9/11

RedEspresso: rooibos espresso tea

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2013 was the first time I went to Cape Town. There and then was the first time I ever heard of, and tried, rooibos espresso. Rooibos is also known as red tea, a little bit wrongly so since it is in fact rather a herbal infusion prepared from the South African Rooibos bush, unlike tea which originally comes from Asia. Red “tea” however, doesn’t contain any caffeine (or theine to be more correct) unlike other actual teas which all contain different levels of aforementioned.

Red espresso is just like rooibos tea made from the Rooibos leaves and stems but prepared into a finer ground. It is produced to be used in coffee appliances such as espresso machines, French brewers and coffee brewers putting it under higher pressure. The combination of the cultivation and preparation style allows to extract way more of the flavour than when preparing it like tea.

And then? Well, then it’s just to prepare it like any coffee-styled drink such as a red cappuccino, latte, macchiato, or americano. Or, if you prefer it as an espresso and make it in a proper espresso machine you’ll even get a golden crema on top.

This gives an opportunity for non coffee drinkers or the ones avoiding caffeine to have coffee-style beverages (or for coffee-style beverage addicts to have their drink fix after coffee time of the day), full of antioxidants giving a health boost.

I recently came across the idea to use it in smoothies as well. Well worth a try when the weather allows for more chilled drinks. But for now, I’ve prepared it like a latte together with steamed and foamed oatmilk. The oatmilk itself adds a bit of sweetness to this drink, but otherwise it combines perfectly with a dash of honey and cinnamon.

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Cheers //A

2/11

heal.thy self

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Home made raw food bars, perfect to have as a quick and easy snack on the go (or when those sweet cravings kick in). Basically, you can chuck in whatever you have at home – nuts, seeds, protein, superfoods powders. I used nut butter in mine which is a brilliant idea if you don’t have a blender and just blend it all together with your hands (not an option if you don’t want to get your hands dirty).

dates / shredded coconut / peanut butter / chia / flax / shelled hemp seeds / Vivarise Lean Green superfood powder / Vega One vegan protein powder / Lily’s unsweetened dark almond chocolate / Ceylon cinnamon / cayenne

Soak the dates if needed (they should be really soft so it all blends well and sticks together), blend all ingredients. Spread out on a baking sheet and put in the fridge or freezer for a while so they hardens enough to cut up in portion sizes. Wrap up, and store in the fridge. Or you know, eat them all directly if you can’t wait.

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//A

22/10

tech life

I know this place is a bit quiet, hibernating. So is New York in some ways, at the same time as there’s something going on all the time. The city lives up to its nickname of the city that never sleeps. If you want to follow on a more day to day basis I highly recommend checking in on Insta, that place got the neatness of quicker updates whilst running around the streets of a buzzing city.

@lifebyalina

 

x //A

13/08

noise is always loud, there are sirenes all around. concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do. these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you. you’re in New York.

It’s much. Everything is just… much. 

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The first few days are hot, the humidity is high. The heat gets caught between the high buildings of metal and glass. It’s impossible to move without feeling the increased warmth between the skin on your back and your one single layer of clothing.

 

New agency, new city, new continent. Everything is different here. There’s always been ‘hair up’, ‘no make up’, ‘dark, black, cool, edgy’ and now everything is backwards; ‘hair down’, ‘more mascara’, ‘do you have anything white? lighter? can you buy a white tank top?’. It’s new.

 

Castings – agency – email – casting – thinking – old acquaintances, new people, friends from the past – analyzing – writing . My mind is multitasking and jumping back and forth between different tracks.

 

Trying to get familiar with the city, the places, the area where I live. I’ve never really been in Williamsburg before and now this is where I live.

 

‘Are you a dancer? You have some sort of grace’
‘If you’re not a model you should be’
‘Hi’
Random comments and conversations with strangers. In the line waiting for coffee, in the park, walking by. Just an exchange of a few words and sentences and nothing else.

 

Running across Williamsburg bridge while the sun is setting, seeing the city become dark and shimmer with flickering lights.

 

There’s always something going on, I’m barely home and I’m barely sleeping. The city that never sleeps calls for people that never sleeps. Yet I have so much energy. Most of the time at least, until I stop and breathe for a minute.

 

Being light on my feet, feeling bouncy and in need to dance while walking down the streets.

 

Catching up with people I haven’t seen for years, and spending days and nights with them, caught up in random conversations or moving on pulsing dance floors.

 

Ending up spontaneously shooting in the middle of a weekend night, just for the fun of it. Going out dancing half the night on a Tuesday. Why not, New York, why not.

 

I survived a cancelled flight, another delayed flight and arriving 10h late. I’ve survived the mosquitoes (not to jinx anything, but so far). I’m here. I’m always a little negative when being somewhere new, before I’ve settled in and gotten my bearings right. I feel I’m getting past that now, and I start to feel at home, feeling that I think I like it here. I just confirmed my first job, even if I’ve only been here for so short and it usually takes time to get into the American market. New York, so far so good.

 

Running around the city that never sleeps, I’m more active on Instagram. You can find me @lifebyalina.

Xx //A

24/07

✈️

 

Packed and prepared, ready for take off. And yes, that’s all a bunch of mosquito repellants – however non exotic New York may seem my immune system ain’t a fan of their poison. Screw them, I told you I was prepared.

See you on the other side of the Atlantic xx //A