Quite close to me is a very lovely restaurant, called Messapica. I walk pass it twice a day and I always wandered what they have to offer. Then a while ago I got a take away menu of them in the door and I saw very nice potential vegan pizza’s on there. I couldn’t only walk pass it now, so I decided to go in and ask about their vegan options. About that I want to mention that I got treated super nicely and they are very helpful. We looked at the menu together and I could ask questions. I wish every restaurants or cafe would be as helpful as they are here. They had a reasonable amount of vegan options, but nothing very different form other places though.

They offer a lot of juices and smoothies, which are (apart from one with whey powder) all vegan. They are very happy to take the whey powder out, but it might be just easier to choose one of their other flavours. They have avocado on toast and they offer a few types of bread you can choose from (sourdough, white, wholemeal). It originally comes with cheese (what is not clear on the menu), so make sure you mention you want a vegan version. You can also have toast with jam (they have several flavours) or marmite. They als do porridge and they are happy to make that with a plant based milk (they have almond and soy). The porridge comes with a fruit compote, which is vegan. I chose the Breakfast smoothie and the avocado on sourdough toast. It arrived quickly and it looked very good. One big downside is that the smoothie comes in plastic, event hough it’t not a take away. The smoothie was nice though, a little milky, but that does make it very soft. The avocado toast came with very fresh rucola and lime juice. That was a very nice combination. The lime really gives it something extra, very fresh. I really enjoyed my breakfast and I’m very happy to recommend it. For lunch and dinner you can also go to Messapica. They do salads with dairy every day, but there are always 2-3 vegan options. After 17:00 they also do pizza’s. I’m really curious to try them and I will soon. Note that they don’t do vegan cheeses and that the gluten free pizza is not vegan, it has egg in it. Something else I really liked, but what is not very clear on the picture, is the cutlery. The forks are quite big and unusual to see, loved it!

I really really love their interior. Especially the chairs, the white painted wooden walls and the floor. The whole style is slightly industrial, so lovely. At the till you can see all the salads you can choose form and they also sell some cakes etc. but unfortunately they don’t have any vegan cakes. They do sell 3 flavours of the ichor chocolate though, what was surprising and very nice. They also sell the ‘Eat Real’ crisps (love this brand!), several drinks including ‘Mangajo’, but also olives and really cool big pasta’s. All yum! After a little chat I recommended them to offer Oatly Barista too and I was really pleased how serious they took this.

I want to thank Messapica for my lovely breakfast!

WHO? Messapica.
WHERE? 109 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10 3NS.
CUISINE? Italian.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 8 (Few good and tasty vegan options, very  helpful staff and a lovely interior.)

Did you already know Messapica? Or are you planning to go here now? Please tell me about your experience! You can do this by leaving a comment below, but you can also show me by tagging me on Instagram or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Very Berry

img_7240Are you somebody who is in a rush a lot of mornings? Is breakfast always something what is skipped because of that? Everybody knows it’s bad to skip your breakfast. So you should always eat something, but it’s tricky sometimes.. everybody knows that too! So with this on-the-go-breakfast, you only have to put all the ingredients in the blender and then you put it in a to go cup. Then you can drink it on your way to work, whilst being on the train or bus for example. You could make it the evening before, but there is a possibility that it’ll be quite thick the next day. To make it go faster, but without it ending up being to thick, try putting all the ingredients (but the milk and water) in a container the evening before. This way you don’t have to measure anything the next day and your breakfast will be ready within 2 minutes. Good luck and enjoy!

img_7255VERY BERRY

Serves: 1

-300 ml oat milk
-6 soft dates
-1 cup mixed berries
-1 banana
-3 tbs oats
-1 tsp chia seed
-1 tsp lemon juice

-Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

If you are somebody who’s always in a hurry in the mornings, this might be the perfect recipe for you. Please let me know when you’ve tried it. You can do this in a comment below.. or you can tag me or use #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X


img_6691A creamy, filling and delicious breakfast for champions. This breakfast is super nutritious and full of goodness. I often eat this after my work out. It’s full of proteins, fibres and good fats. Great for my body to release some new energy and to heal my muscles. As I most of the time work out in the evenings, I soak the cashews and seeds overnight. I blend it the next morning and then add the oats and the coconut. This way it’s ready for me when I come back in the evening. I don’t always add fruit, sometimes just peanut butter is nice enough. Only just sometimes I like to add some berries. Especially blueberries are a favourite. Give this recipe a try, especially when you’re a very busy and active person.


Serves: 1

1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup cashews
1 tbsp linseeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1/2 cup oats
1 tbs dried coconut
1 tbs peanut butter
1 tbs pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp agave nectar

-Soak the cashews, the linseeds and the chia seeds for at least 3 hours in the almond milk.
-Then blend it with the agave nectar, until it’s smooth.
-Add the oats and the desiccated coconut and put it in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
-Give it a good mix and put the fruit, the peanut butter and the pumpkin seeds on top before serving.

