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Day 2 in Malta – St Peter’s Pool and Valletta’s area

Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

We went to St Peter’s Pool as early as we could. Of course, we were on holiday, so we didn’t get up at 6 am. Was good to arrive “early”, because we found a place in the shadow and it wasn’t that busy. After our jumps, we returned to our accommodation in Pietá and started to discover Valletta, Sliema and Paceville.

St Peter’s Pool

The natural swimming pool is located on the southern coastline, close to Marsaxlokk. The area is beautiful, you arrive at the top of the small bay and the pool is in front of you with its totally clear water with amazing azure and light green colours.

The view from the top of the pool - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

We went there after breakfast, so got there at around 11 am. We found a little shadow on the right side above the rocks. Sunscreen first and then went to the water. For a starter, we jumped from a lower point on the right side. You can avoid jumping if you are afraid of heights, the water is accessible by a ladder on the lower part.

Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

First, I wasn’t brave enough to jump from the highest part, so I tried to improve my jumping technique. Hahaha, didn’t get better. I went to the highest edge aaaaaand I jumped 🙂 I have to admit, I was standing there 2 minutes before it, but finally I jumped and it was goooood. Try it, don’t be afraid, it’s just a jump 😉

I have to admit, this was one of my favourite spots in Malta. And also the best beach experience, read my other post about the best beaches in Malta to choose your favourite.

Me after jumping - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

My boy after jumping - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Brasil sign at St Peter’s Pool - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Around noon an old man and his dog appeared, the man carried the cute dog. I added funnily, maybe they will jump together hahaha. And they did!!! The dog ran to the other side of the pool and they jumped at the same time, looked very professional. My boyfriend’s friend was also there 2 years ago and mentioned an old guy with his dog jumping into the water. We were like: Whaaaaat? I wish you luck to meet them. I investigated a bit (relax I’m not a stalker), I found out that the Jack Russell terrier’s name is Titti and she is obsessed with jumping. Watch the video about the owner and Titti. 

Go as early as you can (I could say this about everything…), otherwise it’s quite busy. Later the Italian guys (with perfect bodies) arrived and jumped from everywhere. So go before noon in case you don’t want to enjoy the pool with the Italian guys.

Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

How to get there?

We went by the rented car. The last part of the road wasn’t in a very good shape. Close to the main parking area, it is very bumpy. Parking places are along the road but don’t stop at the first opportunity, that one isn’t so close to the main parking area.

The buses don’t go directly to the pool, the closest bus stop is 2 km away at the bay of Marsaxlokk.

Also reachable by water taxi from Marsaxlokk for 10 euro. Don’t forget to book your return taxi with a fixed time. Or rent a fishing boat at the pier if you are looking for more adventure.

Where to eat?

At the car park, there is an ice cream truck selling food and drinks.

 

Valletta

Valletta is the capital of Malta. The city was designed in the 16th century, built during the rule of the Order of St. John. The city is characterised by baroque architecture and with the elements of neo-classicism and modernism.

It is a cultural centre with churches, palaces and museum. The entire city of Valletta has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. It is going to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018. 

We took the bus in the afternoon, we didn’t want to drive in the busy city centre. The bus ticket costs only 2 euros. The bus stops at “Valletta Bus Terminus”, next to the Triton Fountain and the City Gates, which are at the entrance of the city centre.

The area of Valletta City Gates is designed by Renzo Piano, the famous Italian architect. He planned City Gates with wide walls, Parliament and open-air theatre. The theatre contains the remains of the former Royal Opera House, which was demolished during the WWII. The Parliament is made up of two massive blocks. With its stone finish, it fits into the historic atmosphere. The sculpted stones give an amazing pattern to the facade and also have shading functions.

Parliament of Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

We were strolling in the cute and narrow streets. Valletta is built on a hill, so the sea is visible at the end of the streets between the buildings.

Street of Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

St. John’s Co-Cathedral is in the very centre of Valletta, it was finished in 1577. A richly ornamented interior is hiding behind the simple baroque facade. The floor is an iridescent patchwork of marble tombs. The walls, pillars and ceiling covered with rich ornamentation. Unfortunately, we arrived there late (around 6 pm) after closing time. I was disappointed because I wanted to see the Caravaggio painting about John the Baptist.

