LUI (Groningen, The Netherlands)

Last Sunday I caught a train to Groningen, which, for those who do know, is a city pretty much in the very North of Holland. This was the Dutch city where I did my Master’s Degree and where I spent what was one of the best times of my life. *Fun fact about it: “61% of all trips into the city are made by bike” (thus, calling it a “bicycle-friendly city” is quite an understatement haha)

I went to Groningen to visit and catch up with a good friend of mine, who is still living there. It was great to spend some quality time with her. It was a lovely sunny day, which made it easier to notice how dazzling tulips and daffodils were starting to bloom everywhere.

Roaming the same streets that I used to bike on every day just over two years ago left me feeling a little bit nostalgic. It brought me so many memories back. Though I must say that experiencing the bittersweet feeling of nostalgia about this time of my life does not necessarily mean that I would want to bring it back if I was given the chance to. To feel a longing for times gone by is a natural human emotion. I am a firm believer that things happen at the right time. Life is constantly changing and it has its own seasons. So, all we can do is to recognise that there is a season for everything.. and with that in mind, we can choose to cherish and treasure those beautiful memories. That is how we keep them alive. ♥

Anyway, sorry for digressing. Back to the main point of this post: a review of the cafe I got to visit last Sunday!

Because nothing beats a great catch up over a great cup of coffee, my friend and I decided to go to a cafe in town that apparently has only opened November of last year. It is called “lui”, which in Dutch means “lazy” (hence why the sloth in the big front window).

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The cafe is not hard to find as it conveniently located in the city centre. It is fairly small but because it has a big window that lets the natural light come in, I’d say that it is the perfect definition of “coziness”. There are even a few pairs of fluflly slippers right at the entrance of the door in case you want to put them one and get that true warm fuzzy feeling. Another curiosity about things they have available for customers are board games! It is quite a typical thing at Dutch cafes because this is an activity the Dutchies love doing when the sun refuses to make an appearance.

The cafe is just gorgeous inside and emanates a feeling of spring due to being full of plants. Actually, since you seem to be able to buy some of the plants in pots, it is almost like a plant shop in simultaneous. Totally love the concept and I can see why this cafe is one of my friend’s favourite.

We got there at around 3pm and I think we were very lucky to get a table. The people sitting at it were just about to leave when we arrived. What a win guys, what a win.

We ordered two oat cappuccinos (almond milk is also available), which despite being very tasty, lacked some cute latte art. However, the fact that the ratio of espresso/milk/foam was absolutely nailed made up for it. My friend advised me to get one of their homemade sweet treats claiming that they were absolutely scrumptious. Guess what? She was darn right. I got myself a slice of their raw berry cake and, boy was it good.

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I was just so nutty, fresh, creamy and coconutey. It was perfectly sweetened with natural sugars and so darn YUMMY. If you are an avid reader of my blog, you would know by now how I love raw desserts. This one surely did not disappoint. My friend had a slice of their mocha cake, which she also loved. It had a white frosting with big chocolate chunks on top. Sorry for not having a picture of it but…I guess I was way to busy with eating mine? Oops.

I was so positively surprised to hear that all their four available homemade sweet treats were vegan *what an happy me jumping for joy*. The mocha cake is the only one I would most likely happily skip because its texture and look were more like cake. As I have said earlier, I am not a big sweet tooth and if I am craving something sweet, I would hardly go for fluffy, spongy cakes with cream or icing. Anyway, the other two cakes available (carrot cake and a more traditionally looking cheesecake) were more to my taste. The carrot cake looked super moist and nutty, just how I would like it to be. Though, I would also be very eager to try the more traditionally looking cheesecake. Now that I actually come to think of it, I haven’t had a cheesecake that is not the typically vegan raw one since I stopped consuming dairy… Well, I guess that I will have to change that soon. I am sure I will  be coming back here again given the fact that I have two very “sweet” good reasons for it haha.

Even though the price for the oat cappuccino was quite ok (2,75€), the sweet treat I ordered was not particularly cheap (4€). However, that is a price I am happily willing to pay given how pretty the cafe itself is and the quality of the food/drinks served. Plus, the staff was also very welcoming and friendly with us.

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Overall, I would hand-on-heart say that Lui is worth a visit, whether you come with friends or on your own. In my opinion, it is just the perfect place to spend some quality time catching up with friends, reading a good book or even journaling whilst sipping a good cup of coffee. Plus, in you case you are in for something sweet or savoury, you can rest assured that you will have a good variety of vegetarian and vegan choices to choose from. I am going to certainly come back here when I happen to be in the city again! 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I appreciate you taking the time to read it. Wish you all a lovely week ahead xx

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

what if writing hotspot reviews is the answer I need to overcome what I am going through? What if I use to challenge myself more? Because I want to expand this section in my blog, I go try more places, I go try different foods, I challenge myself and I don’t even notice.. (what makes me tick the most, the posts where I feel like my writing just flows)

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Enjoy life more.♥

Sometimes you just feel like getting in a train, go explore a new city, sit down in a lovely cafe and treat yourself with a slice of vegan cheesecake and a fresh ginger tea.

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This is what I did last Sunday and I loved every single second of it. On my way train journey back home, I also called one of my best friends and we had an amazing catch up over the phone. It made me feel both so happy and grateful. This is something that I basically never do, which is so silly. If it is something that adds more meaning to my life , why not doing it more often?

The more I grow older, the more I realise that happiness is really in the little moments. If we do not enjoy each and every little day to day moment that makes our lives unique and worthwhile, we could be missing out on a lot of beautiful memories. After all, we were not born to just work, pay the bills and simply pass through life. We must learn how to live in the present. We must break the routine from time to time and try new things. We must prioritise what we enjoy doing. This is part of taking care of ourselves. This is part of – wholeheartedly – loving ourselves as we deserve.

I have no doubts that we are all capable of accomplishing great things in life as long we are happy, motivated and healthy. So let’s focus on self-care practices that are beneficial for our body, mind and soul and that ultimately allow us to achieve our goals in life.

At the end of the day, you are all you got and I now understand how crucial it is for me to do things that make me stress less and enjoy life more. ♥

 

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Sundays make me happy.

Today I decided to take the day to do things that bring me joy, enrich my life and make it more meaningful. Plus, I love Sundays.

I bought these gorgeous white carnations.

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I discovered a lovely coffee shop that is just 500 meters from my house. I loved everything about it. The space. The cozy atmosphere. The chatty and friendly barista. The pretty foam heart on top of my cappuccino with oat milk. What a hidden gem!

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I love to work in coffee shops. They always manage to feel more inspired to write and create new content to the blog.

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When I got home, it was time to take care of my babies, which – as you can well see – barely made it through during my week away from home.  I have been notoriously bad at keeping my houseplants alive but I am getting there guys haha #Adulting requires being able to take care for living things and, therefore, I am fully determined to properly look after these babies. ♥

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Now tell me, what were you up to on this fine Sunday? Did you do something similar to what I did? What do you like to do on Sundays?

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful