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Soup Shop!

After exploring #vegan and #vegetarian food worldwide, I thought it would be helpful to start sharing some honest food reviews from time to time. A few notes on some cool abbreviations in my food reviews:

1. Rating – I don’t want to give a zero rating to anyone’s hard work in cooking something, so if I wouldn’t try something again, then my rating will be “CBB,” which stands for “could be better.” Yes, I just came up with that! 🙂

2. Vegetarian is abbreviated as “veg.”

3. Vegan is abbreviated as “vn.”

My first #food #review is for a #soup place in #Chicago

Place: Soup & Scoops, 6701 N Olmsted Ave, Chicago, IL 60631

Food Items:

1. Cream of mushroom soup – veg. – 5/5 Stars

I love the #creamy taste, the chewy texture of #mushrooms, and the bits of #herbs in this soup. I would go back for this soup. Based on my conversation with the cashier, typically, they would change their soup #menu so that a given soup could be back on their menu after two weeks. Plus, if they have any leftover soup, it is sold for half the price the next day.

2. Detox soup – vn. – CBB

This one is a water broth that looks like tea. I wasn’t sure what to do with it when it came in a soup cup. Drink it directly from the cup? I wouldn’t order this again. I didn’t take a picture of it!

Vibe Check: This is a #beautiful hidden gem with #vintage #furniture, fresh #flowers, and a #colorful #decor that is simple yet pretty. They have cute ice cream cups, but I haven’t tried any of their scoops yet. There was no music, and the place was super quiet. Adding some music should make this place even better.🎵

Parking: There is a cheap parking lot across from this place.

Verdict: Would I go back? Yes! ✅

Enjoy these pictures and share in the comments if you have tried their soup or once you try it!

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Cook, not Burn

QUICK COOKING TIP: Foods rich in water-soluble vitamins should be cooked gently and not exposed to high heat in order to retain their nutritional value.

It is important to cook food at an appropriate temperature. Foods rich in Vitamins B and C should be cooked gently as these water-soluble vitamins have a low stability to heat. Next time you are cooking with broccoli, green leafy vegetables, potatoes or other food items rich in water-soluble vitamins, make sure to cook at low to medium heat and for the appropriate amount of time in order to avoid the loss of their vitamin value.

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Green Quinoa Salad


1. 1 cup boiled quinoa (makes two servings)

2. Greens – Kale, Parsley and Lettuce – all finely chopped

3. Tofu cubes – soft tofu

4. Your favorite yogurt based dressing

5. Extra virgin olive oil

6. Salt

7. Black pepper powder

8. Cherry tomatoes – optional (3-4)


1. Mix all the greens and tofu with any yogurt based dressing

2. Add quinoa to the above mix and then add extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper

3. Note: quinoa should be at the room temperature

Try and share your reviews 😋

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Yum Dip

Keep cool this summer with my super-quick and refreshing, Yum Dip.


  1. 1/2 of a small tomato finely chopped
  2. 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  3. 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  4. Handful of Cilantro – finely chopped


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl – start with ranch, mayo, cilantro and then add in the tomato.

Enjoy with your favorite snacks. You can relish this with tortilla chips, wings or any other snacks that you want! 😋

Note: make sure to taste your ranch dressing and mayo before mixing because you may want to avoid ingredients that are more on the sour side (usually some varieties of ranch vinaigrette dressing and avocado oil mayonnaise are a little too sour). In that case, just use a regular variety of ranch and mayo.

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My favorite pre-workout snack

Sharing the recipe of my favorite pre-workout snack and sometimes, this is also my instant breakfast.

Almond Banana Toast


  1. One slice of any multigrain bread
  2. Banana
  3. Almond butter


1. Toast a slice of any multigrain bread on both sides.

2. Spread some smooth almond butter on one side of the slice. Tip: I personally like the smooth almond butter but you can try the crunchy almond butter if you like that one.

3. Cut some banana (usually less than half) into slices and gently cover the toast with banana slices.

4. You can have the toast like I have it in the picture or you can fold it and easily have it on the go.

5. Sometimes, this is also my instant breakfast along with the leftover banana.

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