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Last admission at 4:00 pm)

Saturday: 9:30 am – 0:30 pm (Last admission at 12:00 am)

Tickets

Adults: €6.00 / Students: : €3.50 / Seniors: €4.60 / Children: Free

St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens were built on the highest point of Valletta around 1660 when it used to be the Knights’ private garden. Nowadays the garden is open to the public, so we can adore the fountain, the trees and the flowers. The terrace offers a magnificent view to the Grand Harbour, the peninsulas of the 3 cities (Senglea, Birgu and Kalkara) and the Breakwater. Every day at noon, members of the Malta Heritage Society (dressed in British Artillery uniforms) fire a salute.

Opening Hours

Every day: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Ticket

Free

Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

We went down to the sea level by the Barrakka Lift, which can be found on the southern part of the garden. The Grand Harbour can be reached easily thanks to the lift. In the 50’s, a lift was there to link the city to the harbour, but in the 80’s it became abandoned. The mesh aluminium skin recalls the form of the original cage lift.

Barrakka Lift in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Barrakka Lift in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

We took a walk at the Waterfront. Retail outlets, restaurants and bars with outdoor spaces can be found along the long promenade. The buildings were originally stores and warehouses. A church is located in the middle part. The area was partially destroyed during the WWII, the facades and interiors were renovated. Valletta Waterfront hosts several concerts and events, such as Malta Jazz Festival and Malta Fireworks Festival. Around 6 pm there were just a few people walking around. I could imagine it a few hours later when the restaurants and bars are full. We weren’t hungry, so we headed to the other side of the city. First, we had to climb back to the bus terminal, which is located much higher than the sea level.

Waterfront in Valletta - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

 

Sliema

Sliema’s peninsula is located northwest from Valletta. The area is popular for shopping, hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants. A promenade stretches along the coastline, ideal for a long walk. The rocky coastline features with small square pools. For more photos and information read my other post about the best beaches in Malta

We went to have dinner to Surfside beach bar. They have a wide selection of dishes. It offers a great view of the sea and a perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

Sliema - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

Paceville

Paceville and St. Julian’s are famous for their nightlife with the best bars and clubs. We arrived there around 10 by bus to Paceville, the outer part was already bit crowded, more people started to arrive and arrive, so it became very busy. The streets are full of clubs, we just stop by to drink a few cocktails.

Paceville - Day 2 in Malta- St Peter’s Pool and the area of Valletta

The clubs are usually open till late (early in the morning) and have no entrance fee. We haven’t stayed there late, because we wanted to get up early the next day to travel to Gozo.  

How to get there?

We didn’t want to drive in the busy city centre, so we took the bus. The bus ticket costs only 2 euros. In Valletta, the bus stops at “Valletta Bus Terminus”, next to the City Gates. You have many options to get there depending on your departing station. Cars are banned from many areas of Valletta, so the main areas are only used by pedestrians. Read more about buses here.

A lot of buses go to Sliema and Paceville as well. Visit the website of Malta Public Transport for more details.

Malta,Travel

Day 1 in Malta – Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

First destination: Blue Grotto! We went straight there from the airport, it is only 7 km away. We couldn’t let the 2 hours delay of my flight to mess up our afternoon, we didn’t want to miss this natural beauty. We checked it from different angles: from the sea by boat and from the Panorama viewpoint. The grotto is magnificent from everywhere.

Blue Grotto

Located on the southern coast of Malta. It’s got its name from the Blue Grotto in Capri, because the area looks like the Italian grotto.

The more than 30 m high arch and the caves were created by waves and other natural elements.

Blue Grotto Panorama - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto boat service

The Blue Grotto boat service helps you to discover this beauty. The boat service can be found in a small and narrow bay north from the Grotto. Ticket price is 8 euros, which offers you a 20-25 minutes boat trip into the fascinating world of the caves. Due to weather conditions, service may stop because the sea can be very rough.

Blue Grotto boat service - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto boat service - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto boat service - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

A bit more than 10 people can fit into a boat with a local guide. Our guide was very helpful, always showed us where to look at inside the caves. He drove us into the small caves, the colour of the water is so vivid, sometimes dark blue and sometimes turquoise.

Opening Hours

Every day: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ticket

Adults: €8.00

Blue Grotto boat service - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto boat service - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto boat service - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

The narrow bay is also good for swimming, diving and snorkelling. We couldn’t resist, so we swam there a bit after the boat tour. Be careful with the arriving and departing boats, they never stop.  

Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto Panorama

Do not miss the Grotto viewpoint, the Panorama!!! The blue water and the giant limestone arch are mesmerizing. The Panorama spot is a bit busy, everyone wants to take selfies with the grotto. Be patient, the view is worth it!  

Blue Grotto Panorama - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Blue Grotto Panorama - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

How to get there?