Are you a very active person? Do you work out a lot or do you make long days? Make sure to try this, it’s great! Oh and I’d love to see some pictures! You can show them to me by tagging me in the picture or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. I look forward to it! Thank you! X


img_6896A party in the early morning! Granola is like having the most amazing confetti for breakfast. I really like granola, especially a home-made one. Some plain yogurt, fresh fruit and a little agave nectar.. yum! I sometimes have it for lunch or dinner too or I put it in a snackbox and have it in the afternoon. Oh and if you wrap it up in a nice bag and tie a ribbon around it, it’s even a nice little present to bring for somebody. You see.. so many reasons to make some lovely granola. This is the way I make it and I hope you’ll enjoy it. It might look like a lot of work, looking at the amount of ingredients, but I promise you that it’s not hard to make. They’re all quite common ingredients and if you just put all the ingredients in front of you, you basically only have to scoop the right amount in a big bowl. That’s most of the work done! Also, you can make a lot of granola in one time (you can even double the recipe) and you can enjoy it for a long time. Just make sure you store it in a good sealable container.


Serves: 8-12 portions

1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1/4 palm sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 tbsp coconut
1/3 raisins
1/4 almonds (chopped)
3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp linseed
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

img_6894-Preheat the oven at 170C.
-Mix the almond milk, the sugar, the coconut oil and the agave nectar in a bowl.
-Mix in all the other ingredients except the raisins and the coconut.
-Spread everything evenly on a baking tray and put it in the oven for 20 min.
-Add the raisins and the coconut and put it back in the oven for another 10 min.
-Let it cool down. Store it in a sealable container.

Do you like granola for breakfast? Or are you going to have it as a healthy snack? I’d love to hear it. You can let me know in the comments below, but even better.. you could show me by tagging me or by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Scrambled Breakfast

13410778_1169109209799847_1613664408_oSometimes you’re very hungry in the morning. This is mostly when you had a late night and a long sleep in. You’re craving for a good filling breakfast. Well.. looking at the time.. it’s more like brunch! Or maybe you’re a very hungry person at 6:00 in the morning, who knows.
This recipe will be yummy in both situations. It’ll keep you satisfied untill it’s time for (a late) lunch. You could also add some houmous and make it lunch or a light dinner. What a multi purpose recipe! And you’ll be happy to know it’s super fast and simple to make. Give it a try!


13410622_1169109176466517_2112894846_oServes: 1

1 pita bread
100 gr tofu
6 medium mushrooms (cut in 4)
6 cherry tomatoes (cut in 1/2)
4 babycorns (chopped)
1/2 spring onion (chopped)
1/8 turmeric
salt/pepper (to taste) 

-Start by warming a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan.
-Make sure the tofu is drained before you scramble it into the pan.
-Add the turmeric and keep mixing it on a medium to high fire for about 3-4 minutes.
-Add the mushrooms and the babycorn and keep mixing now and then until the mushrooms are half their size. In the meantime warm the pita bread.
-Last but not least, add the tomatoes, the spring onion and some salt and pepper to taste. Fry this for about 2 minutes and serve with the warm pita bread.

Are you somebody who likes a filling breakfast? Are you going to try this recipe? Please let me know or show me using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X

Azka Ftour

13410817_1169109109799857_750218920_oI used to date a very nice guy from Jordan. He was actually the first friend I made within the first 2 weeks of moving to the United Kingdom, so I know him from the start. It didn’t work out between us as a couple, but I’m still friends with him. We had a nice time together and we used to do a lot of fun stuff. One of the things I really liked was eating breakfast together. We sometimes ate it for lunch or dinner too, because it’s so nice and I liked it so much. Now the traditional breakfast had egg, yogurt and cheese. At that time I was vegetarian and so I was ok with that, but now being a vegan, that changed. But because I like it so much and I didn’t have it for so long, I decided to make it vegan. I left some things out and replaced the egg by a vegan version. The result is very yummy and I’m sure to make it more often from now on. Oh and ‘Azka Ftour’ means the nicest breakfast. So there you go.. 


13453188_1169109126466522_1812339225_oServes: 2

4 pita breads
100 gr houmous (see recipe)
1/2 cucumber
2 tomatoes
10 olives
1/8 cup olive oil
1/8 zaatar
vegan egg
100 gr tofu
1/4 cup chickpeas
1 large garlic clove (minced)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp cornstarch
salt/pepper to taste
2 tbsp water
1/3 spring onion

-Mix the tofu, chickpeas, garlic, nutritional yeast, the cornstarch, the water and the salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth mixture.
-Put a little olive oil in a frying pan and when that’s hot you can slowly poor the mixture in and spread it out until it’s about 1/2 a cm thick.
-Sprinkle some zaatar and spring onion on top.
-Fry on low/medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, until the top is dried up.
-For the houmous, you can use the recipe in Dippy Dips. You just leave out the bell pepper, so you’ll have a plain variant.
-Put everything on plates and nice dishes.

How to eat it:
-There is no cutlery involved here, because you use the bread to dip and to grab.
-For the zaatar you first dip the bread in the olive oil and then into the zaatar.
-For the egg you grab/break a piece with the bread. Yum!
-You can make your own combinations in your mouth. Combine houmous with tomato and cucumber. Have some olives in between or with your bread dipped in zaatar. Be creative!

Did you have a breakfast like this before? Are you going to try this now? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X