petting cute kitties? Probably not! Cat cafes are about what you would expect: themed coffee shops where the main…

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My Favourite Vegan Brands: Skylar

“After many months of working with world-class perfumers and testing our products in real life, we created a collection of perfumes that gave us the answer we were all looking for. Skylar is a brand of natural perfumes that you can feel great about spritzing. The name Skylar was inspired by the qualities of a clear day – airy, natural, and beautiful.”

The other day I was lucky enough to receive some amazing samples from a brand called Skylar. They make perfumes which are vegan, cruelty free and hypoallergenic. Their products are also Paraben free, Sulfate free, Phthalate free, Allergen free and they also have no Synthetic Dyes. Plus since they are certified vegan they have no animal products in their perfumes either. For more on their ingredients click here.

Skylar prefers to use as many natural ingredients as they can and the rest of the ingredients are also tested to make sure they are not harmful to the person using them.

I had been looking for vegan and cruelty free perfumes for a while now when I came across their site. It was actually one of those freak instances where the universe kind of pushes (or usually in my case shoves…) you in the right direction.

They have six perfumes in the sample box and for this part of the blog I will be talking about them individually:

  1. Arrow- “Warm, spicy and seductive.” I really liked the smell of this one. It smells exactly how they describe it. I think this would be perfect if you’re one of those people who loves socialising or going out a lot. I also think this would be the perfect perfume to wear on a date. It has that punk rock aura to it that I absolutely loved.
  2. Capri- “Sparkling, zesty, and sweet.” I really liked this one too. I think this is perfect for spring when the flowers are coming in and you’re no longer freezing to death. If you’re a social person with an extroverted personality this is what I assume your scent would be like.
  3. Coral- “Fruity, floral, and flirty.” This one was my sisters favourite out of all of them. I think this is the perfect scent for summer because it’s so light and fruity- it feels like you just came back from picking fruit. My sister has been using it every day even though it’s winter but I think it still totally works!
  4. Isle– “Clean, dewy, and fresh.” This scent is very reminiscent of the ocean or the beach. This is another perfume that would be absolutely perfect for summer. It kind of reminds me of when you’re a kid and your parents take you to the beach. The perfume really brings back good memories.
  5. Meadow- “Floral, elegant, and beautiful.” This is my second favourite scent out of all six of them. It smells very fresh like you’re sitting in a garden full of flowers. I think this is the perfect perfume for spring and summer especially it you’re an outdoorsy person.
  6. Willow- “Woodsy, lush, and cool.” Although I loved all the samples this was my absolute favourite. I’ve been wearing this every day since I received the samples. It is totally the perfect scent for my personality. It’s earthy and it feels like your sitting in a forest and I just absolutely love it. I love nature and to be able to smell it all day long is just the best feeling ever especially since it’s winter and nothing smells earthy right now.

My Final Thoughts

As I say a lot on this blog I have very sensitive skin and a lot of makeup products and perfumes cause me to get eczema and so I was a little nervous to try out Skylar, a brand I had never used before. However, thankfully my skin was totally fine and there was no reaction from the perfume at all. So if you are very sensitive I would recommend trying out these perfumes.

I think the price is not the most affordable but I do think it’s worth the price. It lasts the whole day for me even though I spray it on in the morning and since it’s hypoallergenic it doesn’t mess up my skin. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty free and better for the environment then other perfumes.

In case you’re confused about which one to buy they have a quiz that will match you with the perfect perfume for you.

If you’re still not sure whether you want to buy the perfumes try out their sample palette. It costs $20 but you earn a $20 credit which you can use to buy a full sized bottle of whichever one you liked the best! And if that’s not enough I was able to get you guys a discount! Use the code POOJA10 (all caps) to get 10% off.

Giving Back

“We contribute a portion of our proceeds and time to Step Up – non-profit organization that provides mentorship for underprivileged high school girls across the country.”

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