Follow the Blue Grotto signs along the road. For the boat service, go down to the bay. There are parking places also at the Grotto and the Panorama.

The following bus lines have a bus stop at the Blue Grotto: 74, 201. The Panorama bus stop is only one station from the Grotto station.

 

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Less than 10 minutes drive from the Blue Grotto. It looked a bit abandoned around 6 pm when we arrived. It has an opening time. Of course, it has, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, you cannot wander around without security, the fence was closed at 6 pm. Maybe without the 2 hours delay of my flight, we could have gotten there in time. The Blue Grotto compensated us, so no hard feelings.

These Neolithic temples were built around 3600-3000 BC, which means they are 1000 years older than the Pyramids.

Hagar Qim  

The temple’s construction has suffered from the weather conditions. It is made of globigerina limestone, which is the 2nd oldest rock on Malta, can be found on 70% of the island’s area. The Hagar Qim complex consists of a main temple and 3 megalithic structures. The main temple was built between 3600 and 3200 BC. 6 large chambers are connected to the main interior passage. Its architectural design is similar to Mnajdra Temples.

Hagar Qim temples - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra TemplesPhoto from Heritage Malta.

Mnajdra Temples  

Mnajdra Temples are closer to the sea, were built between 3600-2500 BC. The Mnajdra complex consists of the remains of 3 temples, made of coralline limestone, which is harder than the soft limestone of Hagar Qim. The South Temple is astronomically aligned, it marks the position of sunrise on the first day of each season, the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the Summer and Winter Solstices. The entrance of the South Temple appears on the Maltese 5, 2 and 1 euro cent coins.

Mnajdra Temples - Day 1 in Malta - Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra TemplesPhoto from Heritage Malta.

Both of them are covered by shelters since 2009 to protect the temples from rain and sun.

Opening Hours

Summer Hours (April – September)

Every day: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Last admission at 5:30 pm)

Winter Hours (October – March)

Every day: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Last admission at 4:30 pm)

Tickets (The ticket gives you admission to the Temples and the Visitor Centre.)

Adults: €10.00 / Students, Senior Citizens: €7.50 / Children: €5.50 / Infants (under 5 years): Free

How to get there?

By car: I don’t want to repeat myself, but I will: follow the signs. You can park in the big car parking at the Visitor Centre.

One bus stop from the Grotto called Hagar. Reachable by the same bus lines: 74, 201.

 

Did you there on time? Did you have luck to visit everything? Tell me, please 😉

dessert,Recipe

Brownie

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Best brownie ever. Yes, I know, everyone says that about their own…. BUT! My brownie recipe is flourless, contains only 6 ingredients and easy to prepare. What else do you need?!

For me and for my friends (cause I always bake for my friends and colleagues) this is the best brownie 🙂

I also prepared this chocolate miracle for my boyfriend, I tested it before to make sure. Haha, I was satisfied with the solution, handed to him saying it’s good. His reaction before tasting: Okay (he is used to the tasty sweets). His reaction during/after tasting: MMMMMM it’s goooood (saying with sparkling eyes). He also added: you could prepare this every weekend…

So, are you interested now??!! Here we go:

Tips and tricks before starting

All of the dairy ingredients should be at room temperature, so make sure to take them out from the fridge 1-2 hours before starting. This way the diaries combine better, become smoother and will help to get the perfect texture and taste.

I add ground almond instead of flour, so the taste becomes special. If you prefer walnut or nut, feel free to replace the almond. It also works with almond flour.

The salt emphasizes the taste of chocolate, don’t miss it 🙂 Always use salt in cakes or in any kind of desserts with chocolate.

Every oven works differently, so 1st time check the cake before the required baking time. I baked it on 200 oC (392 oF), but maybe your oven is stronger, so be careful not to overbake the cake.

I use a Bosch kitchen machine for beating everything because I have to work less this way. The mixing is also working well manually 🙂 I know because I didn’t always have the kitchen machine.

Preparation time: 15 min

Baking time: 10 min

Ingredients for a 30 x 20 cm baking tray:

  • 250 g dark chocolate
  • 125 g butter
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) ground almond
  • pinch of salt

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

How to make the best brownie ever?

Preheat the oven to 200 oC (392 oF). Place parchment paper into your baking tray and set aside.

Place the butter and the chopped dark chocolate into a pot, seat over low heat and stir until the chocolate has melted and fully combined with the butter. Add the pinch of salt and stir a bit more.

Beat up the eggs with the brown sugar until their cubage is doubled. Stir in the ground almond and finally add the chocolate mixture to it.

