Venturing into Veganism

My homemade vegan lunch – a sweet potato burger with guacamole, a side salad and carrot sticks.

Recently, living a vegan lifestyle has become more and more common in our society and it’s not without reason. I, like a lot of people, was sceptical of it at first however; the more I research into it and learn about the lifestyle, the more intrigued I become. It is definitely a challenge to transition into this very different way of life if, like me, you are used to eating all kinds of different foods including meat and dairy, but it does come with a lot of benefits. Leading a vegan lifestyle is very healthy for your body, so long as you do it right and make sure you are still getting all of the right nutrients. Meat and dairy products, although very tasty, have been found to lead to many different life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease as well as other non life-threatening side effects such as acne. It doesn’t stop there though, the environment actually benefits too! By not consuming any animal products, vegans are reducing the need for the production of such products which also reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses being released into the atmosphere and also the amount of land being used for food production which leads to a decline in deforestation. It is for these reasons that I am eager to try and transition into a vegan lifestyle. I am going to start off lightly by having one vegan meal a day, alternating between breakfast, lunch and dinner and then slowly building up to two meals a day and eventually, hopefully, three vegan meals a day. Today my vegan meal was lunch and I made sweet potato burgers with guacamole, carrot sticks and a side salad. This was my first attempt at making this meal from scratch and, I must say, it was pretty tasty! I will leave my recipe and ingredients list below for anyone who wants to give it a try for themselves, it is missing the carrot sticks as I added them to my meal at the last minute and all I did was simply peeled and chopped two carrots and added them to my plate. Let me know what you think if you do decide to try it!

Pancake Perfection

My pancakes – the signature “nutella double stack” with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to top it off.

Since it’s Pancake Tuesday, one of my favourite days of the year might I add, it seems only fitting that I post a blog on the mouth-watering pancakes I had today at Stack and Still on West George Street, Glasgow. Today was not my first time dining there and it certainly won’t be the last, you just can’t beat the place! Their pancakes are incomparable to any other and what makes them even better is that you can make them your own by choosing from the great selection of yummy sweet and savoury toppings they have to offer or, if you’re indecisive like me, they have their own “signature” pancake stacks on the menu too. My experience today was unfortunately not as pleasant as usual as I was left waiting for periods of 15-20 minutes in between ordering and paying for my pancakes. The staff however were lovely and very welcoming and it is for this reason that I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe they were just run off their feet with how busy it was today, it is Pancake Day after all which is most likely their busiest day of the year. Overall, I would recommend visiting Stack and Still if you have the opportunity to as, like I mentioned before, their pancakes are like no other, however I would advise that you maybe don’t go at a peak time or possibly try one of their other locations such as Glasgow Fort or Silverburn Shopping Centre as they perhaps won’t be as busy.

There was no time for chit-chat when there were chocolate chip pancakes to be eaten.

Kristen Day

Lunchin’ On A Budget

My main course – cajun chicken wrap with fries and coleslaw.

Since I am a student, I often do not have a lot of money to spare for extra-curricular activities or for anything that isn’t essential really. This doesn’t stop me however as I am determined to make the most of everything and make sure I set aside time to hang out with friends and get away from all of the stress of university life for a while. This week my friend and I visited Frankie & Benny’s for a quick bite to eat in-between both of our busy schedules. We originally chose to eat here because I had a code with Meerkat Movies to get 2 for 1 meals which was perfect since we are both on a budget, especially at this late stage in the month. Our plan was thrown out the window almost immediately though when we had a look at the menu and saw that they were doing a lunch deal where you could get 1 course for £6.99, 2 courses for £9.99 or 3 courses for £12.99 on selected dishes up until 5pm. The deal had everything we were thinking about ordering anyway so we decided to give it a try and, let me tell you, we didn’t regret it! We both had a starter, main and drink for just under £14 each which suited us right down to the ground and, despite being so cheap, the food was delicious! I would definitely recommend trying this out for anyone who is looking for a nice catch-up with friends but either can’t afford to, or simply just doesn’t want to, splash the cash.

Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends.

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Sundays Are For Self-care

My Self-care Sunday this week at a glance.