Brownie

Spread the mixture into a pan and bake for 10 minutes to get the perfect condition. Check the oven after 8 minutes, and remove it if the top looks solid. It can have big “bubbles”, but it will go back.

Leave it cool down and keep it in the pan, it supposed to be slightly fluid inside.

You can serve it with vanilla ice cream, which makes the taste more intense and delicious.

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Bake this flourless brownie and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.
Enjoy it and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Best brownie ever | Aliz’s Wonderland #brownie #recipe #chocolate #flourless

Brownie
Brownie
Brownie

I believe it will be your favourite too.

I’m so curious…. 😉 Did you like it?

DIY,Home decor & design,Home decoration

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Yoni Alter - Shapes of Cities

After the renovation of my apartment I ran out of money, so had to save money. I had the main furniture, but the walls were empty and it didn’t feel like home. First I went to some home decoration stores, but I couldn’t find anything good on a reasonable price.

So I set myself into DIY mode and decided to prepare my own wall decoration. I bought some simple colourful frames in Ikea and placed prints into them. I had to pay only for the frames and the printing, this way very cost-efficient.

I was looking for pictures, illustrations on Pinterest (where else?!), saved a lot to my funny & cute and to my art & illustration boards and choose my favourites. It was a bit hard because I found a lot of cute and also inspiring pictures.

The chosen ones:

Art pieces by Yoni Alter

I’m an architect, I like architecture and colourful graphics, what a surprise 😉 Hihihi 🙂 No need for explanation, why these illustrations amaze me. Yoni Alter, a London-based designer and art director created the colourful collection called Shapes of Cities. It includes around 60 cities (London, Paris, Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Sydney) around the world, each city is presented by the most famous and characteristic landmarks, accurate to scale and to shape.

I picked London and Rio de Janeiro.

I’ve been in London several times, I love the vividness and unique shapes of the city. Every time I look at the print, I start to smile thanks to the wonderful memories.

Rio de Janeiro is on my bucket list since I have a bucket list. I’ll travel to Brazil in December, I can’t wait to get there. So looking at the graphic makes me excited 🙂

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Yoni Alter - Shapes of Cities

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Yoni Alter - Shapes of Cities

Happiness overload

Life is good, because of… squirrels, cereal, yellow tulips, moomins, mascara, tea, records, baking, polaroids, sprinkles, Topshop and … yeah, the list is quite long.

I found this funny and cute illustration on Pinterest, of course 😉 I printed and placed into a colourful frame for my BFF’s birthday, she also likes squirrels, unicorns, Instagram and aubergine… Who’s not???!!!

I loved it, so surprised myself with another one 🙂 After a while she told me, one of her friends also made a copy for herself 🙂 Life is gooooood!

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Life is good

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Life is good

Cute and funny kittens

I surprised my ex-flatmate with this pinky kitty pic for her birthday. Yes, another birthday gift… She is obsessed with cats and her room needed some colour. I prefer dogs, but I have to admit, this pic is super cute.

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget

Malinovka drawings

Malinovka is a Hungarian graphic brand with a unique, characteristic and playful design. The patterns are simple but spectacular. Check out the rest here.

I chose 4 postcards matching my kitchen design and colours.  The kitchen furniture is with white and wooden surfaces, that’s why the pieces of equipment and the accessories are colourful, so these Malinovka cards are perfect with their colours and simplicity.

I bought these postcards in a design store in Budapest. Malinokva products are available in many shops: Csendes, Decolabor, Fian concept, Fiók, Flatlab, Insitu, Iparművészeti Múzeum Shop, Két Egér Könyvesbolt, Ludwig Múzeum shop, Prezent, MONO Art and Design.

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Malinovka postcard

Easy tricks to decorate your walls on budget - Malinovka postcard

I am super happy and satisfied with my prints, they reflect my personality and make me smile.

So decorate your room with inspiring photos and what makes you happy!

What kind of illustrations do you like my art lover friend?

Hungary,Travel

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) is the largest church in Budapest. The building dominates the city centre with its height. It is 96 meter high, just like the Parliament, with this height the basilica is the 2nd highest church in Hungary. According to current regulations, there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

A brief history of St. Stephen’s Basilica

It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft and his supposed right hand is kept in the reliquary.

The construction began in 1851 in accordance with the plans of József Hild. The dome collapsed in 1868, that required demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up. It was finished in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl (he also designed the Opera House on the Andrássy Avenue) and was completed by József Kauser. It was built in neo-classicist style. The facade is framed by two large bell towers. Hungary’s biggest bell hangs in the southern tower, weighing over 9 tonnes.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

The interior is characterized by rich ornamentation. Maybe it looks too much at first, just go closer and observe the details. Beautiful work is the five-part mosaic in the sanctuary displaying the allegories of the holy mass.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Panorama Lookout Tower

Don’t miss the panoramic view from the top. The ticket is cheap and the view is spectacular. The ticket office is at the church entrance. Walk up the stairs (364 steps) or take the elevators up to the dome’s observation deck. The stairs start at the ticket office, if you prefer to take the elevator, it’s on the other side behind the shop.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Up there you can walk around the dome, the view is amazing to every direction. The Parliament, Buda Castle and Citadel are also visible from there.

For more panoramas check out this other blog post: Top 5 viewpoints in Budapest, Hungary recommended by a local. (And yes, the local is me!)

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Useful information

Basilica

Opening time:

Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 7:45am – 7:00pm

Admission:

Free (donation at the entrance) / Guided tours: 2000 HUF (Monday-Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm)

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

Panorama Lookout Tower

Opening time (every day):

June, July, August, September: 10:00am – 6:30pm

April, May, October: 10:00am – 5:30pm

November, December, January, February, March: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Admission:

Adult ticket: 600 HUF / Student, pensioner ticket: 400 HUF

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

How to get there?

Address: 1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 1.

By public transportation

St Stephen square (Szent István tér) can be reached from many directions.

By metro

It’s halfway between Deák Ferenc square and Arany János street M3 metro stations. Metro line M1 station called, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky street is also close.

By bus

Bus 9 station called Szent István bazilika

By tram

Tram 2 goes on the Danube bank, 5 minutes walk from Széchenyi István tér.

On foot

Located in the V. district, in the city centre, few minutes walk from Deák Ferenc square and from the Danube.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest

This is one of my favourite spot in Budapest. I showed it to my parents, always recommend it to my friends and their friends from abroad. Enjoy your visit there and take a walk around the area!

Interested in towers, viewpoints, scenic panorama? Read my other post for more ideas.

How did you like it? Did you visit the Panorama Lookout Tower?

Recipe,smoothie & drink

Tropical pineapple smoothie

Tropical pineapple smoothie

This easy and quick tropical pineapple smoothie is made with just 3 ingredients. The coconut milk and unique taste of cardamom make the pineapple very delicious. It’s perfect for any time of the day.

One of my colleagues asked me the other day in the morning: Have you ever heard about cardamom? I said: Yes, of course (what a question…). He replied: I knew, you will know it.

Because in the morning he bought a pastry with cardamom recommended by the barista of a very good coffee shop in Budapest. He said: I feel energetic 🙂 I added: Yeah because cardamom has mood-elevating properties 🙂

Tropical pineapple smoothie

Ingredients guide:

Pineapple

Pineapple is a tropical fruit. The main agent of pineapple is bromelain. Bromelain helps with breaking down complex proteins and reduce inflammation. It has many health benefits: helps to lose weight, improve digestion, detoxicate, prevent cancer, improve heart health, etc. Beside the fat-burning effect, it decreases the hunger sensation and provides your body with important vitamins (such as vitamin B6 and C) and minerals.

Cardamom

Cardamom is an Indian spice with a strong flavour and aroma. There are 2 main types. Black cardamom has a smokey and bitter taste. Green cardamom is one of the more expensive spices by weight. It is best stored in the pod as exposed or ground seeds quickly lose their flavour. For recipes requiring whole cardamom pods, a generally accepted equivalent is 10 pods equals 1,5 teaspoons of ground cardamom. It is believed to have mood-elevating properties, so it’s used as an antidepressant. It improves blood circulation and digestion, good for the teeth.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is the grated meat of a mature coconut. It is lactose-free, so can be used as a milk substitute. It is a good source of calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Coconut milk helps to protect the body from infections and viruses.

Ingredients for 2 glasses:

  • half of a big pineapple
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Tropical pineapple smoothie

How to make it?

Peel the pineapple and cut it into pieces. Place into the blender with the coconut milk and the cardamom. Blend on full strength until smooth. Check the consistency, add more milk if needed.

Pour into glasses, you can hint the top with a pinch of cardamom and now the smoothie is ready to serve. Yeeeey!

 

Blend it and let me know your opinion. In case you post it on social media, don’t forget to use my hashtag: #alizswonderland.

Enjoy your tropical drink and pin the photo to have the recipe on your Pinterest board!

Tropical pineapple smoothie

Sooooo? Can you feel the energy?