Self-care is the most important type of healthcare. You must take good care of yourself in order to get the best out of life. It is vital to take some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate so that you can always be on top of your game. Remember, mental health is every bit as important as physical health and it is okay not to be okay. Sunday is the perfect day to give yourself that much-needed bit of downtime since it is not only the end of the weekend, but the end of the entire week. Pampering yourself on a Sunday is the perfect way to give yourself a fresh start for the new week ahead. My favourite things to do on my ‘Self-care Sundays’ are face masks, hair masks, watching movies, listening to music, working out and sometimes painting my nails. All of these things are inexpensive and minimal effort (except for working out of course) but make the biggest difference in my mood and how i feel within myself, which just shows that money truly doesn’t buy happiness. I urge you to try this out yourself and even add your own touches in if you want, for instance you could read if you enjoy doing so or you could spend some time with your friends. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do or when you choose to do it, just please take some time to yourself and give yourself a well-deserved break, I promise it will do you the world of good. Look after yourself first and everything else will fall into place.

Self-care is a priority and a necessity, not a luxury.

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Departing for Dubai

A picture of the famous Burj Khalifa at night, taken by me.

Dubai is a place that has many negative connotations in people’s minds – whether it’s about the strict laws or the expense of not just the travelling, but the activities and such when you arrive. Although these claims can easily be proven true, they can just as easily be proven false if you are willing to be a little more open-minded. Dubai is one of my favourite places to visit, it’s the perfect blend between a city break and a beach holiday, it really does have it all! There are so many things to do and see, I have been 3 times now and I still feel the need to go back and do some more exploring. Whether you want to do adventurous activities such as swimming with the dolphins and quad-biking in the sand dunes or something more relaxed and tourist-y like site seeing and sun-bathing, Dubai is the place to go. It is the home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and also the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. There really is something for everyone in this beautiful city, even a beach and some all year round sun! Many say the city is too expensive for them to consider visiting, but they are wrong. Yes, there are many things to do or places to go that will truly empty your wallet, but there are affordable things to do also. For example, I went with a friend for a week in October 2018 and we managed to do a variety of different activities such as dune bashing in the desert, swimming with dolphins at the world-renowned Atlantis hotel and a boat tour around the breathtaking fountain show which is displayed outside of Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa multiple times daily and we still had money left over to do the everyday holiday things like eating out and exploring. If we can do it, you can too!

Let’s Do Brunch

As I have mentioned previously, I am a Media student currently studying at Glasgow Caledonian University and I’m sure you probably know that university can be very stressful and challenging. So what better to help with that stress than a nice brunch date with friends? It’s the perfect solution – eating away your stress and talking about it with people who can understand what you’re going through? Yes please. A cult favourite of my friend group is Bill’s which is in Glasgow City Centre on West Nile Street, just a short walk from our university campus making it the ideal spot for our regular after-class meal outings. We have also recently tried out Wilson Street Pantry which really hit the spot and proved to be a competitor for Bill’s. Both places are perfect for brunching on a budget but what makes them that much better is that the decor is very warm and inviting in both locations and the atmosphere is always very happy and light. Now let’s get to the important part – the food. My personal favourite brunch meal is definitely Eggs Benedict which both Bill’s and Wilson Street Pantry execute beautifully in their own unique ways. I simply couldn’t choose one over the other, it would be like asking a mother to decide which of her children is her favourite.

New York Is Always A Good Idea

This is one of my favourite pictures that I have taken,
not just of New York, but of all time.

New York is my favourite place that I have visited thus far, and quite frankly, I’m not sure anywhere else could take its spot at the top – it would take a lot. What I like about this beautiful city is that, just like Alicia Keys said, it really is a concrete jungle where dreams are made of and there really is nothing you can’t do! Walking around the streets of New York City is the most uplifting and inspiring experience, the energy in the air is magical and the atmosphere is like no other. It makes you feel invincible, in a way, like you can do anything. On top of all of this, the views are breathtaking, especially from the top of the Empire State Building – which is a place you must visit if you travel there – or from the famous red steps in Times Square. To summarise, New York City is everything it is made out to be in the movies and more. It is a city you must experience at least once in your lifetime, so if at any point you get the chance to visit reach out and grab it with both hands because you won’t regret it, I promise.

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

Tom Wolfe

Can You Keep Up?

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Kirstyn and I am a 20 year old Media student just trying to make the best of life. I have chosen to make this blog about my life and the things I enjoy doing in order to share my experiences with others in the hope that I can brighten up someone else’s day and help them find new interests. Two of my main interests are food and travel, so that is mostly what my blog posts will be about, although I may dabble in other things such as music and TV. I look forward to giving you all an insight into my life and the different things that make me happy. I hope you enjoy, but more importantly, I hope you can keep up!

“I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.”

Richard Bach

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